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GEO++ in Barcelona – High-accuracy positioning for smartphones

19.3.2019 11:12  
GEO++ presented its high-accuracy positioning application for Android smartphones at the GSA stand at MWC Barcelona.
Published: 
19 March 2019

GEO++, a German-based company, with support from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), presented a new high-accuracy positioning application for Android smartphones at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC).

With over 107,000 visitors attending its 2019 edition, the MWC continues to be the largest mobile event in the world. It was the perfect stage for highlighting some of the most exciting Galileo-driven projects being supported by the GSA.

Everybody can benefit

Readers will know that Galileo is now the world's leading provider of dual-frequency GNSS signals, with more functioning dual-frequency satellites in orbit than any other GNSS constellation. Now, Geo++ GmbH, a geodesy and navigation company based outside Hanover, has developed a precision positioning app for smartphones called 'Geo++ Android Positioning Library', augmenting dual-frequency code and phase GNSS observations with SSR correction data.

"We've been doing precise positioning for 20 years, but typically for survey-grade receivers," said Jannes Wübbena, Managing Director of GEO++. "These can cost up to a couple of thousand euros, and then you can do centimetre-level accuracy. What we wanted to do here is create a new application that can provide precise positioning for smartphones. We wanted to get to a similar level of accuracy but with the limitation that we are using the low-grade, inexpensive GNSS receivers that are in these phones, making it possible for everyone to benefit from the highest accuracy positioning."

Read this: The GSA and Galileo at MWC Barcelona

Geo++ Android Positioning Library tackles the task of precision positioning by utilising GEO++'s network RTK technology in the backend to apply generated GNSS corrections to the smartphone measurements. For the GSA, this is exactly the kind of innovative application, leveraging the advantages of Galileo, that will enable new and more powerful and more value-generating Location-Based Services (LBS) for the mass-market.

Wübbena's company has already gained a lot of experience in this area with its Geo++ RINEX Logger app, which is available free of charge on the Google Play store.

Putting a new tool in your hand

"If you look back ten years ago, people generally had a smartphone for staying connected, but then if they were interested in photography they would also walk around with a digital camera." Wübbena said. "Nowadays it's more common for people just to have a smartphone to do both, because the camera in your phone is just as good as a lot of digital cameras. With our new precision positioning capability, we think this brings your smartphone in a similar way into the realm of high-precision measurement devices." So, as with the digital camera, Wübbena suggested, in the near future, smartphones could also take on the functions of some specialised and expensive measuring equipment.

Wübbena described a scenario in which a person needs to do some work on his or her garden wall. "Let's say you want to measure your wall because you don't know how long it is. We hope that in the future you will be able to just pick up your phone and measure, from one point to the next and down to an accuracy of few centimetres, how long your wall is."

Wübbena said, "The new Geo++ Android Positioning Library doesn't require any special equipment on the part of the user. This works with any off-the-shelf, dual-frequency-capable smartphone, which have been available since 2017." Indeed, MWC attendees will attest to the growing number of dual-frequency GNSS-equipped smartphones coming onto the market, thanks largely to the work of the GSA.

"Everyone will have one of those sooner or later," said Wübbena. "We are approaching smartphone and chipset manufacturers, to work together with us, to actually give an added value to their chips, so that we can sell our dual-frequency-powered apps more readily to the Googles and Apples."

Hottest mobile trends

Working in a highly competitive market is not a problem for GEO++, Wübbena said. "Our main advantage compared to what others are doing is that our service is more reliable, because we take care of all the biases that occur when you process these signals. We have a lot of experience with hardware-independent, high-precision solutions. We have been doing antenna calibration for IGS [International GNSS Service] for example, so we can use this knowledge to calibrate our network devices really accurately, and then deliver the best correction data to our users."

Geo++ Android Positioning Library was one of a number of Galileo-powered solutions being showcased at MWC, sharing space at this year's GSA-Galileo stand. In the run-up to the event, GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani said: "With the goal of exploring the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is the ideal platform to promote innovative European GNSS-based solutions and applications. As a global event, it’s also the place to show the world how European Union space research enhances Europe's industrial competitiveness and plays a pivotal role in tackling various societal challenges.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

GEO++ presented its high-accuracy positioning application for Android smartphones at the GSA stand at MWC Barcelona.

GEO++ in Barcelona – High-accuracy positioning for smartphones

19.3.2019 11:12  
GEO++ presented its high-accuracy positioning application for Android smartphones at the GSA stand at MWC Barcelona.
Published: 
19 March 2019

GEO++, a German-based company, with support from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), presented a new high-accuracy positioning application for Android smartphones at this year's Mobile World Congress (MWC).

With over 107,000 visitors attending its 2019 edition, the MWC continues to be the largest mobile event in the world. It was the perfect stage for highlighting some of the most exciting Galileo-driven projects being supported by the GSA.

Everybody can benefit

Readers will know that Galileo is now the world's leading provider of dual-frequency GNSS signals, with more functioning dual-frequency satellites in orbit than any other GNSS constellation. Now, Geo++ GmbH, a geodesy and navigation company based outside Hanover, has developed a precision positioning app for smartphones called 'Geo++ Android Positioning Library', augmenting dual-frequency code and phase GNSS observations with SSR correction data.

"We've been doing precise positioning for 20 years, but typically for survey-grade receivers," said Jannes Wübbena, Managing Director of GEO++. "These can cost up to a couple of thousand euros, and then you can do centimetre-level accuracy. What we wanted to do here is create a new application that can provide precise positioning for smartphones. We wanted to get to a similar level of accuracy but with the limitation that we are using the low-grade, inexpensive GNSS receivers that are in these phones, making it possible for everyone to benefit from the highest accuracy positioning."

Read this: The GSA and Galileo at MWC Barcelona

Geo++ Android Positioning Library tackles the task of precision positioning by utilising GEO++'s network RTK technology in the backend to apply generated GNSS corrections to the smartphone measurements. For the GSA, this is exactly the kind of innovative application, leveraging the advantages of Galileo, that will enable new and more powerful and more value-generating Location-Based Services (LBS) for the mass-market.

Wübbena's company has already gained a lot of experience in this area with its Geo++ RINEX Logger app, which is available free of charge on the Google Play store.

Putting a new tool in your hand

"If you look back ten years ago, people generally had a smartphone for staying connected, but then if they were interested in photography they would also walk around with a digital camera." Wübbena said. "Nowadays it's more common for people just to have a smartphone to do both, because the camera in your phone is just as good as a lot of digital cameras. With our new precision positioning capability, we think this brings your smartphone in a similar way into the realm of high-precision measurement devices." So, as with the digital camera, Wübbena suggested, in the near future, smartphones could also take on the functions of some specialised and expensive measuring equipment.

Wübbena described a scenario in which a person needs to do some work on his or her garden wall. "Let's say you want to measure your wall because you don't know how long it is. We hope that in the future you will be able to just pick up your phone and measure, from one point to the next and down to an accuracy of few centimetres, how long your wall is."

Wübbena said, "The new Geo++ Android Positioning Library doesn't require any special equipment on the part of the user. This works with any off-the-shelf, dual-frequency-capable smartphone, which have been available since 2017." Indeed, MWC attendees will attest to the growing number of dual-frequency GNSS-equipped smartphones coming onto the market, thanks largely to the work of the GSA.

"Everyone will have one of those sooner or later," said Wübbena. "We are approaching smartphone and chipset manufacturers, to work together with us, to actually give an added value to their chips, so that we can sell our dual-frequency-powered apps more readily to the Googles and Apples."

Hottest mobile trends

Working in a highly competitive market is not a problem for GEO++, Wübbena said. "Our main advantage compared to what others are doing is that our service is more reliable, because we take care of all the biases that occur when you process these signals. We have a lot of experience with hardware-independent, high-precision solutions. We have been doing antenna calibration for IGS [International GNSS Service] for example, so we can use this knowledge to calibrate our network devices really accurately, and then deliver the best correction data to our users."

Geo++ Android Positioning Library was one of a number of Galileo-powered solutions being showcased at MWC, sharing space at this year's GSA-Galileo stand. In the run-up to the event, GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani said: "With the goal of exploring the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is the ideal platform to promote innovative European GNSS-based solutions and applications. As a global event, it’s also the place to show the world how European Union space research enhances Europe's industrial competitiveness and plays a pivotal role in tackling various societal challenges.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

GEO++ presented its high-accuracy positioning application for Android smartphones at the GSA stand at MWC Barcelona.

New Regulation mandates Galileo capability for all smartphones sold in the EU

14.3.2019 13:58  
Galileo-supported E112 will result in faster response times and more lives saved.
Published: 
14 March 2019

A recently published Commission Delegated Regulation sets out measures to introduce Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capability, particularly Galileo capability, in advanced computing capability mobile telephones (or ‘’smartphones’’) placed on the European Union market from 17 March 2022, so that they can support the transfer of caller location information from GNSS (at least Galileo) in the event of 112 emergency calls (E112).

A large majority of phone calls to the 112 emergency number are placed from mobile phones. These calls already support the sending of location information to emergency services. However, this information is not based on GNSS.

E112 makes use of Galileo to establish location for emergency calls to the 112 emergency number. Mandating the use of Galileo in smartphones will improve the accuracy of the caller location, which will allow emergency responders to get to the scene of an accident faster. The Regulation will apply in all EU Member States from 17 March 2022.

Enhanced positioning saving lives

There is already a solution in place that uses GNSS technology in emergency calls made from smartphones. Advanced Mobile Location, or AML, transmits the GNSS, Wi-Fi or cell-ID information available on the caller's smartphone via a message to a dedicated end-point, usually a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), which makes the caller location available to emergency responders in real time.

AML has been deployed in several EU Member States thanks to the EU-funded Help 112 project, which was set up to evaluate the merits of handset-based technologies in improving the location of emergency callers, and which is now in its second phase.

The E112 concept is similar to the eCall system, mandated for use in all new car and light van models that receive type-approval in the EU from 31 March 2018, which automatically dials the 112 emergency number in the event of a serious accident and sends the position information of the car.

Read this: Volvo presents on stage the first eCall-enabled car

“The ability to precisely locate the site of an emergency enables first responders to arrive on the scene faster which, in turn, results in more lives saved. Galileo is already supporting a faster emergency response in the eCall system and now, with the new Regulation, all Europeans making an 112 emergency call from a smartphone will be able to benefit from the same precision,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Accuracy of a few metres

Location information is currently established through identification technology based on the coverage area of the cellular network tower (cell-ID). The average accuracy of this information varies from 2 km to 10 km, which can lead to significant search errors following emergency calls, resulting is time wasted and lives lost. In contrast, location information based on GNSS provides an average accuracy between 6 and 28 meters. This level of accuracy will have a major impact in terms of emergency response times.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo-supported E112 will result in faster response times and more lives saved.

New Regulation mandates Galileo capability for all smartphones sold in the EU

14.3.2019 13:58  
Galileo-supported E112 will result in faster response times and more lives saved.
Published: 
14 March 2019

A recently published Commission Delegated Regulation sets out measures to introduce Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) capability, particularly Galileo capability, in advanced computing capability mobile telephones (or ‘’smartphones’’) placed on the European Union market from 17 March 2022, so that they can support the transfer of caller location information from GNSS (at least Galileo) in the event of 112 emergency calls (E112).

A large majority of phone calls to the 112 emergency number are placed from mobile phones. These calls already support the sending of location information to emergency services. However, this information is not based on GNSS.

E112 makes use of Galileo to establish location for emergency calls to the 112 emergency number. Mandating the use of Galileo in smartphones will improve the accuracy of the caller location, which will allow emergency responders to get to the scene of an accident faster. The Regulation will apply in all EU Member States from 17 March 2022.

Enhanced positioning saving lives

There is already a solution in place that uses GNSS technology in emergency calls made from smartphones. Advanced Mobile Location, or AML, transmits the GNSS, Wi-Fi or cell-ID information available on the caller's smartphone via a message to a dedicated end-point, usually a Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP), which makes the caller location available to emergency responders in real time.

AML has been deployed in several EU Member States thanks to the EU-funded Help 112 project, which was set up to evaluate the merits of handset-based technologies in improving the location of emergency callers, and which is now in its second phase.

The E112 concept is similar to the eCall system, mandated for use in all new car and light van models that receive type-approval in the EU from 31 March 2018, which automatically dials the 112 emergency number in the event of a serious accident and sends the position information of the car.

Read this: Volvo presents on stage the first eCall-enabled car

“The ability to precisely locate the site of an emergency enables first responders to arrive on the scene faster which, in turn, results in more lives saved. Galileo is already supporting a faster emergency response in the eCall system and now, with the new Regulation, all Europeans making an 112 emergency call from a smartphone will be able to benefit from the same precision,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Accuracy of a few metres

Location information is currently established through identification technology based on the coverage area of the cellular network tower (cell-ID). The average accuracy of this information varies from 2 km to 10 km, which can lead to significant search errors following emergency calls, resulting is time wasted and lives lost. In contrast, location information based on GNSS provides an average accuracy between 6 and 28 meters. This level of accuracy will have a major impact in terms of emergency response times.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo-supported E112 will result in faster response times and more lives saved.

GSA, SESAR Deployment Manager sign MoU on EGNSS support for Air Traffic Management

13.3.2019 14:10  
The GSA-SESAR Deployment Manager MoU will support the implementation of Galileo and EGNOS applications in aviation.
Published: 
13 March 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the World ATM Congress in Madrid on 13 March on future cooperation to modernise EU Air Traffic Management by leveraging Galileo and EGNOS.

Both EGNOS and Galileo can support the modernisation of EU Air Traffic Management, particularly in the areas of air navigation and surveillance. SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has been tasked by the European Commission to synchronise and coordinate the deployment of the Pilot Common Project as specified in the SESAR Deployment Programme. Within this programme, Performance Based Navigation and Surveillance, which rely on GNSS, are one of the six ATM functionalities. The MoU signed in Madrid details how GSA and SDM will work together to bring this about.

Important milestone

“This is an important milestone in cooperation between the GSA and SDM and one that will ensure that all aviation stakeholders reap the benefits of Europe’s investment in space,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

“The GSA is looking forward to cooperating with SDM to reinforce relations with ANSPs and airlines and help them to benefit from EGNOS and Galileo,” confirmed Pascal Claudel, GSA Chief Operating Officer, who signed the MoU on behalf of the GSA.

“I am happy that today, at the World ATM Congress, the GSA and the SESAR Deployment Manager signed this cooperation agreement. This new agreement will reinforce the SDM connection with space-based technologies for ATM and CNS. Indeed, there is growing proximity between ATM and space, as space-based enablers would certainly bring an essential contribution, enabling the most critical Pilot Common Project ATM functionalities as well as CNS modernisation. This agreement materialises the fact that GSA and SDM share common objectives and have mutual interests in successful E-GNSS and SESAR deployment,” said Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager, SESAR Deployment Manager.

The first of the applications covered by the MoU is Performance Based Navigation (PBN), which aims to ensure global standardisation of Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) specifications, in an effort to limit the proliferation of navigation specifications used around the world.

The European Commission’s PBN Regulation, published in 2018, mandates the implementation of EGNOS approaches at all Europe’s runways by 2024. In suitably equipped aircraft, EGNOS enables aircraft approach procedures that are operationally equivalent to instrument landing system (ILS) ILS Cat-I procedures. The regulation also envisages a full PBN environment by 2030, leading to rationalisation of conventional procedures. For Cat II/III, work is ongoing to make Europe benefit from Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Cat-II/III based on GPS and Galileo dual frequency. Going further, Europe is also investing in the next version of EGNOS, which will also augment Galileo, and the Advanced RAIM concept, also relying on both GPS and Galileo.

This is recognised as a major step in the evolution of the European navigation infrastructure by ANSP organisations.

EGNOS unlocking capacity improvements

The second area of cooperation between the GSA and SDM deals with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out, which is a surveillance technique that relies on aircraft broadcasting their identity, position, and other information derived from on board systems. This signal can then be received for surveillance purposes on the ground.

The current regulation mandates airspace users to be equipped by 2020, including with a GNSS receiver. While SBAS is not mandated, it is widely recognised that SBAS can unlock capacity improvements and support enhanced surveillance operations, as well as support the business case, when synchronised with navigation.

Airspace users require an integrated and synchronised strategy for navigation and surveillance, to optimise their investments, and the GSA will work together with SDM to that end. The GSA and SDM will also work together to assist air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airlines in using EGNOS and Galileo.

Background

In 2004 the European Union adopted the first Single European Sky (SES) legislative package meant to reform the architecture of European air traffic management (ATM) in order to meet future capacity and safety needs at European level. Updated in 2009, the SES regulatory framework consists of four pillars: regulating performance; a single safety framework; new technologies; and managing capacity on the ground.

The Single European Sky ATM Research and Development (SESAR) project represents the technological pillar of the SES. It aims to provide the EU with a high performing ATM infrastructure by 2030 that will enable the safe and environmentally friendly operation and development of air transport.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA-SESAR Deployment Manager MoU will support the implementation of Galileo and EGNOS applications in aviation.

GSA, SESAR Deployment Manager sign MoU on EGNSS support for Air Traffic Management

13.3.2019 14:10  
GSA, SESAR Deployment Manager sign MoU on EGNSS support for Air Traffic Management
Published: 
13 March 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the World ATM Congress in Madrid on 13 March on future cooperation to modernise EU Air Traffic Management by leveraging Galileo and EGNOS.

Both EGNOS and Galileo can support the modernisation of EU Air Traffic Management, particularly in the areas of air navigation and surveillance. SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has been tasked by the European Commission to synchronise and coordinate the deployment of the Pilot Common Project as specified in the SESAR Deployment Programme. Within this programme, Performance Based Navigation and Surveillance, which rely on GNSS, are one of the six ATM functionalities. The MoU signed in Madrid details how GSA and SDM will work together to bring this about.

Important milestone

“This is an important milestone in cooperation between the GSA and SDM and one that will ensure that all aviation stakeholders reap the benefits of Europe’s investment in space,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

“The GSA is looking forward to cooperating with SDM to reinforce relations with ANSPs and airlines and help them to benefit from EGNOS and Galileo,” confirmed Pascal Claudel, GSA Chief Operating Officer, who signed the MoU on behalf of the GSA.

“I am happy that today, at the World ATM Congress, the GSA and the SESAR Deployment Manager signed this cooperation agreement. This new agreement will reinforce the SDM connection with space-based technologies for ATM and CNS. Indeed, there is growing proximity between ATM and space, as space-based enablers would certainly bring an essential contribution, enabling the most critical Pilot Common Project ATM functionalities as well as CNS modernisation. This agreement materialises the fact that GSA and SDM share common objectives and have mutual interests in successful E-GNSS and SESAR deployment,” said Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager, SESAR Deployment Manager.

The first of the applications covered by the MoU is Performance Based Navigation (PBN), which aims to ensure global standardisation of Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) specifications, in an effort to limit the proliferation of navigation specifications used around the world.

The European Commission’s PBN Regulation, published in 2018, mandates the implementation of EGNOS approaches at all Europe’s runways by 2024. In suitably equipped aircraft, EGNOS enables aircraft approach procedures that are operationally equivalent to instrument landing system (ILS) ILS Cat-I procedures. The regulation also envisages a full PBN environment by 2030, leading to rationalisation of conventional procedures. For Cat II/III, work is ongoing to make Europe benefit from Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Cat-II/III based on GPS and Galileo dual frequency. Going further, Europe is also investing in the next version of EGNOS, which will also augment Galileo, and the Advanced RAIM concept, also relying on both GPS and Galileo.

This is recognised as a major step in the evolution of the European navigation infrastructure by ANSP organisations.

EGNOS unlocking capacity improvements

The second area of cooperation between the GSA and SDM deals with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out, which is a surveillance technique that relies on aircraft broadcasting their identity, position, and other information derived from on board systems. This signal can then be received for surveillance purposes on the ground.

The current regulation mandates airspace users to be equipped by 2020, including with a GNSS receiver. While SBAS is not mandated, it is widely recognised that SBAS can unlock capacity improvements and support enhanced surveillance operations, as well as support the business case, when synchronised with navigation.

Airspace users require an integrated and synchronised strategy for navigation and surveillance, to optimise their investments, and the GSA will work together with SDM to that end. The GSA and SDM will also work together to assist air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airlines in using EGNOS and Galileo.

Background

In 2004 the European Union adopted the first Single European Sky (SES) legislative package meant to reform the architecture of European air traffic management (ATM) in order to meet future capacity and safety needs at European level. Updated in 2009, the SES regulatory framework consists of four pillars: regulating performance; a single safety framework; new technologies; and managing capacity on the ground.

The Single European Sky ATM Research and Development (SESAR) project represents the technological pillar of the SES. It aims to provide the EU with a high performing ATM infrastructure by 2030 that will enable the safe and environmentally friendly operation and development of air transport.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA-SESAR Deployment Manager MoU will support the implementation of Galileo and EGNOS applications in aviation.

GSA, SESAR Deployment Manager sign MoU on EGNSS support for Air Traffic Management

13.3.2019 14:10  
The GSA-SESAR Deployment Manager MoU will support the implementation of Galileo and EGNOS applications in aviation.
Published: 
13 March 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) signed a Memorandum of Understanding at the World ATM Congress in Madrid on 13 March on future cooperation to modernise EU Air Traffic Management by leveraging Galileo and EGNOS.

Both EGNOS and Galileo can support the modernisation of EU Air Traffic Management, particularly in the areas of air navigation and surveillance. SESAR Deployment Manager (SDM) has been tasked by the European Commission to synchronise and coordinate the deployment of the Pilot Common Project as specified in the SESAR Deployment Programme. Within this programme, Performance Based Navigation and Surveillance, which rely on GNSS, are one of the six ATM functionalities. The MoU signed in Madrid details how GSA and SDM will work together to bring this about.

Important milestone

“This is an important milestone in cooperation between the GSA and SDM and one that will ensure that all aviation stakeholders reap the benefits of Europe’s investment in space,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

“The GSA is looking forward to cooperating with SDM to reinforce relations with ANSPs and airlines and help them to benefit from EGNOS and Galileo,” confirmed Pascal Claudel, GSA Chief Operating Officer, who signed the MoU on behalf of the GSA.

“I am happy that today, at the World ATM Congress, the GSA and the SESAR Deployment Manager signed this cooperation agreement. This new agreement will reinforce the SDM connection with space-based technologies for ATM and CNS. Indeed, there is growing proximity between ATM and space, as space-based enablers would certainly bring an essential contribution, enabling the most critical Pilot Common Project ATM functionalities as well as CNS modernisation. This agreement materialises the fact that GSA and SDM share common objectives and have mutual interests in successful E-GNSS and SESAR deployment,” said Nicolas Warinsko, General Manager, SESAR Deployment Manager.

The first of the applications covered by the MoU is Performance Based Navigation (PBN), which aims to ensure global standardisation of Area Navigation (RNAV) and Required Navigation Performance (RNP) specifications, in an effort to limit the proliferation of navigation specifications used around the world.

The European Commission’s PBN Regulation, published in 2018, mandates the implementation of EGNOS approaches at all Europe’s runways by 2024. In suitably equipped aircraft, EGNOS enables aircraft approach procedures that are operationally equivalent to instrument landing system (ILS) ILS Cat-I procedures. The regulation also envisages a full PBN environment by 2030, leading to rationalisation of conventional procedures. For Cat II/III, work is ongoing to make Europe benefit from Ground Based Augmentation System (GBAS) Cat-II/III based on GPS and Galileo dual frequency. Going further, Europe is also investing in the next version of EGNOS, which will also augment Galileo, and the Advanced RAIM concept, also relying on both GPS and Galileo.

This is recognised as a major step in the evolution of the European navigation infrastructure by ANSP organisations.

EGNOS unlocking capacity improvements

The second area of cooperation between the GSA and SDM deals with Automatic Dependent Surveillance – Broadcast (ADS-B) Out, which is a surveillance technique that relies on aircraft broadcasting their identity, position, and other information derived from on board systems. This signal can then be received for surveillance purposes on the ground.

The current regulation mandates airspace users to be equipped by 2020, including with a GNSS receiver. While SBAS is not mandated, it is widely recognised that SBAS can unlock capacity improvements and support enhanced surveillance operations, as well as support the business case, when synchronised with navigation.

Airspace users require an integrated and synchronised strategy for navigation and surveillance, to optimise their investments, and the GSA will work together with SDM to that end. The GSA and SDM will also work together to assist air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and airlines in using EGNOS and Galileo.

Background

In 2004 the European Union adopted the first Single European Sky (SES) legislative package meant to reform the architecture of European air traffic management (ATM) in order to meet future capacity and safety needs at European level. Updated in 2009, the SES regulatory framework consists of four pillars: regulating performance; a single safety framework; new technologies; and managing capacity on the ground.

The Single European Sky ATM Research and Development (SESAR) project represents the technological pillar of the SES. It aims to provide the EU with a high performing ATM infrastructure by 2030 that will enable the safe and environmentally friendly operation and development of air transport.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA-SESAR Deployment Manager MoU will support the implementation of Galileo and EGNOS applications in aviation.

GNSS chip manufacturers gear up for Galileo roll-out in U.S.

12.3.2019 14:57  
U.S. manufacturers are eager to take advantage of the added accuracy that Galileo offers.
Published: 
12 March 2019

Following a waiver by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) of its rules in November last year, in which it allowed devices in the United States to access signals transmitted by the Galileo Global Navigation System, leading U.S. manufacturers are preparing to roll-out Galileo on U.S. territory.

At a meeting on November 15 last year, the US FCC granted in part a request from the European Commission for a waiver of the FCC rules so that devices in the United States may access specific signals transmitted by Galileo.

This decision means that consumers and industry in the U.S. are now able to access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system, which can be used in combination with the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS). The improved availability, reliability, and resiliency offered by incorporating Galileo capability into devices is something that U.S. chip manufacturers are eager to pass on to their customers.

“This is an important market development opportunity for manufacturers in the U.S. The FCC ruling means that industry can now benefit from the use of Galileo signals. The added accuracy and robustness offered by multi-constellation and multi-frequency capability will be a key differentiator on the market,” said Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

“We are glad to see FCC supporting Broadcom's dual frequency GNSS vision, for which the GPS and Galileo combination is key,” said Vijay Nagarajan, VP Marketing Wireless Connectivity and Communication Division at Broadcom. “We enabled the world’s first dual frequency GNSS phone in 2018 with the simple goal of providing accurate location to the consumer even amidst the skyscrapers in a busy downtown. We are certain that consumers will benefit from this FCC ruling that will further drive the adoption of dual frequency GNSS.” 

“As a leader in developing cellular technology—today, as the world launches 5G and dating back to Qualcomm’s legacy in 4G, 3G, & 2G—including work to incorporate robust navigation solutions for smartphones, Qualcomm Technologies integrated Galileo across its chipset portfolio because we understand the importance and benefits of accurate, reliable, and rapid position location for consumers,” said Dean Brenner, Senior Vice President of Spectrum Strategy and Tech Policy, Qualcomm Incorporated. “We’re excited about the FCC allowing access to Galileo signals in the U.S. for commercial Location Based Services because it is a big step forward in improving the user experience, particularly in dense urban environments.”

Activating Galileo in the U.S.

Both Broadcom and Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. already have dual-frequency solutions that support Galileo E1/E5a signals: the world’s first dual frequency GNSS smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi-8, was fitted with a Broadcom BCM47755 chip and, in December, Qualcomm Technologies launched the newest generation in its 8 Mobile Platform Series - the dual-frequency Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform.

“Approximately 100 smartphone models are already fitted with chipsets from these two manufacturers. Following the FCC ruling, we are expecting to see a significant increase in Galileo users coming from the U.S.,” said Justyna Redelkiewicz Musial, in charge of LBS and IoT market development at the GSA.

Better positioning and navigation

The FCC ruling permits access to two Galileo signals – the E1 signal that is transmitted in the 1559-1591 MHz portion of the 1559-1610 MHz Radio-navigation-Satellite Service (RNSS) frequency band and the E5 signal that is transmitted in the 1164-1219 MHz portion of the 1164-1215 MHz and 1215-1240 MHz RNSS bands.

Access to multi-constellation and multi-frequency capability means that users in the U.S. will be able to benefit from a better positioning and navigation experience particularly in urban environments where the unique shape of the E5/L5 signal makes it easier to distinguish real signals from the ones reflected by buildings, reducing the multipath effect. The simultaneous use of E5/L5 frequencies also mitigates other sources of error, such as ionospheric distortions, and makes the signal more robust against interference and jamming.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

U.S. manufacturers are eager to take advantage of the added accuracy that Galileo offers.

International Women’s Day: learning from successful women in tech

8.3.2019 10:50  
Women in tech share their experience with the GSA on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019.
Published: 
08 March 2019

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to share success stories from successful women and become inspired by what they have achieved in their respective workplaces. As such, GSA has gathered testimonials from successful professionals working with European Satellite Navigation technologies to inspire others both in the field and beyond.

Each of these inspiring women was first asked, what has been essential in their careers. Their answers covered the need for perseverance, hard work and not being afraid to take chances and risks.

“I've never refused an opportunity if it appeared or doubted a new career decision…it's important to understand that being a little scared is a part of the game, and hence if you're never scared, you just might not be challenging yourself enough,” said, Ewa Kadziolka, CEO & Founder, Centrip.

Unique set of challenges

A career is not without its own unique set of challenges, and each of these women has experienced their own throughout their professional lives. From learning to just keep going, to being in the minority, from balancing motherhood with full time work, to learning to be adaptable and think on your feet, each challenge is unique and has provided many a lesson that these women have drawn upon.

Read this: Help shape the future of Galileo and EGNOS

“Being female engineers is a challenge and a great opportunity at the same time. When we started at university we as women were always a minority, and today we represent 40% of the people in our research group and two of us are responsible for a research unit. However, this situation is far from standard; to say it in engineering language: we are on the queue of the Gaussian distribution! To add a challenge to a challenge, most of us are also mothers,” said Gabriella Povero, Emanuela Falletti, Beatrice Motella, Micaela Troglia Gamba, Navigation Technologies at Fondazione LINKS.

Having gone through these unique challenges, it is also important for these established female professionals to pass on their wisdom to other young women in their respective professional domains. All of these inspiring women agreed that it is important for fellow females to recognise their capacities, fight for what they want and surround themselves with the right people.

“Nowadays, to think that we cannot become what we want to be simply because we are women is not correct. Both legally and culturally there are no obstacles to achieve our goals”, said Isabel GONZALEZ, End User Support Manager from CNH Industrial.

Determination and passion

“Never stop fighting and never let anyone tell you who you should be or what you can or can’t do,” said Oihana Otaegui, Head of ITS and Engineering at Vicomtech.

Finally, these women acknowledged that they would not be where they are today without inspiration from their families, the people around them and others that they look up to in their fields.

“Out of all the determined and passionate people I have met so far, my mother is definitely my symbol of emancipation, tenacity and courage,” said Micaela Troglia Gamba from Navigation Technologies at Fondazione LINKS.

Thank you to these inspiring women for sharing their experiences and insights and Happy International Women’s Day!

If you want to be a part of the EU GNSS community, have a look at our open vacancies and apply.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Women in tech share their experience with the GSA on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019.

International Women’s Day: learning from successful women in tech

8.3.2019 10:50  
Women in tech share their experience with the GSA on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019.
Published: 
08 March 2019

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to share success stories from successful women and become inspired by what they have achieved in their respective workplaces. As such, GSA has gathered testimonials from successful professionals working with European Satellite Navigation technologies to inspire others both in the field and beyond.

Each of these inspiring women was first asked, what has been essential in their careers. Their answers covered the need for perseverance, hard work and not being afraid to take chances and risks.

“I've never refused an opportunity if it appeared or doubted a new career decision…it's important to understand that being a little scared is a part of the game, and hence if you're never scared, you just might not be challenging yourself enough,” said, Ewa Kadziolka, CEO & Founder, Centrip.  

Gabriella Povero, Emanuela Falletti, Beatrice Motella,  Micaela Troglia Gamba researchers at the Links Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                         

Unique set of challenges

A career is not without its own unique set of challenges, and each of these women has experienced their own throughout their professional lives. From learning to just keep going, to being in the minority, from balancing motherhood with full time work, to learning to be adaptable and think on your feet, each challenge is unique and has provided many a lesson that these women have drawn upon.

Read this: Help shape the future of Galileo and EGNOS

“Being female engineers is a challenge and a great opportunity at the same time. When we started at university we as women were always a minority, and today we represent 40% of the people in our research group and two of us are responsible for a research unit. However, this situation is far from standard; to say it in engineering language: we are on the queue of the Gaussian distribution! To add a challenge to a challenge, most of us are also mothers,” said Gabriella Povero, Emanuela Falletti, Beatrice Motella, Micaela Troglia Gamba, Navigation Technologies at Fondazione LINKS.

Having gone through these unique challenges, it is also important for these established female professionals to pass on their wisdom to other young women in their respective professional domains. All of these inspiring women agreed that it is important for fellow females to recognise their capacities, fight for what they want and surround themselves with the right people.

“Nowadays, to think that we cannot become what we want to be simply because we are women is not correct. Both legally and culturally there are no obstacles to achieve our goals”, said Isabel GONZALEZ, End User Support Manager from CNH Industrial.

Determination and passion

“Never stop fighting and never let anyone tell you who you should be or what you can or can’t do,” said Oihana Otaegui, Head of ITS and Engineering at Vicomtech.

Finally, these women acknowledged that they would not be where they are today without inspiration from their families, the people around them and others that they look up to in their fields.

“Out of all the determined and passionate people I have met so far, my mother is definitely my symbol of emancipation, tenacity and courage,” said Micaela Troglia Gamba from Navigation Technologies at Fondazione LINKS.

Thank you to these inspiring women for sharing their experiences and insights and Happy International Women’s Day!

If you want to be a part of the EU GNSS community, have a look at our open vacancies and apply.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Women in tech share their experience with the GSA on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019.

International Women’s Day: learning from successful women in tech

8.3.2019 10:50  
Women in tech share their experience with the GSA on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019.
Published: 
08 March 2019

International Women’s Day is an opportunity to share success stories from successful women and become inspired by what they have achieved in their respective workplaces. As such, GSA has gathered testimonials from successful professionals working with European Satellite Navigation technologies to inspire others both in the field and beyond.

Each of these inspiring women was first asked, what has been essential in their careers. Their answers covered the need for perseverance, hard work and not being afraid to take chances and risks.

“I've never refused an opportunity if it appeared or doubted a new career decision…it's important to understand that being a little scared is a part of the game, and hence if you're never scared, you just might not be challenging yourself enough,” said, Ewa Kadziolka, CEO & Founder, Centrip.  

Gabriella Povero, Emanuela Falletti, Beatrice Motella,  Micaela Troglia Gamba researchers at the Links Foundation                                                                                                                                                                                         

Unique set of challenges

A career is not without its own unique set of challenges, and each of these women has experienced their own throughout their professional lives. From learning to just keep going, to being in the minority, from balancing motherhood with full time work, to learning to be adaptable and think on your feet, each challenge is unique and has provided many a lesson that these women have drawn upon.

Read this: Help shape the future of Galileo and EGNOS

“Being female engineers is a challenge and a great opportunity at the same time. When we started at university we as women were always a minority, and today we represent 40% of the people in our research group and two of us are responsible for a research unit. However, this situation is far from standard; to say it in engineering language: we are on the queue of the Gaussian distribution! To add a challenge to a challenge, most of us are also mothers,” said Gabriella Povero, Emanuela Falletti, Beatrice Motella, Micaela Troglia Gamba, Navigation Technologies at Fondazione LINKS.

Having gone through these unique challenges, it is also important for these established female professionals to pass on their wisdom to other young women in their respective professional domains. All of these inspiring women agreed that it is important for fellow females to recognise their capacities, fight for what they want and surround themselves with the right people.

“Nowadays, to think that we cannot become what we want to be simply because we are women is not correct. Both legally and culturally there are no obstacles to achieve our goals”, said Isabel GONZALEZ, End User Support Manager from CNH Industrial.

Ewa Kądziołka

Determination and passion

“Never stop fighting and never let anyone tell you who you should be or what you can or can’t do,” said Oihana Otaegui, Head of ITS and Engineering at Vicomtech.

Finally, these women acknowledged that they would not be where they are today without inspiration from their families, the people around them and others that they look up to in their fields.

“Out of all the determined and passionate people I have met so far, my mother is definitely my symbol of emancipation, tenacity and courage,” said Micaela Troglia Gamba from Navigation Technologies at Fondazione LINKS.

Thank you to these inspiring women for sharing their experiences and insights and Happy International Women’s Day!

If you want to be a part of the EU GNSS community, have a look at our open vacancies and apply.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Women in tech share their experience with the GSA on the occasion of International Women’s Day 2019.

The GSA and Galileo at MWC Barcelona

7.3.2019 11:57  
The Ooredoo 5G pilot-less flying taxi at MWC Barcelona
Published: 
07 March 2019

Whether smartphones, drones, robots or autonomous vehicles, many of the innovations making headlines at this year's MWC in Barcelona absolutely depend on GNSS. Advanced positioning services like those being delivered by Galileo are helping to transform the latest technologies into functional mass market solutions.

Mobile World Congress (MWC) is the largest mobile connectivity event in the world. The 2019 edition in Barcelona brought together futuristic and pioneering technologies from more than 2400 companies. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) was there as well, promoting Galileo, Europe's flagship satellite navigation programme.

One catchphrase seemingly on everyone's lips in Barcelona was 'the future is now'. For the GSA, the future is 'here and now'. The 'here' of course refers to location, without which many of today's leading-edge mobile and connected systems simply wouldn't work.

A case in point is the new Ooredoo pilot-less flying taxi, the world’s first self-driving, 5G-connected, aerial passenger vehicle. Recently unveiled and test-flown in Qatar, it can transport two people for up to 20 minutes at 130 km per hour. Essentially a massive multi-rotor drone with a very comfortable passenger compartment, the vehicle made a big splash at MWC Barcelona, where Congress attendees were queuing up for a chance just to sit in it. Of course the flying taxi relies on state-of-the-art, satellite-based navigation technologies like Galileo to ensure precise and reliable positioning.

Ooredoo, a Doha-based company, highlighted 5G connectivity as a key enabling feature of the new flying taxi. Indeed, 5G was a sort of recurring theme throughout the Barcelona event. 5G represents the latest generation of cellular mobile communications, delivering ultra-wide bandwidth and massive input and output capabilities. This means increased speed and flexibility, enabling vastly improved performance and making possible a variety of new services.

GNSS and 5G come together

"What we are seeing right now is the convergence of 5G and GNSS," said GSA officer Alberto Fernández-Wyttenbach. "Together you get the combination of precision location from GNSS, and then with 5G you get the speed for real-time reactivity and control, so fast 5G connectivity is a perfect partner for GNSS. We know, for example, in the automotive industry, you have an important association that is working to bring 5G into automotive, an industry where GNSS is already a requisite feature."

The 5G Automotive Association (5GAA) is a global, cross-industry organisation that includes companies from the automotive, technology, and telecommunications industries, working to develop complete solutions for future road mobility and transport. 5GAA sees 5G as a vital platform for enabling Cooperative Intelligent Transportation Systems (C-ITS). With its exceptional bandwidth, 5G can easily handle safety-critical connectivity while supporting enhanced 'Vehicle-to-Everything' (V2X) communications and other connected mobility needs.

"We know that some 5GAA members are looking at 5G as the way to send real-time GNSS corrections to cars," said Fernández-Wyttenbach, "because it gives you this very quick reaction time."

Korea Telecom's new 5G-based road emergency response system, also on display at MWC, is a clear example of the synergy that is possible by combining 5G connectivity and GNSS-based navigation. Europe already has in place its eCall system, where a call centre automatically receives location information from vehicles in distress, thanks to on-board GNSS. The Korea Telecom´s 5G Remote Cockpit system goes a step further. In the event of an emergency where a driver is incapacitated, a human operator at a call centre actually takes over control of the car remotely, driving it to a location where emergency services are available.

"The technology is ready," said Fernández-Wyttenbach. "5G gives you very fast communication, which allows actual control of the car. Without that capability of near-instant transmission of the control signal, you cannot drive a car remotely; if you tried to turn the car around a curve in the road, you would be too late and you would crash. With 5G this is now possible." Complementarity is the key thing, he said, "because of course, without the GNSS positioning as a starting point, 5G cannot accomplish this kind of thing by itself."

There are limitations to 5G; the connection is faster and broader, but a certain density of transmitting stations is needed, even more so than with a 4G connection, so there will likely be some areas with imperfect coverage.

Nevertheless, said Fernández-Wyttenbach, "This year everybody is speaking about 5G. Before, 5G was mostly about consumer electronics, but now we have these transverse markets that are moving all the time." One of these is automotive, as mentioned above. Another is healthcare, where a number of companies are now demonstrating the delivery of medical services to remote locations supported by fast 5G connectivity.

Putting Galileo in your hands

The one thing you'd expect to see at an event with 'Mobile' in the name is smartphones, and there were indeed a number of remarkable new models to be admired at MWC. Of particular note were the new folding phones. The Samsung Galaxy Fold and the Huawei Mate X both feature displays that fold open into a small tablet-like format. The Mate X also features a 5G modem, and of course all are Galileo-ready.

Since 2016, when the first Galileo-enabled smartphone was launched, more and more manufacturers have been choosing to include Galileo-capable GNSS receivers in their premium handsets, in order to provide users with better accuracy and availability, especially in difficult environments.

The success of Galileo in terms of its uptake by smartphone manufacturers is something the GSA likes to talk about, and there could be no better place to do so than at MWC 2019. A range of Galileo-enabled mobile devices were on display in the GSA's exhibition space, highlighting European GNSS's increasing presence in smartphones. At last count, there were about 80 smartphone models equipped with Galileo, and all of that is thanks to the work of the GSA, which has made downstream market uptake a priority.

Also getting noticed at MWC 2019 were two recent dual-frequency GNSS models from Chinese manufacturer Xiaomi, the Mi8 and the top-of-the-line Mi9. Traditionally, mobile, location-based applications have been powered by single-frequency GNSS receivers operating under stringent battery-power and footprint constraints. With a dual-frequency chipset, these devices now benefit from better accuracy, ionosphere error cancellation, improved tracking and better multipath resistance.

Dual-frequency GNSS chipsets are of course also appearing in the automotive sector. With connected cars and autonomous vehicles soon to hit the roads, there is a clear need for accurate and reliable positioning information. And in case anyone missed it, Galileo is now the world's leading provider of dual-frequency GNSS, with more operational dual-frequency satellites in orbit than any other global system.

The GSA's Market Development Officer in charge of LBS Justyna Redelkievicz said, "We're seeing the new smartphones, the autonomous cars, drones and robotics – it's all here and it all needs location. At the GSA, we believe accuracy matters and we are here to say it, loud and clear. We are happy with how things are going with Galileo. It's going very well, it's growing, we have more users, and it's dual!"

Plainly, vehicle positioning and navigation remain key areas of innovation for GNSS technologies. In parallel, the GSA has been working hard to get these same technologies into people's hands. Based on what attendees could see at MWC 2019, this effort would seem to be paying off.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The Ooredoo 5G pilot-less flying taxi at MWC Barcelona

World’s first Galileo-enabled PLB launched

28.2.2019 14:04  
H2020 HELIOS and its coordinator Orolia, a global leader in emergency readiness and response, have announced the launch in Europe and the United States of an upgrade to its McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo personal location beacons (PLB) to include the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).
Published: 
28 February 2019

H2020 HELIOS and its coordinator Orolia, a global leader in emergency readiness and response, have announced the launch in Europe and the United States of an upgrade to its McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo personal location beacons (PLB) to include the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

The PLBs are the world’s first to utilise Galileo’s capabilities and are the first in a series of new solutions coming from the EU-funded Helios project, led by Orolia, which was set up to leverage the power of Galileo. The launch follows approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and continues Orolia’s innovation and leadership role in safety electronics.

