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Want to know more about EGNSS for geomatics?

22.1.2020 15:07  
The webinar will cover everything EGNSS has to offer for geomatics.
Published: 
22 January 2020

Many promising geomatics applications benefit from the European navigation programmes Galileo and EGNOS. Land, marine and mine surveying, infrastructure monitoring and mapping and GIS applications that require high precision GNSS are all enabled by both the EU satellite navigation systems. The European GNSS Agency (GSA), together with Geospatial Media, invites you to participate in a free webinar - EGNSS for Geomatics – where you can learn about everything that EGNSS has to offer for geomatics.

GNSS is one of the key Geomatics technologies along with GIS, Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, to help with the geospatial data acquisition. Geomatics disciplines include the geo-data collection means and techniques used in land surveying (including cadastral, construction, mapping and GIS, mining or infrastructure monitoring), photogrammetry, remote sensing, marine surveying and other emerging tools such as drones or mobile mapping, for which high-precision GNSS is either paramount, or a key enabler. EGNOS and Galileo are the two EU satellite navigation systems that provide high-quality positioning, navigation and timing services to users across the whole world.

In the webinar EGNSS for Geomatics experts in navigation and geomatics will guide you through the Galileo and EGNOS programmes, the use, the benefits, the added value for the geomatics user community, and the applications already available as well as the innovation potential.

Save the date in your calendar: Thursday, 23 January at 14:00 CET.  

Don´t miss out - REGISTER NOW!

 

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

The webinar will cover everything EGNSS has to offer for geomatics.

Want to know more about EGNSS for geomatics?

22.1.2020 15:07  
The webinar will cover everything EGNSS has to offer for geomatics.
Published: 
22 January 2020

Many promising geomatics applications benefit from the European navigation programmes Galileo and EGNOS. Land, marine and mine surveying, infrastructure monitoring and mapping and GIS applications that require high precision GNSS are all enabled by both the EU satellite navigation systems. The European GNSS Agency (GSA), together with Geospatial Media, invites you to participate in a free webinar - EGNSS for Geomatics – where you can learn about everything that EGNSS has to offer for geomatics.

GNSS is one of the key Geomatics technologies along with GIS, Earth Observation and Remote Sensing, to help with the geospatial data acquisition. Geomatics disciplines include the geo-data collection means and techniques used in land surveying (including cadastral, construction, mapping and GIS, mining or infrastructure monitoring), photogrammetry, remote sensing, marine surveying and other emerging tools such as drones or mobile mapping, for which high-precision GNSS is either paramount, or a key enabler. EGNOS and Galileo are the two EU satellite navigation systems that provide high-quality positioning, navigation and timing services to users across the whole world.

In the webinar EGNSS for Geomatics experts in navigation and geomatics will guide you through the Galileo and EGNOS programmes, the use, the benefits, the added value for the geomatics user community, and the applications already available as well as the innovation potential.

Save the date in your calendar: Thursday, 23 January at 14:00 CET.  

 

Don´t miss out - REGISTER NOW!

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

The webinar will cover everything EGNSS has to offer for geomatics.

Galileo Return Link Service presented at European Space Conference

21.1.2020 11:21  
The Galileo Return Link Service will boost survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.
Published: 
21 January 2020

The Galileo Return Link Service, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was presented at the 12th European Space Conference, in the Egmont Palace in Brussels on January 21.

The Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) is a free-of-charge global service available to Cospas-Sarsat RLS compatible beacons. The new functionality, currently offered uniquely by Galileo, enables a communication link that relays Return Link Messages (RLM) back to the originating beacon through the Galileo Navigation Signal in Space (I/NAV E1).

Joint effort

The RLS is a joint effort between Cospas-Sarsat and the Galileo programme, supported on one hand by the existing Cospas-Sarsat system and, on the other, by a new Galileo Service Facility called the Return Link Service Provider (RLSP). The RLSP is in charge of securely providing the ground segment interface between the French Mission Control Centre and the Galileo core infrastructure, enabling the transmission of RLM requests to Galileo satellites in view of the beacon.

“The GSA, as the Galileo Search and Rescue Service Authority, has contributed tremendously to the development of the Return Link,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The GSA has also supported the development of Galileo Return Link-enabled beacons in recent years. Today, there are several beacon manufacturers worldwide ready to sell Galileo SAR Return Link-compatible beacons, including 5 in Europe,” he said.

Read this: Remote beacon activation with Galileo return link successfully tested

By sending a confirmation to the user that the distress signal from the beacon has been localised by the Cospas-Sarsat system and the information relayed to the relevant Search and Rescue governmental authorities, the Return Link Service (RLS) will help save more lives. Receiving reassurance that their distress alert has been well received will deliver a valuable psychological lift to victims and further boost survival rates by reducing panic.

“The contributions to Cospas-Sarsat from France and the CNES, as the Galileo SAR Operator, have been of paramount importance in transforming the Galileo SAR Return Link Service into a success,” said French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall.

Unique differentiator

The end-to-end RLM delivery time is expected to be about 10 minutes, but in some cases it may take longer, possibly up to 30 minutes from the moment the beacon is activated until the notification is sent via the Galileo Signal in Space. A total of 15 minutes are allocated to the Cospas-Sarsat system for the localisation and routing of the alert and 15 minutes to the Galileo System for the Return Link message broadcast. However, measured results generally achieve a much faster message delivery time.

And this: Operation Shark Bait: Galileo SAR will save lives!

“Today with its unique differentiator, Galileo SAR is demonstrating how Europe is at the forefront of high technology for the good of European citizens. This wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support of the international community - Cospas-Sarsat, CNES, the International Maritime Organization  and the International Civil Aviation Organization - and the main beacon manufacturers, all of which have contributed to the provision of an end-to-end solution for people in distress,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market. 

