Brussels View: Bringing New A-PNT Opportunities to Life

The recent spotlighting of alternative positioning, navigation and timing technologies by weighty bodies such as the European Commission and the European Space Agency is causing more than a stir among the concerned communities, with both public and private interests now readying themselves to move beyond conventional GNSS for critical applications.

There’s little doubt that space-based GNSS technologies will remain the backbone upon which mass global positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) services are built, at least for the foreseeable future. However, awareness of their limits and vulnerabilities is leading to the development of alternative PNT (A-PNT) solutions.

An in-depth performance assessment campaign was recently completed by the Joint Research Center (JRC) of the European Commission (EC). Four companies, OPNT, 7 Solutions SL, SCPTime and GMV, demonstrated timing services, while three others, Satelles, Locata and NextNav, demonstrated timing and positioning services.

Read more in Inside GNSS article.

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