Double achievement

“We are doubly proud of this achievement. The fact that this is the world’s first Galileo-enabled personal location beacon is in itself a significant milestone. That it comes as a result of a Horizon 2020 project managed by the GSA makes it even more satisfying. The GSA actively supports beacon manufacturers in implementing Galileo differentiators into their products and we are delighted to see these efforts deliver tangible results,” said European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Watch this: What do you think about Galileo SAR?

Orolia multi-constellation capable beacons work with a wider range of satellites, offering increased global coverage and supporting accelerated rescue. Location detection is more precise because the beacons receive coordinates from both Galileo and the GPS constellations, and signals can even be detected in difficult locations, such as canyons.

Pole to Pole coverage

Galileo satellites make up part of the MEOSAR system, the next generation of the Cospas-Sarsat international Search and Rescue satellite system that has helped to save over 43,000 lives since 1982. With the launch of four new satellites in July 2018, the Galileo constellation now consists of 26 satellites (22 with SAR payload), from a planned 30, with a target of 2020 for completion of the network. The system launched in December 2016, allowing technology with Galileo-enabled receivers to use signals provided by the constellation for positioning, navigation and timing.

“We are thrilled to be launching our upgraded PLBs in the European and U.S. markets,” said Chris Loizou, Vice President of Maritime at Orolia. “The combination of both Galileo and GPS GNSS capability means that our customers will benefit from coverage that spans from the North to the South Pole. We work tirelessly to push the boundaries of product innovation and, ultimately, to give people the best chance of being rescued in an emergency situation.”

The McMurdo FastFind and Kannad SafeLink PLBs are part of Orolia’s comprehensive search and rescue ecosystem and join the McMurdo SmartFind G8 and Kannad SafePro series emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) as the first Galileo capable rescue beacons. Orolia’s McMurdo brand builds, integrates and tests products as part of a live search and rescue system. This ensures greater cohesion between distress signal transmission and reception so that beacon owners can feel confident that their signals will get to search and rescue authorities quickly.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

H2020 HELIOS and its coordinator Orolia, a global leader in emergency readiness and response, have announced the launch in Europe and the United States of an upgrade to its McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo personal location beacons (PLB) to i

World’s first Galileo-enabled PLB launched

28.2.2019 14:04  
The upgraded McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo Personal Location Beacons help save lives.
Published: 
28 February 2019

H2020 HELIOS and its coordinator Orolia, a global leader in emergency readiness and response, have announced the launch in Europe and the United States of an upgrade to its McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo personal location beacons (PLB) to include the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

The PLBs are the world’s first to utilise Galileo’s capabilities and are the first in a series of new solutions coming from the EU-funded Helios project, led by Orolia, which was set up to leverage the power of Galileo. The launch follows approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and continues Orolia’s innovation and leadership role in safety electronics.

Double achievement

“We are doubly proud of this achievement. The fact that this is the world’s first Galileo-enabled personal location beacon is in itself a significant milestone. That it comes as a result of a Horizon 2020 project managed by the GSA makes it even more satisfying. The GSA actively supports beacon manufacturers in implementing Galileo differentiators into their products and we are delighted to see these efforts deliver tangible results,” said European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Watch this: What do you think about Galileo SAR?

Orolia multi-constellation capable beacons work with a wider range of satellites, offering increased global coverage and supporting accelerated rescue. Location detection is more precise because the beacons receive coordinates from both Galileo and the GPS constellations, and signals can even be detected in difficult locations, such as canyons.

Pole to Pole coverage

Galileo satellites make up part of the MEOSAR system, the next generation of the Cospas-Sarsat international Search and Rescue satellite system that has helped to save over 43,000 lives since 1982. With the launch of four new satellites in July 2018, the Galileo constellation now consists of 26 satellites (22 with SAR payload), from a planned 30, with a target of 2020 for completion of the network. The system launched in December 2016, allowing technology with Galileo-enabled receivers to use signals provided by the constellation for positioning, navigation and timing.

“We are thrilled to be launching our upgraded PLBs in the European and U.S. markets,” said Chris Loizou, Vice President of Maritime at Orolia. “The combination of both Galileo and GPS GNSS capability means that our customers will benefit from coverage that spans from the North to the South Pole. We work tirelessly to push the boundaries of product innovation and, ultimately, to give people the best chance of being rescued in an emergency situation.”

The McMurdo FastFind and Kannad SafeLink PLBs are part of Orolia’s comprehensive search and rescue ecosystem and join the McMurdo SmartFind G8 and Kannad SafePro series emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) as the first Galileo capable rescue beacons. Orolia’s McMurdo brand builds, integrates and tests products as part of a live search and rescue system. This ensures greater cohesion between distress signal transmission and reception so that beacon owners can feel confident that their signals will get to search and rescue authorities quickly.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The upgraded McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo Personal Location Beacons help save lives.

World’s first Galileo-enabled PLB launched

28.2.2019 14:04  
The upgraded McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo Personal Location Beacons help save lives.
Published: 
27 February 2019

H2020 HELIOS and its coordinator Orolia, a global leader in emergency readiness and response, have announced the launch in Europe and the United States of an upgrade to its McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo personal location beacons (PLB) to include the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

The PLBs are the world’s first to utilise Galileo’s capabilities and are the first in a series of new solutions coming from the EU-funded Helios project, led by Orolia, which was set up to leverage the power of Galileo. The launch follows approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and continues Orolia’s innovation and leadership role in safety electronics.

Double achievement

“We are doubly proud of this achievement. The fact that this is the world’s first Galileo-enabled personal location beacon is in itself a significant milestone. That it comes as a result of a Horizon 2020 project managed by the GSA makes it even more satisfying. The GSA actively supports beacon manufacturers in implementing Galileo differentiators into their products and we are delighted to see these efforts deliver tangible results,” said European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Watch this: What do you think about Galileo SAR?

Orolia multi-constellation capable beacons work with a wider range of satellites, offering increased global coverage and supporting accelerated rescue. Location detection is more precise because the beacons receive coordinates from both Galileo and the GPS constellations, and signals can even be detected in difficult locations, such as canyons.

Pole to Pole coverage

Galileo satellites make up part of the MEOSAR system, the next generation of the Cospas-Sarsat international Search and Rescue satellite system that has helped to save over 43,000 lives since 1982. With the launch of four new satellites in July 2018, the Galileo constellation now consists of 26 satellites (24 with SAR payload), from a planned 30, with a target of 2020 for completion of the network. The system launched in December 2016, allowing technology with Galileo-enabled receivers to use signals provided by the constellation for positioning, navigation and timing.

“We are thrilled to be launching our upgraded PLBs in the European and U.S. markets,” said Chris Loizou, Vice President of Maritime at Orolia. “The combination of both Galileo and GPS GNSS capability means that our customers will benefit from coverage that spans from the North to the South Pole. We work tirelessly to push the boundaries of product innovation and, ultimately, to give people the best chance of being rescued in an emergency situation.”

The McMurdo FastFind and Kannad SafeLink PLBs are part of Orolia’s comprehensive search and rescue ecosystem and join the McMurdo SmartFind G8 and Kannad SafePro series emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) as the first Galileo capable rescue beacons. Orolia’s McMurdo brand builds, integrates and tests products as part of a live search and rescue system. This ensures greater cohesion between distress signal transmission and reception so that beacon owners can feel confident that their signals will get to search and rescue authorities quickly.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The upgraded McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo Personal Location Beacons help save lives.

World’s first Galileo-enabled PLB launched

28.2.2019 14:04  
Published: 
27 February 2019

H2020 HELIOS and its coordinator Orolia, a global leader in emergency readiness and response, have announced the launch in Europe and the United States of an upgrade to its McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo personal location beacons (PLB) to include the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

The PLBs are the world’s first to utilise Galileo’s capabilities and are the first in a series of new solutions coming from the EU-funded Helios project, led by Orolia, which was set up to leverage the power of Galileo. The launch follows approval from the U.S. Federal Communications Commission and continues Orolia’s innovation and leadership role in safety electronics.

Double achievement

“We are doubly proud of this achievement. The fact that this is the world’s first Galileo-enabled personal location beacon is in itself a significant milestone. That it comes as a result of a Horizon 2020 project managed by the GSA makes it even more satisfying. The GSA actively supports beacon manufacturers in implementing Galileo differentiators into their products and we are delighted to see these efforts deliver tangible results,” said European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

Watch this: What do you think about Galileo SAR?

Orolia multi-constellation capable beacons work with a wider range of satellites, offering increased global coverage and supporting accelerated rescue. Location detection is more precise because the beacons receive coordinates from both Galileo and the GPS constellations, and signals can even be detected in difficult locations, such as canyons.

Pole to Pole coverage

Galileo satellites make up part of the MEOSAR system, the next generation of the Cospas-Sarsat international Search and Rescue satellite system that has helped to save over 43,000 lives since 1982. With the launch of four new satellites in July 2018, the Galileo constellation now consists of 26 satellites (24 with SAR payload), from a planned 30, with a target of 2020 for completion of the network. The system launched in December 2016, allowing technology with Galileo-enabled receivers to use signals provided by the constellation for positioning, navigation and timing.

“We are thrilled to be launching our upgraded PLBs in the European and U.S. markets,” said Chris Loizou, Vice President of Maritime at Orolia. “The combination of both Galileo and GPS GNSS capability means that our customers will benefit from coverage that spans from the North to the South Pole. We work tirelessly to push the boundaries of product innovation and, ultimately, to give people the best chance of being rescued in an emergency situation.”

The McMurdo FastFind and Kannad SafeLink PLBs are part of Orolia’s comprehensive search and rescue ecosystem and join the McMurdo SmartFind G8 and Kannad SafePro series emergency position-indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs) as the first Galileo capable rescue beacons. Orolia’s McMurdo brand builds, integrates and tests products as part of a live search and rescue system. This ensures greater cohesion between distress signal transmission and reception so that beacon owners can feel confident that their signals will get to search and rescue authorities quickly.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The upgraded McMurdo FastFind 220 and Kannad SafeLink Solo Personal Location Beacons help save lives.

EGNOS and Galileo for aviation at World ATM Congress

19.2.2019 11:02  
The workshop will address the current status of EGNSS implementation in aviation, along with priorities for the future and R&D funding opportunities.
Published: 
19 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is organising a workshop on EGNOS and Galileo services for aviation on March 13 as part of the World ATM Congress in Madrid. At the session, a number of speakers will discuss the current status of EGNOS and Galileo implementation in the sector, potential new services and will gather priorities for research and development funding from the sector.

EGNOS currently enables localizer performance with vertical guidance (LPV), the performance-based navigation (PBN) alternative to ILS Cat I, supporting advanced arrival procedures and facilitating Point in Space (PinS) for helicopters. EGNOS positioning also increases the availability of ADS-B (Automatic Dependent Surveillance-Broadcast). Meanwhile, Galileo receivers are included in Search and Rescue beacons and new Galileo services for the aviation community are being explored.

At the workshop, which will take place at 10.10 – 11.10 in the FABEC Conference Room, GSA Market Development Officer and Horizon 2020 Coordinator Carmen Aguilera will provide an update on these and other EGNOS and Galileo services supporting aviation operations now and in the future. The session will also be an opportunity to discuss R&D priorities and new funding opportunities.

Supporting compliance

Christian Belleux, Director at PNT solution provider Orolia will talk at the workshop about how Galileo can help airlines comply with the upcoming European mandate on aircraft distress tracking and the new Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) relating to the location of an aeroplane in distress.

Read this: Help shape the future of Galileo and EGNOS

These new SARPs relate to Autonomous Distress Tracking (ADT), which is part of the Global Aeronautical Distress and Safety System (GADSS) initiative launched by ICAO, which became effective on 11 July 2016 and will be applicable from 1 January 2021. In Europe, the Rule on ‘location of an aircraft in distress’ – CAT.GEN.MPA.210 covers this ICAO provision and is applicable to large aeroplane manufacturers from Jan 2021 onwards.

Robustness and accuracy

In his presentation at the workshop, Pere Molina, Advanced Applications Programme Manager at GeoNumerics, will highlight how EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) can help smooth out drone integration into current and future ATM and UAV traffic management (UTM) concepts.

Drone technology is serving all kinds of professional applications related to the air segment - from inspection, surveillance and surveying, to package delivery and ultimately even passenger transport. These applications are safety- and/or liability-critical and the robustness and accuracy provided by EGNOS and Galileo has a lot to offer in this regard. However, the potential of EGNOS and Galileo are currently underexploited, which is a big missed opportunity, according to Molina.

And this: March 5 deadline approaching for 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call

A representative from the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), which specialises in the operation and provision of satellite-based services for aviation, will discuss working with new EGNOS users to enable flying Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) in Visual Flight Rule (VFR) environments. To support the European Aviation Safety Agency’s (EASA) goal of enabling IFR for general aviation, all stakeholders will work together to identify topics that need further assessment and propose solutions where EGNOS can help increase safety levels.

World ATM Congress

Now in its seventh year, this year’s World ATM Congress will take place in IFEMA, Feria de Madrid, on 12-14 March and will bring together the world’s leading product developers, experts, stakeholders, and air navigation service providers (ANSPs) for three days of conference sessions, product demonstrations and launches, and educational and networking opportunities.

For more information, visit the WATM website.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The workshop will address the current status of EGNSS implementation in aviation, along with priorities for the future and R&D funding opportunities.

The March 5 deadline approaching for 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call

13.2.2019 13:55  
The 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call aims to leverage EGNSS innovation in support of economic growth, digitisation and environmental sustainability.
Published: 
13 February 2019

If you have an idea for an EGNSS solution addressing one or more of these challenges, be sure to submit your proposal before March 5, deadline for submissions in the 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call. The call was opened last October with four topics aiming to tap into EGNSS-based innovation in support of economic growth, digitisation and environmental sustainability.

The 4th EGNSS-related Call aims to support the development of innovative downstream applications that use Galileo and/or EGNOS to address a range of societal challenges and is targeted at the EU GNSS industry, SMEs, universities, research organisations and public bodies.

Four topics, four challenges

The four topics in the call each address a specific challenge. The first targets EGNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility and the development of EGNSS-based applications to lower emissions and make mobility safer and more cost-effective. The challenge of the second topic is to develop EGNSS applications fostering digitisation, helping to digitise products and services that address major societal challenges in areas such as health, citizen safety, smart cities, and other areas.

Read this: GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

The third topic, on EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment, aims to develop EGNSS applications that support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management, and promote green growth. Finally, the last topic of Awareness raising and capacity building aims to create networks of industrial relationships in Europe and globally that leverage EGNSS excellence and facilitate EGNSS investments.

Information at your fingertips

Detailed information on all of these calls is available on the Horizon 2020 web portal. Furthermore, ahead of the call, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) together with the European Commission and COSMOS2020, the network of National Contact Points for Space, co-organised a Horizon 2020 International Space Information Day and Brokerage Event at the GSA’s Prague headquarters. You can find presentations from this event here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call aims to leverage EGNSS innovation in support of economic growth, digitisation and environmental sustainability.

The March 5 deadline approaching for 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call

13.2.2019 13:55  
The 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call aims to leverage EGNSS innovation in support of economic growth, digitisation and environmental sustainability.
Published: 
13 February 2019

If you have an idea for an EGNSS solution addressing one or more of these challenges, be sure to submit your proposal before March 5, deadline for submissions in the 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call. The call was opened last October with four topics aiming to tap into EGNSS-based innovation in support of economic growth, digitisation and environmental sustainability.

The 4th EGNSS-related Call aims to support the development of innovative downstream applications that use Galileo and/or EGNOS to address a range of societal challenges and is targeted at the EU GNSS industry, SMEs, universities, research organisations and public bodies.

Four topics, four challenges

The four topics in the call each address a specific challenge. The first targets EGNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility and the development of EGNSS-based applications to lower emissions and make mobility safer and more cost-effective. The challenge of the second topic is to develop EGNSS applications fostering digitisation, helping to digitise products and services that address major societal challenges in areas such as health, citizen safety, smart cities, and other areas.

Read this: GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

The third topic, on EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment, aims to develop EGNSS applications that support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management, and promote green growth. Finally, the last topic of Awareness raising and capacity building aims to create networks of industrial relationships in Europe and globally that leverage EGNSS excellence and facilitate EGNSS investments.

Information at your fingertips

Detailed information on all of these calls is available on the Horizon 2020 web portal. Furthermore, ahead of the call, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) together with the European Commission and COSMOS2020, the network of National Contact Points for Space, co-organised a Horizon 2020 International Space Information Day and Brokerage Event at the GSA’s Prague headquarters. You can find presentations from this event here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The 4th Horizon 2020 EGNSS Call aims to leverage EGNSS innovation in support of economic growth, digitisation and environmental sustainability.

Latest batch of Galileo satellites enters service

12.2.2019 14:54  
The commissioning of the four latest Galileo satellites will result in better services to end users
Published: 
12 February 2019

The latest batch of four Galileo satellites - GSAT0219, GSAT0220, GSAT0221, and GSAT0222 - has been commissioned for operational use.

On 11 February 2019, the four satellites launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on July 25 2018, were put into service following the completion of the relevant commissioning activities. This means that the Galileo constellation is now providing services with 22 satellites.

“This is another important milestone for Galileo and the European Union. Each satellite that is commissioned brings us closer to our full operating capacity. More satellites in operation mean better coverage and more availability, which translates into increased accuracy and better services for users,” European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said. “The entry into service of the latest four satellites will boost Galileo service provision around the world.”

Thanks to the addition of four more satellites to the Galileo constellation, users will be able to reap the high accuracy benefits of multi-constellation capacity, but it goes further than that, according to Rodrigo da Costa, Galileo Services Programme Manager at the GSA.

“Today we finished the testing characterization of the satellites that were launched last July,” da Costa said. “The satellites are now ready to provide services to users, and with 22 satellites now in operation users will not only be able to benefit from Galileo signals in combination with other constellations, but the possibility of using Galileo as a stand-alone service also increases.”

GSA at the helm

The 10th Galileo launch was the second for which the GSA was responsible for the mission’s Early Orbit Phase (EOP) and In-Orbit Testing (IOT) phase, overseeing Spaceopal - a joint venture between Telespazio and DLR-GfR - in its role as Galileo Service Operator (GSOp).

The EOP and IOT are one of the most important phases of a space mission during which the satellite is launched, put into the correct orbit and the satellite platform and payload elements are gradually switched on and tested.

Galileo – because Accuracy Matters!

A huge number of end users stand to benefit from the improved coverage offered by the latest satellites. It is only just over two years since Galileo Initial Services were declared in December 2016, but already over 600 million devices around the world are using Galileo. To make Europeans more aware of how they are already benefitting from Galileo services, the European Union has launched the Accuracy Matters campaign.

The new campaign includes a series of short video clips that give an entertaining glimpse of everyday situations where ‘Accuracy Matters’ to anyone using location data on their smartphones. The videos can be viewed on a dedicated YouTube channel.

You can keep track of Galileo-enabled devices serving a variety of needs as they become available, by checking out: usegalileo.eu

Galileo status information

To stay up to date on the status of the Galileo constellation, you can also check the Constellation Status section of European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) website. What’s more, you can register on the GSC web portal to receive Notice Advisory to Galileo Users (NAGUs) automatically and, if you have any questions about Galileo, you are invited to contact the GSC Helpdesk.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The commissioning of the four latest Galileo satellites will result in better services to end users

Latest batch of Galileo satellites enters service

12.2.2019 14:54  
The commissioning of the four latest Galileo satellites will result in better services to end users
Published: 
12 February 2019

The latest batch of four Galileo satellites - GSAT0219, GSAT0220, GSAT0221, and GSAT0222 - has been commissioned for operational use.

On 11 February 2019, the four satellites launched from the European spaceport in Kourou, French Guiana, on July 25 2018, were put into service following the completion of the relevant commissioning activities. This means that the Galileo constellation is now providing services with 22 satellites.

“This is another important milestone for Galileo and the European Union. Each satellite that is commissioned brings us closer to our full operating capacity. More satellites in operation mean better coverage and more availability, which translates into increased accuracy and better services for users,” European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said. “The entry into service of the latest four satellites will boost Galileo service provision around the world.”

Thanks to the addition of four more satellites to the Galileo constellation, users will be able to reap the high accuracy benefits of multi-constellation capacity, but it goes further than that, according to Rodrigo da Costa, Galileo Services Programme Manager at the GSA.

“Today we finished the testing characterization of the satellites that were launched last July,” da Costa said. “The satellites are now ready to provide services to users, and with 22 satellites now in operation users will not only be able to benefit from Galileo signals in combination with other constellations, but the possibility of using Galileo as a stand-alone service also increases.”

GSA at the helm

The 10th Galileo launch was the second for which the GSA was responsible for the mission’s Early Orbit Phase (EOP) and In-Orbit Testing (IOT) phase, overseeing Spaceopal - a joint venture between Telespazio and DLR-GfR - in its role as Galileo Service Operator (GSOp).

The EOP and IOT are one of the most important phases of a space mission during which the satellite is launched, put into the correct orbit and the satellite platform and payload elements are gradually switched on and tested.

Galileo – because Accuracy Matters!

A huge number of end users stand to benefit from the improved coverage offered by the latest satellites. It is only just over two years since Galileo Initial Services were declared in December 2016, but already over 600 million devices around the world are using Galileo. To make Europeans more aware of how they are already benefitting from Galileo services, the European Union has launched the Accuracy Matters campaign.

The new campaign includes a series of short video clips that give an entertaining glimpse of everyday situations where ‘Accuracy Matters’ to anyone using location data on their smartphones. The videos can be viewed on a dedicated YouTube channel.

You can keep track of Galileo-enabled devices serving a variety of needs as they become available, by checking out: usegalileo.eu

Galileo status information

To stay up to date on the status of the Galileo constellation, you can also check the Constellation Status section of European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) website. What’s more, you can register on the GSC web portal to receive Notice Advisory to Galileo Users (NAGUs) automatically and, if you have any questions about Galileo, you are invited to contact the GSC Helpdesk.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The commissioning of the four latest Galileo satellites will result in better services to end users

Satellite positioning is changing how we move

5.2.2019 14:56  
Satellite navigation is underpinning a revolution in mobility.
Published: 
05 February 2019

Mobility is changing. The way people and goods move on our roads is going through its biggest transformation in decades, driven by technology, connectivity and satellite positioning. A new video from the GSA - European GNSS for Smart Mobility - explores how Europe’s flagship satellite navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo are at the heart of this transformation, making positioning more accurate, available and reliable.

Thanks to satellite navigation, cars, busses, trucks and even bicycles can communicate exactly where they are, and people with mobile phones are able to pinpoint their precise location and communicate with their preferred mode of transport. These advances are opening up new possibilities in road transport and changing the face of mobility.

The power of positioning

“We see that connectivity of people and connectivity of vehicles is so important when it comes to the efficiency of transport. Therefore the more accurate the positioning, the better services you can give to the users. That is why positioning is becoming more and more important,” said Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO-ITS Europe, a public-private partnership that develops, promotes and deploys Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS).

Read this: Galileo is critical for autonomous driving

New mobile apps that match supply and demand and offer different transport modes are increasingly commonplace in urban life and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provides access to a variety of transport services using a single front-end app. What’s more, the Internet of Things, where freight is equipped with location devices, allows for more efficient and innovative multi-modal transport, optimised routes and shared resources.

“Increasingly businesses and users want direct connection to the Internet and location. It is necessary to have devices mounted on many things, so whether this is bicycles or trailers on trucks, you need a very robust, low-power approach,” said Steve Beck, General Manager, Telecommunications R&D Group at Sony Europe.

Safer roads

The eCall emergency response system, mandated for all new car and light van models sold in the EU since 31 March 2018, leverages Galileo signals to alert emergency services in the event of an accident and provide them with an accurate location.

“Satellite positioning is already standard for today’s car navigation systems, and enables safety systems such as eCall in the case of an emergency or an accident and allows car-to-car or car-to-infrastructure communication,” said Steffi Lang from engineering and electronics multinational Bosch. “Looking to the future – for highly automated driving we need to have a robust, safe and precise localisation, and satellite navigation is a main contributor to this.”

And this: Introducing the MyGalileoApp Competition

The high level of integrity offered by Galileo also powers a range of innovative solutions, including pay-as-you-drive schemes for insurance premiums or road taxes. Public transport is also leveraging location information to further improve its services.

“For us as a semiconductor company, having Galileo and other signals really allows us to open markets that were not really possible before,” said Luis Serrano, Technical Marketing Manager ADAS & GNSS at STMicroelectronics.

As technology evolves and positioning becomes more robust, vehicles will become ever more autonomous and connected. This will increase safety and fundamentally change the way we move. Fully personalised unique journey planning and management models will identify the best transport option for users through a smart combination of public transport and vehicle renting or sharing, based on their travel needs. Accurate and reliable location is at the core of this new transport paradigm.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Satellite navigation is underpinning a revolution in mobility.

Satellite positioning is changing how we move

5.2.2019 14:56  
Satellite navigation is underpinning a revolution in mobility.
Published: 
05 February 2019

Mobility is changing. The way people and goods move on our roads is going through its biggest transformation in decades, driven by technology, connectivity and satellite positioning. A new video from the GSA - European GNSS for Smart Mobility - explores how Europe’s flagship satellite navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo are at the heart of this transformation, making positioning more accurate, available and reliable.

Thanks to satellite navigation, cars, busses, trucks and even bicycles can communicate exactly where they are, and people with mobile phones are able to pinpoint their precise location and communicate with their preferred mode of transport. These advances are opening up new possibilities in road transport and changing the face of mobility.

The power of positioning

“We see that connectivity of people and connectivity of vehicles is so important when it comes to the efficiency of transport. Therefore the more accurate the positioning, the better services you can give to the users. That is why positioning is becoming more and more important,” said Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO-ITS Europe, a public-private partnership that develops, promotes and deploys Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS).

Read this: Galileo is critical for autonomous driving

New mobile apps that match supply and demand and offer different transport modes are increasingly commonplace in urban life and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provides access to a variety of transport services using a single front-end app. What’s more, the Internet of Things, where freight is equipped with location devices, allows for more efficient and innovative multi-modal transport, optimised routes and shared resources.

“Increasingly businesses and users want direct connection to the Internet and location. It is necessary to have devices mounted on many things, so whether this is bicycles or trailers on trucks, you need a very robust, low-power approach,” said Steve Beck, General Manager, Telecommunications R&D Group at Sony Europe.

Safer roads

The eCall emergency response system, mandated for all new car and light van models sold in the EU since 31 March 2018, leverages Galileo signals to alert emergency services in the event of an accident and provide them with an accurate location.

“Satellite positioning is already standard for today’s car navigation systems, and enables safety systems such as eCall in the case of an emergency or an accident and allows car-to-car or car-to-infrastructure communication,” said Steffi Lang from engineering and electronics multinational Bosch. “Looking to the future – for highly automated driving we need to have a robust, safe and precise localisation, and satellite navigation is a main contributor to this.”

And this: Introducing the MyGalileoApp Competition

The high level of integrity offered by Galileo also powers a range of innovative solutions, including pay-as-you-drive schemes for insurance premiums or road taxes. Public transport is also leveraging location information to further improve its services.

“For us as a semiconductor company, having Galileo and other signals really allows us to open markets that were not really possible before,” said Luis Serrano, Technical Marketing Manager ADAS & GNSS at STMicroelectronics.

As technology evolves and positioning becomes more robust, vehicles will become ever more autonomous and connected. This will increase safety and fundamentally change the way we move. Fully personalised unique journey planning and management models will identify the best transport option for users through a smart combination of public transport and vehicle renting or sharing, based on their travel needs. Accurate and reliable location is at the core of this new transport paradigm.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Satellite navigation is underpinning a revolution in mobility.

Satellite positioning is changing how we move

5.2.2019 14:56  
Satellite navigation is underpinning a revolution in mobility.
Published: 
05 February 2019

Mobility is changing. The way people and goods move on our roads is going through its biggest transformation in decades, driven by technology, connectivity and satellite positioning. A new video from the GSA - European GNSS for Smart Mobility - explores how Europe’s flagship satellite navigation programmes EGNOS and Galileo are at the heart of this transformation, making positioning more accurate, available and reliable.

Thanks to satellite navigation, cars, busses, trucks and even bicycles can communicate exactly where they are, and people with mobile phones are able to pinpoint their precise location and communicate with their preferred mode of transport. These advances are opening up new possibilities in road transport and changing the face of mobility.

The power of positioning

“We see that connectivity of people and connectivity of vehicles is so important when it comes to the efficiency of transport. Therefore the more accurate the positioning, the better services you can give to the users. That is why positioning is becoming more and more important,” said Jacob Bangsgaard, CEO of ERTICO-ITS Europe, a public-private partnership that develops, promotes and deploys Intelligent Transport Systems and Services (ITS).

Read this: Galileo is critical for autonomous driving

New mobile apps that match supply and demand and offer different transport modes are increasingly commonplace in urban life and Mobility as a Service (MaaS) provides access to a variety of transport services using a single front-end app. What’s more, the Internet of Things, where freight is equipped with location devices, allows for more efficient and innovative multi-modal transport, optimised routes and shared resources.

“Increasingly businesses and users want direct connection to the Internet and location. It is necessary to have devices mounted on many things, so whether this is bicycles or trailers on trucks, you need a very robust, low-power approach,” said Steve Beck, General Manager, Telecommunications R&D Group at Sony Europe.

Safer roads

The eCall emergency response system, mandated for all new car and light van models sold in the EU since 31 March 2018, leverages Galileo signals to alert emergency services in the event of an accident and provide them with an accurate location.

“Satellite positioning is already standard for today’s car navigation systems, and enables safety systems such as eCall in the case of an emergency or an accident and allows car-to-car or car-to-infrastructure communication,” said Steffi Lang from engineering and electronics multinational Bosch. “Looking to the future – for highly automated driving we need to have a robust, safe and precise localisation, and satellite navigation is a main contributor to this.”

And this: Introducing the MyGalileoApp Competition

The high level of integrity offered by Galileo also powers a range of innovative solutions, including pay-as-you-drive schemes for insurance premiums or road taxes. Public transport is also leveraging location information to further improve its services.

“For us as a semiconductor company, having Galileo and other signals really allows us to open markets that were not really possible before,” said Luis Serrano, Technical Marketing Manager ADAS & GNSS at STMicroelectronics.

As technology evolves and positioning becomes more robust, vehicles will become ever more autonomous and connected. This will increase safety and fundamentally change the way we move. Fully personalised unique journey planning and management models will identify the best transport option for users through a smart combination of public transport and vehicle renting or sharing, based on their travel needs. Accurate and reliable location is at the core of this new transport paradigm.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Satellite navigation is underpinning a revolution in mobility.

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid. You can join the webinar here.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019, 11.00 CET   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Webinar details

When: 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET.

Join the webinar here. To find how to register and participate in the dedicated webinar, please read all the instructions here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   1 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019 (registration to open soon)   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019, from 11 am to 12 pm CET. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid. You can register in the webinar here.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019 (registration to open soon)   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Webinar details

When: 19 February 2019, from 11 am to 12 pm CET

Register to the webinar here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid. You can join the webinar here.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019, 11.00 CET   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Webinar details

When: 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET.

Join the webinar here. To find how to register and participate in the dedicated webinar, please read all the instructions here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid. You can register for the webinar here.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019, 11.00 CET   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Webinar details

When: 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET.

Register to the webinar here. To find how to register and participate in the dedicated webinar, please read all the instructions here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid. You can join the webinar here.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019, 11.00 CET   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Webinar details

When: 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET.

Join the webinar here. To find how to register and participate in the dedicated webinar, please read all the instructions here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019 (registration to open soon)   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid. You can join the webinar here.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019, 11.00 CET   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Webinar details

When: 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET.

Join the webinar here. To find how to register and participate in the dedicated webinar, please read all the instructions here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

GSA opens new GSMC invitation to tenders

4.2.2019 14:35  
The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace
Published: 
04 February 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has just opened an invitation to tenders targeting the development of an “Operational Interface System for the GSMC”.

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) has space constraints in the TEMPEST secure area which, in turn, is putting a damper on the deployment of the system. These constraints are primarily due to the fact that dedicated terminals and desktops are physically attached to each system in the GSMC sites. As a result, when the number of systems grows, the required number of terminals also increases.

Scope of the Call

To address this situation, the GSA aims to procure a security accredited operational interface system (OIS) that connects each of the GSA systems and their instances to every workstation in the appropriate operational area. The OIS/KVM switch will allow multiple users to access any of the interconnected systems’ instances via any of the workstations.

The baseline for this Contract is to have a minimum of eight workstations with OIS accessibility designed, developed and deployed at the GSMC site in Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (GSMC-FR).

The OIS design shall allow:

  • Management of physical space constraints,
  • Operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace instead of moving between the current standalone workplaces,
  • Improvements of work flexibility, and
  • Improvements of scalability for the future deployment of the systems.

If you would like to find out more on how to prepare a successful bid, register to take part in a dedicated webinar to be held on 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET. At the webinar, GSA staff will present the technical and administrative requirements, as well as the optional functionalities and cyber requirements necessary to prepare a successful bid. You can join the webinar here.

  

The Call at a Glance

     
   Deadline for submission of bids:   2 May 2019   
   Expected signature of contract:   July 2019   
   EU budget:   EUR 950,000 (100 % funding)   
   Webinar date:   19 February 2019, 11.00 CET   
   To apply, click here.      

Role of GSMC in the Galileo Programme

The Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) is an operational centre of the GSA and an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. Its mission is to provide an EU facility that offers a secure way for Public Regulated Service (PRS) users to interact with the Galileo System Operator.

This will simplify the operation of the Galileo system and provide assurance to PRS users that sensitive information related to their use of Galileo is properly managed and protected. The GSMC also coordinates the implementation of Joint Action instructions received from the EU SitCen (Situation Centre).

The GSA is responsible for the operation of the GSMCs within the Galileo system, undertaking the following specific missions:

  • Management of PRS access,
  • Galileo security monitoring,
  • Response to European GNSS crisis and security events,
  • Provision of European GNSS security expertise and analysis.

Webinar details

When: 19 February 2019, from 11.00 am to 12.00 pm CET.

Join the webinar here. To find how to register and participate in the dedicated webinar, please read all the instructions here

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The operational interface system will allow operators to work more efficiently from a single workplace

Getting ready for the evolution of EGNOS

1.2.2019 11:48  
Published: 
31 January 2019

The EGNOS Service Provision (ESP) consists in delivering three types of services: the Open Service (OS), the Safety of Life service (SoL) and EGNOS Data Access Services (EDAS). The current EGNOS System was developed in early 2000’s, and is to be replaced by a new generation “EGNOS V3”. 

This latter will augment both GPS and Galileo, provide additional SBAS service capabilities through a new SBAS channel on L5 and will benefit from a reinforced security to increase the robustness of EGNOS services to potential threats.

Presently, the provision of EGNOS Services is ensured via the current ESP contract, which continues until the end of 2021, as a baseline.

The next EGNOS Service Provider is expected to be in charge of the delivery of EGNOS services based on EGNOS V2 infrastructure first, then on EGNOS V3 infrastructure.

The contract is expected to be signed before end-2020, with a duration of 6 to 8 years. 

The GSA has published a Prior Information Notice OJ/S S22 31/01/2019 47118-2019-EN in the Official Journal of the European Union, containing the above and further information for the contemplated procurement. 

The full Prior Information Notice may be found here.

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Getting ready for the evolution of EGNOS

1.2.2019 11:48  
Published: 
01 February 2019

The EGNOS Service Provision (ESP) consists in delivering three types of services: the Open Service (OS), the Safety of Life service (SoL) and EGNOS Data Access Services (EDAS). The current EGNOS System was developed in early 2000’s, and is to be replaced by a new generation “EGNOS V 3”. 

This latter will augment both GPS and Galileo, provide additional SBAS service capabilities through a new SBAS channel on L5 and will benefit from a reinforced security to increase the robustness of EGNOS services to potential threats.

Presently, the provision of EGNOS Services is ensured via the current ESP contract, which continues until the end of 2021, as a baseline.

The next EGNOS Service Provider is expected to be in charge of the delivery of EGNOS services based on EGNOS Version 2 infrastructure first, then on EGNOS Version 3 infrastructure.

The contract is expected to be signed before end-2020, with a duration of 6 to 8 years. 

The GSA has published a Prior Information Notice OJ/S S22 31/01/2019 47118-2019-EN in the Official Journal of the European Union, containing the above and further information for the contemplated procurement. 

The full Prior Information Notice may be found here.

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Galileo is key to Europe's digital economy

31.1.2019 16:28  
Participants in the European Space Policy Conference heard how Galileo is a cornerstone of the strategy for a European Single Digital Economy
Published: 
31 January 2019

At the 11th European Space Policy Conference in Brussels, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides explained why Europe's flagship satellite navigation system, Galileo, is a cornerstone of the strategy for a European Single Digital Economy.

The global economy is rapidly being digitised. Information and communications technologies are no longer confined to a specific sector but constitute the foundation of all modern innovative economic systems. Connectivity, in particular, is now seen as a key enabler of a multitude of new services that are transforming the global scene.

"The future of intelligent connectivity is going hand-in-hand with the future of GNSS," said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, speaking at the 11th European Space Policy Conference in Brussels.

Important milestone

The term ‘intelligent connectivity’ describes the powerful combination of flexible, high-speed 5G networks, the Internet of Things (IoT), artificial intelligence (AI) and big data. Today, location plays a major role in all of these developments, with navigation and Earth observation data combining to provide the needed geographical framework to deliver personalised services.

"Just last month, in December 2018, we achieved a very important milestone," said des Dorides, "namely that more than fifty percent of the worldwide population is now connected to the digital world, to the Internet."

Read this: EU Space enables an interconnected future

It also means that the other fifty percent will be getting connected in the coming years, and this will revolutionise the way individuals think and societies operate. People today and people tomorrow will be connected in new and different ways. They will have different needs and will use their connectivity for as yet unimagined purposes.

"We can see that this expansion is continuing and the growth rate is really amazing," des Dorides said. "So we are in the age of what some people are describing as a 'silent revolution'. Every day we are seeing more and more new users and new ways to connect to the growing digital world."

Hard work rewarded

The GSA has been working ceaselessly to ensure the widespread uptake of European GNSS technologies, including Galileo and EGNOS, and the efforts have been paying off. An important element is the incorporation of Galileo-enabled GNSS receivers in handheld devices, such as smartphones.

"We have some other very important figures to mention," said des Dorides. "Today we have more subscriptions worldwide for mobile phones than inhabitants in the world, and with all that, around seventy percent of these digital devices are broadband-enabled. So this is the connection with the digital world."

Des Dorides talked about the closing gap between the physical world and the digital world: "There is a clear convergence, and the catalyst, the enabler, is the Internet of Things, the ubiquitous things, and the best example of ubiquitous things are our smartphones – this is the context we are living in. We also know that at the basis of the ubiquitous things is geo-positioning, and in particular GNSS. Fifty percent of our apps in our smartphones require geo-positioning and ninety percent of those require GNSS, so here is the link with GNSS."

It should also be noted that in addition to location information, accurate timing delivered by GNSS is providing an indispensable tool for precisely synchronising transactions, including those operated by Digitally Autonomous Organisations in a distributed ledger. Apart from accurate timing, there is also a critical role for GNSS in the authentication of smart contracts, which is an important way to increase security of transactions. Galileo will provide a unique authentication feature with its service.

"In all of these areas, there is a GNSS-based silent revolution happening right now," said des Dorides. "In 2011 an important new feature was multi-constellation, which is now in all our phones. This means a more reliable performance, with more available positioning and timing.”

Watch this: European Space Programmes: Empowering Digital Markets

"Then last year we also had a very important new milestone with the introduction of dual frequency, which will guarantee better accuracy on the mass market. GNSS, and Galileo in particular, is granting a flexible connection with the Internet of Things, the digital world, and big data."

GNSS and Europe's Digital Strategy

The rapid digitisation being seen in so many areas and at such a scale and speed bring immense opportunities for innovation, growth and jobs. It also raises challenging policy issues for public authorities that require coordinated EU action. All Member States are wrestling with similar problems, but on a national basis, which is too limited to allow them to seize all the opportunities and deal with all the issues raised by these profoundly transformational developments. That is why the European Commission has set the creation of a Digital Single Market for Europe as one of its key priorities, with digital autonomy in particular as a strategic goal.

Also speaking at the event in Brussels was Mariya Gabriel, EU Commissioner for Digital Economy and Society. She said the European space programmes have a key role to play in support of the European Digital Single Market: "We need to be moving to digital autonomy and sovereignty in Europe. The space sector can help us get there, from satellites for 5G coverage to important Earth Observation services of Copernicus and of course the critical geo-localisation capacity enabled by Galileo."

Indeed, at a time of increasing geopolitical uncertainty, Galileo is now inarguably a critical infrastructure. Today, European GNSS is used to synchronise mobile networks, energy grids and financial transactions. It is used in emergency services, in safety-critical operations and, with the advent of AI and automation, driverless cars, drones and other autonomous systems will need GNSS for navigation.

In any number of vital application areas, including all that concerns the digital economy, Galileo is a key enabler of European independence and sovereignty, at the same time built to be interoperable with all the other GNSS systems in the world and able to provide a fully autonomous European solution.

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Participants in the European Space Policy Conference heard how Galileo is a cornerstone of the strategy for a European Single Digital Economy

GSA takes the Galileo ‘Accuracy Matters’ message to the 2019 Mobile World Congress

30.1.2019 14:16  
The Galileo Booth at MWC 2019 will showcase several Horizon 2020 funded, Galileo-based innovations.
Published: 
30 January 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) comes to the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) with an important message: When close isn’t enough, use Galileo!

It’s only been two years since the launch of Galileo Initial Services, but already over half-a-billion users are benefiting from the increased accuracy and precision it brings. “According to the latest figures, today over 600 million devices – most of them the latest smartphone models – are now Galileo-enabled,” said Fiammetta Diani, Deputy Head of Market Development at the GSA. “Clearly, the time has come to make people aware that Europe’s investment in Galileo is bringing daily benefits to hundreds of millions!”

And what better place to drive this message home than at the largest mobile event in the world? 

With over 107,000 visitors expected to attend, MWC 2019 is the perfect stage to showcase the Galileo ‘Accuracy Matters’ message. The new awareness-building campaign, which includes a number of entertaining videos showing how a little extra accuracy can go a long way, will be one of the highlights at this year’s Galileo stand (Hall 8.0, Stand 8.0H15).

Read this: Introducing the MyGalileoApp prize contest

The Galileo stand will showcase several Horizon 2020 funded, Galileo-powered innovations. “With the goal of exploring the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is the ideal platform to promote innovative EGNSS-based solutions and applications,” adds Diani. “As a global event, it’s also the place to show the world how European Union (EU) space research enhances EU industrial competitiveness and plays a pivotal role in tackling various societal challenges.”

Galileo as a game changer

One solution being showcased at MWC is Lycie, a mobile application that actively prevents traffic accidents. “By simply mounting your phone to the dashboard of your car, Lycie’s machine learning algorithm learns from your driving patterns and notifies you in real-time whenever a dangerous situation is detected,” explains Lycie’s Jean Galinowski. “The safer your drive, the lower your insurance costs.”

