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Big Numbers at European Space Expo Ljubljana

18.3.2015 14:41  
18/03/2015

With nearly 40,000 visitors, the Ljubljana stop ranks at the fourth most visited European Space Expo of all time.

The European Space Expo in Ljubljana, Slovenia was a huge success. Running from March 6 – 15, With a total of 39,384 visitors, the Ljubljana stop ranks as the fourth most visited European Space Expo of all time.it enjoyed a constant flow of people entering throughout the week. With a total of 39,384 visitors, the Ljubljana stop ranks as the fourth most visited European Space Expo of all time and first in terms of number of visitors per capita.

The event was a particular hit with kids, with an astonishing 5,600 school children exploring the expo’s exhibits. The event is an excellent opportunity for students to see the many aspects of space, learn about the activities of the European Space Agency and gain a hands-on understanding of how satellite technology benefits their daily lives.

The European Space Expo’s iconic dome landed in the heart of Ljubljana. Special for this edition was the display of TRISTAT, Slovenia’s first micro satellite. A talk on the micro satellite was also given.

The European Space Expo is an initiative of the European Commission , with support of and the European GNSS Agency (GSA), that illustrates the services and applications derived from such European space programs as Galileo and EGNOS in a fun, interactive and accessible way. Since it was started, nearly 600,000 people have visited the European Space Expo.

The Expo continues to tour around Europe, educating people about the benefits of space exploration and the benefits of investing in space. Next up is Athens, where the Expo will land from March 27 through April 6.

 

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More information:

European Space Expo Slovenia

European Space Expo 


GSA Video Premiere: Location Based Services

13.3.2015 16:25  
13/03/2015

New videos from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help.

EU GNSS programmes are changing the way the world works, modernising how we do business and how we live. New videos from the GSA demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help. 

Faster Fix, Improved Localisation

Galileo is adding more satellites to existing constellations, improving location accuracy and speed – even in urban areas.  In day-to-day life, civilians will be able to use this direct access to positioning to track everything from pets to phones. In the case of a lost child or pet, the correct position is needed as soon as possible. The line of sight should be quick and accurate, and Galileo provides that.

For example, through a chip inserted into a collar or other device, people will be able to track their dogs and other pets.

 

 

 

Precise Positioning, Time Matters

In emergency situations, knowing your precise location can be a matter of life or death. If you’re visiting a city and do not know the area but need to call emergency services, Galileo, in tandem with other GNSS systems, will send your precise location to first responders immediately – meaning you get the help you need as quickly as possible.

Today, it can be difficult for emergency response teams to locate victims in urban areas. Galileo will change this, providing faster, more accurate service. In some cases, just a few seconds can change everything.

 

 

Precise Infrastructure Localisation

Precision Infrastructure Localisation affects a number of diverse markets, including municipalities, utilities, oil and gas, and the environmental marketplace. In these markets, accurate positioning is critical to intelligent decision-making.

Everything, from streetlights to the white lines on the road to oil drilling, is mapped. With everything having a position, accuracy is of the utmost importance. With more positions in more environments, Galileo will make mapping easier and more precise.

 

 

 

Location Based Advertising

Galileo will enable a new form of advertising based on location. Now, people walking down a street can see menus of surrounding restaurants through specialised apps, making it easier to decide where to eat. Restaurants who previously had trouble standing out to newcomers can now advertise specials and show off their dishes to attract new business, and tourists can find the best places to eat in a new city.

Geo-targeted advertising works for all kinds of stores and services, and is more relevant and effective due to increased satellites and greater access in rural areas. Galileo works to provide enhanced location services, giving local businesses the opportunity to provide more information and access to more potential customers.

 

 

 

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).

Read more:

Galileo Applications
Location Based Services Brochure
GSA Video Library


GSA Video Premiere: Location Based Services

13.3.2015 16:25  
13/03/2015

New videos from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help.

EU GNSS programmes are changing the way the world works, modernising how we do business and how we live. New videos from the GSA demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help. 

Faster Fix, Improved Localisation

Galileo is adding more satellites to existing constellations, improving location accuracy and speed – even in urban areas.  In day-to-day life, civilians will be able to use this direct access to positioning to track everything from pets to phones. In the case of a lost child or pet, the correct position is needed as soon as possible. The line of sight should be quick and accurate, and Galileo provides that.

For example, through a chip inserted into a collar or other device, people will be able to track their dogs and other pets.

 

 

 

Precise Positioning, Time Matters

In emergency situations, knowing your precise location can be a matter of life or death. If you’re visiting a city and do not know the area but need to call emergency services, Galileo, in tandem with other GNSS systems, will send your precise location to first responders immediately – meaning you get the help you need as quickly as possible.

Today, it can be difficult for emergency response teams to locate victims in urban areas. Galileo will change this, providing faster, more accurate service. In some cases, just a few seconds can change everything.

 

 

Precise Infrastructure Localisation

Precision Infrastructure Localisation affects a number of diverse markets, including municipalities, utilities, oil and gas, and the environmental marketplace. In these markets, accurate positioning is critical to intelligent decision-making.

Everything, from streetlights to the white lines on the road to oil drilling, is mapped. With everything having a position, accuracy is of the utmost importance. With more positions in more environments, Galileo will make mapping easier and more precise.

 

 

 

Location Based Advertising

Galileo will enable a new form of advertising based on location. Now, people walking down a street can see menus of surrounding restaurants through specialised apps, making it easier to decide where to eat. Restaurants who previously had trouble standing out to newcomers can now advertise specials and show off their dishes to attract new business, and tourists can find the best places to eat in a new city.

Geo-targeted advertising works for all kinds of stores and services, and is more relevant and effective due to increased satellites and greater access in rural areas. Galileo works to provide enhanced location services, giving local businesses the opportunity to provide more information and access to more potential customers.

 

 

 

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).

Read more:

Galileo Applications
Location Based Services Brochure
GSA Video Library


GSA Video Premiere: Location Based Services

13.3.2015 16:25  
13/03/2015

New videos from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help.

EU GNSS programmes are changing the way the world works, modernising how we do business and how we live. New videos from the GSA demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help. 

Faster Fix, Improved Localisation

Galileo is adding more satellites to existing constellations, improving location accuracy and speed – even in urban areas.  In day-to-day life, civilians will be able to use this direct access to positioning to track everything from pets to phones. In the case of a lost child or pet, the correct position is needed as soon as possible. The line of sight should be quick and accurate, and Galileo provides that.

For example, through a chip inserted into a collar or other device, people will be able to track their dogs and other pets.

 

 

 

Precise Positioning, Time Matters

In emergency situations, knowing your precise location can be a matter of life or death. If you’re visiting a city and do not know the area but need to call emergency services, Galileo, in tandem with other GNSS systems, will send your precise location to first responders immediately – meaning you get the help you need as quickly as possible.

Today, it can be difficult for emergency response teams to locate victims in urban areas. Galileo will change this, providing faster, more accurate service. In some cases, just a few seconds can change everything.

 

 

Precise Infrastructure Localisation

Precision Infrastructure Localisation affects a number of diverse markets, including municipalities, utilities, oil and gas, and the environmental marketplace. In these markets, accurate positioning is critical to intelligent decision-making.

Everything, from streetlights to the white lines on the road to oil drilling, is mapped. With everything having a position, accuracy is of the utmost importance. With more positions in more environments, Galileo will make mapping easier and more precise.

 

 

 

Location Based Advertising

Galileo will enable a new form of advertising based on location. Now, people walking down a street can see menus of surrounding restaurants through specialised apps, making it easier to decide where to eat. Restaurants who previously had trouble standing out to newcomers can now advertise specials and show off their dishes to attract new business, and tourists can find the best places to eat in a new city.

Geo-targeted advertising works for all kinds of stores and services, and is more relevant and effective due to increased satellites and greater access in rural areas. Galileo works to provide enhanced location services, giving local businesses the opportunity to provide more information and access to more potential customers.

 

 

 

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).

Read more:

Galileo Applications
Location Based Services Brochure
GSA Video Library


GSA Video Premiere: Location Based Services

13.3.2015 16:25  
13/03/2015

New videos from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help.

EU GNSS programmes are changing the way the world works, modernising how we do business and how we live. New videos from the GSA demonstrate the benefits of improved accuracy in a variety of situations, and how Galileo, Europe’s independent global satellite navigation system, will help. 

Faster Fix, Improved Localisation

Galileo is adding more satellites to existing constellations, improving location accuracy and speed – even in urban areas.  In day-to-day life, civilians will be able to use this direct access to positioning to track everything from pets to phones. In the case of a lost child or pet, the correct position is needed as soon as possible. The line of sight should be quick and accurate, and Galileo provides that.

For example, through a chip inserted into a collar or other device, people will be able to track their dogs and other pets.

 

 

 

Precise Positioning, Time Matters

In emergency situations, knowing your precise location can be a matter of life or death. If you’re visiting a city and do not know the area but need to call emergency services, Galileo, in tandem with other GNSS systems, will send your precise location to first responders immediately – meaning you get the help you need as quickly as possible.

Today, it can be difficult for emergency response teams to locate victims in urban areas. Galileo will change this, providing faster, more accurate service. In some cases, just a few seconds can change everything.

 

 

Precise Infrastructure Localisation

Precision Infrastructure Localisation affects a number of diverse markets, including municipalities, utilities, oil and gas, and the environmental marketplace. In these markets, accurate positioning is critical to intelligent decision-making.

Everything, from streetlights to the white lines on the road to oil drilling, is mapped. With everything having a position, accuracy is of the utmost importance. With more positions in more environments, Galileo will make mapping easier and more precise.

 

 

 

Location Based Advertising

Galileo will enable a new form of advertising based on location. Now, people walking down a street can see menus of surrounding restaurants through specialised apps, making it easier to decide where to eat. Restaurants who previously had trouble standing out to newcomers can now advertise specials and show off their dishes to attract new business, and tourists can find the best places to eat in a new city.

Geo-targeted advertising works for all kinds of stores and services, and is more relevant and effective due to increased satellites and greater access in rural areas. Galileo works to provide enhanced location services, giving local businesses the opportunity to provide more information and access to more potential customers.

 

 

 

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).

Read more:

Galileo Applications
Location Based Services Brochure
GSA Video Library


GSA Set to Launch 4th GNSS Market Report in Munich

12.3.2015 13:36  
12/03/2015

It’s March, which for the GNSS community means one thing: the Munich Satellite Summit. From March 24 – 26, GNSS players from around the world will gather in Munich to discuss and debate all things GNSS. This year, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will launch its GNSS Market Report Issue 4 during the Summit.

The annual Munich Satellite Summit is set for March 24 – 26, and this year the GSA will The GSA will use the Munich stage to launch their GNSS Market Report Issue 4 at a dedicated session on March 25.be taking the stage to launch its 4th GNSS Market Report.  The Summit kicks off with an Opening Plenary Session, where GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides will join representatives from European governments, the European Commission, ESA, and the US, Russia and China.

Latest trends in the GNSS market

A dedicated launch session on the GNSS Market Report is scheduled for March 25, where participants will get a comprehensive overview of the GNSS market from GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.

“With nearly four billion GNSS devices used worldwide and all regions experiencing growth, our latest Market Report shows how GNSS represents a unique growth opportunity for Europe in terms of business development, job creation and European competitiveness,” says Calini.

A panel discussion featuring industry representatives and moderated by Inside GNSS Editor Glen Gibbons will follow. Panel members include: STMicroelectronic’s Philippe Prats, Broadcom Corporation’s Frank van Diggelen, European Business Aviation Association’s Belarmino Goncalves Paradela, 365FarmNet Group’s Klaus-Herbert Rolf, and Furuno Electric’s Genta Shinohara. Each panellist will provide unique insights into the trends and challenges facing their particular business.
    

     Click here to download the 2015 GSA GNSS Market Report

Future of Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT)

The launch of GSA’s 4th GNSS Market Report ideally compliments this year’s Summit theme: Who knows what the future will bring?

On this front, the summit has invited experts from around the world to look into the crystal ball and provide their views on the future of the global Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT) sector.

The technical programme for the summit includes plenary discussions and concise updates on the main activities in worldwide satellite navigation systems, including:

  • Implementation of Galileo
  • Modernisation of the US GPS IIF and GPS III
  • Status and modernisation of the Russian Global Satellite Navigation System GLONASS
  • Developments of new global and regional systems (such as the Chinese BeiDou, Japanese QZSS and the Indian IRNSS systems)
  • Space Based Augmentation systems (SBAS), such as EGNOS
  • Future trends in PNT
  • The role of GNSS in Big Data collection
  • Space geodesy, space navigation and reflectometry
  • Processor and semiconductor trends for GNSS receivers
  • GNSS market legal issues

 

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).

Read more:

The European GNSS Agency
EGNOS Portal
Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2015

GSA Set to Launch 4th GNSS Market Report in Munich

12.3.2015 13:36  
12/03/2015

It’s March, which for the GNSS community means one thing: the Munich Satellite Summit. From March 24 – 26, GNSS players from around the world will gather in Munich to discuss and debate all things GNSS. This year, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will launch its GNSS Market Report Issue 4 during the Summit.

The annual Munich Satellite Summit is set for March 24 – 26, and this year the GSA will The GSA will use the Munich stage to launch their GNSS Market Report Issue 4 at a dedicated session on March 25.be taking the stage to launch its 4th GNSS Market Report.  The Summit kicks off with an Opening Plenary Session, where GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides will join representatives from European governments, the European Commission, ESA, and the US, Russia and China.

Latest trends in the GNSS market

A dedicated launch session on the GNSS Market Report is scheduled for March 25, where participants will get a comprehensive overview of the GNSS market from GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.

“With nearly four billion GNSS devices used worldwide and all regions experiencing growth, our latest Market Report shows how GNSS represents a unique growth opportunity for Europe in terms of business development, job creation and European competitiveness,” says Calini.

A panel discussion featuring industry representatives and moderated by Inside GNSS Editor Glen Gibbons will follow. Panel members include: STMicroelectronic’s Philippe Prats, Broadcom Corporation’s Frank van Diggelen, European Business Aviation Association’s Belarmino Goncalves Paradela, 365FarmNet Group’s Klaus-Herbert Rolf, and Furuno Electric’s Genta Shinohara. Each panellist will provide unique insights into the trends and challenges facing their particular business.
    

     Click here to be among the first to download a copy of the 2015 GSA GNSS Market Report

Future of Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT)

The launch of GSA’s 4th GNSS Market Report ideally compliments this year’s Summit theme: Who knows what the future will bring?

On this front, the summit has invited experts from around the world to look into the crystal ball and provide their views on the future of the global Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT) sector.

The technical programme for the summit includes plenary discussions and concise updates on the main activities in worldwide satellite navigation systems, including:

  • Implementation of Galileo
  • Modernisation of the US GPS IIF and GPS III
  • Status and modernisation of the Russian Global Satellite Navigation System GLONASS
  • Developments of new global and regional systems (such as the Chinese BeiDou, Japanese QZSS and the Indian IRNSS systems)
  • Space Based Augmentation systems (SBAS), such as EGNOS
  • Future trends in PNT
  • The role of GNSS in Big Data collection
  • Space geodesy, space navigation and reflectometry
  • Processor and semiconductor trends for GNSS receivers
  • GNSS market legal issues

 

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).

Read more:

The European GNSS Agency
EGNOS Portal
Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2015

GSA Set to Launch 4th GNSS Market Report in Munich

12.3.2015 13:36  
12/03/2015

It’s March, which for the GNSS community means one thing: the Munich Satellite Summit. From March 24 – 26, GNSS players from around the world will gather in Munich to discuss and debate all things GNSS. This year, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will launch its GNSS Market Report Issue 4 during the Summit.

The annual Munich Satellite Summit is set for March 24 – 26, and this year the GSA will The GSA will use the Munich stage to launch their GNSS Market Report Issue 4 at a dedicated session on March 25.be taking the stage to launch its 4th GNSS Market Report.  The Summit kicks off with an Opening Plenary Session, where GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides will join representatives from European governments, the European Commission, ESA, and the US, Russia and China.

Latest trends in the GNSS market

A dedicated launch session on the GNSS Market Report is scheduled for March 25, where participants will get a comprehensive overview of the GNSS market from GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.

“With nearly four billion GNSS devices used worldwide and all regions experiencing growth, our latest Market Report shows how GNSS represents a unique growth opportunity for Europe in terms of business development, job creation and European competitiveness,” says Calini.

A panel discussion featuring industry representatives and moderated by Inside GNSS Editor Glen Gibbons will follow. Panel members include: STMicroelectronic’s Philippe Prats, Broadcom Corporation’s Frank van Diggelen, European Business Aviation Association’s Belarmino Goncalves Paradela, 365FarmNet Group’s Klaus-Herbert Rolf, and Furuno Electric’s Genta Shinohara. Each panellist will provide unique insights into the trends and challenges facing their particular business.
    

     Click here to be among the first to download a copy of the 2015 GSA GNSS Market Report

Future of Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT)

The launch of GSA’s 4th GNSS Market Report ideally compliments this year’s Summit theme: Who knows what the future will bring?

On this front, the summit has invited experts from around the world to look into the crystal ball and provide their views on the future of the global Positioning, Navigation & Timing (PNT) sector.

The technical programme for the summit includes plenary discussions and concise updates on the main activities in worldwide satellite navigation systems, including:

  • Implementation of Galileo
  • Modernisation of the US GPS IIF and GPS III
  • Status and modernisation of the Russian Global Satellite Navigation System GLONASS
  • Developments of new global and regional systems (such as the Chinese BeiDou, Japanese QZSS and the Indian IRNSS systems)
  • Space Based Augmentation systems (SBAS), such as EGNOS
  • Future trends in PNT
  • The role of GNSS in Big Data collection
  • Space geodesy, space navigation and reflectometry
  • Processor and semiconductor trends for GNSS receivers
  • GNSS market legal issues

 

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).

Read more:

The European GNSS Agency
EGNOS Portal
Munich Satellite Navigation Summit 2015

Slovak Republic Embraces European GNSS

11.3.2015 10:33  
11/03/2015

At a recent workshop with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic highlighted how it is leveraging the potential of European GNSS in such areas as road transport and civil aviation.

The Slovak Republic is enthusiastically embracing the potential of European GNSS, especially in the areas of road Speakers panel at the European GNSS Best Practise Exchange Workshop Bratislava, 10th February 2015transport and civil aviation. At a February workshop in Bratislava, experts and decision makers from the Slovak Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development met with the GSA and representatives from industry and the transport sector to exchange ideas and best practices.

Success on the road

Slovakia has already become a world leader in the use of GNSS-based on-board units (OBU) in heavy goods vehicles to collect road tolls and reduce emissions. It is now investigating other applications in the road sector, such as tracking dangerous goods, fleet control and automatic emergency call systems that alert emergency services in the event of a serious accident involving a vehicle equipped with the system.

“This is a nice recognition for the Slovak Republic,” said Slovak Republic Director General of Electronic Communications and Postal Services Zuzana Sturdikova, speaking on the success of Slovak industry in using GNSS applications. “As a relatively young and small country in Europe, Slovakia is viewed as a pioneer in implementing European GNSS and satellite navigation applications and is serving as an example to other countries looking to develop similar systems.”

Of particular note is the country’s expansion of the length of roads covered by its charging scheme from about 2,500 km to nearly 17,800 km within just one month. Slovak Tolling and IT Director of National Highway Company Milan Rac noted that this accomplishment was only possible thanks to such E-GNSS programmes as EGNOS and Galileo.

“We believe European GNNS can guide Slovakia not only towards a smart, integrated transport system, but also to GNSS applications in all relevant market segments,” said Slovak Republic State Counsellor of Electronic Communications Tibor Javor.

©Skytoll The Slovak Republic is a pioneer in using European GNSS for road and aviation applications.

Benefiting aviation too

The Slovak aviation industry is also interested in the potential application of EGNOS, for example with the implementation of LPV approach guidance systems (localiser performance with vertical guidance) that dispenses of the need for expensive ground infrastructure for assisted landing.

“Slovakia has been able to rapidly and strategically seize the opportunities offered by EGNOS in key market segments with tangible results and is clearly ready for Galileo,” concluded GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.

 

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).

Read more:

EGNOS and Road Applications

EGNOS for Aviation

EGNSS Best Practise Exchange workshop (slovak version)

Nie sme „Béčka“. V satelitnej navigáci. (slovak version)

Slovak Republic Embraces European GNSS

11.3.2015 10:33  
11/03/2015

At a recent workshop with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic highlighted how it is leveraging the potential of European GNSS in such areas as road transport and civil aviation.

The Slovak Republic is enthusiastically embracing the potential of European GNSS, especially in the areas of road Speakers panel at the European GNSS Best Practise Exchange Workshop Bratislava, 10th February 2015transport and civil aviation. At a February workshop in Bratislava, experts and decision makers from the Slovak Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development met with the GSA and representatives from industry and the transport sector to exchange ideas and best practices.

Success on the road

Slovakia has already become a world leader in the use of GNSS-based on-board units (OBU) in heavy goods vehicles to collect road tolls and reduce emissions. It is now investigating other applications in the road sector, such as tracking dangerous goods, fleet control and automatic emergency call systems that alert emergency services in the event of a serious accident involving a vehicle equipped with the system.

“This is a nice recognition for the Slovak Republic,” said Slovak Republic Director General of Electronic Communications and Postal Services Zuzana Sturdikova, speaking on the success of Slovak industry in using GNSS applications. “As a relatively young and small country in Europe, Slovakia is viewed as a pioneer in implementing European GNSS and satellite navigation applications and is serving as an example to other countries looking to develop similar systems.”

Of particular note is the country’s expansion of the length of roads covered by its charging scheme from about 2,500 km to nearly 17,800 km within just one month. Slovak Tolling and IT Director of National Highway Company Milan Rac noted that this accomplishment was only possible thanks to such E-GNSS programmes as EGNOS and Galileo.

“We believe European GNNS can guide Slovakia not only towards a smart, integrated transport system, but also to GNSS applications in all relevant market segments,” said Slovak Republic State Counsellor of Electronic Communications Tibor Javor.

©Skytoll The Slovak Republic is a pioneer in using European GNSS for road and aviation applications.

Benefiting aviation too

The Slovak aviation industry is also interested in the potential application of EGNOS, for example with the implementation of LPV approach guidance systems (localiser performance with vertical guidance) that dispenses of the need for expensive ground infrastructure for assisted landing.

“Slovakia has been able to rapidly and strategically seize the opportunities offered by EGNOS in key market segments with tangible results and is clearly ready for Galileo,” concluded GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.

 

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).

Read more:

EGNOS and Road Applications

EGNOS for Aviation

EGNSS Best Practise Exchange workshop (slovak version)

Nie sme „Béčka“. V satelitnej navigáci. (slovak version)

Slovak Republic Embraces European GNSS

11.3.2015 10:33  
11/03/2015

At a recent workshop with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in Bratislava, the Slovak Republic highlighted how it is leveraging the potential of European GNSS in such areas as road transport and civil aviation.

The Slovak Republic is enthusiastically embracing the potential of European GNSS, especially in the areas of road Speakers panel at the European GNSS Best Practise Exchange Workshop Bratislava, 10th February 2015transport and civil aviation. At a February workshop in Bratislava, experts and decision makers from the Slovak Ministry of Transport, Construction and Regional Development met with the GSA and representatives from industry and the transport sector to exchange ideas and best practices.

Success on the road

Slovakia has already become a world leader in the use of GNSS-based on-board units (OBU) in heavy goods vehicles to collect road tolls and reduce emissions. It is now investigating other applications in the road sector, such as tracking dangerous goods, fleet control and automatic emergency call systems that alert emergency services in the event of a serious accident involving a vehicle equipped with the system.

“This is a nice recognition for the Slovak Republic,” said Slovak Republic Director General of Electronic Communications and Postal Services Zuzana Sturdikova, speaking on the success of Slovak industry in using GNSS applications. “As a relatively young and small country in Europe, Slovakia is viewed as a pioneer in implementing European GNSS and satellite navigation applications and is serving as an example to other countries looking to develop similar systems.”

Of particular note is the country’s expansion of the length of roads covered by its charging scheme from about 2,500 km to nearly 17,800 km within just one month. Slovak Tolling and IT Director of National Highway Company Milan Rac noted that this accomplishment was only possible thanks to such E-GNSS programmes as EGNOS and Galileo.

“We believe European GNNS can guide Slovakia not only towards a smart, integrated transport system, but also to GNSS applications in all relevant market segments,” said Slovak Republic State Counsellor of Electronic Communications Tibor Javor.

©Skytoll The Slovak Republic is a pioneer in using European GNSS for road and aviation applications.

Benefiting aviation too

The Slovak aviation industry is also interested in the potential application of EGNOS, for example with the implementation of LPV approach guidance systems (localiser performance with vertical guidance) that dispenses of the need for expensive ground infrastructure for assisted landing.

“Slovakia has been able to rapidly and strategically seize the opportunities offered by EGNOS in key market segments with tangible results and is clearly ready for Galileo,” concluded GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.

 

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Looking for Information on European GNSS R&D?

10.3.2015 14:03  
10/03/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is highlighting the many successes coming out of the FP7 funding programme with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App.

For Europe, maintaining a competitive edge in a global economy and a high standard of living for its citizensThe GSA’s new R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report will soon be followed by an electronic version, available for free download.  requires the fullest exploitation of its superior know-how and cutting-edge technologies. This entails a firm commitment to advanced and sustained research programmes to deliver useful and marketable products and services for the 21st century.

The 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the European Union's main research funding instrument for the period 2007-2013, supported R&D and innovation in the field of GNSS – aimed at accelerating the development of a European market for satellite navigation applications and creating new opportunities for European industry.

The GSA is highlighting the many successes coming out of FP7 with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App. The comprehensive, searchable report will provide insight into a range of funded projects from across all market sectors – from aviation to maritime, rail and agriculture and everything in between. The application, which will be available for free download soon, will provide additional information beyond the print edition.

Impact on the GNSS market

As this report shows, the FP7 R&D programme has had a considerably positive impact on the GNSS market. Already by October 2013, almost 15,000 product/service units had been sold to over 13,000 clients, yielding revenues of €4 million. GSA forecasts predict that by the end of 2015, FP7 will have generated 200,000 unit sales to over 23,000 clients, yielding revenues of €27.1 million. More so, it is foreseen that one in two projects in the high-impact sectors will eventually lead to commercial outcomes.

This impressive performance is at least in part the result of the strong steering of the GSA’s market development strategy, focussing on the most significant sectors for current and future growth. Now, thanks to the hard work of European scientists and the EU, cutting-edge research in the field of GNSS is likely to continue to bear fruit for businesses and citizens into the foreseeable future.

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R&D for Galileo & EGNOS Application

Download the R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report here

Looking for Information on European GNSS R&D?

10.3.2015 14:03  
10/03/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is highlighting the many successes coming out of the FP7 funding programme with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App.

For Europe, maintaining a competitive edge in a global economy and a high standard of living for its citizensThe GSA’s new R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report will soon be followed by an electronic version, available for free download.  requires the fullest exploitation of its superior know-how and cutting-edge technologies. This entails a firm commitment to advanced and sustained research programmes to deliver useful and marketable products and services for the 21st century.

The 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the European Union's main research funding instrument for the period 2007-2013, supported R&D and innovation in the field of GNSS – aimed at accelerating the development of a European market for satellite navigation applications and creating new opportunities for European industry.

The GSA is highlighting the many successes coming out of FP7 with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App. The comprehensive, searchable report will provide insight into a range of funded projects from across all market sectors – from aviation to maritime, rail and agriculture and everything in between. The application, which will be available for free download soon, will provide additional information beyond the print edition.

Impact on the GNSS market

As this report shows, the FP7 R&D programme has had a considerably positive impact on the GNSS market. Already by October 2013, almost 15,000 product/service units had been sold to over 13,000 clients, yielding revenues of €4 million. GSA forecasts predict that by the end of 2015, FP7 will have generated 200,000 unit sales to over 23,000 clients, yielding revenues of €27.1 million. More so, it is foreseen that one in two projects in the high-impact sectors will eventually lead to commercial outcomes.

This impressive performance is at least in part the result of the strong steering of the GSA’s market development strategy, focussing on the most significant sectors for current and future growth. Now, thanks to the hard work of European scientists and the EU, cutting-edge research in the field of GNSS is likely to continue to bear fruit for businesses and citizens into the foreseeable future.

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).

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R&D for Galileo & EGNOS Application

Download the R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report here

Looking for Information on European GNSS R&D?

10.3.2015 14:03  
10/03/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is highlighting the many successes coming out of the FP7 funding programme with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App.

For Europe, maintaining a competitive edge in a global economy and a high standard of living for its citizensThe GSA’s new R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report will soon be followed by an electronic version, available for free download.  requires the fullest exploitation of its superior know-how and cutting-edge technologies. This entails a firm commitment to advanced and sustained research programmes to deliver useful and marketable products and services for the 21st century.

The 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the European Union's main research funding instrument for the period 2007-2013, supported R&D and innovation in the field of GNSS – aimed at accelerating the development of a European market for satellite navigation applications and creating new opportunities for European industry.

The GSA is highlighting the many successes coming out of FP7 with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App. The comprehensive, searchable report will provide insight into a range of funded projects from across all market sectors – from aviation to maritime, rail and agriculture and everything in between. The application, which will be available for free download soon, will provide additional information beyond the print edition.

Impact on the GNSS market

As this report shows, the FP7 R&D programme has had a considerably positive impact on the GNSS market. Already by October 2013, almost 15,000 product/service units had been sold to over 13,000 clients, yielding revenues of €4 million. GSA forecasts predict that by the end of 2015, FP7 will have generated 200,000 unit sales to over 23,000 clients, yielding revenues of €27.1 million. More so, it is foreseen that one in two projects in the high-impact sectors will eventually lead to commercial outcomes.

This impressive performance is at least in part the result of the strong steering of the GSA’s market development strategy, focussing on the most significant sectors for current and future growth. Now, thanks to the hard work of European scientists and the EU, cutting-edge research in the field of GNSS is likely to continue to bear fruit for businesses and citizens into the foreseeable future.

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).

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R&D for Galileo & EGNOS Application

Looking for Information on European GNSS R&D?

10.3.2015 14:03  
10/03/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is highlighting the many successes coming out of the FP7 funding programme with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App.

For Europe, maintaining a competitive edge in a global economy and a high standard of living for its citizensThe GSA’s new R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report will soon be followed by an electronic version, available for free download.  requires the fullest exploitation of its superior know-how and cutting-edge technologies. This entails a firm commitment to advanced and sustained research programmes to deliver useful and marketable products and services for the 21st century.

The 7th Framework Programme (FP7), the European Union's main research funding instrument for the period 2007-2013, supported R&D and innovation in the field of GNSS – aimed at accelerating the development of a European market for satellite navigation applications and creating new opportunities for European industry.

The GSA is highlighting the many successes coming out of FP7 with the launch of its R&D for Galileo and EGNOS Report and App. The comprehensive, searchable report will provide insight into a range of funded projects from across all market sectors – from aviation to maritime, rail and agriculture and everything in between. The application, which will be available for free download soon, will provide additional information beyond the print edition.

Impact on the GNSS market

As this report shows, the FP7 R&D programme has had a considerably positive impact on the GNSS market. Already by October 2013, almost 15,000 product/service units had been sold to over 13,000 clients, yielding revenues of €4 million. GSA forecasts predict that by the end of 2015, FP7 will have generated 200,000 unit sales to over 23,000 clients, yielding revenues of €27.1 million. More so, it is foreseen that one in two projects in the high-impact sectors will eventually lead to commercial outcomes.

This impressive performance is at least in part the result of the strong steering of the GSA’s market development strategy, focussing on the most significant sectors for current and future growth. Now, thanks to the hard work of European scientists and the EU, cutting-edge research in the field of GNSS is likely to continue to bear fruit for businesses and citizens into the foreseeable future.

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).

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R&D for Galileo & EGNOS Application

eCall one step closer to providing Europe with more efficient emergency services

9.3.2015 16:28  
09/03/2015

On 2 March 2015, the European Council adopted a position on type-approval requirements for fitting eCall devices in new motor vehicles. The EU-wide eCall system is aimed at speeding up emergency response services in case of a road accident.

In accordance to the Council position, as of 31 March 2018, all manufacturers of cars to be sold in Europe willAll eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge. be required to equip their new models with an in-vehicle GNSS-based eCall device. The wireless system will automatically trigger a distress signal to the 112-based eCall interoperable service in the event of an accident, using GNSS technologies to indicate the precise location of the incident.

