Overview of our research activities

Current projects


A European Project for developing a high precision positioning automotive system to enable the development and deployment of complex automated driving functions.

This project is funded by the GSA Fundamental Elements program under Grant Agreement GSA/GRANT/03/2018.

ACCURATE will develop a high precision positioning On Board Unit (OBU), that can be integrated in systems required by any Car, Truck or Bus OEM, based on tight heterogenous sensor fusion that will be easily integrable on Automated Driving platforms for any vehicle for reaching SAE L4 and L5 automated driving levels.
The increased complexity of validating emerging technologies implemented in connected and automated driving vehicles is one of the biggest obstacles to introducing them to the market. ACCURATE will study how to include the EGNSS based positioning technologies in the validation channel by making use of the advanced simulation and scenario generation tools.
  • development of a high precision positioning system integrated in the AD platforms
  • inclusion of GNSS technologies in Level 4 and Level 5 validation and certification pipelines
  • implementation of testing and dissemination crucial phases in order to assess and validate the solution functionality and for the end-user acceptance
  • implementation of a trial test campaign in real environment conditions to test the system in its final configuration under the expected Operational Design Domains.
  • dissemination of the project results to both the scientific community and the end-users (European drivers) and confirm the conditions for a successful business model.
This Project receives funding from the GSA Fundamental Elements programme under grant agreement GSA/GRANT/03/2018
Project period: 09.2020 – 09.2022

Consortium leadership

NavCert contributes to the ACCURATE project in two forms. The first roll is associated to the functional verification and validation of the OBU. The second roll of NavCert is the development of new validation and verification procedures of L4 and L5 AD functionalities that consider the key role of GNSS technologies, and standardisation promotion with standardisation bodies such as ISO, CEN, ETSI.



The EU-funded CLUG project will assess the feasibility of a failsafe on-board multi-sensor localisation unit using GNSS, track maps and a minimal number of reference points.
This project receives funding from the EU under H2020-EU.

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The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) is a constellation of satellites providing signals from space that transmit positioning and timing data to receivers that use this data to determine location. For the European railway network, GNSS could pave the way for improved localisation performance. The EU-funded CLUG project will assess the feasibility of a failsafe on-board multi-sensor localisation unit using GNSS, track maps and a minimal number of reference points. It will also review the use of an on-board continuous localisation system that provides information on location, speed and other dynamics of the train. Bringing together railway companies, railway signalling industries, navigation specialists, a research institute and a certification expert, the project will aim to future-proof the development of train digitalisation and automation.
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This project will carry out a mission analysis / needs assessment and preliminary feasibility study of an on-board localization unit with the following characteristics:

  • Fail-safe integrated multi-sensor localization unit consisting of a navigation core (IMU, tachometer, etc.), which is used as a reference using GNSS, route maps and a minimum number of reference points
  • Continuous localization system on board that provides the location, speed and other dynamics of the train
    operational and interoperable in the entire European rail network
  • Compatible with the current ERTMS TSI or with your future developments

The CLUG project is funded under the EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation H2020-EU.

Project period:12.2019 – 11.2021

NavCert checks the correct functionality of the GNSS unit and then carries out a prototype certification of the system.


GalilEo Authenticated Robust timing System

Development of a complete solution from the reception of GNSS RF signals to the distribution of time and frequency information to users of critical infrastructure requiring time and frequency.

This project has received funding from the European GNSS Agency under grant agreement No GSA_GRANT_05_2017-02.

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The GEARS a European GNSS Agency project aims at developing a new Galileo-based Timing Receiver. The concept of the GEARS is to define and provide a new complete solution from the reception of GNSS RF signals to the distribution of time and frequency information to critical infrastructures users requiring timing and frequency.
The objective of the GEARS research project is to develop a timing receiver relying on the needs of the critical application users, i.e., energy, finance, and telecommunications sectors. The GEARS products are designed to be fully complaint to the critical users timing requirements by implementing high levels of security and safety. The GEARS project specifically aims at:
  • Improving performances and resilience of Galileo and GNSS Timing receiver
  • Develop and demonstrate the effectiveness of unique Galileo services to operators
  • Strengthen market adoption through standardisation activities

The GEARS as received funding from the European GNSS Agency under grant agreement No GSA GRANT 05 2017-02.

