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GNSS Reconfigurable Antenna Based Enhanced Localization

Objective

GRABEL is an SME research initiative intended to investigate the joint use of reconfigurable antennas and beamforming algorithms for the purpose of improving the localization capabilities of Global Navigation Satellite systems (GNSS) receivers (including GPS and Galileo) in outdoor and light-indoor propagation environments. Under good signal propagation conditions (e.g. outdoors with clear line-of-site), most current GNSS receivers are able to deliver reliable navigation with accuracies to within a few meters. However, signal propagation is often characterized by the absence of a strong Line Of Sight (LOS), many non LOS (NLOS, multipath) components, interference (unintentional or intentional), noise and other degradations of the already weak GNSS signal received from the satellite, such as may be encountered in urban and indoor environments. At the same time, the demand for accurate and reliable outdoor-indoor localization is increasing. The requirements for location aware services are becoming more demanding, while the user community is growing. GNSS receivers must be enhanced to meet the needs of ever more demanding applications with respect to rapid, reliable and accurate localisation. GRABEL investigates and develops improved GNSS receiver techniques that make better use of the weak GNSS signals while mitigating the adverse effects of multipath signals, fading, shadowing and interference. The key idea in GRABEL is the use of jointly optimised reconfigurable antenna arrays and baseband beamforming algorithms to substantially improve the performance and reliability of GNSS receivers and wireless receivers more broadly. The use of jointly optimized reconfigurable antennas and beamforming enables GRABEL receivers to approach theoretical performance limits; offering robust, high performance localization in dynamically changing, general outdoor light-indoor environments. As such, GRABEL opens the door to a new generation of outdoor-indoor location aware services

Field of science

  • /social sciences/sociology/governance/public services
  • /social sciences/social and economic geography/transport/navigation systems/satellite navigation system/global navigation satellite system

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2008-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

ECLEXYS SAGL
Address
Via Dell Inglese 6
6826 Riva San Vitale
Switzerland
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 630 119
Administrative Contact
Angelo Consoli (Mr.)

Participants (6)

CSEM CENTRE SUISSE D'ELECTRONIQUE ET DE MICROTECHNIQUE SA - RECHERCHE ET DEVELOPPEMENT
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 35 503
Address
Rue Jaquet Droz 1
2000 Neuchatel
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Jaouhar Ayadi (Dr.)
SAPHYRION SAGL
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 32 700
Address
Strada Regina 16
6934 Bioggio
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Steve Crivelli (Mr.)
ISTITUTO NAZIONALE DI ASTROFISICA
Italy
EU contribution
€ 10 500
Address
Viale Del Parco Mellini 84
00136 Roma
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Luigina Feretti (Dr.)
POLE STAR SARL
France
EU contribution
€ 192 508,10
Address
Rue Paulin Talabot 9
31100 Toulouse
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Baptiste Godefroy (Mr.)
SPACE HELLAS ANONYMI ETAIREIA SYSTIMATA KAI YPIRESIES TILEPIKOINONIONPLIROFORIKIS ASFALEIAS - IDIOTIKI EPICHEIRISI PAROCHIS YPERISION ASFA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 194 139
Address
Messogion Ave 312
153 41 Aghia Paraskevi Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Katerina Dalari (Ms.)
MOBICS TELECOMMUNICATION AND CONSULTING SERVICES SA
Greece
EU contribution
€ 11 110
Address
Kifissias Avenue 27
115 23 Athina
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Effrosyni Tsili (Ms.)