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Opportunities in LBS consumer applications empowered by Galileo

23.7.2014 15:05  
23/07/2014

The number and variety of Location Based Service (LBS) devices is on the rise: more than half of all mobile phones in Europe and North America are GNSS capable and global yearly shipments of GNSS-enabled LBS devices has grown from 150 million to 1bln over the last five years. How to ensure the European GNSS market capitalises on these opportunities was the topic of discussion at the European Space Solutions Conference.

Today it seems everybody is talking about LBS but few are talking about GNSS and Galileo’s key role in it. In the crowded LBS sector, ‘where is GNSS’?

“GNSS on your smartphone is just one of over a dozen available technologies,” said Justyna Redelkiewicz of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), speaking during the Consumer Applications session of the European Space Solutions conference. “That being said, GNSS’ role in location based services is substantial as it is the primary technology used for outdoor positioning.

LBS is the most important market segment for GNSS use today and will remain so in the future, as the growth forecast for the smartphone market is phenomenal. In 2009, it was forecasted that there would be 450 million smartphones by 2013. Impressive, no doubt. But in reality over 1 billion were shipped. More so, the market is far from being saturated, meaning even more opportunities are on the horizon.

Redelkiewicz believes that future growth will be fuelled by new platforms and applications, particularly those offering non-stop fixed positioning in all environments.

This is good news for Galileo: “Galileo combined with other GNSS systems will improve GNSS location, particularly in challenging environments like urban canyons,” said Redelkiewicz. “More so, Galileo’s unique data-less signals will offer further benefits to the LBS market.”

Using the data-less signal, Galileo enhances indoor penetration, improves performances in urban canyons and in noise measurements and improves sensitivity in A-GNSS mode.

Adrian Stimpson of Rx Networks confirmed that Galileo provides real added value to citizens using Location Based Services (LBS). When used in addition to GPS and/or GLONASS, Galileo proved to significantly improve accuracy in challenging environments such as urban canyons and indoors. Galileo showed improvements in both Time-to-First-Fix (TTFF) and position accuracy for the majority of scenarios.

This improved accuracy will have a profound impact across numerous sectors, including critical situations like E-112 calls. With the European Commission evaluating the mandate of GNSS location on mobile phones for emergency calling purposes, the test results demonstrate the benefit of including Galileo.

“The results should be encouraging to any GNSS chipset manufacturer who is considering adding Galileo as a competitive differentiator,” commented Adrian Stimpson.

GNSS in Action

But the role of European GNSS in the LBS sector is not something waiting to happen, it’s happening today. For example, Qualcomm will make use of multi-constellation GNSS to improve the precision of geo-locating on your mobile phone. “The need for location is evolving, and consumers expect their mobile devices not only to know what they are doing and where, but to anticipate what’s next,” said Will Brown, Senior Director Technical Marketing at Qualcomm. “The key to anticipation is location based information.”

Brown notes one of the key challenges is to improve pedestrian navigation, particularly in terms of low power navigation in dense urban environments. He believes the answer to this is the development of new applications capable of combining various location sensors and resulting in better contextual awareness.

“According to analysts by 2017, indoor location will be a $6 billion market opportunity,” he said. “What we are seeing is a new breed of indoor services for connecting people, with the end goal being to turn your mobile device into a personal assistant.”

Auto developments

Antti Aumo of the Car Connectivity Consortium, a global consortium for smartphone-based connected-car solutions, described their efforts to deliver the leading industry standard for car-smartphone connectivity. Their standard is designed for maximum interoperability between smartphones and cars. Apps developed for the consortium delivered maximum added value in-car while minimizing driver distraction. LBS was an essential element for seamless in-car smartphone use he believed.

Carlo Bagnoli of ST Microelectronics also described positioning trends in automotive and consumer applications. For vehicle apps he also saw fusion of data from multiple sensors as essential and stated that Galileo was now being considered as an option by all carmakers with regard to the likely requirements for the new EU eCall standard.

He also thought that single band, multi-constellation GNSS was becoming a global requirement with its recognised advantages in many critical environments and for Intelligent Transport Systems to deliver sustainable mobility. Some emerging functions, including autonomous driving, would call for cost-effective, precise positioning in the automotive sector.

