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FDC’s secure GNSS solution showcased at NAVISP Industry Days

Feb. 2019


FDC was pleased to present its secure GNSS solution during the inaugural NAVISP workshop at ESA ESTEC.

Supported by the NAVISP Programme, FDC ambition is to industrialize the secure GNSS module prototype developed under the H2020 FOSTER ITS project funded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The DRACONAV receiver aims to provide confidence and trust in Position, Navigation and Time. Protected against cyberattacks, it implements advanced GNSS signal attacks detection and mitigation mechanisms and offers resilience by providing an estimate of the true position in case of attacks. The main challenges of the industrialization phase have been presented during the NAVISP workshop, in particular the hardware optimization process and the development of test bench and specific IT system implementing the whole security lifecycle.

FDC presentation and more information on the 2019 NAVISP Industry Days are available at:


FDC, proud member of the FIRST-TF cluster of excellence

Oct. 2018


FDC has joined the FIRST-TF cluster, a dynamic Network for Research, Innovation, Education, Services and Training in Time-Frequency.

FIRST-TF is a thematic network gathering all the actors involved in time-frequency on a national scale. Building a network of experts, FIRST-TF supports collaborative projects in Time & Frequency metrology with a broad spectrum of applications, from fundamental physics to satellite-based positioning systems.

With its long involvement in GNSS Timing and Synchronisation, FDC is very proud to join the outstanding list of FIRST-TF members and contribute to build the future of Time and Frequency.

More information on FIRST-TF here.

Our Secure GNSS Solution showcased at ITSWC 2018

July 2018

ITS 2018

Let’s meet at the ITS World Congress, from 17th to 21st September 2018 in Copenhagen.

FDC and its partners will be pleased to present you its Highly Secure Global Navigation Solution, which is the result of years of collaboration with STMicroelectronics, Novacom Services and Navcert (FOSTER-ITS project).

Come on our stand, C2-005, and finds out about how to shield your business using a Secure GNSS solution Robust and Resilient against jamming and spoofing threats.

Video, product briefing, presentation of in-field running pilots, module live demonstrations are on the agenda of our daily show.

To schedule a B2B meeting during ITSWC 2018, please contact us.

Further information at www.fosterits.eu

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New generation of GNSS user terminals implementing the Galileo authentication capability

May 2018


FDC recently started the PATROL project that aims to develop, supply and test Galileo’s Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OS NMA).

PATROL will deliver a market-ready technology that guarantees robust and secure positioning using Galileo’s OS-NMA capability. This next generation GNSS module will be capable of providing a trusted position, velocity and precise time (PVT) to smart tachographs and other positioning applications.

“This project is an important milestone for the satellite navigation industry, as it aims to prove the importance of Galileo OS authentication in fulfilling the emerging security needs of many applications”, says GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides.

According to FDC CEO, Pascal Campagne, “PATROL is a major step towards FDC strategy to supply increasingly robust GNSS modules for critical applications. We are proud to be part of this exciting initiative that will demonstrate the benefits of Galileo OS NMA for such demanding and promising markets“.

FDC is a key consortium member of the PATROL project that involves major stakeholders in GNSS authentication and Intelligent Transport Systems fields.

The PATROL project is sponsored by the GSA’s Fundamental Elements mechanism, which supports the development of European GNSS-enabled chipsets, receivers and antennas.

For more information, please click here

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Copernicus Infosessions organised all over Europe

Dec. 2017


During the last couple of years, a large variety of Copernicus "user uptake" activities have been initiated by the European Commission with the objective to foster the wide-spread use of Copernicus services and products.

In this context, FDC has supported the European Commission for the organisation of Information and Training sessions aiming at promoting of the many uses of Copernicus data and information, while providing the opportunity for hands-on demonstrations and basic training regarding the available data and information, their potential uses and applications, and the tools to access the data and information.

In 2017, FDC supported the organisation of Information and Training sessions in Lithuania, Latvia, Denmark, Sweden, Ireland and France. These sessions gathered 800 participants.

Several additional Information and Training sessions will take place in 2018.

For more information, please click here

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FDC proud to support the first Galileo User Assembly !

Nov. 2017


The first Galileo User Assembly was held in Madrid on 28 and 29 November 2017 at the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) during which the European GNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) was officially launched. The UCP is an open forum for users to discuss their needs, share experiences and provide feedback on the performance of European GNSS.
With 300 participants attending the event, the UCP allowed GNSS users and experts to share information on needs, technology and market trends, and builds a sustainable platform to exchange user perspectives.

The main work of the UCP took place through nine parallel workshop sessions grouping participants by market segment: Agriculture, Aviation, Mass market (LBS), Maritime, Rail, Road, Surveying, Timing and R&D.
More information, livestream and presentations are available here: click here

FDC have supported GSA in the preparation and coordination of the UCP developing the preliminary User Requirement documentation for the event and actively contributing to all parallel sessions.