Project period:07.2019 – 06.2021

NavCert contributes to the GEARS project in two forms. The first roll is associated with testing the prototype regarding multi-scenario and mixed threats for resiliency and robustness validation within its accredited GNSS lab. The second roll of NavCert is to support the development of a new standard and certification schemes for a Galileo-based and GNSS timing receivers.


Inter Aircraft Network

The IntAirNet research project aims to develop a radio procedure for on-board communication over longer distances and multiple participants.

The project IntAirNet is funded within the framework of the aviation research program LuFo V3 of the BMWi.


In the IntAirNet joint project, the LDACS (L-band Digital Aeronautical Communications System) radio and data transmission procedure developed for air-ground communications is to be extended to include airborne communication in aircraft. Through communication in a network of several aircraft, messages or data from one transmitter can reach the receiver even if the receiver is outside the direct radio range, because other aircraft in the network are used as relay stations.
The IntAirNet joint project aims to increase the performance of the LDACS radio system. At the same time, concepts and applications for the on-board communication of aircraft are being developed. High-performance radio technology with high data rates that can be used over long distances is one of the basic prerequisites for ensuring that modern air traffic with its increasing number of aircraft movements can be handled today and in the future. For example, air traffic control instructions can be transmitted not only in direct radio range in the airport environment. Other aircraft in the network serving as relay stations transmit longer-term air traffic control instructions over greater distances. In this way, the use of 4D trajectories can be supported. As a further use case, aircraft can distribute meteorological information to other participants in the surrounding airspace. With the improvement and further development of the radio technology used, safety and efficiency in flight operations can be drastically increased.

The IntAirNet project is funded as part of the Aviation Research Program LuFo V3 of the BMWi.

The project executing agency is the DLR Aviation Research and Technology Project Management Agency

Project period: 01.2019 – 03.2022

NavCert's contribution is the evaluation of existing regulatory requirements as well as standards and data security. The aim is to show which standards need to be further developed and security requirements are defined. The requirements are compared with the planned implementation and it is checked that these are taken into account in the demonstrator and the tests.


Aftermarket eCall For Europe

Definition of standards and specifications for the use of eCall aftermarket systems

This project is funded by Innovation and Networks Executive Agency (INEA) of the European Commission under the CEF „Connecting Europe Facility“ program


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The project "sAFE - Aftermarket eCall for Europe" is dedicated to paving the way for an effective and cost-efficient aftermarket eCall solution for every type of vehicle by developing standards, operating procedures, tests and certifications. A consortium of 23 international organisations is working together to increase road safety through the use of aftermarket eCall solutions.
The aim of the project sAFE is to define the standards and specifications to pave the way for deployment of aftermarket systems for eCall. The deployment shall reduce the number of fatalities in the European Union as well as the severity of injuries caused by road accidents.

sAFE is co-financed with 2.8 million € by the “Connecting Europe Facility" of the European Union.

Project period: 01.2019 – 12.2020

In addition to overall project management tasks, NavCert analyzes existing standards and compiles the requirements for new standards and conformity test specifications.


Automated parking in car parks

Synergies through cooperation and standardization in manufacturer-independent automated parking

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In the SynCoPark project (synergies from cooperation and standardization in manufacturer-independent automated parking), the project team from science and industry is developing a standardization for the qualification and certification of infrastructure in parking garages and vehicles. Park operations in different degrees of automation should thus be achieved independently of the vehicle manufacturer, infrastructure service providers and parking garage operators and a widespread spread of automated parking should be supported.
The main objective of the project is the development of a standard for the inter-manufacturer and operator-spanning interaction of the components in the overall human-vehicle parking garage as well as on the technical level of communication sensors and actuators.