Perhaps one of the most highly-anticipated uses of GNSS technology in consumer applications is the so called ‘Google Car’.  However, the driverless car of the future isn’t the company’s first foray into space-based consumer applications.

“Google’s success has been in its ability to take the complex and expensive and make it usable to the consumer,” said Ed Parsons, Geospatial Technologist at Google. “The secret behind this success is our keen understanding that accessibility always wins.”

As an example, Parson’s pointed to the switch from CDs to MP3s. Even though CDs offer a higher quality sound than MP3s, ultimately the consumer chose the MP3 because it made music more accessible.

“The question we have to ask ourselves is how we can make space more available to the mobile generation,” asked Parsons. “For us, the answer started with Google Earth, which we created without the need for any new technology. We simply took an existing infrastructure and made it more accessible to the consumer.”

Parsons points to television as another example of the power of accessibility. Traditional television programming goes against the modern trend of ‘on demand’. Built on a complex process for distribution, it is unable to provide the on-demand content today’s digital generation wants. To meet this untapped market, Google turned to YouTube.

“YouTube essentially strips away the complexity of distribution in favour of the simplicity of a cloud platform, and it’s revolutionizing the television market,” said Parsons. “We need this same type of thinking for the distribution of geospatial information – what we need is a YouTube like cloud platform for space.”

With the key driver of the LBS market being the development of new consumer-orientated applications, Parson’s stressed the importance of having a simple space platform: “Application developers need to be able to access and use a simple platform,” he said. “Simplicity and accessibility will be the determining factors to fully exploiting this important and growing GNSS market.”

 

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FilGAPP and Rockwell Collins Partner to Power EU Aviation

17.7.2014 11:18  
17/07/2014

At the Farnborough International Airshow, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) announced that Rockwell Collins’ flight management system and GNSS receiver enabled the first successful demonstration of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for the FilGAPP programme – the EU’s airspace enhancement project.

Filling the gap in GNSS advanced procedures and operations, or FilGAPP, is the EU FilGAPP uses satellite-based navigation tools, such as EGNOS, and advanced flight management system (FMS) functions.programme aiming to develop efficient and accurate methods for navigating airspace. To accomplish this, the programme uses satellite-based navigation tools, such as EGNOS, and advanced flight management system (FMS) functions.

In advancement of this objective, Rockwell Collins’ FMS and GNSS receiver recently enabled the first successful demonstration of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for the project. The demonstration was the first time a high-precision, high-integrity missed approach/departure has been performed in Europe. The demonstration flights also validated technical and operational independence from nearby ATC systems, assuring increased operational capacity for airports.

    Read more: "Filling The Gap" In GNSS Advanced Procedures And Operations

As a leading avionics manufacturer, Rockwell Collins is an ideal partner in this endeavour. “FilGAPP highlights the opportunity that exists for air carriers and corporate operators to increase operating capacity and to save time and fuel through more efficient terminal procedures at European airports,” says Rockwell Collins’ vice president and managing director Claude Alber.

“Airspace users demand advanced procedures, to enjoy further operational benefits and use capabilities already available on board”, said Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development at GSA. “European GNSS, and EGNOS in particular, delivers positioning and timing information, enabling such operations, as demonstrated in FilGAPP”.

FilGAPP is a project under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme. It is managed by the GSA and coordinated by INECO, along with industry and national air navigation service providers.

 

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FilGAPP and Rockwell Collins Partner to Power EU Aviation

17.7.2014 11:18  
17/07/2014

At the Farnborough International Airshow, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) announced that Rockwell Collins’ flight management system and GNSS receiver enabled the first successful demonstration of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for the FilGAPP programme – the EU’s airspace enhancement project.

Filling the gap in GNSS advanced procedures and operations, or FilGAPP, is the EU FilGAPP uses satellite-based navigation tools, such as EGNOS, and advanced flight management system (FMS) functions.programme aiming to develop efficient and accurate methods for navigating airspace. To accomplish this, the programme uses satellite-based navigation tools, such as EGNOS, and advanced flight management system (FMS) functions.