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Meet us at the ION-GNSS 2017 Congress

Sept. 2017

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Alexandre Allien, FDC CTO, will attend the ION-GNSS congress 2017 and participate, in particular, to the Session on “GNSS+ Augmentations for High Performance and Safety Critical Applications” on September 29, 2017, during which last FDC development, a GNSS receiver designed to improve Resilience and Trust in navigation will be presented.

Get in touch with Alexandre at this session or earlier during the congress week. To schedule a dedicated meeting, please contact us.

For more information, please click here

FOSTER module successfully tested at JRC!

Feb. 2017


FOSTER is a GNSS receiver designed to improve resilience and trust in navigation for ITS applications such as smart tachograph, road user charging or pay as you drive insurance. The FOSTER module designed by FDC and powered by STMicroelectronics embeds in a single casing, a GNSS chipset and secure MCU technologies, offering a comprehensive solution to ensure robustness against GNSS signal attacks, as well as physical and logical attack on the module itself.

From February 6th to 10th 2017 the FOSTER technology was thoroughly tested in the GNSS laboratory of the European Commission Joint Research Centre (Ispra, Italy).

FDC is proud that FOSTER successfully detected all the GNSS attacks launched on the module. This independent assessment by JRC is a key achievement in the FOSTER development.

FOSTER-ITS Module showcased at CAR-ELE 2017

Jan. 2017


CAR-ELE 2017 gathered from 17th to 19th January 2017 in Tokyo, Japan, more than 34 000 automotive industry professionals, in particular automotive OEMs and Tier 1 suppliers looking for the latest products. The show offered therefore a wonderful opportunity to introduce the FOSTER-ITS prototype module, a solution securing vehicle GNSS information for ITS applications.

This module is a tangible result of the FOSTER-ITS project, which has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the EU H2020 Research and Innovation Programme.


Support to GNSS International Activities

Dec. 2016

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The EC SUCCESS-2 project, led by FDC, provides expert support to the EC in the field of international activities related to EU GNSS programmes. In particular, it contributes actively to the elaboration and implementation of a cooperation programme towards the extension of EGNOS service coverage to the African continent.
In 2017, the activities will focus on:

  • The implementation and management of the EU GNSS international agreement with ASECNA;
  • International cooperation in Mediterranean and Arab countries;
  • SBAS activities outside of the EU and the introduction of EGNOS to Ukraine.
For further information, please visit the GNSS-Africa web site: http://www.gnss-africa.org/.

Trusted and Secure GNSS prototype Module ready for Testing

Oct. 2016

Module prototype

Created, designed and developed by FDC in collaboration with STMicroelectronics, the internal testing phase of the module has been successfully completed. The module is now expected to be tested in cooperation with the EC JRC GNSS Lab during the first quarter 2017.

This module is a major achievement of the FOSTER-ITS project, which has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under the EU H2020 Research and Innovation Programme.

For more information, please download the FOSTER-ITS flyer.

Galileo Services and FDC meet EC Vice-President Maroš Šefčovič

April 2016

GS meet VP Sefcovic

On 28th April 2016, Gard Ueland, Galileo Services (GS) Chairman, Axelle Pomies, GS Permanent Representative, and Pascal Campagne, Oregin Network Coordinator, FDC, had the pleasure to meet with Mr Maroš Šefčovič, EC Vice-President for Energy Union, to address the crucial challenges of the Space Strategy for Europe.

In particular, the Vice-President and Galileo Services exchanged ideas on the elements that should be contemplated in the Space Strategy - in order that Europe reaps the socio-economic benefits of Europe's investments in the European GNSS infrastructure.

For more information, see Galileo Services Position Paper "Europe Must Success in the Global Navigation Race" at http://www.galileo-services.org/library/R87_15020_GalileoServices_PositionPaper_Web.pdf

The new year with a new face.

Jan. 2016


Rich of 25 plus years of experience, we felt it was time for a makeover.
Our corporate visual identity has been refreshed to reflect who we are today and to accompany our future developments.
It highlights our commitment to deepen our activities in:

  • Consultancy and Management,
  • Research and Development,
  • Space Programmes and their Applications,
while staying at the cutting edge of Technology and Security.

Meet us @ ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, Oct 5-9, 2015

Oct. 2015


FDC will showcase its latest development: FOSTER ITS, a trusted & resilient GNSS module for secure ITS applications. Our brand-new technology will be presented at the Congress during the TS38 session: "GNSS in constrained environments", on Wednesday 7 October @ 11:00. Besides, our team will be delighted to welcome you at the European GNSS Village, booth D38. For more information, please visit : http://itsworldcongress.com/

SIGNIT positioning system for runway inspections enters in test phase

May 2015


SIGNIT, developed in partnership with M3 Systems, proposes a positioning system for vehicles or pedestrians that performs the collection of reliable trajectories with enhanced application information. The trajectories are coupled with measures of integrity and the system designed so as to guarantee a non-repudiation service.

