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Full title of the project: Ranging Mode for the Baltic Sea

Acronym: R-Mode Baltic

Co-financing: Project co-financed via Interreg V Baltic Sea Region programme 

Specific objective 3.3 Maritime safety: increasing maritime safety and security based on advanced capacity of maritime organisations.

Project aim: The main goal of the R-Mode Baltic project is to develop and demonstrate of a new maritime backup system for position, navigation and time purposes. Therefore, the project consortium accepts the challenge to develop solutions for so-called Ranging Mode, or R-Mode, transmitter and receiver prototypes, for independent time synchronizations of broadcasting stations and for a test bed concept and its deployment within the project life time of three years.

The R-Mode Baltic project installs and promotes the first worldwide operational test area for a new maritime system for PNT as a backup for Global Navigation Satellite Systems in the Baltic Sea. The reason to do this is induced by the fact, that all Global Navigation Satellite Systems are highly vulnerable to jamming and interference and that in time no other system can overtake the task for absolute positioning in case of a temporal loss of Global Navigation Satellite Systems. As a first step towards the alternative usage of existing positioning systems, a user-driven testbed in the Baltic Sea shall be installed by the project based on broadcast signals transmitted via modified IALA beacons and AIS base stations. The great advantage of this approach is the evolution of the still existing maritime infrastructure without any handling and utilisation constraints and its potential for a world-wide use within the service vicinity of such stations.

Project value: 3 069 487,50 €

Project value in NIT: 350 000,00 €

Consortium: 12 partners from the countries in the Baltic Sea region including NIT (Wireless Systems and Networks Department - Z-8).

Leader: Deutsches Zentrum für Luft und Raumfahrt (DLR) e.V. (German Aerospace Center)

Project duration: 36 months (starting 1 October 2017)