From space to industry

IPAYMO uses data originating from different location sources including GNSS. We complement the spatial data with data from terrestrial networks such as from the GSM networks, WiFi sources but also Ground Based Augmentation Systems (GBAS).

The IPAYMO Proof-of-Concept was first presented during the Galileo Application Days held in Brus-sels in March 2010. It showed IPAYMO performance simulations using the current GPS system in combination with the future Galileo system deploying simulators provided by a major European space conglomerate. IPAYMO is capable to significantly improve localisation in urban environments, important in order to determine its capabilities in a mobile payment transaction context.

Its technology makes it possible to significantly improve location determination under difficult conditions using low cost receivers such as those used in mobile phones. Even more important IPAYMO is capable to do that in a reliable and accurate way by using easy to use consumer devices without requiring the use of special purpose appliances for mitigating the adverse effects trying to sabotage GNSS signals by spoofing, replay and other attacks.

Using the current demonstrators as a basis IPAYMO is now (December 2011) embarking on using data from multi-GNSS constellations, combining GPS and Russian GLONASS data, to improve its underlying location establishment processes with a view to improve the authentication methods used to date.

ESA Business Incubation

The 2-years IPAYMO incubation was successfully completed with an end-of-incubation review held in ESTEC in June 2011 where a panel with representatives from Luxembourg, ESA and CESAH were presented to the IPAYMO achievements and who were shown the IPAYMO live demonstrators.

During incubation IPAYMO had recourse to experts from the ESOC navigation office and others that were capable to contribute to the high level technical requirements defined in the IPAYMO Requirements Documentation.

Most of the achievements during the ESA Business Incubation were made possible thanks to the support of the Luxembourg government through the Ministry of Higher Education and Research as well as the Luxembourg Agency for Innovation (Luxinnovation). During this period seed funds were provided through the joint Luxembourg/ESA LIIS facility enabling the further development and system engineering of the IPAYMO technology.

Incubation period and location

From May 2009 to June 2011 IPAYMO was hosted at the ESA BIC in Darmstadt managed by the Cen-tre for Satellite Navigation Hessen.