Once the system is fully operational, authorities expect emergency response time to be cut in half, improving the outcome for people injured and reducing the number of deaths in road accidents throughout the European Union.

Drivers and passengers will also be able to use a manual control system to call the 112 emergency number themselves, and it will be virtually impossible to trigger the manual signal accidentally.

“Galileo and EGNOS play key roles in the eCall initiative,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “By providing more accurate location information, emergency and rescue operations can deliver more efficiently and effectively, making eCall a clear example of how European GNSS can contribute to saving lives.”

Not only will eCall devices be compatible with the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems, but manufacturers will also be able to ensure compatibility with other navigation systems.

Vehicle owners will still be able to access to third party services in addition to the 112-based eCall system. However, these additional services should not affect the functioning of the 112-based eCall in-vehicle system.

Privacy and data protection

Taking into account public concerns about privacy and data protection, vehicles equipped with the system will not be subject to constant tracking, and data on the location of the vehicle will be continuously erased. Nor will any data be communicated to third parties without the specific consent of the vehicle owner.

Finally, detailed technical rules will prevent the exchange of personal data between the eCall in-vehicle system and third-party systems. All of this means your right to privacy and protection of your data is ensured.

The Council's position follows an agreement reached with the European Parliament last December. Thus, the Parliament is now expected to confirm the Council's position without amendments at a vote before this summer.

All eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge.

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).

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European GNSS success story: eCall
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eCall one step closer to providing Europe with more efficient emergency services

9.3.2015 16:28  
09/03/2015

On 2 March 2015, the European Council adopted a position on type-approval requirements for fitting eCall devices in new motor vehicles. The EU-wide eCall system is aimed at speeding up emergency response services in case of a road accident.

In accordance to the Council position, as of 31 March 2018, all manufacturers of cars to be sold in Europe willAll eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge. be required to equip their new models with an in-vehicle GNSS-based eCall device. The wireless system will automatically trigger a distress signal to the 112-based eCall interoperable service in the event of an accident, using GNSS technologies to indicate the precise location of the incident.

Once the system is fully operational, authorities expect emergency response time to be cut in half, improving the outcome for people injured and reducing the number of deaths in road accidents throughout the European Union.

Drivers and passengers will also be able to use a manual control system to call the 112 emergency number themselves, and it will be virtually impossible to trigger the manual signal accidentally.

“Galileo and EGNOS play key roles in the eCall initiative,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “By providing more accurate location information, emergency and rescue operations can deliver more efficiently and effectively, making eCall a clear example of how European GNSS can contribute to saving lives.”

Not only will eCall devices be compatible with the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems, but manufacturers will also be able to ensure compatibility with other navigation systems.

Vehicle owners will still be able to access to third party services in addition to the 112-based eCall system. However, these additional services should not affect the functioning of the 112-based eCall in-vehicle system.

Privacy and data protection

Taking into account public concerns about privacy and data protection, vehicles equipped with the system will not be subject to constant tracking, and data on the location of the vehicle will be continuously erased. Nor will any data be communicated to third parties without the specific consent of the vehicle owner.

Finally, detailed technical rules will prevent the exchange of personal data between the eCall in-vehicle system and third-party systems. All of this means your right to privacy and protection of your data is ensured.

The Council's position follows an agreement reached with the European Parliament last December. Thus, the Parliament is now expected to confirm the Council's position without amendments at a vote before this summer.

All eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge.

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).

Read more:

A safer drive empowered by European GNSS
European GNSS success story: eCall

eCall one step closer to providing Europe with more efficient emergency services

9.3.2015 16:28  
09/03/2015

On 2 March 2015, the European Council adopted a position on type-approval requirements for fitting eCall devices in new motor vehicles. The EU-wide eCall system is aimed at speeding up emergency response services in case of a road accident.

In accordance to the Council position, as of 31 March 2018, all manufacturers of cars to be sold in Europe willAll eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge. be required to equip their new models with an in-vehicle GNSS-based eCall device. The wireless system will automatically trigger a distress signal to the 112-based eCall interoperable service in the event of an accident, using GNSS technologies to indicate the precise location of the incident.

Once the system is fully operational, authorities expect emergency response time to be cut in half, improving the outcome for people injured and reducing the number of deaths in road accidents throughout the European Union.

Drivers and passengers will also be able to use a manual control system to call the 112 emergency number themselves, and it will be virtually impossible to trigger the manual signal accidentally.

“Galileo and EGNOS play key roles in the eCall initiative,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “By providing more accurate location information, emergency and rescue operations can deliver more efficiently and effectively, making eCall a clear example of how European GNSS can contribute to saving lives.”

Not only will eCall devices be compatible with the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems, but manufacturers will also be able to ensure compatibility with other navigation systems.

Vehicle owners will still be able to access to third party services in addition to the 112-based eCall system. However, these additional services should not affect the functioning of the 112-based eCall in-vehicle system.

Privacy and data protection

Taking into account public concerns about privacy and data protection, vehicles equipped with the system will not be subject to constant tracking, and data on the location of the vehicle will be continuously erased. Nor will any data be communicated to third parties without the specific consent of the vehicle owner.

Finally, detailed technical rules will prevent the exchange of personal data between the eCall in-vehicle system and third-party systems. All of this means your right to privacy and protection of your data is ensured.

The Council's position follows an agreement reached with the European Parliament last December. Thus, the Parliament is now expected to confirm the Council's position without amendments at a vote before this summer.

All eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge.

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).

Read more:

A safer drive empowered by European GNSS
European GNSS success story: eCall

eCall one step closer to providing Europe with more efficient emergency services

9.3.2015 16:28  
09/03/2015

On 2 March 2015, the European Council adopted a position on type-approval requirements for fitting eCall devices in new motor vehicles. The EU-wide eCall system is aimed at speeding up emergency response services in case of a road accident.

In accordance to the Council position, as of 31 March 2018, all manufacturers of cars to be sold in Europe willAll eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge. be required to equip their new models with an in-vehicle GNSS-based eCall device. The wireless system will automatically trigger a distress signal to the 112-based eCall interoperable service in the event of an accident, using GNSS technologies to indicate the precise location of the incident.

Once the system is fully operational, authorities expect emergency response time to be cut in half, improving the outcome for people injured and reducing the number of deaths in road accidents throughout the European Union.

Drivers and passengers will also be able to use a manual control system to call the 112 emergency number themselves, and it will be virtually impossible to trigger the manual signal accidentally.

“Galileo and EGNOS play key roles in the eCall initiative,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “By providing more accurate location information, emergency and rescue operations can deliver more efficiently and effectively, making eCall a clear example of how European GNSS can contribute to saving lives.”

Not only will eCall devices be compatible with the Galileo and EGNOS satellite navigation systems, but manufacturers will also be able to ensure compatibility with other navigation systems.

Vehicle owners will still be able to access to third party services in addition to the 112-based eCall system. However, these additional services should not affect the functioning of the 112-based eCall in-vehicle system.

Privacy and data protection

Taking into account public concerns about privacy and data protection, vehicles equipped with the system will not be subject to constant tracking, and data on the location of the vehicle will be continuously erased. Nor will any data be communicated to third parties without the specific consent of the vehicle owner.

Finally, detailed technical rules will prevent the exchange of personal data between the eCall in-vehicle system and third-party systems. All of this means your right to privacy and protection of your data is ensured.

The Council's position follows an agreement reached with the European Parliament last December. Thus, the Parliament is now expected to confirm the Council's position without amendments at a vote before this summer.

All eCall system infrastructures should be in place by 1 October 2017 and its use will be available to all and free of charge.

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).

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A safer drive empowered by European GNSS
European GNSS success story: eCall

Promote Your Innovative ITS Mobility Applications at the ITS World Congress

24.2.2015 10:47  
24/02/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the JUPITER project are seeking SMEs and local authorities to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the ITS World Congress.

With the theme "Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space,” the ITS World Congress 2015 in Bordeaux, France is focusing in how progress in satellite-based technology is paving the way towards better transport services and new applications for safe transport and smart mobility.

To that end, the JUPITER project (Joint EUropean Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness Raising) is seeking applications from 25 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and 15 local authorities that want to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the Congress.

The deadline for applying is March 1! (Click to enlarge)

Several examples might be:

  • Hybridisation of GNSS receivers with other sensors (eg video, lidar).
  • Reliable positioning for critical ITS services (tolling...)
  • Multimodal transport planning solutions for travellers
  • Points of interest notification or parking availability
  • Solutions for regulated services (eg eCall, digital tachograph, dangerous goods)

Applicants should reflect on how EGNSS can bring added value to innovative ITS solutions.

The 25 SMEs will be awarded a EUR 4000 voucher to cover the cost of participating in the ITS World Congress 2015. Half of the amount will be appropriated prior to the Congress, with the remainder given out after the event.

JUPITER is a Horizon 2020 project funded through the European Union and managed by the GSA. The project’s goal is promote the European GNSS and encourage and foster technological innovation.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information about the call for SMEs click here.

Participation form for SMEs

For more information about the call for local authorities click here.

Participation form for local authorities

 

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ITS World Congress

Promote Your Innovative ITS Mobility Applications at the ITS World Congress

24.2.2015 10:47  
24/02/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the JUPITER project are seeking SMEs and local authorities to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the ITS World Congress.

With the theme "Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space,” the ITS World Congress 2015 in Bordeaux, France is focusing in how progress in satellite-based technology is paving the way towards better transport services and new applications for safe transport and smart mobility.

To that end, the JUPITER project (Joint EUropean Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness Raising) is seeking applications from 25 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and 15 local authorities that want to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the Congress.

The deadline for applying is March 1! (Click to enlarge)

Several examples might be:

  • Hybridisation of GNSS receivers with other sensors (eg video, lidar).
  • Reliable positioning for critical ITS services (tolling...)
  • Multimodal transport planning solutions for travellers
  • Points of interest notification or parking availability
  • Solutions for regulated services (eg eCall, digital tachograph, dangerous goods)

Applicants should reflect on how EGNSS can bring added value to innovative ITS solutions.

The 25 SMEs will be awarded a EUR 4000 voucher to cover the cost of participating in the ITS World Congress 2015. Half of the amount will be appropriated prior to the Congress, with the remainder given out after the event.

JUPITER is a Horizon 2020 project funded through the European Union and managed by the GSA. The project’s goal is promote the European GNSS and encourage and foster technological innovation.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information about the call for SMEs click here.

Participation form for SMEs

For more information about the call for local authorities click here.

Participation form for local authorities

 

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).

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ITS World Congress

Promote Your Innovative ITS Mobility Applications at the ITS World Congress

24.2.2015 10:47  
24/02/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the JUPITER project are seeking SMEs and local authorities to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the ITS World Congress.

With the theme "Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space,” the ITS World Congress 2015 in Bordeaux, France is focusing in how progress in satellite-based technology is paving the way towards better transport services and new applications for safe transport and smart mobility.

To that end, the JUPITER project (Joint EUropean Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness Raising) is seeking applications from 25 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and 15 local authorities that want to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the Congress.

The deadline for applying is March 1! (Click to enlarge)

Several examples might be:

  • Hybridisation of GNSS receivers with other sensors (eg video, lidar).
  • Reliable positioning for critical ITS services (tolling...)
  • Multimodal transport planning solutions for travellers
  • Points of interest notification or parking availability
  • Solutions for regulated services (eg eCall, digital tachograph, dangerous goods)

Applicants should reflect on how EGNSS can bring added value to innovative ITS solutions.

The 25 SMEs will be awarded a EUR 4000 voucher to cover the cost of participating in the ITS World Congress 2015. Half of the amount will be appropriated prior to the Congress, with the remainder given out after the event.

JUPITER is a Horizon 2020 project funded through the European Union and managed by the GSA. The project’s goal is promote the European GNSS and encourage and foster technological innovation.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information about the call for SMEs click here.

Participation form for SMEs

For more information about the call for local authorities click here.

Participation form for local authorities

 

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).

Read more:

ITS World Congress

Promote Your Innovative ITS Mobility Applications at the ITS World Congress

24.2.2015 10:47  
24/02/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the JUPITER project are seeking SMEs and local authorities to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the ITS World Congress.

With the theme "Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space,” the ITS World Congress 2015 in Bordeaux, France is focusing in how progress in satellite-based technology is paving the way towards better transport services and new applications for safe transport and smart mobility.

To that end, the JUPITER project (Joint EUropean Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness Raising) is seeking applications from 25 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and 15 local authorities that want to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the Congress.

The deadline for applying is March 1! (Click to enlarge)

Several examples might be:

  • Hybridisation of GNSS receivers with other sensors (eg video, lidar).
  • Reliable positioning for critical ITS services (tolling...)
  • Multimodal transport planning solutions for travellers
  • Points of interest notification or parking availability
  • Solutions for regulated services (eg eCall, digital tachograph, dangerous goods)

Applicants should reflect on how EGNSS can bring added value to innovative ITS solutions.

The 25 SMEs will be awarded a EUR 4000 voucher to cover the cost of participating in the ITS World Congress 2015. Half of the amount will be appropriated prior to the Congress, with the remainder given out after the event.

JUPITER is a Horizon 2020 project funded through the European Union and managed by the GSA. The project’s goal is promote the European GNSS and encourage and foster technological innovation.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information about the call for SMEs click here.

Participation form for SMEs

For more information about the call for local authorities click here.
Participation form for local authorities

 

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).

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ITS World Congress

Promote Your Innovative ITS Mobility Applications at the ITS World Congress

24.2.2015 10:47  
24/02/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the JUPITER project are seeking SMEs and local authorities to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the ITS World Congress.

With the theme "Towards Intelligent Mobility - Better Use of Space,” the ITS World Congress 2015 in Bordeaux,The deadline for applying is March 1! France is focusing in how progress in satellite-based technology is paving the way towards better transport services and new applications for safe transport and smart mobility.

To that end, the JUPITER project (Joint EUropean Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness Raising) is seeking applications from 25 small- and medium-sized enterprises (SME) and 15 local authorities that want to promote their innovative ITS mobility applications at the Congress.

Several examples might be:

  • Hybridisation of GNSS receivers with other sensors (eg video, lidar).
  • Reliable positioning for critical ITS services (tolling...)
  • Multimodal transport planning solutions for travellers
  • Points of interest notification or parking availability
  • Solutions for regulated services (eg eCall, digital tachograph, dangerous goods)

Applicants should reflect on how EGNSS can bring added value to innovative ITS solutions.

The 25 SMEs will be awarded a EUR 4000 voucher to cover the cost of participating in the ITS World Congress 2015. Half of the amount will be appropriated prior to the Congress, with the remainder given out after the event.

JUPITER is a Horizon 2020 project funded through the European Union and managed by the GSA. The project’s goal is promote the European GNSS and encourage and foster technological innovation.

The deadline to apply is March 1.

For more information about the call for SMEs click here.

Participation form for SMEs

For more information about the call for local authorities click here.

Participation form for local authorities

 

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Cross-continental Cooperation with GNSS.asia

19.2.2015 13:31  
19/02/2015

As Galileo becomes a reality and multi-GNSS applications are developed, international collaboration is becoming increasingly vital. GNSS.asia, an EU-Horizon 2020 project managed through the GSA aims to develop industrial cooperation between GNSS industry in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

During its first phase, GNSS.asia successfully facilitated industrial matchmaking and provided business development GNSS.asia will be holding a series of workshops, industry seminars, thematic events and round tables. support to the European GNSS industry in Asia. This collaboration will continue in phase two, with a new focus on outreach to local participants.

Expanding the GNSS.asia Horizon

With Phase Two officially launched, GNSS.asia will continue to act as an independent catalyst for facilitating industrial interaction. Specifically, the project will promote the creation of industrial partnerships through a series of new activities, including workshops, industry seminars, thematic events and round tables, to be held in both Asia and the EU.

GNSS.asia will also expand its geographic reach from India, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan to Australia and a number of Southeast Asian countries. To investigate GNSS market opportunities in this region, GNSS.asia will be collaborating closely with carefully selected local partners and stakeholders.

With multi-GNSS solutions becoming increasingly important in the near future, this will become an overarching focus in all of GNSS.asia’s work. The project will contribute an international industrial angle to the Multi-GNSS Asia Demonstration Campaign (MGA), with a focus on promoting Galileo’s differentiators within this multi-constellation solution.

Supporting Your Company in Asia

The GNSS.asia consortium consists of European and Asian players that have long-standing experience in fostering EU-Asian industrial cooperation and a proven track record in GNSS activities. To maximise the project’s impact, the consortium works in close collaboration with prominent Asian companies, industry associations and research organisations. Furthermore, the GNSS.asia team continues to assess market areas of mutual interest, analyse the GNSS landscape in the target economies and provide expert guidance for European companies searching for business opportunities in Asia.

If your company is looking for Asian partners with GNSS expertise, in-depth business support to enter the Asian market or unique networking opportunities with industrial and institutional stakeholders, do not hesitate to get in touch with GNSS.asia.

 

 

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Cross-continental Cooperation with GNSS.asia

19.2.2015 13:31  
19/02/2015

As Galileo becomes a reality and multi-GNSS applications are developed, international collaboration is becoming increasingly vital. GNSS.asia, an EU-Horizon 2020 project managed through the GSA aims to develop industrial cooperation between GNSS industry in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

During its first phase, GNSS.asia successfully facilitated industrial matchmaking and provided business development GNSS.asia will be holding a series of workshops, industry seminars, thematic events and round tables. support to the European GNSS industry in Asia. This collaboration will continue in phase two, with a new focus on outreach to local participants.

Expanding the GNSS.asia Horizon

With Phase Two officially launched, GNSS.asia will continue to act as an independent catalyst for facilitating industrial interaction. Specifically, the project will promote the creation of industrial partnerships through a series of new activities, including workshops, industry seminars, thematic events and round tables, to be held in both Asia and the EU.

GNSS.asia will also expand its geographic reach from India, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan to Australia and a number of Southeast Asian countries. To investigate GNSS market opportunities in this region, GNSS.asia will be collaborating closely with carefully selected local partners and stakeholders.

With multi-GNSS solutions becoming increasingly important in the near future, this will become an overarching focus in all of GNSS.asia’s work. The project will contribute an international industrial angle to the Multi-GNSS Asia Demonstration Campaign (MGA), with a focus on promoting Galileo’s differentiators within this multi-constellation solution.

Supporting Your Company in Asia

The GNSS.asia consortium consists of European and Asian players that have long-standing experience in fostering EU-Asian industrial cooperation and a proven track record in GNSS activities. To maximise the project’s impact, the consortium works in close collaboration with prominent Asian companies, industry associations and research organisations. Furthermore, the GNSS.asia team continues to assess market areas of mutual interest, analyse the GNSS landscape in the target economies and provide expert guidance for European companies searching for business opportunities in Asia.

If your company is looking for Asian partners with GNSS expertise, in-depth business support to enter the Asian market or unique networking opportunities with industrial and institutional stakeholders, do not hesitate to get in touch with GNSS.asia.

 

 

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Looking for more information on GNSS.asia?

Cross-continental Cooperation with GNSS.asia

19.2.2015 13:31  
19/02/2015

As Galileo becomes a reality and multi-GNSS applications are developed, international collaboration is becoming increasingly vital. GNSS.asia, an EU-Horizon 2020 project managed through the GSA aims to develop industrial cooperation between GNSS industry in Europe and Asia-Pacific.

During its first phase, GNSS.asia successfully facilitated industrial matchmaking and provided business development GNSS.asia will be holding a series of workshops, industry seminars, thematic events and round tables. support to the European GNSS industry in Asia. This collaboration will continue in phase two, with a new focus on outreach to local participants.

Expanding the GNSS.asia Horizon

With Phase Two officially launched, GNSS.asia will continue to act as an independent catalyst for facilitating industrial interaction. Specifically, the project will promote the creation of industrial partnerships through a series of new activities, including workshops, industry seminars, thematic events and round tables, to be held in both Asia and the EU.

GNSS.asia will also expand its geographic reach from India, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan to Australia and a number of Southeast Asian countries. To investigate GNSS market opportunities in this region, GNSS.asia will be collaborating closely with carefully selected local partners and stakeholders.

With multi-GNSS solutions becoming increasingly important in the near future, this will become an overarching focus in all of GNSS.asia’s work. The project will contribute an international industrial angle to the Multi-GNSS Asia Demonstration Campaign (MGA), with a focus on promoting Galileo’s differentiators within this multi-constellation solution.

Supporting Your Company in Asia

The GNSS.asia consortium consists of European and Asian players that have long-standing experience in fostering EU-Asian industrial cooperation and a proven track record in GNSS activities. To maximise the project’s impact, the consortium works in close collaboration with prominent Asian companies, industry associations and research organisations. Furthermore, the GNSS.asia team continues to assess market areas of mutual interest, analyse the GNSS landscape in the target economies and provide expert guidance for European companies searching for business opportunities in Asia.

If your company is looking for Asian partners with GNSS expertise, in-depth business support to enter the Asian market or unique networking opportunities with industrial and institutional stakeholders, do not hesitate to get in touch with GNSS.asia.

 

 

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Over 100 Attend Galileo Service Operation Industry Day

12.2.2015 8:58  
12/02/2015

Following the recent launch of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) procurement procedure, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) invited members of the European GNSS Industry to Prague to learn more about the procurement. Over 100 participants from across all sectors of the space industry participated in the February 3rd Galileo Service Operation Industry Day.

The Industry Day introduced Phase I of the GSOp procurement, including its scope, process, Over 100 people from across all sectors of the industry participated in the February 3rd Galileo Service Operation Industry Day.conditions and schedule. In addition to providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the competition and a chance to ask questions, the event also served as an excellent networking opportunity.

“We are very encouraged by the strong showing at the event,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “This is a testament to the importance the European aerospace sector places not only on this tender, but on ensuring the future of the Galileo programme.”

The contract, which is the first important step for the GSA in its recently delegated role of overseeing the exploitation of the Galileo programme, will be the largest ever awarded for Galileo. With a value of approximately  EUR 1 billion, the contract will shape the future of Galileo services for the next eight to ten years.

“As we launch this procurement process, the GSA’s primary objective is to guarantee full transparency and fair competition in compliance with the EU’s procurement rules,” adds des Dorides.

The deadline for requesting access to procurement documents  is 20 February 2015. The deadline for submitting Request to Participate is 27 February 2015. The awarding of the contract is expected in the second half of 2016.

More information can be found here.

“This (turnout) is a testament to the importance the European aerospace sector places not only on this tender, but on ensuring the future of the Galileo programme.”
-
Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

 

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Over 100 Attend Galileo Service Operation Industry Day

12.2.2015 8:58  
12/02/2015

Following the recent launch of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) procurement procedure, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) invited members of the European GNSS Industry to Prague to learn more about the procurement. Over 100 participants from across all sectors of the space industry participated in the February 3rd Galileo Service Operation Industry Day.

The Industry Day introduced Phase I of the GSOp procurement, including its scope, process, Over 100 people from across all sectors of the industry participated in the February 3rd Galileo Service Operation Industry Day.conditions and schedule. In addition to providing participants with a comprehensive overview of the competition and a chance to ask questions, the event also served as an excellent networking opportunity.

“We are very encouraged by the strong showing at the event,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “This is a testament to the importance the European aerospace sector places not only on this tender, but on ensuring the future of the Galileo programme.”

The contract, which is the first important step for the GSA in its recently delegated role of overseeing the exploitation of the Galileo programme, will be the largest ever awarded for Galileo. With a value of approximately  EUR 1 billion, the contract will shape the future of Galileo services for the next eight to ten years.

“As we launch this procurement process, the GSA’s primary objective is to guarantee full transparency and fair competition in compliance with the EU’s procurement rules,” adds des Dorides.

The deadline for requesting access to procurement documents  is 20 February 2015. The deadline for submitting Request to Participate is 27 February 2015. The awarding of the contract is expected in the second half of 2016.

More information can be found here.

“This (turnout) is a testament to the importance the European aerospace sector places not only on this tender, but on ensuring the future of the Galileo programme.”
-
Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

 

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Galileo Takes Centre Stage at United Nations

11.2.2015 11:05  
11/02/2015

Galileo recently took centre stage at the United Nations in Vienna and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo says cooperation with non-EU partners is essential for Galileo's success. ©Claude Cauwe

The European GNSS programme was part of an interactive exhibition on both EGNOS and Galileo, an event jointly sponsored by the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on the occasion of the 52nd Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

 

“While Galileo is indeed a project under the European Commission, cooperation with non-EU partners is nevertheless essential for its success,” said UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, speaking during the exhibition’s opening on 9 February. “As satellite navigation systems expand globally, the goal of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) is to ensure they remain fully compatible and interoperable – and for this, international cooperation is crucial.”

 

“We know that the real power of GNSS comes not from single systems, but from systems working together to achieve a common goal,” said Ambassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna, echoing the words of Di Pippo. “We know cooperation among the different satellite navigation systems will lead to even greater economic, environmental, technical and social benefits.”

 

The Ambassador went on to note that with a ‘system of systems’, users will benefit from greater coverage, betterAmbassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy says the real power of GNSS comes not from single systems, but from systems working together. ©Claude Cauwe  accuracy and more confidence in their position fixes. Although the range of applications is already large, with the new accuracy, reliability and confidence offered by Galileo, this range will only grow.

 

“It gives me great pleasure to see that Europe's global satellite navigation system is about to make a real contribution to the future of navigation, positioning and timing,” concluded the Ambassador. “It's a very exciting time for us.”

 

 

 

 

“It gives me great pleasure to see that Europe's global satellite navigation system is about to make a real contribution to the future of navigation, positioning and timing.” 
-
Ambassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna

Galileo recently took centre stage at the United Nations in Vienna and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). ©Claude Cauwe

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GSA Hosts Global GNSS Community in Prague
International Committee on GNSS
EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna

Galileo Takes Centre Stage at United Nations

11.2.2015 11:05  
11/02/2015

Galileo recently took centre stage at the United Nations in Vienna and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo says cooperation with non-EU partners is essential for Galileo's success.

The European GNSS programme was part of an interactive exhibition on both EGNOS and Galileo, an event jointly sponsored by the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on the occasion of the 52nd Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

 

“While Galileo is indeed a project under the European Commission, cooperation with non-EU partners is nevertheless essential for its success,” said UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, speaking during the exhibition’s opening on 9 February. “As satellite navigation systems expand globally, the goal of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) is to ensure they remain fully compatible and interoperable – and for this, international cooperation is crucial.”

 

“We know that the real power of GNSS comes not from single systems, but from systems working together to achieve a common goal,” said Ambassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna, echoing the words of Di Pippo. “We know cooperation among the different satellite navigation systems will lead to even greater economic, environmental, technical and social benefits.”

 

The Ambassador went on to note that with a ‘system of systems’, users will benefit from greater coverage, betterAmbassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy says the real power of GNSS comes not from single systems, but from systems working together. accuracy and more confidence in their position fixes. Although the range of applications is already large, with the new accuracy, reliability and confidence offered by Galileo, this range will only grow.

 

“It gives me great pleasure to see that Europe's global satellite navigation system is about to make a real contribution to the future of navigation, positioning and timing,” concluded the Ambassador. “It's a very exciting time for us.”

 

 

 

 

“It gives me great pleasure to see that Europe's global satellite navigation system is about to make a real contribution to the future of navigation, positioning and timing.” 
-
Ambassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna

Galileo recently took centre stage at the United Nations in Vienna and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

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GSA Hosts Global GNSS Community in Prague
International Committee on GNSS
EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna

Galileo Takes Centre Stage at United Nations

11.2.2015 11:05  
11/02/2015

Galileo recently took centre stage at the United Nations in Vienna and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo says cooperation with non-EU partners is essential for Galileo's success. ©Claude Cauwe

The European GNSS programme was part of an interactive exhibition on both EGNOS and Galileo, an event jointly sponsored by the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on the occasion of the 52nd Session of the Scientific and Technical Subcommittee of the Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS).

 

“While Galileo is indeed a project under the European Commission, cooperation with non-EU partners is nevertheless essential for its success,” said UNOOSA Director Simonetta Di Pippo, speaking during the exhibition’s opening on 9 February. “As satellite navigation systems expand globally, the goal of the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) is to ensure they remain fully compatible and interoperable – and for this, international cooperation is crucial.”

 

“We know that the real power of GNSS comes not from single systems, but from systems working together to achieve a common goal,” said Ambassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna, echoing the words of Di Pippo. “We know cooperation among the different satellite navigation systems will lead to even greater economic, environmental, technical and social benefits.”

 

The Ambassador went on to note that with a ‘system of systems’, users will benefit from greater coverage, betterAmbassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy says the real power of GNSS comes not from single systems, but from systems working together. ©Claude Cauwe  accuracy and more confidence in their position fixes. Although the range of applications is already large, with the new accuracy, reliability and confidence offered by Galileo, this range will only grow.

 

“It gives me great pleasure to see that Europe's global satellite navigation system is about to make a real contribution to the future of navigation, positioning and timing,” concluded the Ambassador. “It's a very exciting time for us.”

 

 

 

 

“It gives me great pleasure to see that Europe's global satellite navigation system is about to make a real contribution to the future of navigation, positioning and timing.” 
-
Ambassador Györgyi Martin Zanathy, Head of the Delegation of the European Union to the International Organisations in Vienna

Galileo recently took centre stage at the United Nations in Vienna and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). ©Claude Cauwe

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GSA Hosts Global GNSS Community in Prague
International Committee on GNSS
EU Delegation to the International Organisations in Vienna

Sci-Tech Systems Reaches Final Stages

6.2.2015 12:24  
06/02/2015

Sci-Tech Systems, the 2008 winner of the GSA Special Topic Prize at the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), is now in its final stage after successful prototype trials.

The Diver Tracking System, a system using EGNOS positioning accuracy, continuously tracks diversDivers using the Diver Tracking System at Weymouth on the surface. Originally developed by Peter Hall and Christine Edwards, both avid sailors, the project’s origins followed a particularly rough sail, which led the two to ask what would have happened if someone went overboard? This in turn launched an ongoing discussion about current safety devices and their limitations. When it became obvious that there was no ideal solution, the project was born.

Read also: And the winner is…

“We are both very excited to see development enter this stage,” says Christine. “Initial results showed our system performing better than expected, and we expect the final prototype to become an essential part of every diver’s kit.”

The original idea was to create an emergency device using the technology most sailors already know how to use, in order to eliminate the added stress of having to learn a new system during an emergency situation. The on-board navigation system fits this description, and Peter and Christine used their device with it to create the initial project.

Essential to divers

During development, the two were approached by a number of parties asking if the system could be Prototype of the Diver Tracking System using EGNOSdeveloped for particular needs. Most of these were divers, and it quickly became apparent that diving was an area where the system could be extremely useful.

As a result, the system changed from an emergency-only system to a constant tracking system, with an alert button a diver can use to attract their boat’s attention. A common concern among divers is that their cover boat will not see or hear them when they surface. The tracking system will help to reduce these concerns, increase diver safety, and make getting to the end of dive quicker and more efficient.

Prolonging divers separation from their boat can result in hypothermia, exposure and even fatality. Knowing exactly where divers are, especially if hurt or in difficulties, is therefore very important, and the EGNOS-enhanced GNSS receiver used in the tracking system gives the best chance of getting accurate diver positions and guiding the cover boat to them.

Although developed with divers in mind, the tracking system can be used for many different Watersports. With its good range and no operational costs, the Sci-Tech tracker is a valuable addition to the water enthusiast’s equipment.

Peter and Christine reached the second phase of the Harwell Launchpad II competition earlier this month, and are looking to raise the matching funds in order to make a few final adjustments to the product, make it cheaper to manufacture and sell, and fund final trials and commercialisation.

EGNOS today, Galileo tomorrow

Sci-Tech takes advantage of EGNOS’ positioning accuracy to within three metres, which enhances the tracking device’s GNSS output to provide correct position data. In the future the Sci-Tech device will be developed to incorporate Galileo.

 

“Initial results showed our system performing better than expected, and we expect the final prototype to become an essential part of every diver’s kit.”
-
Christine Edwards, Project Co-Founder

 

 

The GSA Special Prize

For six consecutive years the GSA has sponsored the GSA Special Prize for the Most Promising Application Idea for European GNSS. The objective of the prize is to support the development of applications that create demand for EGNOS and Galileo while also providing economic and social benefits. In particular, the GSA is looking for business cases that clearly use positioning as a key enabler and EGNSS as the primary means for positioning.

