Mr. Paul Verhoef
Future Forces Forum Geospatial, Hydrometeorological and GNSS Conference (GEOMETOC) 2018 Future Forces Exhibition 2018
Director of Navigation
European Space Agency HQ
ESA Technological Activities in PNT Supporting Disaster Risk Reduction and GNSS Security
The European Space Agency (ESA) performs end-to-end system engineering and program implementation activities for European GNSS infrastructure and services funded both by ESA member states and the European Union. ESA also runs an innovation support program for GNSS applications technology funded by its member states. The presentation will review the threats to GNSS usage in disaster and crisis situations particularly the threat posed by spoofing to first responders. The importance of receiver technology using encryption and integrity will be introduced and status of the related services provided by Galileo - the Public Regulated Service (PRS) and the Signal Authentication Service (Galileo SAS) will be reviewed. Autonomously navigating mobile assets for rapid response and monitoring to reduce damage and casualty risk is the subject of an ESA innovation project which will be introduced. ESA technological activities supporting local/regional supplementation of GNSS services such as Search and Rescue (SAR), High Altitude Pseudo Satellites (HAPS) and EGNOS will be covered. ESA support to initiatives such as distribution of an Emergency Warning Service (EWS) and High Accuracy Service (Galileo HAS) will also be presented
Paul Verhoef took up duty as the Director of Navigation (D/NAV) on 15 February 2016.
Paul Verhoef has a Masters degree in electrical engineering from Eindhoven Technical University. During his studies, he spent a year working for Philips Electrical Industries in New Zealand. In his earlier career, he worked for the United Nations in the South Pacific, based in Suva, Fiji, where, among other things, he supervised the installation of the first satellite Earth station in Papua New Guinea used for international communications links.
In the late 1980s, he worked as ground segment engineer at Eutelsat in Paris on the procurement of the ground segment for the Eutelsat-II satellites. Following that, he set up the Olympus Payload Utilisation Secretariat within ESA’s Telecommunications Department at ESTEC in Noordwijk, from where the coordination of new communications experiments with the Olympus payloads was undertaken.
Since the early 1990s, Paul Verhoef has worked for the European Commission, starting with responsibility for satellite communications policy in the telecommunications policy Directorate, and subsequently with a variety of policy functions in the areas of space, telecommunications, electronic commerce and internet.
He represented the Commission in the G8 Digital Opportunities Task Force (DOT Force), and coordinated the EU position in the first World Summit on the Information Society in 2003. He was seconded for a year and a half as Vice President to ICANN, the non-profit organisation overseeing development and technical coordination of the internet domain names and numbering policies.
From 2005 to 2011, Paul Verhoef was the European Commission's programme manager for the EU Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation programmes and was responsible for setting up the implementation of the programmes in close cooperation with ESA.
Before taking on his responsibility as ESA Director of Navigation, Paul Verhoef set up a new Research and Innovation team in DG Transport and Mobility (MOVE) of the European Commission and was most recently Head of Unit for ‘Renewable energy sources’ in DG Research and Innovation (RTD).