In advancement of this objective, Rockwell Collins’ FMS and GNSS receiver recently enabled the first successful demonstration of advanced arrival and departure flight operations for the project. The demonstration was the first time a high-precision, high-integrity missed approach/departure has been performed in Europe. The demonstration flights also validated technical and operational independence from nearby ATC systems, assuring increased operational capacity for airports.

    Read more: "Filling The Gap" In GNSS Advanced Procedures And Operations

As a leading avionics manufacturer, Rockwell Collins is an ideal partner in this endeavour. “FilGAPP highlights the opportunity that exists for air carriers and corporate operators to increase operating capacity and to save time and fuel through more efficient terminal procedures at European airports,” says Rockwell Collins’ vice president and managing director Claude Alber.

“Airspace users demand advanced procedures, to enjoy further operational benefits and use capabilities already available on board”, said Gian Gherardo Calini, Head of Market Development at GSA. “European GNSS, and EGNOS in particular, delivers positioning and timing information, enabling such operations, as demonstrated in FilGAPP”.

FilGAPP is a project under the European Commission’s Seventh Framework Programme. It is managed by the GSA and coordinated by INECO, along with industry and national air navigation service providers.

 

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GSA and EBAA Join Forces in Support of Airport Access

16.7.2014 10:09  
16/07/2014

During the Farnborough International Airshow (FIA), the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the EBAA announced the launch of strategic discussions aimed at coordinating future joint venture actions to promote implementation of EGNOS at regional airports.

Following a strategic meeting held in May at EBACE2014 in Geneva, the EBAAThe business aviation community stands to benefit greatly from EGNOS. has produced a list of high-potential airports that was further discussed during the European Space Solutions conference in Prague. At the Farnborough Airshow, the two signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to promote wider use of EGNOS at regional airports in Europe.   

Read More: Aviation Embraces the EGNOS Advantage

“The business aviation segment is a pioneer in the use of EGNOS and most new business aircraft are already equipped,” says GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides. “This means operators can start using published LPV procedures immediately, without the need for any upgrades, just by obtaining the operational approval from the authority where the aircraft is registered.”
With ever increasing difficulties in gaining access to major hubs, maintaining all-weather access at secondary and tertiary airports is becoming increasingly important for the sector. Business aviation is now in a position to optimize access at more regional airports via the promotion of EGNOS-based landing procedures.

Read More: EGNOS Enables an Integrated European Sky

“The aviation community stands to benefit greatly from EGNOS because it means safe access to small and medium sized airports without the need for expensive ground equipment,” says EBAA CEO Fabio Gamba. “Approach procedures have been published for around 100 airports, which is still a far cry from where we should be.”

Read More: EGNOS Powers Business Aviation

According to Gamba, a move towards satellite-based technology is well overdue – a fact made evident when comparing availability in Europe to that of the US. “We are proud to have signed this MoU with the GSA and, together, we are commitment to having many more procedures published in the near future,” he adds.

 

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ESNC 2014 Sees Record Number of Entries

11.7.2014 16:47  
11/07/2014

The 2014 edition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) has seen record numbers of entries – with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Special Prize being particularly popular. The competition is now in its evaluation stage, selecting the winners that will be announced at the Awards Ceremony in Berlin on 23 October.

The entries are now closed for the 11th European Satellite Navigation CompetitionWith 152 entries, the GSA special prize has recorded an extraordinarily good result. (ESNC) and a record number of people submitted innovative ideas for space-based solutions. This year, a total of 434 complete and validated entries were received. And with 152 entries, the GSA special prize has recorded an extraordinarily good result and a new all-time record as well. The GSA category was by far the most popular Special Prize for 2014.

The GSA Special Prize sought entries that highlight features offered by the European GNSS (EGNSS), EGNOS and Galileo, in a commercial application. The winner of the GSA prize will have the opportunity to realise their idea at a suitable EU incubation centre for six months, with the option of an additional six months based on evaluation after the first period. The award criteria will be the uniqueness and originality of the idea, its business (and social) potential, the credibility of the corresponding team, and the application's use of unique EGNOS/Galileo features.