A Return Link capability was first introduced by the Galileo Programme back in 2005. The SAR community soon expressed interest and, in 2008, the Return Link Service was adopted in the Cospas-Sarsat Strategic Plan. Following a great deal of effort by the Galileo Programme, Cospas-Sarsat and beacon manufacturers, a dedicated transmission protocol for Return Link-enabled beacons was established in 2010 and successfully verified during the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Phase in 2013. In 2019, deployment of the required infrastructure was completed and the Return Link Service underwent a thorough System and Service validation that concluded in November 2019.

The SAR Service Definition Document (SAR SDD), available in the European GNSS Service Centre electronic library, is aimed at Galileo SAR users, and describes in detail the characteristics and performance of the Galileo SAR Services. The document presents the relevant system infrastructure and introduces the Minimum Performance Levels that represent Galileo’s commitment to its users during the Galileo SAR Service provision phase. 

Galileo SAR RLS users that would like to receive more information can send their inquiries to the European GNSS Service Centre Help Desk at: www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk.

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

The Galileo Return Link Service will boost survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.

Galileo Return Link Service presented at European Space Conference

21.1.2020 11:21  
The Galileo Return Link Service will boost survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.
Published: 
21 January 2020

The Galileo Return Link Service, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was declared operational at the 12th European Space Conference, in the Egmont Palace in Brussels on January 21.

The Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) is a free-of-charge global service available to Cospas-Sarsat RLS compatible beacons. The new functionality, currently offered uniquely by Galileo, enables a communication link that relays Return Link Messages (RLM) back to the originating beacon through the Galileo Navigation Signal in Space (I/NAV E1).

Joint effort

The RLS is a joint effort between Cospas-Sarsat and the Galileo programme, supported on one hand by the existing Cospas-Sarsat system and, on the other, by a new Galileo Service Facility called the Return Link Service Provider (RLSP). The RLSP is in charge of securely providing the ground segment interface between the French Mission Control Centre and the Galileo core infrastructure, enabling the transmission of RLM requests to Galileo satellites in view of the beacon.

“The GSA, as the Galileo Search and Rescue Service Authority, has contributed tremendously to the development of the Return Link,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The GSA has also supported the development of Galileo Return Link-enabled beacons in recent years. Today, there are several beacon manufacturers worldwide ready to sell Galileo SAR Return Link-compatible beacons, including 5 in Europe,” he said.

Read this: Remote beacon activation with Galileo return link successfully tested

By sending a confirmation to the user that the distress signal from the beacon has been localised by the Cospas-Sarsat system and the information relayed to the relevant Search and Rescue governmental authorities, the Return Link Service (RLS) will help save more lives. Receiving reassurance that their distress alert has been well received will deliver a valuable psychological lift to victims and further boost survival rates by reducing panic.

“The contributions to Cospas-Sarsat from France and the CNES, as the Galileo SAR Operator, have been of paramount importance in transforming the Galileo SAR Return Link Service into a success,” said French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall.

Unique differentiator

The end-to-end RLM delivery time is expected to be about 10 minutes, but in some cases it may take longer, possibly up to 30 minutes from the moment the beacon is activated until the notification is sent via the Galileo Signal in Space. A total of 15 minutes are allocated to the Cospas-Sarsat system for the localisation and routing of the alert and 15 minutes to the Galileo System for the Return Link message broadcast. However, measured results generally achieve a much faster message delivery time.

And this: Operation Shark Bait: Galileo SAR will save lives!

“Today with its unique differentiator, Galileo SAR is demonstrating how Europe is at the forefront of high technology for the good of European citizens. This wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support of the international community - Cospas-Sarsat, CNES, the International Maritime Organization  and the International Civil Aviation Organization - and the main beacon manufacturers, all of which have contributed to the provision of an end-to-end solution for people in distress,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market. 

A Return Link capability was first introduced by the Galileo Programme back in 2005. The SAR community soon expressed interest and, in 2008, the Return Link Service was adopted in the Cospas-Sarsat Strategic Plan. Following a great deal of effort by the Galileo Programme, Cospas-Sarsat and beacon manufacturers, a dedicated transmission protocol for Return Link-enabled beacons was established in 2010 and successfully verified during the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Phase in 2013. In 2019, deployment of the required infrastructure was completed and the Return Link Service underwent a thorough System and Service validation that concluded in November 2019.

The SAR Service Definition Document (SAR SDD), available in the European GNSS Service Centre electronic library, is aimed at Galileo SAR users, and describes in detail the characteristics and performance of the Galileo SAR Services. The document presents the relevant system infrastructure and introduces the Minimum Performance Levels that represent Galileo’s commitment to its users during the Galileo SAR Service provision phase. 

Galileo SAR RLS users that would like to receive more information can send their inquiries to the European GNSS Service Centre Help Desk at: www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk.

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

The Galileo Return Link Service will boost survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.

Galileo Return Link Service presented at European Space Conference

21.1.2020 11:21  
The Galileo Return Link Service will boost survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.
Published: 
21 January 2020

The Galileo Return Link Service, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was declared operational at the 12th European Space Conference, in the Egmont Palace in Brussels on January 21.

The Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) is a free-of-charge global service available to Cospas-Sarsat RLS compatible beacons. The new functionality, currently offered uniquely by Galileo, enables a communication link that relays Return Link Messages (RLM) back to the originating beacon through the Galileo Navigation Signal in Space (I/NAV E1).

