GNSS interference project STRIKE3 makes a global impact

Airports, police forces and other authorities are now using the results of the innovation project STRIKE3 internationally. The project has also enabled a patent for a method of testing GNSS devices against threats.

Dr Zahidul Bhuiyan receiving an award from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of the United Kingdom.
Dr Zahidul Bhuiyan receiving an award from Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of the United Kingdom.
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Rob Lacey

The aim of the STRIKE3 project was to secure a premier position for EU industry and institutions in the global market for GNSS threat detection, reporting and mitigation technologies, applications and services.

The STRIKE3 project’s outputs are now being used internationally by airports, police forces, highway authorities, toll operators, port authorities, regulators, government agencies and international organisations to monitor the emergence of GNSS threats and to prevent service attacks on GNSS.

“The project has provided increased knowledge and understanding to enable greater economic security and national resilience in every nation,” says project leader Dr Zahidul Bhuiyan, who is a research manager at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of the National Land Survey.

Dr Bhuiyan led two work packages of STRIKE3.

Award from the Royal Institute of Navigation

The project received the 2018 “Best Paper Award” for an article published in the Royal Institute of Navigation’s “Navigation” journal. Her Royal Highness Princess Anne of the United Kingdom presented the award at a ceremony in London on 16 July.

“I would like to thank my colleagues at the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute and our international project partners from the UK, Germany, Sweden, South Korea and India for their excellent cooperation during the project,” says Dr Bhuiyan.

The award was given for the article “GNSS Threat Monitoring and Reporting: Past, Present, and a Proposed Future” in the Royal Institute of Navigation Journal, Volume 71, Issue 3, May 2018. The STRIKE3 innovation project was conducted between 2015 and 2018.

GNSS is a critical part of our day-to-day lives

As GNSS penetrates all aspects of society, business and policy, GNSS vulnerabilities are being exposed, and threats of the denial of GNSS service are increasing. It is now critical that GNSS services are protected through increased awareness of our dependency on GNSS, understanding of our vulnerabilities and protecting GNSS devices against identified threats.

GNSS receivers, capable of precise measurements of time and position, are embedded into many elements of European critical infrastructures and services. The vast majority of applications and international economies now depend on unhindered access to open and free-to-use signals transmitted from satellite constellations.

STRIKE3’s overall concept was to define, develop, validate and implement new international standards for the monitoring, reporting and testing of GNSS threats. The STRIKE3 project brought together stakeholders from more than 40 countries to develop an international response to this challenge.

More information

Research Manager Zahidul Bhuiyan, 050 372 6569, firstname.lastname@nls.fi

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