Unlike similar monitoring applications, Lycie offers unmatchable accuracy, thanks to its use of Galileo. “Having Galileo is not only a game-changer compared to our competitors, whose lack of precision prevents a reliable driving assessment, but also brings significantly more safety,” adds Lycie’s Jeremy Maisse.

The FLAMINGO solution will also be on display at the Galileo stand where its high-accuracy positioning service for mass-market applications within smart city environments with be highlighted. “FLAMINGO is showcasing the near future by enabling and demonstrating high-accuracy positioning and navigation using Smartphones and Internet of Things devices,” says William Roberts, the project coordinator.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) with Galileo

The GALILEO FOR MOBILITY project aims at supporting the introduction of GALILEO technology within the Mobility as a Service context. “The potential MaaS market will be mostly concentrated on the urban environment, whereas Galileo, within a multi-constellation context, can bring benefits in terms of availability, accuracy and integrity in other areas too,” explains Dr. Josep Maria Salanova Grau.

At MWC, GALILEO FOR MOBILITY will be discussing the various services it is currently testing, including an on-demand public transportation system in Barcelona, a vehicle sharing initiative in Paris, and a ride sharing programme in Thessaloniki – among others. “The project as a whole tackles all modes of transport, both private and public, as well as various services that will support MaaS in the near future, emphasising the advantages of using EGNSS with regards to the performance of these services,” explains the project’s Coordinator Martí Jofre.

High-precision, high-accuracy at MWC

Also on display will be the NaviSoC single chip all-in-one solution – a miniature multi-frequency GNSS receiver that offers high-precision and reliability to mass-market users and applications. “This kind of product could be a market enabler for a future GNSS user segment, taking the automation and autonomy of IoT devices to the next level,” says ChipCraft's CEO Dr Tomasz Borejko.

Last but not least, Geo++ GmbH will be using the MWC stage to announce its high-accuracy positioning framework for Android smartphones, which routinely achieves sub-metre accurate smartphone positions. “We believe this technology is of interest to a large number of MWC visitors and we are looking forward to sharing it at the Galileo stand” adds Geo++ Managing Director Dr. Jannes Wübbena.

MWC Barcelona runs from 25 – 28 February at Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via. Come and meet the GSA team at the Galileo stand is located at Hall 8.0, Stand 8.0H15.

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The Galileo Booth at MWC 2019 will showcase several Horizon 2020 funded, Galileo-based innovations.

GSA takes the Galileo ‘Accuracy Matters’ message to the 2019 Mobile World Congress

30.1.2019 14:16  
The Galileo Booth at MWC 2019 will showcase several Horizon 2020 funded, Galileo-based innovations.
Published: 
30 January 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) comes to the 2019 Mobile World Congress (MWC) with an important message: When close isn’t enough, use Galileo!

It’s only been two years since the launch of Galileo Initial Services, but already over half-a-billion users are benefiting from the increased accuracy and precision it brings. “According to the latest figures, today over 600 million devices – most of them the latest smartphone models – are now Galileo-enabled,” said Fiammetta Diani, Deputy Head of Market Development at the GSA. “Clearly, the time has come to make people aware that Europe’s investment in Galileo is bringing daily benefits to hundreds of millions!”

And what better place to drive this message home than at the largest mobile event in the world? 

With over 107,000 visitors expected to attend, MWC 2019 is the perfect stage to showcase the Galileo ‘Accuracy Matters’ message. The new awareness-building campaign, which includes a number of entertaining videos showing how a little extra accuracy can go a long way, will be one of the highlights at this year’s Galileo stand (Hall 8.0, Stand 8.0H15).

Read this: Introducing the MyGalileoApp prize contest

The Galileo stand will showcase several Horizon 2020 funded, Galileo-powered innovations. “With the goal of exploring the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is the ideal platform to promote innovative EGNSS-based solutions and applications,” adds Diani. “As a global event, it’s also the place to show the world how European Union (EU) space research enhances EU industrial competitiveness and plays a pivotal role in tackling various societal challenges.”

Galileo as a game changer

One solution being showcased at MWC is Lycie, a mobile application that actively prevents traffic accidents. “By simply mounting your phone to the dashboard of your car, Lycie’s machine learning algorithm learns from your driving patterns and notifies you in real-time whenever a dangerous situation is detected,” explains Lycie’s Jean Galinowski. “The safer your drive, the lower your insurance costs.”

Unlike similar monitoring applications, Lycie offers unmatchable accuracy, thanks to its use of Galileo. “Having Galileo is not only a game-changer compared to our competitors, whose lack of precision prevents a reliable driving assessment, but also brings significantly more safety,” adds Lycie’s Jeremy Maisse.

The FLAMINGO solution will also be on display at the Galileo stand where its high-accuracy positioning service for mass-market applications within smart city environments with be highlighted. “FLAMINGO is showcasing the near future by enabling and demonstrating high-accuracy positioning and navigation using Smartphones and Internet of Things devices,” says William Roberts, the project coordinator.

Mobility as a Service (MaaS) with Galileo

The GALILEO FOR MOBILITY project aims at supporting the introduction of GALILEO technology within the Mobility as a Service context. “The potential MaaS market will be mostly concentrated on the urban environment, whereas Galileo, within a multi-constellation context, can bring benefits in terms of availability, accuracy and integrity in other areas too,” explains Dr. Josep Maria Salanova Grau.

At MWC, GALILEO FOR MOBILITY will be discussing the various services it is currently testing, including an on-demand public transportation system in Barcelona, a vehicle sharing initiative in Paris, and a ride sharing programme in Thessaloniki – among others. “The project as a whole tackles all modes of transport, both private and public, as well as various services that will support MaaS in the near future, emphasising the advantages of using EGNSS with regards to the performance of these services,” explains the project’s Coordinator Martí Jofre.

High-precision, high-accuracy at MWC

Also on display will be the NaviSoC single chip all-in-one solution – a miniature multi-frequency GNSS receiver that offers high-precision and reliability to mass-market users and applications. “This kind of product could be a market enabler for a future GNSS user segment, taking the automation and autonomy of IoT devices to the next level,” says ChipCraft's CEO Dr Tomasz Borejko.

Last but not least, Geo++ GmbH will be using the MWC stage to announce its high-accuracy positioning framework for Android smartphones, which routinely achieves sub-metre accurate smartphone positions. “We believe this technology is of interest to a large number of MWC visitors and we are looking forward to sharing it at the Galileo stand” adds Geo++ Managing Director Dr. Jannes Wübbena.

MWC Barcelona runs from 25 – 28 February at Barcelona’s Fira Gran Via. Come and meet the GSA team at the Galileo stand is located at Hall 8.0, Stand 8.0H15.

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The Galileo Booth at MWC 2019 will showcase several Horizon 2020 funded, Galileo-based innovations.

Paving the way to new Galileo accuracy and authentication services: Galileo E6-B/C codes now available!

24.1.2019 10:26  
Galileo E6-B/C Codes specifications now available!
Published: 
24 January 2019

The main specifications of the Galileo E6-B and E6-C codes are now available to the User Community. These codes can be used for accessing the future Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) and Galileo Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) and can be downloaded from the Galileo Service Centre (GSC) website under the “Programme Reference Documents” section. 

The main specifications of the Galileo E6-B/C codes have been published in a Technical Note - Galileo E6-B/C Codes Technical Note – which is now available to users via the Galileo Service Centre (GSC) website:  https://www.gsc-europa.eu/

The description of the primary E6-B/C and secondary E6-C codes and their assignment to specific satellites will provide receiver manufacturers the information they need to develop Galileo E6-B/C enabled receivers. The Technical Note also provides a hexadecimal representation of the E6-B/C primary and secondary codes.

Value-added services

The Galileo User Community will be able to benefit from the added-value services, offered through the E6 signal, namely the Galileo High Accuracy Service and the Galileo Commercial Authentication Service: 

The Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) will allow users to obtain a positioning error below two decimetres in nominal conditions of use. The Galileo HAS will be based on the free transmission of Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections through the Galileo E6 signal data component (E6-B) by the Galileo satellites. 

The Galileo Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) will make it possible to authenticate signals, by giving access to the E6 signal pilot component (E6-C) codes, which will be encrypted.

Cost-effective solution

The Galileo high accuracy and authentication services will provide cost-effective solutions with very good performance and much needed redundancy that are essential for safety-critical applications, such as autonomous driving, for example.

To ensure that Galileo services continue to meet your needs, we encourage users to help us shape the future of Galileo! You can do this by completing the Galileo User Satisfaction Survey 2018, - it will only take you a few minutes!

For further up-to-date information on the Galileo system and its services, visit the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) website or contact the Galileo Helpdesk.

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Galileo E6-B/C Codes specifications now available!

Paving the way to new Galileo accuracy and authentication services: Galileo E6-B/C codes now available!

24.1.2019 10:26  
Galileo E6-B/C Codes specifications now available!
Published: 
24 January 2019

The main specifications of the Galileo E6-B and E6-C codes are now available to the User Community. These codes can be used for accessing the future Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) and Galileo Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) and can be downloaded from the Galileo Service Centre (GSC) website under the “Programme Reference Documents” section. 

The main specifications of the Galileo E6-B/C codes have been published in a Technical Note - Galileo E6-B/C Codes Technical Note – which is now available to users via the Galileo Service Centre (GSC) website:  https://www.gsc-europa.eu/

The description of the primary E6-B/C and secondary E6-C codes and their assignment to specific satellites will provide receiver manufacturers the information they need to develop Galileo E6-B/C enabled receivers. The Technical Note also provides a hexadecimal representation of the E6-B/C primary and secondary codes.

Value-added services

The Galileo User Community will be able to benefit from the added-value services, offered through the E6 signal, namely the Galileo High Accuracy Service and the Galileo Commercial Authentication Service: 

  • The Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) will allow users to obtain a positioning error below two decimetres in nominal conditions of use. The Galileo HAS will be based on the free transmission of Precise Point Positioning (PPP) corrections through the Galileo E6 signal data component (E6-B) by the Galileo satellites.
  • The Galileo Commercial Authentication Service (CAS) will make it possible to authenticate signals, by giving access to the E6 signal pilot component (E6-C) codes, which will be encrypted.

Cost-effective solution

The Galileo high accuracy and authentication services will provide cost-effective solutions with very good performance and much needed redundancy that are essential for safety-critical applications, such as autonomous driving, for example.

To ensure that Galileo services continue to meet your needs, we encourage users to help us shape the future of Galileo! You can do this by completing the Galileo User Satisfaction Survey 2018, - it will only take you a few minutes!

For further up-to-date information on the Galileo system and its services, visit the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) website or contact the Galileo Helpdesk.

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Galileo E6-B/C Codes specifications now available!

User Consultation Platform helps shape the future of European GNSS

23.1.2019 12:33  
The UCP enables direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and timing solutions and the organisations and institutions that oversee Galileo and EGNOS.
Published: 
23 January 2019

The European GNSS User Consultation Platform was hard at work in Marseille during this year's EU Space Week. Parallel panel sessions brought together users from different market segments. Each session had specific objectives aiming at profiting from the valuable contributions of users. The UCP ended with a plenary session in which the elected chairperson of each panel presented the results of their discussions to the wider community.

The User Consultation Platform (UCP) is a forum enabling direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and time solutions and the organisations and institutions that oversee Galileo and EGNOS.

The UCP took place for the first time in 2017. The participants are actual users of the solutions, comprising representatives of associations such as standardisation bodies and industry groups, regulatory bodies and other members of the user community.

Watch this: EU Space Week in Marseille, 3 - 6 December 2018

The 2018 meeting of the UCP took place at the elegant Pharo Palace with spectacular views overlooking Marseille's old port. The platform was divided, on the first day, into subgroups representing the professional, transport and mass markets. A plenary to bring them together took place on the second day. Tasks undertaken by each group included discussing and validation of user needs and requirements on positioning, navigation and time technologies that can later be evaluated and, for those relevant to GNSS, implemented in the EGNOS and Galileo programmes. The ones that cannot be implemented in the current technology baselines will be taken into consideration for future evolutions of the systems. Feedback on current Galileo Service Centre user support was also elicited among other topics of the upmost importance such as R&D priorities, PNT backup solutions, high accuracy services, etc.

What the users said

The Platform's plenary session was open to all participants in European Space Week. Members of the plenary audience were encouraged to comment and to ask questions as the chairpersons of each of the eight individual sectors reported the results of their discussions. A panel of representatives of the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency listened attentively to the messages delivered by the presenters, asking their own questions whenever necessary.

  

Key insights from the working sessions

Mass Market

As an outcome of the mass-market users’ consultation session, the fastest growing mass market applications identified were robotics, people and asset tracking, safety and emergency, and m-health. In the area of robotics Philip Mattos, Positioning and Technology expert at GNSS module manufacturer U-Blox and chair of the mass-market platform, highlighted how spoofing-proof solutions are currently of particular interest, especially for robots that carry valuable loads.

Road Transport

Reporting for the road transport session was François Fischer, Senior Manager Connected and Automated Driving at ERTICO. He said that in the key application area of automated driving, no single existing technology can equal the navigation and location performance currently being delivered by GNSS. Complementary technologies, however, such as cameras, HD maps and motion sensors can help to reach minimum performance requirements.

Aviation

Russell Dudley, from the European Regions Airlines Association, reported on discussions on user requirements for different applications, including for aircraft distress tracking. Remote activation is a new functionality under analysis to be offered by Galileo via its return link, to prevent cases such as MH370 or other 'non-cooperative aircraft'. Airlines confirmed interest in the service and support activities to validate the end-to-end concept, including all actors such as air traffic control.

Rail Transport

According to chairperson Salvatore Sabina of Ansaldo STS, the rail sector recommends continuing work on defining the rail-related service to be provided by EGNOS, including all service provision aspects. The sector would also like to see what alternatives are possible for the transmission of EGNOS corrections enabling future use in rail safety relevant applications, based on the conclusions of the STARS project.

Maritime and Inland Waterways

Reporting for the maritime sector, Jean-Pierre Barboux of FDC pointed out the high dependency on GNSS in that area. He said back-ups for positioning, timing and synchronisation all need to be further analysed. There is also current interest in high-accuracy positioning, especially for port navigation.

Agriculture

Aerovision CEO Tamme Van Der Wal discussed research innovation priorities. He said there was a key interest in exploiting synergies with other initiatives, including existing public-private partnerships, the Partnership for Research and Innovation in the Mediterranean Area, and especially with Copernicus, the EU's flagship Earth Observation programme.

Surveying and Mapping

Roberto Capua, Responsible for GNSS R&D at Sogei, said the surveying and mapping industries are eagerly anticipating upcoming European GNSS services. Of special interest here are: the high-accuracy service; the authentication function, especially for drones and institutional applications; dual-frequency signals; and the Ionospheric Prediction Service.

Timing and Synchronisation

Ilaria Sesia, Responsible for Galileo Timing Activities at the Italian National Metrology Institute, said the most relevant European GNSS service for timing and synchronisation is Galileo Open Service Navigation Message Authentication. The sector has great expectations for this Galileo differentiator and would like to see this service deployed as quickly as possible. New and emerging applications of particular interest were analysed, such as Digital Video Broadcasting, autonomous cars, data management centres and scientific applications as well as upcoming 5G.

  

Positive reception

Considering the depth and breadth of the presentations, as well as the response from gathered EU Space Week delegates, the 2018 UCP exercise was very productive. Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at the GSA, said all the comments, suggestions and requests were important and would be properly assessed to determine how they can influence the evolution of European GNSS services.

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides thanked all the UCP participants for their engagement and said: “The GSA works very hard to maintain close relationships with our GNSS users, and that means all stakeholders in the downstream markets. An important part of the value of the GSA is built on these relationships.”

Matthias Petschke, European Commission Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes, said: “What this User Consultation shows is that we are listening to you. Unlike other GNSS around the world, Galileo is a demand-driven programme. We want to hear your ideas and we want to know what you need, to bring your ideas to the market and create businesses.”

The event in Marseille was the second full UCP meeting. The first meeting took place in November 2017 in Madrid.

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The UCP enables direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and timing solutions and the organisations and institutions that oversee Galileo and EGNOS.

Introducing the MyGalileoApp prize contest

21.1.2019 14:16  
Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!
Published: 
21 January 2019

The European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) new MyGalileoApp prize contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and launch a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by Galileo. The winner stands to win up to EUR 100,000.

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Whether it be in the area of augmented reality, geo-marketing, smart navigation, social networking or otherwise – the GSA wants to help you take your idea from concept to reality.

The GSA’s MyGalileoApp Prize Contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and commercially launch a mobile application that provides a position and/or time fix using a Galileo-enabled smartphone equipped with Android /IOS operating system. It must also demonstrate how the increased accuracy/availability provided by Galileo within a multi-constellation/multi-frequency solution adds value to the application.

Each proposed application should target one of the following areas:

  • Smart navigation and infotainment
  • Augmented reality and games
  • Geo marketing and advertising
  • Fitness, sport and mHealth
  • Enterprise applications
  • Social networking
  • Mapping, GIS and agriculture
  • Automated mobility (all transport modes)
  • Aviation
  • Drones
  • Finance

“The MyGalileoApp Prize will help application developers embrace Galileo’s full potential to create new tools and services,” says Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “Through this contest, the GSA is encouraging market adoption of Galileo by supporting the development of mobile applications that address end user needs.”

And did we mention that the winner will receive EUR 100,000?

Interested?

Now that we have your attention, it’s time to get started. To compete, all you have to do is submit a proposal describing how your application addresses one of the 11 development areas, and how it will use Galileo to do so. The deadline for submissions is 28 March 2019.  Proposals can be submitted here.

All proposals will be reviewed by GSA experts, who will select a maximum of 30 projects to proceed to the development phase. During this phase, contestants are required to develop a beta version of their app and be able to demonstrate at least 50% functionality. To help, the GSA will provide a dedicated API and online mentoring.

After careful evaluation, the judges will select a maximum of 10 projects to continue to the next phase of the contest. Here, projects must deliver a finalised version of the application with 100% functionality. Those that succeed will be invited to the Finals, where they will present their application to the GSA evaluation board.

Following the presentations, the judges will announce the winners, with the first-place winner receiving a EUR 100,000 prize. The runner up and third place finishers will receive EUR 50,000 and EUR 30,000 respectively.   

Let’s talk details…

The MyGalileoApp contest is open to all mobile application developers, entrepreneurs, students, researchers and anybody else who’s up for the challenge (so long as you are at least 18 years of age). You can compete as an individual or a team. All teams are required to appoint a team coordinator, who must be an EU citizen, while other team members can also be from outside the EU. Team members may also represent legal entities as long as this entity has its central administration or registered office in the EU.

At all stages of the contest, projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Innovation: is this kind of solution not yet available on the market? Is the application technologically advanced (e.g. using multi-frequency, innovating algorithms)?
  • Market potential: is this solution sellable after repackaging it into a real product? Is there a potential market demand/customer base for this product?
  • Galileo-relevance: is the application making use of Galileo? Is the increased accuracy/availability offered by Galileo relevant to the application?
  • Technical feasibility: What is the level of progress since the start of the contest? Has the required level of completion for the phase been fully achieved? Is the plan presented for the future of the application (i.e. the scalability and an ensured 18 months of technical support) credible?

More information on the contest will be provided in the course of two webinars, the first of which will be organised on 11 February 2019.

For more details and to register for updates, click here.

Good luck – and we hope to see you at the Finals!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!

Introducing the MyGalileoApp Competition

21.1.2019 14:16  
Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!
Published: 
21 January 2019

The European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) new MyGalileoApp competition challenges developers to design, develop, test and launch a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by Galileo. The winner stands to win up to EUR 100,000.

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Whether it be in the area of augmented reality, geo-marketing, smart navigation, social networking or otherwise – the GSA wants to help you take your idea from concept to reality.

The GSA’s MyGalileoApp Competition challenges developers to design, develop, test and commercially launch a mobile application that provides a position and/or time fix using a Galileo-enabled smartphone equipped with Android /IOS operating system. It must also demonstrate how the increased accuracy/availability provided by Galileo within a multi-constellation/multi-frequency solution adds value to the application.

Each proposed application should target one of the following areas:

  • Smart navigation and infotainment
  • Augmented reality and games
  • Geo marketing and advertising
  • Fitness, sport and mHealth
  • Enterprise applications
  • Social networking
  • Mapping, GIS and agriculture
  • Automated mobility (all transport modes)
  • Aviation
  • Drones
  • Finance

“The MyGalileoApp Prize will help application developers embrace Galileo’s full potential to create new tools and services,” says Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “Through this competition, the GSA is encouraging market adoption of Galileo by supporting the development of mobile applications that address end user needs.”

And did we mention that the winner will receive EUR 100,000?

Interested?

Now that we have your attention, it’s time to get started. To compete, all you have to do is submit a proposal describing how your application addresses one of the 11 development areas, and how it will use Galileo to do so. The deadline for submissions is 28 March 2019.  Proposals can be submitted here.

All proposals will be reviewed by GSA experts, who will select a maximum of 30 projects to proceed to the development phase. During this phase, contestants are required to develop a beta version of their app and be able to demonstrate at least 50% functionality. To help, the GSA will provide a dedicated API and online mentoring.

After careful evaluation, the judges will select a maximum of 10 projects to continue to the next phase of the contest. Here, projects must deliver a finalised version of the application with 100% functionality. Those that succeed will be invited to the Finals, where they will present their application to the GSA evaluation board.

Following the presentations, the judges will announce the winners, with the first-place winner receiving a EUR 100,000 prize. The runner up and third place finishers will receive EUR 50,000 and EUR 30,000 respectively.   

Let’s talk details…

The MyGalileoApp competition is open to all mobile application developers, entrepreneurs, students, researchers and anybody else who’s up for the challenge (so long as you are at least 18 years of age). You can compete as an individual or a team. All teams are required to appoint a team coordinator, who must be an EU citizen, while other team members can also be from outside the EU. Team members may also represent legal entities as long as this entity has its central administration or registered office in the EU.

At all stages of the contest, projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Innovation: is this kind of solution not yet available on the market? Is the application technologically advanced (e.g. using multi-frequency, innovating algorithms)?
  • Market potential: is this solution sellable after repackaging it into a real product? Is there a potential market demand/customer base for this product?
  • Galileo-relevance: is the application making use of Galileo? Is the increased accuracy/availability offered by Galileo relevant to the application?
  • Technical feasibility: What is the level of progress since the start of the contest? Has the required level of completion for the phase been fully achieved? Is the plan presented for the future of the application (i.e. the scalability and an ensured 18 months of technical support) credible?

More information on the competition will be provided in the course of two webinars, the first of which will be organised on 11 February 2019.

For more details and to register for updates, click here.

Good luck – and we hope to see you at the Finals!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!

Introducing the MyGalileoApp prize contest

21.1.2019 14:16  
Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!
Published: 
22 January 2019

The European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) new MyGalileoApp prize contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and launch a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by Galileo. The winner stands to win up to EUR 100,000.00.

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Whether it be in the area of augmented reality, geo-marketing, smart navigation, social networking or otherwise – the GSA wants to help you take your idea from concept to reality.

The GSA’s MyGalileoApp Prize Contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and commercially launch a mobile application that provides a position and/or time fix using a Galileo-enabled smartphone equipped with Android /IOS operating system. It must also demonstrate how the increased accuracy/availability provided by Galileo within a multi-constellation/multi-frequency solution adds value to the application.

Each proposed application should target one of the following areas:

  • Smart navigation and infotainment
  • Augmented reality and games
  • Geo marketing and advertising
  • Fitness, sport and mHealth
  • Enterprise applications
  • Social networking
  • Mapping, GIS and agriculture
  • Automated mobility (all transport modes)
  • Aviation
  • Drones
  • Finance

“The MyGalileoApp Prize will help application developers embrace Galileo’s full potential to create new tools and services,” says Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “Through this contest, the GSA is encouraging market adoption of Galileo by supporting the development of mobile applications that address end user needs.”

And did we mention that the winner will receive EUR 100,000.00?

Interested?

Now that we have your attention, it’s time to get started. To compete, all you have to do is submit a proposal describing how your application addresses one of the 11 development areas, and how it will use Galileo to do so. The deadline for submissions is 28 March 2019.  Proposals can be submitted here.

All proposals will be reviewed by GSA experts, who will select a maximum of 30 projects to proceed to the development phase. During this phase, contestants are required to develop a beta version of their app and be able to demonstrate at least 50% functionality. To help, the GSA will provide a dedicated API and online mentoring.

After careful evaluation, the judges will select a maximum of 10 projects to continue to the next phase of the contest. Here, projects must deliver a finalised version of the application with 100% functionality. Those that succeed will be invited to the Finals, where they will present their application to the GSA evaluation board.

Following the presentations, the judges will announce the winners, with the first-place winner receiving a EUR 100,000.00 prize. The runner up and third place finishers will receive EUR 50,000.00 and EUR 30,000.00 respectively.   

Let’s talk details…

The MyGalileoApp contest is open to all mobile application developers, entrepreneurs, students, researchers and anybody else who’s up for the challenge (so long as you are at least 18 years of age). You can compete as an individual or a team. All teams are required to appoint a team coordinator, who must be an EU citizen, while other team members can also be from outside the EU. Team members may also represent legal entities as long as this entity has its central administration or registered office in the EU.

At all stages of the contest, projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Innovation: is this kind of solution not yet available on the market? Is the application technologically advanced (e.g. using multi-frequency, innovating algorithms)?
  • Market potential: is this solution sellable after repackaging it into a real product? Is there a potential market demand/customer base for this product?
  • Galileo-relevance: is the application making use of Galileo? Is the increased accuracy/availability offered by Galileo relevant to the application?
  • Technical feasibility: What is the level of progress since the start of the contest? Has the required level of completion for the phase been fully achieved? Is the plan presented for the future of the application (i.e. the scalability and an ensured 18 months of technical support) credible?

More information on the contest will be provided in the course of two webinars, the first of which will be organised on 11 February 2019. For more details and to register for updates, click here.

Good luck – and we hope to see you at the Finals!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!

Introducing the MyGalileoApp prize contest

21.1.2019 14:16  
Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!
Published: 
21 January 2019

The European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) new MyGalileoApp prize contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and launch a mobile application that takes advantage of the increased accuracy and availability provided by Galileo. The winner stands to win up to EUR 100,000.00.

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Whether it be in the area of augmented reality, geo-marketing, smart navigation, social networking or otherwise – the GSA wants to help you take your idea from concept to reality.

The GSA’s MyGalileoApp Prize Contest challenges developers to design, develop, test and commercially launch a mobile application that provides a position and/or time fix using a Galileo-enabled smartphone equipped with Android /IOS operating system. It must also demonstrate how the increased accuracy/availability provided by Galileo within a multi-constellation/multi-frequency solution adds value to the application.

Each proposed application should target one of the following areas:

  • Smart navigation and infotainment
  • Augmented reality and games
  • Geo marketing and advertising
  • Fitness, sport and mHealth
  • Enterprise applications
  • Social networking
  • Mapping, GIS and agriculture
  • Automated mobility (all transport modes)
  • Aviation
  • Drones
  • Finance

“The MyGalileoApp Prize will help application developers embrace Galileo’s full potential to create new tools and services,” says Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “Through this contest, the GSA is encouraging market adoption of Galileo by supporting the development of mobile applications that address end user needs.”

And did we mention that the winner will receive EUR 100,000.00?

Interested?

Now that we have your attention, it’s time to get started. To compete, all you have to do is submit a proposal describing how your application addresses one of the 11 development areas, and how it will use Galileo to do so. The deadline for submissions is 28 March 2019.  Proposals can be submitted here.

All proposals will be reviewed by GSA experts, who will select a maximum of 30 projects to proceed to the development phase. During this phase, contestants are required to develop a beta version of their app and be able to demonstrate at least 50% functionality. To help, the GSA will provide a dedicated API and online mentoring.

After careful evaluation, the judges will select a maximum of 10 projects to continue to the next phase of the contest. Here, projects must deliver a finalised version of the application with 100% functionality. Those that succeed will be invited to the Finals, where they will present their application to the GSA evaluation board.

Following the presentations, the judges will announce the winners, with the first-place winner receiving a EUR 100,000.00 prize. The runner up and third place finishers will receive EUR 50,000.00 and EUR 30,000.00 respectively.   

Let’s talk details…

The MyGalileoApp contest is open to all mobile application developers, entrepreneurs, students, researchers and anybody else who’s up for the challenge (so long as you are at least 18 years of age). You can compete as an individual or a team. All teams are required to appoint a team coordinator, who must be an EU citizen, while other team members can also be from outside the EU. Team members may also represent legal entities as long as this entity has its central administration or registered office in the EU.

At all stages of the contest, projects will be evaluated using the following criteria:

  • Innovation: is this kind of solution not yet available on the market? Is the application technologically advanced (e.g. using multi-frequency, innovating algorithms)?
  • Market potential: is this solution sellable after repackaging it into a real product? Is there a potential market demand/customer base for this product?
  • Galileo-relevance: is the application making use of Galileo? Is the increased accuracy/availability offered by Galileo relevant to the application?
  • Technical feasibility: What is the level of progress since the start of the contest? Has the required level of completion for the phase been fully achieved? Is the plan presented for the future of the application (i.e. the scalability and an ensured 18 months of technical support) credible?

More information on the contest will be provided in the course of two webinars, the first of which will be organised on 11 February 2019.

For more details and to register for updates, click here.

Good luck – and we hope to see you at the Finals!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Do you have an innovative idea for an application that could benefit from the precise positioning offered by Galileo? Then apply today for the GSA’s MyGalileoApp competition!

Developers are in luck: GSC simulation tools database refreshed

17.1.2019 14:04  
GSTI provides a broad range of GNSS simulator and testing platforms.
Published: 
17 January 2019

The GNSS Simulation and Testing Tools Infrastructure (GSTI) database has been recently updated to offer to the developer community the most comprehensive catalogue of commercial tools available for professional use.

The GNSS Simulation and Testing Tools Infrastructure (GSTI), a GSC database containing the most extensive public catalogue of commercial testing and simulation tools for professional use, has been recently updated. In terms of numbers, this update has seen the database increase 52% thanks to the new tools added.

With this revamped resource, GSC intends to bring renewed support to application developers. This update, performed by the GSC team with invaluable support from manufacturers, has resulted in two main actions: the removal of tools previously published but no longer commercially available, and the introduction of the newest tools offered in the market for professional purposes.

The GSTI is a collaborative platform intended to support both developers of GNSS applications and equipment and providers of GNSS testing and simulation tools or testbeds. It is an initiative launched by the European Commission (EC) and transferred to the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC).

All GSC users, and especially the GNSS developer community, are invited to visit the GSTI section to check the upgraded catalogue and access the new information included in the list.

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GSTI provides a broad range of GNSS simulator and testing platforms.

European space community steps up to Security and Defence

16.1.2019 14:31  
"One of the major focuses of the GSA is security" - Stefano Iannitti, Head of Security at the European GNSS Agency.
Published: 
15 January 2019

A special session at the European Space Week conference in Marseille featured representatives of key EU space bodies addressing challenges and implications in the area of Security and Defence.

In an evolving global security context, it becomes increasingly critical to ensure the independent capabilities and freedom of action of the European Union and its Member States. "Security and defence is becoming more and more a priority field for the EU," said European Space Week session chair Jean-Pierre Diris, Head of Telecommunications and Navigation Projects at the French Space Agency. "The list of recent terrorist attacks is long and terrible, from Paris to Brussels to Berlin, Barcelona and Madrid, and many others. We have the migration crisis coming from the south, and Russia has made clear its intentions at the EU's eastern borders."

Geopolitics is evolving, Diris said, with the USA seeking to reduce its burden and asking its allies to bear more of the cost of defence. "We in Europe must master our own security and defence," he said. "Moreover, by increasing synergies between civilian and security activities, we could reduce costs and improve efficiency." Among the central priorities as the Union looks forward, Diris said, is a credible European defence fund, with a figure of around 1.5 billion per year now having been proposed.

While the EU flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus, are essentially civil and commercial in nature, both have the potential for military use, making them possible assets as Europe moves towards a more independent stance. Evi Papantoniou, European Commission Head of Unit for Galileo and EGNOS legal and institutional aspects, said: "Strategic autonomy has become a buzzword for Europe. But we want to be sure we understand what that means. We don't want to create additional tension with our external allies."

In the area of security and defence, said Papantoniou, Europe is proposing the creation of a European Defence Fund to support the European defence industry, promoting cooperation between Member States. This is not about creating a "European army", as President Juncker said, but working together with Member States, addressing the new security challenges. 

Protecting the programme

Given the importance of space-related activities for the European economy and for the lives of its citizens, achieving and maintaining a high degree of security is a key priority. This priority applies to the protection of the EU Space Programme itself, which encompasses Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus, the GovSatCom initiative and Space Situational Awareness (SSA).

Stefano Iannitti, Head of Security at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), discussed the role of the Agency in this context. "One of the major focuses of the GSA is security - security of the European GNSS systems and of their operations, of the services," he said. Ensuring that Galileo and EGNOS services are secure involves a number of elements, Iannitti said, including the implementation of security governance, policies, requirements and standards.

"A specific team at the GSA is in charge of security engineering for operations and services. This team is also responsible for cyber security," Iannitti said. "And indeed this area is growing because of the increasing threats of this type. Another team is in charge of handling the cryptographic items in use in the EU GNSS."

Finally, the GSA is focused on the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) and the implementation of its requirements. "Here we work on PRS engineering and evolution, PRS operations and service provision, and finally we focus on the PRS user segment and access," Iannitti said. “This includes user equipment development under GSA-funded projects and support to the Competent PRS Authority (CPA) set-up. And we have ongoing operational demos and validation work. We also have ongoing projects for testing the full operational PRS chain."

Another key role is played by the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC), which is an integral part of the Galileo infrastructure. It monitors and takes action regarding security threats, security alerts and the operational status of systems components.

Philippe Rosius, Head of the GSMC explained, "The GSMC is a GSA entity, independent from the operator. It has direct reporting connections with the EC, the European External Action Service (EEAS) and the Members States. We have two sites, one master in France and one back-up, currently being relocated from the UK to Spain."

The GSMC comprises a crew of highly motivated people dedicated to security, he said. Since 1 July 2016, the Centre has been monitoring the safety and security of Galileo operations, providing an interface for Member States and access to the PRS, distributing the cryptographic keys.

With regards to PRS, "we are in the ramp-up phase” he said. “The GSMC will eventually become the single access point for the Member States to the PRS. And we also provide other services, when requested by the European Council, providing GNSS expertise and analysis to a variety of parties”.

"On the question of why we do this work," Rosius said, "it is because our world is not as secure as we would like it to be. We need to be secure against physical and cyber threats, and we need to be able to mitigate the risks. We need to protect our networks, our centres and stations all around the world. And we have a solid European regulatory framework that gives us the authority to carry out our missions within clear boundaries."

Another body with a key role to play is the EU GNSS Security Accreditation Board (SAB), represented at the session by SAB Chair Bruno Vermeire. The Board is the sole Security Accreditation Authority of the European GNSS systems and acts independently, composed of representatives of Member States, the European Commission and the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy.

In his conclusions, Stefano Iannitti reminded participants that security is a transversal activity. "The GSA can be considered as a security hub, supporting all aspects of EU GNSS security. And we at the GSA are ready to share our experience, our competencies, with other EU Space Programmes, because we are confident that we are paving the way towards European space security for European citizens and the European Union."

Other EU Space Programmes

Europe's other flagship space programme, Copernicus, also came centre stage during the Security and Defence session in Marseille. Distinguished speakers such as Darek Saunders, Senior Research officer at Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency, Ricardo Vicente of the European Maritime Safety Agency, and Denis Bruckert, Head of the Copernicus Unit at the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) all delivered important presentations on how Copernicus is contributing to security- and defence-related Earth Observation missions in virtually every part of the world.

The session also included a roundtable on the GOVSATCOM initiative. Its objective is to ensure in both the civil and military environment reliable, secure and cost-effective satellite communication services for EU and national public authorities managing security-critical missions and operations. The goal is also to enhance European autonomy and overcome fragmentation of demand by making use of affordable and innovative solutions in concert with industrial players.

GOVSATCOM actions are currently taken jointly by the European Commission, the European Defence Agency (EDA) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The first two communication platforms, the Pacis projects, based on a partnership between a group of private providers and satellite operators, are being set up through a cooperative scheme involving ESA and the EDA.

A new European mind-set

Pablo Gonzalez of Indra, speaking on behalf of the Aerospace and Defence Industry Association (ASD), returned in his presentation to the broader geopolitical perspective. He talked about the recent announcement by the US President about the creation of a new US Space Force.

"In order to reflect on the future in defence it is mandatory to take into account what is going on the other side of the Atlantic," Gonzalez said. "Because usually, the Americans, we need to recognise, especially in the area of defence, are a step ahead of us.

"We currently have an enormous amount of assets in space, tens of billions of Euros in infrastructure, and we need to defend it. Up to now, the ability to attack in space was limited to one, two, three countries. But today, with current technologies, traditional and non-traditional threats, it is possible for much smaller countries or even terrorist organisations to attack these assets. So we need to be able to defend and to counterattack."

This means, Gonzalez argued, "Europe needs to adopt a different mind-set when it comes to the military use of space. We need to work towards the medium term, we need to think about a strategic view," he said. "And here I would say that we need to talk about operational but also technical capabilities, so this is closely linked to industry. Industry is key to developing new capabilities in Europe with the necessary degree of strategic autonomy."

You can access presentations from the Security and Defence session at European Space Week here.

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"One of the major focuses of the GSA is security" - Stefano Iannitti, Head of Security at the European GNSS Agency.

EU Space enables an interconnected future

15.1.2019 16:10  
The Interconnectivity session during the 2018 European Space Week was packed with informative presentations from a range of stakeholders, projects and companies.
Published: 
15 January 2019

As was highlighted at the 2018 European Space Week special session on Interconnectivity, European space technology is providing smart, new applications that deliver the information we need to make faster, easier and more efficient decisions.

According to a study conducted by CISCO, by as early as next year, there will be more than 30 billion connected objects in the world. From connected watches to cars and even houses, this unprecedented shift towards interconnectivity will transform the global economy.

Driving this revolution in interconnectivity are space technologies, including GNSS and Earth observation. “Everything from logistics to agriculture, outdoor recreation and the Internet of Things, depend on such space technologies as EGNOS and Galileo,” said Justyna Redelkiewicz, Head of Section LBS & IoT at GSA, who chaired a special session on Interconnectivity during the 2018 European Space Week. “Space technologies are also at the centre of many of the latest consumer applications – and their use will only increase in the near future.”

Everyone, everywhere, and everything

On the topic of How to Connect and Locate Things, the Alliance of Internet of Things Innovation’s Francois Fisher discussed both the challenges that European industry currently faces and how IoT can help overcome these challenges. The European Commission’s Christoph Kautz provided an overview of areas relevant to interconnectivity, with a focus on the areas where the European Commission is playing an active role (i.e., artificial intelligence, IoT standardisation, E112 pilots, and digital maps). David Fernandez of Sigfox noted that by 2020 his company’s terrestrial network would be complemented by a global capability, thanks to a satellite communication service.

Satellites in the scrum

Speaking of satellites and sports, Frederic Valois of Thales Services took the European Space Week stage to introduce the Thales GEONAV service. The seamless indoor/outdoor location solution is currently being used to provide critical information to rugby teams in France. Via a hybridisation of ultra-wideband and GNSS, GEONAV provides teams with real-time measurements and monitoring of a player’s position, speed and even heart rate.

“Because this technology can provide precise and secured location both inside and outside, its use goes beyond sports and can include helping to locate people and assets,” explained Valois. “It is innovation like this that will position European industry as a major actor in the LBS market.”

Accurate and affordable positioning

Another key market trend highlighted during the session was the shift towards accurate and affordable positioning. “We are witnessing exciting times, as low-cost, high-precision GNSS receivers are coming onto the market and challenging the dominance of the older and expensive models,” said Xavier Banqué-Casanovas, CEO of Rokubun.

Rokubun is the company behind ARGONAUT, a fully-integrated GNSS receiver designed to meet the need for high-precision geo-location data. The receiver combines an advanced, multi-constellation GNSS receiver and a powerful navigation processing cloud service to provide users with more accurate and affordable geolocation.

Rokubun is now part of consortium developing FLAMINGO – a high accuracy positioning service for use by mass market applications.

A packed agenda

The Interconnectivity session was packed with informative presentations from a range of stakeholders, projects and companies. You will be able to access the presentations here, as soon as they are available.

Thanks to initiatives like the Kinéis constellation, in the coming years, interconnectivity will be available to everyone, everywhere and for all devices. “Kinéis IoT devices will integrate seamlessly, need little power and be fully compatible with other systems,” said Marc Leminh, Director of Development at CLS. “It will also be robust, reliable and inexpensive.”

Specifically designed for IoT, the Kinéis nanosatellite satcom constellation will provide connectivity for a whole host of activities, all having in common one feature: all being away from the reach of terrestrial networks. 

Talking about new IoT chipsets and trends in digital mapping, Sony’s Rajni Agarval introduced the company’s low power, multi-constellation GNSS chipsets for wearables, trackers and telematics. On the mapping side, David Barbier from TomTom presented high definition maps created via professional methods (i.e., survey vehicles) and crowdsourcing. “Open source data has proved to be a highly reliable source of information for TomTom,” he said. “Currently, 400,000 kilometres of roads covered with high definition maps are being utilised by many OEMs.”

The session also put the spotlight on a number of innovative start-ups, including Centrip, a tracking system for children; OPT/NET BV, a classification service for Earth observation data; TensorScience, a geocaching smartphone application that recently won the GSA’s Geekie Award; and +39, an app for guiding children with autism that won the Galileo Hackathon in Padua.  

“What each of these presentations make abundantly clear is that the not-so-distant future will be defined by interconnectivity – and enabled by European space technology,” concluded Redelkiewicz.

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The Interconnectivity session during the 2018 European Space Week was packed with informative presentations from a range of stakeholders, projects and companies.

Space serving our blue planet

11.1.2019 9:19  
A dedicated session at EU Space Week highlighted how Galileo and Copernicus contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.
Published: 
11 January 2019

The oceans represent 90% of the Earth’s biosphere and are essential to a range of economic activities with over 90% of world trade travelling via maritime routes. The oceans also play a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate. Global observation and monitoring systems are therefore essential to better manage the oceans and to achieve a sustainable blue economy. A dedicated session at EU Space Week on 6 December highlighted how the Galileo and Copernicus programmes contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.

The half-day session addressed a wide range of aspects including safety at sea, search and rescue, optimised maritime transport, sustainable fisheries, renewable energies, security and society’s response to pollution.
EU seas – safe & clean

The 6 December session was chaired by Fabienne Jacq from the European Commission and the initial speakers outlined the overall context in which the EU space programmes operate. Helena Ramon Jarraud from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) described their mission “to ensure that EU’s seas were safe and clean.” The agency faces many challenges from people trafficking to illegal fishing and ensuring safety of navigation. All aspects were aided and new services enabled by the support provided from EGNSS and Copernicus systems.

This view was supported by Pierre Bahurel, Director General of Mercator Ocean International that operates the Copernicus Marine Service (CMS). His talk focused on the ocean challenges relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in particular SDG 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. CMS delivered “a complete ocean information portfolio that is free, open and assessed” that both helped protect the oceans and enabled the sustainable realisation of marine and maritime jobs and growth.

The policy context of the EU space programmes was further developed by Elisabeth Hamdouch of DG GROW. “The marine environmental and maritime challenges are beautiful examples of how EU space programmes could add value by making useful tools available on an open and free basis for many different users,” she said.