Next Steps

The competition now enters its evaluation phase with GSA experts scrutinizing the entries to select the winners. Winners will be invited to the official Awards Ceremony, scheduled for 23 October in Berlin, Germany.

The Awards Ceremony with take place during the Satellite Masters Conference in Berlin. This two-day conference will showcase a unique portfolio of innovative applications based on GNSS and Earth Observation capabilities focusing on European entrepreneurial spirit and the impact of space technologies on business and society.

“The GSA category was by far the most popular Special Prize for 2014.”

 

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EGNOS User? Take Part in our Satisfaction Survey!

10.7.2014 15:24  
10/07/2014

We want to know what you think about EGNOS, the services it offers and any ideas you have to improve its quality. To help gather your views, a short EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey has just been launched. Your views matter to us, so please take a few minutes to complete the online questionnaire.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) supports the promotion and marketing of the services Completing the survey should only take about 15 minutes.offered by the EGNOS programme, in particular through establishing close relationships with users and potential users of the system. A key task is collecting and assessing user needs in order to adapt the programme to best meet user requirements.

The actual EGNOS services are currently delivered by European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP SAS) under contract with GSA for the period 2014 – 2021. Together, GSA and ESSP work to meet and improve our users’ needs and expectations.

The EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey is intended to measure EGNOS user satisfaction and gather valuable suggestions to improve the quality of the service we provide to you. Your opinions are important to us, and will help EGNOS continue to improve, meet and hopefully exceed your expectations.

Completing the survey should only take about 15 minutes and all responses will be treated under applicable European Data Protection law.

What is EGNOS?

EGNOS is Europe's first venture into satellite navigation. EGNOS is a Satellite Based Augmentation System (SBAS), which provides corrections and integrity information to GPS signals. It uses a set of monitoring stations to receive GPS signals and estimates their errors. Finally, differential corrections are transmitted to the users by geostationary satellites.  EGNOS makes existing satellite navigation signals suitable for safety critical applications such as flying aircraft or navigating ships through narrow channels. EGNOS has been certified for civil aviation since 2011.

EGNOS increases the accuracy of existing satellite positioning signals from GPS while providing a crucial ‘integrity message', informing users in the event of GPS signal problems. It also transmits an extremely accurate universal time signal.

“Together GSA and ESSP work to meet and improve our users’ needs and expectations.”

 

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Maritime Getting Ready for Galileo

8.7.2014 12:13  
08/07/2014

Already an active user of satellite navigation technology – including EGNOS – the maritime sector is warming up for the launch of Galileo Early Services, which will provide even better performance.

Europe’s maritime traffic is increasing and, as a result, its ports and inland waterwaysAccurate and reliable positioning are key elements for a range of satellite systems capable of streamlining port operations, improving safety and protecting maritime environments. are becoming more and more congested. This growth requires new solutions to improve efficiency and safety and minimize the impact that maritime traffic has on the environment.

Satellite-based systems are fundamentally changing maritime navigation. From small sailing boats to super tankers, vessels of all types are now equipped with on-board systems that rely on satellites for positioning. Accurate and reliable positioning are key features for of satellite systems – including EGNOS and Galileo – capable of streamlining port operations, improving safety and protecting maritime environments.

Tailor Made for Maritime Needs

Today, EGNOS is providing the maritime sector with the accurate and reliable positioning it demands. Complementing the existing maritime navigation infrastructure, EGNOS assists vessels in safely navigating through coastal and inland waterways. However, even with the many benefits that EGNOS brings, it is still not being fully exploited.

“We need to formalize the process of using EGNOS and that the mariner clearly understands the benefits of using it,” said Mike Fairbanks of the European Maritime Radionavigation Forum, speaking during the Maritime session at the European Space Solutions Conference in Prague.

To remedy this, future versions of EGNOS will be even further tailored to the maritime sector, taking into consideration the most stringent requirements of marinas and thus making its service offering even more valuable.

“Maritime users are one of the targets for EGNOS evolution,” said FDC’s Emmanuel Schielin. “To meet the sector’s needs, next versions of EGNOS will support navigation applications for harbour entrances, harbour approaches and coastal waters.”

