IFEN was founded in 1998 as a technology spin-off of the “Universität der Bundeswehr” (Munich). The company Name IFEN is derived from the name of the university’s department of geodesy and navigation, “Institut für Erdmessung und Navigation”. IFEN was starting up with service contracts on EGNOS development, later also on Galileo. The scope of activities for service contracts covers GNSS system studies and analysis, development of algorithms, software and facilities, even up to turnkey systems like the Galileo test range GATE. Service contracts in all fields of GNSS remain an important source of work, turnover and know-how for us until today.
Since 2003, IFEN is also working on navigation products, with the first commercial GNSS RF-signal simulator available in the end of 2007. As a result of our entrance to the commercial market, our growth in staff and experience was boosted tremendously. This not at least as a consequence of our role as a reliable but flexible, small but strong player committed to service and usability on a market that was dominated by a quasi-monopolistic competitor for a long time before.
Today IFEN is positioned as a provider of leading-edge software and hardware products for RF satellite navigation. The primary products are the NavX family of GNSS test solutions and the SX scientific software receiver.