Spectracom Adds Resiliency for Military Communications System

(Updated July 18, 2016) Spectracom has been selected to provide Interference, Detection and Mitigation (IDM) capability to its SecureSync® precision time and frequency reference system to support Rohde & Schwarz Benelux B.V. and the Netherlands Ministry of Defence for secure long range military communications systems.

This upgrade, which is based on a secondary receiver that extracts precision timing signals from the eLORAN system when GPS signals are not available, will increase the reliability of the overall communication system by further enhancing the resiliency of the precision timing core.

“Spectracom is leading a technology trend by shifting from relying solely on GPS, and other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as GLONASS, BeiDou and Galileo, to a diversified approach in which various signals and sensors are combined to provide a more resilient PNT solution,” said John Fischer, Spectracom Chief Technology Officer. “This approach not only helps to protect critical systems from intentional and accidental interference, but in some cases also improves the overall accuracy of PNT data.”

As part of its expanding set of resilient PNT solutions, Spectracom systems synchronize to a variety of precision references whenever and wherever available. In this deployment, signals from the eLORAN system are constantly monitored and act as the primary reference when GNSS signals are not available due to interference or jamming. This new capability supports the goal of a sustainable and reliable network for ongoing global operations. The modularity of the SecureSync precision time & frequency platform allows customers and integrators to easily and incrementally increase system capabilities, such as multiple reference signals, as they become available.

“This program leverages Spectracom mission to provide resilient PNT solutions for critical applications,” said Rohit Braggs, Spectracom VP of Sales & Marketing. ““We have a strong heritage in providing time and frequency technology to Aerospace, Defense and Government customers such as Rohde & Schwarz throughout Europe and are pleased to continue to provide IDM capability to enhance military communications systems that are so dependent on precision timing.”