Joint effort

The RLS is a joint effort between Cospas-Sarsat and the Galileo programme, supported on one hand by the existing Cospas-Sarsat system and, on the other, by a new Galileo Service Facility called the Return Link Service Provider (RLSP). The RLSP is in charge of securely providing the ground segment interface between the French Mission Control Centre and the Galileo core infrastructure, enabling the transmission of RLM requests to Galileo satellites in view of the beacon.

“The GSA, as the Galileo Search and Rescue Service Authority, has contributed tremendously to the development of the Return Link,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The GSA has also supported the development of Galileo Return Link-enabled beacons in recent years. Today, there are several beacon manufacturers worldwide ready to sell Galileo SAR Return Link-compatible beacons, including 5 in Europe,” he said.

Read this: Remote beacon activation with Galileo return link successfully tested

By sending a confirmation to the user that the distress signal from the beacon has been localised by the Cospas-Sarsat system and the information relayed to the relevant Search and Rescue governmental authorities, the Return Link Service (RLS) will help save more lives. Receiving reassurance that their distress alert has been well received will deliver a valuable psychological lift to victims and further boost survival rates by reducing panic.

“The contributions to Cospas-Sarsat from France and the CNES, as the Galileo SAR Operator, have been of paramount importance in transforming the Galileo SAR Return Link Service into a success,” said French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall.

Unique differentiator

The end-to-end RLM delivery time is expected to be about 10 minutes, but in some cases it may take longer, possibly up to 30 minutes from the moment the beacon is activated until the notification is sent via the Galileo Signal in Space. A total of 15 minutes are allocated to the Cospas-Sarsat system for the localisation and routing of the alert and 15 minutes to the Galileo System for the Return Link message broadcast. However, measured results generally achieve a much faster message delivery time.

And this: Operation Shark Bait: Galileo SAR will save lives!

“Today with its unique differentiator, Galileo SAR is demonstrating how Europe is at the forefront of high technology for the good of European citizens. This wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support of the international community - Cospas-Sarsat, CNES, the International Maritime Organization  and the International Civil Aviation Organization - and the main beacon manufacturers, all of which have contributed to the provision of an end-to-end solution for people in distress,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market. 

A Return Link capability was first introduced by the Galileo Programme back in 2005. The SAR community soon expressed interest and, in 2008, the Return Link Service was adopted in the Cospas-Sarsat Strategic Plan. Following a great deal of effort by the Galileo Programme, Cospas-Sarsat and beacon manufacturers, a dedicated transmission protocol for Return Link-enabled beacons was established in 2010 and successfully verified during the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Phase in 2013. In 2019, deployment of the required infrastructure was completed and the Return Link Service underwent a thorough System and Service validation that concluded in November 2019.

The SAR Service Definition Document (SAR SDD), available in the European GNSS Service Centre electronic library, is aimed at Galileo SAR users, and describes in detail the characteristics and performance of the Galileo SAR Services. The document presents the relevant system infrastructure and introduces the Minimum Performance Levels that represent Galileo’s commitment to its users during the Galileo SAR Service provision phase. 

Galileo SAR RLS users that would like to receive more information can send their inquiries to the European GNSS Service Centre Help Desk at: www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk.

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

The Galileo Return Link Service will boost survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.

Galileo Return Link Service presented at European Space Conference

21.1.2020 11:21  
The Galileo Return Link Service will increase survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.
Published: 
21 January 2020

The Galileo Return Link Service, which allows people in distress to receive automatic acknowledgement that their signal has been received, was declared operational at the 12th European Space Conference, in the Egmont Palace in Brussels on January 21.

The Galileo Return Link Service (RLS) is a free-of-charge global service available to Cospas-Sarsat RLS compatible beacons. The new functionality, currently offered uniquely by Galileo, enables a communication link that relays Return Link Messages (RLM) back to the originating beacon through the Galileo Navigation Signal in Space (I/NAV E1).

Joint effort

The RLS is a joint effort between Cospas-Sarsat and the Galileo programme, supported on one hand by the existing Cospas-Sarsat system and, on the other, by a new Galileo Service Facility called the Return Link Service Provider (RLSP). The RLSP is in charge of securely providing the ground segment interface between the French Mission Control Centre and the Galileo core infrastructure, enabling the transmission of RLM requests to Galileo satellites in view of the beacon.

“The GSA, as the Galileo Search and Rescue Service Authority, has contributed tremendously to the development of the Return Link,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The GSA has also supported the development of Galileo Return Link-enabled beacons in recent years. Today, there are several beacon manufacturers worldwide ready to sell Galileo SAR Return Link-compatible beacons, including 5 in Europe,” he said.

Read this: Remote beacon activation with Galileo return link successfully tested

By sending a confirmation to the user that the distress signal from the beacon has been localised by the Cospas-Sarsat system and the information relayed to the relevant Search and Rescue governmental authorities, the Return Link Service (RLS) will help save more lives. Receiving reassurance that their distress alert has been well received will deliver a valuable psychological lift to victims and further boost survival rates by reducing panic.

“The contributions to Cospas-Sarsat from France and the CNES, as the Galileo SAR Operator, have been of paramount importance in transforming the Galileo SAR Return Link Service into a success,” said French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall.

Unique differentiator

The end-to-end RLM delivery time is expected to be about 10 minutes, but in some cases it may take longer, possibly up to 30 minutes from the moment the beacon is activated until the notification is sent via the Galileo Signal in Space. A total of 15 minutes are allocated to the Cospas-Sarsat system for the localisation and routing of the alert and 15 minutes to the Galileo System for the Return Link message broadcast. However, measured results generally achieve a much faster message delivery time.

And this: Operation Shark Bait: Galileo SAR will save lives!

