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Orolia acquires simulation company Skydel Solutions

March 27, 2019  - By

Acquisition Expands Orolia’s Global Footprint into Canada.

Orolia has acquired Skydel Solutions, a GPS/GNSS signal simulation company based in Montreal, Canada.

Orolia made the announcement at the Association of the U.S. Army’s Global Force Exhibition in Huntsville, Alabama.

Orolia is a resilient positioning, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions company and a partner of U.S., NATO and allied forces. The company provides end-to-end resilient PNT solutions, including scalable, modular and cost-effective technology to support PNT-reliant and critical defense and commercial applications.

Skydel’s capabilities allows Orolia to offer customers more diverse resilient PNT solutions with sophisticated testing and simulation protocols, additional customized signals, and superior vulnerability assessments for military and commercial applications where GNSS failure is not an option.

According to Orolia, as the latest addition to the Orolia portfolio, Skydel brand solutions bring a new paradigm to the GNSS simulator scene by combining innovative algorithms and off-the-shelf hardware to help protect the world’s most critical GNSS-reliant systems operating through GPS, Galileo and other GNSS.

Skydel technology also supports secure communications signals such as SAASM, M-code, PRS and other alternative signals with approved partners to provide real-world PNT vulnerability testing for critical infrastructure applications worldwide.

“The need for continuous, reliable GNSS signals is growing exponentially worldwide, particularly for military and commercial systems that depend on accurate PNT data,” said Orolia CEO Jean-Yves Courtois. “The threats to these systems are growing too, whether it’s through signal jamming, spoofing or meaconing. With Skydel’s unique industry expertise, Orolia now offers even more rigorous, broad spectrum testing and simulation solutions to ensure continuous signals, even in GNSS-denied environments.”

By combining graphics processing unit (GPU) accelerated computing and software-defined radios (SDR), Skydel-powered simulation solutions generate signals in real time, with uncompromising performance for demanding use cases. They are available as complete turnkey systems suitable for all GNSS simulation needs, including everything from compact test benches to complete CRPA test systems.

“Since our inception in 2014, Skydel has enjoyed exponential growth,” said Stéphane Hamel, CEO of Skydel. “This strategic move with Orolia will allow us to keep our focus on disruptive innovation and accelerate our global reach.”

Above: A montage of screenshots showing the various updates, from a February 2019 story about Skydel updating its SDX GNSS simulator to version 19.1 with Galileo Alt-BOC and more. (Image: Skydel)