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Bertrand EKAMBI

Founder & CEO - Business Manager

Bertrand EKAMBI graduated with MSc in Mathematical Engineering from the Université Paul Sabatier of Toulouse in 1999. He started to work on Satellite Navigation in 2000 for GMV in Madrid, in the EGNOS CPF-PS Algorithms Team. In 2002 he joined the ALCATEL EGNOS Team in Toulouse and Langen to work on the Qualification Phase of EGNOS AOC, he was then in charge of the CPF AIV activities, then the Technical Manager of the EGNOS V2.2-ext CPF. Involved in different engineering studies related to the improvements of EGNOS Central Processing algorithms.

In January 2006 joined, throughout his founded company ABBIA “GNSS Technologies”, THALES ALENIA SPACE-France, as a GNSS expert giving technical/project management support in all related activities to EGNOS Central Processing Facility. He was leading TAS-F contribution in support to transfer of EGNOS to ESSP. Lately Bertrand acted on EGNOS and GALILEO projects for various system qualification / project management activities as well as Maintenance of the EGNOS/GALILEO so-called “navigation chains”.

Bertrand also started to work on GNSS contribution to Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) and some researches on GNSS GPS/GALILEO software receivers.

During the last 15 years, Bertrand has been involved in GNSS program/project for phases A/B/C/D/E and is familiar with the ECSS processes for project management.

Today he holds ABBIA CEO position.

It is a great honor and a daily pleasure for me to be the leader of the ABBIA’s beautiful team. The women and men whom are part of our company have in common the willingness to excel and to give to our customers the best of themselves.

We are greedy to learn and to be trained to new ideas, we put our customer’s satisfaction on top, our team spirit, our good mood mixed with a constant humbleness are the ingredients of our enthusiasm. United in the endeavor, each of us knows what is the goal of its assigned tasks and contributes with generosity and seriousness to the achievement of our goals.

Eduardo TAPIAS

Technical Director
Eduardo Tapias holds a Master Science degree in Aerospace Engineering by the ETSIA in the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid since 2002.
Eduardo counts with more than 15 years of experience in both European Satellite Navigation programs: EGNOS and Galileo. From the very beginning he has been directly involved in the core of the Algorithm & Performance of the EGNOS CPF (Central Processing Facility) and later on the Galileo Mission segment (GMS), first, at sub-system (CPF-PS) at GMV (Madrid, Spain), and then, at system prime level at THALES ALENIA SPACE (Toulouse, France) as leader of key activities for system performance with particular implication on Orbitography & Time Synchronisation, Integrity algorithms as well as in Ionosphere/Scintillation models.
In 2012, Eduardo takes the leadership of of the EGNOS Performance Budget Management file (PBMF) for several EGNOS releases (V2.3.1p, V2.3.1i, V2.3.2 and V2.4.1M) with technical support in the EGNOS V3. In this role he was involved in multiple studies on the evolution of algorithms to enhance service performance and system robustness. The assessment of EGNOS robustness in front of ionosphere strong dynamics and disturbances as consequence of the arrival of the maximum solar cycle, and the analysis and conception of the most recent requirement on the Vertical Accuracy tails for LPV 200ft service level, were part of his main activities.
In September 2014, Eduardo joined ABBIA GNSS Technologies as Technical Development and Innovation Director (CTO) and associate of the CEO.

Joining ABBIA and leaving recognized companies in the European Space Industry was one of the most difficult decisions I had to take ever.

At that time, several paths were opened around me and I finally decided to choose the less transited, the one chosen from my heart and not from the rationale.

I saw ABBIA born when I was a young engineer, already trying to survive in the middle of a competitive but promising worldwide market:the GNSS, full of opportunities nowadays.I appreciate the opportunity that the CEO, close long-term friend gave to me to join ABBIA.

I feel proud of being part of the bTeam where different fronts are daily open as new opportunities to face new technological challenges. Be part of a small team allow easier sharing, learning and growing all together towards common goal: The bVision: To Build the New World Together. For this, creativity and passion are our fuel.

