Special session: Improving resilience of GNSS-based terrestrial infrastructures

Many infrastructures that shape our lifestyle depend on Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). Even though not used for positioning, these infrastructures need GNSS to derive a precise time synchronization necessary for their operations. Examples are power grids, gateways for financial transactions, some types of telecommunication networks and some Ship Reporting Systems (SRS). The vulnerability of GNSS receivers to interference, either intentional or accidental, is a recognized weakness that makes GNSS-dependent infrastructures prone to synchronization errors, which can propagate and induce severe consequences.

This special session is dedicated to advances in the protections of satellite-based critical infrastructures, including new GNSS antennas and RF front end designs, digital signal processing algorithms for interference monitoring, the use of back up technologies to improve robustness. The session welcomes results of experimental analysis, studies on the possible benefits introduced by authenticated civilian signals, as well as the presentation of innovative solutions backward compatible. The presentation of activities and results of R&D projects on the subject are also accepted, if they rely on GNSS civilian signals only.

Submissions to the special session in either of the paper types (IEEE or open-access) can be made at the ICL-GNSS submission site. A virtual special issue in MDPI Sensors (JCR IF 3.031) open-access journal will be edited after the conference based on extended top-tier papers from the conference.


  • Dr. Marco Pini, LINKS Foundation,Italy