Past winners include:

Last year’s GSA special prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project, which aims to deploy one of Galileo’s unique and most powerful features – the E5 signal - in an innovative mass market initiative.

2013 winner JOHAN developed a system to provide real-time, precise tracking of athletes using EGNOS and, in the future, Galileo. Athletes wear GNSS devices to track their movements, accelerations and heart rates. The data is transferred wirelessly to the coach’s laptop for analysis.

2012 winner Geko Navsat integrates advanced features of satellite navigation systems, smartphone capabilities and 3D sound technologies to provide the user an augmented acoustic reality without the need for visual or oral instructions. This is particularly helpful to those with visual impairments or when one is operating in an area of restricted visibility.

With unmanned aircraft such as drones becoming increasingly common, 2011 winner UAVTCAS continues to make waves. Its Mini-UAV Traffic Collision Avoidance System uses GPS and EGNOS to allow UAVs to navigate safely in a controlled airspace.

The 2009 winner, Nogago, is an outdoor navigation system providing the functionality of stand-alone outdoor navigation systems. It connects to the internal GPS of a smartphone to track your travels, speed and distance – making it a popular training tool for running, hiking and cycling. Today, it offers an all-in-one solution for hikers and bikers via an Android and Blackberry capable application.

Wikitude Drive, the world’s first fully-functional mobile augmented reality (AR) navigation system with global maps, was the 2010 winner. The light-weight turn-by-turn navigation system uses AR to draw driving instructions directly into a smartphone’s live video stream. Today, the company has launched version 3.3, along with an app designed for use with the all-new Google Glass.

 

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More information:

The European GNSS Agency
EGNOS Portal
EGNOS Maritime
Sci-TEch

Sci-Tech Systems Reaches Final Stages

6.2.2015 12:24  
06/02/2015

Sci-Tech Systems, the 2008 winner of the GSA Special Topic Prize at the European Satellite Navigation Competition(ESNC), is now in its final stage after successful prototype trials.

The Diver Tracking System, a system using EGNOS positioning accuracy, continuously tracks diversDivers using the Diver Tracking System at Weymouth on the surface. Originally developed by Peter Hall and Christine Edwards, both avid sailors, the project’s origins followed a particularly rough sail, which led the two to ask what would have happened if someone went overboard? This in turn launched an ongoing discussion about current safety devices and their limitations. When it became obvious that there was no ideal solution, the project was born.

Read also: And the winner is…

“We are both very excited to see development enter this stage,” says Christine. “Initial results showed our system performing better than expected, and we expect the final prototype to become an essential part of every diver’s kit.”

The original idea was to create an emergency device using the technology most sailors already know how to use, in order to eliminate the added stress of having to learn a new system during an emergency situation. The on-board navigation system fits this description, and Peter and Christine used their device with it to create the initial project.

Essential to divers

During development, the two were approached by a number of parties asking if the system could be Prototype of the Diver Tracking System using EGNOSdeveloped for particular needs. Most of these were divers, and it quickly became apparent that diving was an area where the system could be extremely useful.

As a result, the system changed from an emergency-only system to a constant tracking system, with an alert button a diver can use to attract their boat’s attention. A common concern among divers is that their cover boat will not see or hear them when they surface. The tracking system will help to reduce these concerns, increase diver safety, and make getting to the end of dive quicker and more efficient.

Prolonging divers separation from their boat can result in hypothermia, exposure and even fatality. Knowing exactly where divers are, especially if hurt or in difficulties, is therefore very important, and the EGNOS-enhanced GNSS receiver used in the tracking system gives the best chance of getting accurate diver positions and guiding the cover boat to them.

Although developed with divers in mind, the tracking system can be used for many different Watersports. With its good range and no operational costs, the Sci-Tech tracker is a valuable addition to the water enthusiast’s equipment.

Peter and Christine reached the second phase of the Harwell Launchpad II competition earlier this month, and are looking to raise the matching funds in order to make a few final adjustments to the product, make it cheaper to manufacture and sell, and fund final trials and commercialisation.

EGNOS today, Galileo tomorrow

Sci-Tech takes advantage of EGNOS’ positioning accuracy to within three metres, which enhances the tracking device’s GNSS output to provide correct position data. In the future the Sci-Tech device will be developed to incorporate Galileo.

 

“Initial results showed our system performing better than expected, and we expect the final prototype to become an essential part of every diver’s kit.”
-
Christine Edwards, Project Co-Founder

 

 

The GSA Special Prize

For six consecutive years the GSA has sponsored the GSA Special Prize for the Most Promising Application Idea for European GNSS. The objective of the prize is to support the development of applications that create demand for EGNOS and Galileo while also providing economic and social benefits. In particular, the GSA is looking for business cases that clearly use positioning as a key enabler and EGNSS as the primary means for positioning.

Past winners include:

Last year’s GSA special prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project, which aims to deploy one of Galileo’s unique and most powerful features – the E5 signal - in an innovative mass market initiative.

2013 winner JOHAN developed a system to provide real-time, precise tracking of athletes using EGNOS and, in the future, Galileo. Athletes wear GNSS devices to track their movements, accelerations and heart rates. The data is transferred wirelessly to the coach’s laptop for analysis.

2012 winner Geko Navsat integrates advanced features of satellite navigation systems, smartphone capabilities and 3D sound technologies to provide the user an augmented acoustic reality without the need for visual or oral instructions. This is particularly helpful to those with visual impairments or when one is operating in an area of restricted visibility.

With unmanned aircraft such as drones becoming increasingly common, 2011 winner UAVTCAS continues to make waves. Its Mini-UAV Traffic Collision Avoidance System uses GPS and EGNOS to allow UAVs to navigate safely in a controlled airspace.

The 2009 winner, Nogago, is an outdoor navigation system providing the functionality of stand-alone outdoor navigation systems. It connects to the internal GPS of a smartphone to track your travels, speed and distance – making it a popular training tool for running, hiking and cycling. Today, it offers an all-in-one solution for hikers and bikers via an Android and Blackberry capable application.

Wikitude Drive, the world’s first fully-functional mobile augmented reality (AR) navigation system with global maps, was the 2010 winner. The light-weight turn-by-turn navigation system uses AR to draw driving instructions directly into a smartphone’s live video stream. Today, the company has launched version 3.3, along with an app designed for use with the all-new Google Glass.

 

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The Rising Demand for Space Services and Applications

5.2.2015 15:36  
05/02/2015

The GSA joined the European Commission, members of the European Parliament and the European space community at the Seventh Annual Conference on EU Space Policy to discuss how Europe is confronting the rising demand for services and applications. The conference was held 27 – 28 January in Brussels.

A consensus coming from the two day event was that 2015 will be a crucial year for EuropeanThe GSA joined the European Commission, members of the European Parliament and the European space community at the Seventh Annual Conference on EU Space Policy space programmes. With several launches planned that will place new Galileo and Copernicus satellites into orbit, 2015 will put the spotlight on the competitiveness of Europe within this sector.

“The new European Commission considers space policy very important and is the flagship of the smart economy that we want to build,” said European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “Space policy is a tool for building innovation and a solid industrial base in Europe, which is essential to protecting us from the effects of recession.”

This is a sentiment echoed by others: “Space policy is the symbol of European cooperation,” said European Space Agency (ESA) Director General Jean-Jacques Dordain. “We need services and applications to serve as a link between space and the end user.”

European GNSS as a Case in Point

Perhaps nowhere is this connection between space technology and user needs more visible than in the transportation sector, where both EGNOS and Galileo are driving forces. GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides elaborated on this during a session entitled ‘EGNOS, Galileo and transport activities: how to mobilise public policy and the end user to fully benefit from this European technology’.

For example, take aviation, which is already a major user of satellite technology – and in the future its dependency on such technology is only expected to grow. “EGNOS was designed to support airspace users to improve today’s Non Precision Approach operations, as recommended by ICAO,” said des Dorides. “The introduction of EGNOS approaches in aviation is part of a wider strategy for new navigation capabilities in the shape of what we call Performance Based Navigation (PBN), and it is a priority for ICAO and the European ATM Master Plan.”

Today, 163 LPVs are operational in 106 airports, 86 APV Baro can be flown using EGNOS vertical guidance and more than 500 runways plan to use EGNOS-enabled approaches by 2018. In addition, the shipment of EGNOS-enabled devices are expected to dominate the market, especially the regional, business and general aviation segments – growing from some 20% in 2012 to 40% in 2018.

Another area of transport positioned to benefit from E-GNSS is rail. “As to rail, DG GROW and the GSA will continue to support the railway industry to define the E-GNSS requirements and overall architecture of the GNSS-enabled train positioning subsystem to be included in the ERTMS,” explained des Dorides. “In general, the main advantage of the GNSS-based solution is that it allows for a remarkable increase in safety at a lower cost than other solutions.”

A recent success story comes from the eCall initiative. The initiative intends to install into all new cars sold in Europe a device that automatically calls the 112 emergency number in the case of an accident or other emergency. “The eCall device will be mandatory on all new car models that are type approved in Europe as of 2018,” said des Dorides. “The legislation is now finalised and adoption is expected this year.”

To further initiatives like these, the GSA recently issued the Galileo Service  Operator Tender (GSOp) – the first concrete step made by the agency in its role overseeing the exploitation of the programme and most likely the highest contract ever to be awarded in the Galileo programme. 

More information on the Galileo Service Operator Tender

“This contract, with its emphasis on service and performance, will shape the future of Galileo,” said des Dorides.

Commitment at the EU Level

The Juncker Investment Plan – which has a focus on further developing space-based applications,Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska including in transportation – presents a huge opportunity for the sector. “My focus is on jobs and growth, and an effective space policy will contribute to that,” said Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska. “Space is a highly strategic sector, if we get policy right, it will help us build our industrial base – and this will mean more investment, more growth and more jobs.”

“Transportation is an essential backbone to our daily life and our economy, and half of all revenues generated by all satellite navigation programmes come from the transport sector,” added Matthias Petschke, Director of the European GNSS programmes at the European Commission, DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs.

Such a user-focused space policy also has economic benefits. “All applications and the commercialisation of them will be a very useful tool for economic development,” said European Parliament TRAN Committee Vice Chair Dominique Riquet. To emphasise this point, Riquet notes that the US enjoys EURO 150 billion of positive economic impact from its GPS programme – clearly showing that Europe only stands to benefit from its plan to develop the downstream market.

 

“My focus is on jobs and growth, and an effective space policy will contribute to that.”
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Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska

 

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Location Matters! Join the Galileo Power Hour at World Mobile Congress

4.2.2015 8:59  
04/02/2015

The GSA invites you to join them during the 2015 World Mobile Congress in Barcelona for the Galileo Power Hour. The event, which will highlight the latest trends in location based consumer applications and Galileo’s role as a freely available location service for app developers and users, will take place 5 March from 10:00 – 11:00 in Hall 8, Theatre A.

    Click here to request a free invitation to the Galileo Power Hour

Application developers in particular will enjoy learning about Galileo’s role within a multi-constellation/multi-The GSA invites you to join them during the 2015 World Mobile Congress in Barcelona for a Galileo Power Hour.frequency GNSS environment, together offering improved accuracy and availability – especially important for the consumer applications often accessed in such difficult environments as urban canyons.

The European Union supports the development of innovative LBS applications through its FP7 and Horizon 2020 funding programmes. The GSA’s Galileo Power Hour is an excellent opportunity to learn how you can take advantage of the opportunities this EU-backing offers. Some examples of innovative apps developed with GSA support will also be presented. 

Why Galileo?

Galileo is the European global satellite-based navigation system, offering enhanced location information for mobile devices and creating new possibilities for applications – and with them new business opportunities. More than 40% of all mobile applications depend on GNSS positioning services, and Location Based Services (LBS) are used by millions of people every day.

In other words, there’s never been a better time for mobile app developers to take advantage of these services.

Galileo provides enhanced accuracy, improving on current GNSS capabilities and providing more accurate and reliable positioning, even in urban environments where buildings often obscure signals. Galileo is 100% interoperable with other GNSS services, including GPS, and these services are already benefiting from the use of Galileo satellites.

Learn more about the Mobile World Congress and request your free invitation to the Galileo Power Hour here.

 

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Promoting the value of space to the Regions

3.2.2015 10:51  
03/02/2015

Recently, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Nichi Vendola, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Nichi Vendola, President of European Network for Spatial Regions, NEREUS, meet in Brussels.   President of the Network of European Regions Using Space Technologies (NEREUS) met in Brussels.

The meeting kicked-off a dialogue between NEREUS and the GSA on how to convey the concept of space to the European regions, and in particular SMEs and individual end users, who are increasingly relying on space-based applications.

“We are all aware of the relevance of the programmes the GSA is working on and how satellite positioning has become essential for socio-economic prosperity,” said Vendola. “GNSS has already become the backbone of a growing industry worth billions of euros.”

During the meeting, Vendola described how a region such as Puglia, which has been working vigorously to develop its own aerospace sector, is now developing a project that will see Grottaglie Airport become a test site for aviation and remote pilot control. In this sense, the utilization of GNSS programmes like EGNOS and Galileo within the aviation sector, for example, can prove decisive for European regions.

“With its 24 regions and 40 associate members, NEREUS will help us better understand and respond to specific user needs for services and systems that stand to benefit from satellite navigation,” said des Dorides.

The meeting represents an important milestone in NEREUS’ 2014-2015 roadmap. One of its key objectives is to open a dialogue with the primary actors in space, including the GSA, ESA, national space agencies and all European institutions engaged in the sector.

 

 

“With its 24 regions and 40 associate members, NEREUS will help us better understand and respond to specific user needs for services and systems that stand to benefit from satellite navigation.”
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Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA

 

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NEREUS and GSA Talk Space

3.2.2015 10:51  
03/02/2015

Recently, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Nichi Vendola, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Nichi Vendola, President of European Network for Spatial Regions, NEREUS, meet in Brussels.   President of European Network for Spatial Regions (NEREUS) met in Brussels.

The meeting looked to start a dialogue between NEREUS and the GSA on how to convey the concept of space to the European regions, both as to the advantage of the PMI system and to the end users, who are increasingly relying on spatial applications.

“We are all aware of the relevance of the programmes the GSA is working on and how satellite positioning has become essential for socio-economic prosperity,” said Vendola. “GNSS has already become the backbone of a growing industry worth billions of euros.”

During the meeting, Vendola described how a region such as Puglia, which has been working vigorously to develop its own aerospace sector, is now developing a project that will see Grottaglie Airport become a test site for aviation and remote pilot control. In this sense, the utilization of spacial applications like EGNOS and Galileo within the aviation sector, for example, can prove decisive for European regions.

“With its 24 regions and 40 associate members, NEREUS will help us to better understand and respond to specific user needs for services and systems that stand to benefit from satellite navigation,” said des Dorides.

The meeting represents an important milestone in NERUS’ 2014-2015 roadmap. One of its key objectives is to open a dialogue with the primary actors in space, including the GSA, ESA, national spatial agencies and all European institutions engaged in the sector.

 

 

“With its 24 regions and 40 associate members, NEREUS will help us to better understand and respond to specific user needs for services and systems that stand to benefit from satellite navigation.”
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Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA

 

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Horizon 2020 promotes user services across all market segments

2.2.2015 9:26  
02/02/2015

Recently, research and development in E-GNSS has undergone a major shift from being Main overall market growth drivers. (Click to enlarge)technology driven to being user driven.  “Today, user needs are driving services, as can be seen from the many user-focused services coming from the FP7 funding period,” said GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini, speaking at a recent workshop on Horizon 2020 funding opportunities.

For example, out of the 299 proposals submitted during the FP7 cycle, 86 projects received a total of EUR 66 million in funding. Projects covered all market sectors and resulted in 43 product innovations, 10 trademarks and patents registered and 77 prototypes.

One example of this success is the FP7 supported UNIFARM User Forum, which focuses on expressing and defending the GNSS needs of the agricultural sector. The project held regular user forum meetings, bringing together stakeholders with the purpose of discussing the uptake of GNSS technology. The discussions ultimately led to a research agenda and policy suggestions on improving the use of GNSS in the agriculture sector.

“Our stakeholders value the user forum for its open and independent brokerage and knowledge transfer,” explained Project Coordinator Tamme van der Wal. “The forum will continue after the end of the project, with the aim of discussing how Galileo, EGNOS and GNSS in general contributes the challenges facing farming today.”

Another example is the HEDGE-NEXT project within the aviation market. "The HEDGE-NEXT project implemented the first EGNOS based PinS procedure to Insel Hospital in Bern, enabling safe landing in all weather conditions. It has been very important for us as it brought us the opportunity to understand and remedy the problems preventing the implementation of EGNOS procedures in the helicopter sector,” says Mercedes Reche. “This experience has proved valuable for positioning our company to better serve this unique user segment.”

Horizon 2020 too is already producing results, following the first call for proposals last year. The call received 105 eligible proposals with a requested EUR 174.3 million from a budget of EUR 38 million. “This shows that there is strong interest and desire to contribute to the success of European GNSS,” said Calini.

Facing strong competition, 25 proposals were invited to the grant preparation phase, 19 coming from innovation actions and six from coordination and support actions.

“Clearly, these funding opportunities accelerate the progress of products and services that, on the one hand, serve user needs and improve the quality of life of European citizens and, on the other, creates growth, economic opportunities and jobs that keep Europe competitive in this rapidly evolving market landscape,” said Calini.

Scanning Horizons

As part of an ongoing effort to scan the horizon for the latest trends in GNSS, the GSA also included a presentation Successful proposal - some hints (Click to enlarge)on the Galileo  part of the Horizon 2020 Space Work Programme 2016 – 2017 Consultation during its Horizon 2020 Workshop. For example, identified market growth trends include increasing penetration of GNSS devices in different platforms and devices and a proliferation of devices per person and across different regions –particularly in emerging markets. Identified technology trends include multi-constellation/multi-frequency devices in wider markets, fusion with other services and seamless, connected services.

With these trends in mind, the strength of the EU value chain is in the downstream market, such as component manufacturers, system integrators and value added service providers. Knowing this, the EGNOS and Galileo features that should be leveraged are its civil nature, high precession and authentication services and integrity function in order to maximize public, societal and private benefits. Thus, Working Programme (WP) 2016 -2017 focuses on opportunities primarily in the consumer, transport and professional domains.

 

 

How to Apply

Interested in applying? Applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSS systems. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those EGNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. The proposal should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

The Horizon 2020 second call for proposals opened on 4th of November 2014 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 8th of April 2015, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission’s Participant Portal

All applications within Innovation Actions (IA) must include a minimum of three independent legal entities established in different Member States or Associated Countries.

The H2020’s simplified funding model applies the same rate to all beneficiaries and activities in the grant. The rate is fixed ex-ante in the WP (i.e., not negotiated per project), with funds available for up to 100% of total eligible costs. However, funding is limited to a maximum 70% for actions close to market (IA), except for non-profit universities and research institutions who will be able to receive up to 100%. The specific rate will be determined in view of the overall character of the activities to be supported.

On receipt of the proposal, the department in charge of the implementation of the programme will check it for eligibility in accordance with the defined programme criteria. All eligible proposals will then be independently assessed against pre-determined evaluation criteria by at least three experts.

Why is GNSS a success in agriculture? (Click to enlarge)

Tips for Putting together your Submission

  • Be focused and concrete
  • Build on you technical and market understanding and expertise
  • Demonstrate a clear motivation to commercialize the products and services
  • Focus on the practical impact
  • Select applications where EGNOS and Galileo differentiators are key for the product or services success

 

“Today, user needs are driving services, as can be seen from the many user-focused services coming from the FP7 funding period.”
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GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini

 

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25 Projects Awarded Horizon 2020 Funding

30.1.2015 10:55  
30/01/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has signed funding agreements with 25 projects as part of the first call of Horizon 2020. Under the agreements, the projects will receive a cumulative grant of EUR 37,096,177.

The first call saw the submission of 105 proposals addressing all market segments. Of particular note were the high scores of these submissions – raising the competition among upcoming calls. Ultimately, those proposals that best maximized the technical aspects as well as market potential were selected for funding.

Of the 25 successful projects, 19 stand for Innovation Action and six for Coordination and Support Action. From Topic 1, which focuses on E-GNSS applications, six projects received funding, covering transport, LBS, Surveying/Mapping and other professional applications. The total recommended European Commission (EC) contribution for this topic was EUR 15,830,129, allocated to 48 beneficiaries from 11 countries.

From Topic 2, which focuses on supporting Small and Medium Enterprises, there will be 10 representative projects with a total grant of EUR 9,066,958. The participation of beneficiaries comes up to 62 from 19 different countries.

From Topic 3, EUR 3,356,662 was allocated to three projects and 30 beneficiaries from 14 countries. From Topic 4, EUR 8,842,428 was allocated to six projects with 62 beneficiaries from 26 countries.

In addition, two projects on the reserve list, one in each action, have the potential to be funded in the future. The requested EC contribution for these two proposals is EUR 3,329,266.

A Coordinators’ Day was organized at the GSA’s office in Prague, where project participants received detailed information on organizational and financial issues and had an opportunity to meet with project officers. They were also able to pose questions on administrative matters. Some projects have already had their kick-off meetings, and others will take place soon.

Under the Horizon 2020 First Call for Proposals, 25 projects were selected for funding, with a total grant request of EUR 37,096,177.

The attached table provides all relevant information about Horizon 2020 1st Call projects awarded. The project portfolio will be updated soon. (click to download)

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Horizon 2020: new funding opportunities for European GNSS Applications

28.1.2015 14:31  
28/01/2015

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently held a workshop on funding opportunities for European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently held a workshop on funding opportunities for European GNSS FP7 results in a nutshell (click to enlarge)GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020. Hosted by the CTU Civil Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prague, the day-long event covered such topics as past R&D successes under FP7, the process and procedures for applying under the currently open Second Call of Horizon 2020 and an overview of the opportunities available in such market segments as agriculture, aviation, LBS, road, rail, maritime and more.

Not to be Missed

Overall, 200 people registered for the workshop, with an additional 500 tuning in via a live web-stream. Participants represented a diverse array of sectors and included SMEs, research institutions and multinational corporations. In addition to the presentations, the event proved to be an excellent opportunity for the GNSS industry to network, exchange experiences and prepare for the next call.

“With almost four billion GNSS devices in use worldwide and all regions experiencing growth, GNSS represents an opportunity that Europe cannot afford to miss,” said Calini. “With a EUR 63 million budget for 2014 – 2015, Horizon 2020, the European Commission and the GSA have a key role to play in ensuring Europe is in the driver’s seat by supporting European business and research, providing them the support needed to ignite their potential.”

Segment  Opportunities

Funding opportunities are available across all market sectors. For example, in aviation, GNSS is expected to reach over 90% penetration by 2020 as an enabler of Performance Based Navigation. Key market trends in this sector include a transition from traditional routing to GNSS navigation solutions for all phases of flight, with new operational requirements driving the growth of GNSS avionics use. With communication, navigation and surveillance applications relying on E-GNSS, the current call is interested in research focused on E-GNSS, including, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • E-GNSS as a PVT source for navigation, including innovative navigation concepts In surveillance applications, including ADS-B and terrain awareness and warning systems (TAWS)
  • In timing, including in system and ATM synchronization in a SWIM environment
  • Reliable PVT for Remotely Piloted Air Systems (RPAS)

On the rail side, GNSS adoption is progressing at a slower rate, due in part to the environmental challenges of using GNSS within the unique sector. In fact, GNSS systems are currently used primarily for non-safety critical applications. Thus, European GNSS has a unique value proposition to offer the sector, with the current call interested in research focused on:

  • Contributing to building a certifiable E-GNSS based solution for railway signalling, with potential to be included in the ERTMS
  • Evolutions of such non-safety critical applications as passenger information services and driver assistance
  • Multimodal applications and asset management/logistics solutions for improving asset tracking and supply chain visibility

GNSS Market Segments (click to enlarge)

    Similar opportunities are available in the LBS, Road, Maritime, Agriculture, Mapping, and Surveying sectors. More information on these opportunities can be found here.

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    Local Integrity: Characterization of GNSS Degradations in Urban Scenarios

    19.1.2015 14:30  
    19/01/2015

    Safety-critical and liability-critical GNSS-based applications are needed to enable Intelligent Transport Systems and smart mobility. This requires trusted GNSS signals that are authenticated and of appropriate integrity. Assessing GNSS signal integrity in complex urban environments is not easy, but the GLOVE FP7 project has successfully demonstrated one possible approach that uses inter-vehicle communication to collate information on GNSS signal quality from a number of vehicles for assessing the local integrity.

    To respond to user needs, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) must deliver reliable position and timing dataA GLOVE prototype demonstrator of local integrity and proof-of concept has also been designed, developed and installed in a Fiat 500. to user applications. The user must be able to trust the information provided and be certain that its accuracy is within specified limits. This is especially true for safety-critical or liability-critical applications.

    The level of trust that a user can place on GNSS signals is implied by authentication of the signal – i.e. an assurance that it is a genuine signal – and integrity parameters that relate to estimation of gross errors in the signal due to the space segment, the equipment characteristics and the operating environment.

    As concepts for Intelligent Transportations Systems (ITS) and Intelligent Vehicle (IV) technologies are developed to help deliver major societal benefits in terms of smart and sustainable mobility, there is an increasing need to ensure that GNSS signal position integrity and authentication can be delivered to in-vehicular applications. GNSS-enabled applications, such as road user charging, pay-as-you-drive insurance and tracking of dangerous or high-value freight, require that highly accurate positioning data is available in all road environments. High accuracy and integrity will be essential for future applications, such as autonomous driving.

    In Urban Canyons

    In urban and other ‘non-open sky’ environments there are other challenges to signal-in-space integrity. These include limited satellite visibility as surrounding buildings cause multi-path signals and reception of other signals that are not ‘line-of-sight’, poor signal-to-noise ratio due to trees and other obstructions, and unintentional interference from other radio infrastructures.

    For many positioning applications, the use of very accurate maps can satisfy user needs. However, for vehicle applications that require ‘lane level’ accuracy, this can be very difficult to achieve.

    Space-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) such as EGNOS provide integrity for safety-of-life applications, such as aviation. Unfortunately, transferring this solution to other non-aviation transport scenarios is not straight forward – especially in the urban context. The ‘classical’ integrity approach for aviation is not practical for a ground-based vehicle, as in the air it is reasonable to assume open-sky visibility, which is not the case on the ground.

    Clearly, an enhanced solution is required.

    Local Integrity for a Local Solution

    Recent trends in GNSS-based applications point towards one alternative. The growing availability of multiThe GLOVE prototype demonstrator of local integrity and proof-of concept. GNSS constellations (Galileo, GPS, Glonass etc.), increasing integration of data from a variety of on-vehicle sensors and the development of inter-vehicle communication to exchange data could combine to provide local estimations of GNSS signal integrity.

    One of the aims of the GSA-managed FP7 GLOVE (GaLileo Optimization and VANET Enhancement) research project was to develop and demonstrate such a local integrity solution that exploits the potential of Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANET) infrastructures. The research team, led by the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) in Turin, shares and combines multiple observations of GNSS signals measured by different vehicles participating in a VANET.

    VANETs are being developed to enable exchange of information between vehicles and roadside infrastructure that can, for example, be used to optimise intelligent traffic management and provide other useful information or entertainment services. GNSS and VANETs are two strongly related components within vehicle on-board units (OBU) with VANETs relying on position and time data and the VANET having the potential to make the GNSS positioning more flexible and precise.

    The GLOVE approach effectively uses individual cars equipped with mass-market GNSS receivers as sensors for GNSS signal quality assessment. Data from collaborating vehicles is collected and collated via the VANET architecture and combined to characterise local spatial and temporal degradations of the GNSS signals.

    By sharing GNSS data, a database of local integrity information can be generated and used to predict local GNSS signal degradations over time within an urban scenario. Centralised processing of GNSS measurements leads to a digital map (database) built from local information on GNSS signal quality. This in turn can be used to generate local protection level ellipses that are defined as Along-Track (AT), i.e. in the direction of travel of the vehicle, and Cross-Track (CT) directions. These protection levels are much more appropriate for vehicle applications with the CT level requirement being more stringent for lane positioning applications.

    Proof-of-Concept

    The GLOVE project has designed and assembled a measurement facility to collect real GNSS data in an urban context and carried out testing on the road in various dynamic conditions and a range of signal degradation environments. The analysis of data collected has validated the feasibility of this approach to local integrity assessment.

    A GLOVE proof-of concept of local integrity and prototype demonstrator have also been designed, developed and installed in a Fiat 500. A real-time demonstration of the concept took place at GLOVE’s final project event on 11 December 2014 in Turin.

    Over and above the demonstration of a solution for local integrity and augmented positioning for vehicles in an urban environment, the GLOVE project has shown that demonstrated integration of data from various sensor sources and contributed to the convergence of in-vehicle technologies.

    These types of development will be critical to the future development of ITS and smart mobility.

    To help deliver major societal benefits in terms of smart and sustainable mobility, there is an increasing need to ensure that GNSS signal position integrity and authentication can be delivered to in-vehicular applications.

     

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    Local Integrity: Characterization of GNSS Degradations in Urban Scenarios

    19.1.2015 14:30  
    19/01/2015

    Safety-critical and liability-critical GNSS-based applications are needed to enable Intelligent Transport Systems and smart mobility. This requires trusted GNSS signals that are authenticated and of appropriate integrity. Assessing GNSS signal integrity in complex urban environments is not easy, but the GLOVE FP7 project has successfully demonstrated one possible approach that uses inter-vehicle communication to collate information on GNSS signal quality from a number of vehicles for assessing the local integrity.

    To respond to user needs, a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) must deliver reliable position and timing dataA GLOVE prototype demonstrator of local integrity and proof-of concept has also been designed, developed and installed in a Fiat 500. to user applications. The user must be able to trust the information provided and be certain that its accuracy is within specified limits. This is especially true for safety-critical or liability-critical applications.

    The level of trust that a user can place on GNSS signals is implied by authentication of the signal – i.e. an assurance that it is a genuine signal – and integrity parameters that relate to estimation of gross errors in the signal due to the space segment, the equipment characteristics and the operating environment.

    As concepts for Intelligent Transportations Systems (ITS) and Intelligent Vehicle (IV) technologies are developed to help deliver major societal benefits in terms of smart and sustainable mobility, there is an increasing need to ensure that GNSS signal position integrity and authentication can be delivered to in-vehicular applications. GNSS-enabled applications, such as road user charging, pay-as-you-drive insurance and tracking of dangerous or high-value freight, require that highly accurate positioning data is available in all road environments. High accuracy and integrity will be essential for future applications, such as autonomous driving.

    In Urban Canyons

    In urban and other ‘non-open sky’ environments there are other challenges to signal-in-space integrity. These include limited satellite visibility as surrounding buildings cause multi-path signals and reception of other signals that are not ‘line-of-sight’, poor signal-to-noise ratio due to trees and other obstructions, and unintentional interference from other radio infrastructures.

    For many positioning applications, the use of very accurate maps can satisfy user needs. However, for vehicle applications that require ‘lane level’ accuracy, this can be very difficult to achieve.

    Space-Based Augmentation Systems (SBAS) such as EGNOS provide integrity for safety-of-life applications, such as aviation. Unfortunately, transferring this solution to other non-aviation transport scenarios is not straight forward – especially in the urban context. The ‘classical’ integrity approach for aviation is not practical for a ground-based vehicle, as in the air it is reasonable to assume open-sky visibility, which is not the case on the ground.

    Clearly, an enhanced solution is required.

    Local Integrity for a Local Solution

    Recent trends in GNSS-based applications point towards one alternative. The growing availability of multiThe GLOVE prototype demonstrator of local integrity and proof-of concept. GNSS constellations (Galileo, GPS, Glonass etc.), increasing integration of data from a variety of on-vehicle sensors and the development of inter-vehicle communication to exchange data could combine to provide local estimations of GNSS signal integrity.

    One of the aims of the GSA-managed FP7 GLOVE (GaLileo Optimization and VANET Enhancement) research project was to develop and demonstrate such a local integrity solution that exploits the potential of Vehicular Ad-hoc Network (VANET) infrastructures. The research team, led by the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (ISMB) in Turin, shares and combines multiple observations of GNSS signals measured by different vehicles participating in a VANET.

