december 2016

Navitec 2016, Noordwijk

Qascom participates to Navitec 2016 navigation conference hosted by ESA in coordination with CNES, DLR, and the University of the Federal Armed Forces Munich. The conference will be in ESA – ESTEC in The Netherlands between 14th and 16th of December 2016

Qascom will present the following activities:
· GPS and Galileo developments on board of the International Space Station (ISS) within the Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed, in collaboration with ESA and NASA
· R&D on Galileo E1D authentication solutions and CSK tracking: a novel approach for high rate GNSS signals Qascom is also part of Telespazio presentation of the Deployment and Testing of an Interference Monitoring Service Prototype for Critical Infrastructures.

october 2016

22nd KA and Broadband Communication Conference, Cleveland

Qascom participates to the 22nd KA Band Conference in Cleveland, Ohio, October 17 - 20, 2016

It presents the status of the activities concerning GPS and Galileo developments on board of the International Space Station (ISS), with the Space Communications and Navigation (SCAN) Testbed.
The publication has been prepared by Qascom in collaboration with ESA and NASA.

september 2016

ION GNSS+2016 Portland, Oregon

QASCOM participated to the ION GNSS+2016 conference in Portlandand. Three papers were accepted, having Qascom as prime author, with the following titles:

  -Authentication Concepts for Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems,
  -Jamming and Spoofing Detection and Localization System for Protection of GNSS Ground-based Infrastructures,
  -Advanced Message Generation Facility for Future GNSS Broadcasting.

The Paper “Authentication Concepts for Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems” introduces the threats on GNSS applications due to the falsification of augmentation services.
In particular, new techniques for SBAS authentication are presented, both at signal level and data level.
The aim of the work is to open the discussion for a new EGNOS authentication service to be implemented in the new dual frequency service.
The paper received the “Best Presentation Aword” for its session at ION 2016 (Portland).
In addition, it has been subject of great interest from the audience.

The second paper, titled “PROGRESS project: jamming and spoofing detection and localization system for protection of GNSS ground-based infrastructures” presents Qascom contribution to EC founded PROGRESS project, focused on the detection and mitigation of attacks to GNSS infrastructures from highly educated attackers.
This paper presents the Interference Detection and Localization System (IDLS), that is the subsystems developed in this framework and intended to detection and localization of Radio Frequency Interference threats, such as jamming and spoofing.

The last paper is titled “The Advanced Message Generation Facility (AMGF)” and describes a software tool developed to support the assessment of future GNSS navigation message dissemination strategies aimed at enhancing user level performances, such as availability of positioning, timing or authentication services at the user level.
Concepts like the dissemination of messages in “broadcast-target pairing mode” are studied, where satellites can act as “broadcast” satellites, transmitting data also for other satellites called “target”, contrary to typical dissemination of current GNSS systems that disseminate from each SV the data of the broadcasting satellite.
The algorithms have been simulated with Galileo constellations scenario to assess a set of system level key performance indicators retained of value in the analysis of the performance of different dissemination strategies.

During the conference, Qascom was additionally session chair of the panel on PNT Privacy and Security.

Finally Qascom was co-author of a paper concerning the first Experimentation Results with the Full Galileo CS Demonstrator.

september 2016

Advanced Satellite Multimedia Systems Conference and Signal Processing for Space Communications Workshop, ASMS/SPSC 2016, Palma de Mallorca (Spain)

Qascom presented an abstract entitled Satellite-Based Interference Localization Techniques.

Radio Frequency Interference (RFI) represents a serious threat for the satellite industry: it is the single most important operational problem affecting customer services on geostationary satellites, which causes SATCOM industry to lose millions of dollars a year.
It is classified as a major threat to navigation systems and their users. In this context, it is becoming of critical importance to design space systems which are able to localize the interference source, allowing taking actions (e.g., sending the authorities to the place the interference originates from) that can prevent future repetitions of similar behaviours.
This tutorial will give an overview of localization approaches which are based on processing the signal sent by a target, covering aspects such as:

1) the extraction of basic features from the received signal, which define the set of points in which the target may be located;

2) the computation of a position fix from multiple set of points;

3) the challenges associated to a satellite based localization approach, with particular emphasis to a single satellite architecture.

