County firm's ground-breaking technology to be used in US
GROUND-BREAKING technology developed by a Forest of Dean company is to be used by a major US engineering firm as part of a deal potentially worth millions of pounds.
Jamming and interference detecting technology has been developed by Lydbrook-based Chronos Technology's research team and will be used to help in a fight against illegal GPS (global positioning system) jamming devices.
The move will create around four jobs for the county firm, with up to 20 Chronos employees involved in the project.
The sensor technology will be used by Exelis, a global aerospace and defence company based in New Jersey, to protect GPS signals that are under threat.
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Ports, airports and financial trading systems are among infrastructure that use GPS data that could be protected by the technology, which is part of a growing market of GPS Trusted Services and Service Quality Assurance.
Jamming systems are often used by criminals, such as car thieves.
Chronos said this was a long term partnership which should evolve into multi-million pound revenue over the next five years.
Its technology is a key part of the US firm's IDG system (GPS Interference Detection and Geolocation), which locates GPS jamming sources, whether they are intentional or accidental.
This is seen as increasingly important as GPS jamming devices become cheaper and more widely available online.
Managing director Professor Charles Curry said: "We are very pleased to be working with Exelis in this emerging market of GPS Trusted Services and Service Quality Assurance.
"With nearly 40 years' GPS technology expertise, their considerable resources will enable us to combat the global threat of low-cost GPS jammers and enable the protection of critical infrastructure while assisting law enforcement agencies to neutralise the threat."
IDG technology is based upon a network of threat detection sensors supplied by Chronos that are linked to a centralised server running Exelis-developed location calculations.
The Chronos sensors will be strategically placed around areas at risk from GPS jamming to immediately sense and locate the jamming source.
The technology has already been selected and undergone successful integration trials with Exelis.
It has been developed by the Chronos research team in two major projects called Gaardian and Sentinal.
Both were funded by the UK Government Technology Strategy Board.
Gaardian started in 2008 with the aim of developing a system for analysing GPS interference and other systems. Through this Sentinel started. Its network currently operates in the UK and detects frequent GPS jamming incidents in infrastructure including airports, major roads and city locations. This is now coming to a conclusion as the firm develops commercial products from the research.