    VANETs are being developed to enable exchange of information between vehicles and roadside infrastructure that can, for example, be used to optimise intelligent traffic management and provide other useful information or entertainment services. GNSS and VANETs are two strongly related components within vehicle on-board units (OBU) with VANETs relying on position and time data and the VANET having the potential to make the GNSS positioning more flexible and precise.

    The GLOVE approach effectively uses individual cars equipped with mass-market GNSS receivers as sensors for GNSS signal quality assessment. Data from collaborating vehicles is collected and collated via the VANET architecture and combined to characterise local spatial and temporal degradations of the GNSS signals.

    By sharing GNSS data, a database of local integrity information can be generated and used to predict local GNSS signal degradations over time within an urban scenario. Centralised processing of GNSS measurements leads to a digital map (database) built from local information on GNSS signal quality. This in turn can be used to generate local protection level ellipses that are defined as Along-Track (AT), i.e. in the direction of travel of the vehicle, and Cross-Track (CT) directions. These protection levels are much more appropriate for vehicle applications with the CT level requirement being more stringent for lane positioning applications.

    Proof-of-Concept

    The GLOVE project has designed and assembled a measurement facility to collect real GNSS data in an urban context and carried out testing on the road in various dynamic conditions and a range of signal degradation environments. The analysis of data collected has validated the feasibility of this approach to local integrity assessment.

    A GLOVE proof-of concept of local integrity and prototype demonstrator have also been designed, developed and installed in a Fiat 500. A real-time demonstration of the concept took place at GLOVE’s final project event on 11 December 2014 in Turin.

    Over and above the demonstration of a solution for local integrity and augmented positioning for vehicles in an urban environment, the GLOVE project has shown that demonstrated integration of data from various sensor sources and contributed to the convergence of in-vehicle technologies.

    These types of development will be critical to the future development of ITS and smart mobility.

    To help deliver major societal benefits in terms of smart and sustainable mobility, there is an increasing need to ensure that GNSS signal position integrity and authentication can be delivered to in-vehicular applications.

     

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    Registration for Galileo Service Operation Industry Day now open

    7.1.2015 10:41  
    07/01/2015

    Following the launch of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) procurement procedure the European GNSS Agency (GSA) invites the European1 GNSS industry with an interest in taking part in the competition to participate in the Industry Day organised on 3 February 2015 with respect to that procurement.

    Venue: Parkhotel Praha- Veletržní 1502/20, 170 00 Prague 7, Holešovice, Czech Republic.

    The Industry Day will introduce Phase I of the GSOp procurement - its scope, procurement process, participation conditions, schedule - and provide an opportunity for industry to exchange information and express views.

    The presentation will not provide further or different information than the one provided in the Tender Information Package (TIP) or any advance content of Phase II or III of the GSOp procurement procedure. The draft agenda of the event is available here.

    It is recalled that the formal questions regarding the GSOp procurement procedure will have to be submitted in writing and will be answered following the public procurement rules foreseen in the TIP. Therefore, the Industry Day is not intended as a substitute for such questions/answers process and participation in such Industry Day is not a pre-requisite for responding to the procurement procedure.

    For the TIP and the access procedure for further documentation please refer to GSA procurement website here.

    The registration has been closed at 4.00pm on 30/01. No further registration is possible anymore.

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    Registration for Galileo Service Operation Industry Day now open

    7.1.2015 10:41  
    07/01/2015

    Following the launch of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) procurement procedure the European GNSS Agency (GSA) invites the European1 GNSS industry with an interest in taking part in the competition to participate in the Industry Day organised on 3 February 2015 with respect to that procurement.

    Venue: Parkhotel Praha- Veletržní 1502/20, 170 00 Prague 7, Holešovice, Czech Republic.

    The Industry Day will introduce Phase I of the GSOp procurement - its scope, procurement process, participation conditions, schedule - and provide an opportunity for industry to exchange information and express views.

    The presentation will not provide further or different information than the one provided in the Tender Information Package (TIP) or any advance content of Phase II or III of the GSOp procurement procedure. The draft agenda of the event is available here.

    It is recalled that the formal questions regarding the GSOp procurement procedure will have to be submitted in writing and will be answered following the public procurement rules foreseen in the TIP. Therefore, the Industry Day is not intended as a substitute for such questions/answers process and participation in such Industry Day is not a pre-requisite for responding to the procurement procedure.

    For the TIP and the access procedure for further documentation please refer to GSA procurement website here.

    For the registration please click here.

    Please note that only registered participants will be granted entry to the event, and to the extent permitted by the available space at the venue space.

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    Registration for Galileo Service Operation Industry Day now open

    7.1.2015 10:41  
    07/01/2015

    Following the launch of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) procurement procedure the European GNSS Agency (GSA) invites the European1 GNSS industry with an interest in taking part in the competition to participate in the Industry Day organised on 3 February 2015 with respect to that procurement.

    Venue: Parkhotel Praha- Veletržní 1502/20, 170 00 Prague 7, Holešovice, Czech Republic.

    The Industry Day will introduce Phase I of the GSOp procurement - its scope, procurement process, participation conditions, schedule - and provide an opportunity for industry to exchange information and express views.

    The presentation will not provide further or different information than the one provided in the Tender Information Package (TIP) or any advance content of Phase II or III of the GSOp procurement procedure. The draft agenda of the event is available here.

    It is recalled that the formal questions regarding the GSOp procurement procedure will have to be submitted in writing and will be answered following the public procurement rules foreseen in the TIP. Therefore, the Industry Day is not intended as a substitute for such questions/answers process and participation in such Industry Day is not a pre-requisite for responding to the procurement procedure.

    For the TIP and the access procedure for further documentation please refer to GSA procurement website here.

    The registration has been closed at 4.00pm on 30/01. No further registration is possible anymore.

    Please note that only registered participants will be granted entry to the event, and to the extent permitted by the available space at the venue space.

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    Registration for Galileo Service Operation Industry Day now open

    7.1.2015 10:41  
    07/01/2015

    Following the launch of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) procurement procedure the European GNSS Agency (GSA) invites the European1 GNSS industry with an interest in taking part in the competition to participate in the Industry Day organised on 3 February 2015 with respect to that procurement.

    Venue: Parkhotel Praha- Veletržní 1502/20, 170 00 Prague 7, Holešovice, Czech Republic.

    The Industry Day will introduce Phase I of the GSOp procurement - its scope, procurement process, participation conditions, schedule - and provide an opportunity for industry to exchange information and express views.

    The presentation will not provide further or different information than the one provided in the Tender Information Package (TIP) or any advance content of Phase II or III of the GSOp procurement procedure. The draft agenda of the event is available here.

    It is recalled that the formal questions regarding the GSOp procurement procedure will have to be submitted in writing and will be answered following the public procurement rules foreseen in the TIP. Therefore, the Industry Day is not intended as a substitute for such questions/answers process and participation in such Industry Day is not a pre-requisite for responding to the procurement procedure.

    For the TIP and the access procedure for further documentation please refer to GSA procurement website here.

    The registration has been closed at 4.00pm on 30/01. No further registration is possible anymore.

    Please note that only registered participants will be granted entry to the event, and to the extent permitted by the available space at the venue space.

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    We are wishing you all the best for 2015

    29.12.2014 9:45  
    29/12/2014

    Best wishes for 2015

    29.12.2014 9:45  
    29/12/2014

    New EGNOS Service Definition Document released today

    23.12.2014 9:26  
    23/12/2014

    The European GNSS Agency on behalf of the European Commission has released today new version for the three EGNOS Service Definition Documents (SDD) already available for the EGNOS users: 

    •    Open Service SDD (v2.1)New version for the three EGNOS Service Definition Documents (SDD) already available for the EGNOS users
    •    Safety of Life Service SDD (v2.1)
    •    EDAS Service SDD (v2.1)
     
    These are the current versions in force for each of the EGNOS SDDs.
     
    The EGNOS Service Definition Document (SDD) describes the characteristics and conditions of access to the corresponding EGNOS service offered to users. Each SDD also contains updated information about the EGNOS system architecture and a Signal-In-Space (SIS) characteristic, the service performance achieved, EGNOS interfaces with users and provides information on the established technical and organizational framework, at European level, for the provision of this service.
     
    The first version of each SDD was published by the European Commission when each of the EGNOS Service was declared operational (1st October 2009, 2nd March 2011 and 30th July 2012 respectively for Open Service, Safety-of-Life and EDAS). New SDD versions are periodically published to reflect the significant changes in the EGNOS service.

    EGNOS (the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) that complements the GPS system to improve the accuracy and provides integrity to the signal over most of Europe.

    It is Europe's first venture into satellite navigation and a major stepping-stone towards Galileo, Europe's own global satellite navigation system for the future.

    Since January 2014, EGNOS is managed by the European GNSS Agency under a delegation agreement with the European Commission.

     

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    New EGNOS Service Definition Document released today

    23.12.2014 9:26  
    23/12/2014

    The European GNSS Agency on behalf of the European Commission has released today new version for the three EGNOS Service Definition Documents (SDD) already available for the EGNOS users: 

    •    Open Service SDD (v2.1)New version for the three EGNOS Service Definition Documents (SDD) already available for the EGNOS users
    •    Safety of Life Service SDD (v2.1)
    •    EDAS Service SDD (v2.1)
     
    These are the current versions in force for each of the EGNOS SDDs.
     
    The EGNOS Service Definition Document (SDD) describes the characteristics and conditions of access to the corresponding EGNOS service offered to users. Each SDD also contains updated information about the EGNOS system architecture and a Signal-In-Space (SIS) characteristic, the service performance achieved, EGNOS interfaces with users and provides information on the established technical and organizational framework, at European level, for the provision of this service.
     
    The first version of each SDD was published by the European Commission when each of the EGNOS Service was declared operational (1st October 2009, 2nd March 2011 and 30th July 2012 respectively for Open Service, Safety-of-Life and EDAS). New SDD versions are periodically published to reflect the significant changes in the EGNOS service.

    EGNOS (the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) is the European Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) that complements the GPS system to improve the accuracy and provides integrity to the signal over most of Europe.

    It is Europe's first venture into satellite navigation and a major stepping-stone towards Galileo, Europe's own global satellite navigation system for the future.

    Since January 2014, EGNOS is managed by the European GNSS Agency under a delegation agreement with the European Commission.

     

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    EGNOS makes splash at world's largest marine trade show

    17.12.2014 14:27  
    17/12/2014

    The 2014 Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) drew thousands of participants and speakers, and a plethora of exhibitors, including the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and EGNOS, Europe’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System.

    Last month’s Marine Equipment Trade Show (METS) drew participants and speakers from a broad range of domains, Marine Equipment Trade Show ©METSalong with a plethora of exhibitors, including the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and EGNOS, Europe’s Satellite-Based Augmentation System.

    METS is considered one of the world’s leading B2B events in the marine equipment and leisure industries, highlighting new products like maritime multi-constellation receivers as AIS transceiver and SAR beacons, and including seminars and networking opportunities across countries, technologies and industry sectors. For the first time, The GSA and EGNOS participated in the show in Amsterdam, which drew over 1350 exhibitors from more than 40 countries around the world.

    “The European GNSS mission is to respond to user needs in different market segment, including the maritime one,” says GSA Market Development Project Officer Manuel Lopez. “European GNSS has a key role to play in the sector, strengthening the dialogue with key players in the value chain, advocating for the adoption and integration of EGNOS now and Galileo in the future, and leveraging R&D projects within the maritime field.”
     
    An informal survey revealed some interesting trends among receiver manufacturers at the show. For example, while GPS-like maritime equipment is typically SBAS-enabled, the fact that they are also EGNOS-enabled is usually not –clearly stated in product specifications, so users of the equipment are generally not aware that they are benefiting from EGNOS augmentation in Europe. Indeed, many users don’t know what EGNOS is – showing the importance of having a visible presence at trade shows like METS.

    “METS gives the GSA a unique perspective on the maritime sector, enabling us to survey and respond to segment-specific requirements and needs,” adds Manuel.

    Highlighting GNSS initiatives in the maritime sector

    The world’s oceans and other waterways are by far the most widely used means of transporting goods, making efficiency and safety in maritime transport critical for sustainable economic growth and prosperity worldwide.

    Examples of important GNSS initiatives in the maritime sector include the international e-Navigation programme and the EU e-Maritime initiative, both using GNSS to promote safety of life, protection of the environment, energy efficiency and the effective use of marine resources.

    European GNSS can be a critical means of achieving all of these objectives, and while EGNOS is still a new arrival on the maritime scene, GSA and the EGNOS service provider (ESSP) are convinced that Europe’s leading satellite-based systems, including EGNOS and Galileo, have great benefits to offer for maritime navigation and port operations – both now and in the years to come.

    Across communities

    GSA and ESSP officials were also interested in reaching out to makers and users of Automatic Identification Systems (AIS). AIS is used on ships for identifying and locating vessels by electronically exchanging data with other nearby ships, AIS base stations, and satellites. AIS information supplements marine radar, which continues to be the primary method of collision avoidance for waterborne transport.

    “The aim of the EGNOS team at METS was not only to promote the EGNOS service among users in the maritime domain, but also to contact the wide-range of GPS receiver manufacturers and stakeholders in attendance,” says ESSP’s Pilar Azcarrage. “This event allowed the possibility to start contacting those EGNOS stakeholders, and ask them about their equipment and its compatibility with EGNOS.”

    During the event, EGNOS programme officials had a chance to meet some other key stakeholders in the sector, including representatives of the International Council of Marine Industry Associations (ICOMIA), the trade association representing the global marine industry. In addition, many leading maritime receiver makers were present in Amsterdam, including Furuno.

    “FURUNO has been engaged in research and development of GPS receivers for over 20 years and consistently engages in research activities in reception and positioning technology using signals from new navigation satellite systems” says Takahiro Sakurai, Director General, Furuno Europe B.V,  “We look at multi-constellation GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) as well as SBAS (Satellite Based Augmentation System) receivers. Our GNSS receivers, for example are already Galileo, Glonass, QZSS and SBAS including EGNOS enabled.”

     

    “The European GNSS mission is to respond to user needs in different market segment, including the maritime one.”
    -
    Manuel Lopez, GSA Market Development Project Officer

     

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    E-GNSS for European Rail Networks

    15.12.2014 9:59  
    15/12/2014

    The modernisation, integration and expansion of rail networks in the European Union is opening exciting new possibilities for Europe’s global navigation satellite systems (E-GNSS), Galileo and EGNOS – the topic of a recent seminar presented at by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

    The modernisation, integration and expansion of rail networks in the European Union is opening exciting new E-GNSS can do a lot for the rail market segment, in terms of improved safety, efficiency and long-term sustainability. possibilities for Europe’s global navigation satellite systems (E-GNSS), Galileo and EGNOS.  Already used to offer non-safety services such as asset management and passenger information, an augmented GNSS linked to a range of sensors could provide signalling and train control services that meet stringent European safety standards. 

             Also read: European Rail, Supported by European GNSS

    With the development of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), which aims to harmonise the different systems used by European rail providers within a single set of standards and certification requirements, there is considerable potential for synergy between rail operators and Europe’s GNSS. To move this agenda forward, the French Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE), jointly with the French National Space Research Centre (CNES), held a one-day seminar in Lille (France) on November 20. Around 100 participants from the fields of industry, research and government attended the meeting to discuss their needs and potential contributions.

    "The workshop is an unprecedented initiative, aiming to create a dialogue between rail stakeholders and satellite navigation experts,” says MEDDE Galileo Coordinator David Comby. “Only by working across expertise and sectors can we respond to the needs for increased safety, efficiency and sustainability in the rail sector." 

    Benefits for Europe’s low-density lines

    Precise, real-time localisation of trains is critical for the prevention of accidents, as well as for the safe and reliable operation of rail networks. According to the present version of the ERTMS specifications foreseen for implementation, this requires the deployment of balises (electronic beacons) that are costly to buy, install and maintain. Additionally, the balises are often not cost effective for signalling and train control on low-density lines. 

    GNSS offers obvious potential for these low-density lines, where satellite position information can lower the cost of signalling by reducing the number of line-side components required, while also improving safety. Even for mainline applications, GNSS can reduce the number of physical balises and improve the precision of odometry. 

    Time for adoption by rail

    GNSS is already extensively used in aviation, marine and vehicle navigation, but the peculiarities of rail transport have prevented its deployment for safety-critical applications, notably because of the unavailability of satellite signals when a train enters a tunnel, passes through a cutting or densely built-up area, for example. However, by integrating GNSS data with signals from other sensors, such as train-mounted eddy-current sensors and odometers, EGNOS can offer the integrity and increased positioning accuracy needed for next-generation signalling, train control and traffic management. 

     Two ongoing European R&D projects – GaLoROI and SATLOC – are already developing the necessary links between Galileo and these kinds of sensor for rail signalling on low density lines – which represent over 40% of the European network, and much more world-wide. 

    “The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “We believe that E-GNSS can do a lot for the rail market segment, in terms of improved safety, efficiency and long-term sustainability.”

    “The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness.” 
    -
    GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini

     

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    EGNOS for Rail

    E-GNSS for European Rail Networks

    15.12.2014 9:59  
    15/12/2014

    The modernisation, integration and expansion of rail networks in the European Union is opening exciting new possibilities for Europe’s global navigation satellite systems (E-GNSS), Galileo and EGNOS – the topic of a recent seminar presented at by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

    The modernisation, integration and expansion of rail networks in the European Union is opening exciting new E-GNSS can do a lot for the rail market segment, in terms of improved safety, efficiency and long-term sustainability. possibilities for Europe’s global navigation satellite systems (E-GNSS), Galileo and EGNOS.  Already used to offer non-safety services such as asset management and passenger information, an augmented GNSS linked to a range of sensors could provide signalling and train control services that meet stringent European safety standards. 

             Also read: European Rail, Supported by European GNSS

    With the development of the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), which aims to harmonise the different systems used by European rail providers within a single set of standards and certification requirements, there is considerable potential for synergy between rail operators and Europe’s GNSS. To move this agenda forward, the French Ministry for the Environment, Sustainable Development and Energy (MEDDE), jointly with the French National Space Research Centre (CNES), held a one-day seminar in Lille (France) on November 20. Around 100 participants from the fields of industry, research and government attended the meeting to discuss their needs and potential contributions.

             Also read: European GNSS & Rail market - PowerPoint presentation

    "The workshop is an unprecedented initiative, aiming to create a dialogue between rail stakeholders and satellite navigation experts,” says MEDDE Galileo Coordinator David Comby. “Only by working across expertise and sectors can we respond to the needs for increased safety, efficiency and sustainability in the rail sector." 

    Benefits for Europe’s low-density lines

    Precise, real-time localisation of trains is critical for the prevention of accidents, as well as for the safe and reliable operation of rail networks. According to the present version of the ERTMS specifications foreseen for implementation, this requires the deployment of balises (electronic beacons) that are costly to buy, install and maintain. Additionally, the balises are often not cost effective for signalling and train control on low-density lines. 

    GNSS offers obvious potential for these low-density lines, where satellite position information can lower the cost of signalling by reducing the number of line-side components required, while also improving safety. Even for mainline applications, GNSS can reduce the number of physical balises and improve the precision of odometry. 

    Time for adoption by rail

    GNSS is already extensively used in aviation, marine and vehicle navigation, but the peculiarities of rail transport have prevented its deployment for safety-critical applications, notably because of the unavailability of satellite signals when a train enters a tunnel, passes through a cutting or densely built-up area, for example. However, by integrating GNSS data with signals from other sensors, such as train-mounted eddy-current sensors and odometers, EGNOS can offer the integrity and increased positioning accuracy needed for next-generation signalling, train control and traffic management. 

     Two ongoing European R&D projects – GaLoROI and SATLOC – are already developing the necessary links between Galileo and these kinds of sensor for rail signalling on low density lines – which represent over 40% of the European network, and much more world-wide. 

    “The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “We believe that E-GNSS can do a lot for the rail market segment, in terms of improved safety, efficiency and long-term sustainability.”

    “The GSA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness.” 
    -
    GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini

     

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    EGNOS for Rail

    GSA Earns ISO 9001 Certification

    11.12.2014 10:17  
    11/12/2014

    Following a successful audit this month, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been ISO 9001 certified for all its activities. ISO 9001 is an internationally recognised certification of an organisation’s quality management system standards.

    “Our certification represents a significant collective effort across the GSA to establish an Integrated ManagementFollowing a successful audit this month, the GSAhas achieved ISO 9001 Certification for all activities. System (IMS) and to define specific quality processes,” says Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director. “Our challenge is to maintain this momentum and deliver more effective and efficient services that better respond to the needs of the end users of EGNOS and Galileo.”

    Work began nearly two years ago when the framework for the Integrated Management System was established and all processes documented. In addition, managers and staff underwent extensive training on formalising and properly documenting the processes used in their daily activities.

    “This was a great team effort for the entire Agency to build our IMS and prepare for the audit,” says Fernando Navarro, the Agency’s Senior Project Manager in charge of the certification process. “At a time when the Agency is under significant pressure from increasing stakeholder requirements and significant expansion in staff numbers, we have collectively risen to this challenge.”

    The GSA is one of three European Union agencies to be certified.

    The certification lays a solid foundation for building towards additional certifications. The GSA will continue to develop its IMS and intends to apply the quality management approach to deliver continual improvement in both performance and services as it seeks to satisfy its customers and key stakeholders.

    “Our challenge is to maintain this momentum and deliver more effective and efficient services that better respond to the needs of the end users of EGNOS and Galileo.”
    -
    Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

     

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    Sign Up for the European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020 Workshop

    11.12.2014 8:59  
    11/12/2014

    Early registration for the workshop, scheduled 14 January 2015, is now open.

    With the second Horizon 2020 Call for Applications in Satellite Navigation in full-swing, the European GNSS AgencyEarly registration for the workshop, scheduled 14 January 2015, is now open. (GSA) invites the European GNSS community to participate in the second European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020 Workshop.

    The agenda includes a comprehensive overview of the Horizon 2020 Galileo Call, including rules of participation, financial stipulations and submission procedures. Also scheduled is an in-depth look at GNSS opportunities across all market sectors, including agriculture, surveying and mapping, aviation, location based services, maritime, rail and road. The workshop concludes with presentations from a portfolio of GNSS success stories.

    The workshop is scheduled for 14 January in Prague, Czech Republic in the CTU Faculty of Electrical Engineering.

    More information and registration is available here.

    Groningen Airport Eelde First for LPV in the Netherlands

    10.12.2014 8:46  
    10/12/2014

    The Groningen Airport Eelde (GAE) is pioneering satellite-based landing procedures in the Netherlands with the publication of two LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance) procedures. These new, EGNOS-enabled procedures improve accuracy and safety when aircraft land in a cost effective way. This development was supported by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) funded FP7 project ACCEPTA that is working to implement LPV procedures across Europe.

    EGNOS is Europe’s Satellite-based Augmentation System (SBAS) enables satellite navigation systems to meet theGroningen Airport Eelde (GAE) became the first in the Netherlands to publish EGNOS-based approach procedures for its runways 05 and 23 with landing minima down to 250 feet. (Photo by Van Zonneveld) operational requirements set by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) for the most critical phases of aircraft flight, in particular landing.

    Situated in the north of the Netherlands, GAE is an international airport close to the city of Groningen that offers passenger flights to destinations such as Spain, Greece, Portugal and Turkey.
    In 2013 the main runway was extended to 2,500 metres to allow the potential for longer distance destinations and the use of heavier aircraft.

    This small but growing airport currently handles half a dozen commercial flights per day. It is also a base for charter operators, general aviation and is home to two flight academies. During 2012 the airport handled over 208,660 passengers and some 46,418 individual aircraft movements.

    LPV Benefits

    The Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment and LVNL (the Air Traffic Control authority for the Netherlands) are working to improve access and safety in their airspace by implementing approaches with vertical guidance to all Instrument Flight Rules (IFR) runways in the country. The airport at Groningen was chosen because one of the main runway ends (05) was not yet equipped with precision approach (ILS) infrastructure.

    “One runway was equipped for ILS, but the other runway end only had a conventional non-precision approach,” explains Alex Gibbs an Air Traffic Management expert with the Dutch National Aerospace Laboratory (NLR) who led the project for implementing the LPV approaches at Groningen.

              Also Read: Gothenburg City Airport pioneers LPV approach in Sweden

    “Using LPV approaches brings a big benefit in terms of safety for aircraft operators at an airport as the vertically guided minima is down to 250 feet,” he says. “This also helps in terms of increasing the accessibility and potential capacity of the airport and improves reliability for customers,”

    Gibbs further notes the benefits to the airport’s flight schools: “The flight academies that operate at the airport are training future commercial pilots,” he says. “It is very useful to have the ability to train on both ILS and LPV approaches and allow new pilots to get acquainted with GNSS-based approaches and the concepts of performance-based navigation.”

    LVNL is now considering plans to equip other airports under its civil control with GNSS approach procedures using EGNOS LPV.

    ACCEPTA Key

    The GSA-funded FP7 project ACCEPTA assisted with the LPV design and publication procedure and also provided the majority of the funding for certified EGNOS receiver equipment for aircraft operators at the airport. Additional funding was made available by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and Environment to assure timely implementation and overall project management was undertaken by NLR.

    “ACCEPTA is a very large project to assist the implementation of LPV approaches across Europe through two aspects: assistance to design and implement LPV approaches at airports, and to help equip aircraft with certified avionics to use the published procedures,” says Victor Gordo of Spanish company INECO who is the coordinator for the ACCEPTA project.

    “In total some 84 runway ends are included in the ACCEPTA programme, and so far 24 LPV procedures have been published through ACCEPTA, including locations in the UK, Spain, the Czech Republic, Austria, Switzerland and now the Netherlands,” he says. “Although this has involved a lot of work, the adoption of EGNOS and the promotion of LPV procedures is paramount to ensuring access to Europe’s smaller airports.” 

    Before the project conclusion in December 2014, Victor hopes to see an additional 16 runway ends adopt EGNOS-based LPV procedures. ACCEPTA is directly responsible for the publishing of 25% of Europe’s LPV procedures.

    “The project has had lots of success in implementing procedures and equipping aircraft with certified receivers, now the challenge is to further disseminate the results and show what benefits EGNOS and LPV can bring,” concludes Victor.

    A final ACCEPTA workshop on 1 December in Madrid showcased the benefits of EGNOS-based LPV to stakeholders of the aviation sector.

    Today, LPV procedures are already in use in more than 100 airports across Europe, providing a cost effective alternative equivalent to conventional ILS CAT I instrument landing procedures. LPV offers similar performance without the need for significant investments in on-site infrastructure installation and maintenance and is becoming a very valuable navigation aid to small and medium-size airports, increasing safety and accessibility of aerodromes and users.

     

    “In total some 84 runway ends are included in the ACCEPTA programme, and so far 24 LPV procedures have been published through ACCEPTA.”
    -
    Victor Gordo, ACCEPT project coordinator

     

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    EGNOS Aviation

    GSA Joins International Association of Maritime Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities

    28.11.2014 8:44  
    28/11/2014

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has become a member of the International Association of Maritime Aids to Navigation and Lighthouse Authorities (IALA), where it aims to strengthen dialogue with the maritime sector and survey and respond to segment-specific requirements and needs.

    The membership strengthens an already productive cooperation. IALA brings together the key players in the maritime world, from regulatory authorities to manufacturers, service providers and operators.

              Also Read: Building on Success to Prepare for the Future

    “The GSA strongly supports IALA’s mission and vision in fostering the safe and efficient movement of vessels globally,” comments GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini. “The benefits offered by European GNSS, and in particular EGNOS now and EGNOS plus Galileo in the future, make a strong case for the integration of these services in multi-systems receivers, and for an enhanced overall maritime EGNSS market adoption.”

    A Platform for Dialogue

    IALA brings together the key players in the maritime world, from regulatory authorities to manufacturers, service providers and operators. Thanks to the forum provided by IALA, the European GNSS Agency will be able to interface with a broad range of people and organizations to advocate for the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo to enhance safety and efficiency in the maritime sector.

    To liaise with all of these stakeholders is of strategic importance for the GSA, and dialogue is key to bridging the gap in market adoption and leveraging research and development projects in the maritime field.

    IALA is specifically interested in satellite navigation solutions that GSA may offer as a key element for their PNT needs within the e-Navigation concept. They are ready to cooperate with GSA on managing stakeholders, fine-tuning user requirements and implementing Galileo after recognition from IMO initiated by EC/GSA. IALA is also interested in transmitting VHF Data Exchange System messages via EU satellites, as this system can become one of the core facilitating elements for both the implementation of e-navigation and the modernization of the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS).

     

    “The benefits offered by European GNSS, and in particular EGNOS now and EGNOS plus Galileo in the future, make a strong case for the integration of these services in multi-systems receivers, and for an enhanced overall maritime EGNSS market adoption.”
    -
    GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini

     

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    The European GNSS Agency
    EGNOS Portal
    EGNOS Maritime
    IALA

    GSA Kicks Off EGNOS GEO Transponder Service Contracts

    27.11.2014 9:08  
    27/11/2014

    On 25 November 2014, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) kicked off the contracts for two new EGNOS GEO transponder services provided by SES.

    The kick-off was done with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EGNOS service provider ESSP. Initially awarded and signed by the European Commission, in line with a new delegation agreement  between the Commission and the GSA, responsibility for the oversight of the contracts has been assigned to the Agency.

    GSA-SES contract re-assignment kick-off at Betzdorf (Lux), in front of the EGNOS SES-5 uplink antenna dish.

    The contracts regard the provision of signals from two EGNOS transponders embarked on-board the SES-5 and ASTRA-5B geostationary satellites, both operated by Luxembourg-based SES. The ground-based signals are generated via redundant uplink stations located in Betzdorf, Luxembourg and Redu, Belgium.

    The signals include the navigation messages computed by the EGNOS Mission Control Centers.  Both satellites are capable of transmitting dual-frequency signals compliant with GPS L1/L5 and Galileo E1/E5 signal specifications. The signals will be introduced into the EGNOS service provision (L1-only signals) between 2015 and 2016.

     

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    GSA Kicks Off EGNOS GEO Transponder Service Contracts

    27.11.2014 9:08  
    27/11/2014

    On 25 November 2014, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) kicked off the contracts for two new EGNOS GEO transponder services provided by SES.

    GSA-SES contract re-assignment kick-off at Betzdorf (Lux), in front of the EGNOS SES-5 uplink antenna dish.The kick-off was done with the support of the European Space Agency (ESA) and the EGNOS service provider ESSP. Initially awarded and signed by the European Commission, in line with a new delegation agreement  between the Commission and the GSA, responsibility for the oversight of the contracts has been assigned to the Agency.

    The contracts regard the provision of signals from two EGNOS transponders embarked on-board the SES-5 and ASTRA-5B geostationary satellites, both operated by Luxembourg-based SES. The ground-based signals are generated via redundant uplink stations located in Betzdorf, Luxembourg and Redu, Belgium.

    The signals include the navigation messages computed by the EGNOS Mission Control Centers.  Both satellites are capable of transmitting dual-frequency signals compliant with GPS L1/L5 and Galileo E1/E5 signal specifications. The signals will be introduced into the EGNOS service provision (L1-only signals) between 2015 and 2016.

     

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    European GNSS benefits showcased at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles

    24.11.2014 10:29  
    24/11/2014

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) participated in the third International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Exhibition (ICCVE), held in Vienna from November 3-7. The conference gathered industry leaders, policy-makers, scientific associations and experts to present the latest innovations and advances in connected vehicles and provide a platform for sharing best practices.

    The third International Conference on Connected Vehicles, held in Vienna from November 3-7, brought together a wide range of industries and operators working in the connected and automated vehicles market segment, including the European GNSS Agency (GSA), who participated in several sessions where they presented the innovation created by European GNSS and supported by the European R&D projects of the 7th Framework Programme.

    EGNOS and Galileo complement all data gathered from different sensors via Car-to-X technology.

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo,” says GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani. “The robustness and accuracy provided by Galileo signals will support and stimulate a range of services and features available both at the vehicle and infrastructure level.”

             Also Read: Joint Galileo Optimization and Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANET) Enhancement

    The Future of GNSS – Galileo

    One of the key questions participants tackled concerned which technologies will pave the way for automated vehicles, and which industry sector is expected to take a leading role.

    Based on the successful track-record of GNSS in other market segments, the consensus is that it is the best candidate for this role.

    The future of connected cars and intelligent transport systems depends on a multi-constellation GNSS that provides more accurate positioning, more robustness against jamming and integrated navigation complemented by sensor fusion. GNSS is already assisting several road transportation applications, with navigation being the most widespread. For example, satellite road traffic monitoring, fleet management, insurance telematics and connected vehicles all rely on GNSS.

