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US, UK firms team up to deal with IDM threat

US: ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems, a US-based firm, and Chronos Technology Limited, a UK-based firm, teamed up to produce and market Global Navigation Satellite System interference, detection and mitigation products.

According to ITT’s press statement, satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems are vulnerable to many factors, such as signals jamming, resulting in potentially devastating system failures. The collaboration between ITT Exelis and Chronos will allow both companies to respond to the interference, detection and mitigation (IDM) market by offering a set of complementary products and solutions.

“ITT Exelis is excited to collaborate with Chronos Technology to address this important challenge in the PNT field,” said Mark Pisani, vice president and general manager, PNT Systems, Geospatial Systems, a division of ITT Exelis. “The combination of our PNT heritage with Chronos’ timing synchronisation and GNSS jamming detection capabilities makes this collaboration a perfect fit. Together with our PNT experts, we look forward to developing IDM solutions for customers that depend on PNT services.”

“GNSS has revolutionised PNT over the last twenty years, but the IDM threat is real and the risks are increasing,” said Charles Curry, founder and managing director, Chronos Technology Ltd. “By joining with ITT Exelis, we will be able to provide practical solutions to the IDM market in the near future.” He added, “At Chronos, we are thrilled to be working with ITT Exelis, the world leader in payload electronics for the GPS satellites. ITT Exelis has recognized the technological innovation driven by the GAARDIAN research project into GPS jamming and interference detection, and will bring cutting edge innovations to enhance the GAARDIAN platform. Our relationship with ITT Exelis will continue to develop Chronos’ ability to trade in global markets from our base in rural Gloucestershire.”

Source: ITT Exelis