Space as a tool supporting the EU’s energy package was praised by Adam Candy from Delft Technical University. He described the BlueRise project developing Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technology as an appropriate renewable energy source for coastal and island communities. Space-based systems provided “the information to both understand the resource potential for the system – i.e. where to locate it - and also its local environmental impact,” he said.

Maritime safety

The opportunity for EGNOS to provide safer and cost-effective navigation safety in French coastal regions was described by Etienne Leroy of CEREMA, which has developed and tested an EGNOS-based solution for the French Differential GPS (DGPS) network. This is part of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities - World Wide Radio Navigation Plan.

The French network of seven coastal stations needs to be modernised – could EGNOS provide a cost-effective solution? CEREMA made some initial tests and found that EGNOS augmenting GPS could provide the necessary availability, continuity and accuracy levels, without impacting the independent integrity scheme. In addition, cost analysis showed that the EGNOS solution offered a greatly reduced capital requirement and reduced maintenance costs.

An official commission for the establishment of the first operational French station is now anticipated in early 2019 with more stations to be equipped during the year.

The ability of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service to accelerate the detection of an incident and give more precise, life-saving positioning data was highlighted by Alain Bouhet from OROLIA Maritime. His company had led the GSA-funded HELIOS project to commercialise Galileo SAR enabled maritime and aviation distress beacons. The project had enabled certification for one aviation and two marine distress beacons and the first Galileo-enabled Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), launched in March 2018.

The use of the Galileo SAR service within the global SAR satellite system is already significantly improving the speed of response and the accuracy and reliability of SAR operations. “Galileo offers global coverage with near instantaneous detection and location,” said Bouhet.

“Response times are up to ten times faster.” And the unique Galileo return communications link from the SAR operator to the beacon ensures that victims know that the distress alarm has been received- and enables better survival decisions to be made.

Tethered drone

A further example of the potential of EGNSS and Earth Observation systems to combine to boost safety at sea was exemplified by Ricardo Rossi of Gruppo Sistematica who described the SARA project. This used a fusion of sensors and space technologies to improve surveillance operations at sea using a tethered drone acting as a ‘virtual pylon’ on the ship.

The drone is a semi-autonomous platform to aid search and rescue and surveillance using high EGNSS accuracy. The system enables cost-effective and extended surveillance that is reliable and fast to deploy. A proof of concept exercise has been undertaken with the Italian coastguard in the Bay of Naples using a low-resolution thermal camera to detect people in the water.

“Using a tether has a number of advantages,” claimed Rossi. “Including the ability to provide power for a continuous service and a continuous high-speed data link.” It is also a mechanical aid for landing the drone and ensures that the flight envelope of the drone is physically constrained, which eases issues around authorisation.

As well as SAR services a number of additional markets were foreseen for the device including border control, law enforcement, military applications and event or traffic management.

SAR demo

Earlier in EU Space Week, a press event introduced the media to the capabilities of EU space technologies in the maritime arena. On the morning of Tuesday 4 December, the GSA joined forces with the European Commission, the French Space Agency CNES, and the French naval authorities to highlight the various distress situations that can occur at sea and how Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are helping.

Demonstrations included briefings on the new Galileo SAR distress beacons and the SAR service itself as well as the Copernicus Maritime Security Service. An actual demonstration of the system at sea had to be cancelled at the last moment as the naval vessel and aircraft to be used were called away to a real-life emergency off the coast of Corsica, demonstrating that the Galileo SAR is fully operational and ready for action!

"This Search and Rescue operation demonstrated how beacons using the Galileo SAR service help to provide a faster and more efficient response for those in distress,” said Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “With Galileo, a person in trouble can now be detected in less than 10 minutes. Today more than 500 million users are benefiting from a wide range Galileo services – and helping to save lives is one of them.”

Commenting on the event, European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: “The EU invests in space activities to protect its citizens. Thanks to our space programmes, we can provide help to those who need it faster and in a more efficient way. EU space programmes are helping to save lives.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

A dedicated session at EU Space Week highlighted how Galileo and Copernicus contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.

Space serving our blue planet

11.1.2019 9:19  
A dedicated session at EU Space Week highlighted how Galileo and Copernicus contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.
Published: 
11 January 2019

The oceans represent 90% of the Earth’s biosphere and are essential to a range of economic activities with over 90% of world trade travelling via maritime routes. The oceans also play a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate. Global observation and monitoring systems are therefore essential to better manage the oceans and to achieve a sustainable blue economy. A dedicated session at EU Space Week on 6 December highlighted how the Galileo and Copernicus programmes contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.

The half-day session addressed a wide range of aspects including safety at sea, search and rescue, optimised maritime transport, sustainable fisheries, renewable energies, security and society’s response to pollution.
EU seas – safe & clean

The 6 December session was chaired by Fabienne Jacq from the European Commission and the initial speakers outlined the overall context in which the EU space programmes operate. Helena Ramon Jarraud from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) described their mission “to ensure that EU’s seas were safe and clean.” The agency faces many challenges from people trafficking to illegal fishing and ensuring safety of navigation. All aspects were aided and new services enabled by the support provided from EGNSS and Copernicus systems.

This view was supported by Pierre Bahurel, Director General of Mercator Ocean International that operates the Copernicus Marine Environment Monitoring Service (CMEMS). His talk focused on the ocean challenges relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in particular SDG 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. CMEMS delivered “a complete ocean information portfolio that is free, open and assessed” that both helped protect the oceans and enabled the sustainable realisation of marine and maritime jobs and growth.

The policy context of the EU space programmes was further developed by Elisabeth Hamdouch of DG GROW. “The marine environmental and maritime challenges are beautiful examples of how EU space programmes could add value by making useful tools available on an open and free basis for many different users,” she said.

Space as a tool supporting the EU’s energy package was praised by Adam Candy from Delft Technical University. He described the BlueRise project developing Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technology as an appropriate renewable energy source for coastal and island communities. Space-based systems provided “the information to both understand the resource potential for the system – i.e. where to locate it - and also its local environmental impact,” he said.

Maritime safety

The opportunity for EGNOS to provide safer and cost-effective navigation safety in French coastal regions was described by Etienne Leroy of CEREMA, which has developed and tested an EGNOS-based solution for the French Differential GPS (DGPS) network. This is part of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities - World Wide Radio Navigation Plan.

The French network of seven coastal stations needs to be modernised – could EGNOS provide a cost-effective solution? CEREMA made some initial tests and found that EGNOS augmenting GPS could provide the necessary availability, continuity and accuracy levels, without impacting the independent integrity scheme. In addition, cost analysis showed that the EGNOS solution offered a greatly reduced capital requirement and reduced maintenance costs.

An official commission for the establishment of the first operational French station is now anticipated in early 2019 with more stations to be equipped during the year.

The ability of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service to accelerate the detection of an incident and give more precise, life-saving positioning data was highlighted by Alain Bouhet from OROLIA Maritime. His company had led the GSA-funded HELIOS project to commercialise Galileo SAR enabled maritime and aviation distress beacons. The project had enabled certification for one aviation and two marine distress beacons and the first Galileo-enabled Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), launched in March 2018.

The use of the Galileo SAR service within the global SAR satellite system is already significantly improving the speed of response and the accuracy and reliability of SAR operations. “Galileo offers global coverage with near instantaneous detection and location,” said Bouhet.

“Response times are up to ten times faster.” And the unique Galileo return communications link from the SAR operator to the beacon ensures that victims know that the distress alarm has been received- and enables better survival decisions to be made.

Tethered drone

A further example of the potential of EGNSS and Earth Observation systems to combine to boost safety at sea was exemplified by Ricardo Rossi of Gruppo Sistematica who described the SARA project. This used a fusion of sensors and space technologies to improve surveillance operations at sea using a tethered drone acting as a ‘virtual pylon’ on the ship.

The drone is a semi-autonomous platform to aid search and rescue and surveillance using high EGNSS accuracy. The system enables cost-effective and extended surveillance that is reliable and fast to deploy. A proof of concept exercise has been undertaken with the Italian coastguard in the Bay of Naples using a low-resolution thermal camera to detect people in the water.

“Using a tether has a number of advantages,” claimed Rossi. “Including the ability to provide power for a continuous service and a continuous high-speed data link.” It is also a mechanical aid for landing the drone and ensures that the flight envelope of the drone is physically constrained, which eases issues around authorisation.

As well as SAR services a number of additional markets were foreseen for the device including border control, law enforcement, military applications and event or traffic management.

SAR demo

Earlier in EU Space Week, a press event introduced the media to the capabilities of EU space technologies in the maritime arena. On the morning of Tuesday 4 December, the GSA joined forces with the European Commission, the French Space Agency CNES, and the French naval authorities to highlight the various distress situations that can occur at sea and how Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are helping.

Demonstrations included briefings on the new Galileo SAR distress beacons and the SAR service itself as well as the Copernicus Maritime Security Service. An actual demonstration of the system at sea had to be cancelled at the last moment as the naval vessel and aircraft to be used were called away to a real-life emergency off the coast of Corsica, demonstrating that the Galileo SAR is fully operational and ready for action!

"This Search and Rescue operation demonstrated how beacons using the Galileo SAR service help to provide a faster and more efficient response for those in distress,” said Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “With Galileo, a person in trouble can now be detected in less than 10 minutes. Today more than 500 million users are benefiting from a wide range Galileo services – and helping to save lives is one of them.”

Commenting on the event, European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: “The EU invests in space activities to protect its citizens. Thanks to our space programmes, we can provide help to those who need it faster and in a more efficient way. EU space programmes are helping to save lives.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

A dedicated session at EU Space Week highlighted how Galileo and Copernicus contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.

Space serving our blue planet

11.1.2019 9:19  
A dedicated session at EU Space Week highlighted how Galileo and Copernicus contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.
Published: 
11 January 2019

The oceans represent 90% of the Earth’s biosphere and are essential to a range of economic activities with over 90% of world trade travelling via maritime routes. The oceans also play a central role in regulating the Earth’s climate. Global observation and monitoring systems are therefore essential to better manage the oceans and to achieve a sustainable blue economy. A dedicated session at EU Space Week on 6 December highlighted how the Galileo and Copernicus programmes contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.

The half-day session addressed a wide range of aspects including safety at sea, search and rescue, optimised maritime transport, sustainable fisheries, renewable energies, security and society’s response to pollution.
EU seas – safe & clean

The 6 December session was chaired by Fabienne Jacq from the European Commission and the initial speakers outlined the overall context in which the EU space programmes operate. Helena Ramon Jarraud from the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) described their mission “to ensure that EU’s seas were safe and clean.” The agency faces many challenges from people trafficking to illegal fishing and ensuring safety of navigation. All aspects were aided and new services enabled by the support provided from EGNSS and Copernicus systems.

This view was supported by Pierre Bahurel, Director General of Mercator Ocean International that operates the Copernicus Marine Service (CMS). His talk focused on the ocean challenges relating to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) in particular SDG 14 to conserve and sustainably use the oceans, seas and marine resources. CMS delivered “a complete ocean information portfolio that is free, open and assessed” that both helped protect the oceans and enabled the sustainable realisation of marine and maritime jobs and growth.

The policy context of the EU space programmes was further developed by Elisabeth Hamdouch of DG GROW. “The marine environmental and maritime challenges are beautiful examples of how EU space programmes could add value by making useful tools available on an open and free basis for many different users,” she said.

Space as a tool supporting the EU’s energy package was praised by Adam Candy from Delft Technical University. He described the BlueRise project developing Ocean Thermal Energy Conversion technology as an appropriate renewable energy source for coastal and island communities. Space-based systems provided “the information to both understand the resource potential for the system – i.e. where to locate it - and also its local environmental impact,” he said.

Maritime safety

The opportunity for EGNOS to provide safer and cost-effective navigation safety in French coastal regions was described by Etienne Leroy of CEREMA, which has developed and tested an EGNOS-based solution for the French Differential GPS (DGPS) network. This is part of the International Association of Lighthouse Authorities - World Wide Radio Navigation Plan.

The French network of seven coastal stations needs to be modernised – could EGNOS provide a cost-effective solution? CEREMA made some initial tests and found that EGNOS augmenting GPS could provide the necessary availability, continuity and accuracy levels, without impacting the independent integrity scheme. In addition, cost analysis showed that the EGNOS solution offered a greatly reduced capital requirement and reduced maintenance costs.

An official commission for the establishment of the first operational French station is now anticipated in early 2019 with more stations to be equipped during the year.

The ability of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service to accelerate the detection of an incident and give more precise, life-saving positioning data was highlighted by Alain Bouhet from OROLIA Maritime. His company had led the GSA-funded HELIOS project to commercialise Galileo SAR enabled maritime and aviation distress beacons. The project had enabled certification for one aviation and two marine distress beacons and the first Galileo-enabled Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacon (EPIRB), launched in March 2018.

The use of the Galileo SAR service within the global SAR satellite system is already significantly improving the speed of response and the accuracy and reliability of SAR operations. “Galileo offers global coverage with near instantaneous detection and location,” said Bouhet.

“Response times are up to ten times faster.” And the unique Galileo return communications link from the SAR operator to the beacon ensures that victims know that the distress alarm has been received- and enables better survival decisions to be made.

Tethered drone

A further example of the potential of EGNSS and Earth Observation systems to combine to boost safety at sea was exemplified by Ricardo Rossi of Gruppo Sistematica who described the SARA project. This used a fusion of sensors and space technologies to improve surveillance operations at sea using a tethered drone acting as a ‘virtual pylon’ on the ship.

The drone is a semi-autonomous platform to aid search and rescue and surveillance using high EGNSS accuracy. The system enables cost-effective and extended surveillance that is reliable and fast to deploy. A proof of concept exercise has been undertaken with the Italian coastguard in the Bay of Naples using a low-resolution thermal camera to detect people in the water.

“Using a tether has a number of advantages,” claimed Rossi. “Including the ability to provide power for a continuous service and a continuous high-speed data link.” It is also a mechanical aid for landing the drone and ensures that the flight envelope of the drone is physically constrained, which eases issues around authorisation.

As well as SAR services a number of additional markets were foreseen for the device including border control, law enforcement, military applications and event or traffic management.

SAR demo

Earlier in EU Space Week, a press event introduced the media to the capabilities of EU space technologies in the maritime arena. On the morning of Tuesday 4 December, the GSA joined forces with the European Commission, the French Space Agency CNES, and the French naval authorities to highlight the various distress situations that can occur at sea and how Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are helping.

Demonstrations included briefings on the new Galileo SAR distress beacons and the SAR service itself as well as the Copernicus Maritime Security Service. An actual demonstration of the system at sea had to be cancelled at the last moment as the naval vessel and aircraft to be used were called away to a real-life emergency off the coast of Corsica, demonstrating that the Galileo SAR is fully operational and ready for action!

"This Search and Rescue operation demonstrated how beacons using the Galileo SAR service help to provide a faster and more efficient response for those in distress,” said Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “With Galileo, a person in trouble can now be detected in less than 10 minutes. Today more than 500 million users are benefiting from a wide range Galileo services – and helping to save lives is one of them.”

Commenting on the event, European Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska said: “The EU invests in space activities to protect its citizens. Thanks to our space programmes, we can provide help to those who need it faster and in a more efficient way. EU space programmes are helping to save lives.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

A dedicated session at EU Space Week highlighted how Galileo and Copernicus contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations.

Helping the visually impaired explore the outdoors

10.1.2019 13:41  
Blind Explorer provides an accurate and reliable, personal navigation solution to guide people with visual impairments along unknown paths.
Published: 
10 January 2019

On 3 December, as part of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, Geko Navsat inaugurated the first accessible urban park using its Blind Explorer sensorial guidance solution.

With one in 30 people in Europe experiencing vision loss, innovator Rafael Olmedo had an idea: pair sound cues with augmented satellite navigation signals to help the visually impaired navigate along a predefined track. He called it 3SOUND.

“The idea behind the 3SOUND system was to provide an acoustic track perception based on the integration of an augmented acoustic reality application developed for a smartphone and an accurate and reliable navigation solution based on the use of GNSS signals augmented with EGNOS,” explains Olmedo. “The system would accurately identify the position and orientation of the user and, using binaural sounds, provide an innovative acoustic guidance solution for track navigation instead of the classical waypoint or route navigation.”

As the winner of the GSA Special Prize at the 2012 European Satellite Navigation Competition, the idea was first promoted at a special event organised by the GSA, ‘Space Solutions for Assisted Living’ held in London on the International Day of Persons with Disabilities, 3 December 2012. Thanks to GSA support, Olmedo was able to further develop the 3SOUND idea at a business incubation centre in Madrid. Here, he founded Geko Navsat, a start-up dedicated to transforming the 3SOUND concept into a market-ready solution.

The great outdoors

Out of this work came Blind Explorer, an application that provides an accurate and reliable, personal navigation solution to guide people with visual impairments along unknown paths. To do this, it uses sensory interfaces that improve the user’s autonomy, safety and experience. “This is the first guidance system based on binaural, or 3D, sounds and advanced satellite navigation technologies, including Galileo,” explains Olmedo. “Used together, these technologies provide the user with an intuitive perception of a course’s orientation and the ability to move in the right direction.”

Available on the Google Play and Apple App store, the Blind Explorer application is geared towards helping the visually impaired explore the outdoors by themselves. All the user has to do is a select a destination or route, which Blind Explorer refers to as ‘tracks’. From here, the app automatically generates 3D sound cues to enable the acoustic perception of the right direction. All sounds and guidance indications can be customised in accordance with the user’s specific needs.

Another feature allows users to record their own tracks or points of interests with just the press of a button. These routes can then be shared with other users, thus growing the network of available routes. For those needing higher accuracy than what is provided by the smartphone, Blind Explorer can be enhanced using an external GNSS Bluetooth.

First tracks launched – more to come

In celebration of the International Day of Persons with Disabilities on 3 December, Geko Navsat launched its first batch of accessible urban park routes for the Blind Explorer solution. The initial rollout includes 15 routes in five urban parks located in the Madrid region. “Blind Explorer provides all the information about these reliable and quality routes,” says Olmedo. “You can consult route details, select the preferred one and activate the navigation to walk the route and discover its points of interests – even when outside of cellular coverage.”

These initial routes are just the beginning – as Olmedo and his team plan to add more parks and routes from across Europe. “Historically, the visually impaired have had limited options for outdoor activities and tourism,” he adds.  “Blind Explorer is changing that by providing both tourism providers and visually impaired tourists with an accurate navigation system for discovering the outdoors independently.”  

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Blind Explorer provides an accurate and reliable, personal navigation solution to guide people with visual impairments along unknown paths.

Integrity & reliability of digital maps – have your say!

8.1.2019 16:30  
The public consultation will be open until 27 January 2019.
Published: 
08 January 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is organising a public consultation on the Integrity & Reliability of Digital Maps for Connected and Automated Driving, in connection with the recently published Commission Communication on Connected and Automated Mobility. This Communication addresses the need to investigate the integrity and reliability of digital maps in order to facilitate the deployment of fully automated and connected vehicles.

Digital maps are an essential building block to ensure a safe driving experience for highly automated driving and autonomous vehicles. Purpose-built maps will be produced that will be much more reliable and accurate than those used for traditional applications.

These digital maps will be enriched with information from public databases and sensor data from connected vehicles. Traffic information, such as speed limits or the real-time dynamics of traffic flow, will help the vehicle’s navigation system to anticipate upcoming road conditions and take decisions beyond what is enabled by the vehicle’s on-board sensors.

Key role for GNSS

Satellite navigation (GNSS), and in particular Galileo, plays a key role in providing precise and secure positioning in vehicle navigation technologies for driverless mobility. Moreover, GNSS is the primary sensor for building digital maps to provide very accurate positioning together with other sensors, such as LiDAR, for example.

Dynamic data pose specific problems, particularly given their real-time nature: they must be generated, validated and made available to the user equipment without delay. This makes their integrity validation more challenging, and their transmission can be subject to errors or disruptions affecting the overall reliability.

Addressing the issue

Currently, it is the navigation and map provider’s responsibility to ensure the integrity of its products and the reliability of the information provided by third-party suppliers. However, until now the maps have been mainly used to support navigation, giving information to the driver, rather than to support safety-related functions.

Some industry standards exist or are being developed for data exchange and map content, but there are currently no specific standards or certification procedures to assess map data quality characteristics, such as reliability, integrity, and traceability. This public consultation is a starting point in addressing this issue.

Have your say

The public consultation can be accessed here. It will be open until 27 January 2019, so make sure you have your say!

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The public consultation will be open until 27 January 2019.

4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Roundtable set for 14 March

7.1.2019 11:58  
The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.
Published: 
07 January 2019

The Cabinet Office and the European Commission, in cooperation with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), will organise the 4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 March 2019.

At the roundtable the EU-Japan GNSS Mission, led by the European Commission, will consist of representatives from European industry, SMEs and start-ups. The Cabinet Office will host the delegation, arranging site visits and meetings with Japanese companies in the field of Automotive, Agriculture, Drones and other GNSS technologies.

Read this: Japan joins the GNSS table with QZSS

During these site visits, the participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of autonomous driving, smart agriculture and drones and meet with value-chain makers, application developers and end users.

Opportunity to explore business cooperation

The programme for the event, a final version of which will be announced in January 2019, also includes an overview of the Japanese Space Programme, an update on EU-Japan GNSS cooperation and a networking reception.

The event will provide companies from the EU and Japan with an opportunity to explore potential business cooperation in the application of GNSS technologies.

Registration to participate in the Mission is scheduled to open in mid-January 2019. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.

4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Roundtable set for 14 March

7.1.2019 11:58  
The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.
Published: 
07 January 2019

The Cabinet Office and the European Commission, in cooperation with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), will organise the 4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 March 2019.

At the roundtable the EU-Japan GNSS Mission, led by the European Commission, will consist of representatives from European industry, SMEs and start-ups. The Cabinet Office will host the delegation, arranging site visits and meetings with Japanese companies in the field of Automotive, Agriculture, Drones and other GNSS technologies.

Read this: Japan joins the GNSS table with QZSS

During these site visits, the participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of autonomous driving, smart agriculture and drones and meet with value-chain makers, application developers and end users.

Opportunity to explore business cooperation

The programme for the event, a final version of which will be announced in January 2019, also includes an overview of the Japanese Space Programme, an update on EU-Japan GNSS cooperation and a networking reception.

The event will provide companies from the EU and Japan with an opportunity to explore potential business cooperation in the application of GNSS technologies.

Registration to participate in the Mission is scheduled to open in mid-January 2019. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.

4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Roundtable set for 14 March

7.1.2019 11:58  
The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.
Published: 
07 January 2019

The Cabinet Office of the Goverment of Japan and the European Commission, in cooperation with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), will organise the 4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 March 2019.

At the roundtable the EU-Japan GNSS Mission, led by the European Commission, will consist of representatives from European industry, SMEs and start-ups. The National Space Policy Secretariat, from the Cabinet Office of the Goverment of Japan will host the delegation, arranging site visits and meetings with Japanese companies in the field of Automotive, Agriculture, Drones and other GNSS technologies.

Read this: Japan joins the GNSS table with QZSS

During these site visits, the participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of autonomous driving, smart agriculture and drones and meet with value-chain makers, application developers and end users.

Opportunity to explore business cooperation

The programme for the event, a final version of which will be announced in January 2019, also includes an overview of the Japanese Space Programme, an update on EU-Japan GNSS cooperation and a networking reception.

The event will provide companies from the EU and Japan with an opportunity to explore potential business cooperation in the application of GNSS technologies.

Registration to participate in the Mission is scheduled to open in mid-January 2019. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

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The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.

4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Roundtable set for 14 March

7.1.2019 11:58  
Published: 
07 January 2019

The Cabinet Office and the European Commission, in cooperation with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), will organise the 4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 March 2019.

At the roundtable the EU-Japan GNSS Mission, led by the European Commission, will consist of representatives from European industry, SMEs and start-ups. The Cabinet Office will host the delegation, arranging site visits and meetings with Japanese companies in the field of Automotive, Agriculture, Drones and other GNSS technologies.

Read this: Japan joins the GNSS table with QZSS

During these site visits, the participants will have the opportunity to see demonstrations of autonomous driving, smart agriculture and drones and meet with value-chain makers, application developers and end users.

Opportunity to explore business cooperation

The programme for the event, a final version of which will be announced in January 2019, also includes an overview of the Japanese Space Programme, an update on EU-Japan GNSS cooperation and a networking reception.

The event will provide companies from the EU and Japan with an opportunity to explore potential business cooperation in the application of GNSS technologies.

Registration to participate in the Mission is scheduled to open in mid-January 2019. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.

4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Roundtable set for 14 March

7.1.2019 11:58  
The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.
Published: 
07 January 2019

The Cabinet Office and the European Commission, in cooperation with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), will organise the 4th EU-Japan Satellite Positioning Public-Private Roundtable in Tokyo, Japan, on 14 March 2019.

At the roundtable the EU-Japan GNSS Mission, led by the European Commission, will consist of representatives from European industry, SMEs and start-ups. The Cabinet Office will host the delegation, arranging site visits and meetings with Japanese companies in the field of Automotive, Agriculture, Drones and other GNSS technologies.

Read this: Japan joins the GNSS table with QZSS

During these site visits, the participants will have to opportunity to see demonstrations of autonomous driving, smart agriculture and drones and meet with value-chain makers, application developers and end users.

Opportunity to explore business cooperation

The programme for the event, a final version of which will be announced in January 2019, also includes an overview of the Japanese Space Programme, an update on EU-Japan GNSS cooperation and a networking reception.

The event will provide companies from the EU and Japan with an opportunity to explore potential business cooperation in the application of GNSS technologies.

Registration to participate in the Mission is scheduled to open in mid-January 2019. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The roundtable will be an opportunity to explore GNSS business cooperation between Europe and Japan.

Case IH, STEYR and New Holland Agriculture equipment is now compatible with the Galileo satellite network

29.12.2018 9:06  
The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.
Published: 
29 December 2018

CNH Industrial, a global leader in the capital goods sector, has enhanced the robustness of the precision agriculture systems for its global agricultural brands, Case IH, STEYR and New Holland Agriculture, by adding Galileo signals to their reference network solution.

During November’s EIMA International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery Exhibit in Bologna, Italy, Case IH, STEYR and New Holland announced that their equipment will now be Galileo-capable, enhancing the robustness of the RTK correction services.

This RTK guided auto-steering and its related technology ensures a fast, dependable signal and sub 1.5 cm repeatable accuracy in all conditions, regardless of field location. However, until now, farmers have had to depend on non-civilian American GPS or Russian GLONASS signals when driving in the field. “Enhanced RTK accuracy through the incorporation of signals from the Galileo satellites is a core way in which we can help Case IH tractor and combine users be innovative and competitive as they seek to help develop sustainable agricultural practices to feed an ever-increasing world population in an environmentally responsible way,” says Dan Stuart, Product Marketing Director EMEA Case IH.

For Maxime Rocaboy, Product Marketing EMEA at STEYR, the benefits of the enhanced RTK correction services are quite clear: “Use of the Galileo satellite navigation system, which is extremely accurate and available almost everywhere, enables a whole new range of options for farmers and contractors. It gives them detailed information on their land and crops like never before and realises all the potential benefits of the STEYR auto steering systems.”

The addition of Galileo signals also helps minimise the risk of signal failure, which is one of the major reasons why the Case IH, STEYR and New Holland CNH Industrial RTK networks are integrating corrections from Galileo satellites. “By improving positioning and timing information, consistency of signal coverage is enhanced and a robust and reliable signal for accurate pass-to-pass repeatability is ensured,” says Alessio Quatraro, Product Marketing Manager EMEA at New Holland Agriculture. Michael Mahieu, CNH Industrial RTK network analyst, “This benefits farmers by minimising downtime and assist in consistent and efficient use of seed, fertiliser and crop protection products through parallel passes with minimal overlap, thereby maximising a crop’s potential.”

The addition of Galileo signals means a higher number of available satellites when using RTK corrections, making the service even more robust – especially under challenging circumstances such as working under trees, in forestry or in orchards. The company is currently testing and validating Galileo correction signals for its RTK corrective service, which are expected to be available on the market starting in January 2019.

Galileo drives European competitiveness

The use of GNSS technology, including Galileo, is opening new business models and opportunities in the agricultural sector. GNSS-based precision farming gives farmers an unprecedented level of knowledge about their crops, livestock and operations while making the sector more efficient, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable.

According to the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information, with significant positive implications for many European farmers. “Galileo is well-positioned to enhance the GNSS performance, allowing users to benefit from an improved monitoring of the distribution and dilution of chemicals, improved parcel yields thanks to customised treatment and more efficient property management,” says Joaquín Reyes, who has prepared the the so-called User Consultation Platform, Agriculture panel, in Marseille early December where Precision Agriculture plays a central role. CNH Industrial participated in this event along with other leading tractor and machinery manufacturers.

EU Space Week

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.

Case IH, STEYR and New Holland Agriculture equipment is now compatible with the Galileo satellite network

29.12.2018 9:06  
The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.
Published: 
29 December 2018

CNH Industrial, a global leader in the capital goods sector, has enhanced the robustness of the precision agriculture systems for its global agricultural brands, Case IH, STEYR and New Holland Agriculture, by adding Galileo signals to their reference network solution.

During November’s EIMA International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery Exhibit in Bologna, Italy, Case IH, STEYR and New Holland announced that their equipment will now be Galileo-capable, enhancing the robustness of the RTK correction services.

This RTK guided auto-steering and its related technology ensures a fast, dependable signal and sub 1.5 cm repeatable accuracy in all conditions, regardless of field location. However, until now, farmers have had to depend on non-civilian American GPS or Russian GLONASS signals when driving in the field. “Enhanced RTK accuracy through the incorporation of signals from the Galileo satellites is a core way in which we can help Case IH tractor and combine users be innovative and competitive as they seek to help develop sustainable agricultural practices to feed an ever-increasing world population in an environmentally responsible way,” says Dan Stuart, Product Marketing Director EMEA Case IH.

For Maxime Rocaboy, Product Marketing EMEA at STEYR, the benefits of the enhanced RTK correction services are quite clear: “Use of the Galileo satellite navigation system, which is extremely accurate and available almost everywhere, enables a whole new range of options for farmers and contractors. It gives them detailed information on their land and crops like never before and realises all the potential benefits of the STEYR auto steering systems.”

The addition of Galileo signals also helps minimise the risk of signal failure, which is one of the major reasons why the Case IH, STEYR and New Holland CNH Industrial RTK networks are integrating corrections from Galileo satellites. “By improving positioning and timing information, consistency of signal coverage is enhanced and a robust and reliable signal for accurate pass-to-pass repeatability is ensured,” says Alessio Quatraro, Product Marketing Manager EMEA at New Holland Agriculture. Michael Mahieu, CNH Industrial RTK network analyst, “This benefits farmers by minimising downtime and assist in consistent and efficient use of seed, fertiliser and crop protection products through parallel passes with minimal overlap, thereby maximising a crop’s potential.”

The addition of Galileo signals means a higher number of available satellites when using RTK corrections, making the service even more robust – especially under challenging circumstances such as working under trees, in forestry or in orchards. The company is currently testing and validating Galileo correction signals for its RTK corrective service, which are expected to be available on the market starting in January 2019.

Galileo drives European competitiveness

The use of GNSS technology, including Galileo, is opening new business models and opportunities in the agricultural sector. GNSS-based precision farming gives farmers an unprecedented level of knowledge about their crops, livestock and operations while making the sector more efficient, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable.

According to the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information, with significant positive implications for many European farmers. “Galileo is well-positioned to enhance the GNSS performance, allowing users to benefit from an improved monitoring of the distribution and dilution of chemicals, improved parcel yields thanks to customised treatment and more efficient property management,” says Joaquín Reyes, who has prepared the the so-called User Consultation Platform, Agriculture panel, in Marseille early December where Precision Agriculture plays a central role. CNH Industrial participated in this event along with other leading tractor and machinery manufacturers.

EU Space Week

CNH Industrial N.V. (NYSE: CNHI / MI: CNHI) is a global leader in the capital goods sector with established industrial experience, a wide range of products and a worldwide presence. Each of the individual brands belonging to the Company is a major international force in its specific industrial sector: Case IH, New Holland Agriculture and Steyr for tractors and agricultural machinery; Case and New Holland Construction for earth moving equipment; Iveco for commercial vehicles; Iveco Bus and Heuliez Bus for buses and coaches; Iveco Astra for quarry and construction vehicles; Magirus for firefighting vehicles; Iveco Defence Vehicles for defence and civil protection; and FPT Industrial for engines and transmissions. More information can be found on the corporate website: www.cnhindustrial.com 

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.

Message from European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides

21.12.2018 13:55  
Published: 
21 December 2018

2018 has been an action-packed year for the GSA and for Europe’s satellite navigation programmes, Galileo and EGNOS.

In terms of infrastructure, we have seen the Galileo constellation grow. In July, four more satellites were successfully launched, and are expected to enter into service in early 2019, and in October we commissioned another four satellites, launched in December 2017. The GSA was responsible for the Early Orbit Phase of both these launches, which put us on track to achieve full operational capacity in 2020.

It is not only in space that we have seen our infrastructure expand - our Earth-based assets also grew this year, with the official inauguration of the Galileo Reference Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in May.

This expansion in infrastructure has been mirrored in an expanded market uptake of European GNSS. In a significant development for the Galileo programme, the European Commission mandated that, from 31 March 2018, all new car and light van models sold in the EU have to be fitted with Galileo-enabled eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services in the event of an accident. This was followed, six months later, by the presentation to the market of the first eCall-enabled car.

Another major market development milestone was reached in June, with the launch of the first dual-frequency smartphone. This enabled developers to create new applications that meet users’ growing high accuracy requirements, allowing them to increasingly benefit from Europe’s investment in space.

In September we published the latest issue of our GNSS User Technology Report, providing an in-depth analysis of the trends set to shape the global GNSS technology landscape. This report, along with its sister GNSS Market Report, is proving to be a useful tool for all market players, from laymen to GNSS experts, providing a comprehensive overview of the status and trends on the GNSS market.

The figures highlighted in this report bring the impressive successes of the GSA’s market development efforts into sharp focus. In the two years since the launch of Galileo Initial Services, hundreds of millions of people are already using Galileo, with 69 smartphone models Galileo-enabled and over half a billion Galileo-enabled phones sold globally. EGNOS has also seen some impressive figures: currently 80% of all tractors with guidance use EGNOS, and 81% of maritime receivers and 59 drone receiver models use EGNSS.

These excellent results bear testimony to the fact that our main commitment is to provide users with high-level, secure and reliable service world-wide. This is the GSA’s primary objective today and will remain so throughout 2019.

In 2018 we celebrated a decade of partnership between the GSA and the Galileo Masters Competition – a partnership that has helped many exciting European GNSS-based ideas make the jump from the drawing board into the devices that people carry in their pockets, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration into the future.

The end of the year has been every bit as eventful as the start. European Space Week, which ran from December 3 to 6, was a huge success, with over a thousand participants gathering in Marseille to discuss how Europe’s space programme - Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus - are tackling societal challenges and supporting business growth and efficiency in multiple sectors.

Finally, December 16 marked two years since Galileo Initial Services were launched. As industry is already very aware of the benefits that Galileo’s increased accuracy offers, the time is ripe to increase awareness among the general public of the the added value that Galileo brings. So, to coincide with the anniversary of Initial Services the new ‘Accuracy Matters’ campaign was just launched to start to inform the public about how Galileo is improving their lives. This campaign will run over the coming year.

Looking to the year ahead, I see an exciting time for Europe’s space programmes, with ever-increasing market uptake of EGNSS-based applications and services and increased public awareness and appreciation of the benefits of Galileo and EGNOS. It is with this spirit of optimism that we face the challenges ahead, which we will tackle with a renewed commitment to partner with the European Commission and the European Space Agency.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the GSA staff for their hard work and commitment throughout the year, and to the European GNSS user community for their trust and support.

Happy Holidays to all of you!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Message from European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides

21.12.2018 13:55  
Published: 
21 December 2018

2018 has been an action-packed year for the GSA and for Europe’s satellite navigation programmes, Galileo and EGNOS.

In terms of infrastructure, we have seen the Galileo constellation grow. In July, four more satellites were successfully launched, and are expected to enter into service in early 2019, and in October we commissioned another four satellites, launched in December 2017. The GSA was responsible for the Early Orbit Phase of both these launches, which put us on track to achieve full operational capacity in 2020.

It is not only in space that we have seen our infrastructure expand - our Earth-based assets also grew this year, with the official inauguration of the Galileo Reference Centre in Noordwijk, the Netherlands, in May.

This expansion in infrastructure has been mirrored in an expanded market uptake of European GNSS. In a significant development for the Galileo programme, the European Commission mandated that, from 31 March 2018, all new car and light van models sold in the EU have to be fitted with Galileo-enabled eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services in the event of an accident. This was followed, six months later, by the presentation to the market of the first eCall-enabled car.

Another major market development milestone was reached in June, with the launch of the first dual-frequency smartphone. This enabled developers to create new applications that meet users’ growing high accuracy requirements, allowing them to increasingly benefit from Europe’s investment in space.

In September we published the latest issue of our GNSS User Technology Report, providing an in-depth analysis of the trends set to shape the global GNSS technology landscape. This report, along with its sister GNSS Market Report, is proving to be a useful tool for all market players, from laymen to GNSS experts, providing a comprehensive overview of the status and trends on the GNSS market.

The figures highlighted in this report bring the impressive successes of the GSA’s market development efforts into sharp focus. In the two years since the launch of Galileo Initial Services, hundreds of millions of people are already using Galileo, with 69 smartphone models Galileo-enabled and over half a billion Galileo-enabled phones sold globally. EGNOS has also seen some impressive figures: currently 80% of all tractors with guidance use EGNOS, and 81% of maritime receivers and 59 drone receiver models use EGNSS.

These excellent results bear testimony to the fact that our main commitment is to provide users with high-level, secure and reliable service world-wide. This is the GSA’s primary objective today and will remain so throughout 2019.

In 2018 we celebrated a decade of partnership between the GSA and the Galileo Masters Competition – a partnership that has helped many exciting European GNSS-based ideas make the jump from the drawing board into the devices that people carry in their pockets, and we look forward to continuing this collaboration into the future.

The end of the year has been every bit as eventful as the start. European Space Week, which ran from December 3 to 6, was a huge success, with over a thousand participants gathering in Marseille to discuss how Europe’s space programme - Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus - are tackling societal challenges and supporting business growth and efficiency in multiple sectors.

Finally, December 16 marked two years since Galileo Initial Services were launched. As industry is already very aware of the benefits that Galileo’s increased accuracy offers, the time is ripe to increase awareness among the general public of the the added value that Galileo brings. So, to coincide with the anniversary of Initial Services the new ‘Accuracy Matters’ campaign was just launched to start to inform the public about how Galileo is improving their lives. This campaign will run over the coming year.

Looking to the year ahead, I see an exciting time for Europe’s space programmes, with ever-increasing market uptake of EGNSS-based applications and services and increased public awareness and appreciation of the benefits of Galileo and EGNOS. It is with this spirit of optimism that we face the challenges ahead, which we will tackle with a renewed commitment to partner with the European Commission and the European Space Agency.

As the year draws to a close, I would like to express my sincere thanks to the GSA staff for their hard work and commitment throughout the year, and to the European GNSS user community for their trust and support.

Happy Holidays to all of you!

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

EU Space enabling Smart Cities

21.12.2018 11:02  
The EU space programmes are supporting services and applications that will underpin the Smart City of the future.
Published: 
27 December 2018

The 2018 European Space Week special session on Smart Cities saw professionals and decision makers showcasing how space applications are fostering urban innovation. Presentations highlighted current projects and cutting-edge technologies set to emerge in the coming years.

Smart cities use information and communication technologies to increase operational efficiency, share information with the public and improve citizens' welfare and the quality of key services such as public transport. Advances in satellite-based technologies, the likes of EU flagship Galileo, are giving rise to more competitive transport services, while minimising environmental and social impacts.

Evi Papantoniou, European Commission Head of Unit for Galileo and EGNOS legal and institutional aspects, introduced the European Space Week Smart Cities session: "By 2050, we expect two-thirds of the world's population to be living in urban areas, including mega-cities. With these rapid changes, many challenges are being faced by urban planners. We need efficient data flow and state-of-the-art infrastructure."

Smart Mobility is a basic requisite for Smart Cities. In the case of passenger transportation, the arrival of services like on-demand riding, vehicle sharing, multi-modal transportation, and autonomous vehicles are all changing how people get around.

"And at the same time we have the Internet of Things, with connected physical objects being able to locate themselves and communicate with other devices," said Papantoniou. "The question for all of us is how we fit this all together, to securely and affordably accommodate these services within currently available infrastructures and communication technologies."

Thought-provoking presentations

Thomas Bekker, Open and Smart Data Manager at Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur said: "Being smart is really a question of opening networks. We want open hardware, open data, open services, open knowledge, open innovation and Open Space! With technological barriers falling, we need to accelerate the deployment of user-centric approaches, making spatial digital data more accessible. Exploiting the new services of European space programmes is surely a means to addressing those issues."

Josep Maria Salanova Grau, Research Associate at the Hellenic Institute of Transport discussed a range of new emerging applications being enabled by Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS). "In conjunction with Galileo, new developments in ITS include the ability to provide information on fuelling and charging stations, protection for vulnerable road users like pedestrians and cyclists, on-street and off-street parking information, park and ride information, connected and cooperative navigation, and many other kinds of traffic and routing information."

Grau outlined work under the EU-funded Galileo4Mobility project, now under way in his home region of Thessaloniki. The project is carrying out a number of pilot studies on the topic of 'Mobility as a Service' (MaaS). "Shared mobility services have grown exponentially during the last years," Grau said. "While car sharing is still the most widespread form, other services such as bike sharing, ride hailing and flexible forms of public transport are also growing rapidly." Geolocation of people, things and vehicles by means of satellite navigation technologies is now a prime enabler for most shared mobility services, and its use is expanding. Galileo4Mobility is also undertaking work in the field of autonomous driving, another application with GNSS technologies at its core.

Autonomous driving, and more

The Bosch company was present at the Smart Cities session in the form of a video about its latest autonomous driving technologies. Combining advanced on-board sensors, satellite navigation, correction services and highly advanced software for position calculation, Bosch is keeping Europe at the front of the pack in this rapidly evolving field.

"Indeed," said GSA Officer Alberto Fernandez-Wyttenbach, "Bosch recently became the first automotive supplier to confirm the commercialisation of a Galileo dual-frequency on-board localisation unit, a must-have feature in high autonomous driving This means added precision to mitigate the multipath effect when you talk about city driving. This is a major step towards the industry´s innovation, and we expect other European manufacturers to follow very quickly."

Presenting another exciting research initiative was Martin Skjold-Grontved, Head of Section at the Danish Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency. The TAPAS project ('Testbed in Aarhus for precision positioning and autonomous systems') is aimed at using improved infrastructure to exploit the full technical advantages of modern GNSS.

"Geodetic reference systems are the fundamental infrastructure that provides the basis for precision positioning and navigation using GNSS," Grontved explained. "Until now this has been primarily based on GPS measurements, supplemented by local Real Time Kinematic (RTK) systems. But now we have the new GNSS systems being implemented, such as BeiDou and not least Galileo. These systems are now forming the basis for new terrestrial networks and the basis for both faster and better position determination.">

TAPAS is establishing a sound, ground-based network test bed to support and test new advanced technological developments that require fast, efficient and flexible precision positioning. "This is a geodetic innovation platform," said Grontved, "in the form of physical and virtual networks. The ambition is to exploit the full potential of Galileo and evaluate this system's quality in relation to GPS. Further, and in particular, it is the goal to achieve unprecedented precision positioning in real-time."