In addition to it, the localization results obtained with a software simulator developed by Qascom will be shown and discussed.

june 2016

Workshop on Galileo, Padova

Qascom organizes a workshop on Galileo at the University of Padova, Department of Information Engineering. Industries and students are invited to participate.

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may 2016

European Navigation Conference, Helsinki

Qascom presents two papers at GNSS 2016. Both presentations concerns GNSS protection in the aviation market. The first is titled "Spoofing Monitoring Sensor for Critical Applications" while the second "GNSS authentication for aeronautics applications". More information is available at the Conference website here

may 2016

Qascom’s team presents its activities in robust PNT and interference geo-location

Qascom presented at the University of Padua, at the department of Information Engineering, its activities in robust PNT and interference geo-location.

A team of expert in Qascom presented to the University the current status of projects and activities in the domain of GNSS Jamming and spoofing detection and localization. Various projects with the European Space Agency, The European Commission and GNSS Supervisory Authority has been presented. The company informed that a number of position for thesis research and undergraduate and post-graduate position are open now. Interested in Qascom? Contact us

april 2016

Presentation at the ASI (Italian Space Agency) and IIN (Italian Navigation Institute) conference at the Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport, Rome

Qascom presented robustness of GNSS technologies in the field of road transport, which will increase signals and receivers security against intentional and not intentional interference. More information is available here With its expertise, Qascom covers 360 ° all aspects of authentication and security for road, rail, maritime and aeronautical.

march 2016

3rd ESA Workshop on Advanced Flexible Telecom Payloads,ESA/ESTEC, Noordwijk, The Netherlands.

Qascom has been co-chair of the session 6: Flexibility for interference management. The company presented a paper with title “Software Tool for the Assessment of On‐Board Satellite‐Based Interference Geolocation”. Check here. here

The presentation discusses the capabilities of a software simulator tool that Qascom has developed as the prime contractor of the ESA project "Ground to Space Threat Simulator" (GSTS). Such simulator is a flexible and modular software tool for the assessment of various interference geolocation techniques performed by exploiting the processing capabilities of satellites.

march 2016

Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2016 - Session 10

Chairman: Oscar Pozzobon, Founder and Technical Director, Qascom S.r.l., Bassano del Grappa, Italy

A special session on GNSS authentication has been held at the Munich Satellite Summit this year. Delegates from both US and EU Government have presented their view to the emerging need for authentication in satellite Navigation. Experst and industrial providers explained the current activities and developments as well as their view on emerging requierments.

october 2015

21st KA and broadband communication conference, Bologna

Qascom has presented two publications at the 21st KA and broadband communication conference, held in Bologna, Italy, the 12-14 of October.

The two papers presented are: “On-Board Satellite-Based Interference Geolocation Using Time Difference of Arrival Measurements”, Luca Canzian, Samuele Fantinato, Giovanni Gamba, Stefano Montagner, Oscar Pozzobon, Qascom - Italy Rigas Ioannides, Francisco Amarillo Fernandez, Massimo Crisci, ESA/ESTEC - The Netherlands and “Defending Critical Infrastructures from GNSS Interference”, Samuele Fantinato, Stefano Montagner, Giovanni Gamba, Oscar Pozzobon, Andrea Dalla Chiara, QASCOM - Italy Filippo Rodriguez, Telespazio – Italy

september 2015


Qascom has been invited as panellist at ION GNSS+ conference in Tampa, US, regarding the topic of “Challenges of Privacy in Future Secure GNSS”


september 2015

Qascom team building day

Qascom finally had its Regatta! We organized a team building day with a Regatta at Jesolo beach. Four teams with four boats enjoyed a lovely sunny day sailing all day on the beach. Do you want to join us next year?

march 2015

Munich Satellite Summit

Qascom has participated to the Munich Satellite Summit, in Munich, with a booth illustrating the different services and products in the field of GNSS authentication.

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