Staff at the University of Strathclyde have won this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). They were presented with their prize at the awards ceremony, held in Madrid, and will benefit from business support and media attention to commercialise the idea. GNSS based UAV monitoring system for Airfields using Passive radar Observations (GUAPO) is a ‘silent lookout’ system that uses low-cost sensors and satellite navigation technology for the early detection of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), addressing growing concerns over public safety, security and privacy, has won Europe’s leading satellite navigation ideas competition.
Dr Carmine Clemente, Domenico Gaglione and Christos Ilioudis from the Sensor Signal Processing and Security Labs at Strathclyde’s Space Institute, developed the idea with support from the Scottish Centre of Excellence in Satellite Applications (SoXSA).
The team are working on a passive radar system using Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) signals for micro-UAV detection, classification and tracking. The Passive Bi-Static Radar (PBR) works by exploiting sources of electromagnetic energy to accomplish radar tasks such as target detection, parameter estimation and recognition.
Whilst collision and crash avoidance is of paramount concern, authorities are also concerned about UAVs available in the leisure market being used to cause large-scale civilian casualties. The ‘silent lookout’ system could be deployed as a perimeter around a football stadium or open-air concert venue with the sensors creating a ‘detection arc’ at a distance that would allow authorities enough time to take appropriate action.
Dr Malcolm Macdonald, Director of SoXSA, said:
“This award is further evidence that Strathclyde is a leading international technological university at the heart of the thriving and rapidly growing Scottish space sector, and is due recognition for the work that Carmine and his team have been doing.”
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