ROCHESTER, N.Y. & LYDBROOK, GLOUCESTERSHIRE, England — (BUSINESS WIRE) — November 17, 2011 — ITT Exelis (NYSE: XLS) and Chronos Technology Ltd. have agreed to jointly pursue and develop product offerings for the Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Interference, Detection and Mitigation (IDM) market.
Satellite-based positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) systems are vulnerable to many factors, such as signals jamming, resulting in potentially devastating system failures. The collaboration between ITT Exelis and Chronos Technology will allow both companies to respond to the IDM market by offering a set of complementary products and solutions.
"ITT Exelis is excited to collaborate with Chronos Technology to address this important challenge in the PNT field,” said Mark Pisani, vice president and general manager, Positioning, Navigation and Timing Systems, Geospatial Systems, a division of ITT Exelis. “The combination of our PNT heritage with Chronos’ timing synchronization and GNSS jamming detection capabilities makes this collaboration a perfect fit. Together with our PNT experts, we look forward to developing IDM solutions for customers that depend on PNT services."
"GNSS has revolutionized PNT over the last twenty years, but the IDM threat is real and the risks are increasing,” said Charles Curry, founder and managing director, Chronos Technology Ltd. “By joining with ITT Exelis, we will be able to provide practical solutions to the IDM market in the near future." He added, “At Chronos, we are thrilled to be working with ITT Exelis, the world leader in payload electronics for the GPS satellites. ITT Exelis has recognized the technological innovation driven by the GAARDIAN research project into GPS jamming and interference detection, and will bring cutting edge innovations to enhance the GAARDIAN platform. Our relationship with ITT Exelis will continue to develop Chronos’ ability to trade in global markets from our base in rural Gloucestershire.”
For more than 37 years, ITT Exelis payloads and payload components have been on board every GPS satellite and have accumulated in excess of 500 years of on-orbit life without a single mission-related failure due to ITT Exelis equipment.
ITT Exelis Geospatial Systems, headquartered in Rochester, N.Y., is a global supplier of innovative night vision, remote sensing and navigation solutions that provide sight and situational awareness at the space, airborne, ground and soldier levels. Key applications include image intensification and thermal imaging; advanced power supplies; multi-spectral image systems; weather and climate monitoring; space science; intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; GPS-based positioning, navigation and timing systems; and image exploitation software. www.exelisinc.com
Chronos Technology Limited is a world leader in timing synchronization solutions and GNSS jamming and interference detection, and is currently the lead for the UK Government sponsored SENTINEL research program, which followed on from the GAARDIAN GNSS interference detection project to research the location of GNSS jammers. Established in 1986, Chronos is a leading provider of technical solutions including time and timing for wireline and wireless telecom operators; highly versatile telecoms sync testing and monitoring systems and quality of service applications. Chronos also supplies GNSS (GPS) products from receivers for all application types including covert tracking, avionics and embedded systems, to test equipment (simulators) and GNSS infrastructure (antennas, splitters, repeaters) for the distribution of GNSS RF signals into sensitive environments. Chronos has developed a range of bespoke GPS timing products for time and frequency synchronization in power and communication systems. www.chronos.co.uk and www.gps-world.biz
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