For the latter, FDC implemented cryptographic services allowing to authenticate the origin of the data and protect them from being corrupted. These features allow the data collected to be used for legal purposes.

The application chosen for the implementation of the SIGNIT system is the statutory reports of runway inspections. The deployment of the prototype will be done at the regional airport of Bordeaux, in France. The test phase will last three months during which the prototype will be set on a vehicle dedicated to runway inspections, the system will thus be tested in a complete operational environment.

FDC supports the European Space Expo (ESE) for the fourth consecutive year

May 2015

Space Expo

Since its first deployment in Copenhagen in June 2012, the ESE has visited 24 several European cities and has welcomed more than 650 000 visitors.

For the fourth consecutive year, FDC and its partner are supporting this travelling exhibition of the European Commission through the organization of guided tours for schools and through the definition and implementation of an animation programme aiming at presenting the European GNSS programmes (Galileo / EGNOS) and the European Earth observation programme (Copernicus) to the public.

Two successful deployments of the Expo recently took place in Ljubljana (March 2015) and Athens (April 2015). In the next 6 months, FDC and its partner will support the Expo deployments in Riga, Stockholm, Zagreb, Oslo and Milan.

New GSA GNSS Market Report 2015 (Issue 4)

April 2015

Market Report

Location Based Services (LBS), Road Transportation, Aviation, Maritime, Rail, Agriculture, Surveying and, for the first time, Timing & Synchronisation are the eight market segments analysed in GSA’s GNSS Market Report 2015.
This fourth issue of the GSA’s annual report on the global GNSS market is based on an advanced forecasting model (the Market Monitoring and Forecasting Tool). FDC actively supported the preparation of the report in a team led by London Economics and involving Helios, VVA and Egis.
The full 80-pages report can be downloaded free of charge at the GSA website, as well as by chapter of particular interest at: http://www.gsa.europa.eu/news/gnss-market-report-2015-exciting-times-european-gnss

FDC’s Shoot’n’go application available on TomTom Bridge’s App Store!

November 2014


With the recent commercialisation of the TomTom Bridge tablet, TomTom reached a new step towards ITS business applications. This ruggedized tablet offers a unique platform to develop and propose on the TomTom Bridge App Store, professional applications benefiting from TomTom’s voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, with free Lifetime Map Updates, Real-time accurate Traffic information and a camera.
FDC is proud to be among the very first developers authorised by TomTom to post applications on their professional App Store. The Shoot’n’go application developed by FDC is now freely available for any TomTom Bridge user through this App Store.

Shoot’n’go App offers an original and handy mean to plan a trip based on pictures’ geolocalisation information: just click on a picture in the Shoot’n’go gallery, and the guidance starts. You can also easily take pictures and/or load your geolocalized pictures in the Shoot’n’go gallery. FDC would be pleased to discuss with you any further development you may need on the TomTom Bridge.

Shoot'n'go Gallery

Galileo benefits towards Critical Infrastructures

June 2014

Galileo benefits towards Critical Infrastructures
Photo: ESA

FDC was glad to participate to the "space solutions for emergency response" session of the 2014 European Space Solutions conference organized by the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency in Prague on June 13th 2014.

Critical Infrastructures increasingly rely on GNSS for timing and synchronization. The emergence of new threats on GNSS is one of the main potential future drivers to be considered to sustain Critical Infrastructure operations. Axelle Pomies (FDC) presented how European GNSS can contribute to deliver a more resilient Critical Infrastructure with a specific focus on the Telecom, Power Energy and Finance infrastructures. Potential benefits of European GNSS for timing and synchronization of Critical Infrastructure include:

  • Provision of an independent solution under EU control;
  • Increased robustness to GNSS spoofing;
  • Improved resilience;
  • Interoperability with GPS.

Space Solutions for Emergency Response

TACOT project results presented at the European ITS Congress in Helsinki!

May 2014

European ITS Congress

After 2,5 years of strong cooperation, the TACOT's team achieved successfully the project. During the latest semester, the development of the Trusted PVT module has been achieved and its performances have been challenged several times. This module detects GNSS and motion sensors attacks and provides, based on the detection results, a level of confidence associated to the transmitted PVT information.

The performances and capabilities of the Trusted PVT module will be presented by FDC during the European ITS Congress in Helsinki on the 17th of June 2014 at the IS 03 Emerging ITS services 2 session (TP0015).
The presentation will describe the TACOT prototype with a specific focus on its assets and on the expected benefits for ITS applications. FDC will also describe the observed performances of the module during the different test and validation campaigns which were organised these last months.