Roland Trauter, Manager of Software Integration at Daimler Trucks presented the EU-funded TransSec, aimed at preventing terrorist attacks, in particular the recent rise in vehicle-based terror attacks across Europe. In a number of such incidents, perpetrators used heavy trucks to assault pedestrians.

Trauter said: "The TransSec project is developing and evaluating autonomous systems to detect and prevent trucks from being misused, to prevent these attacks from occurring. With the advances we have achieved in GNSS positioning, map data and map matching, we can assemble on-board environment sensors and V2X communication to create a local dynamic map. This can then be used to monitor movement, critical area alarm, pre-crash object detection and for implementing emergency manoeuvres."

The TransSec project team is also interested in developing new and more effective methods to detect GNSS jamming and spoofing, which represent further threats to security in the context of automated driving technologies. Here, Galileo's unique authentication feature can play an important role.

Pedro Jorge Caridade is Associate Professor at the University of Coimbra and also co-founder of SpaceLayer Technologies. The company is carrying out the SOUL project ('Sensor observation of urban life'), installing small, reliable, inexpensive and georeferenced air quality sensors in moving vehicles.

"Air pollution is the top environmental cause of premature death, and it has a huge impact on productivity and health," said Caridade. "The exposure to risk may be minimised by issuing alerts. Our vehicle-mounted sensors map dynamically the city, with an additional layer of data coming from earth observation satellite images, such as from Copernicus, and other sources of information,” he said. “We can then determine air-quality pollutant-correlating indexes. The users receive real-time alerts on mobile and web platforms. Knowing the air quality in various parts of the city, citizens can act in a proactive way, plan a less polluted route to work, reschedule meetings or take preventive pharmaceutical drugs."

Freight matters

Improving the flow of goods while reducing congestion, accidents and pollution is one of the most important challenges for Smart Cities. Here, new business models inspired by the sharing economy and disruptive technologies have recently emerged and are quickly being adopted.

Mourad El Bidaoui, CEO of MAGMA Technology explained how his company is using a small, battery-powered autonomous geolocation module to enable precise location of logistics assets, using Galileo and other precise positioning technologies. "Today there are ten million maritime containers, two billion trolleys and five billion pallets being used in the transport of goods." El Bidaoui said. "These are all logistics assets and we are making it possible for shippers around the world to have a full visibility of their logistics thanks to the MAGMA web platform."

Finally, Frederic Dagnet, Director of Strategy at the Port Authority of Marseille, and Frederic Rychen, Professor at Aix-Marseille University, gave a joint presentation on exciting new measures and initiatives around the Port of Marseille, France's 'Smart Port'.

Geo-referencing remains a key capability being delivered by space-based technologies such as Galileo. When used in concert with the latest data technologies, EU space flagships Galileo and Copernicus are enabling Smart Cities to streamline and speed up information flows and thus drive and optimise more efficient physical and economic flows.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The EU space programmes are supporting services and applications that will underpin the Smart City of the future.

Galileo IS OS & SAR Performance Reports of Q3-2018 available!

21.12.2018 10:26  
Both the Initial Open Service and the SAR Service performance figures generally exceed the MPL targets in Q3 2018
Published: 
21 December 2018

OS and SAR Service Performance Reports of the third quarter of 2018 (covering July, August and September) have been published under the European GNSS Service Centre web portal, under Performance Reports section.

The third Galileo Open Service (OS) and SAR Service Quarterly Performance Reports of 2018 are available on the Electronic Library, under the Performance Reports section, providing the status of the Galileo constellation and the achieved performance over the reported period (July, August and September 2018).

These quarterly reports provide the public with the latest information on the Galileo OS and SAR/Galileo Initial Services measured performance statistics with respect to their Minimum Performance Levels (MPLs), as declared in their respective Galileo Service Definition Documents (OS - SDD and SAR - SDD), in particular on parameters such as:

  • For Open Service: Initial ranging performance, Galileo to GPS Time Offset (GGTO) determination performance, Galileo positioning performance and the Timely publication of NAGUs.
  • For SAR Service: detection and location performance, and infrastructure availability performance.

Highlights from Q3 2018 on Galileo OS and SAR Service:

As in previous periods, measured Galileo OS and SAR Service performance figures comfortably exceed their MPL thresholds.

Some highlights from the Q3 2018 performance reports:

Open Service

  • The Availability of both the Galileo Ranging Service at the Worst User Location (WUL) and the Healthy Signal have been significantly better than the MPLs (all above the threshold of 87%), reaching the first figure on the reported quarter a monthly value of 100%.
  • The Galileo UTC Determination Service Availability has reached a constant monthly value of 100%. Moreover, the GGTO Determination Availability comfortably exceeds the MPL target of 87% over the reported month: 98.58% in July and August and 98.84% in September.
  • The target MPLs for Publishing NAGUs were met for both Planned and Unplanned events. A total number of 9 NAGUs have been published on the GSC web portal in the reported period, neither of them announcing unplanned events.

SAR Service

  • Detection Service Probability for each of the Reference Beacons (REFBE) every month was above the MPL (which is 99%).
  • Both the single and multi-burst Location Probabilities for each REFBE were, in all cases, well above the MPLs (which are 75% and 98%, respectively).
  • SAR/Galileo Service Infrastructure Performance is measured by the availability of the Ground Segment, Space Segment and SAR Server. As a particular case of the Ground Segment availability, the MEOLUTs have reached better values than the MPL target (95%) in "Nominal" mode during the whole period: average availability of 96.9% for Larnaca and Spitsbergen and 98.1% for Maspalomas.

For the most up-to-date information on the Galileo system and constellation, visit the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) website, in particular, the Galileo constellation status section. For an exhaustive description of the Minimum Performance Levels (MPLs), refer to the Galileo OS SDD.

For more details on Galileo performance and its Services, do not hesitate to contact the Galileo Help Desk.

Help us on shaping the future of Galileo! Just a few minutes of your time are needed to complete the Galileo User Satisfaction Survey 2018.

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Both the Initial Open Service and the SAR Service performance figures generally exceed the MPL targets in Q3 2018

Space can sustain the land!

20.12.2018 10:39  
Published: 
20 December 2018

The productivity and sustainability of land is determined by interactions between land resources, climate and human activities. Selecting the optimal, sustainable use of land is essential to minimise degradation, rehabilitate degraded land, ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and mitigate the impact of climate change. So it was appropriate that on World Soil Day, an EU Space Week session showcased how the EU space programmes Galileo and Copernicus are supporting sustainable land use and management.

Taking place, most appropriately, on World Soil Day, the EU Space Week session on 5 December focused on how sustainable land management impacts the resilience and vulnerability of land resources, particularly within the context of mitigating climate change, and was organised around three relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keynote speaker Markus Erhard from the European Environment Agency (EEA) gave a user perspective of how satellite data impacts on policy in this area, in particular in terms of the EU’s Seventh Environmental Action Programme. “Copernicus is a true game changer in terms of environmental monitoring and assessment,” he stated. “With outstanding availability, accessibility, and at zero cost.”

Elisabeth Hamdouch from the Commission’s DG GROW agreed that EU space instruments were very important and the synergies between Copernicus and Galileo could make a big difference in this area. “These space-based programmes produce huge flows of new data,” she said. The key question was how to make best use of this quantity and quality data.

Read this: European GNSS and Earth Observation: A promising convergence for sustainable development

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

How resource efficiency in agriculture could be improved by early detection of diseases and pests using Copernicus was outlined by João Araújo of Spin.Works. Remote sensing is a key enabling technology to ensure we can feed a burgeoning world population. The company has developed the MAPPING online application that integrates Copernicus data and drone imaging to create insights that help farmers make the right choices and increase yield while reducing inputs such as pesticides and fertilizer.

The GSA-funded Horizon 2020 project Green Patrol showed how Galileo-enabled autonomous robots can detect and control pests in greenhouses thereby boosting yield. Maria Campo-Cossio from Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Componentes in Spain noted that 20 centimetre positioning accuracy was required but they could “count on Galileo for a solution, thanks to its greater resilience to multipath interference” – a major issue when working in large glasshouses.

The role of Galileo and EGNOS to enable precision agriculture and increase both the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture is well documented but has been often seen as a niche application for very big farms. However, now it is becoming mainstream as cheaper entry level applications become available. Stephan Vormbrock of CLAAS E-systems said: “Agricultural vehicles must be smarter, they cannot get bigger!” He presented a range of intelligent solutions that enable farmers to integrate and use all available space-based data to sustainably increase crop yields.

Bernard Richter of HEXAGON Leica Geosystems described their GNSS based solution for land registry applications in particular to enable farmers to comply with the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). The system’s network of 4,500 base stations used to correct positioning data is being upgraded to use Galileo data that will enable the centimetre level precision that applications such as accurate seeding require.

And this: Agriculture and Space: The journey from field to fork

SDG 6: Clean water

Irrigation is becoming an increasing issue for farmers across EU-27 countries. The GSA-funded Horizon 2020 project Mistrale uses reflected GNSS signals (GNSS-R) for a number of applications including water management. Tamme van deer Wal from Aerovision showed how the technique can be used as a remote sensing alternative or compliment to Copernicus data. The main advantage for GNSS-R is that it can provide data 24/7 as the signal receiver is mounted on a drone. Practical applications include measurements of field water content, water management in flood areas and monitoring of mine waste seepage.

The use of Copernicus Land Service data to monitor lakes and rivers in near real time was described by Lionel Zawadzki from Collecte Localisation Satellites. The water component is an emerging Copernicus service with various products available including information on snow cover, lake ice extent, lake surface temperatures, and the area of bodies of water.

An enhanced flood mapping service was outlined by Federica Maserati of Telespazio. “Flood risks are rising due to global warming,” she said. However, the Copernicus rapid mapping service is now fully operational with global coverage and enables authorities anywhere in the world to react fast. A new vision for the service is that service users become distributed service providers by supplying additional crowdsourced data input. “We are looking for users to act as in-situ sensors generating local data,” he said. Collection of GNSS geolocation with this social data would help with data integration and increase accuracy.

SDG 15: Life on Land

SDG 15 aims to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems explained Hans Dufourmont of the European Environment Agency (EEA), who outlined how the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (LMS) supported these objectives. Service support includes high level imperviousness data, high resolution data on forest cover, grassland cover and even extent of ploughing indicators. It is possible to monitor CO2 emissions by mapping probable sources and sinks. “Agricultural production is responsible for around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions,” stated Dufourmont.

The Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrients (FaST) was described by Isidro Campos Rodriguez from DG-AGRI. This tool also looks to support farmers under the CAP. The tool is under development and could be a key to boosting digitalisation in agriculture. The tool takes relevant farm information and enables fine tuning of nutrient management on the farm including outputs such as personalised advice on irrigation requirements. The app is currently working with Copernicus data but there is interest in the added value that Galileo can bring.

The final presentation of the session was from Antoine Lefebvre, founder of start-up Kermap that uses Copernicus data with artificial intelligence to analyse and predict urban heat island effects and local climate zones. The work visualises temperature distributions within city areas and enables modelling of climate change impacts on living conditions for citizens.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Some of the participants in the session, which showcased how Galileo and Copernicus are supporting sustainable land use and management

Space can sustain the land!

20.12.2018 10:39  
Some of the participants in the session, which showcased how Galileo and Copernicus are supporting sustainable land use and management
Published: 
20 December 2018

The productivity and sustainability of land is determined by interactions between land resources, climate and human activities. Selecting the optimal, sustainable use of land is essential to minimise degradation, rehabilitate degraded land, ensure the sustainable use of natural resources and mitigate the impact of climate change. So it was appropriate that on World Soil Day, an EU Space Week session showcased how the EU space programmes Galileo and Copernicus are supporting sustainable land use and management.

Taking place, most appropriately, on World Soil Day, the EU Space Week session on 5 December focused on how sustainable land management impacts the resilience and vulnerability of land resources, particularly within the context of mitigating climate change, and was organised around three relevant United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

Keynote speaker Markus Erhard from the European Environment Agency (EEA) gave a user perspective of how satellite data impacts on policy in this area, in particular in terms of the EU’s Seventh Environmental Action Programme. “Copernicus is a true game changer in terms of environmental monitoring and assessment,” he stated. “With outstanding availability, accessibility, and at zero cost.”

Elisabeth Hamdouch from the Commission’s DG GROW agreed that EU space instruments were very important and the synergies between Copernicus and Galileo could make a big difference in this area. “These space-based programmes produce huge flows of new data,” she said. The key question was how to make best use of this quantity and quality data.

Read this: European GNSS and Earth Observation: A promising convergence for sustainable development

SDG 2: Zero Hunger

How resource efficiency in agriculture could be improved by early detection of diseases and pests using Copernicus was outlined by João Araújo of Spin.Works. Remote sensing is a key enabling technology to ensure we can feed a burgeoning world population. The company has developed the MAPPING online application that integrates Copernicus data and drone imaging to create insights that help farmers make the right choices and increase yield while reducing inputs such as pesticides and fertilizer.

The GSA-funded Horizon 2020 project Green Patrol showed how Galileo-enabled autonomous robots can detect and control pests in greenhouses thereby boosting yield. Maria Campo-Cossio from Fundación Centro Tecnológico de Componentes in Spain noted that 20 centimetre positioning accuracy was required but they could “count on Galileo for a solution, thanks to its greater resilience to multipath interference” – a major issue when working in large glasshouses.

The role of Galileo and EGNOS to enable precision agriculture and increase both the efficiency and sustainability of agriculture is well documented but has been often seen as a niche application for very big farms. However, now it is becoming mainstream as cheaper entry level applications become available. Stephan Vormbrock of CLAAS E-systems said: “Agricultural vehicles must be smarter, they cannot get bigger!” He presented a range of intelligent solutions that enable farmers to integrate and use all available space-based data to sustainably increase crop yields.

Bernard Richter of HEXAGON Leica Geosystems described their GNSS based solution for land registry applications in particular to enable farmers to comply with the EU’s Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). The system’s network of 4,500 base stations used to correct positioning data is being upgraded to use Galileo data that will enable the centimetre level precision that applications such as accurate seeding require.

And this: Agriculture and Space: The journey from field to fork

SDG 6: Clean water

Irrigation is becoming an increasing issue for farmers across EU-27 countries. The GSA-funded Horizon 2020 project Mistrale uses reflected GNSS signals (GNSS-R) for a number of applications including water management. Tamme van deer Wal from Aerovision showed how the technique can be used as a remote sensing alternative or compliment to Copernicus data. The main advantage for GNSS-R is that it can provide data 24/7 as the signal receiver is mounted on a drone. Practical applications include measurements of field water content, water management in flood areas and monitoring of mine waste seepage.

The use of Copernicus Land Service data to monitor lakes and rivers in near real time was described by Lionel Zawadzki from Collecte Localisation Satellites. The water component is an emerging Copernicus service with various products available including information on snow cover, lake ice extent, lake surface temperatures, and the area of bodies of water.

An enhanced flood mapping service was outlined by Federica Maserati of Telespazio. “Flood risks are rising due to global warming,” she said. However, the Copernicus rapid mapping service is now fully operational with global coverage and enables authorities anywhere in the world to react fast. A new vision for the service is that service users become distributed service providers by supplying additional crowdsourced data input. “We are looking for users to act as in-situ sensors generating local data,” he said. Collection of GNSS geolocation with this social data would help with data integration and increase accuracy.

SDG 15: Life on Land

SDG 15 aims to protect, restore and promote the sustainable use of terrestrial ecosystems explained Hans Dufourmont of the European Environment Agency (EEA), who outlined how the Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (LMS) supported these objectives. Service support includes high level imperviousness data, high resolution data on forest cover, grassland cover and even extent of ploughing indicators. It is possible to monitor CO2 emissions by mapping probable sources and sinks. “Agricultural production is responsible for around a quarter of greenhouse gas emissions,” stated Dufourmont.

The Farm Sustainability Tool for Nutrients (FaST) was described by Isidro Campos Rodriguez from DG-AGRI. This tool also looks to support farmers under the CAP. The tool is under development and could be a key to boosting digitalisation in agriculture. The tool takes relevant farm information and enables fine tuning of nutrient management on the farm including outputs such as personalised advice on irrigation requirements. The app is currently working with Copernicus data but there is interest in the added value that Galileo can bring.

The final presentation of the session was from Antoine Lefebvre, founder of start-up Kermap that uses Copernicus data with artificial intelligence to analyse and predict urban heat island effects and local climate zones. The work visualises temperature distributions within city areas and enables modelling of climate change impacts on living conditions for citizens.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Some of the participants in the session, which showcased how Galileo and Copernicus are supporting sustainable land use and management

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon with dual frequency and 5G

19.12.2018 11:49  
Snapdragon 855 is the is the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G and dual-frequency GNSS
Published: 
19 December 2018

At the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, which took place on December 4-6 in Hawaii, global chipset manufacturer Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, unveiled the newest generation in the 8 Mobile Platform Series, the dual frequency Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform.

The latest offering from Qualcomm Technologies is the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading AI and immersive extended reality (XR) collectively, ushering in a new decade of revolutionary mobile devices.

The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform supports dual-frequency GNSS, leveraging the Galileo E1/E5a signals as well as the GPS and QZSS L1/L5 signals to produce a more accurate and robust location in dense urban canyons where GNSS signals tend to be blocked or reflected.

Using new chip architectures built on leading 7nm process technology, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform will also offer users long-lasting battery life and superior experiences in areas such as imaging, audio, gaming and XR.

Major milestone

“This announcement follows the trend of implementing dual frequency in consumer platforms to achieve new levels of location performance,” said European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Combining high accuracy of location with 5G connectivity is a major milestone and we are proud that Galileo and its E1/E5 signals are part of this revolution.”

“Accurate and reliable position location is of utmost importance to the mobile experience,” said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies continues to help improve consumers’ experiences with location-based services by adding dual-frequency GNSS support to the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.”

Galileo use

Working closely with the GSA for what concerns the Galileo use in the chipsets, Qualcomm Technologies is active in Location Based Services for smartphones, wearables, computing, IoT and the automotive market segments. In 2016, the company made headlines when it launched the Galileo-enabled Snapdragon smartphone chipset, which was used in the BQ Aquaris X5 – the market’s first Galileo smartphone.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm Technologies also introduced a number of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) capable automotive chipsets for Europe’s eCall system, the emergency response location initiative now mandatory in all new vehicle types sold in Europe. With most of its chipsets capable of receiving and using Galileo signals, Qualcomm is the world’s largest chipset manufacturer of Galileo-enabled receivers.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Snapdragon 855 is the is the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G and dual-frequency GNSS

Qualcomm launches Snapdragon with dual frequency and 5G

19.12.2018 11:49  
Snapdragon 855 is the is the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G and dual-frequency GNSS
Published: 
19 December 2018

At the annual Snapdragon Technology Summit, which took place on December 4-6 in Hawaii, global chipset manufacturer Qualcomm Technologies Inc., a subsidiary of Qualcomm Incorporated, unveiled the newest generation in the 8 Mobile Platform Series, the dual frequency Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 855 Mobile Platform.

The latest offering from Qualcomm Technologies is the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G, industry-leading AI and immersive extended reality (XR) collectively, ushering in a new decade of revolutionary mobile devices.

The Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform supports dual-frequency GNSS, leveraging the Galileo E1/E5a signals as well as the GPS and QZSS L1/L5 signals to produce a more accurate and robust location in dense urban canyons where GNSS signals tend to be blocked or reflected.

Using new chip architectures built on leading 7nm process technology, the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform will also offer users long-lasting battery life and superior experiences in areas such as imaging, audio, gaming and XR.

Major milestone

“This announcement follows the trend of implementing dual frequency in consumer platforms to achieve new levels of location performance,” said European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Combining high accuracy of location with 5G connectivity is a major milestone and we are proud that Galileo and its E1/E5 signals are part of this revolution.”

“Accurate and reliable position location is of utmost importance to the mobile experience,” said Alex Katouzian, Senior Vice President, General Manager, Mobile, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “Qualcomm Technologies continues to help improve consumers’ experiences with location-based services by adding dual-frequency GNSS support to the Snapdragon 855 Mobile Platform.”

Galileo use

Working closely with the GSA for what concerns the Galileo use in the chipsets, Qualcomm Technologies is active in Location Based Services for smartphones, wearables, computing, IoT and the automotive market segments. In 2016, the company made headlines when it launched the Galileo-enabled Snapdragon smartphone chipset, which was used in the BQ Aquaris X5 – the market’s first Galileo smartphone.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm Technologies also introduced a number of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) capable automotive chipsets for Europe’s eCall system, the emergency response location initiative now mandatory in all new vehicle types sold in Europe. With most of its chipsets capable of receiving and using Galileo signals, Qualcomm is the world’s largest chipset manufacturer of Galileo-enabled receivers.

Qualcomm and Snapdragon are trademarks of Qualcomm Incorporated, registered in the United States and other countries. Qualcomm Snapdragon is a product of Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. and/or its subsidiaries.

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Snapdragon 855 is the is the world’s first commercial mobile platform supporting multi-gigabit 5G and dual-frequency GNSS

Farming by Satellite: Teagasc takes first prize

18.12.2018 11:32  
The Teagasc team Richa Marwaha, Azucena Jiménez- Castañeda and Gabriela Afrasinei at European Space Week
Published: 
18 December 2018

A team from Teagasc, the Irish Agriculture and Food Development Authority, took the first prize in this year’s Farming by Satellite competition with FODDERApp, a mobile app for grass and grazing management.

Second prize went to the pan-European team TREASURE for their project "GALILEO for automated transplanting of crop seedlings"; and the project "Copernicus Satellites Data Fusion for Management Zones Definition" from the University of Padua’s Space Junk team took third prize.

The winning teams overcame stiff competition from 42 other young people across 17 European countries. The competition judges selected six teams to take forward to the final ‘live’ judging round, held on Wednesday 5 December as part of European Space Week in Marseille.

The finalists came from France, Germany, Italy, Spain, UK and, for the first time in the competition, Ireland and Finland.

“This was an amazing experience we really enjoyed brainstorming and developing the idea back in Ireland. And meeting all the other finalists and judges here in Marseille was fantastic! We hope to keep these connections in years to come,” Teagasc team member Gabriela Afrasinei said.

Read this: Agriculture and Space: The journey from field to fork

Interesting times ahead

The Farming by Satellite Prize, which promotes the use of satellite technologies in agriculture, is an initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Environment Agency (EEA) and is sponsored by agricultural equipment manufacturer CLAAS.

“The outcome of this year´s Farming by Satellite Prize once again showed there is no better way for innovation than investing in and rewarding the next generation of farmers. The amount and quality of the entries we received indicate that we have interesting times ahead in the area of smart farming,” said GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi, who was part of the judging panel.

Innovative thinking

Commenting on the environmental focus of the entries, Hans Dufourmont from the EEA said: “At a time when we are facing critical environmental and climate challenges, it is of increasing importance that we continue to encourage this type of strong innovative thinking from the next generation.”

And this: Agriculture a key beneficiary of EU Space Programmes

Marcel Foelsch, Head of Precision Farming Services at CLAAS E-Systems noted that the past summer, with its unusually high temperatures and low rainfall, had highlighted the need to even further optimise the ecological benefits in the field of agriculture. “The participants of this competition are aware of this and submitted great ideas that tackle the challenges of today. I was impressed by the quality and level of innovation of the concepts that made it difficult to nominate the best one,” he said.

If you missed out on this year’s competition, but think you might have an idea that you could develop for next year, you can find all you need to know about entering the competition here.

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The Teagasc team Richa Marwaha, Azucena Jiménez- Castañeda and Gabriela Afrasinei at European Space Week

Two years after the launch of Galileo Initial Services, Accuracy Matters more than ever!

17.12.2018 14:57  
The Accuracy Matters campaign aims to  increase public awareness of the real benefits of using Galileo
Published: 
17 December 2018

December 16 marks two years since the launch of Galileo Initial Services. Timed to coincide with this milestone, the ‘Accuracy Matters’ campaign, officially launched on 15 December 2018, aims to increase public awareness of Galileo’s successes over the past two years and highlight the added value that Galileo brings to the mass market.

Did you know that Galileo is already improving the GPS signal that your smartphone receives, giving you extra accuracy and precision? Most Europeans are unaware that they are already benefitting from Galileo, but this is about to change! The Accuracy Matters campaign was introduced to the public at European Space Week in Marseille in the first week of December and the campaign officially kicked off this weekend. 

The campaign focuses on the fact that a little goes a long way and that today “Accuracy Matters” more than ever before for the latest location-based applications and services. The new awareness-building campaign will include a series of short video clips that give an entertaining glimpse of everyday situations where ‘Accuracy Matters’ to anyone using location data on their smartphones.

The videos can be viewed on a dedicated YouTube channel. The clips will be released in all EU languages and promoted on the Internet and through social media.

Milestone after milestone

A number of milestones with major significance for the Galileo programme have been reached since the launch of Initial Services in December 2016. In September 2017, semiconductor developer Broadcom announced the launch of the world’s first mass-market, dual frequency GNSS receiver for smartphones - the BCM47755. This was followed, in June 2018, by the launch of the first dual frequency smartphone – the Xiaomi Mi 8.

Now, according to the latest figures, over 500 million devices - most of them the latest smartphone models - are already Galileo-enabled. This new campaign aims to make users of these devices aware of the benefits that they can enjoy thanks Europe’s investment in the Galileo programme. 

Accuracy is particularly important when it comes to emergency response, and Galileo’s increased accuracy is a key enabler in this area too. As of 31 March 2018, all new car and light van models sold in the EU have to be fitted with Galileo-enabled eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services in the event of an accident, sending their position. A mere six months later, in September 2018, the first eCall-enabled car, the Volvo V60, was presented to the market.

These and the many other ways that Galileo’s added accuracy is benefitting end users will be highlighted throughout the campaign. 

Do you have Galileo in your pocket?

How about you? Do you know whether your phone or device is Galileo-enabled and whether you are already benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To find out, check the devices that are already Galileo-enabled here: UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The Accuracy Matters campaign aims to increase public awareness of the real benefits of using Galileo

Two years after the launch of Galileo Initial Services, Accuracy Matters more than ever!

17.12.2018 14:57  
The Accuracy Matters campaign aims to  increase public awareness of the real benefits of using Galileo
Published: 
17 December 2018

December 16 marks two years since the launch of Galileo Initial Services. Timed to coincide with this milestone, the ‘Accuracy Matters’ campaign, officially launched on 15 December 2018, aims to increase public awareness of Galileo’s successes over the past two years and highlight the added value that Galileo brings to the mass market.

Did you know that Galileo is already improving the GPS signal that your smartphone receives, giving you extra accuracy and precision? Most Europeans are unaware that they are already benefitting from Galileo, but this is about to change! The Accuracy Matters campaign was introduced to the public at European Space Week in Marseille in the first week of December and the campaign officially kicked off this weekend. 

The campaign focuses on the fact that a little goes a long way and that today “Accuracy Matters” more than ever before for the latest location-based applications and services. The new awareness-building campaign will include a series of short video clips that give an entertaining glimpse of everyday situations where ‘Accuracy Matters’ to anyone using location data on their smartphones.

The videos can be viewed on a dedicated campaign page on the GSA website. The clips will be released in all EU languages and promoted on the Internet and through social media.

Milestone after milestone

A number of milestones with major significance for the Galileo programme have been reached since the launch of Initial Services in December 2016. In September 2017, semiconductor developer Broadcom announced the launch of the world’s first mass-market, dual frequency GNSS receiver for smartphones - the BCM47755. This was followed, in June 2018, by the launch of the first dual frequency smartphone – the Xiaomi Mi 8.

Now, according to the latest figures, over 500 million devices - most of them the latest smartphone models - are already Galileo-enabled. This new campaign aims to make users of these devices aware of the benefits that they can enjoy thanks Europe’s investment in the Galileo programme. 

Accuracy is particularly important when it comes to emergency response, and Galileo’s increased accuracy is a key enabler in this area too. As of 31 March 2018, all new car and light van models sold in the EU have to be fitted with Galileo-enabled eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services in the event of an accident, sending their position. A mere six months later, in September 2018, the first eCall-enabled car, the Volvo V60, was presented to the market.

These and the many other ways that Galileo’s added accuracy is benefitting end users will be highlighted throughout the campaign. 

Do you have Galileo in your pocket?

How about you? Do you know whether your phone or device is Galileo-enabled and whether you are already benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To find out, check the devices that are already Galileo-enabled here: UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The Accuracy Matters campaign aims to increase public awareness of the real benefits of using Galileo

Two years after the launch of Galileo Initial Services, Accuracy Matters more than ever!

17.12.2018 14:57  
The Accuracy Matters campaign aims to  increase public awareness of the real benefits of using Galileo
Published: 
17 December 2018

December 16 marks two years since the launch of Galileo Initial Services. Timed to coincide with this milestone, the ‘Accuracy Matters’ campaign, officially launched on 15 December 2018, aims to increase public awareness of Galileo’s successes over the past two years and highlight the added value that Galileo brings to the mass market.

Did you know that Galileo is already improving the GPS signal that your smartphone receives, giving you extra accuracy and precision? Most Europeans are unaware that they are already benefitting from Galileo, but this is about to change! The Accuracy Matters campaign was introduced to the public at European Space Week in Marseille in the first week of December and the campaign officially kicked off this weekend. 

The campaign focuses on the fact that a little goes a long way and that today “Accuracy Matters” more than ever before for the latest location-based applications and services. The new awareness-building campaign will include a series of short video clips that give an entertaining glimpse of everyday situations where ‘Accuracy Matters’ to anyone using location data on their smartphones.

The videos can be viewed on a dedicated YouTube channel. The clips will be released in all EU languages and promoted on the Internet and through social media.

Milestone after milestone

A number of milestones with major significance for the Galileo programme have been reached since the launch of Initial Services in December 2016. In September 2017, semiconductor developer Broadcom announced the launch of the world’s first mass-market, dual frequency GNSS receiver for smartphones - the BCM47755. This was followed, in June 2018, by the launch of the first dual frequency smartphone – the Xiaomi Mi 8.

Now, according to the latest figures, over 500 million devices - most of them the latest smartphone models - are already Galileo-enabled. This new campaign aims to make users of these devices aware of the benefits that they can enjoy thanks Europe’s investment in the Galileo programme. 

Accuracy is particularly important when it comes to emergency response, and Galileo’s increased accuracy is a key enabler in this area too. As of 31 March 2018, all new car and light van models sold in the EU have to be fitted with Galileo-enabled eCall devices that automatically alert rescue services in the event of an accident, sending their position. A mere six months later, in September 2018, the first eCall-enabled car, the Volvo V60, was presented to the market.

These and the many other ways that Galileo’s added accuracy is benefitting end users will be highlighted throughout the campaign. 

Do you have Galileo in your pocket?

How about you? Do you know whether your phone or device is Galileo-enabled and whether you are already benefitting from Galileo’s added accuracy? To find out, check the devices that are already Galileo-enabled here: UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The Accuracy Matters campaign aims to increase public awareness of the real benefits of using Galileo

Save the date: Space for Innovation in Rail

14.12.2018 9:56  
The event will be an opportunity to discuss innovative GNSS applications for the rail sector.
Published: 
14 December 2018

The ‘Space for Innovation in Rail’ forum, to be held in Vienna, Austria on 18-19 March 2019, will be an opportunity to discuss innovation and digitalisation in the rail sector, with a special focus on GNSS applications for rail. The event, under the auspices of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, is being jointly organised by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Shift2rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU), and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA).

In recent years, the railway segment, which includes the rail industry, infrastructure managers and railway businesses, as well as the R&D ecosystem, has developed a portfolio of innovative solutions to increase the cost effectiveness and safety of rail transport, while at the same time improving passenger experience.

Both the GSA and Shift2Rail, a European initiative that seeks focused, market-driven research and innovation solutions for rail, are playing a key role in leading this innovative push in the rail sector and engaging with all stakeholders involved. ERA, meanwhile, is orchestrating the process from a more strategic and regulatory point of view within the framework of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Read this: GSA Rail report tracks user PNT requirements

The jointly organised event, hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology in Vienna, will bring together about 150 people representing Europe’s rail stakeholders, including the rail users’ community, the rail industry and service providers, specialised media, and policy-makers in the areas of mobility, multimodality and innovation.

GNSS on track

Following a welcome address from Norbert Hofer, Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, discussions will touch on the key role of GNSS in innovation in rail positioning. It will also give an overview of the current state of affairs and highlight the lessons learned from GNSS adoption in various other transport segments – particularly the aviation sector.

Watch this: EGNOS and Galileo for Rail

Furthermore, the event will focus on the progress achieved so far on the implementation of the GNSS Roadmap for Rail as well as on the way forward towards the availability of a GNSS-enabled and certifiable train positioning system for the ERTMS, including the business challenges ahead. A further topic will be innovative solutions for rail-safety and signalling as well as the regulatory perspective towards GNSS adoption for rail.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna and discussing with you GNSS and the future of rail in Europe. Please register here. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The event will be an opportunity to discuss innovative GNSS applications for the rail sector.

Save the date: Space for Innovation in Rail

14.12.2018 9:56  
The event will be an opportunity to discuss innovative GNSS applications for the rail sector.
Published: 
14 December 2018

The ‘Space for Innovation in Rail’ forum, to be held in Vienna, Austria on 18-19 March 2019, will be an opportunity to discuss innovation and digitalisation in the rail sector, with a special focus on GNSS applications for rail. The event, under the auspices of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, is being jointly organised by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Shift2rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU), and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA).

In recent years, the railway segment, which includes the rail industry, infrastructure managers and railway businesses, as well as the R&D ecosystem, has developed a portfolio of innovative solutions to increase the cost effectiveness and safety of rail transport, while at the same time improving passenger experience.

Both the GSA and Shift2Rail, a European initiative that seeks focused, market-driven research and innovation solutions for rail, are playing a key role in leading this innovative push in the rail sector and engaging with all stakeholders involved. ERA, meanwhile, is orchestrating the process from a more strategic and regulatory point of view within the framework of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Read this: GSA Rail report tracks user PNT requirements

The jointly organised event, hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology in Vienna, will bring together about 150 people representing Europe’s rail stakeholders, including the rail users’ community, the rail industry and service providers, specialised media, and policy-makers in the areas of mobility, multimodality and innovation.

GNSS on track

Following a welcome address from Norbert Hofer, Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, discussions will touch on the key role of GNSS in innovation in rail positioning. It will also give an overview of the current state of affairs and highlight the lessons learned from GNSS adoption in various other transport segments – particularly the aviation sector.

Watch this: EGNOS and Galileo for Rail

Furthermore, the event will focus on the progress achieved so far on the implementation of the GNSS Roadmap for Rail as well as on the way forward towards the availability of a GNSS-enabled and certifiable train positioning system for the ERTMS, including the business challenges ahead. A further topic will be innovative solutions for rail-safety and signalling as well as the regulatory perspective towards GNSS adoption for rail.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna and discussing with you GNSS and the future of rail in Europe. Please register here. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The event will be an opportunity to discuss innovative GNSS applications for the rail sector.

Save the date: Space for Innovation in Rail

14.12.2018 9:56  
The event will be an opportunity to discuss innovative GNSS applications for the rail sector.
Published: 
14 December 2018

The ‘Space for Innovation in Rail’ forum, to be held in Vienna, Austria on 18-19 March 2019, will be an opportunity to discuss innovation and digitalisation in the rail sector, with a special focus on GNSS applications for rail. The event, under the auspices of the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology, is being jointly organised by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Shift2rail Joint Undertaking (S2R JU), and the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA).

In recent years, the railway segment, which includes the rail industry, infrastructure managers and railway businesses, as well as the R&D ecosystem, has developed a portfolio of innovative solutions to increase the cost effectiveness and safety of rail transport, while at the same time improving passenger experience.

Both the GSA and Shift2Rail, a European initiative that seeks focused, market-driven research and innovation solutions for rail, are playing a key role in leading this innovative push in the rail sector and engaging with all stakeholders involved. ERA, meanwhile, is orchestrating the process from a more strategic and regulatory point of view within the framework of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Read this: GSA Rail report tracks user PNT requirements

The jointly organised event, hosted by the Austrian Ministry of Transport, Innovation and Technology in Vienna, will bring together about 150 people representing Europe’s rail stakeholders, including the rail users’ community, the rail industry and service providers, specialised media, and policy-makers in the areas of mobility, multimodality and innovation.

GNSS on track

Following a welcome address from Norbert Hofer, Austrian Federal Minister for Transport, Innovation and Technology, discussions will touch on the key role of GNSS in innovation in rail positioning. It will also give an overview of the current state of affairs and highlight the lessons learned from GNSS adoption in various other transport segments – particularly the aviation sector.

Watch this: EGNOS and Galileo for Rail

Furthermore, the event will focus on the progress achieved so far on the implementation of the GNSS Roadmap for Rail as well as on the way forward towards the availability of a GNSS-enabled and certifiable train positioning system for the ERTMS, including the business challenges ahead. A further topic will be innovative solutions for rail-safety and signalling as well as the regulatory perspective towards GNSS adoption for rail.

We are looking forward to welcoming you in Vienna and discussing with you GNSS and the future of rail in Europe. Please register here. For more information contact: com@gsa.europa.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The event will be an opportunity to discuss innovative GNSS applications for the rail sector.

Europe flying high at 2018 EU Space Week

13.12.2018 12:47  
Elzbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, addresses the European Space Week opening plenary.
Published: 
13 December 2018

Europe's flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus, serve as powerful tools for tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges, creating real opportunities for money making and job creation. This year's EU Space Week, which took place in the beautiful port city of Marseille, provided ample opportunities for reflection and exchange of ideas as the European space sector continues to move forward.

The 2018 EU Space Week opening plenary brought together an impressive array of key figures from the public sector and industry to deliver valuable insights into where the European space sector stands and where it is going.

The message from the European Commission was clear and simple: “Space is essential for our economy," said Elzbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. "We are not investing in space for the sake of space, but because of the benefits it brings to our citizens and society.”

Watch this: EU Space Week in Marseille, 3 - 6 December 2018

The Commissioner's comments came with EU Parliament and Member States in the midst of negotiations concerning the next EU space budget. The current proposal sees about EUR 16 billion being invested during the period 2021-2027 to further strengthen Europe's leadership position in space. The new space programme, with a budget 50% higher than that of the previous seven year period, will solidify the EU's role as a world space player, successfully competing with both state and private-sector actors.

“Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are world-class European success stories,” Bieńkowska said. “We have fought hard to keep them funded and we can see the results.”

Tangible outcomes

The European space sector employs over 231,000 professionals, with an estimated value of EUR 53-62 billion in 2017. Europe manufactures an astonishing one third of all the world's satellites. Galileo programme successes enumerated by Bieńkowska include recent satellite launches, bringing the system nearer and nearer to full operational capacity. And, she said, Galileo Initial Services, launched in December 2016, have surpassed all expectations in terms of performance. The coming months and years will see new Galileo services coming on line, including the secure Public Regulated Service (PRS), the Search and Rescue service (SAR) and a free high-accuracy service, among others.

Galileo is certainly leading the way in the area of dual-frequency signal delivery, now with more dual-frequency operational satellites in orbit than any other GNSS system. And market uptake of Galileo receivers has been impressive, with 500 million Galileo-enabled smartphones now on the market, thanks largely to the efforts of the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Marseille native and President of the French Space Agency (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall called Galileo a “fine testimony” to European teamwork.

For European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the success of Galileo has had a lot to do with forward thinking and constant contact with user communities. "We did a lot of preparatory work to ensure market uptake," he said. "We had to get to know the people we were talking to, such as the chip set and receiver manufacturers. And we had financial tools in place to help facilitate their decision making." There is still work to be done, Bieńkowska said, arguing, for example, for a change of mind-set needed to keep young European space entrepreneurs in Europe, through greater private investment and venture capitalism.

Cooperation and competition were the key words for European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jan Wörner. He said competition is good, but he added: “To remain strong and autonomous, Europe also needs to focus on cooperation. We need to continue to come together, to join forces.” Wörner also reminded gathered participants of the important role of space in stimulating and inspiring young people.

Inspiring words

Another source of inspiration for the gathered delegates was Simonetta Di Pippo, the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). She spoke of unlocking the full potential of the global talent pool under the UN's boldest sustainable development agenda ever. "We are seeing an expanding portfolio of opportunities and invaluable partnerships are being created," she said, "bringing more and more countries into the space community."

Read this: European GNSS and Earth Observation: A promising convergence for sustainable development

Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General for DG GROW, European Commission, referenced the recent decision by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approving the use of Galileo In the United States. "This is a clear sign of the increasing global acceptance of European space leadership."

Aiming his comments directly at the gathered European space community, Delsaux said: "These systems, Galileo and Copernicus, are infrastructure tools for innovation and growth on Earth. We, the European institutions, are not in charge of innovation. Our role is to deliver the tools, to set the legal environment, to remove barriers. But innovation is done by you, the people on the ground. I am truly proud of the work you are doing."

Responding to Bieńkowska comments on the lack of enthusiasm shown by European venture capital, Delsaux said: "We have capacity, we have venture capital, but in Europe the money is sleeping in bank accounts. We must change our mentality. The US dares to do innovation. We should do more.”

Business perspectives

In addition to the policy-related presentations, the opening plenary also featured round-table discussions with representatives of businesses that are turning space-based data from Galileo and Copernicus into valuable services on the ground.

Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of HERE Deutschland, talked about how his company is putting space data to work: “Every industry needs location data to maximize value. Intelligent use of high-quality location data gives us the real-time information and insights that not only unlock the power of burgeoning technologies, such as autonomous vehicle navigation, but enable greater accuracy and efficiency across sectors."

From pinpointing and tracking assets, Bültmann said, to managing fleets, improving traffic flow and creating better urban infrastructure, satellite technologies are now playing an increasingly important role in improving the quality of all manner of data and thereby enhancing a wide range of business opportunities.

In today's increasingly unpredictable geopolitical context, space activities are a strategic game changer. Space is a question of science, exploration and international cooperation and, through critical programmes such as Galileo and Copernicus, space plays a very practical role in terms of boosting innovation, economic growth and security.

With over a thousand participants the 2018 edition of EU Space Week provided an ideal forum for leaders, as well as key user communities, to network, talk about projects and perspectives, and to recognise the best of Europe's GNSS researchers and entrepreneurs.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Elzbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, addresses the European Space Week opening plenary.

Europe flying high at 2018 EU Space Week

13.12.2018 12:47  
Elzbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, addresses the European Space Week opening plenary.
Published: 
13 December 2018

Europe's flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus, serve as powerful tools for tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges, creating real opportunities for money making and job creation. This year's EU Space Week, which took place in the beautiful port city of Marseille, provided ample opportunities for reflection and exchange of ideas as the European space sector continues to move forward.

The 2018 EU Space Week opening plenary brought together an impressive array of key figures from the public sector and industry to deliver valuable insights into where the European space sector stands and where it is going.

The message from the European Commission was clear and simple: “Space is essential for our economy," said Elzbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. "We are not investing in space for the sake of space, but because of the benefits it brings to our citizens and society.”

The Commissioner's comments came with EU Parliament and Member States in the midst of negotiations concerning the next EU space budget. The current proposal sees about EUR 16 billion being invested during the period 2021-2027 to further strengthen Europe's leadership position in space. The new space programme, with a budget 50% higher than that of the previous seven year period, will solidify the EU's role as a world space player, successfully competing with both state and private-sector actors.

“Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are world-class European success stories,” Bieńkowska said. “We have fought hard to keep them funded and we can see the results.”

