Training Seminar: Securing Positioning & Timing
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Training Seminar: Securing Positioning & Timing

Understanding satellite navigation vulnerabilities and threats. Steps to toughen and augment your system

When: 18/11/2019
Where: Edinburgh International Conference Centre - Lammermuir Room
The Exchange
Edinburgh EH3 8EE
United Kingdom
Contact: Louisa Chanter

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Course Purpose

To build understanding of how to Protect, Toughen & Augment your system or application. 

Protect: identify, locate, and classify threats;

Toughen: add resilience to the antenna or receiver; 

Augment: fuse GNSS with alternative sensors.

 Who is it for?

This course will include technical content but is pitched to be accessible to a wide audience that includes integrators, application teams and informed users.

  • Those wanting to improve knowledge and skills in relation to assured positioning and timing
  • Critical infrastructure providers with some reliance on satellite-derived time or position
  • Autonomous vehicle / drone users and system designers who want to understand global navigation satellite system (GNSS) vulnerabilities steps to improve performance
  • Those wanting to know what practical steps can be taken towards a more secure positioning and timing system
  • System and application designers and users wanting practical information to understand best practices for positioning and timing resilience


Course delegates are invited to attend a networking reception at Akva, Edinburgh, after the training. Delegates from the following RIN International Navigation Conference will also attend.

Course fees

Course fees are subsidised through the generous support of UK Space Agency.

Delegate: full day including lunch and evening reception                        £95.00

Student delegate: fully day including lunch and evening reception          £35.00 

Discounts for RIN members (available when logged as a member on  20%

CPD Credits

This course is admissible for CPD. A certificate of attendance is available on request.

The Royal Institute of Navigation offers a route to professional engineering registration for professionally qualified members, click here for more information.

Course Programme

The course is structured around the themes Protect, Toughen & Augment. These themes represent current best practices for improving the security and resilience of navigation systems.




0830 – 0900



0900 – 0915

Course introduction and objectives

John Pottle
Director, Royal Institute of Navigation


0915 – 1000

Positioning & timing threat types, descriptions and examples

Guy Buesnel
PNT Security Technologist,
Spirent Communications plc


Threat detection and characterisation across critical national infrastructures

Mark Dumville,
Managing Director,
Nottingham Scientific Ltd

1030 – 1100

--- break ---

1100 - 1130

Jammer and spoofer geolocation approaches

Mike Jones
Principal Capability Area Lead,
Roke Manor Research

1130 – 1200

Timing vulnerability sources, identification and classification

Chris Farrow,
Technical Manager
Chronos Technology Ltd

1200 – 1230

Natural sources of positioning and timing vulnerability

Prof Cathryn Mitchell,
Academic Director & NERC KT Fellow,
University of Bath

1230 – 1345

--- lunch ---


1345 – 1430

Adding resilience: Antenna and receiver

Mike Jones
Principal Capability Area Lead,
Roke Manor Research


1430 – 1515

Adding resilience: additional sensors

Prof Terry Moore
Director Nottingham Geospatial Institute,
University of Nottingham

1515 – 1545

--- break ---

1545 – 1630

Adding resilience: secure perception for autonomous systems

Prof Todd Humphreys
Associate Professor,
The University of Texas at Austin

1630 – 1700

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