Do not hesitate to meet us and to assist to our presentation in Helsinki!

For more information about TACOT and the Trusted PVT module, please contact Mr Alexandre Allien.

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European ITS Congress in Helsinki - June 2014
Trusted PVT module

Trusted PVT module detects attacks on GNSS signals and on motion sensors!

May 2014


Based on a ST microelectronics multi-constellations GNSS receiver, TACOT project developed a Trusted Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) module. The main asset of this module is to be able to deliver a PVT solution with an evaluation of the trust one can have in this solution against potential attacks. This trust is formalised as an indicator named Level of Confidence (LOC).

The Joint Research Centre (JRC) offered its support in testing the TACOT's Trusted PVT module against GNSS attacks. TACOT accepted this great opportunity, and a testing campaign occurred end of April 2014 in Ispra (IT) over two days at the EMSL (European Microwave Signature Laboratory), the state-of-the-art experimental facility of the JRC which provides unique measurement capabilities in the field of microwave remote sensing. During this campaign, several scenarios were played to simulate GNSS attacks: jamming, meaconing and spoofing. Other tests were also performed, notably to simulate attacks on an odometer connected to the PVT module and to validate the behaviour of the PVT module when implemented on-board a vehicle.

The results are very promising and demonstrate that the Trusted PVT module offers an efficient and cost effective solution to detect the most common attacks on GNSS signals and other sensors used as inputs (such as the odometer). This solution is therefore particularly suitable for all usage based charging applications, regulated applications or any other application where the system's costs and PVT information are critical.

Test team Dynamic tests Trusted PVT module
Joaquim Fortuny, Thierry Gross, Michele Bavaro and Alexandre Allien at EMSL
Dynamic tests
Trusted PVT module

FDC is now a member of the French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC)

Jan. 2014

HCFDC logo

FDC is glad to join the French High Committee for Civil Defense (HCFDC). This membership falls within FDC strategy to strengthen its activities in the field of secure GNSS services for critical applications, providing a further opportunity to collaborate with key stakeholders of critical infrastructure.
HCFDC is an association, which contributes to reflection on the doctrine, organization and techniques of France in terms of civil security.
It provides a platform for exchanges between the State, assemblies, communities, companies and experts on issues related to national security, for the purpose of providing better protection of people, businesses and enhanced resilience of the nation to face major risks and threats.
More information on HCFDC at: http://www.hcfdc.org/.

GEOTRANS MD project showcased at ATEC ITS France 2014

Jan. 2014


The GEOTRANS MD project will be showcased at the ATEC ITS France 2014 conference organized in Paris on January 29th and 30th 2014 (stand n°57).
The project aims at developing an Information and Communication System (ICT) for the transport of hazardous material.
FDC is one of the key partners of this project led by Novacom Services and promoted by CEREMA Direction Territoriale du Sud-Ouest.

The ATEC ITS France 2014 conference is a key congress for players in the transport sector. It will take place on 29th and 30th January 2014 at the Espace Champerret, in Paris.
The objectives of the 2014 conference are:

  • Bringing together players in the sustainable operation of land transport systems and intelligent transport (economic, political, institutional and scientific players, and the press);
  • Facilitating networking between experts: professional exchanges of knowledge and experience;
  • Introducing and promoting the latest innovations in the sector, products and IT services
More information at: http://www.congres-atecitsfrance.fr/en/.


Galileo Commercial Service: a decisive step towards operational reality!

Nov. 2013

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Building on a solid experience on security, crypto, secured devices and services, and specifically authentication (Internet, comms, GPS PPS, Galileo PRS), FDC has been tasked by the European Commission (EC) and CNES to study appropriate authentication mechanisms for the Galileo Infrastructure (and other GNSS) since the early 2000's.
Today, FDC is managing and actively contributing to the CESAR project which will provide the EC with detailed definition scenarios for the Galileo Commercial Service (CS).
To perform this project, FDC is accompanied by the most renowned professional in the field: Thales Alenia Space, Fugro and Trimble TerraSat Gmbh, Keynectis, and BHO Legal.
By the end of 2013, the CESAR project will deliver:

  • A specification for the CS functionality,
  • A preliminary design and high level interfaces,
  • An assessment of the performance of the CS solution proposed,
  • A first version of the CS Signal In Space and Service specifications,
  • A comprehensive exploitation plan including industry and market aspects and defining how the proposed CS solutions will be exploited.
The CESAR team is ready for the next steps: real time trials, demonstrating the Galileo CS assets to business developers!