Tangible outcomes

The European space sector employs over 231,000 professionals, with an estimated value of EUR 53-62 billion in 2017. Europe manufactures an astonishing one third of all the world's satellites. Galileo programme successes enumerated by Bieńkowska include recent satellite launches, bringing the system nearer and nearer to full operational capacity. And, she said, Galileo Initial Services, launched in December 2016, have surpassed all expectations in terms of performance. The coming months and years will see new Galileo services coming on line, including the secure Public Regulated Service (PRS), the Search and Rescue service (SAR) and a free high-accuracy service, among others.

Galileo is certainly leading the way in the area of dual-frequency signal delivery, now with more dual-frequency operational satellites in orbit than any other GNSS system. And market uptake of Galileo receivers has been impressive, with 500 million Galileo-enabled smartphones now on the market, thanks largely to the efforts of the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Marseille native and President of the French Space Agency (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall called Galileo a “fine testimony” to European teamwork.

For European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the success of Galileo has had a lot to do with forward thinking and constant contact with user communities. "We did a lot of preparatory work to ensure market uptake," he said. "We had to get to know the people we were talking to, such as the chip set and receiver manufacturers. And we had financial tools in place to help facilitate their decision making." There is still work to be done, Bieńkowska said, arguing, for example, for a change of mind-set needed to keep young European space entrepreneurs in Europe, through greater private investment and venture capitalism.

Cooperation and competition were the key words for European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jan Wörner. He said competition is good, but he added: “To remain strong and autonomous, Europe also needs to focus on cooperation. We need to continue to come together, to join forces.” Wörner also reminded gathered participants of the important role of space in stimulating and inspiring young people.

Inspiring words

Another source of inspiration for the gathered delegates was Simonetta Di Pippo, the Director of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). She spoke of unlocking the full potential of the global talent pool under the UN's boldest sustainable development agenda ever. "We are seeing an expanding portfolio of opportunities and invaluable partnerships are being created," she said, "bringing more and more countries into the space community."

Read this: European GNSS and Earth Observation: A promising convergence for sustainable development

Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General for DG GROW, European Commission, referenced the recent decision by the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) approving the use of Galileo In the United States. "This is a clear sign of the increasing global acceptance of European space leadership."

Aiming his comments directly at the gathered European space community, Delsaux said: "These systems, Galileo and Copernicus, are infrastructure tools for innovation and growth on Earth. We, the European institutions, are not in charge of innovation. Our role is to deliver the tools, to set the legal environment, to remove barriers. But innovation is done by you, the people on the ground. I am truly proud of the work you are doing."

Responding to Bieńkowska comments on the lack of enthusiasm shown by European venture capital, Delsaux said: "We have capacity, we have venture capital, but in Europe the money is sleeping in bank accounts. We must change our mentality. The US dares to do innovation. We should do more.”

Business perspectives

In addition to the policy-related presentations, the opening plenary also featured round-table discussions with representatives of businesses that are turning space-based data from Galileo and Copernicus into valuable services on the ground.

Michael Bültmann, Managing Director of HERE Deutschland, talked about how his company is putting space data to work: “Every industry needs location data to maximize value. Intelligent use of high-quality location data gives us the real-time information and insights that not only unlock the power of burgeoning technologies, such as autonomous vehicle navigation, but enable greater accuracy and efficiency across sectors."

From pinpointing and tracking assets, Bültmann said, to managing fleets, improving traffic flow and creating better urban infrastructure, satellite technologies are now playing an increasingly important role in improving the quality of all manner of data and thereby enhancing a wide range of business opportunities.

In today's increasingly unpredictable geopolitical context, space activities are a strategic game changer. Space is a question of science, exploration and international cooperation and, through critical programmes such as Galileo and Copernicus, space plays a very practical role in terms of boosting innovation, economic growth and security.

With over a thousand participants the 2018 edition of EU Space Week provided an ideal forum for leaders, as well as key user communities, to network, talk about projects and perspectives, and to recognise the best of Europe's GNSS researchers and entrepreneurs.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Elzbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, addresses the European Space Week opening plenary.

GSA confirms performance of EGNOS corrections in maritime domain

10.12.2018 13:58  
The results of the first two months of a pilot project test campaign are encouraging, with EGNOS corrections transmitted through IALA beacons and AIS base stations showing good performance results (Photo by kinsey on Unsplash).
Published: 
10 December 2018

In good news for the maritime and inland waterways domain, initial results show that EGNOS corrections perform well when retransmitted over IALA beacons and AIS base stations.

As a member of the International Association of Maritime Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), the GSA has been working to foster safer and more efficient maritime travel through the use of such improved and harmonised navigation aids as satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS), including EGNOS. In fact, this potential use of SBAS corrections for navigation, in both coastal waters and inland waterways (IWW), has attracted the attention of many European authorities interested in its potential to complement their Differential GNSS (DGNSS) radio beacon networks.

Watch this: EGNOS for Waterborne Transport

To better understand this potential, the GSA, along with consortium partners ALG, Indra, ESSP and Alberding GmbH, launched a pilot project on the transmission of SBAS corrections via IALA beacons and automatic identification systems (AIS) for the maritime and IWW domain.

The project aims to demonstrate the operational performance of the transmission of EGNOS corrections converted to DGNSS corrections over the existing transmission infrastructure (AIS base stations/IALA beacons) used by the maritime and IWW domain, while also providing a detailed cost/benefit analysis of the proposed solutions.

A two-step approach

To accomplish this, the project is utilising a two-step approach. In the first phase, which concluded in April 2018, the consortium established an advisory board and working groups, along with a preliminary assessment of the technical, operational and economic feasibility analysis of the different service provision schemes.

In the currently ongoing second phase, the focus is on the deployment of the preferred service provision schemes. To start, the consortium selected the most suitable architectures for transmitting the EGNOS-based virtual reference stations (VRS) differential corrections, which can be either centralised or de-centralised. The four pilots uses a fair combination of both IALA beacons and AIS stations, as well as maritime and IWW domains, with data being collected from both static and dynamic receivers. Furthermore, DGNSS corrections that are currently being generated and broadcasted to users have been deactivated and replaced with the EGNOS-based solution (with the current infrastructure remaining as a backup).

Satisfactory performance

With the results from the first batch of pilot projects in, researchers can confirm that EGNOS-based corrections have achieved performance levels above or closely below the requirements set by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO). According to project researchers, this is mainly due to the:

  • High availability of the EGNOS Signal in Space (SiS) (100% in the period of analysis when using combined SiS) and of the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS) (only minor outages detected); and
  • High quality of the corrections generated.

Ongoing work

A fine tuning of the system is being implemented for those cases where requirements are not fully met.

In close cooperation with the participating authorities, the consortium has also developed a complete cost-benefit model for quantifying potential savings brought by the introduction of EGNOS and to assess the optimal deployment strategy for maximising the benefits of this transition. On top of this, some possible operational benefits are also being analysed. Finally, the consortium is working on an EGNOS Service Provision operational/liability scheme.

The second quarterly report can be downloaded here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

The results of the first two months of a pilot project test campaign are encouraging, with EGNOS corrections transmitted through IALA beacons and AIS base stations showing good performance results (Photo by kinsey on Unsplash).

Smart Gate takes first place in GSA Special Prize at ESNC

7.12.2018 15:09  
Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.
Published: 
07 December 2018

Smart Gate, a system designed to measure time precisely during sporting activities, has been awarded first place in the GSA Special Prize at this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition. The awards were handed out at the Galileo and Copernicus Masters gala award ceremony – the ‘Space Oscars’, held on 4 December as part of 2018 European Space Week in Marseille.

The Smart Gate team, a group of sport and tech enthusiasts, combined their two passions to develop a cost-effective solution that enables skiers and snowboarders to improve their performance. Using GNSS precise timing combined with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, Smart Gate provides precise times on ski/snowboard runs, which sportspeople can use to hone their skills and techniques.

"So far, the Smart Gate solution has been built using the private funds of its founders. We have dedicated a lot of our knowledge, involvement and passion to it,” project developer Marcin Wilik said.

Wilik said that winning the GSA Special Prize would be extremely important for the project. “First of all, we will have funds to improve our prototype and secondly it will give us the attention of the media and investors. This is what we need right now. It is no exaggeration to say that winning the GSA prize will be an important turning point for the Smart Gate project," he said.

Ridesharing

Second place in this year’s GSA prize went to Troodle – a ridesharing solution that, unlike previous systems, offers socially and ecologically motivated drivers a digital platform based on environmental awareness and social responsibility rather than earning opportunities or cost sharing.

Utilising geodata-based real-time communication, the Troodle app calculates optimal stopping points, ideal routes and average travel times as a basis for immediate and effective ridesharing. As a result, it can offer spontaneous, safe, environmentally friendly and low-cost mobility without advance agreement, for short and long distances in both cities and rural areas.

"We are very pleased about the ESNC GSA Prize. Together with the ESA-BIC funding, the financial support will enable us to develop our prototype of the Troodle app, which will be tested in two German cities at the beginning of 2019," Troodle founder Bernd Sailer said.

Autonomous machines

Finally, the third place this year goes to HIVE, a cloud-based solution for highly accurate GNSS positioning and navigation that helps position, navigate, and track drones, robots, and other autonomous GNSS-equipped machines with up to centimetre-level precision.

To improve their positioning accuracy, autonomous vehicles need to be connected to a ground-based, continuously operating reference station (CORS) that uses GNSS.  HIVE’s software combines unlimited numbers of fragmented GNSS CORS facilities in a single solution and provides easy access to all of them. In this way, it acts as an instrument for creating a united European GNSS CORS infrastructure, supporting the next-generation of autonomous machines.

“Winning a GSA nomination is a significant milestone for us, as the project we have worked hard on for years is receiving international recognition. And this is just the beginning,” project founder Simon Litvinov said.

10 years of partnership

This year is the 10th consecutive year that the GSA has been a main partner in the European Satellite Navigation Competition and awarded a Special Prize. This year for the first time the GSA awarded cash prizes of EUR 7,000, EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 to the top three proposals. This year’s contenders for the GSA prize addressed the topic 'When and where? – Exact timing and positioning matters'.

Watch this: Galileo Masters-GSA – 10 Years of Partnership

“I would like to congratulate this year’s worthy winners of the GSA Galileo Special Prize and all the Galileo Masters prize winners,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said. “During our 10 years of partnership with the competition, the GSA has awarded a Special Prize to contenders who presented the most pioneering ideas for the commercial use of Galileo and EGNOS. This year has been no different, and market uptake potential was an important criterion when evaluating the winning projects,” he said.

As part of its Special Topic Prizes over the past ten years, the GSA has received more than 80 innovative proposals per year, covering new applications across the broad scope of sectors that benefit from Galileo and EGNOS in a wide variety of areas. Over the years, the GSA Special Prize winners have helped establish the ESNC as a major driver of new, useful and economically viable GNSS applications.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.

Smart Gate takes first place in GSA Special Prize at ESNC

7.12.2018 15:09  
Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.
Published: 
07 December 2018

Smart Gate, a system designed to measure time precisely during sporting activities, has been awarded first place in the GSA Special Prize at this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition. The awards were handed out at the Galileo and Copernicus Masters gala award ceremony – the ‘Space Oscars’, held on 4 December as part of 2018 European Space Week in Marseille.

The Smart Gate team, a group of sport and tech enthusiasts, combined their two passions to develop a cost-effective solution that enables skiers and snowboarders to improve their performance. Using GNSS precise timing combined with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, Smart Gate provides precise times on ski/snowboard runs, which sportspeople can use to hone their skills and techniques.

"So far, the Smart Gate solution has been built using the private funds of its founders. We have dedicated a lot of our knowledge, involvement and passion to it,” project developer Marcin Wilik said.

Wilik said that winning the GSA Special Prize would be extremely important for the project. “First of all, we will have funds to improve our prototype and secondly it will give us the attention of the media and investors. This is what we need right now. It is no exaggeration to say that winning the GSA prize will be an important turning point for the Smart Gate project," he said.

Ridesharing

Second place in this year’s GSA prize went to Troodle – a ridesharing solution that, unlike previous systems, offers socially and ecologically motivated drivers a digital platform based on environmental awareness and social responsibility rather than earning opportunities or cost sharing.

Utilising geodata-based real-time communication, the Troodle app calculates optimal stopping points, ideal routes and average travel times as a basis for immediate and effective ridesharing. As a result, it can offer spontaneous, safe, environmentally friendly and low-cost mobility without advance agreement, for short and long distances in both cities and rural areas.

"We are very pleased about the ESNC GSA Prize. Together with the ESA-BIC funding, the financial support will enable us to develop our prototype of the Troodle app, which will be tested in two German cities at the beginning of 2019," Troodle founder Bernd Sailer said.

Autonomous machines

Finally, the third place this year goes to HIVE, a cloud-based solution for highly accurate GNSS positioning and navigation that helps position, navigate, and track drones, robots, and other autonomous GNSS-equipped machines with up to centimetre-level precision.

To improve their positioning accuracy, autonomous vehicles need to be connected to a ground-based, continuously operating reference station (CORS) that uses GNSS.  HIVE’s software combines unlimited numbers of fragmented GNSS CORS facilities in a single solution and provides easy access to all of them. In this way, it acts as an instrument for creating a united European GNSS CORS infrastructure, supporting the next-generation of autonomous machines.

“Winning a GSA nomination is a significant milestone for us, as the project we have worked hard on for years is receiving international recognition. And this is just the beginning,” project founder Simon Litvinov said.

10 years of partnership

This year is the 10th consecutive year that the GSA has been a main partner in the European Satellite Navigation Competition and awarded a Special Prize. This year for the first time the GSA awarded cash prizes of EUR 7,000, EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 to the top three proposals. This year’s contenders for the GSA prize addressed the topic 'When and where? – Exact timing and positioning matters'.

Watch this: Galileo Masters-GSA – 10 Years of Partnership

“I would like to congratulate this year’s worthy winners of the GSA Galileo Special Prize and all the Galileo Masters prize winners,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said. “During our 10 years of partnership with the competition, the GSA has awarded a Special Prize to contenders who presented the most pioneering ideas for the commercial use of Galileo and EGNOS. This year has been no different, and market uptake potential was an important criterion when evaluating the winning projects,” he said.

As part of its Special Topic Prizes over the past ten years, the GSA has received more than 80 innovative proposals per year, covering new applications across the broad scope of sectors that benefit from Galileo and EGNOS in a wide variety of areas. Over the years, the GSA Special Prize winners have helped establish the ESNC as a major driver of new, useful and economically viable GNSS applications.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.

Smart Gate takes first place in GSA Special Prize at ESNC

7.12.2018 15:09  
Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.
Published: 
07 December 2018

Smart Gate, a system designed to measure time precisely during sporting activities, has been awarded first place in the GSA Special Prize at this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition. The awards were handed out at the Galileo and Copernicus Masters gala award ceremony – the ‘Space Oscars’, held on 4 December as part of 2018 European Space Week in Marseille.

The Smart Gate team, a group of sport and tech enthusiasts, combined their two passions to develop a cost-effective solution that enables skiers and snowboarders to improve their performance. Using GNSS precise timing combined with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, Smart Gate provides precise times on ski/snowboard runs, which sportspeople can use to hone their skills and techniques.

"So far, the Smart Gate solution has been built using the private funds of its founders. We have dedicated a lot of our knowledge, involvement and passion to it,” project developer Marcin Wilk said.

Wilk said that winning the GSA Special Prize would be extremely important for the project. “First of all, we will have funds to improve our prototype and secondly it will give us the attention of the media and investors. This is what we need right now. It is no exaggeration to say that winning the GSA prize will be an important turning point for the Smart Gate project," he said.

Ridesharing

Second place in this year’s GSA prize went to Troodle – a ridesharing solution that, unlike previous systems, offers socially and ecologically motivated drivers a digital platform based on environmental awareness and social responsibility rather than earning opportunities or cost sharing.

Utilising geodata-based real-time communication, the Troodle app calculates optimal stopping points, ideal routes and average travel times as a basis for immediate and effective ridesharing. As a result, it can offer spontaneous, safe, environmentally friendly and low-cost mobility without advance agreement, for short and long distances in both cities and rural areas.

"We are very pleased about the ESNC GSA Prize. Together with the ESA-BIC funding, the financial support will enable us to develop our prototype of the Troodle app, which will be tested in two German cities at the beginning of 2019," Troodle founder Bernd Sailer said.

Autonomous machines

Finally, the third place this year goes to HIVE, a cloud-based solution for highly accurate GNSS positioning and navigation that helps position, navigate, and track drones, robots, and other autonomous GNSS-equipped machines with up to centimetre-level precision.

To improve their positioning accuracy, autonomous vehicles need to be connected to a ground-based, continuously operating reference station (CORS) that uses GNSS.  HIVE’s software combines unlimited numbers of fragmented GNSS CORS facilities in a single solution and provides easy access to all of them. In this way, it acts as an instrument for creating a united European GNSS CORS infrastructure, supporting the next-generation of autonomous machines.

“Winning a GSA nomination is a significant milestone for us, as the project we have worked hard on for years is receiving international recognition. And this is just the beginning,” project founder Simon Litvinov said.

10 years of partnership

This year is the 10th consecutive year that the GSA has been a main partner in the European Satellite Navigation Competition and awarded a Special Prize. This year for the first time the GSA awarded cash prizes of EUR 7,000, EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 to the top three proposals. This year’s contenders for the GSA prize addressed the topic 'When and where? – Exact timing and positioning matters'.

Watch this: Galileo Masters-GSA – 10 Years of Partnership

“I would like to congratulate this year’s worthy winners of the GSA Galileo Special Prize and all the Galileo Masters prize winners,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said. “During our 10 years of partnership with the competition, the GSA has awarded a Special Prize to contenders who presented the most pioneering ideas for the commercial use of Galileo and EGNOS. This year has been no different, and market uptake potential was an important criterion when evaluating the winning projects,” he said.

As part of its Special Topic Prizes over the past ten years, the GSA has received more than 80 innovative proposals per year, covering new applications across the broad scope of sectors that benefit from Galileo and EGNOS in a wide variety of areas. Over the years, the GSA Special Prize winners have helped establish the ESNC as a major driver of new, useful and economically viable GNSS applications.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.

Smart Gate takes first place in GSA Special Prize at ESNC

7.12.2018 15:09  
Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.
Published: 
07 December 2018

Smart Gate, a system designed to measure time precisely during sporting activities, has been awarded first place in the GSA Special Prize at this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition. The awards were handed out at the Galileo and Copernicus Masters gala award ceremony – the ‘Space Oscars’, held on 4 December as part of 2018 European Space Week in Marseille.

The Smart Gate team, a group of sport and tech enthusiasts, combined their two passions to develop a cost-effective solution that enables skiers and snowboarders to improve their performance. Using GNSS precise timing combined with radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology, Smart Gate provides precise times on ski/snowboard runs, which sportspeople can use to hone their skills and techniques.

"So far, the Smart Gate solution has been built using the private funds of its founders. We have dedicated a lot of our knowledge, involvement and passion to it,” project developer Marcin Wilik said.

Wilik said that winning the GSA Special Prize would be extremely important for the project. “First of all, we will have funds to improve our prototype and secondly it will give us the attention of the media and investors. This is what we need right now. It is no exaggeration to say that winning the GSA prize will be an important turning point for the Smart Gate project," he said.

Ridesharing

Second place in this year’s GSA prize went to Troodle – a ridesharing solution that, unlike previous systems, offers socially and ecologically motivated drivers a digital platform based on environmental awareness and social responsibility rather than earning opportunities or cost sharing.

Utilising geodata-based real-time communication, the Troodle app calculates optimal stopping points, ideal routes and average travel times as a basis for immediate and effective ridesharing. As a result, it can offer spontaneous, safe, environmentally friendly and low-cost mobility without advance agreement, for short and long distances in both cities and rural areas.

"We are very pleased about the ESNC GSA Prize. Together with the ESA-BIC funding, the financial support will enable us to develop our prototype of the Troodle app, which will be tested in two German cities at the beginning of 2019," Troodle founder Bernd Sailer said.

Autonomous machines

Finally, the third place this year goes to HIVE, a cloud-based solution for highly accurate GNSS positioning and navigation that helps position, navigate, and track drones, robots, and other autonomous GNSS-equipped machines with up to centimetre-level precision.

To improve their positioning accuracy, autonomous vehicles need to be connected to a ground-based, continuously operating reference station (CORS) that uses GNSS.  HIVE’s software combines unlimited numbers of fragmented GNSS CORS facilities in a single solution and provides easy access to all of them. In this way, it acts as an instrument for creating a united European GNSS CORS infrastructure, supporting the next-generation of autonomous machines.

“Winning a GSA nomination is a significant milestone for us, as the project we have worked hard on for years is receiving international recognition. And this is just the beginning,” project founder Simon Litvinov said.

10 years of partnership

This year is the 10th consecutive year that the GSA has been a main partner in the European Satellite Navigation Competition and awarded a Special Prize. This year for the first time the GSA awarded cash prizes of EUR 7,000, EUR 5,000 and EUR 3,000 to the top three proposals. This year’s contenders for the GSA prize addressed the topic 'When and where? – Exact timing and positioning matters'.

“I would like to congratulate this year’s worthy winners of the GSA Galileo Special Prize and all the Galileo Masters prize winners,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said. “During our 10 years of partnership with the competition, the GSA has awarded a Special Prize to contenders who presented the most pioneering ideas for the commercial use of Galileo and EGNOS. This year has been no different, and market uptake potential was an important criterion when evaluating the winning projects,” he said.

As part of its Special Topic Prizes over the past ten years, the GSA has received more than 80 innovative proposals per year, covering new applications across the broad scope of sectors that benefit from Galileo and EGNOS in a wide variety of areas. Over the years, the GSA Special Prize winners have helped establish the ESNC as a major driver of new, useful and economically viable GNSS applications.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Smart Gate, Troodle and HIVE take the top three prizes at this year’s GSA Special Prize at the ESNC.

Accuracy Matters. When close isn’t enough, use Galileo!

6.12.2018 15:21  
Galileo is already improving the accuracy of location-based services.
Published: 
06 December 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) kicked off a new campaign to raise awareness of the fact that Galileo is making a real difference in the lives of the over half-a-billion users who have extra Galileo accuracy in their phone…. yet may not know it!

Did you know that Galileo is already improving the GPS signal that your smartphone receives, giving you extra accuracy and precision? Most Europeans are unaware that they are already benefitting from Galileo, but this is about to change! The Accuracy Matters campaign aim to increase public awareness of Galileo’s success and the added value it brings to the mass-market.

 

Lost in Location? Use Galileo!

According to the latest figures, today over 500 million devices - most of them the latest smartphone models - are now Galileo-enabled. The time has come to make people aware that Europe’s investment in Galileo is bringing daily benefits to millions! The new campaign is focusing on the fact that a little goes a long way and that “Accuracy Matters”. The new awareness-building campaign will include ten short video clips that give an entertaining glimpse of everyday situations where ‘Accuracy Matters’ to anyone using location data on their smartphones.

The campaign will be fully launched on December 15, but you can already get a first taste here: Lost in Location? The video clips will be released in all EU languages and promoted on the Internet and through social media.

Do you know whether your phone is Galileo-enabled? You can check out all the devices that are already Galileo-enabled here: UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo is already improving the accuracy of location-based services.

Accuracy Matters. When close isn’t enough, use Galileo!

6.12.2018 15:21  
Galileo is already improving the accuracy of location-based services.
Published: 
06 December 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) kicked off a new campaign to raise awareness of the fact that Galileo is making a real difference in the lives of the over half-a-billion users who have extra Galileo accuracy in their phone…. yet may not know it!

Did you know that Galileo is already improving the GPS signal that your smartphone receives, giving you extra accuracy and precision? Most Europeans are unaware that they are already benefitting from Galileo, but this is about to change! The Accuracy Matters campaign aim to increase public awareness of Galileo’s success and the added value it brings to the mass-market.

 

Lost in Location? Use Galileo!

According to the latest figures, today over 500 million devices - most of them the latest smartphone models - are now Galileo-enabled. The time has come to make people aware that Europe’s investment in Galileo is bringing daily benefits to millions! The new campaign is focusing on the fact that a little goes a long way and that “Accuracy Matters”. The new awareness-building campaign will include ten short video clips that give an entertaining glimpse of everyday situations where ‘Accuracy Matters’ to anyone using location data on their smartphones.

The campaign will be fully launched on December 15, but you can already get a first taste here: Lost in Location? The video clips will be released in all EU languages and promoted on the Internet and through social media.

Do you know whether your phone is Galileo-enabled? You can check out all the devices that are already Galileo-enabled here: UseGalileo.eu.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo is already improving the accuracy of location-based services.

2018 European Union Space Week takes off in Marseille!

6.12.2018 12:28  
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Published: 
06 December 2018

Entrepreneurs and SMEs, along with business and public sector professionals using space data from across Europe and around the globe descended on Marseille ‘en masse’ for the 2018 edition of EU Space Week. The event featured presentations from high-level personalities, as well as key user communities. Plus, awards for Europe's up-and-coming space application researchers and innovators were given at the annual ‘Space Oscars’.

The EU Space Week opening plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector. They discussed how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation serve as powerful tools for tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges and creating opportunities for growth and job creation.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said, “Space is essential for our economy. We are not investing in space for the sake of space itself, but because of the benefits it brings to our citizens and society.”

Watch this: EU Space Week in Marseille, 3 - 6 December 2018

The Commissioner's comments come as EU parliamentarians and Member States are in the midst of negotiations concerning the next EU space budget. “Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are world-class European success stories,” she said. “We have fought hard to keep them funded and we can see the results.” She also argued that a change of mind-set is needed to keep young European entrepreneurs in Europe, through greater private investment and venture capitalism.

President of the French Space Agency (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall called Galileo a “fine testimony” to European teamwork, as are the over 500 million Galileo-enabled smartphones now on the market. The opening plenary also featured round-table discussions with business leaders who are turning space-based data from Galileo and Copernicus into valuable and profitable services on the ground.

For European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the success of Galileo has had a lot to do with forward thinking. "We did a lot of preparatory work," he said. "We had to get to know the people we were talking to, those instrument and receiver manufacturers. And we had the financial tools in place to help facilitate their decision making." The GSA handles, among other things, promoting Galileo market uptake. 

Cooperation and competition were the key words for ESA Director General Jan Wörner. He said competition is good, but he added, “To remain strong and autonomous, Europe also needs to focus on cooperation. We all need to continue to come together, to join forces.” 

User Consultation Platform helps ensure customer satisfaction

The annual EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) enables direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and timing solutions and the organisations and institutions providing Galileo and EGNOS services. The ultimate goal is to allow programme decision-makers to immediately take on-board inputs coming from users.

UCP participants are actual users of European GNSS systems, representatives of standardisation bodies and industry groups, regulatory bodies, and other members of the GNSS value chain. The work of the Platform in Marseille entailed eight parallel panel sessions bringing together users by market segment. The segments were: Mass Market; Road Transport; Aviation; Rail; Maritime; Agriculture; Surveying & Mapping; and Timing & Synchronisation.

At the UCP plenary session, representatives of the sectors reported the results of their discussions. Members of the audience were encouraged to ask questions and a panel of representatives from the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) also interacted directly with the user representatives.

“The exercise was extremely fruitful,” said panellist Fiammetta Diani of the GSA. ”All comments, suggestions and requests will be taken into account and will have a real impact on the evolution of European GNSS services.”

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides thanked participants for their strong engagement and said, “The GSA works hard to maintain close relationships with European GNSS users, and that means all stakeholders in the downstream markets. The real value of the GSA is built on these relationships.”

Matthias Petschke, European Commission Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes, said, “What this User Consultation shows is that we are listening to you. Unlike other GNSS around the world, Galileo is a demand-driven programme. We want to hear your ideas and we want to know what you need, to bring your ideas to the market and create business.”

Rewarding programme

The stars came out for the prestigious Galileo and Copernicus Masters Gala Awards Ceremony, also known as the 'Space Oscars'. This year's annual European space innovation competition focused on how to tackle global challenges with Galileo and Copernicus. Prizes were presented by high-ranking competition partners from business, government and the space community.

Carlo des Dorides presented the 2018 GSA Special Prizes around the theme, 'When and Where'. He explained the rationale for the Agency's ongoing involvement in the awards, which are organised by Germany's AZO. “The focus is this virtuous cycle between innovation, SMEs and finally business in the market,” des Dorides said. “This partnership is a good fit. We have 60 projects funded under Horizon 2020, this is really R&D. We are funding specific technology areas. With the European Satellite Navigation Competition, we can get closer to the market, so this is certainly where we want to be.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.

2018 European Space Week takes off in Marseille!

6.12.2018 12:28  
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Published: 
06 December 2018

Entrepreneurs and SMEs, along with business and public sector professionals using space data from across Europe and around the globe descended on Marseille ‘en masse’ for the 2018 edition of EU Space Week. The event featured presentations from high-level personalities, as well as key user communities. Plus, awards for Europe's up-and-coming space application researchers and innovators were given at the annual ‘Space Oscars’.

The EU Space Week opening plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector. They discussed how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation serve as powerful tools for tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges and creating opportunities for growth and job creation.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said, “Space is essential for our economy. We are not investing in space for the sake of space itself, but because of the benefits it brings to our citizens and society.”

Watch this: EU Space Week in Marseille, 3 - 6 December 2018

The Commissioner's comments come as EU parliamentarians and Member States are in the midst of negotiations concerning the next EU space budget. “Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are world-class European success stories,” she said. “We have fought hard to keep them funded and we can see the results.” She also argued that a change of mind-set is needed to keep young European entrepreneurs in Europe, through greater private investment and venture capitalism.

President of the French Space Agency (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall called Galileo a “fine testimony” to European teamwork, as are the over 500 million Galileo-enabled smartphones now on the market. The opening plenary also featured round-table discussions with business leaders who are turning space-based data from Galileo and Copernicus into valuable and profitable services on the ground.

For European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the success of Galileo has had a lot to do with forward thinking. "We did a lot of preparatory work," he said. "We had to get to know the people we were talking to, those instrument and receiver manufacturers. And we had the financial tools in place to help facilitate their decision making." The GSA handles, among other things, promoting Galileo market uptake. 

Cooperation and competition were the key words for ESA Director General Jan Wörner. He said competition is good, but he added, “To remain strong and autonomous, Europe also needs to focus on cooperation. We all need to continue to come together, to join forces.” 

User Consultation Platform helps ensure customer satisfaction

The annual EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) enables direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and timing solutions and the organisations and institutions providing Galileo and EGNOS services. The ultimate goal is to allow programme decision-makers to immediately take on-board inputs coming from users.

UCP participants are actual users of European GNSS systems, representatives of standardisation bodies and industry groups, regulatory bodies, and other members of the GNSS value chain. The work of the Platform in Marseille entailed eight parallel panel sessions bringing together users by market segment. The segments were: Mass Market; Road Transport; Aviation; Rail; Maritime; Agriculture; Surveying & Mapping; and Timing & Synchronisation.

At the UCP plenary session, representatives of the sectors reported the results of their discussions. Members of the audience were encouraged to ask questions and a panel of representatives from the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) also interacted directly with the user representatives.

“The exercise was extremely fruitful,” said panellist Fiammetta Diani of the GSA. ”All comments, suggestions and requests will be taken into account and will have a real impact on the evolution of European GNSS services.”

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides thanked participants for their strong engagement and said, “The GSA works hard to maintain close relationships with European GNSS users, and that means all stakeholders in the downstream markets. The real value of the GSA is built on these relationships.”

Matthias Petschke, European Commission Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes, said, “What this User Consultation shows is that we are listening to you. Unlike other GNSS around the world, Galileo is a demand-driven programme. We want to hear your ideas and we want to know what you need, to bring your ideas to the market and create business.”

Rewarding programme

The stars came out for the prestigious Galileo and Copernicus Masters Gala Awards Ceremony, also known as the 'Space Oscars'. This year's annual European space innovation competition focused on how to tackle global challenges with Galileo and Copernicus. Prizes were presented by high-ranking competition partners from business, government and the space community.

Carlo des Dorides presented the 2018 GSA Special Prizes around the theme, 'When and Where'. He explained the rationale for the Agency's ongoing involvement in the awards, which are organised by Germany's AZO. “The focus is this virtuous cycle between innovation, SMEs and finally business in the market,” des Dorides said. “This partnership is a good fit. We have 60 projects funded under Horizon 2020, this is really R&D. We are funding specific technology areas. With the European Satellite Navigation Competition, we can get closer to the market, so this is certainly where we want to be.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.

2018 European Union Space Week takes off in Marseille!

6.12.2018 12:28  
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Published: 
06 December 2018

Entrepreneurs and SMEs, along with business and public sector professionals using space data from across Europe and around the globe descended on Marseille ‘en masse’ for the 2018 edition of EU Space Week. The event featured presentations from high-level personalities, as well as key user communities. Plus, awards for Europe's up-and-coming space application researchers and innovators were given at the annual ‘Space Oscars’.

The EU Space Week opening plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector. They discussed how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation serve as powerful tools for tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges and creating opportunities for growth and job creation.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said, “Space is essential for our economy. We are not investing in space for the sake of space itself, but because of the benefits it brings to our citizens and society.”

Watch this: EU Space Week in Marseille, 3 - 6 December 2018

The Commissioner's comments come as EU parliamentarians and Member States are in the midst of negotiations concerning the next EU space budget. “Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are world-class European success stories,” she said. “We have fought hard to keep them funded and we can see the results.” She also argued that a change of mind-set is needed to keep young European entrepreneurs in Europe, through greater private investment and venture capitalism.

President of the French Space Agency (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall called Galileo a “fine testimony” to European teamwork, as are the over 500 million Galileo-enabled smartphones now on the market. The opening plenary also featured round-table discussions with business leaders who are turning space-based data from Galileo and Copernicus into valuable and profitable services on the ground.

For European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the success of Galileo has had a lot to do with forward thinking. "We did a lot of preparatory work," he said. "We had to get to know the people we were talking to, those instrument and receiver manufacturers. And we had the financial tools in place to help facilitate their decision making." The GSA handles, among other things, promoting Galileo market uptake. 

Cooperation and competition were the key words for ESA Director General Jan Wörner. He said competition is good, but he added, “To remain strong and autonomous, Europe also needs to focus on cooperation. We all need to continue to come together, to join forces.” 

User Consultation Platform helps ensure customer satisfaction

The annual EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) enables direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and timing solutions and the organisations and institutions providing Galileo and EGNOS services. The ultimate goal is to allow programme decision-makers to immediately take on-board inputs coming from users.

UCP participants are actual users of European GNSS systems, representatives of standardisation bodies and industry groups, regulatory bodies, and other members of the GNSS value chain. The work of the Platform in Marseille entailed eight parallel panel sessions bringing together users by market segment. The segments were: Mass Market; Road Transport; Aviation; Rail; Maritime; Agriculture; Surveying & Mapping; and Timing & Synchronisation.

At the UCP plenary session, representatives of the sectors reported the results of their discussions. Members of the audience were encouraged to ask questions and a panel of representatives from the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) also interacted directly with the user representatives.

“The exercise was extremely fruitful,” said panellist Fiammetta Diani of the GSA. ”All comments, suggestions and requests will be taken into account and will have a real impact on the evolution of European GNSS services.”

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides thanked participants for their strong engagement and said, “The GSA works hard to maintain close relationships with European GNSS users, and that means all stakeholders in the downstream markets. The real value of the GSA is built on these relationships.”

Matthias Petschke, European Commission Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes, said, “What this User Consultation shows is that we are listening to you. Unlike other GNSS around the world, Galileo is a demand-driven programme. We want to hear your ideas and we want to know what you need, to bring your ideas to the market and create business.”

Rewarding programme

The stars came out for the prestigious Galileo and Copernicus Masters Gala Awards Ceremony, also known as the 'Space Oscars'. This year's annual European space innovation competition focused on how to tackle global challenges with Galileo and Copernicus. Prizes were presented by high-ranking competition partners from business, government and the space community.

Carlo des Dorides presented the 2018 GSA Special Prizes around the theme, 'When and Where'. He explained the rationale for the Agency's ongoing involvement in the awards, which are organised by Germany's AZO. “The focus is this virtuous cycle between innovation, SMEs and finally business in the market,” des Dorides said. “This partnership is a good fit. We have 60 projects funded under Horizon 2020, this is really R&D. We are funding specific technology areas. With the European Satellite Navigation Competition, we can get closer to the market, so this is certainly where we want to be.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.

2018 European Union Space Week takes off in Marseille!

6.12.2018 12:28  
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Published: 
06 December 2018

Entrepreneurs and SMEs, along with business and public sector professionals using space data from across Europe and around the globe descended on Marseille ‘en masse’ for the 2018 edition of EU Space Week. The event featured presentations from high-level personalities, as well as key user communities. Plus, awards for Europe's up-and-coming space application researchers and innovators were given at the annual ‘Space Oscars’.

The EU Space Week opening plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector. They discussed how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation serve as powerful tools for tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges and creating opportunities for growth and job creation.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said, “Space is essential for our economy. We are not investing in space for the sake of space itself, but because of the benefits it brings to our citizens and society.”

Watch this: EU Space Week in Marseille, 3 - 6 December 2018

The Commissioner's comments come as EU parliamentarians and Member States are in the midst of negotiations concerning the next EU space budget. “Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are world-class European success stories,” she said. “We have fought hard to keep them funded and we can see the results.” She also argued that a change of mind-set is needed to keep young European entrepreneurs in Europe, through greater private investment and venture capitalism.

President of the French Space Agency (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall called Galileo a “fine testimony” to European teamwork, as are the over 500 million Galileo-enabled smartphones now on the market. The opening plenary also featured round-table discussions with business leaders who are turning space-based data from Galileo and Copernicus into valuable and profitable services on the ground.

For European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the success of Galileo has had a lot to do with forward thinking. "We did a lot of preparatory work," he said. "We had to get to know the people we were talking to, those instrument and receiver manufacturers. And we had the financial tools in place to help facilitate their decision making." The GSA handles, among other things, promoting Galileo market uptake. 

Cooperation and competition were the key words for ESA Director General Jan Wörner. He said competition is good, but he added, “To remain strong and autonomous, Europe also needs to focus on cooperation. We all need to continue to come together, to join forces.” 

User Consultation Platform helps ensure customer satisfaction

The annual EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) enables direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and timing solutions and the organisations and institutions providing Galileo and EGNOS services. The ultimate goal is to allow programme decision-makers to immediately take on-board inputs coming from users.

UCP participants are actual users of European GNSS systems, representatives of standardisation bodies and industry groups, regulatory bodies, and other members of the GNSS value chain. The work of the Platform in Marseille entailed eight parallel panel sessions bringing together users by market segment. The segments were: Mass Market; Road Transport; Aviation; Rail; Maritime; Agriculture; Surveying & Mapping; and Timing & Synchronisation.

At the UCP plenary session, representatives of the sectors reported the results of their discussions. Members of the audience were encouraged to ask questions and a panel of representatives from the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) also interacted directly with the user representatives.

“The exercise was extremely fruitful,” said panellist Fiammetta Diani of the GSA. ”All comments, suggestions and requests will be taken into account and will have a real impact on the evolution of European GNSS services.”

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides thanked participants for their strong engagement and said, “The GSA works hard to maintain close relationships with European GNSS users, and that means all stakeholders in the downstream markets. The real value of the GSA is built on these relationships.”

Matthias Petschke, European Commission Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes, said, “What this User Consultation shows is that we are listening to you. Unlike other GNSS around the world, Galileo is a demand-driven programme. We want to hear your ideas and we want to know what you need, to bring your ideas to the market and create business.”

Rewarding programme

The stars came out for the prestigious Galileo and Copernicus Masters Gala Awards Ceremony, also known as the 'Space Oscars'. This year's annual European space innovation competition focused on how to tackle global challenges with Galileo and Copernicus. Prizes were presented by high-ranking competition partners from business, government and the space community.

Carlo des Dorides presented the 2018 GSA Special Prizes around the theme, 'When and Where'. He explained the rationale for the Agency's ongoing involvement in the awards, which are organised by Germany's AZO. “The focus is this virtuous cycle between innovation, SMEs and finally business in the market,” des Dorides said. “This partnership is a good fit. We have 60 projects funded under Horizon 2020, this is really R&D. We are funding specific technology areas. With the European Satellite Navigation Competition, we can get closer to the market, so this is certainly where we want to be.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.

2018 European Space Week takes off in Marseille!

6.12.2018 12:28  
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.
Published: 
06 December 2018

Entrepreneurs and SMEs, along with business and public sector professionals using space data from across Europe and around the globe descended on Marseille ‘en masse’ for the 2018 edition of EU Space Week. The event featured presentations from high-level personalities, as well as key user communities. Plus, awards for Europe's up-and-coming space application researchers and innovators were given at the annual ‘Space Oscars’.

The EU Space Week opening plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector. They discussed how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation serve as powerful tools for tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges and creating opportunities for growth and job creation.

Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, said, “Space is essential for our economy. We are not investing in space for the sake of space itself, but because of the benefits it brings to our citizens and society.”

Watch this: EU Space Week in Marseille, 3 - 6 December 2018

The Commissioner's comments come as EU parliamentarians and Member States are in the midst of negotiations concerning the next EU space budget. “Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus are world-class European success stories,” she said. “We have fought hard to keep them funded and we can see the results.” She also argued that a change of mind-set is needed to keep young European entrepreneurs in Europe, through greater private investment and venture capitalism.

President of the French Space Agency (CNES) Jean-Yves Le Gall called Galileo a “fine testimony” to European teamwork, as are the over 500 million Galileo-enabled smartphones now on the market. The opening plenary also featured round-table discussions with business leaders who are turning space-based data from Galileo and Copernicus into valuable and profitable services on the ground.

For European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the success of Galileo has had a lot to do with forward thinking. "We did a lot of preparatory work," he said. "We had to get to know the people we were talking to, those instrument and receiver manufacturers. And we had the financial tools in place to help facilitate their decision making." The GSA handles, among other things, promoting Galileo market uptake. 

Cooperation and competition were the key words for ESA Director General Jan Wörner. He said competition is good, but he added, “To remain strong and autonomous, Europe also needs to focus on cooperation. We all need to continue to come together, to join forces.” 

User Consultation Platform helps ensure customer satisfaction

The annual EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) enables direct interaction between users of positioning, navigation and timing solutions and the organisations and institutions providing Galileo and EGNOS services. The ultimate goal is to allow programme decision-makers to immediately take on-board inputs coming from users.

UCP participants are actual users of European GNSS systems, representatives of standardisation bodies and industry groups, regulatory bodies, and other members of the GNSS value chain. The work of the Platform in Marseille entailed eight parallel panel sessions bringing together users by market segment. The segments were: Mass Market; Road Transport; Aviation; Rail; Maritime; Agriculture; Surveying & Mapping; and Timing & Synchronisation.

At the UCP plenary session, representatives of the sectors reported the results of their discussions. Members of the audience were encouraged to ask questions and a panel of representatives from the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) also interacted directly with the user representatives.

“The exercise was extremely fruitful,” said panellist Fiammetta Diani of the GSA. ”All comments, suggestions and requests will be taken into account and will have a real impact on the evolution of European GNSS services.”

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides thanked participants for their strong engagement and said, “The GSA works hard to maintain close relationships with European GNSS users, and that means all stakeholders in the downstream markets. The real value of the GSA is built on these relationships.”

Matthias Petschke, European Commission Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes, said, “What this User Consultation shows is that we are listening to you. Unlike other GNSS around the world, Galileo is a demand-driven programme. We want to hear your ideas and we want to know what you need, to bring your ideas to the market and create business.”