More Capabilities with Galileo

The deployment of Galileo will further enhance positioning accuracy by adding additional satellites to the currently available constellations. “With Galileo, marinas will have even more solutions at their disposal,” said Pedro Lourenco of the European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA).

For example, in the case of an emergency at sea, time is of the essence. Galileo, in combination with other GNSS systems, will allow for faster alert localization and message detection, a more precise localization of the distress beacon and higher availability.

Through its Search and Rescue service, Galileo will offer a return link confirming the distress signal was received – which has proven to drastically improve the chances of survival.

Differential GNSS (D-GNSS) provide additional improvements for maritime applications with an additional need of precision.
“The D-Galileo service will be essential for the use of Galileo in many maritime applications,” noted Kongsberg’s Stig Erik Christiansen.

“GNSS is a core maritime technology and, with Galileo added to the system, we will have a global network of multiple GNSS systems capable of providing the corrections needed for the improved accuracy, reliability and availability the sector demands,” concluded Christiansen. 

“We need to formalize the process of using EGNOS so the mariner clearly understands the benefits of using it.”
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Mike Fairbanks of the European Maritime Radionavigation Forum

 

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EGNOS for LPV in the Euromed Countries

7.7.2014 16:18  
07/07/2014

Delegates from the Euromed aviation community recently met in Tunis to debate the use of EGNOS for LPV procedures in the region.

The event, hosted by the Galileo EuroMed Cooperation Office (GEMCO), was an opportunity to present the results of the MEDUSA project’s recent activities regarding the validation of GNSS approaches designed for Monastir (Tunisia) airport. The approach procedures, which make use of the EGNOS coverage available in the northern part of the country, are the first complete experience for LPV procedure validation outside of Europe.

Following an overview of the activities, the Euromed delegates were able to take stock in the lessons learned from MEDUSA activities in Tunisia – along with plan the next steps. The conclusion drawn was that MEDUSA represents a breakthrough for the introduction of EGNOS Safety of Life Service in North Africa and the Middle-East region. Although further steps remain, the results obtained by MEDUSA are useful for other regions interested in the use of EGNOS for aviation.

    Read More: GEMCO Takes Off In Tunis

The MEDUSA validation activities were conducted by the Office de l’Aviation Civile et des Aéroports (OACA) and the Tunisian Air Navigation Service Provider, with support from such European experts as Telespazio, ENAV, ESSP, Helios and Ineco.

Coordinated by Telespazio, MEDUSA (MEDiterranean follow-Up for EGNOS Adoption) is the Euromed GNSS II project. MEDUSA aims to introduce and exploite E-GNSS services in the Euromed region by undertaking a programme of assistance actions to support and prepare the countries for the optimal use and adoption of EGNOS and, eventually, Galileo. The project also sets up GEMCO, the long-term cooperation and operation structure. GEMCO acts as a point of reference and as an incubator for the successful development of initiatives related to GNSS in the Euromed region.

 

 

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European Space Solutions 2014: European GNSS for Smart Farming

3.7.2014 9:26  
03/07/2014

The business case for employing European GNSS systems in farming is clear – a point further emphasized by this year’s Farming by Satellite  winning projects.

The world’s population is expected to grow from almost 7 billion today to over 9 billion by 2050. In order to feed this population, the United Nations says farmers must produce 70 percent more food than they are today.

“To meet this future demand the world’s farmers must increase their agricultural productivity,” said Christian Radons of farm machinery manufacturer CLAAS, speaking during the agriculture session at the European Space Solutions conference in Prague. “This demand can only be met if we embrace new technologies such as satellite powered precision farming.”

Precision agriculture is a highly effective farming strategy that increases yield and lowers costs. It allows a farmer to optimise the use of their field by requiring less input, i.e. fertiliser, pesticides, seeds, fuel and labour. These savings can be reinvested into new equipment, which further optimises their operations for lower costs, increased yield and higher returns.