FDC supports the European Space Expo

Nov. 2013

European Space Expo

The European Space Expo visited several European cities in 2012 and 2013. This travelling exhibition of the European Commission welcomed more than 300 000 visitors since its first deployment in Copenhagen in June 2012.
FDC and its partner are supporting the Expo through the organization of guided tours for schools and through the definition and implementation of an animation programme aiming at presenting the European GNSS programmes (Galileo / EGNOS) and the European Earth observation programme (Copernicus, formerly known as GMES) to the public.
In 2013, FDC and it partner supported the Expo for deployments in Madrid, Budapest, Hannover, Warsaw, Bratislava, Dublin, Rome, Vilnius and Munich. FDC and its partner will also be present at the last stop of the Expo for 2013 in December in Lisbon.

Pushing standardisation of GNSS-based Location Systems

Sep. 2013

Standards activity

Since 2003, FDC has coordinated all European (GJU, GSA, EC) specific projects supporting GNSS standardisation in civil aviation, maritime, road, rail and LBS applications. FDC is currently leading the EC JASMIN (2012-2015) and SAGITER (2013-2015) projects.
The JASMIN team is supporting the drafting and the evolution of the already proposed system and user receiver standards for Galileo and SBAS including the development of Galileo Stand-alone and combined Galileo/GPS/SBAS receiver standards, the development of ICAO Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) for Galileo and the introduction of L5 frequency in the current SBAS standards. This work is feeding the EUROCAE, RTCA and ICAO standardisation groups' activities. The consortium is composed of Thales Avionics, Airbus, GMV, NATS, Egis Avia and Pildo Labs in addition to FDC.
SAGITER is pushing forward the elaboration of a firm and common standard for GNSS-based Location systems, with the ambition to satisfy a wide range of terrestrial applications, including multimodal applications. The standard is being developed under the umbrella of ETSI within the group Satellite Communication and Navigation (SCN) of the Technical Committee Satellite Earth Stations and Systems (TC SES) and in coordination with other standardisation committees, in particular CEN/CENELEC TC5 Space WG1. FDC's SAGITER team includes Thales Alenia Space, IFSTTAR, INECO, and ETSI.
For more information, read the SAGITER paper submitted at the September 2013 ION-GNSS congress.

"GEOTRANS MD" project labeled by SYSTEMATIC

Dec. 2012


The "SYSTEMATIC Paris region" cluster labeled the GEOTRANS MD project on November 27th 2012. Presented to SYSTEMATIC by FDC, this project aims at developing an Information and Communication System (ICT) for the transport of hazardous material. The corresponding ICT system needs to be secure and reliable, multi-actors, multi-sensors, multi objects with strong anonymization and access control requirements.
FDC is one of the key partners of this project led by Novacom Services and promoted by the CETE du Sud-Ouest. A dossier has been submitted to the FUI (Fonds Unique Interministériel) 15 call for projects managed by the DGCIS (La Direction Générale de la Compétitivité, de l'Industrie et des Services).

FDC at the European Space Expo in Cyprus

Dec. 2012

Space Expo

Inside Space Expo

The European Space Expo was deployed in Larnaca (Cyprus) during the period 12 - 18 November 2012, at the occasion of the Second Space conference.
The expo welcomed more than 14000 visitors. FDC and its partners supported the Expo through the organization and implementation of an animation programme aiming at presenting the European GNSS programmes (Galileo / EGNOS) and the European Earth observation programme (GMES) to the public.

For more information on the European Space Expo and its next venues, please visit:

The ERDF helps FDC for R&D activities on secure GNSS

Dec. 2012

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Thanks to the support of the European Regional Development Fund, FDC has performed a feasibility analysis of low cost security technologies for trusted GNSS. The European fund allowed FDC to increase its Intellectual Property and prepare the future of European GNSS.
FDC explored the potential contribution of civil cryptographic technologies for the development of secure GNSS devices. This encompassed a user needs collection phase and a technological and regulatory analysis, but also the preliminary design of the corresponding receiver architecture. Finally a market study and business plan has been produced for the targeted applications.

Projet cofinancé par l'Union européenne. L'Europe s'engage en ile de france avec le Fonds européen de développement régional (FEDER).

Trusted PVT Module Development for Road Applications

Mar. 2012

Road applications
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TACOT is a project co-funded by the European Commission in the frame of FP7 (Galileo area) and managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Led by FDC, it involves all European Digital Tachographs manufacturers, users' representatives, GNSS and sensor fusion specialists and law experts. The project promotes the use of EGNOS and Galileo by the road transportation industry through the development and implementation of a Trusted GNSS function to be used by the Digital Tachographs (DT) and other road applications.
FDC is in charge of the design of this trusted GNSS function that will supply Position, Velocity and Time (PVT) information with a reliable confidence indicator. Basically the Trusted PVT module will perform a smart merge with innovative technics of several constellations and sensors to analyse the information consistency.
To demonstrate the capability and interests of the Trusted PVT function in the DT and for other applications, a prototype will be developed and tested on truck board with a Fleet Management System.

