STRIKE3 - Monitor, Detect, Characterise, Standardize, Mitigate and Protect


Stakeholder Workshop & Jammer Demonstrations

In November 2017 a two-days workshop has been held by the STRIKE3 project team to inform the stakeholders on the achieved project status and progress at mid-term. Meanwhile 20 monitoring stations have been installed by the project team in 17 countries around the World and more than 160,000 interference events could have been recorded, processed and analysed.
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During the first day of the workshop, the monitoring activities and the recorded signals have been shown and discussed. Based on the analysed interference signals a draft version for standardization on Reporting & Testing was developed, which has been introduced to the participants, too.

The event was dedicated to the project’s stakeholders. Therefore the participants represented various Regulation Authorities from all over Europe, complemented by representatives from the European Commission, ESA and GSA. They provided highly valuable feedback on the results to the project team but also, they actively reported about their own experiences with annoying interferences and threats that they made on their sites.

“The open exchange of information and experiences is a highly valuable asset to the project team for the second phase of STRIKE3”, Mark Dumville from NSL and one father of the project said. “We are very pleased about the feedback we received.” And Michael Pattinson, the STRIKE3 Project Manager, added: “We’ve had some internal discussions on which way we shall follow within this project, but now we know, that we have found the right one.”

Stakeholders getting informed about the intermediate results of STRIKE3 project

The second day was dedicated to live demonstrations using real jammers out in the field at the Automotive Testing Center at Aldenhoven. In order to record these signals and make them visible to the participants, various monitoring equipment was available, like Detector and RF Oculus. For testing purpose a selection of GNSS receivers was available, like mass-market receivers, professionals and in-car navigation devices. These made the impact of jammers real visible and which was very impressive to the participants.

On top of this, the participants had the opportunity to make their own experiences on interferences by using their own GNSS equipment, like mobile phones navigation tools, etc.

Various receivers and monitoring equipment was used for demonstrations
Big screens showing the impact of jammers to GNSS devices

Joaquin Diego Reyes Gonzalez, Project Officer from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), summarized: “I am very pleased about the outcome of STRIKE3 project which demonstrates the strong capabilities of international team work and cooperation. Facing the threats and finding ways to combat them makes our European GNSS more robust and reliable. The benefit of STRIKE3 will even gain importance in the future.”

The entire STRIKE3 wants to thank all participants very much for their and their contribution. The open and constructive talks and discussion turned this event into a real valuable work-shop for the benefit of all participating parties! We are very happy receiving a lot of very positive feedback on our activities. Just to pick one out: “It is quite apparent that the project has identified a very relevant subject nowadays, such as GNSS jamming, and is analysing it in a very comprehensive way, to our knowledge as no other project has done before, within H2020 or beyond”, says Ignacio Fernandez Hernandez from the European Commission. Then he added: “STRIKE3 has everything to be a very good example of what an H2020 project should offer: value for the society, a relevant technical contribution, commercial viability, and international cooperation.”

At the end of 2018 another event will be organized where the project team will inform and demonstrate the overall outcomes of STRIKE3 at the end of the project.

We also want to thank the European Commission and the GSA for their great support! STRIKE3 has received funding from the European Union's Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 687329 through the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

About the workshops’ locations:

The workshop on day 1 was held at the GNSS research & test facility for rail applications in Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany (called railGATE). The demonstrations on day 2 could have been made at the corresponding GNSS research & test facility for automotive applications at Aldenhoven, both in Germany. “I am very glad that in addition the stakeholders got the chance to visit these unique public R&D environment on GNSS application in the margins of this event, and it was very well received”, said Martin Pölöskey from the Automotive & Rail Innovation Center, who is directly located at these sites.

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