For Tamme van der Wal of AeroVision BV, the role of European GNSS systems in agriculture is simple – it decreases costs, increases yield and puts more money into farmers’ pockets. “The business case for employing such satellite technology as E-GNSS in farming is very clear,” he said. “Income comes from increasing crop production per space and reducing costs – and satellite technology like EGNOS and Galileo help the modern farmer do both.”
According to Cozmin Lucau of the Joint Research Centre’s Monitoring Agriculture Resources (MARS) unit, precision agriculture can play an essential role in the implementation of the Common Agriculture Policy (CAP). The MARS unit is charged with providing the technical support to CAP implementation, ensuring CAP funds are spent appropriately. A key technical solution used is Land Parcel Identification Systems).

“Today, 8 million farmers in 28 EU Member States are using more than 140 million reference parcels uniquely identified,” said Lucau. “The use of EGNOS real time corrections improves the results achieved by GPS alone.”

“Agriculture must become more and more sustainable to face upcoming challenges,” added Koji Fukuhara of Bayer Crop Science. “That is why European Agriculture needs to innovate – as innovation is the best way to change the mind-set towards sustainable farming.”

The Future of Farming

To emphasise the essential role of innovation in the future of farming, the session ended by announcing the winners of the 2014 Farming by Satellite Prize. This prize, an initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and first run in 2012, aims to promote the use and innovation of satellite navigation in agriculture by young people.

 The first prize was awarded to German Daniel Hege of Geisenheim University. His winning project used satellite-guided steering during cultivation of mixed vegetables to both increase productivity by reducing planting gaps, and reduce time spent in the field by increasing speed of accurate weed control. He estimates his system can reduce total processing costs by up to 60 percent.
 
“I’m speechless and excited,” said Hege following the ceremony. “It’s the biggest thing I have ever won. This should help other vegetable growers adopt this technology.”

The second prize went to a UK team from Harper Adams University for their development of an autonomous precision robot that uses GNSS technology to help plant seeds in wet terrain. The third prize was awarded to a Portuguese entrant from the Instituto Superior de Agronomia. His project provided selective harvesting in olive and cork plantations via the use of remote sensing management. The special Africa prize was given to Rwanda’s Faith Mwiza, whose project utilises drones for enhanced agricultural development.

 “The standard of entries was even better than last year,” said Dr Andrew Speedy, chair of the judges. “Contestants showed good knowledge of the technologies and possibilities of satellite applications in agriculture.

”The Farming by Satellite competition is open to all students and young people under the age of 32 studying or resident in an EU Member State. This year 96 registrants, of which 43 were eligible, were received from eleven European and eight African countries. The entrants competed for a first prize of €5,000 with a day’s business mentoring, second and third prizes of €3,000 and €1,000 respectively for European teams, plus a €4,000 special Africa prize.

In evaluating the entries, judges looked at relevance, feasibility, innovation and potential market.

 

 

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Space, Satellites and Sports

1.7.2014 10:22  
01/07/2014

With everyone’s attention focused on the World Cup in Brazil, people might not be taking the time to look up. But up there above the football pitches in Brazil – and sporting facilities across Europe – are European GNSS satellites providing a range of services to sports.

On the occasion of world’s ‘biggest sporting event’, and in conjunction with the European Space Expo in Prague, the EuropeanJOHAN tracks footballers using satellite navigation. Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) took the opportunity to highlight the many innovative applications powered by EGNOS and Galileo that support, enhance and increase the safety of sports and leisure activities.

During a special event for European Space Solutions Conference participants, the European Space Expo showcased a selection of the exciting sport-specific applications currently on the market.

“Innovative space technologies are having a tremendous impact on all aspects of our lives,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Sports is a case in point, and the numerous companies showcased here tonight are a testament to the vast potential of space.”

Get Motivated

Exercise reward platform Bounts aims to motivate people to exercise more. Since its launch in 2012, the application boasts over 250,000 users who are earning points for getting active. Points are redeemable for discounts on big name brands and treats at local establishment. 

The application uses geo-fencing to track simple things like attendance at a gym and the time and effort put in. It uses close proximity beacons and GNSS to deliver solutions to various applications that allow people to interact with outdoor exercise equipment, attend programmes and be rewarded for their efforts. Most importantly, the programme is getting results: research shows that people using Bounts are 30 percent more likely to keep exercising.

Better Field Performance

MESSI - HP, not to be confused with the Argentine footballer, is anMESSI - HP monitors and tracks players during training and competitions. innovative system for monitoring and tracking players during training and competitions. It utilises micro-devices containing a GNSS receiver, communication antenna and battery that are embedded into a player’s shin guards.