“Today with its unique differentiator, Galileo SAR is demonstrating how Europe is at the forefront of high technology for the good of European citizens. This wouldn’t have been possible without the strong support of the international community - Cospas-Sarsat, CNES, the International Maritime Organization  and the International Civil Aviation Organization - and the main beacon manufacturers, all of which have contributed to the provision of an end-to-end solution for people in distress,” said Thierry Breton, European Commissioner for the Internal Market. 

A Return Link capability was first introduced by the Galileo Programme back in 2005. The SAR community soon expressed interest and, in 2008, the Return Link Service was adopted in the Cospas-Sarsat Strategic Plan. Following a great deal of effort by the Galileo Programme, Cospas-Sarsat and beacon manufacturers, a dedicated transmission protocol for Return Link-enabled beacons was established in 2010 and successfully verified during the Galileo In-Orbit Validation Phase in 2013. In 2019, deployment of the required infrastructure was completed and the Return Link Service underwent a thorough System and Service validation that concluded in November 2019.

The SAR Service Definition Document (SAR SDD), available in the European GNSS Service Centre electronic library, is aimed at Galileo SAR users, and describes in detail the characteristics and performance of the Galileo SAR Services. The document presents the relevant system infrastructure and introduces the Minimum Performance Levels that represent Galileo’s commitment to its users during the Galileo SAR Service provision phase. 

Galileo SAR RLS users that would like to receive more information can send their inquiries to the European GNSS Service Centre Help Desk at: www.gsc-europa.eu/helpdesk.

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

The Galileo Return Link Service will increase survival rates by giving an important psychological boost to people in distress.

EC project showcases benefits of EGNSS for drones

16.1.2020 11:22  
EGNSS-enabled drone flying in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, Spain
Published: 
16 January 2020

A recent project funded by the European Commission has carried out technical and financial studies aiming at supporting the standardisation process for EGNSS in drones (also known as UAS or RPAS), in line with the Space Strategy for Europe regarding fostering the use of EGNSS in aviation.

As part of the EGNSS4RPAS project, dedicated flight trials were performed to understand how EGNSS can contribute to safer and more efficient drone operations in real-life scenarios in the future U-Space. The outcomes of the trials will contribute to ongoing standardisation efforts, notably by EUROCAE and ASD-STAN.

The first and second trials were organized at the ATLAS drone test facility in Villacarrillo, Spain. The first test involved one X-UAV Clouds fixed-wing drone with a 1.85-metre wingspan and two DJI multicopters performing several operations in visual line of sight (VLOS) conditions. The second test used the same fixed-wing drone which flew various flight plans in VLOS and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) conditions. Moreover, dynamic geo-fencing and geo-caging demonstrations were performed as well as a scenario where the drone lost the Command & Control link and was required to return autonomously to the Home Point.

Watch the video: EGNSS4RPAS Project demonstration

Citizen safety guaranteed

A third trial took place in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, placing a DJI S1000 multicopter drone in a more challenging environment for the reception of GNSS signals. This trial performed regular use cases such as building inspection or parcel delivery. Remarkably, it was the first experimental drone operation in an urban environment ever approved by the national civil aviation authority AESA, and one of the few examples of real urban operations in Europe. For this reason, a safety analysis following the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology was undertaken to guarantee the safety of citizens.

Read this: Instrument flying supported by EGNOS for General Aviation

In all the trials, the drones were equipped with a multi-constellation and multi-frequency receiver called MagicUT which was used to compute the EGNSS solutions and the reference trajectory using PPP. Dedicated multi-constellation and multi-frequency antennas tailored for drone missions were also installed.

Galileo improves accuracy

In open visibility conditions, the results clearly show that the use of Galileo in dual constellation with GPS significantly improves accuracy compared to GPS-only for both the horizontal and vertical dimension. The introduction of EGNOS significantly enhances the GPS-only accuracy. Looking at integrity, the protection levels are well below the requirements defined for LPV-200 in manned aviation and the availability and continuity percentages reached very high values for all EGNSS solutions during the missions.

The urban environment poses several challenges to the reception of GNSS signals. Despite having fewer satellites available, the Galileo-only solution still provides significantly better performances than the GPS-only solution. As envisaged, the performances for the combined GPS and Galileo solution yield an even greater improvement versus the GPS-only solution. 

And this: White Paper on EGNSS for drones now available

Performance are in general very stable for the in-flight phase and error glitches correspond to the take-off and landing phases, where the multipath and satellite visibility may impact the navigation solution. It is demonstrated that the combination of Galileo with GPS is a very robust solution for the urban scenario, achieving 100% of availability for all flight plans. For the in-flight phase, protections levels provided by EGNOS are a differentiator vis-à-vis other GNSS solutions and a potential enabler of critical applications requiring high levels of integrity.

European GNSS solutions – EGNOS and Galileo - were demonstrated to be a pivotal element for the safety and efficiency of drone operations even in cities. As such, EGNSS has the capability to boost the drone market and facilitate public acceptance of these new entrants. The European Commission and the GSA will continue to demonstrate the added value of EGNSS for drones and support the uptake of EGNSS-based standards in this user community.

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).

EGNSS-enabled drone flying in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, Spain

EC project showcases benefits of EGNSS for drones

16.1.2020 11:22  
EGNSS-enabled drone flying in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, Spain
Published: 
16 January 2020

A recent project funded by the European Commission has carried out technical and financial studies aiming at supporting the standardisation process for EGNSS in drones (also known as UAS or RPAS), in line with the Space Strategy for Europe regarding fostering the use of EGNSS in aviation.