I strongly encourage recent graduate engineers to join small companies in the beginning of their professional careers, the human values and the learning rate are limitless.

Laurence PEYRILLE

Product Assurance Manager and Telematic Services manager
Laurence Peyrillé received her Master in Mathematical Engineering from the University Paul Sabatier of Toulouse in 2000. She joined ABBIA GNSS Technologies in 2007.
Laurence was in charge of the development and deployment of the ABBIA’s GEO positioning solution platform for fleet management.
Then, she joined the EGNOS AIV Team at Thales Alenia Space for helping on the integration, validation and qualification of the CPF system.
After a successful mission on CPF, she was called to join SPEED team on AIV for the set-up of the first SPEED platform. SPEED embeds CPF algorithms for the EGNOS performance qualification process. She was also in charge of SPEED integration for EGNOS V3 System Testbeds such as HISTB and AARTIC.
In CNES, She was also involved in several feasibility studies to predict SBAS performance all over the world and in particular in Africa.
Laurence SPEED expertise is today recognised and gives training seminars to SPEED users in Europe (TAS-F, NMA, ICTP, CNES) and Africa (ASECNA).
Today, Laurence
Proud to be part of b-team since the very beginning of the company,no even offices, no computers. All I know today about GNSS is thanks to ABBIA.ABBIA offered me the opportunity to work for several years within the European program EGNOS inside AIV/IVQ. Always a challenge to receive a new component with specific requirements, install and solve different troubles so as to integrate with the rest of the system.This experience allowed me to develop training courses and support to operators, which is a very interesting part of the job where the human part predominates.I also had the opportunity, over the years, to help in the training of new colleagues. It’s really satisfactory to see a good working atmosphere with aopen team spirit.I am happy today of taking the head of the ABBIA QMS that allows putting in place all the necessary processes to offer quality services and products.

Dr. Jeremy CHAMARD

Simulators & Platform manager
Jeremy Chamard holds a PhD in applied mathematics from the University of Surrey (UK).
He joined ABBIA GNSS Technologies in 2011 where he undertook a variety of EGNOS-related missions.
Jeremy provided maintenance/AIV support for Thales Alenia Space on the simulator SPEED, the “Software Platform for EGNOS Experimentations and Demonstrations” which covers every major aspect of EGNOS algorithmic chain.
In July 2014, he integrates the GNSS experimentation team in CNES where he is involved in several experimentations campaigns using SPEED. Some of his works have been the optimization of the RIMS A elevation mask angle to improve service performance over ECAC in the frame of the future EGNOS V3, the impact of RIMS local noise perturbations in terms Multi-path, Interferences/Jamming and other noise on the CPF algorithms and then in the final service performances.
He was also involved in SBAS studies on Africa for ASECNA with the whole simulation of a multi-network receivers for optimization of regional performance.
Some other experimentation were conduced using the CNES algorithm OGEO for GEO Orbitography within SPEED platform for SBAS further usages in frame of the new coming release of EGNOS.
He is today in ABBIA the responsible of Simulators and Platform management.
I found my position in ABBIA while completing my thesis, and there is a truly positive atmosphere in this firm. There is a regular and mutual support both from the hierarchy and between colleagues, and we complete each other's knowledge when working together on projects. In the five years I have worked here so far I have always feel valuable and respected both on a scientific and human level.