From here it sends high-precision navigation messages in real-time to a dedicated terminal, where a software programme processes and displays the data to the coaching staff. This information can then be used to:

  • Verify athletes’ performances and the correct application of predefined strategies
  • Improve the monitoring of the team’s condition
  • Check match statistics
  • Decide proper solutions or changes to apply during a match
  • Support television broadcasting of matches

Billed as the digital oracle of field sports, JOHAN makes tracking and analysis of field sports available to a larger market. The 2013 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) Special Prize Winner markets small, wearable GNSS devices capable of precisely tracking players based on GPS with EGNOS correction. In the future it will also utilise Galileo.

JOHAN transforms the captured data into useful information that coaches and players can use to improve physical performance and tactics. In April of this year, the project performed its first successful test using satellite navigation to track a football player.

Similarly, KINEXON ONE, which won last year’s Grand Prize at the ESNC, provides real-time location and motion sensing that also detects the condition and status of athletes. The core of the system is a lightweight sensor for centimetre accurate 3D position data. In addition to location data, the sensor also detects the orientation and motion of people and objects. For the localisation in outdoor environments, the sensor integrates GNSS data using EGNOS. A cloud-based smart analytics application transforms the data and provides the user with valuable intelligence.

In the sporting arena, KINEXON ONE serves as a portable athlete monitoring system. A tablet PC provides coaches with real time insights into the performance, tactics, technique and health of athletes and teams. Coaches can then measure, analyse and improve athletes’ performance and realise their full potential. Furthermore, dedicated statistics help prevent injuries and support the rehabilitation process.

For Smoother Sailing

For yachting enthusiasts, COSMEMOS is improving navigation by using EGNOS COSMEMOS used EGNOS and Galileo to improve navigation.and Galileo to provide dynamic re-routing and safety assistance.

“The programme’s services are driven by the needs of leisure navigation,” says Enrico Barro,
Programme & Business Development Manager. “It will provide for weather related assistance to yachts based on actual weather conditions and precise short-term forecast for improving navigation safety and optimising routes in cruising and in coastal and offshore regattas.”

 

 

 

“Innovative space technologies are having a tremendous impact on all aspects of our lives, and sports is a case in point.”
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Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director, GSA

 

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The European GNSS Agency
European Space Solutions Conference 2014

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Public Consultation on the Galileo Open Service Signal In Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD)

1.7.2014 9:35  
01/07/2014

The Galileo Open Service Signal In Space Interface Control Document (OS SIS ICD) contains the publicly available information on the Galileo Signal In Space. It is intended for use by the Galileo Open Service (OS) user community and specifies the interface between the Galileo Space Segment and the Galileo User Segment.

A new draft version of the document, issue 1, revision 2 has been published by the European Commission (EC) on June 30, and is available for download from the Public consultation page.

The European Commission has decided to launch an open public consultation process in order to improve and consolidate the current draft document and to ensure that any further development of the Galileo OS SIS ICD takes into account the views of GNSS key stakeholders.

The public consultation process provides stakeholders with an opportunity to improve the quality and clarity of the document and to suggest new elements to be included in future versions, e.g. inclusion of multi-GNSS products and services.

This will contribute towards a smooth and rapid rollout of Galileo equipment and applications, and the earliest possible delivery of user benefits.

First Signal-In-Space tests of the Galileo Commercial Service Demonstrator

30.6.2014 11:22  
30/06/2014

On June 17th, the transmission by the available IOV Galileo satellites of data external to the Galileo system was successfully demonstrated.

It was the first of a series of tests to be conducted during the summer by the AALECS (Authentic and Accurate Location Experimentation for the Commercial Service) project, aimed at demonstrating future Galileo services, some of which may be commercial. This is a promising achievement for Galileo, as the capability of broadcasting external data will add flexibility to future services.

The external data, that is, data generated outside of the Galileo perimeter and later injected into the system, were broadcast through the Galileo E6B signals for a period of some minutes, before self-repeating. While these data were only generated to test the transmission channel, future tests during the summer will include authenticated satellite orbital and clock information. The data were generated offline before transmission, but future architectures under analysis may allow continuous real-time transmission with a latency of some seconds.