    EGNOS and Galileo both play a key role in this environment. Galileo, for instance, will benefit the connected vehicles industry to offer and develop new value-added services. Galileo also will provide protection against spoofing attempts, facilitating the process for a legal use of GNSS positioning in several regulated road applications.

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo.”
    -
    GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani

     

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    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    EGNOS Road
    EGNOS LBS

    European GNSS benefits showcased at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles

    24.11.2014 10:29  
    24/11/2014

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) participated in the third International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Exhibition (ICCVE), held in Vienna from November 3-7. The conference gathered industry leaders, policy-makers, scientific associations and experts to present the latest innovations and advances in connected vehicles and provide a platform for sharing best practices.

    The third International Conference on Connected Vehicles, held in Vienna from November 3-7, brought together a wide range of industries and operators working in the connected and automated vehicles market segment, including the European GNSS Agency (GSA), who participated in several sessions where they presented the innovation created by European GNSS and supported by the European R&D projects of the 7th Framework Programme.

    EGNOS and Galileo complement all data gathered from different sensors via Car-to-X technology.

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo,” says GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani. “The robustness and accuracy provided by Galileo signals will support and stimulate a range of services and features available both at the vehicle and infrastructure level.”

             Also Read: Joint Galileo Optimization and Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANET) Enhancement

    The Future of GNSS – Galileo

    One of the key questions participants tackled concerned which technologies will pave the way for automated vehicles, and which industry sector is expected to take a leading role.

    Based on the successful track-record of GNSS in other market segments, the consensus is that it is the best candidate for this role.

    The future of connected cars and intelligent transport systems depends on a multi-constellation GNSS that provides more accurate positioning, more robustness against jamming and integrated navigation complemented by sensor fusion. GNSS is already assisting several road transportation applications, with navigation being the most widespread. For example, satellite road traffic monitoring, fleet management, insurance telematics and connected vehicles all rely on GNSS.

    EGNOS and Galileo both play a key role in this environment. Galileo, for instance, will benefit the connected vehicles industry to offer and develop new value-added services. Galileo also will provide protection against spoofing attempts, facilitating the process for a legal use of GNSS positioning in several regulated road applications.

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo.”
    -
    GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani

     

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    More information:

    How connected are satellite navigation and connected vehicles?
    Seeking the candidate technology to drive the Automated Vehicles market
    The European GNSS Agency
    EGNOS Road
    EGNOS LBS

    European GNSS benefits showcased at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles

    24.11.2014 10:29  
    24/11/2014

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) participated in the third International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Exhibition (ICCVE), held in Vienna from November 3-7. The conference gathered industry leaders, policy-makers, scientific associations and experts to present the latest innovations and advances in connected vehicles and provide a platform for sharing best practices.

    The third International Conference on Connected Vehicles, held in Vienna from November 3-7, brought together a wide range of industries and operators working in the connected and automated vehicles market segment, including the European GNSS Agency (GSA), who participated in several sessions where they presented the innovation created by European GNSS and supported by the European R&D projects of the 7th Framework Programme.

    EGNOS and Galileo complement all data gathered from different sensors via Car-to-X technology. © Continental AG 2014

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo,” says GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani. “The robustness and accuracy provided by Galileo signals will support and stimulate a range of services and features available both at the vehicle and infrastructure level.”

             Also Read: Joint Galileo Optimization and Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANET) Enhancement

    The Future of GNSS – Galileo

    One of the key questions participants tackled concerned which technologies will pave the way for automated vehicles, and which industry sector is expected to take a leading role.

    Based on the successful track-record of GNSS in other market segments, the consensus is that it is the best candidate for this role.

    The future of connected cars and intelligent transport systems depends on a multi-constellation GNSS that provides more accurate positioning, more robustness against jamming and integrated navigation complemented by sensor fusion. GNSS is already assisting several road transportation applications, with navigation being the most widespread. For example, satellite road traffic monitoring, fleet management, insurance telematics and connected vehicles all rely on GNSS.

    EGNOS and Galileo both play a key role in this environment. Galileo, for instance, will benefit the connected vehicles industry to offer and develop new value-added services. Galileo also will provide protection against spoofing attempts, facilitating the process for a legal use of GNSS positioning in several regulated road applications.

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo.”
    -
    GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani

     

    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).

    More information:

    How connected are satellite navigation and connected vehicles?
    Seeking the candidate technology to drive the Automated Vehicles market
    The European GNSS Agency
    EGNOS Road
    EGNOS LBS

    European GNSS benefits showcased at the International Conference on Connected Vehicles

    24.11.2014 10:29  
    24/11/2014

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) participated in the third International Conference on Connected Vehicles & Exhibition (ICCVE), held in Vienna from November 3-7. The conference gathered industry leaders, policy-makers, scientific associations and experts to present the latest innovations and advances in connected vehicles and provide a platform for sharing best practices.

    EGNOS and Galileo complement all data gathered from different sensors via Car-to-X technology. © Continental AG 2014The third International Conference on Connected Vehicles, held in Vienna from November 3-7, brought together a wide range of industries and operators working in the connected and automated vehicles market segment, including the European GNSS Agency (GSA), who participated in several sessions where they presented the innovation created by European GNSS and supported by the European R&D projects of the 7th Framework Programme.

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo,” says GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani. “The robustness and accuracy provided by Galileo signals will support and stimulate a range of services and features available both at the vehicle and infrastructure level.”

             Also Read: Joint Galileo Optimization and Vehicular Ad-Hoc Networks (VANET) Enhancement

    The Future of GNSS – Galileo

    One of the key questions participants tackled concerned which technologies will pave the way for automated vehicles, and which industry sector is expected to take a leading role.

    Based on the successful track-record of GNSS in other market segments, the consensus is that it is the best candidate for this role.

    The future of connected cars and intelligent transport systems depends on a multi-constellation GNSS that provides more accurate positioning, more robustness against jamming and integrated navigation complemented by sensor fusion. GNSS is already assisting several road transportation applications, with navigation being the most widespread. For example, satellite road traffic monitoring, fleet management, insurance telematics and connected vehicles all rely on GNSS.

    EGNOS and Galileo both play a key role in this environment. Galileo, for instance, will benefit the connected vehicles industry to offer and develop new value-added services. Galileo also will provide protection against spoofing attempts, facilitating the process for a legal use of GNSS positioning in several regulated road applications.

    “Connected Vehicles represent a fast-emerging market segment that can profitably and efficiently be served by EGNOS now and, very soon, Galileo.”
    -
    GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani

     

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    More information:

    How connected are satellite navigation and connected vehicles?
    Seeking the candidate technology to drive the Automated Vehicles market
    The European GNSS Agency
    EGNOS Road
    EGNOS LBS

    Second Call of H2020-Galileo Now Open

    19.11.2014 9:17  
    19/11/2014

    The second Horizon 2020 (H2020) call for Applications in Satellite Navigation, managed by the European GNSS Agency, is officially open. With a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015.

    To accelerate EU space policy, the second Horizon 2020 call focuses on growth and impact acrossWith a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015. all market segments, including transport (road, rail, maritime, aviation), high precision surveying, location based services (LBS), agriculture and emergency services.  Priority is also placed on raising productivity and competitiveness while reducing adverse environmental impact.

    Space research is fundamental to ensuring that EU space policy continues to provide cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems. It also benefits EU citizens and ensures that Europe remains competitive in space activities.     

                       Also read: Horizon 2020 First Call for Applications Comes to a Close

    Horizon 2020, as the biggest EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, targets the development of new space enabled applications in different focus areas such as health, citizen safety, mobility, smart cities, sustainable resources monitoring and management, regional growth, low-carbon energy infrastructure planning and protection, and disaster management and climate control, including natural catastrophes.

    Last year’s first call of H2020-Galileo received 109 proposals from 775 applicants. Applications were evaluated at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality, and efficiency of implementation. After the evaluation, 25 proposals were invited for the grant agreement preparation phase and two were placed on the reserve list.

    What is H2020?

    Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s next programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from the second call in Applications in Satellite Navigation will be managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) under the Delegation Agreement with the Commission.

    How to apply

    Applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSSs. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those EGNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. The proposal should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

    H2020-Galileo-2015-1 Call opened on 4th of November 2014 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 8th of April 2015, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission’s Participant Portal.

     


    The deadline for submission is 17:00 8 April 2015.

     

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    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    European Commission Participant Portal
    Horizon 2020 Portal

    Second Call of H2020-Galileo Now Open

    19.11.2014 9:17  
    19/11/2014

    The second Horizon 2020 (H2020) call for Applications in Satellite Navigation, managed by the European GNSS Agency, is officially open. With a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015.

    To accelerate EU space policy, the second Horizon 2020 call focuses on growth and impact acrossWith a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015. all market segments, including transport (road, rail, maritime, aviation), high precision surveying, location based services (LBS), agriculture and emergency services.  Priority is also placed on raising productivity and competitiveness while reducing adverse environmental impact.

    Space research is fundamental to ensuring that EU space policy continues to provide cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems. It also benefits EU citizens and ensures that Europe remains competitive in space activities.     

                       Also read: Horizon 2020 First Call for Applications Comes to a Close

    Horizon 2020, as the biggest EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, targets the development of new space enabled applications in different focus areas such as health, citizen safety, mobility, smart cities, sustainable resources monitoring and management, regional growth, low-carbon energy infrastructure planning and protection, and disaster management and climate control, including natural catastrophes.

    Last year’s first call of H2020-Galileo received 109 proposals from 775 applicants. Applications were evaluated at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality, and efficiency of implementation. After the evaluation, 25 proposals were invited for the grant agreement preparation phase and two were placed on the reserve list.

    What is H2020?

    Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s next programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from the second call in Applications in Satellite Navigation will be managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) under the Delegation Agreement with the Commission.

    How to apply

    Applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSSs. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those EGNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. The proposal should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

    H2020-Galileo-2015-1 Call opened on 4th of November 2014 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 8th of April 2015, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission’s Participant Portal.

     


    The deadline for submission is 17:00 8 April 2015.

     

    For more information, you are welcome to attend the workshop on European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020 for the 2nd call in Prague on 14/01.

    Further information for registration to the workshop will follow.

     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    European Commission Participant Portal
    Horizon 2020 Portal

    Second Call of H2020-Galileo Now Open

    19.11.2014 9:17  
    19/11/2014

    The second Horizon 2020 (H2020) call for Applications in Satellite Navigation, managed by the European GNSS Agency, is officially open. With a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015.

    To accelerate EU space policy, the second Horizon 2020 call focuses on growth and impact acrossWith a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015. all market segments, including transport (road, rail, maritime, aviation), high precision surveying, location based services (LBS), agriculture and emergency services.  Priority is also placed on raising productivity and competitiveness while reducing adverse environmental impact.

    Space research is fundamental to ensuring that EU space policy continues to provide cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems. It also benefits EU citizens and ensures that Europe remains competitive in space activities.     

                       Also read: Horizon 2020 First Call for Applications Comes to a Close

    Horizon 2020, as the biggest EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, targets the development of new space enabled applications in different focus areas such as health, citizen safety, mobility, smart cities, sustainable resources monitoring and management, regional growth, low-carbon energy infrastructure planning and protection, and disaster management and climate control, including natural catastrophes.

    Last year’s first call of H2020-Galileo received 109 proposals from 775 applicants. Applications were evaluated at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality, and efficiency of implementation. After the evaluation, 25 proposals were invited for the grant agreement preparation phase and two were placed on the reserve list.

    What is H2020?

    Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s next programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from the second call in Applications in Satellite Navigation will be managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) under the Delegation Agreement with the Commission.

    How to apply

    Applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSSs. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those EGNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. The proposal should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

    H2020-Galileo-2015-1 Call opened on 4th of November 2014 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 8th of April 2015, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission’s Participant Portal.

     


    The deadline for submission is 17:00 8 April 2015.

    For more information, you are welcome to attend the workshop on European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020 for the 2nd call in Prague on 14/01.

    Register 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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    European Commission Participant Portal
    Horizon 2020 Portal

    Second Call of H2020-Galileo Now Open

    19.11.2014 9:17  
    19/11/2014

    The second Horizon 2020 (H2020) call for Applications in Satellite Navigation, managed by the European GNSS Agency, is officially open. With a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015.

    To accelerate EU space policy, the second Horizon 2020 call focuses on growth and impact acrossWith a budget of EUR 25 million for the 2015 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 8 April 2015. all market segments, including transport (road, rail, maritime, aviation), high precision surveying, location based services (LBS), agriculture and emergency services.  Priority is also placed on raising productivity and competitiveness while reducing adverse environmental impact.

    Space research is fundamental to ensuring that EU space policy continues to provide cutting-edge solutions to everyday societal problems. It also benefits EU citizens and ensures that Europe remains competitive in space activities.     

                       Also read: Horizon 2020 First Call for Applications Comes to a Close

    Horizon 2020, as the biggest EU Framework Program for Research and Innovation, targets the development of new space enabled applications in different focus areas such as health, citizen safety, mobility, smart cities, sustainable resources monitoring and management, regional growth, low-carbon energy infrastructure planning and protection, and disaster management and climate control, including natural catastrophes.

    Last year’s first call of H2020-Galileo received 109 proposals from 775 applicants. Applications were evaluated at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality, and efficiency of implementation. After the evaluation, 25 proposals were invited for the grant agreement preparation phase and two were placed on the reserve list.

    What is H2020?

    Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s next programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from the second call in Applications in Satellite Navigation will be managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) under the Delegation Agreement with the Commission.

    How to apply

    Applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSSs. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those EGNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. The proposal should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

    H2020-Galileo-2015-1 Call opened on 4th of November 2014 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 8th of April 2015, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission’s Participant Portal.

     


    The deadline for submission is 17:00 8 April 2015.

     

    Register here!

    For more information, you are welcome to attend the workshop on European GNSS Applications in Horizon 2020 for the 2nd call in Prague on 14/01.

     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    European Commission Participant Portal
    Horizon 2020 Portal

    GSA Hosts Global GNSS Community in Prague

    18.11.2014 9:32  
    18/11/2014

    For the first time, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) played host to the ninth meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) in Prague. The event was held 10 – 14 November.

    The ICG meeting is a unique opportunity for GNSS providers to present a status update and future plans for their systems, and an opportunity for ICG members, associate members and observers to provide updates on recent developments pertaining to services and applications. Among providers present were representatives from GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), BeiDou (China), IRNSS/GAGAN (India), QZSS (Japan) and the European Union’s Galileo.

    Participants at ICG-9 came from all over the world and included representatives of such global and regional GNSS programs as Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GAGAN and QZSS.

    “Significant progress continues to be made through the ICG to support sustainable development throughout the world,” said United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Director Simonetta Di Pippo. “The efforts to build capacity in space science and technology are considered a major focus of UNOOSA and provide a major springboard for the transfer and enhancement of skills and knowledge to nations that wish to engage in GNSS science, technology and education.”

    “The GSA is honoured to be able to host this important global event,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Bringing together the world’s GNSS community, with representatives from all the leading global and regional programs, is crucial to improving the compatibility and interoperability needed to build a multi-constellation program capable of benefiting the end users.”

    The UN-established ICG is charged with promoting voluntary cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services. The organization falls under the auspices of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

    A Secure Foundation for Galileo

    The ICG provides a unique opportunity for representatives from the world’s leading global and regional GNSS programs to give an update on their systems and services. Presenting in Prague was US GPS Coordination Office Director, Harold Martin; Russian Federation Centre for PNT Head of Information and Analysis, Sergey Karutin (GLONASS); China Satellite Navigation Office Director, Chengqi Ran (BeiDou); Indian Space Research Organization Centre, Alak Bankik (IRNSS/GAGAN); Japanese Office of National Space Policy Senior Coordinator, Akihiro Matsumoto (QZSS); and European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry Head of Unit of Galileo and EGNOS Applications, Security and International Cooperation, Christian Siebert.

    According to Siebert, with a stable seven year perspective, substantial budget and exploitation-focused governance scheme, the Galileo program has a secure foundation for the future. “The Galileo program has achieved numerous important milestones this year,” he said. “For instance, the ground infrastructure deployment was finalized for initial operations, the new satellite design qualified and the Galileo in Orbit phase successfully concluded.” He also noted that the deployment plan for the Galileo constellation has been secured, with 26 satellites ordered and launcher service contracts signed.

              Also Read: Galileo Service Provision Delegated to the European GNSS Agency

    Looking towards 2015, Siebert said next steps include a gradual introduction of the early phase of service delivery, which will rely heavily on interaction with users: “The long-term service plan will be aligned with the trend of most user communities moving towards service levels based on a multi-constellation approach,” he concluded.

    Providers System and Service Updates

    As the purpose of the ICG is to promote cooperation between the world’s GNSS programs, here are some highlights from the other presentations:

    GPS

    “Our objective is to work with other GNSS providers to ensure compatibility. By achieving interoperability we will provide the end user with better capabilities and help ensure a level playing field within the global marketplace." - Harold Martin, Director, National Coordination Office, United States

    GLONASS

    “Russia is involved in bilateral cooperation with international authorities, including the European Union, with the aim of making GLONASS one of the essential elements of the international GNSS infrastructure providing user benefits worldwide." - Sergey Karutin, Head of Information and Analysis Centre for PNT, Russian Federation

    BeiDou

    “We have a policy of encouraging compatibility and interoperability with other GNSS programs and are committed to enhancing application efficiency, broadening application domains and promoting international applications" - Chengqi Ran, Director, China Satellite Navigation Office, China

    QZSS

    Market Opportunities

    Of course any talk of interoperability and international cooperation becomes null if it isn’t backed by user-focused GNSS applications.

    Speaking on the GNSS application market and opportunities, GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini noted that by 2022 the GNSS device market will be worth over EUR 7 billion, and that this growth is expected to occur across all regions. “This forecast for growth offers substantial business opportunities for the global GNSS industry,” he said.

    According to Calini, there are several important drivers behind this growth, including:

    • Increasing penetration of GNSS devices in different platforms and devices
    • More devices per person and penetration within emerging markets
    • More intensive use of GNSS devices
    • Disruptive new applications coming on to the market
    • Integration of GNSS with other technology and sensors

    “In the mass market, we see a growing diversity and volume of mobile applications,” said Calini. “This is particularly true in the integration of GNSS into devices that have traditionally been unrelated to location, such as cameras and watches.”

    He also noted drivers within the regulated market, including in rail, maritime and aviation. “In rail, GNSS is becoming a standard feature in non-safety applications such as passenger information,” he said. “While in aviation there is an increasing usage of GNSS navigation, particularly for PBN.”

              Also Read: European Rail, Supported by European GNSS

    In the high precision market, a noted increase in the use of precision agriculture is also being seen. This is happening most prominently in developed countries and on large farms – mostly related to crop production.

     

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    GSA Hosts Global GNSS Community in Prague

    18.11.2014 9:32  
    18/11/2014

    For the first time, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) played host to the ninth meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) in Prague. The event was held 10 – 14 November.

    The ICG meeting is a unique opportunity for GNSS providers to present a status update and future plans for their systems, and an opportunity for ICG members, associate members and observers to provide updates on recent developments pertaining to services and applications. Among providers present were representatives from GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), BeiDou (China), IRNSS/GAGAN (India), QZSS (Japan) and the European Union’s Galileo.

    Participants at ICG-9 came from all over the world and included representatives of such global and regional GNSS programs as Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GAGAN and QZSS.

    “Significant progress continues to be made through the ICG to support sustainable development throughout the world,” said United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Director Simonetta Di Pippo. “The efforts to build capacity in space science and technology are considered a major focus of UNOOSA and provide a major springboard for the transfer and enhancement of skills and knowledge to nations that wish to engage in GNSS science, technology and education.”

    “The GSA is honoured to be able to host this important global event,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Bringing together the world’s GNSS community, with representatives from all the leading global and regional programs, is crucial to improving the compatibility and interoperability needed to build a multi-constellation program capable of benefiting the end users.”

    The UN-established ICG is charged with promoting voluntary cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services. The organization falls under the auspices of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

    A Secure Foundation for Galileo

    The ICG provides a unique opportunity for representatives from the world’s leading global and regional GNSS programs to give an update on their systems and services. Presenting in Prague was US GPS Coordination Office Director, Harold Martin; Russian Federation Centre for PNT Head of Information and Analysis, Sergey Karutin (GLONASS); China Satellite Navigation Office Director, Chengqi Ran (BeiDou); Indian Space Research Organization Centre, Alak Bankik (IRNSS/GAGAN); Japanese Office of National Space Policy Senior Coordinator, Akihiro Matsumoto (QZSS); and European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry Head of Unit of Galileo and EGNOS Applications, Security and International Cooperation, Christian Siebert.

    According to Siebert, with a stable seven year perspective, substantial budget and exploitation-focused governance scheme, the Galileo program has a secure foundation for the future. “The Galileo program has achieved numerous important milestones this year,” he said. “For instance, the ground infrastructure deployment was finalized for initial operations, the new satellite design qualified and the Galileo in Orbit phase successfully concluded.” He also noted that the deployment plan for the Galileo constellation has been secured, with 26 satellites ordered and launcher service contracts signed.

              Also Read: Galileo Service Provision Delegated to the European GNSS Agency

    Looking towards 2015, Siebert said next steps include a gradual introduction of the early phase of service delivery, which will rely heavily on interaction with users: “The long-term service plan will be aligned with the trend of most user communities moving towards service levels based on a multi-constellation approach,” he concluded.

    Providers System and Service Updates

    As the purpose of the ICG is to promote cooperation between the world’s GNSS programs, here are some highlights from the other presentations:

    GPS

    “Our objective is to work with other GNSS providers to ensure compatibility. By achieving interoperability we will provide the end user with better capabilities and help ensure a level playing field within the global marketplace." - Harold Martin, Director, National Coordination Office, United States

    GLONASS

    “Russia is involved in bilateral cooperation with international authorities, including the European Union, with the aim of making GLONASS one of the essential elements of the international GNSS infrastructure providing user benefits worldwide." - Sergey Karutin, Head of Information and Analysis Centre for PNT, Russian Federation

    BeiDou

    “We have a policy of encouraging compatibility and interoperability with other GNSS programs and are committed to enhancing application efficiency, broadening application domains and promoting international applications" - Chengqi Ran, Director, China Satellite Navigation Office, China

    QZSS

    “QZSS will contribute to the welfare of the Asia-Pacific region by offering a broad range of security applications, including the improvement of the capacity to respond to natural disasters." - Akihiro Matsumoto, Senior Coordinator, Office of National Space Policy, Cabinet Office, Japan

    Market Opportunities

    Of course any talk of interoperability and international cooperation becomes null if it isn’t backed by user-focused GNSS applications.

    Speaking on the GNSS application market and opportunities, GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini noted that by 2022 the GNSS device market will be worth over EUR 7 billion, and that this growth is expected to occur across all regions. “This forecast for growth offers substantial business opportunities for the global GNSS industry,” he said.

    According to Calini, there are several important drivers behind this growth, including:

    • Increasing penetration of GNSS devices in different platforms and devices
    • More devices per person and penetration within emerging markets
    • More intensive use of GNSS devices
    • Disruptive new applications coming on to the market
    • Integration of GNSS with other technology and sensors

    “In the mass market, we see a growing diversity and volume of mobile applications,” said Calini. “This is particularly true in the integration of GNSS into devices that have traditionally been unrelated to location, such as cameras and watches.”

    He also noted drivers within the regulated market, including in rail, maritime and aviation. “In rail, GNSS is becoming a standard feature in non-safety applications such as passenger information,” he said. “While in aviation there is an increasing usage of GNSS navigation, particularly for PBN.”

              Also Read: European Rail, Supported by European GNSS

    In the high precision market, a noted increase in the use of precision agriculture is also being seen. This is happening most prominently in developed countries and on large farms – mostly related to crop production.

     

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    GSA Hosts Global GNSS Community in Prague

    18.11.2014 9:32  
    18/11/2014

    For the first time, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) played host to the ninth meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) in Prague. The event was held 10 – 14 November.

    The ICG meeting is a unique opportunity for GNSS providers to present a status update and future plans for their systems, and an opportunity for ICG members, associate members and observers to provide updates on recent developments pertaining to services and applications. Among providers present were representatives from GPS (USA), GLONASS (Russia), BeiDou (China), IRNSS/GAGAN (India), QZSS (Japan) and the European Union’s Galileo.

    Participants at ICG-9 came from all over the world and included representatives of such global and regional GNSS programs as Galileo, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, GAGAN and QZSS. © Julien Gungui - Ramses_Photo 2014

    “Significant progress continues to be made through the ICG to support sustainable development throughout the world,” said United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) Director Simonetta Di Pippo. “The efforts to build capacity in space science and technology are considered a major focus of UNOOSA and provide a major springboard for the transfer and enhancement of skills and knowledge to nations that wish to engage in GNSS science, technology and education.”

    “The GSA is honoured to be able to host this important global event,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Bringing together the world’s GNSS community, with representatives from all the leading global and regional programs, is crucial to improving the compatibility and interoperability needed to build a multi-constellation program capable of benefiting the end users.”

    The UN-established ICG is charged with promoting voluntary cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services. The organization falls under the auspices of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA).

    A Secure Foundation for Galileo

    The ICG provides a unique opportunity for representatives from the world’s leading global and regional GNSS programs to give an update on their systems and services. Presenting in Prague was US GPS Coordination Office Director, Harold Martin; Russian Federation Centre for PNT Head of Information and Analysis, Sergey Karutin (GLONASS); China Satellite Navigation Office Director, Chengqi Ran (BeiDou); Indian Space Research Organization Centre, Alak Bankik (IRNSS/GAGAN); Japanese Office of National Space Policy Senior Coordinator, Akihiro Matsumoto (QZSS); and European Commission DG Enterprise and Industry Head of Unit of Galileo and EGNOS Applications, Security and International Cooperation, Christian Siebert.

    According to Siebert, with a stable seven year perspective, substantial budget and exploitation-focused governance scheme, the Galileo program has a secure foundation for the future. “The Galileo program has achieved numerous important milestones this year,” he said. “For instance, the ground infrastructure deployment was finalized for initial operations, the new satellite design qualified and the Galileo in Orbit phase successfully concluded.” He also noted that the deployment plan for the Galileo constellation has been secured, with 26 satellites ordered and launcher service contracts signed.

              Also Read: Galileo Service Provision Delegated to the European GNSS Agency

    Looking towards 2015, Siebert said next steps include a gradual introduction of the early phase of service delivery, which will rely heavily on interaction with users: “The long-term service plan will be aligned with the trend of most user communities moving towards service levels based on a multi-constellation approach,” he concluded.

    Providers System and Service Updates

    As the purpose of the ICG is to promote cooperation between the world’s GNSS programs, here are some highlights from the other presentations:

    GPS

    “Our objective is to work with other GNSS providers to ensure compatibility. By achieving interoperability we will provide the end user with better capabilities and help ensure a level playing field within the global marketplace." - Harold Martin, Director, National Coordination Office, United States

    GLONASS

    “Russia is involved in bilateral cooperation with international authorities, including the European Union, with the aim of making GLONASS one of the essential elements of the international GNSS infrastructure providing user benefits worldwide." - Sergey Karutin, Head of Information and Analysis Centre for PNT, Russian Federation

    BeiDou

    “We have a policy of encouraging compatibility and interoperability with other GNSS programs and are committed to enhancing application efficiency, broadening application domains and promoting international applications" - Chengqi Ran, Director, China Satellite Navigation Office, China

    QZSS

    “QZSS will contribute to the welfare of the Asia-Pacific region by offering a broad range of security applications, including the improvement of the capacity to respond to natural disasters." - Akihiro Matsumoto, Senior Coordinator, Office of National Space Policy, Cabinet Office, Japan

    Market Opportunities

    Of course any talk of interoperability and international cooperation becomes null if it isn’t backed by user-focused GNSS applications.

    Speaking on the GNSS application market and opportunities, GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini noted that by 2022 the GNSS device market will be worth over EUR 7 billion, and that this growth is expected to occur across all regions. “This forecast for growth offers substantial business opportunities for the global GNSS industry,” he said.

    According to Calini, there are several important drivers behind this growth, including:

    • Increasing penetration of GNSS devices in different platforms and devices
    • More devices per person and penetration within emerging markets
    • More intensive use of GNSS devices
    • Disruptive new applications coming on to the market
    • Integration of GNSS with other technology and sensors

    “In the mass market, we see a growing diversity and volume of mobile applications,” said Calini. “This is particularly true in the integration of GNSS into devices that have traditionally been unrelated to location, such as cameras and watches.”

    He also noted drivers within the regulated market, including in rail, maritime and aviation. “In rail, GNSS is becoming a standard feature in non-safety applications such as passenger information,” he said. “While in aviation there is an increasing usage of GNSS navigation, particularly for PBN.”

              Also Read: European Rail, Supported by European GNSS

    In the high precision market, a noted increase in the use of precision agriculture is also being seen. This is happening most prominently in developed countries and on large farms – mostly related to crop production.

     

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    Building on Success to Prepare for the Future

    17.11.2014 14:12  
    17/11/2014

    The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe's first venture into satellite navigation. To support its uptake across all market segments, the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), in collaboration with  the European GNSS Agency (GSA), organized an annual EGNOS Service Provision Workshop.

    Since its launch, the workshop has evolved into an annual event for EGNOS Since its launch, the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop has evolved into an annual event for EGNOS Stakeholders, Users and App Developers.Stakeholders, Users and App Developers. The event is now held over two days and involves debates, showcases, presentations and success stories. The 2014 edition of this Workshop was held from October 7 – 8 in Lisbon, Portugal. Around 170 participants, representing more than 26 countries, were in attendance.

    GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides provided the opening address to the delegates. “This workshop is an excellent opportunity to come together, exchange experiences and look ahead,” he said.

    ESSP Chief Thierry Racaud agreed, adding: “it is encouraging to see so many EGNOS users within this fora, sharing their experiences and projects with all of us,” he said. “The growing number of GNSS stakeholders makes our job even more challenging, requiring us to put all our effort in promoting the use of EGNOS in the different domains of applications, while continuing to deliver the service in an efficient and safe manner.”

    “The future of EGNOS is very positive,” added Des Dorides. ”In the medium term we will have a fully deployed version three, which will bring an extension to the system’s geographic coverage, along with dual frequency and increased accuracy.”

    He noted that these expansions will result in a wider adoption of EGNOS, moving beyond aviation and more heavily into, for example, maritime and rail.

    “Today we are still facing difficult economic times and the key word we keep hearing is ‘innovation, innovation, innovation’,” he said. “This is what EGNOS is and what it enables – innovation.”

    EGNOS Service Update

    The first day of the event was devoted to providing the latest updates on EGNOS services and status, along with a ‘state-of-play’ of the EGNOS market. Jean-Marc Pieplu, GNSS Exploitation Program Manager (GSA), and Gian-Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development (GSA), provided the introductory session and EGNOS Program Update.

    According to Pieplu, the key exploitation objectives include:

    •    The delivery of continuous and safe signals and services
    •    Maintaining and renewing space and ground infrastructure
    •    Improving services
    •    Enabling the use of EGNOS
    •    Developing EGNOS market adoption

    “With EGNOS Version Three we will add to this list several new opportunities,” he said. “Specifically, we will focus on designing new services and standards in the maritime and rail sectors, along with extending coverage to neighbouring countries, including the Mediterranean region and the Ukraine.”

    Adding to this, Calini noted that each market sector has a unique value chain, “so we must adapt our exploitation strategy for each sector, and the key to doing this is to ensure people are convinced of the importance of EGNOS to their specific sector,” he said. 

    Calini noted that the GSA was dedicated to its user driven market approach: “The implementation of market oriented actions enables EU industry and citizens to benefit and helps achieve EU strategic objectives,” he said. “Users do not discriminate as to services or systems, thus we must continue to focus on vertical market segments.”

    So where do we want to be by 2020?

    According to Calini, on the aviation side he expects to see more than 440 EGNOS-based LPV approaches implemented. In maritime, EGNOS will be adopted as a complementary system to DGNSS infrastructure, and the rail sector will benefit from E-GNSS based positioning. E-GNSS technology will provide multipurpose receivers in every vehicle, and the agricultural sector will see ENGOS as the preferred technology for accomplishing precision agriculture.