As part of the EGNSS4RPAS project, dedicated flight trials were performed to understand how EGNSS can contribute to safer and more efficient drone operations in real-life scenarios in the future U-Space. The outcomes of the trials will contribute to ongoing standardisation efforts, notably by EUROCAE and ASD-STAN.

The first and second trials were organized at the ATLAS drone test facility in Villacarrillo, Spain. The first test involved one X-UAV Clouds fixed-wing drone with a 1.85-metre wingspan and two DJI multicopters performing several operations in visual line of sight (VLOS) conditions. The second test used the same fixed-wing drone which flew various flight plans in VLOS and beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) conditions. Moreover, dynamic geo-fencing and geo-caging demonstrations were performed as well as a scenario where the drone lost the Command & Control link and was required to return autonomously to the Home Point.

Watch the video: EGNSS4RPAS Project demonstration

Citizen safety guaranteed

A third trial took place in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, placing a DJI S1000 multicopter drone in a more challenging environment for the reception of GNSS signals. This trial performed regular use cases such as building inspection or parcel delivery. Remarkably, it was the first experimental drone operation in an urban environment ever approved by the national civil aviation authority AESA, and one of the few examples of real urban operations in Europe. For this reason, a safety analysis following the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) methodology was undertaken to guarantee the safety of citizens.

Read this: Instrument flying supported by EGNOS for General Aviation

In all the trials, the drones were equipped with a multi-constellation and multi-frequency receiver called MagicUT which was used to compute the EGNSS solutions and the reference trajectory using PPP. Dedicated multi-constellation and multi-frequency antennas tailored for drone missions were also installed.

Galileo improves accuracy

In open visibility conditions, the results clearly show that the use of Galileo in dual constellation with GPS significantly improves accuracy compared to GPS-only for both the horizontal and vertical dimension. The introduction of EGNOS significantly enhances the GPS-only accuracy. Looking at integrity, the protection levels are well below the requirements defined for LPV-200 in manned aviation and the availability and continuity percentages reached very high values for all EGNSS solutions during the missions.

The urban environment poses several challenges to the reception of GNSS signals. Despite having fewer satellites available, the Galileo-only solution still provides significantly better performances than the GPS-only solution. As envisaged, the performances for the combined GPS and Galileo solution yield an even greater improvement versus the GPS-only solution. 

And this: White Paper on EGNSS for drones now available

Performance are in general very stable for the in-flight phase and error glitches correspond to the take-off and landing phases, where the multipath and satellite visibility may impact the navigation solution. It is demonstrated that the combination of Galileo with GPS is a very robust solution for the urban scenario, achieving 100% of availability for all flight plans. For the in-flight phase, protections levels provided by EGNOS are a differentiator vis-à-vis other GNSS solutions and a potential enabler of critical applications requiring high levels of integrity.

European GNSS solutions – EGNOS and Galileo - were demonstrated to be a pivotal element for the safety and efficiency of drone operations even in cities. As such, EGNSS has the capability to boost the drone market and facilitate public acceptance of these new entrants. The European Commission and the GSA will continue to demonstrate the added value of EGNSS for drones and support the uptake of EGNSS-based standards in this user community.

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).

EGNSS-enabled drone flying in the urban environment of Villacarrillo, Spain

Users in focus at EU Space Week 2019

14.1.2020 10:02  
Users are at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS service provision.
Published: 
14 January 2020

With the declaration of Galileo Initial Services in December 2016, Galileo officially moved to the provision of live services and EGNOS has been operating successfully since 2009, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) services are now experiencing an unprecedented acceleration in market uptake. During EU Space Week 2019 in Helsinki the European GNSS Agency (GSA) presented the latest developments for both services, and sought feedback from users of position, navigation and time (PNT) solutions and the organisations and institutions involved in the management, service provision and security of EGNSS, to build better services.

The first full day of EU Space Week 2019 on 3 December saw the EGNSS Service Provision Workshop and EGNSS User Assembly. These two sessions reviewed the current status and future plans for Galileo and EGNOS services, market uptake initiatives and an overview of user needs and requirements for EGNSS.

Welcoming participants to the workshop session, Pascal Claudel Chief Operating Officer at the GSA emphasised that “Users are at the centre of the game from the GSA’s point of view.” He also noted that Galileo is central to the provision of current EU policy priorities such as circular economy, smart cities and zero hunger.

Following a review of Galileo services performance and operations during the year from Rodrigo da Costa, Galileo Service Manager at the GSA and Pierluigi Fedele, Galileo Services Delivery Manager of Spaceopal GmbH, the European Commission presented some insights on the future evolution of Galileo and some initial thoughts on possible services that might be offered by Galileo 2nd Generation (G2G). 

A vision document to 2035 was the contextual background for planning. By then there are likely to be over 120 broadcasting GNSS satellites available in medium Earth orbit grouped in four constellations. “GNSS will be the fifth utility,” stated the EC representative “And massive usage will not tolerate and service downtime.” He foresaw emerging new requirements including authentication, indoor capability, and high accuracy for all. A significant new capability would be a robust signal for users in space and remote activation of emergency beacons. The transition to G2G could start as early as 2024 with the first launch of test satellites.

User viewpoint

The EGNSS User Assembly covered an update on user needs and requirements; the results of user satisfaction surveys – the latest of which has just been published; and highlights from the latest GNSS Market Report 2019 that was published in mid-October. Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at GSA described the process for assessing user inputs from the first two User Consultations Platforms held in Madrid and Marseille in 2017 and 2018 respectively. “This is a cyclic process open to all users to voice their needs and future requirements,” she said. “GSA is a pioneer in this type of open consultation - no other GNSS does this.”