These tests have been possible thanks to a collective effort by the AALECS consortium together with the European Commission, The European GNSS Agency, the European Space Agency and Spaceopal, the Galileo operator.

 

POST-SCRIPT: The European Commission launched the AALECS project in January 2014. The project was awarded to a consortium formed by GMV, CGI, Qascom, IFEN, Veripos and KU Leuven. The AALECS project is building a platform to connect to the GNSS Service Centre and transmit real time CS data through the Galileo satellites. This platform will be operational by 2015 and will demonstrate the real performance of future high accuracy and authentication services of Galileo. As a previous step, the project has developed an Early Proof-Of-Concept platform aimed at testing external data transmission through offline means. The project will last for around two and a half years.


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European Satellite Navigation Competition Deadline Quickly Approaching

26.6.2014 17:36  
26/06/2014

UPDATE: The deadline has been extended until July, 7th.

The submission deadline for the 2014 edition of the GSA-sponsored European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is 30 June.

European Satellite Navigation Competition To compete for a part of the ESNC’s EUR 1 million prize pool, one must sign up via the website before the 30 June deadline. In addition, all applicants must choose the prize they are competing for and submit their business cases.

In its 11th year, the ESNC is a leading global network of innovation and expertise in the field of GNSS. With the purpose of identifying and supporting the services, products and business innovations that utilize satellite navigation in everyday life, each year the ESNC awards prizes that includes cash, business incubation, coaching, patent consulting, prototyping and marketing support, among others.

As in past years, the GSA is sponsoring the GSA Special Prize for the Most Promising Application Idea for European GNSS. This prize aims to support the development of applications that create demand for EGNOS and Galileo while also providing economic and social benefits.

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GSA Call for Grants Promotes EGNOS adoption in European Civil Aviation

25.6.2014 16:20  
25/06/2014

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is holding an information session on 17 July at the Farnborough International Airshow.

Today’s GNSS penetration in the global aviation market is over 80% and shipments of EGNOS enabled devices Today’s GNSS penetration in the global aviation market is over 80%.are expected to dominate the entire civil aviation market.  EGNOS was designed for civil aviation. It is one of the enabling technologies for a successful implementation of SESAR and Performance Based Navigation in Europe.

EGNOS allows flying LPV (Localiser Performance with Vertical Guidance) approaches, which are ILS look-alike approach operations based on satellite navigation, hence not requiring the on-ground installation of costly radio navigation aids. The implementation of EGNOS-based operations is increasing and nowadays more than 100 aerodromes in Europe have implemented such operations. EGNOS continues evolving and it will soon allow implementing approach operations down to 200 feet minima.

In support of further adoption of EGNOS in European civil aviation, the GSA is pleased to announce a new Call for Grants. The grant is specifically geared to those users looking to equip and use aircraft and rotorcraft with SBAS enabled avionics. In addition, it also targets Air Navigation Service Providers and aerodromes wanting to implement EGNOS based operations, including APV (Approach procedures with vertical guidance) SBAS procedures (LPV) in Europe. 

To promote the Call for Grants, the GSA is holding an information session at the Farnborough International Airshow – The GSA is holding an information session at the Farnborough International Airshow on 17 July.one of the world’s premiere aviation exhibitions. The information session, which will take place on 17 July from 10:00 – 12:00 in the Hatfield Conference Room, in the Media Centre, floor 1. It will include an introduction to EGNOS and its services and an overview of the LPV implementation status and forecast in Europe.

Participants will be provided preliminary information on the call for proposals, including key objectives, topics to be covered and deadlines for submission. The session will conclude with case studies from previous projects, who will share lessons learnt that could be beneficial as applicants prepare to frame their proposals.

The info session is free access.  The agenda is under preparation. More information will be published on this website in the coming weeks.

GSA Information Session on New Call for Grants
17 July 2014
10:00 – 12:00
Hatfield Conference Room, Media Centre
Farnborough International Airshow

 

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EGNOS and the Aviation Sector
Farnborough International Airshow

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