Fayaz BACARD

IT & Software development manager
Fayaz Bacard received his Master of science in engineering, specialized in electronics and computer engineering from Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Sciences Appliquées et Technologies (ENSSAT) of Lannion in September 2013. He made his internship in April 2013 at ABBIA. The aim of the internship was to implement a GNSS Software Defined Radio by using the ABBIA acquisition Method.
In October 2013, Fayaz joined ABBIA GNSS Technologies as Software Engineer.
Since then he has been involved on the SW development of different GNSS projects for both European Programs: EGNOS and Galileo. In particular, he was the SW development responsible of the Local Maintenance Equipment (LME) of the Galileo Ground Mission Segment.
Now He is involved in H2020 MAGNIFIC project on the upgrading and deployment of ABBIA GEO positioning solution for different trials on different countries of the African continent.
He is in charge of the IT & SW Development process.
Everyday I wake up very excited and motivated to come working at ABBIA because I learn new technology constantly. I consider ABBIA as my second family home because of the good office atmosphere always sharing new ideas for facing new challenges all the team together.One of my best momentsis the quarterly meeting. All the team on a roundtable giving suggestions to improve our company so as to make our customers happier.

Dr. Myriam FOUCRAS

Simulators & Platform manager
Dr Myriam FOUCRAS obtained two M.Sc in Mathematics Engineering and Pure Mathematic from the Université Paul Sabatier in 2009 and 2010. In 2010, she joined ABBIA GNSS Technologies as a R&D engineer. In 2015, she successfully defended her PhD on the performance analysis of the acquisition of the modernized GNSS signals.
Funded by ABBIA GNSS and the French School of Civil Aviation (ENAC), her PhD studies were dedicated on the design points (such as PRN code frequency and period, data bit length, bit sign transition...) of the different GNSS signals and the impact for their acquisition and more generally the signal processing in GNSS software receiver. This comprehensive analysis led to the development of an innovative acquisition method, particularly adapted to the modernized GNSS signals since it is bit sign transition insensitive.
She is the main author of 9 papers in international conferences (ION GNSS, ITM, ENC) and several journals (IEEE TAES, Inside GNSS, GPS Solutions) dealing with GNSS signal processing in all receiver stages.
In December 2014, she integrates the Galileo Ground Mission Segment (GMS) performance team at Thales Alenia Space to support the on-going activities on the recently deployed Galileo satellites with analyses on the system Signal-In-Space performance for the whole processing chain involving the GSS, PTF, OSPF & MSF.
Today she is in charge of the ABBIA R&D activities.
I decided to work at ABBIA in 2010 for its values and its humanity (persons are preferred rather than benefits). In the industry world, these values are not always the most widespread that is why I appreciate so much working in these small team conditions. We feel safe and listened. In addition, the optimism of the team permits to believe and highlight our own skills as a personal challenge. Working in a small company can make some people be afraid but I personally find a real enthusiasm. Things are much simpler; we can actively participate into the development of the company. We are the actors of the success of the company taking over higher responsibilities. Furthermore, the diversity of the activities we are involved in, makes us multi-disciplined and ready to face a wide variety of new challenges.

Ulrich NGAYAP

Tools & Algorithms Manager
Ulrich Ngayap holds in 2012 a BSc in aeronautical and aerospace engineering in the polytechnic of Turin (Italy), before graduating in 2014 with a MSc in Global Navigation Satellite System(GNSS) co-organized by ENAC(Ecole Nationale de l’Aviation Civile)/ISAE (Institut Supérieur de l’Aéronautique et de l’Espace) in Toulouse (France).
In December 2014, Ulrich Ngayap joined ABBIA GNSS Technologies as Research and Development Engineer working in tools for performance evaluation of EGNOS (European Geostationary navigation Overlay Service).
During 2015, he joined the EGNOS System Performance Team as consultant in Thales Alenia Space (Toulouse, France) where he was involved in V2.4.2 release and in particular on a study of EGNOS extension to Ukraine and ENI-South (European Neighborhoods Instruments).
Today he is in charge of ABBIA’s tools Conception, Development and related Performance Studies.
Before the end of my studies, I was really worried about working in a company and specially about the relationships between colleagues since I had heard many stories on it. Joining ABBIA changed that vision of the company that I had in mind because of the very good relationship with my colleagues, and mainly because of the good relation with the direction. I have found in ABBIA a company where not only the results are important but also the working conditions leading to reach the results. These conditions made my integration easier helping me to always give the best of me.