We are working non-stop on the ASGARD project to develop a cutting-edge maritime receiver that leverages the latest Galileo technology. Our goal is not just to create a receiver, but also to raise awareness of the benefits that this project can bring to the community. It is crucial that all stakeholders are aware not only that we are developing this receiver, but also how it can enhance maritime navigation.
With this intention, among the design and implementation activities, we have been working during the lifecycle of the project in ensuring that the receiver we are developing becomes known for the marine market. For example, one of the opportunities that we took was the presentation of the ASGARD project to attend the SMM event in September 2022 to convey the ASGARD project added value, among others, the use of double frequency GNSS signal, including multi-constellation processing and the importance of including OSNMA in maritime receivers.
Shipbuilding, Machinery and Marine Technology trade fair (SMM) is one leading international trade fair for the maritime industry that brings together professionals from all sectors. It occurs every two years in Hamburg. Some representatives of the ASGARD consortium from SAAB side, took the opportunity to show to the interested people among the 30000 visitors the outcomes of the project.
One of the key features that was explained during the event is Galileo’s OSNMA (Open Service Navigation Message Authentication) functionality. This capability, included in the open Galileo service, allows for the authentication of navigation messages, and ensures that they have not been modified by unauthorized sources. The OSNMA functionality in our receiver serves as an added cybersecurity measure against some types of spoofing attacks, alerting users if an attack is detected so that they can take appropriate action.
The receiver developed in ASGARD project complies with international maritime regulations and standards, such as IMO 122, IMO 233, IEC 61108-1, and IEC 61108-3. Additionally, a proposal for an implementation following new regulations, such as IMO MSC.401/432, which advocates for a Multi-System Receiver (MSR) approach to enhance the resilience and robustness of Position, Navigation, and Timing (PNT) with improved performance and integrity functionalities.
To support validation and verification activities, two laboratories participated in the process: BSH (Bundesamt für Seeschifffahrt und Hydrographie), a German laboratory recognized for testing and approving maritime navigation and radio equipment, and JRC (Joint Research Centre), the European Commission’s science and knowledge service that employs scientists to provide independent scientific advice and support for EU policy.
ASGARD continues to work towards our goal of improving maritime navigation by developing a new advanced receiver that supports multiple constellations and frequencies. If you are interested, you can download the presentation made during the SMM event using this link: