SCPTIME SELECTED BY THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION TO DEMONSTRATE AN ALTERNATIVE TIMING SOLUTION TO GALILEO
SCPTime, a French start-up, strengthens its leadership position and wins a significant contract in the tender « Alternative Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Services DEFIS/2020/OP/0007 » launched by the European Commission.
After winning the funding competition “Innovation in Time Dissemination and Application” launched recently in the UK as part of NTC (National Timing Center project, led by the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to provide secure, traceable time dissemination for the UK critical national infrastructures), SCPTime is taking a major step forward in the recognition of its technology by the European Community.
SCPTime has come from a French collaborative project carried out by a consortium of leading research institutes, industries, and end-users, aiming to address the challenges of sovereignty and cybersecurity of Time, related to overreliance on GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) subject to various vulnerabilities and threats.
At the beginning of 2021, the European Commission launched a call for tenders “Alternative Position, Navigation and Timing (PNT) Services DEFIS / 2020 / OP / 0007” aimed at quickly selecting and implementing one or more demonstrators to find an alternative or complementary solution to Galileo. The subject of this call for tenders is to analyze the technologies, which could deliver positioning, and/or timing information, independently from GNSS, to be effective backup in the event of GNSS disruption, and if possible, to be able to provide PNT in the environments where GNSS cannot be delivered.
As part of this call for tenders, SCPTime, the expert in the legal time broadcasting service (UTC), has been selected by the European Commission to propose an alternative or complementary solution to Galileo for Timing services. As a TaaS (Time as a Service) Provider, the mission of SCPTime is to implement an infrastructure and a service to make the country’s legal time available to the largest number of users in a Secure, Certified, Precise and Traceable way from the source to end user. The vision of SCPTime is international since it responds to a universal societal problem: a resilient trusted Time is crucial for many aspects of the digital economy, such as digital transformation, telecommunications, industry 4.0…
“We are proud to be part of this crucial European project for alternative PNT demos. It is a great recognition of our know-how. In the digital world, Time plays an essential role, either for cybersecurity, regulatory compliance or just operability of the systems. Nowadays, Time is a question of sovereignty, hence the importance for Europe to implement the solutions to overcome GNSS dependence and deliver resilient and traceable time reference to users, especially to Critical Infrastructures.
SCPTime technology makes it possible to combine security and accuracy in the dissemination of legal time through secured infrastructure, allowing full traceability of the time source to prevent from cyberattacks and ensure continuity of service.” – Sébastien TEOT, General Director of SCPTime.
SCPTime is a subsidiary of GORGY TIMING, the worldwide well-known expert in Time/Frequency. SCPTime sets up an infrastructure and a service to broadcast the legal time (UTC) using a new time signal, Secure, Certified, Accurate and Traceable, to address current Time sources vulnerabilities, and to prevent serious consequences resulting from their corruptibility. These new requirements for using reliable and legal Time are becoming essential to authenticate transactions, and secure synchronization devices.
By design, SCPTime® time distribution complies with ATTS certification of the French LNE (National Metrology Laboratory), accredited by ANSSI (National Agency for Information System Security).
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