By Chris Stonor
Honeywell has signed a partnership agreement with InfiniDome to jointly develop and deliver GPS signal protection systems, reports a press release. These solutions are aimed to serve both defence and commercial applications, as well as support a wide range of vehicle platforms, including commercial aircraft, urban air mobility systems and unmanned aerial systems.
GPS signals are used for navigation in both the commercial and military fields, but consistent connection is not always achievable. Even the most advanced systems can encounter issues in “GPS-denied environments”, where signal service is marginal or blocked.
The release explains, “Reception issues can occur in dense urban areas, such as near tall buildings or under bridges. In these instances, it is important for air and surface vehicles to be equipped with technology to readily handle signal disruption and maintain access to critical navigation and timing information.” And goes on, “As more small vehicles take to the skies and roads in heavily populated areas, GPS signal availability must be maintained to provide accurate navigation, ensure safety and protect property.”
Omer Sharar, CEO, InfiniDome, commented, “In combining Honeywell’s best-in-class navigation sensors with leading-edge GPS resilience technology from InfiniDome, we’re working to develop a first-of-its-kind holistic solution built on tightly integrated layers of protection for all uses of navigation for unmanned air and ground vehicles.” Adding, “InfiniDome is proud to be working collaboratively with Honeywell to bring about the next generation of GPS protection technology.”
This joint solution is designed to be “a best-in-class navigation platform that can seamlessly handle loss or lack of GPS signals, therefore greatly reducing the likelihood of collisions and detour.” Additionally, this allows customers to increase payloads and decrease mission times with the omission of the expensive sensors currently employed to handle GPS interferences.
The Honeywell-InfiniDome solutions are to include hardware, software and services that bring customers increased value compared with existing systems. The technology will also support public safety for quickly evolving low-altitude applications such as cargo drones and urban air transportation vehicles. The offering is expected to be commercially available in the first half of next year.
Matt Picchetti, Vice President and General Manager of Honeywell’s Navigation & Sensors Dept, said, “Intentional GPS jamming and spoofing incidents are on the rise, and this collaboration enables a rapid solution to this critical industry need.The partnership will create world-class solutions that helps accelerate the future of flight, especially in urban areas.”
Honeywell and InfiniDome are to showcase an initial version of their joint solution at the AUVSI Xponential Show at the Georgia World Congress Centre in Atlanta, Aug. 16th-19th.
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