Rewarding programme

The stars came out for the prestigious Galileo and Copernicus Masters Gala Awards Ceremony, also known as the 'Space Oscars'. This year's annual European space innovation competition focused on how to tackle global challenges with Galileo and Copernicus. Prizes were presented by high-ranking competition partners from business, government and the space community.

Carlo des Dorides presented the 2018 GSA Special Prizes around the theme, 'When and Where'. He explained the rationale for the Agency's ongoing involvement in the awards, which are organised by Germany's AZO. “The focus is this virtuous cycle between innovation, SMEs and finally business in the market,” des Dorides said. “This partnership is a good fit. We have 60 projects funded under Horizon 2020, this is really R&D. We are funding specific technology areas. With the European Satellite Navigation Competition, we can get closer to the market, so this is certainly where we want to be.”

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The EU Space Week plenary gathered speakers from industry and the public sector to discuss how European Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation are tackling today's economic, social, and environmental challenges.

Help shape the future of Galileo and EGNOS. Give us your feedback!

5.12.2018 17:02  
The GSA uses feedback from users to improve EGNSS service delivery.
Published: 
05 December 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched the 2018 edition of its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey and its EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. These surveys will provide a better understanding of the value of Galileo and EGNOS to end users and help ensure that future evolutions of the systems continue to meet users’ needs.

Users have always been at the heart of European GNSS (EGNSS - Galileo and EGNOS) service provision, and feedback from users on their experience of Galileo and EGNOS is invaluable in shaping these services, helping ensure that they continuously improve and better serve the EGNSS community.

Tailored by segment

The Galileo User Satisfaction Survey is tailored to fit different categories of users and market segments. Likewise, this year’s EGNOS survey is broken down per EGNOS market segment (Aviation, Maritime, Rail, Road, Agriculture, Surveying and Mapping and LBS). Please click on the relevant link to respond to the survey that corresponds to the market segment in which you are operating, the market segment that corresponds to your main area of activity, or the market segment that is the most important for your company or organisation, if you are active in multiple market segments.  

Watch this: EGNOS is growing

The EGNOS survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service and the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS). It also assesses the ESSP’s management of EGNOS User Support Services.

Make your voice heard

If you are a Galileo or EGNOS user, we strongly encourage you to participate and let your voice be heard. The more users respond, the better the GSA, ESSP and the Galileo and EGNOS systems will be able to continue to meet your requirements. The surveys will only take about five minutes to complete, and your feedback will make a real difference to future EGNSS service provision.

And this: Who is using Galileo today?

The 2017 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey showed a positive trend, with user satisfaction slightly increased compared with 2016. Based on the outcomes of the 2017 survey, for example, several improvements have been made to the EGNOS user support website, with newly available tools and features. The main outcomes and conclusions from the 2017 Galileo User Satisfaction Survey are already available, and can be downloaded here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The GSA uses feedback from users to improve EGNSS service delivery.

Help shape the future of Galileo and EGNOS. Give us your feedback!

5.12.2018 17:02  
The GSA uses feedback from users to improve EGNSS service delivery.
Published: 
05 December 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched the 2018 edition of its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey and its EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. These surveys will provide a better understanding of the value of Galileo and EGNOS to end users and help ensure that future evolutions of the systems continue to meet users’ needs.

Users have always been at the heart of European GNSS (EGNSS - Galileo and EGNOS) service provision, and feedback from users on their experience of Galileo and EGNOS is invaluable in shaping these services, helping ensure that they continuously improve and better serve the EGNSS community.

Tailored by segment

The Galileo User Satisfaction Survey is tailored to fit different categories of users and market segments. Likewise, this year’s EGNOS survey is broken down per EGNOS market segment (Aviation, Maritime, Rail, Road, Agriculture, Surveying and Mapping and LBS). Please click on the relevant link to respond to the survey that corresponds to the market segment in which you are operating, the market segment that corresponds to your main area of activity, or the market segment that is the most important for your company or organisation, if you are active in multiple market segments.  

Watch this: EGNOS is growing

The EGNOS survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service and the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS). It also assesses the ESSP’s management of EGNOS User Support Services.

Make your voice heard

If you are a Galileo or EGNOS user, we strongly encourage you to participate and let your voice be heard. The more users respond, the better the GSA, ESSP and the Galileo and EGNOS systems will be able to continue to meet your requirements. The surveys will only take about five minutes to complete, and your feedback will make a real difference to future EGNSS service provision.

And this: Who is using Galileo today?

 

The 2017 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey showed a positive trend, with user satisfaction slightly increased compared with 2016. Based on the outcomes of the 2017 survey, for example, several improvements have been made to the EGNOS user support website, with newly available tools and features. The main outcomes and conclusions from the 2017 Galileo User Satisfaction Survey are already available, and can be downloaded here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
The GSA uses feedback from users to improve EGNSS service delivery.

Take your project to the next level at MWC Barcelona

4.12.2018 12:35  
MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase EGNSS-based solutions and applications.
Published: 
04 December 2018

Ever dreamed about presenting your solution at Mobile World Congress? The GSA is looking for innovative solutions to be presented at the Galileo stand in Barcelona. The MWC is the largest mobile event in the world - every year it brings together leading mobile technology developers, manufacturers, service providers and app developers from across the globe. With over 107,000 visitors expected to attend MWC 2019, next year’s event promises to be an ideal forum to showcase the latest EGNSS-based innovations.

From 25 to 28 February 2019, MWC Barcelona will host the latest cutting-edge technologies from more than 2,400 of the world’s leading mobile technology companies. With a programme featuring leading visionaries and investors, the Congress is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to present and promote innovative new ideas, technologies and applications and bring them to the attention of key decision-makers.

Read this: EGNOS and Galileo – opening the door to new drone applications

Having as its goal to explore the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase and promote innovative EGNSS-based solutions and applications, for example those being developed within Horizon 2020, and show how European space research is enhancing EU industrial competitiveness and playing a pivotal role in tackling various societal challenges facing Europe. 

At MWC, you can present your EGNSS-based services and applications with the potential to improve the lives of European citizens, and bring the benefits of cutting-edge European space-based research to the attention of your peers, investors and the public at large. 

Drones in focus MWC 2018

By matching ideas with opportunities and talent with available resources, MWC Barcelona helps support the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in its mission of linking space to user needs. In fact, from dual frequency chipsets to new smartphones, EGNSS was behind many of the technology announcements made during the Mobile World Congress 2018. 

Watch this: GNSS for drones and UAVs

What’s more, at the 2018 MWC, the GSA showcased how Galileo-enabled drones are benefitting a range of different applications, including surveying, search and rescue and agriculture. The GSA stand at the Congress featured displays and presentations on a number of EU-funded drone projects, including selected GSA-managed H2020 projects such as Real, EASY-PV, Gauss, Geovision and Mapkite, and the Argonaut solution developed within the Barcelona ESA Business Incubation Centre.

“MWC 2018 in Barcelona was a valuable opportunity to introduce Easy-PV outcomes to a wider audience. I am sure that the other EU-funded projects involved also benefited from it. Specifically, I find that the Congress has been an excellent venue to forge partnerships, gain valuable insights and expand our professional networks. Almost one year later, I can say that some of the contacts established in Barcelona ended up as important partnerships. We are grateful to the GSA for making this happen,” said Marco Nisi, Head of Integrated GNSS Solutions at Sistematica S.p.A.

Expression of Interest

Ahead of next year’s MWC in Barcelona on 25-28 February 2019, the GSA is launching a call for expressions of interest among Horizon 2020, Fundamental Elements partners and other EU companies. If you have an EGNSS-based solution or product that you would like to demonstrate at MWC Barcelona, please contact the GSA at market@gsa.europa.eu. Put “Interested in showcasing our project at MWC 2019” in the subject line of your email.

This will be an unmissable opportunity to present your solutions to a large audience of potential investors and beneficiaries. Join us in Barcelona in February 2019 at MWC, where innovation is celebrated, connections are made, insights are gained, products are launched and business gets done!

For more information read the Rules and conditions and  submit the Declaration of Honour by 19th December 2018.

You can find additional clarifications here.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase EGNSS-based solutions and applications.

Take your project to the next level at MWC Barcelona

4.12.2018 12:35  
MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase EGNSS-based solutions and applications.
Published: 
04 December 2018

Ever dreamed about presenting your solution at Mobile World Congress? The GSA is looking for innovative solutions to be presented at the Galileo stand in Barcelona. The MWC is the largest mobile event in the world - every year it brings together leading mobile technology developers, manufacturers, service providers and app developers from across the globe. With over 107,000 visitors expected to attend MWC 2019, next year’s event promises to be an ideal forum to showcase the latest EGNSS-based innovations.

From 25 to 28 February 2019, MWC Barcelona will host the latest cutting-edge technologies from more than 2,400 of the world’s leading mobile technology companies. With a programme featuring leading visionaries and investors, the Congress is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to present and promote innovative new ideas, technologies and applications and bring them to the attention of key decision-makers.

Read this: EGNOS and Galileo – opening the door to new drone applications

Having as its goal to explore the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase and promote innovative EGNSS-based solutions and applications, for example those being developed within Horizon 2020, and show how European space research is enhancing EU industrial competitiveness and playing a pivotal role in tackling various societal challenges facing Europe. 

At MWC, you can present your EGNSS-based services and applications with the potential to improve the lives of European citizens, and bring the benefits of cutting-edge European space-based research to the attention of your peers, investors and the public at large. 

Drones in focus MWC 2018

By matching ideas with opportunities and talent with available resources, MWC Barcelona helps support the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in its mission of linking space to user needs. In fact, from dual frequency chipsets to new smartphones, EGNSS was behind many of the technology announcements made during the Mobile World Congress 2018. 

Watch this: GNSS for drones and UAVs

What’s more, at the 2018 MWC, the GSA showcased how Galileo-enabled drones are benefitting a range of different applications, including surveying, search and rescue and agriculture. The GSA stand at the Congress featured displays and presentations on a number of EU-funded drone projects, including selected GSA-managed H2020 projects such as Real, EASY-PV, Gauss, Geovision and Mapkite, and the Argonaut solution developed within the Barcelona ESA Business Incubation Centre.

“MWC 2018 in Barcelona was a valuable opportunity to introduce Easy-PV outcomes to a wider audience. I am sure that the other EU-funded projects involved also benefited from it. Specifically, I find that the Congress has been an excellent venue to forge partnerships, gain valuable insights and expand our professional networks. Almost one year later, I can say that some of the contacts established in Barcelona ended up as important partnerships. We are grateful to the GSA for making this happen,” said Marco Nisi, Head of Integrated GNSS Solutions at Sistematica S.p.A.

Expression of Interest

Ahead of next year’s MWC in Barcelona on 25-28 February 2019, the GSA is launching a call for expressions of interest among Horizon 2020, Fundamental Elements partners and other EU companies. If you have an EGNSS-based solution or product that you would like to demonstrate at MWC Barcelona, please contact the GSA at market@gsa.europa.eu. Put “Interested in showcasing our project at MWC 2019” in the subject line of your email.

This will be an unmissable opportunity to present your solutions to a large audience of potential investors and beneficiaries. Join us in Barcelona in February 2019 at MWC, where innovation is celebrated, connections are made, insights are gained, products are launched and business gets done!

For more information read the Rules and conditions and  submit the Declaration of Honour by 19th December 2018.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase EGNSS-based solutions and applications.

Take your project to the next level at MWC Barcelona

4.12.2018 12:35  
MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase EGNSS-based solutions and applications.
Published: 
04 December 2018

Ever dreamed about presenting your solution at Mobile World Congress? The GSA is looking for innovative solutions to be presented at the Galileo stand in Barcelona. The MWC is the largest mobile event in the world - every year it brings together leading mobile technology developers, manufacturers, service providers and app developers from across the globe. With over 107,000 visitors expected to attend MWC 2019, next year’s event promises to be an ideal forum to showcase the latest EGNSS-based innovations.

From 25 to 28 February 2019, MWC Barcelona will host the latest cutting-edge technologies from more than 2,400 of the world’s leading mobile technology companies. With a programme featuring leading visionaries and investors, the Congress is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to present and promote innovative new ideas, technologies and applications and bring them to the attention of key decision-makers.

Read this: EGNOS and Galileo – opening the door to new drone applications

Having as its goal to explore the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase and promote innovative EGNSS-based solutions and applications, for example those being developed within Horizon 2020, and show how European space research is enhancing EU industrial competitiveness and playing a pivotal role in tackling various societal challenges facing Europe. 

At MWC, you can present your EGNSS-based services and applications with the potential to improve the lives of European citizens, and bring the benefits of cutting-edge European space-based research to the attention of your peers, investors and the public at large. 

Drones in focus MWC 2018

By matching ideas with opportunities and talent with available resources, MWC Barcelona helps support the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in its mission of linking space to user needs. In fact, from dual frequency chipsets to new smartphones, EGNSS was behind many of the technology announcements made during the Mobile World Congress 2018. 

Watch this: GNSS for drones and UAVs

What’s more, at the 2018 MWC, the GSA showcased how Galileo-enabled drones are benefitting a range of different applications, including surveying, search and rescue and agriculture. The GSA stand at the Congress featured displays and presentations on a number of EU-funded drone projects, including selected GSA-managed H2020 projects such as Real, EASY-PV, Gauss, Geovision and Mapkite, and the Argonaut solution developed within the Barcelona ESA Business Incubation Centre.

“MWC 2018 in Barcelona was a valuable opportunity to introduce Easy-PV outcomes to a wider audience. I am sure that the other EU-funded projects involved also benefited from it. Specifically, I find that the Congress has been an excellent venue to forge partnerships, gain valuable insights and expand our professional networks. Almost one year later, I can say that some of the contacts established in Barcelona ended up as important partnerships. We are grateful to the GSA for making this happen,” said Marco Nisi, Head of Integrated GNSS Solutions at Sistematica S.p.A.

Expression of Interest

Ahead of next year’s MWC in Barcelona on 25-28 February 2019, the GSA is launching a call for expressions of interest among Horizon 2020, Fundamental Elements partners and other EU companies. If you have an EGNSS-based solution or product that you would like to demonstrate at MWC Barcelona, please contact the GSA at market@gsa.europa.eu. Put “Interested in showcasing our project at MWC 2019” in the subject line of your email.

This will be an unmissable opportunity to present your solutions to a large audience of potential investors and beneficiaries. Join us in Barcelona in February 2019 at MWC, where innovation is celebrated, connections are made, insights are gained, products are launched and business gets done!

For more information read the Rules and conditions and  submit the Declaration of Honour by 19th December 2018.

Media note: This feature can be republished without charge provided the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is acknowledged as the source at the top or the bottom of the story. You must request permission before you use any of the photographs on the site. If you republish, we would be grateful if you could link back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).
MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase EGNSS-based solutions and applications.

Galileo is critical for autonomous driving

30.11.2018 14:09  
The high-level panel discussing Galileo contribution to autonomous driving.

High-ranked representatives from the European Commission and from the automotive industry gathered at a Euractiv forum in Brussels on November 26 to discuss the question - ‘Is Galileo is a critical component for autonomous driving?’ The answer, it seems, is a resounding “Yes!”

Space has become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives and a key element of the European economy, and the importance of space technology to our lives will only increase in the future. In his keynote address at the forum, Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) noted, however, that the development of space technology is not an objective in itself - it is a tool to bring benefits to European citizens. 

“These benefits come in the form of job creation and economic growth and, no less importantly, in the many applications and services that use space technology to improve our lives,” he said.

GNSS is essential

One such area of application, and the focus of the Euractiv event, is the transport sector and, specifically, the area of autonomous driving. Speaking at the forum, Mattias Petschke, Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at DG GROW, outlined what Galileo brings to the table when it comes to autonomous driving. 

Petschke stressed that Galileo is already working and improving the GPS signal that users receive. “With GPS you know which road you are on, with Galileo you know which lane of the road you are on,” he said, adding that GNSS is essential to determine absolute position and also for predictive driving. “GNSS technology is globally available, it does not need any additional local infrastructure and it is available in areas with difficult network coverage,” he said.

A major asset that Galileo has to offer in terms of autonomous driving is its high quality performance. “Galileo offers outstanding availability and accuracy. The Galileo authentication and high accuracy services, which should become operational in 2020, will have an enormous positive impact in many areas, including autonomous driving,” Petschke said.  

The importance of cooperating with industry for the development and uptake of space-based solutions was also highlighted. “The market development department of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Prague has been doing excellent work with industry to identify what can be achieved together,” he said, adding that thanks to this work there has been excellent market uptake, with currently all major smartphone models being Galileo enabled.

The industry perspective

“The 20-centimetre accuracy that Galileo will provide will bring a revolution in active safety and will enable cooperative, connected, automated mobility by providing lane positioning, which is very important and something that the industry has been waiting for,” Angelos Amditis, Chairman of ERTICO and Research Director at the National Technical University of Athens said. He noted that this would pave the way towards even higher levels of automation.

With its high accuracy, GNSS will be an essential element of the autonomous vehicle, but will need to be combined with other on-board sensors and systems such as cameras, radar, inertial sensors and so on, in order to have the required accuracy, integrity, reliability and availability on a continuous basis, Amditis said. He stressed that, thanks to its high accuracy, Galileo will play a major role as an enabler of many new services and concepts, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and platooning.

Available and free

Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), said that access to new technology would help keep European industry competitive. At the moment, geo-positioning is a convenience, allowing us to know where we are in relation to certain objects. “In the future, geo-positioning will no longer be a convenience, it will be a necessary, critical requirement for automation,” he said.  

Alessandro Coda, Chief Technology Officer at the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) representing 3,000 companies and 5 million employees, said that for autonomous driving the 20 centimetre accuracy that Galileo will offer is already a big result, and that his members are happy with the service that Galileo provides. His one request to the European Commission is: “Keep it always available, keep it always free!”

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The high-level panel discussing Galileo contribution to autonomous driving.

Galileo is critical for autonomous driving

30.11.2018 14:09  
The high-level panel discussing Galileo contribution to autonomous driving.
Published: 
30 November 2018

High-ranked representatives from the European Commission and from the automotive industry gathered at a Euractiv forum in Brussels on November 26 to discuss the question - ‘Is Galileo is a critical component for autonomous driving?’ The answer, it seems, is a resounding “Yes!”

Space has become a ubiquitous part of our daily lives and a key element of the European economy, and the importance of space technology to our lives will only increase in the future. In his keynote address at the forum, Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director General of the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) noted, however, that the development of space technology is not an objective in itself - it is a tool to bring benefits to European citizens. 

“These benefits come in the form of job creation and economic growth and, no less importantly, in the many applications and services that use space technology to improve our lives,” he said.

GNSS is essential

One such area of application, and the focus of the Euractiv event, is the transport sector and, specifically, the area of autonomous driving. Speaking at the forum, Mattias Petschke, Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at DG GROW, outlined what Galileo brings to the table when it comes to autonomous driving. 

Petschke stressed that Galileo is already working and improving the GPS signal that users receive. “With GPS you know which road you are on, with Galileo you know which lane of the road you are on,” he said, adding that GNSS is essential to determine absolute position and also for predictive driving. “GNSS technology is globally available, it does not need any additional local infrastructure and it is available in areas with difficult network coverage,” he said.

A major asset that Galileo has to offer in terms of autonomous driving is its high quality performance. “Galileo offers outstanding availability and accuracy. The Galileo authentication and high accuracy services, which should become operational in 2020, will have an enormous positive impact in many areas, including autonomous driving,” Petschke said.  

The importance of cooperating with industry for the development and uptake of space-based solutions was also highlighted. “The market development department of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Prague has been doing excellent work with industry to identify what can be achieved together,” he said, adding that thanks to this work there has been excellent market uptake, with currently all major smartphone models being Galileo enabled.

The industry perspective

“The 20-centimetre accuracy that Galileo will provide will bring a revolution in active safety and will enable cooperative, connected, automated mobility by providing lane positioning, which is very important and something that the industry has been waiting for,” Angelos Amditis, Chairman of ERTICO and Research Director at the National Technical University of Athens said. He noted that this would pave the way towards even higher levels of automation.

With its high accuracy, GNSS will be an essential element of the autonomous vehicle, but will need to be combined with other on-board sensors and systems such as cameras, radar, inertial sensors and so on, in order to have the required accuracy, integrity, reliability and availability on a continuous basis, Amditis said. He stressed that, thanks to its high accuracy, Galileo will play a major role as an enabler of many new services and concepts, such as Mobility as a Service (MaaS) and platooning.

Available and free

Joost Vantomme, Smart Mobility Director at the European Automobile Manufacturers’ Association (ACEA), said that access to new technology would help keep European industry competitive. At the moment, geo-positioning is a convenience, allowing us to know where we are in relation to certain objects. “In the future, geo-positioning will no longer be a convenience, it will be a necessary, critical requirement for automation,” he said.  

Alessandro Coda, Chief Technology Officer at the European Association of Automotive Suppliers (CLEPA) representing 3,000 companies and 5 million employees, said that for autonomous driving the 20 centimetre accuracy that Galileo will offer is already a big result, and that his members are happy with the service that Galileo provides. His one request to the European Commission is: “Keep it always available, keep it always free!”

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The high-level panel discussing Galileo contribution to autonomous driving.

CNHi machinery manufacturer is now Galileo capable through Case IH and New Holland brands

29.11.2018 9:06  
The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.
Published: 
29 November 2018

Major farming equipment manufacturer Case New Holland Industrial (CNHi) have enhanced the robustness of their precision agriculture system by adding Galileo signals to their reference network solution.

During last week’s EIMA International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery Exhibit in Bologna, Italy, CNHi announced that its equipment will now be Galileo-capable. CNHi is a global manufacturer of agricultural machinery, including tractors, combine harvesters and balers. Galileo enhances the robustness of its RTK+ correction services.

The CNHi RTK+ guided auto-steering and its related technology ensures a fast, dependable signal and a sub 1.5 cm repeatable accuracy in all conditions, regardless of field location. However, until now, farmers have had to depend on non-civilian American GPS or Russian GLONASS signals when driving in the field. “Enhanced RTK+ accuracy through incorporation of signals from the Galileo satellites is a core way in which we can help CNHi tractor and combine users be innovative and competitive as they seek to help develop a sustainable agriculture to feed an ever-increasing world population in an environmentally responsible way,” says Maxime Rocaboy, Product Marketing Manager at Case IH.

The addition of Galileo also helps minimise the risk of signal failure, which is one of the major reasons why the CNHi RTK network is integrating corrections for Galileo satellites. “By improving positioning and timing information, consistency of signal coverage is enhanced and a robust and reliable signal for accurate pass-to-pass repeatability is ensured,” says Alessio Quatraro, Product Marketing Manager at New Holland. “This benefits farmers by minimising downtime from waiting for a lost signal to be regained and guarantees a consistent and efficient use of seed, fertiliser and crop protection products through parallel passes with minimal overlap, thus maximising a crop’s potential.”

The addition of Galileo means a higher number of available satellites when using RTK corrections, making the service even more robust – especially under challenging circumstances such as working under trees, in forestry or in orchards. The company is currently testing and validating Galileo corrections for its RTK corrective service, which are expected to be available on the market starting in January 2019.

Galileo drives European competitiveness

The use of GNSS technology, including Galileo, is opening new business models and opportunities in the agricultural sector. GNSS-based precision farming gives farmers an unprecedented level of knowledge about their crops, livestock and operations while making the sector more efficient, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable.

According to the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information, with significant positive implications for many European farmers. “Galileo is well-positioned to enhance the GNSS performance, allowing users to benefit from an improved monitoring of the distribution and dilution of chemicals, improved parcel yields thanks to customised treatment and more efficient property management,” says Joaquín Reyes, who is currently preparing the so called User Consultation Platform, Agriculture panel, taking place in Marseille early December where Precision Agriculture place a central role. CNHi is taking part of this event along with other leading tractor and machinery manufacturers.

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“Enhanced RTK+ accuracy through the incorporation of signals from the Galileo satellite system is a core way in which we can help Case IH and New Holland tractor and combine users be innovative and competitive as they seek to develop a sustainable agriculture to feed an ever-increasing population in an environmentally responsible way,” adds Michael Mahieu, CNH RTK network analyst.

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The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.

CNHi machinery manufacturer is now Galileo capable through Case IH and New Holland brands

29.11.2018 9:06  
The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.
Published: 
29 November 2018

Major farming equipment manufacturer Case New Holland Industrial (CNHi) have enhanced the robustness of their precision agriculture system by adding Galileo signals to their reference network solution.

During last week’s EIMA International Agricultural and Gardening Machinery Exhibit in Bologna, Italy, CNHi announced that its equipment will now be Galileo-capable. CNHi is a global manufacturer of agricultural machinery, including tractors, combine harvesters and balers. Galileo enhances the robustness of its RTK+ correction services.

The CNHi RTK+ guided auto-steering and its related technology ensures a fast, dependable signal and a sub 1.5 cm repeatable accuracy in all conditions, regardless of field location. However, until now, farmers have had to depend on non-civilian American GPS or Russian GLONASS signals when driving in the field. “Enhanced RTK+ accuracy through incorporation of signals from the Galileo satellites is a core way in which we can help CNHi tractor and combine users be innovative and competitive as they seek to help develop a sustainable agriculture to feed an ever-increasing world population in an environmentally responsible way,” says Maxime Rocaboy, Product Marketing Manager at Case IH.

The addition of Galileo also helps minimise the risk of signal failure, which is one of the major reasons why the CNHi RTK network is integrating corrections for Galileo satellites. “By improving positioning and timing information, consistency of signal coverage is enhanced and a robust and reliable signal for accurate pass-to-pass repeatability is ensured,” says Alessio Quatraro, Product Marketing Manager at New Holland. “This benefits farmers by minimising downtime from waiting for a lost signal to be regained and guarantees a consistent and efficient use of seed, fertiliser and crop protection products through parallel passes with minimal overlap, thus maximising a crop’s potential.”

The addition of Galileo means a higher number of available satellites when using RTK corrections, making the service even more robust – especially under challenging circumstances such as working under trees, in forestry or in orchards. The company is currently testing and validating Galileo corrections for its RTK corrective service, which are expected to be available on the market starting in January 2019.

Galileo drives European competitiveness

The use of GNSS technology, including Galileo, is opening new business models and opportunities in the agricultural sector. GNSS-based precision farming gives farmers an unprecedented level of knowledge about their crops, livestock and operations while making the sector more efficient, economically competitive and environmentally sustainable.

According to the European GNSS Agency (GSA), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information, with significant positive implications for many European farmers. “Galileo is well-positioned to enhance the GNSS performance, allowing users to benefit from an improved monitoring of the distribution and dilution of chemicals, improved parcel yields thanks to customised treatment and more efficient property management,” says Joaquín Reyes, who is currently preparing the so called User Consultation Platform, Agriculture panel, taking place in Marseille early December where Precision Agriculture place a central role. CNHi is taking part of this event along with other leading tractor and machinery manufacturers.

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“Enhanced RTK+ accuracy through the incorporation of signals from the Galileo satellite system is a core way in which we can help Case IH and New Holland tractor and combine users be innovative and competitive as they seek to develop a sustainable agriculture to feed an ever-increasing population in an environmentally responsible way,” adds Michael Mahieu, CNH RTK network analyst.

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The GSA recently visited the New Holland campus in Peñarrubias de Piron (Segovia), Spain, to discuss the performance achieved using the last available GNSS equipment for auto-steering applications.

Just published: Galileo User Satisfaction Survey Report

28.11.2018 13:59  
89% of survey respondents said they were satisfied with Galileo and 94% would recommend Galileo to others.
Published: 
28 November 2018

You spoke. We listened. The results of the GSA’s 2017 Galileo User Satisfaction Survey are now available.

At the end of 2017, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) launched its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey. This dedicated survey aimed to collect a range of valuable information from users like you. From your perception of and expectations for Galileo, to specific market segment and user needs and suggestions for improving the services provided by the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) – the survey was a unique opportunity for you to share your thoughts and ideas.

Responses from across the market

And share you did. Users of every kind responded to our survey, including end users, receiver and chipset manufacturers, system integrators, service providers, application developers, public authorities and scientific entities. Responses also came from across a wide-range of market segments, including maritime, aviation, rail and road. In total, we received over 100 answers.

Read this: Just published: First report series on User Needs and Requirements on Position, Navigation and Time

Now, the results of this effort have been processed and the main outcomes and conclusions can be read in the Galileo User Satisfaction Survey Report.

According to the report, 55% of all respondents said they were already using Galileo – an impressive figure coming just one year after the launch of Initial Services. Of these users, 89% said they were satisfied with Galileo’s current level of service. Furthermore, 94% would recommend Galileo to other users.

In terms of suggestions for improving Galileo, respondents said they wanted to see improved availability of Galileo services and even better positioning accuracy. As to the GSC, the main suggestions coming from users included a need for a more enhanced website and an increase in range of available GSC products.

“These results show that Galileo is on the right track, with the market quickly adopting the service,” says Aitor Alvarez Rodriguez, GNSS Service Centre Supervisor at the GSA. “The GSA and GSC are building a solid user community ready to reap the many benefits of Galileo.”

Continuous dialogue

Our work doesn’t stop with the survey, however. The process of giving a voice to the growing Galileo User Community and building a continuous dialogue for improving the Galileo system and its services is ongoing. This dialogue will continue at the second EGNSS User Consultation Platform at European Space Week. Held 3 -6 December in Marseille, France, here Galileo users will have the opportunity to share their experiences first-hand. 

“We really appreciate all who contributed and took the time to answer the survey,” says Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development at the GSA. “Your opinion is our driver, and we will continue to listen to your ideas on how to continuously enhance our services.”

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89% of survey respondents said they were satisfied with Galileo and 94% would recommend Galileo to others.

GSA Road report highlights user PNT requirements

26.11.2018 12:34  
The report looks at current and future PNT requirements in the road sector.
Published: 
26 November 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently published a Report on Road User Needs and Requirements, as part of a series that examines user needs and requirements for position, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions in various sectors. These reports, which are an outcome of the first European GNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP), will help shape the discussion at the next UCP, to be held as part of European Space Week in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018.

Road applications have a dominant position in the GNSS market, and this will be further strengthened by policy decisions from public authorities and the advent of connected cars. The report notes that eCall and the Smart Tachograph are already good examples of European policy promoting GNSS, and the directive on interoperability of road toll systems in the European Union is another.

Stringent performance requirements

However, according to the report, we are moving from specific devices supporting specific applications, to a situation where the vehicle is a platform of connected services requiring more stringent performances for positioning, timing and navigation.
Autonomous vehicles will bring a new set of requirements, but it is not yet clear what the final role of GNSS will be in the complex guiding system installed in these cars. Nevertheless, there is a significant potential for GNSS use in road transport as the global car industry moves towards connected cars and automated driving.

Watch this: eCall - Emergency Positioning

However, the report notes that there is a low awareness among stakeholders of the new possibilities offered by EGNSS and that research and pilot projects are needed all along the road value chain to convince decisions-makers to incorporate the latest GNSS signals into their system architectures. Consultation with stakeholders and users will help increase awareness of, and confidence in, GNSS solutions. The EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) plays a key role in this process.

The EGNSS User Consultation Platform

The UCP is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission and the GSA involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The Platform is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

And this: Register now to the EU Space Week in Marseille

The next User Consultation Platform will be held on 3-4 December, during European Space Week in Marseille. The main work of the UCP will be carried out in eight parallel panel sessions grouping users by market segment, with a dedicated session on the road sector.

This year, European Space Week also has a special session on Smart Cities, which will highlight how space applications are driving innovation in today’s smart cities, supporting applications in various areas – from intelligent mobility and the Internet of Things (IoT) to location-based services for health, transportation and everything in-between, including in the road transport sector.

To join the ongoing discussion and to ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements, you can take part by registering to attend European Space Week here.

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The report looks at current and future PNT requirements in the road sector.

Anticipating eCall for motorcycles, the Crash Care helmet is saving lives

23.11.2018 11:23  
Although originally designed for motorcycles and bicycles, the system can also be used for horse riding, skiing, fire fighters, police officers, and the military.
Published: 
23 November 2018

The innovative Crash Care helmet utilises 3D sensors, Galileo-based positioning and mobile phone networks to detect, and respond to, motorcycle and bicycle accidents, like the eCall system for cars.

Imagine you are out riding you bicycle or cruising on your motorcycle along a picturesque country road. Far from anything, you simply take in the open road and enjoy the rural scenery. Then suddenly, out of nowhere, a deer darts out in front of you. You swerve to avoid hitting it and, in doing so, slide on some loose gravel. Falling off your bike, your head bounces against the pavement, leaving you unconscious in the middle of the road.

Normally, your well-being would depend on a vehicle coming by, seeing you and calling for help. But, luckily for you, your Crash Care smart helmet has already detected the accident and automatically alerted the emergency helpdesk about your location.

Help is on the way.

Automatic for the biker

The innovative, German made Crash Care device is a compact sensor that can be attached to nearly all types of motorcycle and bicycle helmets. Using a 3D sensor and gyroscope, the system not only detects when an accident happens, but also how strong the impact was. Thanks to its built-in Galileo-enabled receiver, Crash Care uses GNSS-based positioning information to determine the exact location of the accident.

“All of this information, along with previously added medical background information, is automatically transmitted via SMS to local emergency services and other third parties,” says Crash Care inventor Dr. Winrich Hoseit. “It even provides vital data, so doctors have a clear picture of the situation before the patient arrives in the emergency room.” 

Crash Care is compatible with all European mobile networks. To provide users with more peace of mind, the system’s lithium battery guarantees a usage period of 10 years – with no need for recharging. Crash Care even automatically self-checks and notifies the user of any potential glitches.  

Looking ahead

Although originally designed for motorcycles and bicycles, Dr. Hoseit notes that the system can also be used by equestrians, skiers, fire fighters, police officers, and the military. In fact, the company is currently in talks with the German military about developing a satellite-based system, as opposed to using mobile phone networks as the standard system does. There are also plans to implement the Crash Care system into hard hats, so those working in construction sites, remote oil rigs and other accident-prone sites can benefit from the extra layer of security the system provides. 

Having been certified, Crash Care is set to hit the market by mid-2019. In total, 17,000 orders have already been placed across Germany, Austria, the UK and the Netherlands.

Aftermarket eCall

The Crash Care team is exploring the possibility of creating a version that can be inserted into vehicles, providing a service similar to Europe’s eCall system. eCall devices automatically dial the European emergency number 112 to alert rescue services in the event of an accident. The system sends the exact location to responders, along with the time of the incident and the direction of travel, even if the driver is unconscious or unable to make a phone call, thereby reducing the response time for road accidents and saving more lives.

“According to EU law, all new vehicles sold in Europe must be eCall enabled,” explains Dr. Hoseit. “What we aim to do is to make the Crash Care architecture available to provide the same service in legacy vehicles, or those that were manufactured before eCall went into effect.”

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Although originally designed for motorcycles and bicycles, the system can also be used for horse riding, skiing, fire fighters, police officers, and the military.

GSA Maritime and Inland Waterways report examines user PNT requirements

22.11.2018 12:30  
The report sheds light on the current market and technology trends for GNSS in the maritime and inland waterways domains.
Published: 
22 November 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently published a Report on Maritime and Inland Waterways User Needs and Requirements as part of a series of eight similar reports examining user needs and requirements for position, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions. These reports will help shape the discussion at the next EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP), to be held as part of European Space Week in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018.

In the maritime and inland waterways (IWW) domains, GNSS is used for both navigation and positioning and it has become the primary means of navigation in many maritime and IWW applications. The GSA report provides an overview of GNSS-enabled maritime and IWW applications, sheds light on the current market and technology trends and outlines the key user requirements for GNSS, covering the most important market and technology trends of the sector, the main market players and the main user groups.

Watch this: EGNOS and Galileo for Waterborne Transport

Regulation and standards

Even though GNSS has gained widespread acceptance as the preferred positioning system for a majority of maritime applications, no existing GNSS is capable of meeting all operational requirements, especially integrity, without the use of augmentation systems including SBAS. However, the report notes that to consolidate the permanent and widespread use of SBAS, it will be necessary to have specific regulation concerning maritime users’ needs.

Indeed, with the notable exception of recreational navigation, regulation has a strong role in defining user requirements and represents a key driver for the adoption of new solutions for navigation and positioning, including satellite-based systems and services. Given the international scope of the maritime sector, the report notes that agreement and mutual understanding is needed in terms of regulation and standards if the sector is to fully benefit from GNSS potential.

In this context, improving maritime EGNSS based positioning and navigation will require the appropriate system evolution. This will be achieved by identifying clear user requirements, which is the goal of the EGNSS User Consultation Platform and of the critical analysis carried out in the report.

The EGNSS User Consultation Platform

The report’s findings will feed into discussions at the next EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) in Marseille in December. The UCP is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission and the GSA, involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The event is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

Read this: H2H – leveraging EGNSS for safer maritime navigation

The next User Consultation Platform will be held on 3-4 December, during European Space Week. The main work of the UCP will be carried out in eight parallel panel sessions grouping users by market segment, with a dedicated session on Maritime.

This year, European Space Week also has a special session on Marine and Maritime, which will highlight how the Galileo and Copernicus programmes contribute to the sustainable management of our oceans and provide support for maritime operations. Specifically, the session will address aspects such as safety at sea, search and rescue, optimised maritime transport, sustainable fisheries, renewable energies, security and the fight against pollution.

The event will also feature a dramatic sea rescue simulation as part of which a Galileo search and rescue (SAR) beacon will be activated, triggering the deployment of a French rescue boat and helicopter to carry out a rescue operation. The demonstration will be followed by a debrief session on the technologies used, explaining how space is making maritime rescue faster, safer and more effective.

To join the ongoing discussion and to ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements, you can take part by registering to attend European Space Week here.

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The report sheds light on the current market and technology trends for GNSS in the maritime and inland waterways domains.

GSA Open Days, linking space to citizens

21.11.2018 12:48  
Schoolchildren attend a workshop at GSA Open Days 2018
Published: 
21 November 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) opened the doors of its Prague headquarters to the public for the 4th year in a row on 16-17 November. As the final event in this year’s Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days 2018 welcomed visitors eager to get an insider’s look at the European GNSS services and the people behind them.

This year’s event saw over 2,000 visitors visit the GSA to learn more about the European space programmes and how they benefit our daily lives. This included over 400 school children and their families, who enjoyed a full and exciting programme that included seminars and space workshops (in both Czech and English), competitions and quizzes, and other fun educational activities.

Watch this: European GNSS Agency: Linking space to user needs

From Launch to Services

Visitors to the event were able to experience the journey of a Galileo satellite from the rocket launch in Kourou, French Guiana, to the services used by citizens and business worldwide. What’s more, visitors were able to build Galileo satellites, take a selfie in space, try landing a plane with EGNOS and experience a Search and Rescue with the help of Galileo.

The ambience at this year’s Open Days was very friendly – the visitors were very enthusiastic and curious, asking many questions about what the European Union is doing in space, the role of the GSA, and the impact of satellite navigation on modern life. Some of the visitors had the opportunity to meet with Claudio Mastracci, previous ESA Director of Application Programmes, one of the founding fathers of the Galileo programme who signed the contract for the first Galileo satellites in 2003. What a path!

Hackathon winners

As the culmination of Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days was an opportunity to present an award won at one of the first events of the week – the Space Applications Hackathon, held in Prague on 9-11 November. The GSA was a partner in this event, which aimed to find the most creative solutions in four main categories: Navigation/GNSS, Earth Observation, SpaceTech, and Blockchain in Space.

The winning application was Dronetag, an IoT device providing real-time drone identification and flight data sharing. The device can be adapted to all drones and the winning team is ready to bring their idea to the next level and to develop a business.

To see photos, and comments and feedback from the GSA Open Days 2018, check out the event’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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Schoolchildren attend a workshop at GSA Open Days 2018

GSA Open Days, linking space to citizens

21.11.2018 12:48  
GSA Open Days visitors attending a satellite navigation workshop
Published: 
21 November 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) opened the doors of its Prague headquarters to the public for the 4th year in a row on 16-17 November. As the final event in this year’s Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days 2018 welcomed visitors eager to get an insider’s look at the European GNSS services and the people behind them.

This year’s event saw over 2,000 visitors visit the GSA to learn more about the European space programmes and how they benefit our daily lives. This included over 400 school children and their families, who enjoyed a full and exciting programme that included seminars and space workshops (in both Czech and English), competitions and quizzes, and other fun educational activities.

Watch this: European GNSS Agency: Linking space to user needs

From Launch to Services

Visitors to the event were able to experience the journey of a Galileo satellite from the rocket launch in Kourou, French Guiana, to the services used by citizens and business worldwide. What’s more, visitors were able to build Galileo satellites, take a selfie in space, try landing a plane with EGNOS and experience a Search and Rescue with the help of Galileo.

The ambience at this year’s Open Days was very friendly – the visitors were very enthusiastic and curious, asking many questions about what the European Union is doing in space, the role of the GSA, and the impact of satellite navigation on modern life. Some of the visitors had the opportunity to meet with Claudio Mastracci, previous ESA Director of Application Programmes, one of the founding fathers of the Galileo programme who signed the contract for the first Galileo satellites in 2003. What a path!

GSA’s Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Claudio Mastracci, previous ESA Director of Application Programmes, one of the founding fathers of the Galileo programme

Hackathon winners

As the culmination of Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days was an opportunity to present an award won at one of the first events of the week – the Space Applications Hackathon, held in Prague on 9-11 November. The GSA was a partner in this event, which aimed to find the most creative solutions in four main categories: Navigation/GNSS, Earth Observation, SpaceTech, and Blockchain in Space.

The winning application was Dronetag, an IoT device providing real-time drone identification and flight data sharing. The device can be adapted to all drones and the winning team is ready to bring their idea to the next level and to develop a business.

To see photos, and comments and feedback from the GSA Open Days 2018, check out the event’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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GSA Open Days visitors attending a satellite navigation workshop

GSA Open Days, linking space to citizens

21.11.2018 12:48  
GSA Open Days visitors attending a satellite navigation workshop
Published: 
21 November 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) opened the doors of its Prague headquarters to the public for the 4th year in a row on 16-17 November. As the final event in this year’s Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days 2018 welcomed visitors eager to get an insider’s look at the European GNSS services and the people behind them.

This year’s event saw over 2,000 visitors visit the GSA to learn more about the European space programmes and how they benefit our daily lives. This included over 400 school children and their families, who enjoyed a full and exciting programme that included seminars and space workshops (in both Czech and English), competitions and quizzes, and other fun educational activities.

Watch this: European GNSS Agency: Linking space to user needs

From Launch to Services

Visitors to the event were able to experience the journey of a Galileo satellite from the rocket launch in Kourou, French Guiana, to the services used by citizens and business worldwide. What’s more, visitors were able to build Galileo satellites, take a selfie in space, try landing a plane with EGNOS and experience a Search and Rescue with the help of Galileo.

The ambience at this year’s Open Days was very friendly – the visitors were very enthusiastic and curious, asking many questions about what the European Union is doing in space, the role of the GSA, and the impact of satellite navigation on modern life. Some of the visitors had the opportunity to meet with Claudio Mastracci, previous ESA Director of Application Programmes, one of the founding fathers of the Galileo programme who signed the contract for the first Galileo satellites in 2003. What a path!

GSA’s Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Claudio Mastracci, previous ESA Director of Application Programmes, one of the founding fathers of the Galileo programme

Hackathon winners

As the culmination of Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days was an opportunity to present an award won at one of the first events of the week – the Space Applications Hackathon, held in Prague on 9-11 November. The GSA was a partner in this event, which aimed to find the most creative solutions in four main categories: Navigation/GNSS, Earth Observation, SpaceTech, and Blockchain in Space.