The user inputs are used to compile a report on user needs that are then subject to an engineering assessment and fed back to the consultation platform. The second edition of the User Report is now available on the GSA website. Diani announced that the consultation system had been modified to be a bi-annual process with a User Assembly alternating with the full User Consultation Platform.

Carmen Aguilera Rios, Operational Market Development Manager at GSA, said that GSA wanted to hear from users to make Galileo and EGNOS even better. “We want to help you deliver better service and boost your business based on EGNSS,” she said. “We want to know if the performance perceived satisfies your needs. Do we help when you need it? Do you need more from EGNSS?” 

She also announced the launch of the 2019 edition of Galileo and EGNOS User Satisfaction Surveys. These surveys aim to gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of Galileo and EGNOS end users and to ensure that these needs are taken into consideration in future evolutions of the programmes. To take part in the Galileo survey, click here; and here for the EGNOS survey.

The users presented and shared the latest trends and applications. Their presentations are now available 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).

Users are at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS service provision.

Users in focus at EU Space Week 2019

14.1.2020 10:02  
Users are at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS service provision.
Published: 
14 January 2020

With the declaration of Galileo Initial Services in December 2016, Galileo officially moved to the provision of live services and EGNOS has been operating successfully since 2009, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) services are now experiencing an unprecedented acceleration in market uptake. During EU Space Week 2019 in Helsinki the European GNSS Agency (GSA) presented the latest developments for both services, and sought feedback from users of position, navigation and time (PNT) solutions and the organisations and institutions involved in the management, service provision and security of EGNSS, to build better services.

The first full day of EU Space Week 2019 on 3 December saw the EGNSS Service Provision Workshop and EGNSS User Assembly. These two sessions reviewed the current status and future plans for Galileo and EGNOS services, market uptake initiatives and an overview of user needs and requirements for EGNSS.

Welcoming participants to the workshop session, Pascal Claudel Chief Operating Officer at the GSA emphasised that “Users are at the centre of the game from the GSA’s point of view.” He also noted that Galileo is central to the provision of current EU policy priorities such as circular economy, smart cities and zero hunger.

Following a review of Galileo services performance and operations during the year from Rodrigo da Costa, Galileo Service Manager at the GSA and Pierluigi Fedele, Galileo Services Delivery Manager of Spaceopal GmbH, the European Commission presented some insights on the future evolution of Galileo and some initial thoughts on possible services that might be offered by Galileo 2nd Generation (G2G). 

A vision document to 2035 was the contextual background for planning. By then there are likely to be over 120 broadcasting GNSS satellites available in medium Earth orbit grouped in four constellations. “GNSS will be the fifth utility,” stated the EC representative “And massive usage will not tolerate and service downtime.” He foresaw emerging new requirements including authentication, indoor capability, and high accuracy for all. A significant new capability would be a robust signal for users in space and remote activation of emergency beacons. The transition to G2G could start as early as 2024 with the first launch of test satellites.

User viewpoint

The EGNSS User Assembly covered an update on user needs and requirements; the results of user satisfaction surveys – the latest of which has just been published; and highlights from the latest GNSS Market Report 2019 that was published in mid-October. Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at GSA described the process for assessing user inputs from the first two User Consultations Platforms held in Madrid and Marseille in 2017 and 2018 respectively. “This is a cyclic process open to all users to voice their needs and future requirements,” she said. “GSA is a pioneer in this type of open consultation - no other GNSS does this.”

The user inputs are used to compile a report on user needs that are then subject to an engineering assessment and fed back to the consultation platform. The second edition of the User Report is now available on the GSA website. Diani announced that the consultation system had been modified to be a bi-annual process with a User Assembly alternating with the full User Consultation Platform.

Carmen Aguilera Rios, Operational Market Development Manager at GSA, said that GSA wanted to hear from users to make Galileo and EGNOS even better. “We want to help you deliver better service and boost your business based on EGNSS,” she said. “We want to know if the performance perceived satisfies your needs. Do we help when you need it? Do you need more from EGNSS?” 

She also announced the launch of the 2019 edition of Galileo and EGNOS User Satisfaction Surveys. These surveys aim to gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of Galileo and EGNOS end users and to ensure that these needs are taken into consideration in future evolutions of the programmes. To take part in the Galileo survey, click here; and here for the EGNOS survey.

The users presented and shared the latest trends and applications. Their presentations are now available 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).

Users are at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS service provision.

Users in focus at EU Space Week 2019

14.1.2020 10:02  
Users are at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS service provision.
Published: 
14 January 2020

With the declaration of Galileo Initial Services in December 2016, Galileo officially moved to the provision of live services and EGNOS has been operating successfully since 2009, European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) services are now experiencing an unprecedented acceleration in market uptake. During EU Space Week 2019 in Helsinki the European GNSS Agency (GSA) presented the latest developments for both services, and sought feedback from users of position, navigation and time (PNT) solutions and the organisations and institutions involved in the management, service provision and security of EGNSS, to build better services.

The first full day of EU Space Week 2019 on 3 December saw the EGNSS Service Provision Workshop and EGNSS User Assembly. These two sessions reviewed the current status and future plans for Galileo and EGNOS services, market uptake initiatives and an overview of user needs and requirements for EGNSS.

Welcoming participants to the workshop session, Pascal Claudel Chief Operating Officer at the GSA emphasised that “Users are at the centre of the game from the GSA’s point of view.” He also noted that Galileo is central to the provision of current EU policy priorities such as circular economy, smart cities and zero hunger.

