16 October 2014

GINSEC: Pre-commercial prototype of a low-cost, accurate and reliable navigation system for the professional drone market

Since October 2013, the Geomatics Division of the CTTC is working on the GINSEC project, “Enhanced GNSS-BF-INS Solution for Unmanned Vehicle control”. The project is scheduled to finish on September 30th, 2015.

The goal of the GINSEC project is to build a precommercial prototype of a low-cost, accurate and reliable navigation system for professional drone market.

Consumer-type navigation systems work quite well in general use despite the many practical problems that still affect them. Most noticeable in vehicle navigation are the slow time to first fix (up to a few minutes), poor or no availability (outages in tunnels or dense cities), slow dynamics and poor accuracy (enough to occasionally miss an exit) and lack of a heading indication.

If these problems can be annoying to an occasional user, they may be critical to professional ones, especially if operating under emergency conditions (ambulance services, fire brigades). GINSEC aims at developing a navigation system that should solve these problems with various sensor configuration and fusion approaches:

* Redundant low-cost inertial units to improve dynamics and availability of navigation.

* Antenna arrays, to obtain heading estimation and beamforming to attenuate multipath and interferers.

* Map-assisted navigation: map database is actively used in the navigation filter to improve accuracy over traditional (e.g. stay on road) approaches.

The consortium for this Seventh Framework Programme (FP7) includes the following partners:

* Eclexys SAGL (http://www.eclexys.com ) (Switzerland)
* Saphyrion SAGL (http://www.saphyrion.ch ) (Switzerland)
* LASER navigation SRL (http://www.radionav.it ) (Italy)
* Brightcom LDA (http://www.ua.pt) (Portugal)
* Mobics LTD (http://www.mobics.gr ) (Greece)
* CTTC (Spain)