FDC promotes Galileo on French TV News

Nov. 2011

Pascal Campagne

At the occasion of the successful launch of the first two Galileo In Orbit Validation (IOV) satellites, Pascal Campagne, FDC CEO, promoted the use of Galileo during France 2 and France 24 News (at 20:00) on 24th November 2011. He stressed the added value of Galileo for applications where location and time information could serve as legal proof. This would be particularly fostered by authentication mechanisms implemented in the Galileo Commercial Service.

Watch the video!

GNSS Applications realizing the Ambitions of EU2020

Oct. 2011

Position paper

Galileo Services position paper "Satellite Navigation Applications Realizing the Ambitions of EU2020" is consecutive to the European Parliament Resolution of 7 June 2011 on Transport applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems, and coincides with the preparation of the future "Horizon 2020" programme for research and innovation.
The paper details how satellite navigation, positioning and timing applications can act to take up EU challenges and to reach EU2020 ambitions. It reiterates the necessity to make EU public funding accessible to GNSS applications Research and Development and states the budget required. It identifies the critical GNSS technologies, applications and services that will be boosted by EU public funding and provides a set of recommendations for the preparation of "Horizon 2020" in the GNSS R&D domain.
FDC encourages all other organizations convinced of the urgent necessity to boost GNSS applications R&D in Europe to convey their views towards European Institutions representatives.
For more information, please visit: http://www.galileo-services.org

Job offers!

Jun. 2011

Job offers

FDC is looking to strengthen its engineering team by recruiting new colleagues.

Look at our job opportunities!

New GNSS Applications Markets Survey on Sale!

Jun. 2011

Market Study

The global GNSS Applications Market exceeds 50 billion Euros according to the new Markets Survey released by FDC.
This market analysis is mainly focused on the mass market segment but is also addressing major professional markets. It includes a detailed review of existing GNSS markets for equipments and services: identification of the main actors per market, representative products, unit price, market evolutions over time per world region, innovative business models, value chain analysis - chipsets, hybridization, digital maps, smartphones, LBS - , most promising applications, barriers and potential enablers to market development. This report is available for sale (in French version). If you are interested, download the report extract and the order form and send it back by e-mail (emmanuelle.weil@fdc.eu) or by Fax (+33 1 53 66 11 00).

GSTI is now available !

Apr. 2011

GSTI platform

Within the European TESTCASE project, FDC has coordinated the development and the implementation of the European GNSS Simulation and Testing Tools Infractructure (GSTI).
This platform, which is available at http://www.gnss-test-portal.eu intends to support both developers of GNSS applications or equipments, and providers of GNSS testing and simulation tools or test beds. GSTI access is free and already proposes a broad range of tools covering most of testing and simulation needs when developing.
GSTI provides:

  • Latest’s news related to simulation and testing tools,
  • General information on tools and characteristics,
  • Access to detailed tools’ information,
  • Search functions, which guide users to the tools adapted to his needs,
  • Forum dedicated to discussions between experts and users,
  • Restricted Working Group areas,
  • Download areas (open and restricted) to get useful documentation.

New videos present the GMES programme

Mar. 2011

General Video

In the context of SWIFT, a project coordinated by FDC and funded by the European Commission, FDC has supervised the production of 6 videos presenting the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) programme and its different services, dedicated respectively to the monitoring of the Earth's subsystems (land, oceans, atmosphere), to the monitoring of climate change and to emergency management. The executive production of the films was placed under ESN's responsibility, a Belgian partner of FDC on this project.

Galileo/PRS Receivers: Paving the way towards the development of working prototypes

Mar. 2011

PRS Workshop

The PROGRESS project successfully completed its activities on 8th February 2011 with a final workshop titled "Setting up a Standardization Framework for Galileo PRS".
With presentations from the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), European organisations and Industrialists of the field, and with the participation of more than 50 key invited experts, this workshop was the opportunity to discuss options for the future PRS User Equipment standardization and certification processes. PROGRESS work on PRS receivers and Security Module was presented, with an emphasis on security and safety issues. During the event, Olivier Crop, Head of the GSA Security Department, said "We are very happy with the results of this initiative", " We know that several companies are already working on designs for the PRS receiver, so it is very important that they can see the results of this project and know in which way we are going."
The PROGRESS consortium led by FDC, involved QinetiQ, Septentrio, Thales Communications, Thales Avionics but also EADS/APSYS, CASSIDIAN and Thales Alenia Space.

For more information, see also the article on GSA website.

