LINKS boasts 20 years of experience in satellite navigation and Location-Based Services (LBS).
The Foundation can count upon strong competences in the radionavigation-satellite systems field, with particular focus on the Galileo system, the main European space program.
The main overseen themes are planning of algorithms for the elaboration of space-transmitted signals and data, development of prototype IoT devices and receivers, integration of satellite receivers with land-bound technology through data fusion algorithms.
In the last few years we brought particular attention to studying intentional interfering signals and studying countermeasures for protecting signals coming from satellite systems: we dedicated new research activities in this field to navigation warfare and studying cryptographic techniques for the authentication of transmitted signals.
As for the LBS sector, we mainly conducted activities with sector businesses.
Besides systems dedicated to mobility and transportation, the interest extended to studying the resilience of critical infrastructures whose functioning depends on Galileo-transmitted signals. Some of the performed activities involve development and testing of advanced applications, prototypes creation and engineering, validation of LBS solutions used for commercial applications such as precision agriculture, assisted driving, ultra-precise location in harsh conditions and interference protection.
In the satellite navigation and downstream applications field, LINKS mainly works on research programmes funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and by the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). The Foundation, starting from EU-funded projects, supported European businesses and start-ups specialized in space technology in the process of internationalisation and technology transfer outside the European Union, focusing on South-East Asia. LINKS researchers’ competence in this sector enables constant collaborations with large businesses, small and medium ones, start-ups and scientific cooperation with universities and foreign research centres.