    Success in the sky

    To highlight how these 2020 goals can be achieved across the various market sectors, the Workshop focused on the aviation sector as a case study in success. The afternoon of the first day consisted of various presentations regarding successful EGNOS implementation stories in aviation, debriefed by skyguide, DSNA, Aviation Southwest and VLM. The participants particularly appreciated a presentation from the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).

    According to the presentations, there are presently more than 440 EGNOS-based LPV procedures planned by 2018. For their part, GNSS devices reach 90% penetration in the installed bases as an enabler of Performance Based Navigation. 

    However, if everything that is planned is to be achieved by 2020, several things must happen.  First and foremost is fostering EGNOS adoption through enablers/tools/methodologies to facilitate LPV implementation. This includes increasing the availability of efficient avionics solutions and supporting operators in getting both equipped and certified with EGNOS avionics by, for example, including EGNOS in training syllabus,  following ongoing European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA)  work and increasing helicopter adoption.

    Second is getting ready for LPV-200 capability, followed by exploring E-GNSS potential for communication, navigation and surveillance for all flight phases. The third point made is to exploit advanced operations using GNSS as an enabler (e.g. 4D) and, lastly, to get ready for multi-constellation/multi-frequency solutions. 

    Looking towards maritime

    Other EGNOS applications outside of the aviation world were the main subject of the Workshop’s second day. Primarily the discussions focused on EGNOS land and maritime applications. Accordingly there were presentations from UNIFE, Telespazio, RSOE, TOPCON and the General Lighthouse Authority of the UK & Ireland. 

    The EDAS service for added value applications was also a main theme of the day. The GSA and ESSP also explained the actual status of EGNOS markets, and the actions that are being taken for further EGNOS adoption in multimodal domains.

    Specifically as to maritime, GSA, European Commission and European Space Agency efforts are focused on getting EGNOS adopted as a complementary system to DGNSS infrastructure, thus ensuring its role in the future e-Navigation concept. Galileo is in the process of being recognized by International Maritime Organization (IMO) as part of World Wide Radio Navigation System.

    The goal to be achieved by 2020 is to have Galileo for navigation in ocean, coastal and restricted waters using double frequency receivers and RAIM (penetration in Rx similar to GLONASS). Differential Galileo (incl. RTK) should be available for high precision operations in ports along with Galileo-SAR return link capability adopted in beacons and EGNOS complementing IALA beacon infrastructure providing integrity information.

    To achieve this, Galileo has to be recognized by IMO as part of the WWRNS.  The new IMO performance standards for multi-system ship borne navigation receivers, currently in preparation, will enable the inclusion of EGNOS once the maritime SBAS standards are ready.  Differential Galileo needs to be included in Maritime standards. This requires a promotion campaign of Galileo/SAR return link capability to beacon manufacturers and users, as well as launching an EGNOS/EDAS demonstration project and awareness campaign with the support of EMRF/IALA.


    “This workshop is an excellent opportunity to come together, exchange experiences and look ahead.”
    -
    GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides

     

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    GNSS Community Joins Ka Conference

    13.11.2014 11:21  
    13/11/2014

    This year’s 20th Ka Conference, held in Vietri, Italy from 1-3 October, drew more than 170 participants from over 20 countries to discuss a range of satellite-related topics, including satellite navigation. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) joined with several presentations.

    Many areas of the world are still without affordable communications. The Ka Band The conference featured two full sessions devoted to Galileo applications, both chaired by GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.Utilization Conference was founded in 1995 with the intention of promoting the use of Ka Band in commercial satellite communications, broadening the available spectrum for users everywhere.

    It has largely succeeded. With the Ka Band now firmly established and enabling the deployment of satellites with greater than 100 gigabyte capacity, the Conference is now exploring higher frequencies to permit larger capacity satellites to serve more customers.

    In addition to its specific focus on satellite-based communications, the Conference continues to highlight advances being made in other satellite-related fields, including earth observation, deep space exploration, and satellite-based navigation.

    Concerning Navigation

    The conference featured two full sessions devoted to Galileo applications, both chaired by GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.
           
    Highlights included Calini’s own presentation on a ‘European EGNSS Value Proposition for Users and Industry’, as well as a talk by Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska, also of the GSA, on ‘How GNSS Can Make Our Mobility Safer and More Efficient: Study Cases of Road and Rail’.

              Also Read: European Rail, Supported by European GNSS

    Indeed, the transport sectors are making great strides with the help of new GNSS technologies and applications, especially with the introduction of EGNOS, the EU’s satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS).

    In his talk on the future of Positioning, Navigation and Timing (PNT), Marco Lisi of the European Space Agency (ESA) called attention to the important need to consolidate both GNSS- and non-GNSS-based PNT infrastructures: “The answer to this need should come from a consolidation of the GNSS system of systems, pursuing the objectives of compatibility and interoperability among the systems,” he said.

    In this respect, Galileo could play a vital role, being the most compatible and interoperable with GPS, and because of its strong service orientation.

    Satellite navigation technologies are increasingly common and affordable components in a wide range of innovative applications. By building its own satellite navigation system, Europe is accelerating this trend and inspiring the emergence of innovative applications in various domains.

    GSA Market Development Team discussed the rising impact of GNSS on the market, as well as key research gaps. Europe has invested in specific R&D programmes, leading to large portfolio of technologies in order precisely to fill those research gaps.

    GNSS is for Real

    Finally, in a third session devoted to satellite-based navigation, presenters examined a number of real-word applications, from a safety system for yachts to road vehicle tracking devices and new applications for civil aviation.

              Also Read: EGNOS in Aviation

    Altogether more than 100 papers were presented at the Ka Band Conference and associated workshops. The special opening session gathered many of the most important Ka-band personalities from the past 20 years.

     


    By building its own satellite navigation system, Europe is inspiring and accelerating the emergence of innovative applications in various domains.

     

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    Helicopter Industry Goes for the EGNOS Advantage

    12.11.2014 10:54  
    12/11/2014

    Exhibiting for the first time at a rotorcraft trade show, the European GNSS Agency (GSA), took the Helitech International stage to promote the many benefits that EGNOS brings to the helicopter sector.

    The message coming from the GSA booth was clear: EGNOS provides helicopter operators a Manufacturers exhibiting at Helitech International, including Universal Avionics, have EGNOS-enabled products, with many also offering retrofit options.clear advantage. Specifically, EGNOS enhances vertical precision and integrity to improve safety, accessibility and efficiency for operators, pilots and helipads across Europe. It leads to a substantial reduction in the decision height, making helipads accessible in poor weather conditions – of particular importance to medical and emergency operations.

    To ensure the sector fully benefits from EGNOS, since its certification for civil aviation in 2011, the GSA has been pushing for increased adoption in the rotorcraft sector – including Emergency Medical Services.

    State-of-Play

    As part of the event, the European Helicopter Association (EHA) ran a series of informative seminars, including one highlighting the impact of the SESAR Joint Undertaking on the rotorcraft industry. In particular, the seminar highlighted how EGNOS serves as a technology enabler to SESAR and plays a key role towards the implementation of Performance Based Navigation (PBN) in Europe. GNSS technologies offer operational and safety benefits for rotorcraft and opportunities for the wide development of IFR procedures tailored to the specific needs of rotorcraft. 

    “EGNOS enables new helicopter IFR (Instrumental Flight Rules) procedures, called Point in Space down to LPV (PinS LPV), which allow for access to heliports in adverse weather conditions without the need of costly ground infrastructure,” says GSA Market Development Officer Carmen Aguilera. “This provides vertical guidance to lead the flight to a specific point in space, from which the crew performs visual manoeuvring to the landing site.”

    Successful implementation has been developed within the EU FP7 funded HEDGE-NEXT project, which implemented the first PinS LPV procedure in Europe, published at Bern’s Insel Hospital in 2014.

    Ongoing Trials

    A series of flight trials were recently completed at Barcelona Airport to check the suitability of EGNOS for helicopters. New procedures, known as Simultaneous Non-Interfering (SNI) operations, will now be created, expanding airspace capacity at the airport and allowing helicopters to take passengers to and from the airport to city and business destinations.

    Interestingly, helicopter approach and departures from civil airports will be at low levels and at 90° to the runway(s) in use – as long as the Runway Visual Range is within stipulated limits – thus precluding conflict with fixed-wing aircraft. 

     

    EGNOS for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services

    Good News for Operators

    EGNOS is good news for helicopter operators, adds Carmen. “As a key enabler of helicopter instrumental operations, it enhances vertical precision and integrity, thus improving safety and efficiency for operators and pilots at helipads across Europe,” she says. “It also facilitates vertical guided approaches and serves as a high-precision solution.”

    The key to taking advantage of these benefits is for the owner/operator to have an EGNOS-equipped helicopter. “New helicopter models already include EGNOS capabilities, such as AgustaWestland’s AW139, AW 109 SP, AW169 and AW189, along with all in-development Airbus Helicopters models,” says Carmen. “Manufacturers displaying here at Helitech International, including Universal Avionics and CMC Electronics, among others, have EGNOS-enabled products, with many also offering retrofit options.”

    As EGNOS does not depend on any local ground navigation infrastructure at the heliport, it provides an affordable solution to small heliports or hospital helipads, along with sea-based helipads used by oil rigs where ground infrastructure is impossible.

    “With EGNOS, helicopters have access to heliports/helipads in adverse weather conditions and at night, with obvious operational and safety benefits,” concludes Carmen.

    She also notes that EGNOS can play a crucial role in saving lives as it improves continuity and regularity in helicopter emergency and medical services and search and rescue operations.

    “With EGNOS, helicopters have access to heliports/helipads in adverse weather conditions and at night, with obvious operational and safety benefits.”
    -
    GSA Aviation Market Development Officer Carmen Aguilera

     

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    European Space Expo Welcomes 500,000th Visitor

    7.11.2014 14:46  
    07/11/2014

    On the last day of its Genova stop, the European Space Expo welcomed its 500,000th visitor. 

    The popular European Space Expo (ESE) and its now iconic dome landed on Genova’s Piazzale Mandraccio from Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and the 500,000th visitor to the European Space Expo. the 24 October to 2 November. As the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the city has a special relationship to navigation – and the perfect host for not only the 22nd edition of the expo, but to the ESE’s 500,000th visitor.

    To recognize this achievement, the visitor received a commemorative certificate, presented by the famous Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who also paid the expo a visit.

    The European Space Expo is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at illustrating the services and applications derived from such European space programs as Galileo and EGNOS in a fun, interactive and accessible way. As part of Genova’s annual Science Festival (festival della scienza), many school children of all ages visited the ESE to gain a hands-on understanding of how space technology benefits them on a day-to-day basis. In addition to its interactive displays, the expo also featured a kid’s corner where students and children could take part in a fun space-themed quiz. 

    The exhibition, whose futuristic dome has been traveling around Europe for several years, is open and free to the public. The show continues in 2015, where it is scheduled to visit nine more cities, giving even more European citizens the opportunity to learn how EU investment in space benefits their lives.

     

     

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    European Space Expo Welcomes 500,000th Visitor

    7.11.2014 14:46  
    07/11/2014

    On the last day of its Genova stop, the European Space Expo welcomed its 500,000th visitor. 

    The popular European Space Expo (ESE) and its now iconic dome landed on Genova’s Piazzale Mandraccio from Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and the 500,000th visitor to the European Space Expo. the 24 October to 2 November. As the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the city has a special relationship to navigation – and the perfect host for not only the 22nd edition of the expo, but to the ESE’s 500,000th visitor.

    To recognize this achievement, the visitor received a commemorative certificate, presented by the famous Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who also paid the expo a visit.

    The European Space Expo is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at illustrating the services and applications derived from such European space programs as Galileo and EGNOS in a fun, interactive and accessible way. As part of Genova’s annual Science Festival (festival della scienza), many school children of all ages visited the ESE to gain a hands-on understanding of how space technology benefits them on a day-to-day basis. In addition to its interactive displays, the expo also featured a kid’s corner where students and children could take part in a fun space-themed quiz. 

    The exhibition, whose futuristic dome has been traveling around Europe for several years, is open and free to the public. The show continues in 2015, where it is scheduled to visit nine more cities, giving even more European citizens the opportunity to learn how EU investment in space benefits their lives.

     

     

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    ESE Genova

    European Space Expo Welcomes 500,000th Visitor

    7.11.2014 14:46  
    07/11/2014

    On the last day of its Genova stop, the European Space Expo welcomed its 500,000th visitor. 

    The popular European Space Expo (ESE) and its now iconic dome landed on Genova’s Piazzale Mandraccio from Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and the 500,000th visitor to the European Space Expo. <br/>© Julien Gungui - Ramses_Photo 2014 the 24 October to 2 November. As the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the city has a special relationship to navigation – and the perfect host for not only the 22nd edition of the expo, but to the ESE’s 500,000th visitor.

    To recognize this achievement, the visitor received a commemorative certificate, presented by the famous Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who also paid the expo a visit.

    The European Space Expo is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at illustrating the services and applications derived from such European space programs as Galileo and EGNOS in a fun, interactive and accessible way. As part of Genova’s annual Science Festival (festival della scienza), many school children of all ages visited the ESE to gain a hands-on understanding of how space technology benefits them on a day-to-day basis. In addition to its interactive displays, the expo also featured a kid’s corner where students and children could take part in a fun space-themed quiz. 

    The exhibition, whose futuristic dome has been traveling around Europe for several years, is open and free to the public. The show continues in 2015, where it is scheduled to visit nine more cities, giving even more European citizens the opportunity to learn how EU investment in space benefits their lives.

     

     

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    ESE Genova

    European Space Expo Welcomes 500,000th Visitor

    7.11.2014 14:46  
    07/11/2014

    On the last day of its Genova stop, the European Space Expo welcomed its 500,000th visitor. 

    The popular European Space Expo (ESE) and its now iconic dome landed on Genova’s Piazzale Mandraccio from Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano and the 500,000th visitor to the European Space Expo. the 24 October to 2 November. As the birthplace of Christopher Columbus, the city has a special relationship to navigation – and the perfect host for not only the 22nd edition of the expo, but to the ESE’s 500,000th visitor.

    To recognize this achievement, the visitor received a commemorative certificate, presented by the famous Italian astronaut Luca Parmitano, who also paid the expo a visit.

    The European Space Expo is an initiative of the European Commission aimed at illustrating the services and applications derived from such European space programs as Galileo and EGNOS in a fun, interactive and accessible way. As part of Genova’s annual Science Festival (festival della scienza), many school children of all ages visited the ESE to gain a hands-on understanding of how space technology benefits them on a day-to-day basis. In addition to its interactive displays, the expo also featured a kid’s corner where students and children could take part in a fun space-themed quiz. 

    The exhibition, whose futuristic dome has been traveling around Europe for several years, is open and free to the public. The show continues in 2015, where it is scheduled to visit nine more cities, giving even more European citizens the opportunity to learn how EU investment in space benefits their lives.

     

     

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    First Satellite Masters Showcases E-GNSS Innovation

    6.11.2014 11:48  
    06/11/2014

    The first ever Satellite Masters Conference took place in Berlin on 23 and 24 October complementing the 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). The conference focused on the emerging satellite applications market and attracted delegates from start-ups, SMEs, researchers investors, institutional stakeholders and industry from across Europe and beyond. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) contributed to a variety of conference sessions.

    Since 2004, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been rewarding the best services, products, The conference focused on fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and the impact space technologies have on business and society through a blend of conference sessions, workshops, and round-table discussions.and business cases that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life. In just 10 years, it has quickly evolved into an international innovation competition.

    This year, the annual awards ceremony was complemented by the first Satellite Masters Conference. The conference’s objective was to provide a unique marketplace for sharing innovations based on satellite navigation and Earth observation capabilities and connecting with the world's leading network for downstream satellite business.

    The conference focused on fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and the impact space technologies have on business and society through a blend of conference sessions, workshops, and round-table discussions. The conference was also an opportunity for the prize-winners from this year’s ESNC and the Copernicus Masters competitions to present their business cases, along with past winners and other ‘graduates’ of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Programme to share their entrepreneurial success stories.

    On top of all this, it was also an opportunity for the GSA to update delegates on the latest progress and application developments in the two flagship E-GNSS programmes: Galileo and EGNOS.

    Galileo Status

    The opening session of the conference saw an update on the status of the Galileo programme from Christoph Kautz of the European Commission DG Enterprise. He emphasized the stability of the programme going forward, thanks to clear governance systems and finance in place for the next seven years and the imminent transfer of responsibility for the exploitation of the programme from the Commission to the GSA.

    He also highlighted that the extensive ground segment of the Galileo system infrastructure was now almost complete, both within the EU and globally, and contracts for the fabrication and launch of 26 satellites have been formally concluded.

    The recent launch anomaly was clearly unfortunate, but the reasons for the failure to achieve correct orbit have been determined and the two satellites themselves are fully functional. Work is ongoing to see how best to use them. "Through the signature in August this year of a contract for three launches with the European launcher Ariane 5, we are effectively doubling our launch capabilities and thus ensuring completion of the constellation, adds Kautz". He also said that he is looking forward to great progress for the programme in 2015.

    Mobile Solutions

    Market trends and upcoming opportunities for GNSS in location-based services (LBS) and mobility applications were discussed by the GSA’s Fiammetta Diani. Sensor integration and fusion for use with multiple applications was a key trend, but the latest market views indicated that GNSS was likely to remain the most important navigation component in smartphones and similar devices for the next 30 years. 

    Market growth for LBS in smartphones and related markets is huge, with some one billion units shipped globally in 2013 – over twice the market predicted in only 2010. And the global market is far from saturated.

    Fiammetta predicted that “Further LBS growth will be stimulated by new platforms and applications,” said Fiammetta. “For example, big data, Earth Observation apps and the Internet of things (devices connected to the internet) will open new vistas for applications.” She also sees substantial opportunities for reliable solutions to integrate indoor navigation capability and in augmented reality applications.

              Also Read: Opportunities in LBS consumer applications empowered by Galileo

    Galileo will benefit the LBS and mobility market through its direct contribution to the new multi-constellation signal environment, but also through its unique features such as its Open Service authentication (important for reliable and secure payment applications) and higher multipath resistance. She also claimed that Galileo will show enhanced indoor signal penetration.

    The potential power of Galileo in the mobile market was demonstrated by Giovanni Vecchione of Deimos Space, who described the work behind the Galileo for ARA project – the winner of the GSA Special Prize at ESNC 2014.

    The project will develop a dedicated Galileo module for the Google ARA modular smartphone platform using the Galileo E5 broadband signal. This will facilitate the widespread use of this unique Galileo signal that can deliver sub metre (down to ~20cms) positioning precision on a smartphone. This has application in areas such as surveying, farming and lane keeping for automated driving.

    “The use of the E5 signal on a simple device can boost adoption of EU GNSS technologies globally,” claimed Giovanni Vecchione.

    Secure and Sustainable Agriculture

    How GNSS can help feed the world was outlined by the GSA’s Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska in a session dedicated to precision agriculture – an area where Europe’s EGNOS space-based augmentation system is already having a great impact.

    With rising demand for crops, precision agriculture is key to increasing yields via better management of finite resources. “EGNOS is a key enabler for precision agriculture, increasing accuracy and providing information on signal reliability,” said Marta. “Some two-thirds of farmers using GNSS use EGNOS.” 

    She also noted that the coverage for EGNOS is being extended and the system is fully compatible with the future Galileo system.

             Also Read: CALIBRA: Bringing Precision Agriculture to Brazil

    The success of EGNOS is due to its ability to provide sub metre accuracy, which most precision agriculture applications require. It is also a free service to the user and affordable because of its low infrastructure costs.

    Oliver Desenfans of 3M Systems presented a method to directly measure soil moisture using GNSS reflectrometry. The GNSS-Air project was the winner of the ESNC 2014 regional prize in Wallonia (Southern Belgium). Agriculture is a major user of freshwater, and with climate change and increasing need to boost food production, it is essential that farmers obtained “more crop per drop” through smart and targeted irrigation.

    The system can monitor soil moisture content using only GNSS signals by measuring the signals reflected from the ground and comparing their left and right polarisation with a sensor mounted on an Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV). The technique can also be used to monitor flooded areas or natural wetlands and is highly complementary to other satellite and in-situ technologies.

    The closing session of the conference was also dedicated to the Galileo programme, with presentations and discussions around the future Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS)

    “The use of the E5 signal on a simple device can boost adoption of EU GNSS technologies globally.”
    -
    Giovanni Vecchione, Deimos Space

     

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    First Satellite Masters Showcases E-GNSS Innovation

    6.11.2014 11:48  
    06/11/2014

    The first ever Satellite Masters Conference took place in Berlin on 23 and 24 October complementing the 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). The conference focused on the emerging satellite applications market and attracted delegates from start-ups, SMEs, researchers investors, institutional stakeholders and industry from across Europe and beyond. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) contributed to a variety of conference sessions.

    Since 2004, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been rewarding the best services, products, and business casesThe conference focused on fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and the impact space technologies have on business and society through a blend of conference sessions, workshops, and round-table discussions. that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life. In just 10 years, it has quickly evolved into an international innovation competition.

    This year, the annual awards ceremony was complemented by the first Satellite Masters Conference. The conference’s objective was to provide a unique marketplace for sharing innovations based on satellite navigation and Earth observation capabilities and connecting with the world's leading network for downstream satellite business.

    The conference focused on fostering an entrepreneurial spirit and the impact space technologies have on business and society through a blend of conference sessions, workshops, and round-table discussions. The conference was also an opportunity for the prize-winners from this year’s ESNC and the Copernicus Masters competitions to present their business cases, along with past winners and other ‘graduates’ of the European Space Agency’s Business Incubation Programme to share their entrepreneurial success stories.

    On top of all this, it was also an opportunity for the GSA to update delegates on the latest progress and application developments in the two flagship E-GNSS programmes: Galileo and EGNOS.

    Galileo Status

    The opening session of the conference saw an update on the status of the Galileo programme from Christoph Kautz of the European Commission DG Enterprise. He emphasized the stability of the programme going forward, thanks to clear governance systems and finance in place for the next seven years and the imminent transfer of responsibility for the exploitation of the programme from the Commission to the GSA.

    He also highlighted that the extensive ground segment of the Galileo system infrastructure was now almost complete, both within the EU and globally, and contracts for the fabrication and launch of 26 satellites have been formally concluded.

    The recent launch anomaly was clearly unfortunate, but the reasons for the failure to achieve correct orbit have been determined and the two satellites themselves are fully functional. Work is ongoing to see how best to use them. "Through the signature in August this year of a contract for three launches with the European launcher Ariane 5, we are effectively doubling our launch capabilities and thus ensuring completion of the constellation, adds Kautz". He also said that he is looking forward to great progress for the programme in 2015.

    Mobile Solutions

    Market trends and upcoming opportunities for GNSS in location-based services (LBS) and mobility applications were discussed by the GSA’s Fiammetta Diani. Sensor integration and fusion for use with multiple applications was a key trend, but the latest market views indicated that GNSS was likely to remain the most important navigation component in smartphones and similar devices for the next 30 years. 

    Market growth for LBS in smartphones and related markets is huge, with some one billion units shipped globally in 2013 – over twice the market predicted in only 2010. And the global market is far from saturated.

    Fiammetta predicted that “Further LBS growth will be stimulated by new platforms and applications,” said Fiammetta. “For example, big data, Earth Observation apps and the Internet of things (devices connected to the internet) will open new vistas for applications.” She also sees substantial opportunities for reliable solutions to integrate indoor navigation capability and in augmented reality applications.

              Also Read: Opportunities in LBS consumer applications empowered by Galileo

    Galileo will benefit the LBS and mobility market through its direct contribution to the new multi-constellation signal environment, but also through its unique features such as its Open Service authentication (important for reliable and secure payment applications) and higher multipath resistance. She also claimed that Galileo will show enhanced indoor signal penetration.

    The potential power of Galileo in the mobile market was demonstrated by Giovanni Vecchione of Deimos Space, who described the work behind the Galileo for ARA project – the winner of the GSA Special Prize at ESNC 2014.

    The project will develop a dedicated Galileo module for the Google ARA modular smartphone platform using the Galileo E5 broadband signal. This will facilitate the widespread use of this unique Galileo signal that can deliver sub metre (down to ~20cms) positioning precision on a smartphone. This has application in areas such as surveying, farming and lane keeping for automated driving.

    “The use of the E5 signal on a simple device can boost adoption of EU GNSS technologies globally,” claimed Giovanni Vecchione.

    Secure and Sustainable Agriculture

    How GNSS can help feed the world was outlined by the GSA’s Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska in a session dedicated to precision agriculture – an area where Europe’s EGNOS space-based augmentation system is already having a great impact.

    With rising demand for crops, precision agriculture is key to increasing yields via better management of finite resources. “EGNOS is a key enabler for precision agriculture, increasing accuracy and providing information on signal reliability,” said Marta. “Some two-thirds of farmers using GNSS use EGNOS.” 

    She also noted that the coverage for EGNOS is being extended and the system is fully compatible with the future Galileo system.

             Also Read: CALIBRA: Bringing Precision Agriculture to Brazil

    The success of EGNOS is due to its ability to provide sub metre accuracy, which most precision agriculture applications require. It is also a free service to the user and affordable because of its low infrastructure costs.

    Oliver Desenfans of 3M Systems presented a method to directly measure soil moisture using GNSS reflectrometry. The GNSS-Air project was the winner of the ESNC 2014 regional prize in Wallonia (Southern Belgium). Agriculture is a major user of freshwater, and with climate change and increasing need to boost food production, it is essential that farmers obtained “more crop per drop” through smart and targeted irrigation.

    The system can monitor soil moisture content using only GNSS signals by measuring the signals reflected from the ground and comparing their left and right polarisation with a sensor mounted on an Unmanned Arial Vehicle (UAV). The technique can also be used to monitor flooded areas or natural wetlands and is highly complementary to other satellite and in-situ technologies.

    The closing session of the conference was also dedicated to the Galileo programme, with presentations and discussions around the future Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS)

    “The use of the E5 signal on a simple device can boost adoption of EU GNSS technologies globally.”
    -
    Giovanni Vecchione, Deimos Space

     

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    New EGNOS Working Agreements Signed

    6.11.2014 11:24  
    06/11/2014

    The EGNOS Service Provider ESSP, on behalf of the European GNSS Agency, has signed new Working Agreements with Slovak and Romanian air navigation service providers (ANSPs), paving the way for the two countries to begin introducing EGNOS-based LPV approach procedures.

    The EU’s satellite-based augmentation system, EGNOS, provides a cost-effective alternative to Category Instrument Landing SystemJean-Marc Pieplu, from GSA and Thierry Racaud, from ESSP, congratulating Stefan Nita, Technical Director from ROMATSA for the recent EWA signature during the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop in Lisbon (October 7-8)(ILS CAT 1) approaches, offering similar performance reducing the cost of infrastructure installation and maintenance. In addition, the use of EGNOS itself is free of charge.

    Also Read: Gothenburg City Airport pioneers LPV approach in Sweden

    The establishment of an EGNOS Working Agreement lays operational and legal foundations, formalising the working procedures and required interfaces between ESSP and the airport or other navigation entity willing to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as a navigation aid. The Agreement is the necessary step before the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches.

    EGNOS in the Slovak Republic

    Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Miroslav Bartos, President of the Slovak ANSP Letové Prevádzkové Služby Slovenskej Republiky (LPS), signed an EGNOS Working Agreement last September, opening the way for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures in the Slovak Republic.

    Also Read: GSA and Eurocontrol Announce Cooperation Agreement

    Four procedures are now anticipated in the Slovak Republic, within the framework of the EU FP7 funded ACCEPTA project, managed by GSA, which is aimed at accelerating the adoption of EGNOS in the aviation sector. The procedures will cover specified approaches at Kosice and Bratislava Airports, all expected around the end of November 2014.

    EGNOS in Romania

    Also last September, a new EGNOS Working Agreement was sealed between Racaud and Ion Aurel Stanciu, General Director of Romania’s ANSP, ROMATSA. As with the Slovak Republic, this agreement paves the way for publication of EGNOS-based approach procedures in Romania.

    Planned for 2015, Cluj Airport will be the first airport in Romania to have an EGNOS-based procedure. The procedure design and implementation is financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), as a part of its support plan to foster EGNOS adoption in aviation.

    The two agreements mark the 23rd and 24th EWAs signed with air navigation service providers across Europe– and more to come.

     

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    New EGNOS Working Agreements Signed

    6.11.2014 11:24  
    06/11/2014

    The EGNOS Service Provider ESSP, on behalf of the European GNSS Agency, has signed new Working Agreements with Slovak and Romanian air navigation service providers (ANSPs), paving the way for the two countries to begin introducing EGNOS-based LPV approach procedures.

    The EU’s satellite-based augmentation system, EGNOS, provides a cost-effective alternative to Category Instrument Jean-Marc Pieplu, from GSA and Thierry Racaud, from ESSP, congratulating Stefan Nita, Technical Director from ROMATSA for the recent EWA signature during the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop in Lisbon (October 7-8)Landing System(ILS CAT 1) approaches, offering similar performance reducing the cost of infrastructure installation and maintenance. In addition, the use of EGNOS itself is free of charge.

    Also Read: Gothenburg City Airport pioneers LPV approach in Sweden

    The establishment of an EGNOS Working Agreement lays operational and legal foundations, formalising the working procedures and required interfaces between ESSP and the airport or other navigation entity willing to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as a navigation aid. The Agreement is the necessary step before the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches.

    EGNOS in the Slovak Republic

    Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Miroslav Bartos, President of the Slovak ANSP Letové Prevádzkové Služby Slovenskej Republiky (LPS), signed an EGNOS Working Agreement last September, opening the way for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures in the Slovak Republic.

    Also Read: GSA and Eurocontrol Announce Cooperation Agreement

    Four procedures are now anticipated in the Slovak Republic, within the framework of the EU FP7 funded ACCEPTA project, managed by GSA, which is aimed at accelerating the adoption of EGNOS in the aviation sector. The procedures will cover specified approaches at Kosice and Bratislava Airports, all expected around the end of November 2014.

    EGNOS in Romania

    Also last September, a new EGNOS Working Agreement was sealed between Racaud and Ion Aurel Stanciu, General Director of Romania’s ANSP, ROMATSA. As with the Slovak Republic, this agreement paves the way for publication of EGNOS-based approach procedures in Romania.

    Planned for 2015, Cluj Airport will be the first airport in Romania to have an EGNOS-based procedure. The procedure design and implementation is financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), as a part of its support plan to foster EGNOS adoption in aviation.

    The two agreements mark the 23rd and 24th EWAs signed with air navigation service providers across Europe– and more to come.

     

    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).

    More information:

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    EGNOS Portal
    EGNOS and Aviation

    New EGNOS Working Agreements Signed

    6.11.2014 11:24  
    06/11/2014

    The EGNOS Service Provider ESSP, on behalf of the European GNSS Agency, has signed new Working Agreements with Slovak and Romanian air navigation service providers (ANSPs), paving the way for the two countries to begin introducing EGNOS-based LPV approach procedures.

    The EU’s satellite-based augmentation system, EGNOS, provides a cost-effective alternative to Category Instrument Landing SystemJean-Marc Pieplu, from GSA and Thierry Racaud, from ESSP, congratulating Stefan Nita, Technical Director from ROMATSA for the recent EWA signature during the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop in Lisbon (October 7-8)(ILS CAT 1) approaches, offering similar performance without the need for infrastructure installation and maintenance. In addition, the use of EGNOS itself is free of charge.

    Also Read: Gothenburg City Airport pioneers LPV approach in Sweden

    The establishment of an EGNOS Working Agreement lays operational and legal foundations, formalising the working procedures and required interfaces between ESSP and the airport or other navigation entity willing to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as a navigation aid. The Agreement is the necessary step before the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches.

    EGNOS in the Slovak Republic

    Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Miroslav Bartos, President of the Slovak ANSP Letové Prevádzkové Služby Slovenskej Republiky (LPS), signed an EGNOS Working Agreement last September, opening the way for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures in the Slovak Republic.

    Also Read: GSA and Eurocontrol Announce Cooperation Agreement

    Four procedures are now anticipated in the Slovak Republic, within the framework of the EU FP7 funded ACCEPTA project, managed by GSA, which is aimed at accelerating the adoption of EGNOS in the aviation sector. The procedures will cover specified approaches at Kosice and Bratislava Airports, all expected around the end of November 2014.