Dual constellation & dual use GNSS Rxs for State aircrafts

Feb. 2011


FDC has recently started a study to provide EUROCONTROL with appropriate analysis, concept and roadmap for the implementation of dual constellation and dual use GNSS receivers for State aircraft using governmental robust signals (GPS PPS and Galileo PRS).
This work will contribute to SESAR project WP 9.27 "Multi-constellation GNSS Airborne Navigation Systems". It considers WP 15.3.4 "GNSS baseline study" results and orientations in order to align as far as practicable the initial development of GNSS receivers for State aircraft on the basic options retained for commercial aviation to ensure the required interoperability between civil and governmental aviation assets.
FDC coordinates the project, which involves Rockwell Collins UK. Final results and recommendations are planned to be released by fall 2011.

GNSS Downstream Research is in Danger!

Nov. 2010

SAR reciever

European Industry and Research players are carrying since early 2010 an important lobby campaign towards national and European decision makers to stress the critical situation of GNSS Research in Europe.
The drastic cut in the budget initially allocated within the EC FP7 for GNSS applications R&D may indeed prevent EU Research players to pursue initiated work for GNSS applications and services development and/or to start new activities in the coming years - ad hoc budget being exhausted until 2014.
A manifesto signed by several hundreds of key GNSS Research and Industry players including FDC and widely disseminated over Europe, urges European Institutions and the Member States of the European Union to restore the initial GNSS R&D budget within FP7 (reallocation of 250M€) and to increase this funding through FP8 in order to match other continents public R&D investments in this strategic domain. FDC is actively supporting the on-going lobby campaign led by the Galileo Services Association.

Galileo SAR prototype beacons available for field tests!

Nov. 2010

SAR reciever

The SARBACAN project successfully completed its activities on 17th November 2010 with the delivery to the EC of the Galileo SAR prototype beacons developed in the frame of the contract.
SARBACAN outcomes pave the way for next generation SAR beacons development:

  • Three types of beacons for maritime, aeronautical and personal use implementing the Galileo SAR service and in particular the Return Link Service (RLS) have been developed and successfully demonstrated and are now available for on the field demonstrations.
  • Innovative solutions to improve the beacons performance have been proposed.
  • The benefits of the Galileo RLS service has been largely promoted towards SAR key players (including Cospas-Sarsat and RTCM).
      These achievements are the fruits of a good European and Canadian collaboration to which CNES, CRC, Kannad, Cobham, U-blox, Novatel, EPFL and PIAP jointly contributed to, under FDC leadership.

GMES presented at the Toulouse Space Show 2010

Jul. 2010


In the context of the SWIFT project, a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, FDC has coordinated the presentation of the GMES Programme at the Toulouse Space Show exhibition, which took place from 8 to 11 June 2010.
The EU-funded projects that are developing the first GMES services were hosted on the GMES stand prepared by FDC and its partners on behalf of the European Commission.
Numerous attendees coming from different types of organisations (institutional bodies, industry, SMEs, universities,etc.) and also from different parts of the world (EU of course but also USA, Canada, Japan, China, Morocco, Israel, etc.) have had the opportunity to learn more about GMES by visiting the stand and meeting the GMES projects' representatives.
The GMES stand was also honoured to welcome Valérie Pécresse, French Minister of Higher education and Research, accompanied by Yannick d'Escatha, CNES President, and Marc Pircher, Director of the Toulouse Space Centre.

TEST CASE project Kicked Off

Avr. 2010

Test Case project

On April 15th 2010, the TEST CASE (Towards a European Simulation and Testing Centralised Access SystEm) project was officially kicked off in Brussels for a 18 months period. Funded under EC FP7 funds, the TEST CASE project is the follow on activity of SCENIC which intended to define the European GNSS Simulation and Testing Infrastructure (GSTI).
TEST CASE will translate the previous SCENIC activities into the provision of a dedicated platform and associated services (so called GSTI) benefiting to users of European GNSS simulation and testing facilities while federating the major tools providers and operators in this GSTI facility.
The TEST CASE project is coordinated by FDC and also involves CTAE, GRACE, IfEN, Telespazio France, Telespazio SpA and ETSI.

New contract to progress EGNOS/Galileo Standardisation!

Avr. 2010


The SUGAST project was kicked-off with the EC on 23rd March 2010 in Brussels. Led by FDC, this two years contract aims at carrying on the standardisation process already started for EGNOS and Galileo in key application areas. SUGAST will cover specific aspects of aviation (SBAS L5), address new areas of LBS applications using TETRA, DVB and WIMAX telecommunication support.
It will also complete and amplify the existing work in the Road and Rail domains and develop performance standards for non-safety applications. The SUGAST consortium includes Thales Alenia Space, GMV, INECO, AENA Internacional, ETSI, NSL, NATS and SWECO in addition to FDC.