The SynCoPark project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with 2.6 million euros from the research program for "Automation and Networking in Road Traffic".


Project period: 10.2018 – 06.2021

NavCert analyzes existing standards and compiles the requirements for new standards and compliance testing specifications.


Past Projects

Automatic vehicle emergency call - eCall


Improvements to existing standards in conjunction with recommendations for the safe use of eCall systems

HeERO addressed the pan-European in-vehicle emergency call service "eCall", which is based on the pan-European emergency number 112. During the three-year project period (2011-2013), the HeERO consortium from nine European countries launched the harmonized, interoperable 112-based emergency call system (E112). In 2013, a new consortium consisting of 6 countries launched the HeERO II project. NavCert was project manager for the overall evaluation in both projects. This included performing tests under real conditions and validating against the common European eCall standards established by European standardization bodies. The result was a wide range of improvements to existing standards in conjunction with recommendations for the safe use of eCall systems.


In I_HeERO, the necessary control center infrastructure has been prepared to ensure the eCall service and the compatibility with the European-wide introduction of eCall in September 2017. NavCert focus was on the definition and implementation of a conformity assessment of all control centers. All control centers were legally committed to this conformity assessment, provided that they process emergency calls based on 112.


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Subproject of the "Schaufenster Elektromobilität Niedersachsen"

Data protection compliant information and data platform providing information of interest to other sub-projects or third parties

ICT Services provides inter-transport, interregional services to users of electric mobility and providers of regional mobility services. In addition, it provides an information and data platform that provides information of general interest to other subprojects or third parties (eg statistics on the use of vehicles and loading points).


GNSS supported driver assistance systems

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In FAMOS, three location-based driver assistance applications were examined: entry and exit assistant, green driving and center of gravity warning system. These were prototypically realized on a test platform. Our focus was on the applicability of emerging automotive standards to ISO 26262, validation of development and identification of a certification scheme.


In the GENEVA project, proactive and scalable assistance systems were developed that are specially adapted to the complex situation in city traffic. These assistance systems increase and improve traffic safety in the urban area for all road users. Our focus was on the applicability of emerging automotive standards to ISO 26262, validation of development and identification of a certification scheme.

Emergency management

navcert-emynos Goal of the EMYNOS project was the development of a "Next Generation" emergency management platform. This platform was supposed to enable ambulance or police to handle extreme emergency situations, such as natural disasters or terrorist attacks, as well as conventional emergency calls in a sovereign and reliable way. NavCert's focus in this project was to explore all the aspects necessary to deliver eCalls from circuit-switched GSM networks to packet-switched networks such as 5G. This allows more information to be sent regarding the emergency call and real-time updates.

Satellite receiver

navcert-foster Goal of the Foster project was the development of the first operational, safe and reliable galilEo receiver for ITS applications. This satellite receiver was designed to support Galileo OS authentication and guaranteed maximum security and reliability through special algorithms and integrated hardware. NavCert focus was on the identification of necessary standards that ensure marketability in relation to automotive regulations such as ISO 26262. In addition, NavCert developed a private testing program for the validation and prototype certification of the recipient.

Environmental protection

navcert-opencardata In the OCD project, an emissions monitoring and reporting tool was developed, which should contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in traffic. NavCert Focus was the certification of the developed solution based on a voluntary testing plan. The seal of approval highlights the special features of the product: integrity, accuracy, data security.

V2I Kommunikation

anika projekt The aim of the ANIKA project was to have emergency telephones communicate with passing vehicles. In addition to the technical specification, ANIKA also addressed the question of which V2I services should be supported by distress pillars. In future, V2I-equipped emergency telephones could even be used to give warning messages (e.g. wrong-way drivers) to other drivers and the traffic management center. NavCert focus was on identifying applicable standards as the foundation for development and final validation.

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