    EGNOS in Romania

    Also last September, a new EGNOS Working Agreement was sealed between Racaud and Ion Aurel Stanciu, General Director of Romania’s ANSP, ROMATSA. As with the Slovak Republic, this agreement paves the way for publication of EGNOS-based approach procedures in Romania.

    Planned for 2015, Cluj Airport will be the first airport in Romania to have an EGNOS-based procedure. The procedure design and implementation is financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), as a part of its support plan to foster EGNOS adoption in aviation.

    The two agreements mark the 23rd and 24th EWAs signed with air navigation service providers across Europe– and more to come.

     

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    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
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    New EGNOS Working Agreements Signed

    6.11.2014 11:24  
    06/11/2014

    The EGNOS Service Provider ESSP, on behalf of the European GNSS Agency, has signed new Working Agreements with Slovak and Romanian air navigation service providers (ANSPs), paving the way for the two countries to begin introducing EGNOS-based LPV approach procedures.

    The EU’s satellite-based augmentation system, EGNOS, provides a cost-effective alternative to Category Instrument Landing SystemJean-Marc Pieplu, from GSA and Thierry Racaud, from ESSP, congratulating Stefan Nita, Technical Director from ROMATSA for the recent EWA signature during the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop in Lisbon (October 7-8)(ILS CAT 1) approaches, offering similar performance without the need for navigation infrastructure installation and maintenance. In addition, the use of EGNOS itself is free of charge.

    Also Read: Gothenburg City Airport pioneers LPV approach in Sweden

    The establishment of an EGNOS Working Agreement lays operational and legal foundations, formalising the working procedures and required interfaces between ESSP and the airport or other navigation entity willing to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as a navigation aid. The Agreement is the necessary step before the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches.

    EGNOS in the Slovak Republic

    Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Miroslav Bartos, President of the Slovak ANSP Letové Prevádzkové Služby Slovenskej Republiky (LPS), signed an EGNOS Working Agreement last September, opening the way for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures in the Slovak Republic.

    Also Read: GSA and Eurocontrol Announce Cooperation Agreement

    Four procedures are now anticipated in the Slovak Republic, within the framework of the EU FP7 funded ACCEPTA project, managed by GSA, which is aimed at accelerating the adoption of EGNOS in the aviation sector. The procedures will cover specified approaches at Kosice and Bratislava Airports, all expected around the end of November 2014.

    EGNOS in Romania

    Also last September, a new EGNOS Working Agreement was sealed between Racaud and Ion Aurel Stanciu, General Director of Romania’s ANSP, ROMATSA. As with the Slovak Republic, this agreement paves the way for publication of EGNOS-based approach procedures in Romania.

    Planned for 2015, Cluj Airport will be the first airport in Romania to have an EGNOS-based procedure. The procedure design and implementation is financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), as a part of its support plan to foster EGNOS adoption in aviation.

    The two agreements mark the 23rd and 24th EWAs signed with air navigation service providers across Europe– and more to come.

     

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    New EGNOS Working Agreements Signed

    6.11.2014 11:24  
    06/11/2014

    The EGNOS Service Provider ESSP, in-line with the service expansion plans set-out by the GSA, has signed new Working Agreements with Slovak and Romanian air navigation service providers (ANSPs), paving the way for the two countries to begin introducing EGNOS-based LPV approach procedures.

    The EU’s satellite-based augmentation system, EGNOS, provides a cost-effective alternative to Category Instrument Jean-Marc Pieplu, from GSA and Thierry Racaud, from ESSP, congratulating Stefan Nita, Technical Director from ROMATSA for the recent EWA signature during the EGNOS Service Provision Workshop in Lisbon (October 7-8)Landing System(ILS CAT 1) approaches, offering similar performance reducing the cost of infrastructure installation and maintenance. In addition, the use of EGNOS itself is free of charge.

    Also Read: Gothenburg City Airport pioneers LPV approach in Sweden

    The establishment of an EGNOS Working Agreement lays operational and legal foundations, formalising the working procedures and required interfaces between ESSP and the airport or other navigation entity willing to use the EGNOS Safety-of-Life Service as a navigation aid. The Agreement is the necessary step before the publication of APV-1 SBAS approaches.

    EGNOS in the Slovak Republic

    Thierry Racaud, ESSP CEO, and Miroslav Bartos, President of the Slovak ANSP Letové Prevádzkové Služby Slovenskej Republiky (LPS), signed an EGNOS Working Agreement last September, opening the way for the implementation of EGNOS-based approach procedures in the Slovak Republic.

    Also Read: GSA and Eurocontrol Announce Cooperation Agreement

    Four procedures are now anticipated in the Slovak Republic, within the framework of the EU FP7 funded ACCEPTA project, managed by GSA, which is aimed at accelerating the adoption of EGNOS in the aviation sector. The procedures will cover specified approaches at Kosice and Bratislava Airports, all expected around the end of November 2014.

    EGNOS in Romania

    Also last September, a new EGNOS Working Agreement was sealed between Racaud and Ion Aurel Stanciu, General Director of Romania’s ANSP, ROMATSA. As with the Slovak Republic, this agreement paves the way for publication of EGNOS-based approach procedures in Romania.

    Planned for 2015, Cluj Airport will be the first airport in Romania to have an EGNOS-based procedure. The procedure design and implementation is financed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), as a part of its support plan to foster EGNOS adoption in aviation.

    The two agreements mark the 23rd and 24th EWAs signed with air navigation service providers across Europe– and more to come.

     

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    Public Regulated Service (PRS) equals public security

    5.11.2014 16:26  
    05/11/2014

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) will be a unique feature of the EU’s new Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). This robust and secure signal will be made available to authorised users, such as emergency services, via authorised national authorities. To highlight the capabilities of PRS, this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and the Satellite Masters conference featured it as a special topic.

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service According to the GSA’s Claudio Palestini, fourteen Member States have established their Competent PRS Authority and confirmed their interest on PRS Pilot Projects.designed to be more resistant to jamming, involuntary interference and spoofing. It combines the robust characteristics of a military GNSS signal with the huge potential of a civilian-controlled GNSS.

    To further explore the full potential of future PRS applications, the German Federal Government launched the ​PRS Special Prize at this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) in Berlin. In parallel, the PRS session of the ​Satellite Masters conference (also in Berlin) provided an overview of the many innovative ideas submitted as part of the competition. Put together, the session demonstrated the state of play and the way forward for Galileo PRS, with contributions from the public and private sector who evaluated market opportunities and discussed risks and challenges for future development.

    Opening the session, Ulrich Reinfried of the German Competent PRS authority (CPA) - part of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) – described some of the reasons that PRS should be of great interest to all European civil authorities: “PRS improves the security of critical infrastructure, enhances robustness against jamming and spoofing for the next generation of governmental systems,” he said.

    He specifically noted that as many vital government services rely on accurate positioning information, ensuring that this information is both secure and reliable is incredibly important. “Galileo PRS will provide a new standard for reliability and trust for positioning data,” he said.

    Highly trustable

    Describing the main features of PRS and the opportunities it presents, the GSA’s Claudio Palestini said “the PRS uses a dual band signal (using both Galileo’s E1 and E6 signals) that makes it much more resistant to interference. The result is a highly trustable position velocity and timing service.”

    The management of security is at the heart of the PRS system. At the EU level, two Galileo Security Monitoring Centres (GMSC) have been established and several Member States have established CPAs tasked with managing and controlling the use of PRS services and manufacturing of PRS equipment, including the production and control of PRS receivers. “In addition to EU Member States, some third countries have also manifested their interest in accessing PRS,” said Claudio Palestini.

    Low-cost receivers

    The potential market for PRS is huge. There are an estimated some three million civilian security personnel (police, emergency services, etc.) in Europe, and the majority may require access to PRS. In addition, other markets for PRS receivers may include secure timing and synchronisation services for such critical infrastructures as banking and smart power grids.

    However, the key to rapid uptake will be the availability of low-cost secure PRS mobile receivers.

    Luckily, just such a receiver system was the recipient of the overall Galileo Masters award, as well as the Bavarian regional prize and the PRS Special Prize winner, at ESNC 2014.

    Drs Jan Wendel and Wolfgang Kogler of Airbus Defence and Space, who accepted the prize, said their innovation aims to reduce the complexity of the receiver while maintaining its highly secure operating environment. To do this, they developed a solution that removes the need for a security module on the receiver handset, instead confining the security element on central ‘assistance servers’ that generate the navigation message in a secure environment. This message is then broadcast to conventional professional mobile radio (PMR) units, including the based TETRA and TETRAPOL radio communication models..

    “This means the computational load is independent from the number of users, but implements and ensures PRS access control by including all security features while delivering low operating costs for the user receivers,” said Kogler.

    The Airbus team got their idea after attending a GSA organised PRS workshop last summer. “We saw the potential benefit from PRS and also saw the issues,” recalls Kogler. “On the plane back from the workshop we got the idea.”

    Running the lights

    Rainier Horn of SpaceTec Partners presented an example of a potential area for PRS operation from Finland. The concept had been developed and implemented by the city council of the northern Finnish city of Oulu, but can be extended to other cities across Europe.

    Oulu experiences an extended winter with icy roads and high snowfall. This makes driving conditions tricky and emergency vehicles responding to incidents are involved in a relatively high number of accidents. To alleviate this, the town developed the HALI project to link a monitoring system that includes CCTV and GNSS tracking with the central traffic light control system. This enables emergency vehicles to be ‘green lighted’ through the main urban intersections to an incident anywhere in the municipal area.

    Now emergency vehicles are getting to incidents faster and accidents involving them have been practically eliminated, with benefits for safety all round. The addition of PRS to this system could add a further layer of security and allow a wider secure deployment.

    UAV + PRS

    The final presentation of the session looked at the possible implementation of PRS into customised high performance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    Oier Penagaricano of Alerion Technologies showed how UAVs can operate in extreme environments and act as substitutes for manned operations when conditions are too hazardous. The key is the incorporation of PRS into such vehicles to extend secure operations for missions such as search and rescue, along with complementing existing manned missions. The result is increased effectiveness and flexibility in challenging environments and at a low cost.

    “A highly trustable position velocity and timing service.”
    -
    Claudio Palestini
     

     

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    Public Regulated Service (PRS) equals public security

    5.11.2014 16:26  
    05/11/2014

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) will be a unique feature of the EU’s new Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). This robust and secure signal will be made available to authorised users, such as emergency services, via authorised national authorities. To highlight the capabilities of PRS, this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and the Satellite Masters conference featured it as a special topic.

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service designed to be more According to the GSA’s Claudio Palestini, fourteen Member States have established their Competent PRS Authority and confirmed their interest on PRS Pilot Projects.resistant to jamming, involuntary interference and spoofing. It combines the robust characteristics of a military GNSS signal with the huge potential of a civilian-controlled GNSS.

    To further explore the full potential of future PRS applications, the German Federal Government launched the ​PRS Special Prize at this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) in Berlin. In parallel, the PRS session of the ​Satellite Masters conference (also in Berlin) provided an overview of the many innovative ideas submitted as part of the competition. Put together, the session demonstrated the state of play and the way forward for Galileo PRS, with contributions from the public and private sector who evaluated market opportunities and discussed risks and challenges for future development.

    Opening the session, Ulrich Reinfried of the German Competent PRS authority (CPA) - part of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) – described some of the reasons that PRS should be of great interest to all European civil authorities: “PRS improves the security of critical infrastructure, enhances robustness against jamming and spoofing for the next generation of governmental systems,” he said.

    He specifically noted that as many vital government services rely on accurate positioning information, ensuring that this information is both secure and reliable is incredibly important. “Galileo PRS will provide a new standard for reliability and trust for positioning data,” he said.

    Highly trustable

    Describing the main features of PRS and the opportunities it presents, the GSA’s Claudio Palestini said “the PRS uses a dual band signal (using both Galileo’s E1 and E6 signals) that makes it much more resistant to interference. The result is a highly trustable position velocity and timing service.”

    The management of security is at the heart of the PRS system. At the EU level, two Galileo Security Monitoring Centres (GMSC) have been established and several Member States have established CPAs tasked with managing and controlling the use of PRS services and manufacturing of PRS equipment, including the production and control of PRS receivers. “In addition to EU Member States, some third countries have also manifested their interest in accessing PRS,” said Claudio Palestini.

    Low-cost receivers

    The potential market for PRS is huge. There are an estimated some three million civilian security personnel (police, emergency services, etc.) in Europe, and the majority may require access to PRS. In addition, other markets for PRS receivers may include secure timing and synchronisation services for such critical infrastructures as banking and smart power grids.

    However, the key to rapid uptake will be the availability of low-cost secure PRS mobile receivers.

    Luckily, just such a receiver system was the recipient of the overall Galileo Masters award, as well as the Bavarian regional prize and the PRS Special Prize winner, at ESNC 2014.

    Drs Jan Wendel and Wolfgang Kogler of Airbus Defence and Space, who accepted the prize, said their innovation aims to reduce the complexity of the receiver while maintaining its highly secure operating environment. To do this, they developed a solution that removes the need for a security module on the receiver handset, instead confining the security element on central ‘assistance servers’ that generate the navigation message in a secure environment. This message is then broadcast to conventional professional mobile radio (PMR) units, including the based TETRA and TETRAPOL radio communication models..

    “This means the computational load is independent from the number of users, but implements and ensures PRS access control by including all security features while delivering low operating costs for the user receivers,” said Kogler.

    The Airbus team got their idea after attending a GSA organised PRS workshop last summer. “We saw the potential benefit from PRS and also saw the issues,” recalls Kogler. “On the plane back from the workshop we got the idea.”

    Running the lights

    Rainier Horn of SpaceTec Partners presented an example of a potential area for PRS operation from Finland. The concept had been developed and implemented by the city council of the northern Finnish city of Oulu, but can be extended to other cities across Europe.

    Oulu experiences an extended winter with icy roads and high snowfall. This makes driving conditions tricky and emergency vehicles responding to incidents are involved in a relatively high number of accidents. To alleviate this, the town developed the HALI project to link a monitoring system that includes CCTV and GNSS tracking with the central traffic light control system. This enables emergency vehicles to be ‘green lighted’ through the main urban intersections to an incident anywhere in the municipal area.

    Now emergency vehicles are getting to incidents faster and accidents involving them have been practically eliminated, with benefits for safety all round. The addition of PRS to this system could add a further layer of security and allow a wider secure deployment.

    UAV + PRS

    The final presentation of the session looked at the possible implementation of PRS into customised high performance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    Oier Penagaricano of Alerion Technologies showed how UAVs can operate in extreme environments and act as substitutes for manned operations when conditions are too hazardous. The key is the incorporation of PRS into such vehicles to extend secure operations for missions such as search and rescue, along with complementing existing manned missions. The result is increased effectiveness and flexibility in challenging environments and at a low cost.

    “A highly trustable position velocity and timing service.”
    -
    Claudio Palestini
     

     

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    Galileo PRS

    Public Regulated Service (PRS) equals public security

    5.11.2014 9:57  
    05/11/2014

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) will be a unique feature of the EU’s new Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). This robust and secure signal will be made available to authorised users, such as emergency services, via authorised national authorities. To highlight the capabilities of PRS, this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and the Satellite Masters conference featured it as a special topic.

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service According to the GSA’s Claudio Palestini, fourteen Member States have established their Competent PRS Authority and confirmed their interest on PRS Pilot Projectsin addition to EU Member States, the US, Norway and Switzerland have also requested access to PRS.designed to be more resistant to jamming, involuntary interference and spoofing. It combines the robust characteristics of a military GNSS signal with the huge potential of a civilian-controlled GNSS.

    To further explore the full potential of future PRS applications, the German Federal Government launched the ​PRS Special Prize at this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) in Berlin. In parallel, the PRS session of the ​Satellite Masters conference (also in Berlin) provided an overview of the many innovative ideas submitted as part of the competition. Put together, the session demonstrated the state of play and the way forward for Galileo PRS, with contributions from the public and private sector who evaluated market opportunities and discussed risks and challenges for future development.

    Opening the session, Ulrich Reinfried of the German Competent PRS authority (CPA) - part of the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) – described some of the reasons that PRS should be of great interest to all European civil authorities: “PRS improves the security of critical infrastructure, ​enhances privacy protection and enables the next generation of traffic management systems,” he said.

    He specifically noted that as many vital government services rely on accurate positioning information, ensuring that this information is both secure and reliable is incredibly important. “Galileo PRS will provide a new standard for reliability and trust for positioning data,” he said.

    Highly trustable

    Describing the infrastructure behindmain features of PRS and the opportunities it presents, the GSA’s Claudio Palestini said “the PRS uses a dual band signal (using both Galileo’s E1 and E5 E6 signals) that makes it much more resistant to interference. The result is a highly trustable position velocity and timing service.”

    The secure management of encryption keyssecurity is at the heart of the PRS system. At the EU level, two Galileo Security Monitoring Centres (GMSC) have been established and several Member States have established CPAs tasked with managing and controlling production andthe use of PRS services and manufacturing of PRS equipment, including the production and control of PRS receivers. “In addition to EU Member States, some third countries the United States, Norway and Switzerland have also manifested their interest in requested accessing to PRS,” said Claudio Palestini.

    Low-cost receivers

    The potential market for PRS is huge. There are an estimated some three million civilian security personnel (police, emergency services, etc.) in Europe, and the majority will may require access to PRS. In addition, other markets for PRS receivers may include secure timing and synchronisation services for such critical infrastructures as banking and smart power grids.

    However, the key to rapid uptake will be the availability of low-cost secure PRS mobile receivers.

    Luckily, just such a receiver system was the recipient of the overall Galileo Masters award, as well as the Bavarian regional prize and the PRS Special Prize winner, at ESNC 2014.

    Drs Jan Wendel and Wolfgang Kogler of Airbus Defence and Space, who accepted the prize, said their innovation aims to reduce the complexity of the receiver while maintaining its highly secure operating environment. To do this, they developed a solution that removes the need for a security module on the receiver handset, instead confining the security element on central ‘assistance servers’ that generate the navigation message in a secure environment. This message is then broadcast to conventional professional mobile radio (PMR) units, including the TETRA and TETRAPOL models (this are radio communication standards the word "based" should be inserted behind the word "TETRAPOL").

    “This means the computational load is independent from the number of users, but implements and ensures PRS access control by including all security features while delivering low operating costs for the user receivers,” said Kogler.

    The Airbus team got their idea after attending a GSA organised PRS workshop last summer. “We saw the potential benefit from PRS and also saw the issues,” recalls Kogler. “On the plane back from the workshop we got the idea.”

    Running the lights

    Rainier Horn of SpaceTec Partners presented an example of a potential area for PRS operation from Finland. The concept had been developed and implemented by the city council of the northern Finnish city of Oulu, but can be extended to other cities across Europe.
     
    Oulu experiences an extended winter with icy roads and high snowfall. This makes driving conditions tricky and emergency vehicles responding to incidents are involved in a relatively high number of accidents. To alleviate this, the town developed the HALI project to link a monitoring system that includes CCTV and GNSS tracking with the central traffic light control system. This enables emergency vehicles to be ‘green lighted’ through the main urban intersections to an incident anywhere in the municipal area.
    Now emergency vehicles are getting to incidents faster and accidents involving them have been practically eliminated, with benefits for safety all round. The addition of PRS to this system will could add a further layer of security and allow a wider secure deployment.

    UAV + PRS

    The final presentation of the session looked at the possible implementation of PRS into customised high performance unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

    Oier Penagaricano of Alerion Technologies showed how UAVs can operate in extreme environments and act as substitutes for manned operations when conditions are too hazardous. The key is the incorporation of PRS into such vehicles to extend secure operations for missions such as search and rescue, along with complementing existing manned missions. The result is increased effectiveness and flexibility in challenging environments and at a low cost.

    “A highly trustable position velocity and timing service.”
    -
    Claudio Palestini


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    Spotlight on EGNOS-Based Road Charging at IBTTA 2014

    31.10.2014 12:25  
    03/11/2014

    This year’s International Bridge, Tunnel and Turnpike Association (IBTTA) Global Summit featured a lively debate on ‘Innovations & Technologies for Sustainable Mobility, Environment and Road Safety’. Also on the agenda was the future of GNSS-based road-pricing applications.

    Rapid extention in Slovakia using GNSS for tollingSatellite-based technologies such as EGNOS, and in the future Galileo, enable quick implementation of tolling schemes for large road networks without the need for costly roadside infrastructure, together with a broad range of new applications. More and more, toll-road operators around Europe are experiencing for themselves the EGNOS advantage.

    Speaking at a special session on ‘The Age of Mobility’, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini, said: “With EGNOS already in 70% of the receivers on the market today, clearly GNSS receiver manufacturers believe in European satellite navigation services and applications. This is because, to put it simply, it delivers extra accuracy when you need it, at no cost.”

    “In addition, it is important to note that receiver manufacturers have already enabled multiple constellation capability  in their receivers, as more than 35% of models on the market already have Galileo,” he adds. “This is a remarkable achievement in light of future operational services.”

    Calini emphasised the fact that EGNOS is free, saying “the European Union is targeting measurable macroeconomic benefits at the European level and these benefits extend to the road industry, as well as to other related mass market segments, like location based services, and thus to all citizens.”

    A Real Difference

    The accuracy and reliability of the signal provided by multiple GNSS – whether GPS, Glonass or Galileo – in combination with EGNOS in Europe, allow for greater efficiency in the use of resources. This increase in efficiency brings both economic and environmental benefits, including reductions in traffic congestion and road-side infrastructures.

    “EGNOS increases your level of confidence in the GPS signal. In addition, Galileo will provide signal authentication,” said Calini “This means protection against spoofing attempts, a facilitated process for the legal use of GNSS positioning in regulated road applications and other payment-critical and liability-related applications.”

    GNSS can be used to charge based on different criteria – time, distance, place, vehicle type, level of emissions – and can be adapted to evolving needs. Extensibility, high revenue potential, low transaction costs, improved traffic management and environmental performance are all on the table with GNSS and EGNOS.

    GNSS has demonstrated that it can cohabitate with existing tolling technologies, such as DSRC, in order to enable applications and solutions for road users and service providers.

    Interoperability High on the Agenda

    Calini discussed both GNSS and DSRC technologies in the context of road tolling: “The main OBU [onboard unit] manufacturers are ready to meet the needs of the next generation of fully interoperable hybrid tolling systems. Solutions are already on the market to allow you to drive with the same OBU in different countries, using the two different technologies.”

    These new hybrid OBUs are compliant with all currently defined standards under the planned European Electronic Toll Service (EETS). To move things forward, the EU-funded project “Regional EETS” is testing this concept in ‘regional’ tolling clusters that could grow, merge and eventually lead to a unified continent-wide system.

    Nowhere have the strengths of GNSS and EGNOS technologies been more clearly demonstrated than in Slovakia, where operators used GNSS technologies to scale up their existing road-charging network by over 15,000 km within just three months, with full interoperability.

    “Slovakia is just one of a number of very good examples where investment in GNSS provides a cost and time efficient approach to tolling, particularly on complex road networks in which thousands of road segments can be charged accurately and where extensions to the tolled network can be easily realized,” said Calini. “GNSS and EGNOS technologies will continue being a fundamental part of Europe’s future intelligent transport system, providing reliability, cost- and time efficiency, accuracy and new and fairer methods of road pricing.”

    “On-board unit manufacturers are ready to meet the needs of the next generation of fully interoperable hybrid tolling systems”
    -
    GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini


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    IBTTA 2014

    Developers, End Users and Innovation

    28.10.2014 10:17  
    28/10/2014

    Space service providers, developers and end users discuss innovation at Space Days 2014.

    Some 320 participants from industry, universities, government institutions and The GSA joined developers and end users to discuss GNSS innovation at Space Days 2014.agencies, as well as end users, gathered at the Euro Space Centre in Transinne, Belgium, from 13-17 October for the 2014 Space Days conference. Aimed at keeping space technology specialists up-to-date with progress on Galileo and Copernicus, this year’s event expanded the conference’s scope to include an opportunity for end users to gather together with developers and service providers to explore the new business and scientific opportunities these systems offer.

    Organised by Wallonie Espace, Space Days has been held every two years since 2006.

    State-of-Play

    In an introductory presentation, GSA Executive Director Carlo Des Dorides set the stage by highlighting the need to develop innovative real-world applications.  “The GSA is in charge of a very important shift towards the user,” he said. “And Space Days is an important platform for supporting this move.”

    At a round table discussion on the current state-of-play regarding Galileo and Copernicus, Head of EU Satellite Navigation Programme Unit and Galileo Programme Manager Paul Flament emphasised the economic stakes of Europe’s satellite navigation systems: “Six percent of European Gross National Product relies on satellite navigation,” he said, adding that Galileo will offer more services and signals than GPS does today. However, he said the real breakthrough will come by combining the systems, “which will offer much better coverage and accuracy than we have today.”

    Meanwhile, European Commission Head of Copernicus Service Unit Mauro Facchini outlined the potential benefits for end users of the Copernicus earth monitoring system. “Copernicus will enable a whole new range of innovative and unique services for policy makers, as well as citizens,” he said.

    Expanding on this topic, GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini illustrated some of the various activities happening at GSA and aimed at supporting key user segments in the adoption of GNSS.

    What We Need

    A key feature of the conference was a series of workshops where end users could let developers know exactly what they needed. According to Wallonie Espace Executive Officer and Skywin Aerospace Cluster Deputy Director Michel Stassart, without this input “it can be a nightmare for space application developers, as they don’t touch the right people and the business models are not well focused.”

    Currently, he explains, some of the applications for earth observation data may be innovative, but they have a limited market, such as tracking the spread of Lyme disease, or monitoring vineyards. Some new opportunities, such as monitoring water leaks in real time, could save millions of euros a year he says.

    About 35% of the event’s participants were end users. “This isn’t perfect,” says Stassart, “but in my view it was a success.” 

    Coming from a wide range of sectors, including air, road, rail, river and maritime transport, energy grid management, wind farms, agriculture, crisis management and the biomedical sector, end users were not only able to see successful applications from around 20 developers, but also able to think about how Copernicus and Galileo could help solve their own needs.

    “By the end of the meeting we had 11 expressions of needs,” adds Stassart. “Now it’s important to follow this up.” He plans to invite these end users to other exploratory meetings before the end of the year.

    “The GSA is in charge of a very important shift towards the user and Space Days is an important platform for supporting this move.”
    -
    GSA Executive Director, Carlo Des Dorides


     

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    Space Days 2014

    Developers, End Users and Innovation

    28.10.2014 10:17  
    28/10/2014

    Space service providers, developers and end users discuss innovation at Space Days 2014.

    Some 320 participants from industry, universities, government institutions and agencies, as well The GSA joined developers and end users to discuss GNSS innovation at Space Days 2014.as end users, gathered at the Euro Space Centre in Transinne, Belgium, from 13-17 October for the 2014 Space Days conference. Aimed at keeping space technology specialists up-to-date with progress on Galileo and Copernicus, this year’s event expanded the conference’s scope to include an opportunity for end users to gather together with developers and service providers to explore the new business and scientific opportunities these systems offer.

    Organised by Wallonie Espace, Space Days has been held every two years since 2006.

    State-of-Play

    In an introductory presentation, GSA Executive Director Carlo Des Dorides set the stage by highlighting the need to develop innovative real-world applications.  “The GSA is in charge of a very important shift towards the user,” he said. “And Space Days is an important platform for supporting this move.”

    At a round table discussion on the current state-of-play regarding Galileo and Copernicus, Head of EU Satellite Navigation Programme Unit and Galileo Programme Manager Paul Flament emphasised the economic stakes of Europe’s satellite navigation systems: “Six percent of European Gross National Product relies on satellite navigation,” he said, adding that Galileo will offer more services and signals than GPS does today. However, he said the real breakthrough will come by combining the systems, “which will offer much better coverage and accuracy than we have today.”

    Meanwhile, European Commission Head of Copernicus Service Unit Mauro Facchini outlined the potential benefits for end users of the Copernicus earth monitoring system. “Copernicus will enable a whole new range of innovative and unique services for policy makers, as well as citizens,” he said.

    Expanding on this topic, GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini illustrated some of the various activities happening at GSA and aimed at supporting key user segments in the adoption of GNSS.

    What We Need

    A key feature of the conference was a series of workshops where end users could let developers know exactly what they needed. According to Wallonie Espace Executive Officer and Skywin Aerospace Cluster Deputy Director Michel Stassart, without this input “it can be a nightmare for space application developers, as they don’t touch the right people and the business models are not well focused.”

    Currently, he explains, some of the applications for earth observation data may be innovative, but they have a limited market, such as tracking the spread of Lyme disease, or monitoring vineyards. Some new opportunities, such as monitoring water leaks in real time, could save millions of euros a year he says.

    About 35% of the event’s participants were end users. “This isn’t perfect,” says Stassart, “but in my view it was a success.” 

    Coming from a wide range of sectors, including air, road, rail, river and maritime transport, energy grid management, wind farms, agriculture, crisis management and the biomedical sector, end users were not only able to see successful applications from around 20 developers, but also able to think about how Copernicus and Galileo could help solve their own needs.

    “By the end of the meeting we had 11 expressions of needs,” adds Stassart. “Now it’s important to follow this up.” He plans to invite these end users to other exploratory meetings before the end of the year.

    “The GSA is in charge of a very important shift towards the user and Space Days is an important platform for supporting this move.”
    -
    GSA Executive Director, Carlo Des Dorides


     

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    Space Days 2014

    Berlin congratulates Novel PRS Receiver as 2014 Masters Champion

    27.10.2014 14:21  
    27/10/2014

    On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award prizes to this year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

    On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver.prizes to this year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

    The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver that will enable police departments, fire brigades, emergency medical services, and other public entities to make use of the Galileo PRS system.

    Its core innovation involves the development of a special network architecture that combines the receiver with an assistance server. The concept accounts for all the necessary security aspects required for accessing the encrypted PRS service and significantly reduces the costs and complexity of user receivers. This will facilitate the much broader use of PRS in the realm of public security.
    In addition to the € 20 000 grand prize, this inventive design also took home Bavaria's regional prize and the ESNC's special PRS prize, which was awarded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

    "This special prize reflects our effort to further examine possibilities for the use of PRS applications," said BMVI Head of Digital Society Dr Tobias Miethaner. "I am delighted to see that the ESNC is already providing an important impetus to the promotion and development of innovative applications of the future Galileo PRS in its first year."

    PRS – unique to Galileo

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service designed to be more resistant to jamming, involuntary interference, and spoofing. It combines the characteristics of a military GNSS signal with the potential of a civilian-controlled Global Navigation Satellite System. While access to PRS will be restricted to government-authorised users in accordance with EU and national government decisions, the service ensures continuity even when access to other navigation services may be denied. In cases of malicious interference, PRS increases the likelihood of continuous availability of the signal from space and, furthermore, it provides an authenticated position-velocity-timing service.

    “The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo,” said GSA Executive Director, Carlos des Dorides. “This secure signal will prove invaluable to civil authorities across Europe and innovations like that proposed by the winners of the 2014 Galileo Masters will help ensure its widespread uptake and use.”

    “The GSA is convinced that the ESNC is an excellent platform for promoting European GNSS,” concluded des Dorides. “It has helped establish a thriving European Galileo user community in anticipation of full deployment of the satellite constellation and provides the gateway to a wide range of unique business applications for the GNSS programmes.”

    ESNC apps

    Over the past decade, the ESNC has brought forth numerous new applications in the field of satellite navigation. The 2014 edition was shaped in particular by the imminent launch of the first Galileo services, with more than 40% of the 434 submissions received from more than 40 countries seeking to employ Galileo/EGNOS in their own products and services.

    "Thanks to our international network, we're in an excellent position to take advantage of Galileo's operational launch," affirmed ESNC organiser Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen Managing Director Thorsten Rudolph. "We believe the ESNC's function as a leading innovation framework in its field will grant it an equally important role in Europe's new satellite navigation system."

    Along with the overall winner, the some 240 experts in the ESNC's renowned network selected more than 30 other winners in the competition's regional and special-prize challenges. Under the patronage of Germany's Federal Minister of Transport, prizes worth a total of around EUR 1 million were presented during the awards ceremony. The winners illustrated the fundamental importance of robust, reliable, and secure time and positioning signals for Europe's digital society through innovations in areas such as transport, health, and the environment.

    For the first time, this year's awards ceremony was held in parallel with the Satellite Masters Conference, which gave the winners a chance to present their ideas to a global audience and discuss innovations in space-based technologies and services.

