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A successful ENC


Around 300 delegates attended this year's excellent European Navigation Conference (ENC-GNSS 2014) in Rotterdam.

The conference, held in the impressive World Trade Centre, drew around 300 delegates and speakers from 40 nations. Almost 160 papers were presented in 36 sessions and there were over a dozen exhibitors.

A series of pre-meetings included those of the European Group and International Association of Institutes of Navigation (EUGIN and IAIN).

The newly-formed Resilient PNT Forum - proposed by the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities (IALA) and supported by EUGIN and IAIN - met for the first time, under the chairmanship of Trinity House's Dr Nick Ward FRIN. The keynote of the afternoon was given by Prof David Last FRIN - it was a profound collection of observations on the state of GNSS and navigation in general, and will appear in the next issue of Navigation News.

The main keynote for the conference itself was given by Prof Brad Parkinson HonFRIN - the 'Father of GPS'. He focussed on 'PTA' - not 'Parent Teachers' Association' as he explained (but that's a way of remembering it) - but:
- Protect (the clear & truthful signal)
- Toughen (users’ receivers)
- Augment (or substitute PNT sources)
. . for GNSS to ensure that it meets users’ PNT needs

Again, this was an excellent keynote, and an article based on the presentation will appear in the 25th Anniversary edition of GPS World in July (see link below . .).

Other messages conveyed at the conference included that:
- Galileo now works . . and so do other systems & augmentations
- Interference is a problem to everyone
- Time (as opposed to navigation) is now of huge importance
- Integrity is often paramount
- Space weather is important
- Integration, interoperability and back-up are improving

. . but, relating to the vulnerability of GNSS . .
- Politicians and administrators do not understand the problem of vulnerability . .
- We (who understand) have a responsibility to explain things . .
- Resilience is vital (PTA) . .

Details of the conference at the links below . .

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