The winning application was Dronetag, an IoT device providing real-time drone identification and flight data sharing. The device can be adapted to all drones and the winning team is ready to bring their idea to the next level and to develop a business.

To see photos, and comments and feedback from the GSA Open Days 2018, check out the event’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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GSA Open Days visitors attending a satellite navigation workshop

GSA Open Days, linking space to citizens

21.11.2018 12:48  
GSA Open Days visitors attending a satellite navigation workshop
Published: 
21 November 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) opened the doors of its Prague headquarters to the public for the 4th year in a row on 16-17 November. As the final event in this year’s Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days 2018 welcomed visitors eager to get an insider’s look at the European GNSS services and the people behind them.

This year’s event saw over 2,000 visitors visit the GSA to learn more about the European space programmes and how they benefit our daily lives. This included over 400 school children and their families, who enjoyed a full and exciting programme that included seminars and space workshops (in both Czech and English), competitions and quizzes, and other fun educational activities.

Watch this: European GNSS Agency: Linking space to user needs

From Launch to Services

Visitors to the event were able to experience the journey of a Galileo satellite from the rocket launch in Kourou, French Guiana, to the services used by citizens and business worldwide. What’s more, visitors were able to build Galileo satellites, take a selfie in space, try landing a plane with EGNOS and experience a Search and Rescue with the help of Galileo.

The ambience at this year’s Open Days was very friendly – the visitors were very enthusiastic and curious, asking many questions about what the European Union is doing in space, the role of the GSA, and the impact of satellite navigation on modern life. Some of the visitors had the opportunity to meet with Claudio Mastracci, previous ESA Director of Application Programmes, one of the founding fathers of the Galileo programme who signed the contract for the first Galileo satellites in 2003. What a path!

GSA’s Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Claudio Mastracci, previous ESA Director of Application Programmes, one of the founding fathers of the Galileo programme

Hackathon winners

As the culmination of Czech Space Week, the GSA Open Days was an opportunity to present an award won at one of the first events of the week – the Space Applications Hackathon, held in Prague on 9-11 November. The GSA was a partner in this event, which aimed to find the most creative solutions in four main categories: Navigation/GNSS, Earth Observation, SpaceTech, and Blockchain in Space.

The winning application was Dronetag, an IoT device providing real-time drone identification and flight data sharing. The device can be adapted to all drones and the winning team is ready to bring their idea to the next level and to develop a business.

To see photos, and comments and feedback from the GSA Open Days 2018, check out the event’s Twitter and Facebook feeds.

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GSA Open Days visitors attending a satellite navigation workshop

FCC approves use of Galileo in the U.S.

16.11.2018 15:19  
Consumers and industry in the U.S. will now be to access certain Galileo signals to be used in combination with GPS
Published: 
16 November 2018

The U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC), at a meeting on November 15, granted in part a request from the European Commission for a waiver of the FCC rules so that devices in the United States may access specific signals transmitted from the Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System.

Following this decision, consumers and industry in the U.S. will be permitted to access certain satellite signals from the Galileo system to be used in combination with the U.S. Global Positioning System (GPS), allowing them to benefit from improved availability, reliability, and resiliency of these position, navigation, and timing services, the FCC said in a statement.

Breakthrough

“This breakthrough serves the public interest across many areas of our economy, including the automotive, aviation, rail, maritime, and agriculture industries. It will also produce public safety benefits by reducing risks of accidents and disaster, aiding emergency response, and synchronising power grids and critical infrastructure,” FCC Chairman Ajit Pai said.

Watch this: Galileo in your Pocket

The FCC noted that Galileo is uniquely situated as a foreign GNSS system with respect to GPS, since the two systems are interoperable and radiofrequency compatible following the 2004 European Union/United States Galileo-GPS Agreement.

“This is an important milestone for Galileo. This ruling means that individual users and industry in the U.S. are now able to benefit from the high accuracy that Galileo brings, it also means that Galileo’s position as a truly global navigation system has been strengthened,” European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Improved U.S. consumer experience

Specifically, the FCC ruling permits access to two Galileo signals – the E1 signal that is transmitted in the 1559-1591 MHz portion of the 1559-1610 MHz Radio-navigation-Satellite Service (RNSS) frequency band and the E5 signal that is transmitted in the 1164-1219 MHz portion of the 1164-1215 MHz and 1215-1240 MHz RNSS bands.  These are the same RNSS bands in which GPS satellite signals operate. 

“Adding these new signal streams should only improve the U.S. consumer experience without causing any downsides,” FCC Commissioner Michael O’Reilly said.

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The Order does not grant access to the Galileo E6 signal, which is transmitted over the 1260-1300 MHz frequency band, since this band is not allocated for RNSS in the United States or used by the U.S. GPS to provide PNT services.  The FCC noted that granting access to the Galileo E6 signal could constrain U.S. spectrum management in the future in spectrum above 1300 MHz, where potential allocation changes are under consideration.

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Consumers and industry in the U.S. will now be to access certain Galileo signals to be used in combination with GPS

GSA Rail report tracks user PNT requirements

15.11.2018 10:58  
The report looks at the current market and technology trends for GNSS in the rail sector.
Published: 
15 November 2018

A Report on Rail User Needs and Requirements, recently published by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), examines user needs and requirements for position, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions in the rail sector. These reports, which are an outcome of the first European GNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP), will help shape the discussion at the next UCP, to be held as part of European Space Week in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018.

GNSS is already widely used for non-safety and non-liability relevant rail applications, such as passenger information systems. However, as GNSS can support solutions for safety relevant applications that have emerged in recent years, rail stakeholders around the world are also investigating the possibilities for GNSS introduction to cover such advanced and technically complex use-cases.

Rail, however, is a highly regulated domain and the introduction of new technologies is a time-consuming process. Understanding rail user requirements as well as their specifications in terms of GNSS is crucial to foster GNSS penetration in this market. Rail and GNSS communities have been working together for many years to increase this understanding.

Watch this: EGNOS and Galileo for Rail

Limitations and development axes

The main limitations for GNSS penetration in rail PNT applications concern Signal-in-Space obscuration, for example at stations, deep cuttings or in tunnels; the very high availability and integrity requirements for train position determination; excessive positioning errors due to local effects such as multipath; and also high accuracy requirements for some specific functions, like train positioning on parallel tracks.

Given these limitations, the main axes of development for GNSS applications in rail are safety relevant and liability relevant applications where EGNSS differentiators can play a key role. Within the context of the European Railway Traffic Management System (ERTMS), GNSS could be used as way of reducing the need for physical balises in the European Train Control System (ETCS). Outside of the ERTMS, GNSS is already being deployed for train control, particularly in Positive Train Control applications in the USA.

Read this: European GNSS contributes to the evolution of ERTMS

In recent years, the rail and GNSS communities have conducted a lot of work to try and understand their respective safety philosophies. However, work is still needed to define user requirements applicable to GNSS and, in particular, to establish quantified requirements. The EGNSS User Consultation Platform is a key tool in this process.

The EGNSS User Consultation Platform

The UCP is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission and the GSA involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The Platform is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

The next User Consultation Platform will be held on 3-4 December, during European Space Week in Marseille. The main work of the UCP will be carried out in eight parallel panel sessions grouping users by market segment, with a dedicated session on the rail sector.

This year, European Space Week also has a special session on Infrastructure Management, which will highlight how the Galileo and Copernicus programmes contribute to the operation and monitoring of complex infrastructure networks, including rail networks. Infrastructures around the world also face challenges relating to climate change. Here too, European GNSS offers a solution. This session will showcase potential solutions and best-practices for using Copernicus and Galileo to manage infrastructures, both in Europe and worldwide.

To join the ongoing discussion and to ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements, you can take part by registering to attend European Space Week here.

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The report looks at the current market and technology trends for GNSS in the rail sector.

LetMeAut takes the prize at EU space hackathon

14.11.2018 12:01  
+39 team at the 2nd EU Space Programmes Hackathon
Published: 
14 November 2018

LetMeAut, an application that leverages Galileo high accuracy to make everyday tasks easier for people with autism, was declared the winner at the 2nd EU Space Programmes Hackathon, which brought experts and developers interested in shaping the future of location-based services (LBS), the Internet of Things (IoT) and Earth Observation together in Padua, Italy on 24-26 October 2018.

The overload of sensory stimuli in the modern urban environment can make everyday experiences like walking in the park or going to school an extremely daunting task for somebody suffering from autism spectrum disorder (ASD).

There are already apps available on the market that allow people affected by ASD to visualise the tasks that they should accomplish throughout the day and tick them off as they are completed, but they do not give them the possibility of moving autonomously outside, while allowing caregivers to monitor stress and risk levels and to intervene in the event of a crisis.

Timely solution

With over 500,000 people suffering from ASD in Italy alone - a number that is on the increase, putting strain on the Italian healthcare services - the +39 team from the University of Padua saw a clear need for an app that would help make ASD sufferers more autonomous.

At the Padua hackathon, the team started to develop an app that uses precise positioning and other inputs, such as Inertial Measurement Units (IMU) and heart rate sensors, to monitor people affected by ASD as they carry out their tasks or take a journey through town. The app removes the need for constant supervision by a caregiver. However, machine learning and deep learning will enable the solution to recognise falls, panic attacks or other anomalous behaviour and alert parents or supervisors immediately, so they can take action.

Galileo precision

“Galileo is a key component of the application,” team member Cristina Gava said. “First of all there is the speed of time to first fix, which is much faster than with GPS alone. This is important, as the app needs to respond quickly. Secondly, but no less important, is the high accuracy that Galileo offers – if the app is to provide meaningful information on what actions the user should take, then it needs to know exactly what side of the street they are on, for example. Galileo provides this accuracy, especially in urban environments,” she said.

“There are two main stages involved in our work – the first is to develop and build the app, and the second main stage is to teach the subjects and caregivers how to use it,” +39 team member Matteo Stringher said, adding that feedback from users would also be taken on board when fine-tuning the solution.

To receive additional feedback from users, the team hopes to have the opportunity to cooperate with ‘Vivi la città’, an independent project working with people affected by ASD in the Italian city of Pordenone. “This will give us the opportunity to test the app with autism sufferers going about their daily tasks in real-life situations – in schools, at the bakery or in the pizzeria,” Stringher said.

European Space Week

The LetMeAut app was judged to be the winner by a board composed of senior officials from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), European Space Agency (ESA), Unismart and the University of Padua, and the +39 team will now have the opportunity to present their app at the 2018 European Space Week in Marseille, on 3-6 December 2018.

Until then, the team is continuing to work on the app, collecting feedback from parents, doctors, psychologists and autism associations. They will use this information to fine-tune their solution and prepare a working mock-up to present in Marseille.

The Padua Hackathon winners will not be the only ones to receive prizes in Marseille, the event will also see the winners of the Act in Space Hackathon receive their award. All in all, European Space Week will be an excellent opportunity for young talents to showcase their developments, exposing them to potential investors and acting as a springboard to business development opportunities, bridging the gap between ideas and working solutions that people can use.

To register to attend European Space Week, click here.

Space for your App

At the 2nd EU Space Programmes Hackathon, engineers, geologists, economists and sociologists joined with app developers, coders, graphic and web designers, data scientists and marketers to develop ideas that tackle societal challenges, and to discover how space technologies can help transform these ideas into reality.

The assembled hackers focused in particular on applications dealing with smart mobility, augmented reality, geo-marketing, and mapping and GIS. Also targeted were fitness, sport and mHealth, business applications and social networking. The hackers had access to an API provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) that allowed easy access to Earth Observation data. They also had Galileo enabled hardware and GNSS raw measurements to play with.

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+39 team at the 2nd EU Space Programmes Hackathon

Galileo high accuracy in focus at INTERGEO 2018

13.11.2018 14:01  
Galileo has become standard in high-end receivers for surveying and is being requested by users
Published: 
13 November 2018

The high accuracy benefits offered by Galileo were in focus at this year’s INTERGEO conference, which saw more than 19,000 visitors, over 1,400 delegates and 640 exhibitors from 40 different countries come together in Frankfurt on 16-18 October.

At a presentation on the Galileo High Accuracy Service and its importance for mobility applications, Ignacio Fernandez-Hernandez, from the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow), spoke about how Galileo’s high accuracy can offer cost-effective support for autonomous vehicle applications.

Autonomous driving is a safety-critical application, as its failure may have serious consequences for people, property and the environment. Therefore autonomous cars need high-performance positioning engines that make optimal use of a complete set of sensors complementing each other in a tightly merged solution. "Galileo High Accuracy Service and authentication services can provide a cost-effective effective solution with very good performance and much needed redundancy in the positioning system of autonomous cars," he said.

Read this: GNSS a key element of all-purpose, user-driven positioning solutions

Visitors to the joint Galileo-Copernicus stand at the exhibition were enthusiastic about the benefits that Galileo high accuracy has to offer. "Various equipment manufacturers and service providers showed a high level of interest in the Galileo high accuracy service and there is a clear trend towards the penetration of high precision towards the mass market, including autonomous cars," GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi said, adding that there was also a lot of interest in the possibilities offered by access to GNSS raw measurements in Android based smartphones and tablets.

Trends in surveying

Other GNSS-enabled trends highlighted at the exhibition include Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM), seamless indoor/outdoor mapping, and building information modelling (BIM), particularly within the context of smart cities.

"Feedback from manufacturers indicates that Galileo has become standard in high-end receivers for surveying and is being requested by their customers," Blasi said, adding that several meetings were organised during the conference with GIS and surveying companies to support them in using EGNSS in their services.

And this: Just published: First report series on User Needs and Requirements on Position, Navigation and Time

The conference was also seen as an opportunity to receive feedback from UAV manufacturers and service providers on the added value of EGNSS, and to receive input in a User survey on GNSS requirements for RPAS/Drones and autonomous air systems. Information received in this survey will feed into discussions at the EGNSS User Consultation platform at the upcoming European Space Week in December.

CLGE Young Surveyors Prize

The award ceremony for the seventh edition of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors’ (CLGE) Young Surveyors Prize, awarded in partnership with the GSA, was held as part of the InterGEO exhibition.

The Young Surveyor’s Prize invited students of topography, GIS, geodesy, mapping and related studies to submit unique and innovative ideas in their field of expertise leveraging Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus. This year the prize in the Galileo section went to Iuliana Constantinov, from the Technical University of Moldova, who won with the paper "Adjustment of GNSS permanent stations network MOLDPOS".

"We need to look at what added value Galileo can bring to RTK network services, and Iuliana’s project is an excellent example of how to test and compare the performance of Galileo enhanced RTK networks," Blasi said.

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Galileo has become standard in high-end receivers for surveying and is being requested by users

LBS user requirements highlighted in GSA special report

9.11.2018 11:01  
The report aims at enhancing the understanding of the LBS market evolution, including strong points, limitations, key technological trends and main drivers.
Published: 
09 November 2018

A recent report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) highlights user needs and requirements on position, navigation and timing (PNT) for location-based service (LBS) applications. The report will help shape the discussion at the next EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP), to be held in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018 as part of European Space Week.

The Report on Location-Based Services User Needs and Requirements is one of a series of eight user segment-specific reports recently published by the GSA. This report aims at enhancing the understanding of the LBS market evolution, including strong points, limitations, key technological trends and main drivers related to the uptake of GNSS solutions across the various LBS applications.

GNSS-enabled solutions cover a wide range of applications that can be divided into 13 main categories according to their usage: navigation, mapping and GIS, geo-marketing and advertising, safety and emergency, enterprise applications, sports, games, health, tracking, augmented reality, social networking, infotainment and commercial.

Hybrid solutions overcoming limitations

The report notes that, despite the large penetration of GNSS in the LBS segment, its use has some limitations. These include power consumption, availability in challenging environments, indoor availability, susceptibility to multipath, interference, jamming and spoofing. These hurdles are typically overcome by employing hybrid solutions using complementary positioning technologies when necessary or by following best practices regarding the type of GNSS equipment used.

Read this: Where (exactly) are my things? Learn how Galileo empowers IoT solutions

Over recent years, a burgeoning group of new applications has emerged that requires far more stringent horizontal and vertical accuracy levels. These range from innovative safety-critical m-Health technologies, to mapping and GIS applications which are among the most demanding types of smartphones apps. Other application categories require authentication of the position to protect app users or service providers from malicious signal interference such as spoofing.

Taking all these above aspects into account, the report presents a user requirement analysis across the different GNSS-enabled or supported applications in LBS, based on performance requirements. This research will feed into discussions at the next EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) in Marseille in December.

The EGNSS User Consultation Platform

The UCP is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission and the GSA, involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The event is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

And this: GNSS a key element of all-purpose, user-driven positioning solutions

The next User Consultation Platform will be held on 3-4 December, during European Space Week. The platform will consist of eight parallel panel sessions, in which users will be grouped by market segment. Of particular interest to the LBS ecosystem will be the session on the mass market.

In addition to the UCP, LBS will be featured at a number of panel discussions within the European Space Week. In particular, a special session on Interconnectivity will showcase how ubiquitous communication enhances access to the GNSS and Earth Observation information underpinning countless new consumer applications. A number of interesting speakers is already confirmed for the session, including representatives from Sigfox, CLS, Sony and AIOTI. LBS will be also at the centre of the Smart Cities session, given the key role that they play in the context of global urbanisation and smart city developments.

To join the ongoing discussion and to ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements, you can take part by registering to attend European Space Week here.

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The report aims at enhancing the understanding of the LBS market evolution, including strong points, limitations, key technological trends and main drivers.

GSA Report highlights key user requirements in aviation

8.11.2018 11:54  
The Report provides a reference for the EGNSS Programmes and for the aviation community on user needs and requirements in the aviation market segment.
Published: 
08 November 2018

A Report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on Aviation User Needs and Requirements highlights current and future requirements for position, navigation and timing in the aviation sector and will feed into the discussion at the next EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP), to be held in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018 as part of European Space Week.

The report, one of a series on User Needs and Requirements for position, navigation and time published recently on the European GNSS Service Centre web portal, provides a reference for the European GNSS Programmes and for the aviation community on the latest GNSS user needs and requirements in the aviation market segment. The report is considered a “living document” and will be periodically updated to reflect the evolution of technology, the market and user needs, as captured during the upcoming UCP.

Watch this: EGNOS for Aviation

With EGNOS fully operational and Galileo providing initial services, it is necessary to continuously improve services and plan future evolutions, and user requirements are a key driver of this process. By providing the GSA with a clear view of current and potential future user needs, the Report will serve as an input for the continuous improvement of services provided by the European GNSS systems. Furthermore, as the report is publicly available, it also serves as a reference for users and industry, supporting their planning and decision-making.

Some key insights

The Report provides an overview of GNSS market trends in the four main aviation applications using GNSS: navigation, surveillance, aircraft tracking and drones.  For navigation, the Report notes that, with the increasing implementation of RNP approaches and the expansion of the EGNOS-enabled fleet, there is a need for increased coverage area. The report also notes an increasing trend to combine GNSS with other technologies such as Enhanced Vision Systems and Synthetic Vision Systems.

Regarding Search & Rescue and autonomous aircraft distress tracking, the development of beacons integrating Galileo RLS is progressing, led by major EU manufacturers who are also exploring advanced uses, such as automatic triggering of ELT and remote activation from the ground, opening new opportunities for search and rescue operations.

Finally, for drone operations, Galileo is expected to provide superior performance in challenging environments, facilitating operations in urban canyons, for example. Work is currently ongoing to define a common set of requirements on positioning, navigation and surveillance for drones and follow-up discussions on user needs and requirements for drone operations related to GNSS are fundamental to this process.

The EGNSS User Consultation Platform

The User Consultation Platform (UCP) is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission and the GSA, involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The event is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

The next User Consultation Platform will be held on 3-4 December, during European Space Week. The main work of the UCP will be carried out in eight parallel panel sessions grouping users by market segment, with a dedicated session on aviation.

European Space Week also has a special session on the EGNOS Safety of Life Service, which will address EGNOS in action, with presentations of successful EGNOS implementation stories in aviation by a wide range of stakeholders, from airlines to air navigation service providers and from manufacturers to operators. This year, the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop has also been integrated into EUSW.

To join the ongoing discussion and to ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements, you can take part by registering here.

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The Report provides a reference for the EGNSS Programmes and for the aviation community on user needs and requirements in the aviation market segment.

GSA special report highlights user requirements for PNT in the agri-sector

7.11.2018 11:07  
The Report on Agriculture User Needs and Requirements includes an analysis of current and potential future market trends in the agriculture sector.
Published: 
07 November 2018

A recent report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) highlights user needs and requirements in the Agriculture sector on position, navigation and timing (PNT) solutions from the strict user perspective and the market conditions, regulations, and standards that drive them. The report will help shape the discussion at the next EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP), to be held in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018 as part of European Space Week.

The Report on Agriculture User Needs and Requirements, which is the outcome of the first EGNSS User Consultation Platform, includes an analysis of current and potential future market trends in the agriculture sector. It analyses user requirements for applications in Precision Agriculture and agri-logistics and examines performance requirements by application.

Key drivers… and challenges

GNSS user requirements in the agriculture sector are driven by a number of needs: increased profitability of agricultural operations, solutions targeted at small and medium-sized farms, and compliance with policy considerations related to agricultural subsidies. Technological drivers include significant improvements in high accuracy solutions, coupled with the increased availability of low-cost equipment and the combining of GNSS with other technologies in integrated farm management solutions.

Read this: Agriculture a key beneficiary of EU Space Programmes

Despite successful uptake rates for GNSS-driven solutions for agriculture, a number of technological, economic and awareness-related challenges need to be addressed if these solutions are to be mainstreamed. According to the Report, these include developing solutions tailored to the reality of small and medium farms, smart solutions for integrated information management farming systems, further R&D on ways that new technologies can be leveraged and, finding appropriate mechanisms to include farmers and cooperatives in consultations on all of these aspects.

Based on these needs, the Report presents a user requirement analysis across the different GNSS-enabled or supported applications used in agricultural activities. The analysis focuses on performance requirements and the specific potential of the relevant EGNSS service (EGNOS OS, EDAS, Galileo OS, and Galileo HAS) in meeting them.

The EGNSS User Consultation Platform

This research will feed into discussions at the next EGNSS User Consultation Platform (UCP) in Marseille in December. The UCP is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission and the GSA, involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The event is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

And this: Agriculture: A new frontier for European space policy

The next User Consultation Platform will be held on 3-4 December, during European Space Week. The main work of the UCP will be carried out in eight parallel panel sessions grouping users by market segment, with a dedicated session on agriculture.

This year, European Space Week also has a special session on Sustainable Land Management, which will showcase various solutions that integrate Earth Observation with satellite navigation to help maximise the resilience of land systems and mitigate the effects of climate change.

To join the ongoing discussion and to ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements, you can take part by registering to attend European Space Week here.

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The Report on Agriculture User Needs and Requirements includes an analysis of current and potential future market trends in the agriculture sector.

Galileo supports compliance with ICAO SAR requirements

5.11.2018 12:12  
Visitors to the GSA stand are briefed on LPV procedures
Published: 
05 November 2018

Galileo supports compliance with new Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) from the International Civil Aviation Organisation relating to the location of an aeroplane in distress. This and other benefits of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) for the aviation sector were in focus at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly, which took place on 9-11 October in Edinburg, UK.

The new ICAO SARPs address the Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) Autonomous Distress Tracking (ADT) concept, which became effective on 11 July 2016 and will be applicable from 1 January 2021.

ADT is defined as the capability, using transmission of information, from which the position of an aircraft in distress can be determined at least once every minute and which is resilient to failures of the aircraft’s electrical power, navigation and communication systems.

At a meeting of the ERA Operations Group held during the General Assembly, Katerina Strelcova, Aviation Market Development Officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) stressed that Galileo would enable compliance with these requirements, thanks to the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service. The Galileo SAR service is Europe’s contribution to the international COSPAS-SARSAT system.

The corresponding European regulation for ADT is (EU) 2015/2338, which is not technology-specific. One of the solutions – the Emergency Locator Transmitter for Distress Tracking ELT (DT) – is based on the use of the Galileo SAR service and the COSPAS-SARSAT system.

New Galileo Services

Noting that the Galileo SAR service makes a fundamental European contribution to the COSPAS-SARSAT International Programme, Strelcova highlighted the new Galileo services that support improved SAR, in particular the Forward Link Service (FLS) capability.

The SAR transponder on Galileo satellites picks up signals emitted from distress beacons and broadcasts this information to dedicated ground stations (MEOLUTs). Once these signals are detected and the beacons are located by the MEOLUTs, COSPAS-SARSAT Mission Control Centres (MCC) receive the beacon location information and distribute the data to the relevant rescue centres (RCC) worldwide. In addition, Galileo introduces a new concept, i.e. the Return Link Service (RLS) that is currently being defined and standardised by EUROCAE.

“All Galileo satellites are able to offer a Return Link Service (RLS), which enables an acknowledgement message that allows people in distress to know that their message has been received and that help is on the way,” Strelcova said. She also noted that the RLS Command Service could make it possible to remotely activate and deactivate an emergency locator transmitter, ELT (DT) on an aircraft.

Watch this: Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) Service

“This link will enable the ELT to be triggered from the ground, by a third party having access to the Return Link Service Provider, and establish the position of a non-cooperative aircraft with which communications have been lost. This will make it possible to track the aircraft when other systems are not responding,” she said.

User Consultation

At the General, Assembly, the GSA launched a consultation process among airlines about the Galileo RLS with a view to gathering requirements from interested parties, raising awareness about the need for cooperation, and fostering the adoption of new standards and equipment in order to improve safety in SAR operations.

Also highlighted at the session was the EGNSS User Consultation Platform, which will be held as part of European Space Week in Marseille in December. This Platform is a forum for interaction between the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and end users, focused on user needs and requirements. It is an opportunity for the EGNSS programmes to listen to users and key industry players in order to optimise current use of the systems, continuously improve them, and plan for future evolutions. To contribute to the Platform and have your say, register to attend European Space Week here.

ERA General Assembly

The GSA was present at the General Assembly with a stand which included a G1000 EGNOS simulator at which airline operators were briefed on LPV approach procedures. Speaking at the General Assembly, Loganair Flight Support Manager Stewart Houston said that his airline was flying LPV approaches at Kirkwall – the main airport serving Scotland’s Orkney Islands – on its Twin Otter and Islander planes, equipped with G430W.

“Between 19 and 46 Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Ranges (VORs) will be removed in the UK, potentially leaving required navigation performance (RNP) as the only approaches available at several airports,” Houston said.

The ERA General Assembly is a key event for Regional Aviation Stakeholders. This year’s event brought together more than 400 key figures from the European aviation industry. The event is an opportunity to network, discuss key issues affecting the industry, learn from a wide range of thought-provoking conference sessions and celebrate the industry’s successes.

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Visitors to the GSA stand are briefed on LPV procedures

Galileo supports compliance with ICAO SAR requirements

5.11.2018 12:12  
Visitors to the GSA stand are briefed on LPV procedures
Published: 
04 November 2018

Galileo supports compliance with new Standards and Recommended Practices (SARPs) from the International Civil Aviation Organisation relating to the location of an aeroplane in distress. This and other benefits of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) for the aviation sector were in focus at the European Regions Airline Association (ERA) General Assembly, which took place on 9-11 October in Edinburg, UK.

The new ICAO SARPs address the Global Aeronautical Distress & Safety System (GADSS) Autonomous Distress Tracking (ADT) concept, which became effective on 11 July 2016 and will be applicable from 1 January 2021.

ADT is defined as the capability, using transmission of information, from which the position of an aircraft in distress can be determined at least once every minute and which is resilient to failures of the aircraft’s electrical power, navigation and communication systems.

At a meeting of the ERA Operations Group held during the General Assembly, Katerina Strelcova, Aviation Market Development Officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) stressed that Galileo would enable compliance with these requirements, thanks to the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service. The Galileo SAR service is Europe’s contribution to the international COSPAS-SARSAT system.

The corresponding European regulation for ADT is (EU) 2015/2338, which is not technology-specific. One of the solutions – the Emergency Locator Transmitter for Distress Tracking ELT (DT) – is based on the use of the Galileo SAR service and the COSPAS-SARSAT system.

New Galileo Services

Noting that the Galileo SAR service makes a fundamental European contribution to the COSPAS-SARSAT International Programme, Strelcova highlighted the new Galileo services that support improved SAR, in particular the Forward Link Service (FLS) capability.

The SAR transponder on Galileo satellites picks up signals emitted from distress beacons and broadcasts this information to dedicated ground stations (MEOLUTs). Once these signals are detected and the beacons are located by the MEOLUTs, COSPAS-SARSAT Mission Control Centres (MCC) receive the beacon location information and distribute the data to the relevant rescue centres (RCC) worldwide. In addition, Galileo introduces a new concept, i.e. the Return Link Service (RLS) that is currently being defined and standardised by EUROCAE.

“All Galileo satellites are able to offer a Return Link Service (RLS), which enables an acknowledgement message that allows people in distress to know that their message has been received and that help is on the way,” Strelcova said. She also noted that the RLS Command Service could make it possible to remotely activate and deactivate an emergency locator transmitter, ELT (DT) on an aircraft.

Watch this: Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) Service

“This link will enable the ELT to be triggered from the ground, by a third party having access to the Return Link Service Provider, and establish the position of a non-cooperative aircraft with which communications have been lost. This will make it possible to track the aircraft when other systems are not responding,” she said.

User Consultation

At the General, Assembly, the GSA launched a consultation process among airlines about the Galileo RLS with a view to gathering requirements from interested parties, raising awareness about the need for cooperation, and fostering the adoption of new standards and equipment in order to improve safety in SAR operations.

Also highlighted at the session was the EGNSS User Consultation Platform, which will be held as part of European Space Week in Marseille in December. This Platform is a forum for interaction between the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and end users, focused on user needs and requirements. It is an opportunity for the EGNSS programmes to listen to users and key industry players in order to optimise current use of the systems, continuously improve them, and plan for future evolutions. To contribute to the Platform and have your say, register to attend European Space Week here.

ERA General Assembly

The GSA was present at the General Assembly with a stand which included a  EGNOS enabled flight simulator at which airlines were briefed on LPV approach procedures. Speaking at the Operations group, Loganair Flight Support Manager Stewart Houston said that the airline was flying LPV approaches at Kirkwall – the main airport serving Scotland’s Orkney Islands – on its Twin Otter and Islander planes, equipped with G430W.

“Between 19 and 46 Very High Frequency Omni-Directional Ranges (VORs) will be removed in the UK, potentially leaving required navigation performance (RNP) as the only approaches available at several airports,” Houston said.

The ERA General Assembly is a key event for Regional Aviation Stakeholders. This year’s event brought together more than 400 key figures from the European aviation industry. The event is an opportunity to network, discuss key issues affecting the industry, learn from a wide range of thought-provoking conference sessions and celebrate the industry’s successes.

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Visitors to the GSA stand are briefed on LPV procedures

Where (exactly) are my things? Learn how Galileo empowers IoT solutions

1.11.2018 11:48  
Galileo’s unique features support innovation in a wide range of IoT applications
Published: 
01 November 2018

Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), including Galileo, play a key role in the Internet of Things (IoT), and positioning, velocity and timing information supports a wide range of context-aware applications, from drones and driverless cars to asset tracking. At a webinar hosted by the Alliance for Internet of Things Innovation (AIOTI) on November 29, representatives from the GSA will explain how the IoT can benefit from Galileo’s unique features.

The Alliance for Internet Of Things Innovation (AIOTI) is an European organisation created to strengthen dialogue and interaction among IoT players and counting among its members an important number of global and European industry players and research centres active in the IoT domain. GSA in cooperation with AIOTI is organizing a dedicated webinar addressing the important benefits that Galileo can bring to the IoT community. 

In recent years, access to GNSS technology has developed exponentially, quickly progressing from the appearance of the first GPS navigation equipment to the current situation, with more than 6 billion GNSS devices available globally. What’s more, the arrival of the IoT has considerably increased the number of services and applications that require positioning information.

Key development areas

GNSS supports real-time, accurate tracking, timing, and other machine-to-machine communication. The current location performance is sufficient to support many applications, but as the IoT market expands, so will the demands placed on GNSS systems. The IoT and the self-driving cars and drones of tomorrow will all require more accuracy, ubiquity of location both indoors and outdoors, and security of location data, all with the lowest possible power consumption. 

Read this: GNSS a key element of all-purpose, user-driven positioning solutions

With such a wide range of applications, innovation around positioning is evolving along three main paths. First of all, there is ubiquitous location, where the aim is to be able to locate people and objects at anytime, anywhere. The second area of development is the automation of positioning systems, enabling systems to sense their environment and react to it in real time. Finally, there is security of positioning. This is particularly important in liability-critical applications such as autonomous driving, where hacking threats can put people’s lives in danger. 

What Galileo brings to the table

On 29 November 2018, at 14:00, the GSA’s Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani and Justyna Redelkiewicz Musial, in charge of LBS and IoT market development at the GSA, will talk about Galileo’s unique features for IoT, including signal authentication to prevent spoofing, additional frequencies for better accuracy in urban environments, and high accuracy service for more demanding applications. 

Don’t miss out on this opportunity to learn how your IoT solution can benefit from Galileo. Register today by following this link.

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Galileo’s unique features support innovation in a wide range of IoT applications

Just published: First report series on User Needs and Requirements on Position, Navigation and Time

31.10.2018 14:18  
The reports provide an in-depth analysis of user needs and requirements in various market segments
Published: 
31 October 2018

A first series of Reports on User Needs and Requirements on position, navigation and time has been published on the European GNSS Service Centre web portal in the section “GSA Publications”. The publication of this series paves the way to the 2018 edition of the User Consultation Platform to be held in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018 as part of European Space Week.

The User Consultation Platform (UCP) is a periodic forum organised by the European Commission and the GSA that aims at listening to users’ needs and feedback. The event is a part of a process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs to support the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

In preparation for the next UCP, which will take place in Marseille on 3-4 December 2018, a total of eight reports are being published:

The reports are available in the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) website, in the Electronic Library under the “GSA Publications” section.

All the reports are structured in the same way: they start with an overview of the GNSS trends applicable to the segment in question, an in-depth analysis of the user needs and requirements, and finalising with a user requirements specification applicable to the particular market segment.

Finally, as the reports are publicly available, they serve also as a reference for users and industry, supporting planning and decision-making activities for those concerned with the use of location technologies.

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The reports provide an in-depth analysis of user needs and requirements in various market segments

Positioning and mapping technologies converging to deliver innovation in high added value applications

30.10.2018 11:29  
The Technology for All forum examined how positioning, navigation and imagery technologies are being used to protect our cultural heritage
Published: 
30 October 2018

Positioning and mapping technologies are converging and integrating as never before, enabling developers to deliver innovative high added-value applications and services, according to participants in the 5th edition of Technology for All, a forum dedicated to technological innovation in support of the environment, cultural heritage and smart cities, which was held at Rome’s Higher Institute for Firefighting (Istituto Superiore Antincendi) on 3-5 October.

At the event, which brought together over a hundred industrial stakeholders, public administrators, researchers and students, participants discussed how positioning, navigation and imagery technologies are being used to enable applications in the public sector and in other areas, such as autonomous machines, and military and civilian robotic applications.

Galileo added value

Speaking at a session on Position, Navigation and Timing: accurate position for safety, Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), said that the global satellite navigation market had seen strong growth recently and it is expected that by 2020 the number of devices equipped with satellite positioning would reach 8 billion, creating ‘numerous opportunities’ for application developers to provide high value-added services.

Read this: GNSS a key element of all-purpose, user-driven positioning solutions

“Satellite navigation services already touch our daily lives and are generating economic and social benefits, with the European satellite navigation programmes Galileo and EGNOS being adopted by many users in various fields, such as transport, consumer and professional services,” Calini said. This was thanks to the GSA’s market outreach work and to the development of new applications by European companies leveraging the unique features of EGNOS and Galileo.

“There are many other development opportunities where Galileo can bring added value, such as in autonomous vehicles and in smart cities”, Calini said, adding that “the GSA is committed to keep the fruitful cooperation with European business to improve competitiveness and reach new heights”.

Interest in high-precision GNSS

Speaking about the high positioning accuracy of GNSS receivers, Marco Lisi from the European Space Agency said that there had been a significant increase in interest in high-precision GNSS in recent months.
“In particular, this increased demand for greater positioning accuracy is evident for mass-market applications in areas such as IoT, wearable tracking devices, assisted and autonomous driving, UAV and robotic vehicles,” he said.

Watch this: Who is using Galileo today?

Mass market revolution

Meanwhile, Lisi noted that the world of GNSS handset and chipset manufacturing is experiencing a small revolution. “Four major companies - Broadcom, Intel, STMicroelectronics and u-blox - have decided to make Galileo dual-frequency receivers commercially available to mass market applications, offering positioning accuracy of up to 30 centimetres,” he said, adding that several flagship smartphone manufacturers would integrate these into their products in the course of 2018.

Roberto Capua, responsible for GNSS R&D at Sogei, the technological partner of Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, presented a GNSS-enabled software defined radio (SDR) receiver that has been extensively tested in the area of Rome to verify its usability for cadastral survey. “The test showed the usefulness of this technology, which is comparable with hardware receivers,” he said, adding that convergence time could be reduced in future by using different constellations and frequencies.

Finally, GNSS and Earth Observation applications presented at Technology for All 2018, demonstrated that Space technologies help to protect and monitor both the natural and built environment, with a view to guaranteeing our heritage for future generations.

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The Technology for All forum examined how positioning, navigation and imagery technologies are being used to protect our cultural heritage

Positioning and mapping technologies converging to deliver innovation in high added value applications

30.10.2018 11:29  
The Technology for All forum examined how positioning, navigation and imagery technologies are being used to protect our cultural heritage
Published: 
30 October 2018

Positioning and mapping technologies are converging and integrating as never before, enabling developers to deliver innovative high added-value applications and services, according to participants in the 5th edition of Technology for All, a forum dedicated to technological innovation in support of the environment, cultural heritage and smart cities, which was held at Rome’s Higher Institute for Firefighting (Istituto Superiore Antincendi) on 3-5 October.

At the event, which brought together over a hundred industrial stakeholders, public administrators, researchers and students, participants discussed how positioning, navigation and imagery technologies are being used to enable applications in the public sector and in other areas, such as autonomous machines, and military and civilian robotic applications.

Galileo added value

Speaking at a session on Position, Navigation and Timing: accurate position for safety, Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), said that the global satellite navigation market had seen strong growth recently and it is expected that by 2020 the number of devices equipped with satellite positioning would reach 8 billion, creating ‘numerous opportunities’ for application developers to provide high value-added services.

Read this: GNSS a key element of all-purpose, user-driven positioning solutions

“Satellite navigation services already touch our daily lives and are generating economic and social benefits, with the European satellite navigation programmes Galileo and EGNOS being adopted by many users in various fields, such as transport, consumer and professional services,” Calini said. This was thanks to the GSA’s market outreach work and to the development of new applications by European companies leveraging the unique features of EGNOS and Galileo.

“There are many other development opportunities where Galileo can bring added value, such as in autonomous vehicles and in smart cities”, Calini said, adding that “the GSA is committed to keep the fruitful cooperation with European business to improve competitiveness and reach new heights”.

Interest in high-precision GNSS

Speaking about the high positioning accuracy of GNSS receivers, Marco Lisi from the European Space Agency said that there had been a significant increase in interest in high-precision GNSS in recent months.

“In particular, this increased demand for greater positioning accuracy is evident for mass-market applications in areas such as IoT, wearable tracking devices, assisted and autonomous driving, UAV and robotic vehicles,” he said.

Watch this: Who is using Galileo today?

Mass market revolution

Meanwhile, Lisi noted that the world of GNSS handset and chipset manufacturing is experiencing a small revolution. “Four major companies - Broadcom, Intel, STMicroelectronics and u-blox - have decided to make Galileo dual-frequency receivers commercially available to mass market applications, offering positioning accuracy of up to 30 centimetres,” he said, adding that several flagship smartphone manufacturers would integrate these into their products in the course of 2018.

Roberto Capua, responsible for GNSS R&D at Sogei, the technological partner of Italy’s Ministry of Economy and Finance, presented a GNSS-enabled software defined radio (SDR) receiver that has been extensively tested in the area of Rome to verify its usability for cadastral survey. “The test showed the usefulness of this technology, which is comparable with hardware receivers,” he said, adding that convergence time could be reduced in future by using different constellations and frequencies.

Finally, GNSS and Earth Observation applications presented at Technology for All 2018, demonstrated that Space technologies help to protect and monitor both the natural and built environment, with a view to guaranteeing our heritage for future generations.

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The Technology for All forum examined how positioning, navigation and imagery technologies are being used to protect our cultural heritage

GSA partners with Septentrio in ERL Emergency 2019

29.10.2018 10:13  
ERL Emergency 2019 is targeting autonomous capabilities and seamless navigation for emergency robotic systems
Published: 
29 October 2018

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is partnering with GNSS receiver manufacturer Septentrio to award a prize in the ERL Emergency Local Tournament 2019, which aims to foster advanced developments of autonomous capabilities and seamless navigation for emergency robotic systems.

The European Robotics League (ERL) is an innovative robot competition that stems from its predecessors - the euRathlon and RoCKIn competitions - and focuses on tasks that robots must execute in realistic emergency situations. The competition is composed of multiple local tournaments, held in different locations across Europe, in addition to a few major events.

The first of the ERL Emergency challenges was announced in July 2018, and focused on land and sea robotic systems. The second, the deadline for which has been extended until 29 October, will be held in February 2019 at the premises of the Advanced Centre for Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) in Seville, Spain. This time the challenge will include air and land robots working in an outdoor/indoor environment. You can find more information about the challenges here.

Read this: Integrating GNSS in UAVs for faster SAR

Teams participate in a minimum of two tournaments (local and/or major) per year and get scores based on their performances. Each team’s top two tournament scores are then added together and the teams are ranked based on their cumulative score. Prizes for the top teams are awarded at the following year’s European Robotics Forum (ERF).

GSA-Septentrio Prize

The GSA will award a special prize at ERL Emergency 2019 focusing on robots that make use of solutions based on Galileo and EGNOS. This year, the Agency is partnering with the receiver manufacturer Septentrio, which will offer an AsteRx-i S receiver to the winning team.
Septentrio designs and manufactures highly accurate GNSS receivers for demanding applications requiring accuracies in the decimetre or centimetre range, even under difficult conditions. With its size, weight and power consumption, the AsteRx-i S is ideal for applications such as inspection with UAV's, UAS photogrammetry, automation, robotics and logistics.

“Whether it’s on the high seas, in scintillation prone areas or at high latitudes, our customers know that Septentrio receivers deliver fast, accurate and reliable positions. Our clients are active in urban canyons, under canopies or even under circumstances where there is deliberate interference, we make robust receivers to help our customers excel. It’s our long term vision to enable our customers’ success with GNSS,” said Septentrio Global Marketing Communications Manager Bas Broothaerts.

The challenge

The challenge this year is different depending on whether the teams work with air or land robots. For air robots, this challenge will involve two types of tasks: horizontal accuracy in landings at a specific geographic coordinate; and vertical accuracy while hovering at a specific geographic coordinate. For land robots, there will be only one type of task - horizontal accuracy during waypoint-based navigation.

Visual markers will be used to support the assessment of both types of task. To be eligible for the award, a team must have executed valid trials of the tasks. The team deemed to have achieved the best results will be declared the winner. For information on Galileo capable receivers and navigation kits for robotic systems visit https://www.usegalileo.eu/EN/.

Last chance to register!

If you are interested in participating in this ERL Emergency Local Tournament, you should register your team here by the deadline of October 29. For more information, click here.

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