Following a review of Galileo services performance and operations during the year from Rodrigo da Costa, Galileo Service Manager at the GSA and Pierluigi Fedele, Galileo Services Delivery Manager of Spaceopal GmbH, the European Commission presented some insights on the future evolution of Galileo and some initial thoughts on possible services that might be offered by Galileo 2nd Generation (G2G). 

A vision document to 2035 was the contextual background for planning. By then there are likely to be over 120 broadcasting GNSS satellites available in medium Earth orbit grouped in four constellations. “GNSS will be the fifth utility,” stated the EC representative “And massive usage will not tolerate and service downtime.” He foresaw emerging new requirements including authentication, indoor capability, and high accuracy for all. A significant new capability would be a robust signal for users in space and remote activation of emergency beacons. The transition to G2G could start as early as 2024 with the first launch of test satellites.

User viewpoint

The EGNSS User Assembly covered an update on user needs and requirements; the results of user satisfaction surveys – the latest of which has just been published; and highlights from the latest GNSS Market Report 2019 that was published in mid-October. Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at GSA described the process for assessing user inputs from the first two User Consultations Platforms held in Madrid and Marseille in 2017 and 2018 respectively. “This is a cyclic process open to all users to voice their needs and future requirements,” she said. “GSA is a pioneer in this type of open consultation - no other GNSS does this.”

The user inputs are used to compile a report on user needs that are then subject to an engineering assessment and fed back to the consultation platform. The second edition of the User Report is now available on the GSA website. Diani announced that the consultation system had been modified to be a bi-annual process with a User Assembly alternating with the full User Consultation Platform.

Carmen Aguilera Rios, Operational Market Development Manager at GSA, said that GSA wanted to hear from users to make Galileo and EGNOS even better. “We want to help you deliver better service and boost your business based on EGNSS,” she said. “We want to know if the performance perceived satisfies your needs. Do we help when you need it? Do you need more from EGNSS?” 

She also announced the launch of the 2019 edition of Galileo and EGNOS User Satisfaction Surveys. These surveys aim to gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of Galileo and EGNOS end users and to ensure that these needs are taken into consideration in future evolutions of the programmes. To take part in the Galileo survey, click here; and here for the EGNOS survey.

The users presented and shared the latest trends and applications. Their presentations are now available 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).

Users are at the centre of Galileo and EGNOS service provision.

GSA Executive Director receives Karel Kramar distinction

10.1.2020 9:46  
The Karel Kramar honour is awarded for service in the restoration of democracy, human rights and liberties in the Czech Republic
Published: 
10 January 2020

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director has been awarded the Karel Kramar Medal by the Czech Prime Minister. The honour is awarded as a token of gratitude for demonstrable service in the Czech Republic.

The honour was awarded to the GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides in a ceremony held at on January 8 at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In a tweet following the award ceremony, the Czech Prime Minister said: “I awarded the Karel Kramar honour to the GSA Director Mr Carlo des Dorides, who was responsible for moving the Galileo navigation system to Prague in 2012.”

“Space systems have huge potential and the GSA headquarters in the Czech Republic offers many opportunities for our entrepreneurs,” the Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

Great honour

Accepting the award, des Dorides thanked the Prime Minister for the great honour bestowed on him and outlined the history of the GSA in the Czech Capital. “When the GSA came to Prague on September 2012 it was a small agency with many plans and hopes and Galileo was a system on paper only,” he said.

 

 

Read this: A message from Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

“We can now safely say that a lot has changed in these 7 years. The GSA has grown to more than 5 times its original size and is now sitting at the table with the main space agencies in Europe; 26 satellites have been launched and Galileo is operational with more than 1 billion users world-wide,” des Dorides said.

Space renaissance

In his speech, the GSA Executive Director also looked to the future and the evolution of the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). “The Czech Republic is now positioning itself, more and more, at the centre of  a ‘space renaissance’ with high potential ahead,” he said.

And this: From GSA to EUSPA: space transforming business and the economy

“My best wish is that EUSPA will be for the Czech Republic not only a nice jewel but will really become the engine of a new course for the Czech entrepreneurial sector, which uses space as a driver for innovation,” he said, adding: “When I look at the number of new companies belonging to the space ecosystem that are looking at establishing here in the Czech Republic, I think you have already started to move in this direction.”

The Karel Kramar Honour was crafted to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the first Czechoslovak government and was named after the first Czechoslovak Prime Minister, Karel Kramar.

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

The Karel Kramar honour is awarded for service in the restoration of democracy, human rights and liberties in the Czech Republic

GSA Executive Director receives Karel Kramar distinction

10.1.2020 9:46  
The Karel Kramar honour is awarded for service in the restoration of democracy, human rights and liberties in the Czech Republic
Published: 
10 January 2020

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director has been awarded the Karel Kramar Medal by the Czech Prime Minister. The honour is awarded as a token of gratitude for demonstrable service in the Czech Republic.

The honour was awarded to the GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides in a ceremony held at on January 8 at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In a tweet following the award ceremony, the Czech Prime Minister said: “I awarded the Karel Kramar honour to the GSA Director Mr Carlo des Dorides, who was responsible for moving the Galileo navigation system to Prague in 2012.”

“Space systems have huge potential and the GSA headquarters in the Czech Republic offers many opportunities for our entrepreneurs,” the Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

Great honour

Accepting the award, des Dorides thanked the Prime Minister for the great honour bestowed on him and outlined the history of the GSA in the Czech Capital. “When the GSA came to Prague on September 2012 it was a small agency with many plans and hopes and Galileo was a system on paper only,” he said.

 

 

Read this: A message from Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

“We can now safely say that a lot has changed in these 7 years. The GSA has grown to more than 5 times its original size and is now sitting at the table with the main space agencies in Europe; 26 satellites have been launched and Galileo is operational with more than 1 billion users world-wide,” des Dorides said.

