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Homeland Security Offers Free Testing for GPS Equipment

The Department of Homeland Security is offering to test GPS equipment used in critical infrastructure to see how resilient it is against spoofing.

The effort is part of the GPS Testing for Critical Infrastructure or GET-CI program supported by DHS’s Science and Technology Directorate.

GET-CI tests equipment to identify weaknesses and help manufacturers and operators address them. It is one part of a multi-pronged effort to conduct vulnerability and impact assessments, develop mitigations, explore complementary timing technologies and engage with industry through outreach events and meetings.

“Accurate and precise position, navigation, and timing (PNT) information is vital to the nation’s critical infrastructure,” said Bill Bryan, the acting under secretary for science and technology. “S&T established this program to assess GPS vulnerabilities, advance research and development, and to enhance outreach and engagement with industry. The objective is to improve the security and resiliency of critical infrastructure.”

The 2020 GET-CI event will be held later this year. DHS S&T will create a live-sky GPS spoofing environment primarily for testing fixed infrastructure applications. There will also be limited support for ground-based mobile applications.

DHS will pay to host the evaluation event and there will be no registration fees. Participating organizations are responsible, however, for costs associated with personnel traveling to and attending the event, such as transportation, lodging, and other related costs.

The opportunity is open to critical infrastructure owners and operators, commercial GPS receiver manufacturers and civil industry stakeholders. Those interested in participating need to apply by April 24. Respondents who are selected will be asked to enter into a Limited Purpose Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (LP-CRADA) with DHS S&T in order to participate.

More information is available at https://go.usa.gov/xvYvB

Photo: DHS Headquarters while under construction / Courtesy of General Services Administration