Luminous Cyber Wins Funding for Secure Geolocation Technology

Luminous Cyber’s highly resilient, cost-effective Location Information System (LIS) is a robust alternative to GPS/GNSS for assured position, navigation and timing (A-PNT) By DA Staff / 01 Jul 2021
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Luminous Cyber Corp. has been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory’s AFWERX program to fund the roll out of its secure geolocation solution, Location Information System (LIS).

The AFWERX Phase 1 SBIR funding will enable Luminous Cyber to introduce federal agencies to its secure geolocation solutions for evaluation and trial it as a potentially more cost-effective and secure alternative to global positioning system (GPS)/global navigation satellite system (GNSS) targeting stringent aerospace requirements for assured position, navigation and timing (A-PNT).

In order to better account for outages, blocking, jamming or spoofing of GPS/GNSS caused by unintentional or intentional actors, space weather, geographical obstructions, etc., the U.S. Air Force has taken a global leadership role in exploring robust alternatives to GPS/GNSS. 

Luminous Cyber’s LIS combines state-of-the-art time difference of arrival (TDOA) algorithms with advanced artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML) and network analytics to provide highly accurate position and time in GPS/GNSS-denied environments. 

Real-time dashboards show visibility of all assets in motion, with three-dimensional position, velocity and trajectory. 

Running on low-cost commercial, off-the-shelf servers and existing network interfaces, LIS is not susceptible to the failures to which GPS/GNSS is prone. 

“The lives of millions of travelers and hundreds of billions of dollars of commerce depend on the fragile GPS/GNSS infrastructure, so our geolocation solutions deliver Assured PNT in an entirely secure and robust way,” said Dr. Charles Barry, chief executive officer and founder, Luminous Cyber. 

“Essentially all modern assets are network connected, so our technology leverages existing network connections and mobile networks to fulfill our customers’ challenging accuracy requirements without being subject to typical GPS/GNSS failure modes.”

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