Final demonstration of the GEODatage product at CNES HQ

Mar. 2010

GEODatage device

On March 10th 2010, FDC performed with its partner Pecasys a succefull demonstration of the GEODatage product. The event gathered 20 participants among which reprensentatives from CNES, the French Ministry of Economy, the French Ministry of Transport and end-users.

FDC presents GEODatage at Galileo Application days

Feb. 2010

GEODatage Logo

FDC has developed an autonomous and fully secure Trusted Time Stamping Authority called GEODatage. This solution relies on cutting edge EGNOS and GPS technologies and takes full benefit of existing security products.
FDC will present the GEODatage product and perspectives during the "technologies for applications/secure technologies" session of the Galileo Application Days on March 5th 2010 from 09:30 to 10:15.

FDC joins the NEREUS Network!

Jan. 2010


Convinced of the crucial role that Regions can play in the GMES and GNSS programmes and in the development of their applications, FDC is pleased to join the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) as Associate Member.
NEREUS aims to explore the benefits of space technologies for Regions and their citizens and to play an active role in the construction and development of space technology markets. As a strong voice for the regional dimension of European Space Policy, NEREUS wants to increase and enhance the participation of citizens and companies in European Space Policy and Programmes. Ultimately, it strives for an adequate representation of end users' needs in terms of space applications and services.

First GMES services are now available

Nov. 2009


In the Parliament Magazine's Research Review, FDC reports on the first GMES services available to users.
GMES, the European Earth observation system, will provide policy makers, public authorities and more generally EU citizens with reliable and up-to-date information on environment and security. The GMES services are being developed by projects co-funded by the European Commission. They address land, ocean and atmosphere monitoring as well as emergency response and security.
In an article published in the November issue of the Parliament Magazine's Research Review, FDC reports on the first GMES services which are now available and indicates how these services can be accessed. More information on GMES can be found on www.gmes.info the web portal operated by FDC in the framework of the SWIFT project, a Coordination and Support Action funded by the European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry.

A Sustainable Future for Transport

Nov. 2009

Earth and compass

FDC actively contributed to the high-level conference on the Future of the European Transport System organised by the European Commission on 20th November 2009. As panellist of the round table on the role of technologies, the speech of Pascal CAMPAGNE, FDC CEO, focused on space technologies contribution to transport applications development.
The conference, opened by European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, aimed at identifying policy measures that stakeholders would like to see in the next Commission's White Paper on transport covering the decade 2010 to 2020. The conference assembled some 500 participants representing a variety of stakeholders including among others transport operators, transport authorities, national, regional and local authorities, academics and user associations.

FDC involved in the PRS Pilot Projects definition

Nov. 2009

Fire helicopter

The PRS Pilot Projects definition study awarded by the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) to Logica, QinetiQ and FDC has successfully achieved its objectives: several European Member States agreed to launch and or participate to a series of Projects forming together a pre-operational validation of the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) technical features and security management.
FDC actively supported the definition of the PRS Pilot Projects, specifically in terms of mission objectives and participants. In particular FDC organised and managed dedicated face to face meetings with Member States to support their understanding and to help them expressing their interest and plans.

SCENIC Workshop in Nice on 19th June 2009

Jun. 2009

Scenic Project

In the context of the SCENIC FP7 project, FDC (SCENIC project coordinator) organized the “European GNSS Simulation and Testing Infrastructure (GSTI) Workshop” in ETSI premises (Nice - France) on 19th June 2009. The objective of this event was to pave the way towards the definition of the GSTI concept.
This forum was targeting major European stakeholders involved in the design, development and operation of GNSS simulation tools intended to support the GNSS downstream segment.

Spatial AIS moves on…

Feb. 2009

Global Coverage

With the start of the EC project Pasta Mare in February 2009, FDC participates in an important step towards the development of space AIS services.
This project will provide an increased understanding of the potential performance of space-based AIS and will assess the potential effectiveness of this tool to support the maritime policy of EU while improving efficiency of governmental and commercial activities.
To achieve this goal, project partners will collect comprehensive AIS / LRIT data, perform Space and Airborne tests, develop optimized receiver payload and deliver recommendations for AIS services development.

FDC supports ATM Civil-Military Interoperability in SESAR

Feb. 2009


On 4th Dec. 2008 FDC actively participated to the EUROCONTROL Workshop on the Civil-Military Dimension in SESAR. This Worksop gathered over 130 participants from a wide range of organisations including Military Authorities, Procurement Agencies and Defence Industry. FDC presented the results of the study performed for EUROCONTROL DCMAC and DAS/APN on military airworthiness certification of navigation systems against ATM standards. This study involved experts from the French and British CAAs, NATO, the French military ATM Directorate and the EASA. The OCCAr, the NETMA and AIRBUS also collaborated to this successful achievement.

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