    ESNC 2014 partners

    This year's competition was supported by the European Commission and the European Patent Office. Along with the ESNC's 25 regions around the world, special sponsored prizes for 2014 were provided by the European GNSS Agency (GSA); the European Space Agency (ESA); the German Aerospace Center (DLR); and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Prototype submissions were accepted as entrants for the GNSS Living Lab Prize and the University Challenge, which are geared toward students and research assistants.

    Now in its 11th year, the ESNC rewards innovative services, products and business innovations that use European satellite navigation technology in everyday life. Since 2011, the European Earth Monitoring competition, the Copernicus Masters, has also awarded ideas and innovative solutions at the ceremony.

    For the seventh year, the GSA offered a special topic prize for the most innovative application.

    For an overview of all the winners by category, please visit the ESNC website.

    “The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo.”
    -
    GSA Executive Director, Carlo Des Dorides


     

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    Satellite Masters Conference

    Berlin Hails Novel PRS Receiver as 2014 Masters Champion

    27.10.2014 14:21  
    27/10/2014

    On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award prizes to this year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

    On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver.prizes to this year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

    The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver that will enable police departments, fire brigades, emergency medical services, and other public entities to make use of the Galileo PRS system.

    Its core innovation involves the development of a special network architecture that combines the receiver with an assistance server. The concept accounts for all the necessary security aspects required for accessing the encrypted PRS service and significantly reduces the costs and complexity of user receivers. This will facilitate the much broader use of PRS in the realm of public security.
    In addition to the € 20 000 grand prize, this inventive design also took home Bavaria's regional prize and the ESNC's special PRS prize, which was awarded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

    "This special prize reflects our effort to further examine possibilities for the use of PRS applications," said BMVI Head of Digital Society Dr Tobias Miethaner. "I am delighted to see that the ESNC is already providing an important impetus to the promotion and development of innovative applications of the future Galileo PRS in its first year."

    PRS – unique to Galileo

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service designed to be more resistant to jamming, involuntary interference, and spoofing. It combines the characteristics of a military GNSS signal with the potential of a civilian-controlled Global Navigation Satellite System. While access to PRS will be restricted to government-authorised users in accordance with EU and national government decisions, the service ensures continuity even when access to other navigation services may be denied. In cases of malicious interference, PRS increases the likelihood of continuous availability of the signal from space and, furthermore, it provides an authenticated position-velocity-timing service.

    “The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo,” said GSA Executive Director, Carlos des Dorides. “This secure signal will prove invaluable to civil authorities across Europe and innovations like that proposed by the winners of the 2014 Galileo Masters will help ensure its widespread uptake and use.”

    “The GSA is convinced that the ESNC is an excellent platform for promoting European GNSS,” concluded des Dorides. “It has helped establish a thriving European Galileo user community in anticipation of full deployment of the satellite constellation and provides the gateway to a wide range of unique business applications for the GNSS programmes.”

    ESNC apps

    Over the past decade, the ESNC has brought forth numerous new applications in the field of satellite navigation. The 2014 edition was shaped in particular by the imminent launch of the first Galileo services, with more than 40% of the 434 submissions received from more than 40 countries seeking to employ Galileo/EGNOS in their own products and services.

    "Thanks to our international network, we're in an excellent position to take advantage of Galileo's operational launch," affirmed ESNC organiser Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen Managing Director Thorsten Rudolph. "We believe the ESNC's function as a leading innovation framework in its field will grant it an equally important role in Europe's new satellite navigation system."

    Along with the overall winner, the some 240 experts in the ESNC's renowned network selected more than 30 other winners in the competition's regional and special-prize challenges. Under the patronage of Germany's Federal Minister of Transport, prizes worth a total of around EUR 1 million were presented during the awards ceremony. The winners illustrated the fundamental importance of robust, reliable, and secure time and positioning signals for Europe's digital society through innovations in areas such as transport, health, and the environment.

    For the first time, this year's awards ceremony was held in parallel with the Satellite Masters Conference, which gave the winners a chance to present their ideas to a global audience and discuss innovations in space-based technologies and services.

    ESNC 2014 partners

    This year's competition was supported by the European Commission and the European Patent Office. Along with the ESNC's 25 regions around the world, special sponsored prizes for 2014 were provided by the European GNSS Agency (GSA); the European Space Agency (ESA); the German Aerospace Center (DLR); and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Prototype submissions were accepted as entrants for the GNSS Living Lab Prize and the University Challenge, which are geared toward students and research assistants.

    Now in its 11th year, the ESNC rewards innovative services, products and business innovations that use European satellite navigation technology in everyday life. Since 2011, the European Earth Monitoring competition, the Copernicus Masters, has also awarded ideas and innovative solutions at the ceremony.

    For the seventh year, the GSA offered a special topic prize for the most innovative application.

    For an overview of all the winners by category, please visit the ESNC website.

    “The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo.”
    -
    GSA Executive Director, Carlo Des Dorides


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    ESNC
    Satellite Masters Conference

    Berlin congratulates Novel PRS Receiver as 2014 Masters Champion

    27.10.2014 14:21  
    27/10/2014

    On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award prizes to this year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

    On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award prizes to this The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver.year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

    The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver that will enable police departments, fire brigades, emergency medical services, and other public entities to make use of the Galileo PRS system.

    Its core innovation involves the development of a special network architecture that combines the receiver with an assistance server. The concept accounts for all the necessary security aspects required for accessing the encrypted PRS service and significantly reduces the costs and complexity of user receivers. This will facilitate the much broader use of PRS in the realm of public security.
    In addition to the € 20 000 grand prize, this inventive design also took home Bavaria's regional prize and the ESNC's special PRS prize, which was awarded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

    "This special prize reflects our effort to further examine possibilities for the use of PRS applications," said BMVI Head of Digital Society Dr Tobias Miethaner. "I am delighted to see that the ESNC is already providing an important impetus to the promotion and development of innovative applications of the future Galileo PRS in its first year."

    PRS – unique to Galileo

    The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service designed to be more resistant to jamming, involuntary interference, and spoofing. It combines the characteristics of a military GNSS signal with the potential of a civilian-controlled Global Navigation Satellite System. While access to PRS will be restricted to government-authorised users in accordance with EU and national government decisions, the service ensures continuity even when access to other navigation services may be denied. In cases of malicious interference, PRS increases the likelihood of continuous availability of the signal from space and, furthermore, it provides an authenticated position-velocity-timing service.

    “The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo,” said GSA Executive Director, Carlos des Dorides. “This secure signal will prove invaluable to civil authorities across Europe and innovations like that proposed by the winners of the 2014 Galileo Masters will help ensure its widespread uptake and use.”

    “The GSA is convinced that the ESNC is an excellent platform for promoting European GNSS,” concluded des Dorides. “It has helped establish a thriving European Galileo user community in anticipation of full deployment of the satellite constellation and provides the gateway to a wide range of unique business applications for the GNSS programmes.”

    ESNC apps

    Over the past decade, the ESNC has brought forth numerous new applications in the field of satellite navigation. The 2014 edition was shaped in particular by the imminent launch of the first Galileo services, with more than 40% of the 434 submissions received from more than 40 countries seeking to employ Galileo/EGNOS in their own products and services.

    "Thanks to our international network, we're in an excellent position to take advantage of Galileo's operational launch," affirmed ESNC organiser Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen Managing Director Thorsten Rudolph. "We believe the ESNC's function as a leading innovation framework in its field will grant it an equally important role in Europe's new satellite navigation system."

    Along with the overall winner, the some 240 experts in the ESNC's renowned network selected more than 30 other winners in the competition's regional and special-prize challenges. Under the patronage of Germany's Federal Minister of Transport, prizes worth a total of around EUR 1 million were presented during the awards ceremony. The winners illustrated the fundamental importance of robust, reliable, and secure time and positioning signals for Europe's digital society through innovations in areas such as transport, health, and the environment.

    For the first time, this year's awards ceremony was held in parallel with the Satellite Masters Conference, which gave the winners a chance to present their ideas to a global audience and discuss innovations in space-based technologies and services.

    ESNC 2014 partners

    This year's competition was supported by the European Commission and the European Patent Office. Along with the ESNC's 25 regions around the world, special sponsored prizes for 2014 were provided by the European GNSS Agency (GSA); the European Space Agency (ESA); the German Aerospace Center (DLR); and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Prototype submissions were accepted as entrants for the GNSS Living Lab Prize and the University Challenge, which are geared toward students and research assistants.

    Now in its 11th year, the ESNC rewards innovative services, products and business innovations that use European satellite navigation technology in everyday life. Since 2011, the European Earth Monitoring competition, the Copernicus Masters, has also awarded ideas and innovative solutions at the ceremony.

    For the seventh year, the GSA offered a special topic prize for the most innovative application.

    For an overview of all the winners by category, please visit the ESNC website.

    “The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo.”
    -
    GSA Executive Director, Carlo Des Dorides


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    ESNC
    Satellite Masters Conference

    And the winner is…

    27.10.2014 14:08  
    27/10/2014

    The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) received a record number of entries, with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize going to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA - Design of a new Galileo Module for ARA platform project. This innovative concept aims to develop Galileo modules for the Google ARA modular smartphone concept – a potential game changer for positioning in the mobile phone market.

    Since 2004, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been rewarding the bestFollowing tough competition from a record number of entries, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project. services, products, and business cases that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life. Over this time, ESNC has evolved into an international innovation competition – one that recognizes the best ideas in the field of satellite navigation. Entries come from a wide range of companies, research institutes, students and individuals.

    The 2014 edition of the ESNC received a record number of entries and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize was the most popular category – receiving a total of 152 submissions! Although all the proposals were very interesting, there can be only one winner. And this year the GSA special prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project.

    Giovanni Vecchione and Antonio Fernandez of Deimos Space received their prize, worth up to € 40 000, from GSA Head of Communications Donna Reay during the official Awards Ceremony for ESNC 2014, held on the evening of October 23 in Berlin, Germany.

    “The Galileo for ARA project is looking to deploy one of Galileo’s unique and most powerful features – the E5 signal - in an innovative mass market initiative,” said GSA Executive Director Carlos des Dorides. “It showcases the positive effect that investment in European GNSS is having across Europe in driving world-class innovation.”

    ARA – a modular smartphone

    Led by Google with the aim of developing a smartphone comprised of individual modules, the ARA project intends to open the smartphone market to billions of new users across the globe.

    “With a traditional chip structure, all of a smartphone’s functions are currently combined into a single component, which makes it difficult to add or change a function,” explains Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione. “With a modular structure, you have the option to simply switch out a component, meaning a smartphone’s capabilities can be easily enhanced without creating unneeded electronic waste.”

    Specifically, the winning project aims to develop a Galileo modular component with enhanced capabilities to be used within the framework of this module-based smartphone. To accomplish this, the team is working to shrink the receiver size to fit the modular concept.

    “On the one hand, accomplishing this will extend the smartphone market to many new people,” adds Giovanni. “On the other, it will meet the increasing demand for special model smartphones where, for example, a user wants high precision GNSS capabilities.”

    Giovanni explains that currently such special models are only available to the professional market: “Producing and using these types of phones today is too complex and expensive to be commercially viable to the consumer market,” he says. “But with a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”

    E5 on your phone

    Elecnor Deimos is the technology company of the Elecnor Group providing technological solutions for the Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defence, Transport, Energy and Environment, Telecommunications and Security markets.

    GALILEO for ARA is the solution for demanding smartphone users looking to use one of Galileo’s most important features: the unique E5 broadband signal. The idea is to design an E5 GALILEO receiver module for the ARA platform. While mass market smartphones will use the E1 signal, the availability of high end phones offering enhanced accuracy through the use of the E5 signal will be appealing to many users.

    A second module is foreseen that will implement an external antenna module interface that could be used with existing phones’ GNSS components and provide better performance to a specialised GNSS unit. The ARA phone will offer these components to those who need better precision (centimetre-level accuracy) in positioning, and multipath-resistant solutions designed for pedestrians and urban environments. Much has already been achieved using smartphones, and now is the time to enable new possibilities for the development of applications with high accuracy requirements.

    The design of the modules will be done by Deimos-Space using the algorithms and expertise developed during their involvement with GSA managed FP7 research projects GRIP and ENCORE.

    “With a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”
    -
    Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    ESNC
    Satellite Masters Conference
    Google ARA project

    And the winner is…

    27.10.2014 14:08  
    27/10/2014

    The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) received a record number of entries, with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize going to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA - Design of a new Galileo Module for ARA platform project. This innovative concept aims to develop Galileo modules for the Google ARA modular smartphone concept – a potential game changer for positioning in the mobile phone market.

    Since 2004, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been rewarding Following tough competition from a record number of entries, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project.the best services, products, and business cases that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life. Over this time, ESNC has evolved into an international innovation competition – one that recognizes the best ideas in the field of satellite navigation. Entries come from a wide range of companies, research institutes, students and individuals.

    The 2014 edition of the ESNC received a record number of entries and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize was the most popular category – receiving a total of 152 submissions! Although all the proposals were very interesting, there can be only one winner. And this year the GSA special prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project.

    Giovanni Vecchione and Antonio Fernandez of Deimos Space received their prize, worth up to € 40 000, from GSA Head of Communications Donna Reay during the official Awards Ceremony for ESNC 2014, held on the evening of October 23 in Berlin, Germany.

    “The Galileo for ARA project is looking to deploy one of Galileo’s unique and most powerful features – the E5 signal - in an innovative mass market initiative,” said GSA Executive Director Carlos des Dorides. “It showcases the positive effect that investment in European GNSS is having across Europe in driving world-class innovation.”

    ARA – a modular smartphone

    Led by Google with the aim of developing a smartphone comprised of individual modules, the ARA project intends to open the smartphone market to billions of new users across the globe.

    “With a traditional chip structure, all of a smartphone’s functions are currently combined into a single component, which makes it difficult to add or change a function,” explains Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione. “With a modular structure, you have the option to simply switch out a component, meaning a smartphone’s capabilities can be easily enhanced without creating unneeded electronic waste.”

    Specifically, the winning project aims to develop a Galileo modular component with enhanced capabilities to be used within the framework of this module-based smartphone. To accomplish this, the team is working to shrink the receiver size to fit the modular concept.

    “On the one hand, accomplishing this will extend the smartphone market to many new people,” adds Giovanni. “On the other, it will meet the increasing demand for special model smartphones where, for example, a user wants high precision GNSS capabilities.”

    Giovanni explains that currently such special models are only available to the professional market: “Producing and using these types of phones today is too complex and expensive to be commercially viable to the consumer market,” he says. “But with a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”

    E5 on your phone

    Elecnor Deimos is the technology company of the Elecnor Group providing technological solutions for the Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defence, Transport, Energy and Environment, Telecommunications and Security markets.

    GALILEO for ARA is the solution for demanding smartphone users looking to use one of Galileo’s most important features: the unique E5 broadband signal. The idea is to design an E5 GALILEO receiver module for the ARA platform. While mass market smartphones will use the E1 signal, the availability of high end phones offering enhanced accuracy through the use of the E5 signal will be appealing to many users.

    A second module is foreseen that will implement an external antenna module interface that could be used with existing phones’ GNSS components and provide better performance to a specialised GNSS unit. The ARA phone will offer these components to those who need better precision (centimetre-level accuracy) in positioning, and multipath-resistant solutions designed for pedestrians and urban environments. Much has already been achieved using smartphones, and now is the time to enable new possibilities for the development of applications with high accuracy requirements.

    The design of the modules will be done by Deimos-Space using the algorithms and expertise developed during their involvement with GSA managed FP7 research projects GRIP and ENCORE.

    “With a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”
    -
    Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    ESNC
    Satellite Masters Conference
    Google ARA project

    And the winner is…

    27.10.2014 14:08  
    27/10/2014

    The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) received a record number of entries, with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize going to elecnor deimos/Deimos Space for their Galileo for ARA - Design of a new Galileo Module for ARA platform project. This innovative concept aims to develop Galileo modules for the Google ARA modular smartphone concept – a potential game changer for positioning in the mobile phone market.

    Since 2004, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been rewarding Following tough competition from a record number of entries, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize went to elecnor deimos/Deimos Space for their Galileo for ARA project.the best services, products, and business cases that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life. Over this time, ESNC has evolved into an international innovation competition – one that recognizes the best ideas in the field of satellite navigation. Entries come from a wide range of companies, research institutes, students and individuals.

    The 2014 edition of the ESNC received a record number of entries and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize was the most popular category – receiving a total of 152 submissions! Although all the proposals were very interesting, there can be only one winner. And this year the GSA special prize went to elecnor deimos/Deimos Space for their Galileo for ARA project.

    Giovanni Vecchione and Antonio Fernandez of Deimos Space received their prize, worth up to € 40 000, from GSA Head of Communications Donna Reay during the official Awards Ceremony for ESNC 2014, held on the evening of October 23 in Berlin, Germany.

    “The Galileo for ARA project is looking to deploy one of Galileo’s unique and most powerful features – the E5 signal - in an innovative mass market initiative,” said GSA Executive Director Carlos des Dorides. “It showcases the positive effect that investment in European GNSS is having across Europe in driving world-class innovation.”

    ARA – a modular smartphone

    Led by Google with the aim of developing a smartphone comprised of individual modules, the ARA project intends to open the smartphone market to billions of new users across the globe.

    “With a traditional chip structure, all of a smartphone’s functions are currently combined into a single component, which makes it difficult to add or change a function,” explains Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione. “With a modular structure, you have the option to simply switch out a component, meaning a smartphone’s capabilities can be easily enhanced without creating unneeded electronic waste.”

    Specifically, the winning project aims to develop a Galileo modular component with enhanced capabilities to be used within the framework of this module-based smartphone. To accomplish this, the team is working to shrink the receiver size to fit the modular concept.

    “On the one hand, accomplishing this will extend the smartphone market to many new people,” adds Giovanni. “On the other, it will meet the increasing demand for special model smartphones where, for example, a user wants high precision GNSS capabilities.”

    Giovanni explains that currently such special models are only available to the professional market: “Producing and using these types of phones today is too complex and expensive to be commercially viable to the consumer market,” he says. “But with a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”

    E5 on your phone

    Elecnor deimos is the technology company of the Elecnor Group providing technological solutions for the Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defence, Transport, Energy and Environment, Telecommunications and Security markets.

    GALILEO for ARA is the solution for demanding smartphone users looking to use one of Galileo’s most important features: the unique E5 broadband signal. The idea is to design an E5 GALILEO receiver module for the ARA platform. While mass market smartphones will use the E1 signal, the availability of high end phones offering enhanced accuracy through the use of the E5 signal will be appealing to many users.

    A second module is foreseen that will implement an external antenna module interface that could be used with existing phones’ GNSS components and provide better performance to a specialised GNSS unit. The ARA phone will offer these components to those who need better precision (centimetre-level accuracy) in positioning, and multipath-resistant solutions designed for pedestrians and urban environments. Much has already been achieved using smartphones, and now is the time to enable new possibilities for the development of applications with high accuracy requirements.

    The design of the modules will be done by Deimos-Space using the algorithms and expertise developed during their involvement with GSA managed FP7 research projects GRIP and ENCORE.

    “With a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”
    -
    Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    ESNC
    Satellite Masters Conference
    Google ARA project

    And the winner is…

    27.10.2014 14:08  
    27/10/2014

    The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) received a record number of entries, with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize going to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA - Design of a new Galileo Module for ARA platform project. This innovative concept aims to develop Galileo modules for the Google ARA modular smartphone concept – a potential game changer for positioning in the mobile phone market.

    Since 2004, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been rewarding the bestFollowing tough competition from a record number of entries, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project. services, products, and business cases that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life. Over this time, ESNC has evolved into an international innovation competition – one that recognizes the best ideas in the field of satellite navigation. Entries come from a wide range of companies, research institutes, students and individuals.

    The 2014 edition of the ESNC received a record number of entries and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize was the most popular category – receiving a total of 152 submissions! Although all the proposals were very interesting, there can be only one winner. And this year the GSA special prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project.

    Giovanni Vecchione and Antonio Fernandez of Deimos Space received their prize, worth up to € 40 000, from GSA Head of Communications Donna Reay during the official Awards Ceremony for ESNC 2014, held on the evening of October 23 in Berlin, Germany.

    “The Galileo for ARA project is looking to deploy one of Galileo’s unique and most powerful features – the E5 signal - in an innovative mass market initiative,” said GSA Executive Director Carlos des Dorides. “It showcases the positive effect that investment in European GNSS is having across Europe in driving world-class innovation.”

    ARA – a modular smartphone

    Led by Google with the aim of developing a smartphone comprised of individual modules, the ARA project intends to open the smartphone market to billions of new users across the globe.

    “With a traditional chip structure, all of a smartphone’s functions are currently combined into a single component, which makes it difficult to add or change a function,” explains Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione. “With a modular structure, you have the option to simply switch out a component, meaning a smartphone’s capabilities can be easily enhanced without creating unneeded electronic waste.”

    Specifically, the winning project aims to develop a Galileo modular component with enhanced capabilities to be used within the framework of this module-based smartphone. To accomplish this, the team is working to shrink the receiver size to fit the modular concept.

    “On the one hand, accomplishing this will extend the smartphone market to many new people,” adds Giovanni. “On the other, it will meet the increasing demand for special model smartphones where, for example, a user wants high precision GNSS capabilities.”

    Giovanni explains that currently such special models are only available to the professional market: “Producing and using these types of phones today is too complex and expensive to be commercially viable to the consumer market,” he says. “But with a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”

    E5 on your phone

    Elecnor Deimos is the technology company of the Elecnor Group providing technological solutions for the Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defence, Transport, Energy and Environment, Telecommunications and Security markets.

    GALILEO for ARA is the solution for demanding smartphone users looking to use one of Galileo’s most important features: the unique E5 broadband signal. The idea is to design an E5 GALILEO receiver module for the ARA platform. While mass market smartphones will use the E1 signal, the availability of high end phones offering enhanced accuracy through the use of the E5 signal will be appealing to many users.

    A second module is foreseen that will implement an external antenna module interface that could be used with existing phones’ GNSS components and provide better performance to a specialised GNSS unit. The ARA phone will offer these components to those who need better precision (centimetre-level accuracy) in positioning, and multipath-resistant solutions designed for pedestrians and urban environments. Much has already been achieved using smartphones, and now is the time to enable new possibilities for the development of applications with high accuracy requirements.

    The design of the modules will be done by Deimos-Space using the algorithms and expertise developed during their involvement with GSA managed FP7 research projects GRIP and ENCORE.

    “With a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”
    -
    Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    ESNC
    Satellite Masters Conference
    Google ARA project

    And the winner is…

    27.10.2014 14:08  
    27/10/2014

    The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) received a record number of entries, with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize going to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA - Design of a new Galileo Module for ARA platform project. This innovative concept aims to develop Galileo modules for the Google ARA modular smartphone concept – a potential game changer for positioning in the mobile phone market.

    Since 2004, the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has been rewarding Following tough competition from a record number of entries, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize went to elecnor deimos/Deimos Space for their Galileo for ARA project.the best services, products, and business cases that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life. Over this time, ESNC has evolved into an international innovation competition – one that recognizes the best ideas in the field of satellite navigation. Entries come from a wide range of companies, research institutes, students and individuals.

    The 2014 edition of the ESNC received a record number of entries and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize was the most popular category – receiving a total of 152 submissions! Although all the proposals were very interesting, there can be only one winner. And this year the GSA special prize went to Elecnor Deimos for their Galileo for ARA project.

    Giovanni Vecchione and Antonio Fernandez of Deimos Space received their prize, worth up to € 40 000, from GSA Head of Communications Donna Reay during the official Awards Ceremony for ESNC 2014, held on the evening of October 23 in Berlin, Germany.

    “The Galileo for ARA project is looking to deploy one of Galileo’s unique and most powerful features – the E5 signal - in an innovative mass market initiative,” said GSA Executive Director Carlos des Dorides. “It showcases the positive effect that investment in European GNSS is having across Europe in driving world-class innovation.”

    ARA – a modular smartphone

    Led by Google with the aim of developing a smartphone comprised of individual modules, the ARA project intends to open the smartphone market to billions of new users across the globe.

    “With a traditional chip structure, all of a smartphone’s functions are currently combined into a single component, which makes it difficult to add or change a function,” explains Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione. “With a modular structure, you have the option to simply switch out a component, meaning a smartphone’s capabilities can be easily enhanced without creating unneeded electronic waste.”

    Specifically, the winning project aims to develop a Galileo modular component with enhanced capabilities to be used within the framework of this module-based smartphone. To accomplish this, the team is working to shrink the receiver size to fit the modular concept.

    “On the one hand, accomplishing this will extend the smartphone market to many new people,” adds Giovanni. “On the other, it will meet the increasing demand for special model smartphones where, for example, a user wants high precision GNSS capabilities.”

    Giovanni explains that currently such special models are only available to the professional market: “Producing and using these types of phones today is too complex and expensive to be commercially viable to the consumer market,” he says. “But with a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”

    E5 on your phone

    Elecnor Deimos is the technology company of the Elecnor Group providing technological solutions for the Aeronautics, Aerospace, Defence, Transport, Energy and Environment, Telecommunications and Security markets.

    GALILEO for ARA is the solution for demanding smartphone users looking to use one of Galileo’s most important features: the unique E5 broadband signal. The idea is to design an E5 GALILEO receiver module for the ARA platform. While mass market smartphones will use the E1 signal, the availability of high end phones offering enhanced accuracy through the use of the E5 signal will be appealing to many users.

    A second module is foreseen that will implement an external antenna module interface that could be used with existing phones’ GNSS components and provide better performance to a specialised GNSS unit. The ARA phone will offer these components to those who need better precision (centimetre-level accuracy) in positioning, and multipath-resistant solutions designed for pedestrians and urban environments. Much has already been achieved using smartphones, and now is the time to enable new possibilities for the development of applications with high accuracy requirements.

    The design of the modules will be done by Deimos-Space using the algorithms and expertise developed during their involvement with GSA managed FP7 research projects GRIP and ENCORE.

    “With a simpler and smaller, modular-based option, we will be able to open this market to the masses.”
    -
    Deimos Space’s Giovanni A. Vecchione


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    ESNC
    Satellite Masters Conference
    Google ARA project

    GSA talks Galileo at INTERGEO

    21.10.2014 9:33  
    21/10/2014

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently participated in the INTERGEO conference and trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 7 – 9 October. This leading event for geodesy, geo-information and land management once again demonstrated the vibrancy and importance of this sector, where satellite-based positioning technologies play a key enabling role.

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently participated in the INTERGEO conference and trade fair, The GSA was at Intergeo to talk to the suppliers about the chipsets in their receivers and surveying technologies to ensure they are ready for Galileo services when they start.taking place in Berlin from 7 – 9 October. This leading event for geodesy, geo-information and land management once again demonstrated the vibrancy and importance of this sector, where satellite-based positioning technologies play a key enabling role.

    “We are here to talk to the suppliers of the Geodesy and Land Management market, particularly about the chipsets in their receivers and surveying technologies to ensure they are ready for Galileo services when they start,” says the GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi. “It is important to be here – on the ground and in the market place - making sure a dialogue is continued with suppliers.”

    According to Blasi, Intergeo is all about bringing European Satellite technology down to Earth: “As for EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service that improves the accuracy of GPS, it is widely used in mapping applications where sub metre accuracy is needed and it is opening the door for more demanding high precision surveying applications where Galileo will play an important role,” he says.

    GSA shared its stand with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, the Fraunhofer Institute and the Copernicus programme, and was coordinated by SATNAV Forum, the national network of regional GNSS initiatives, test environments and innovation clusters funded by the German government.

    “SATNAV Forum is an important partner for GSA,” explains Blasi. “The GSA needs multipliers and organisations that can spread the word on opportunities for Galileo and GNSS at national level.”

    Clearly, the geographic information sector is a market with great opportunities and, judging by the crowds at INTERGEO, one that has growing popularity and is attracting innovative European entrepreneurs. It is a sector where positioning is a key enabling technology and European GNSS are making a very positive impact.

    A new award

    The awards ceremony of the third Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) students contest took place at INTERGEO, where Maurice Barbieri, President of the CLGE, announced that the GSA will collaborate in next year’s contest.

    Next year will see the introduction of a new category on European GNSS, with the aim of fostering the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in surveying.

    “It is a sector where positioning is a key enabling technology and European Global Navigation Satellite Systems are making a very positive impact.”
    -
    GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    EGNOS Portal
    INTERGEO

    GSA talks Galileo at INTERGEO

    21.10.2014 9:33  
    21/10/2014

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently participated in the INTERGEO conference and trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 7 – 9 October. This leading event for geodesy, geo-information and land management once again demonstrated the vibrancy and importance of this sector, where satellite-based positioning technologies play a key enabling role.

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA) recently participated in theThe GSA was at Intergeo to talk to the suppliers about the chipsets in their receivers and surveying technologies to ensure they are ready for Galileo services when they start. INTERGEO conference and trade fair, taking place in Berlin from 7 – 9 October. This leading event for geodesy, geo-information and land management once again demonstrated the vibrancy and importance of this sector, where satellite-based positioning technologies play a key enabling role.

    “We are here to talk to the suppliers of the Geodesy and Land Management market, particularly about the chipsets in their receivers and surveying technologies to ensure they are ready for Galileo services when they start,” says the GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi. “It is important to be here – on the ground and in the market place - making sure a dialogue is continued with suppliers.”

    According to Blasi, Intergeo is all about bringing European Satellite technology down to Earth: “As for EGNOS, the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service that improves the accuracy of GPS, it is widely used in mapping applications where sub metre accuracy is needed and it is opening the door for more demanding high precision surveying applications where Galileo will play an important role,” he says.

    GSA shared its stand with the European Space Agency (ESA), the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt, the Fraunhofer Institute and the Copernicus programme, and was coordinated by SATNAV Forum, the national network of regional GNSS initiatives, test environments and innovation clusters funded by the German government.

    “SATNAV Forum is an important partner for GSA,” explains Blasi. “The GSA needs multipliers and organisations that can spread the word on opportunities for Galileo and GNSS at national level.”

    Clearly, the geographic information sector is a market with great opportunities and, judging by the crowds at INTERGEO, one that has growing popularity and is attracting innovative European entrepreneurs. It is a sector where positioning is a key enabling technology and European GNSS are making a very positive impact.

    A new award

    The awards ceremony of the third Council of European Geodetic Surveyors (CLGE) students contest took place at INTERGEO, where Maurice Barbieri, President of the CLGE, announced that the GSA will collaborate in next year’s contest.

    Next year will see the introduction of a new category on European GNSS, with the aim of fostering the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in surveying.

    “It is a sector where positioning is a key enabling technology and European Global Navigation Satellite Systems are making a very positive impact.”
    -
    GSA Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini


     

    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).

    More information:

    The European GNSS Agency
    EGNOS Portal
    INTERGEO

    R&D funding opportunities on GNSS Receiver Technology workshop

    17.10.2014 13:55  
    17/10/2014

    The European Commission, in collaboration with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is organizing a consultation on European GNSS receiver technology.

    The consultation will be held on November 18th, 2014 in Brussels, at the Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors building, rue Belliard 99-101, room JDE 53. This event is being held to inform the stakeholders of the European GNSS receiver community about the funding opportunities format and timeline for the period 2015-2020, and to gather inputs for the definition of R&D actions in the field of receiver technology.

    The workshop will consist of one panel session during which stakeholders from industry, SMEs, academia, and technology institutes are solicited to debate and define important lines of research in receiver technology.

    Interested participants are kindly invited to fill in the registration form and to indicate in a few words the application area they are interested in and the fields of research that should be supported.

    R&D funding opportunities on GNSS Receiver Technology workshop

    17.10.2014 13:55  
    17/10/2014

    The European Commission, in collaboration with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is organizing a consultation on European GNSS receiver technology.

    The consultation will be held on November 18th, 2014 in Brussels, at the Committee of the Regions, Jacques Delors building, rue Belliard 99-101. This event is being held to inform the stakeholders of the European GNSS receiver community about the funding opportunities format and timeline for the period 2015-2020, and to gather inputs for the definition of R&D actions in the field of receiver technology.

    The workshop will consist of one panel session during which stakeholders from industry, SMEs, academia, and technology institutes are solicited to debate and define important lines of research in receiver technology.

    Interested participants are kindly invited to fill in the registration form and to indicate in a few words the application area they are interested in and the fields of research that should be supported.

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