Dependence on satellite navigation technology is increasing across industry, in everything from aviation, financial-securities transactions and mining to road tolls, weather forecasting and synchronising the time in mobile base stations. The illegal use of devices, coupled with potential natural interference which may block GPS and other Satellite navigation signals, has the potential to cause a serious accident or disruption in the future.
The new European Galileo Satellite Navigation system includes a Public Regulated Service (PRS) that provides a robust and encrypted alternative navigation signal, only available to approved government users, such as the emergency services or operators of critical national infrastructure.
The UK Space Agency intends to support the use of this new Galileo service by establishing a secure PRS platform in the UK. This SBRI competition is intended to identify and develop the capabilities needed to enable the UK to effectively manage PRS access, specifically digital encryption keys, with the end user organisations in a manner that meets user application requirements.
Proposals are sought which demonstrate innovative ideas to test end to end, add value and increase user uptake of the PRS throughout the user chain. The chain includes the administrative infrastructure within the Competent PRS Authority (CPA) through to operationally deployed end user applications.
More detail on the challenge is listed here