Space renaissance

In his speech, the GSA Executive Director also looked to the future and the evolution of the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). “The Czech Republic is now positioning itself, more and more, at the centre of  a ‘space renaissance’ with high potential ahead,” he said.

And this: From GSA to EUSPA: space transforming business and the economy

“My best wish is that EUSPA will be for the Czech Republic not only a nice jewel but will really become the engine of a new course for the Czech entrepreneurial sector, which uses space as a driver for innovation,” he said, adding: “When I look at the number of new companies belonging to the space ecosystem that are looking at establishing here in the Czech Republic, I think you have already started to move in this direction.”

The Karel Kramar Honour was crafted to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the first Czechoslovak government and was named after the first Czechoslovak Prime Minister, Karel Kramar.

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

The Karel Kramar honour is awarded for service in the restoration of democracy, human rights and liberties in the Czech Republic

GSA Executive Director receives Karel Kramar distinction

10.1.2020 9:46  
The Karel Kramar honour is awarded for service in the restoration of democracy, human rights and liberties in the Czech Republic
Published: 
10 January 2020

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director has been awarded the Karel Kramar Medal by the Czech Prime Minister. The honour is awarded as a token of gratitude for demonstrable service in the Czech Republic.

The honour was awarded to the GSA Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides in a ceremony held at on January 8 at the Office of the Government of the Czech Republic. In a tweet following the award ceremony, the Czech Prime Minister said: “I awarded the Karel Kramar honour to the GSA Director Mr Carlo des Dorides, who was responsible for moving the Galileo navigation system to Prague in 2012.”

“Space systems have huge potential and the GSA headquarters in the Czech Republic offers many opportunities for our entrepreneurs,” the Prime Minister Andrej Babis said.

Great honour

Accepting the award, des Dorides thanked the Prime Minister for the great honour bestowed on him and outlined the history of the GSA in the Czech Capital. “When the GSA came to Prague on September 2012 it was a small agency with many plans and hopes and Galileo was a system on paper only,” he said.

 

 

Read this: A message from Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

“We can now safely say that a lot has changed in these 7 years. The GSA has grown to more than 5 times its original size and is now sitting at the table with the main space agencies in Europe; 26 satellites have been launched and Galileo is operational with more than 1 billion users world-wide,” des Dorides said.

Space renaissance

In his speech, the GSA Executive Director also looked to the future and the evolution of the GSA into the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). “The Czech Republic is now positioning itself, more and more, at the centre of  a ‘space renaissance’ with high potential ahead,” he said.

And this: From GSA to EUSPA: space transforming business and the economy

“My best wish is that EUSPA will be for the Czech Republic not only a nice jewel but will really become the engine of a new course for the Czech entrepreneurial sector, which uses space as a driver for innovation,” he said, adding: “When I look at the number of new companies belonging to the space ecosystem that are looking at establishing here in the Czech Republic, I think you have already started to move in this direction.”

The Karel Kramar Honour was crafted to mark the 90th anniversary of the establishment of the first Czechoslovak government and was named after the first Czechoslovak Prime Minister, Karel Kramar.

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

The Karel Kramar honour is awarded for service in the restoration of democracy, human rights and liberties in the Czech Republic

EU Space Week 2019: Investors meet innovation

8.1.2020 13:25  
Space Week brought space innovators together with investors and potential partners.
Published: 
08 January 2020

A major theme running through EU Space Week 2019 in Helsinki was the wealth of innovative space-based applications, products and services being created in Europe. The ‘New Space’ sector is full of bright ideas and creative people, but turning a brilliant concept into a profitable enterprise is not easy. Fortunately, Space Week provided a wide range of opportunities for space innovators to develop ideas, meet investors and network with partners. One session allowed entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to business angels, venture capitalists and other sources of public and private investment.

Over the two days prior to the main Space Week events, the Finnish Transport and Communication Agency Traficom had invited teams of developers to an Innovation Challenge to develop innovative applications using the enhanced performance of Galileo in three areas: high accuracy (supported by the GSA), signal interference, and robotics.

Space Week itself also included sessions on the EGNSS Accelerator initiative that provides multiple benefits to Galileo Masters winners and finalists, such as coaching services and business incubation opportunities, and, of course, the glittering 2019 Galileo Masters Award Ceremony too.

Read this: Put your project in the spotlight at MWC Barcelona

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised a specific ‘Investors meet the Innovators’ event on the morning of 3 December with three panel discussions that covered an introduction to the most promising application areas from the investors’ point of view, the most common mistakes of start-ups and SMEs when applying for private funding, and advice on how to grow, minimise risks, and achieve self-sustainability once initial finance or funding has been obtained. 

Following these panel debates innovators had the opportunity to meet the investors on a one-to-one basis in a ‘speed dating’ session that extended through into a wider SME showcase Fair in the afternoon. Here SMEs and entrepreneurs had the possibility to talk to investors who provided them with investment readiness and pitch training.

Pitch perfect

The highlight of the day was the dynamic, early evening pitching session, where 13 space-based companies were given just four minutes to sell their ideas and aspirations to a broader audience of potential investors, press, corporates, public sector officials and fellow startups. Their presentations were followed by testing questions from the audience. 

The pitching entrepreneurs illustrated the wide range and ambitions of the growing space-based business sector.

EUSW PITCHERS
1/Collective crunch is a Finnish-German company with a leading position in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to forestry asset planning with their Linda Forest application.
2/ CX-GEODRONE from the Spanish universities of Vigo and Oviedo have developed a drone carrying a synthetic aperture radar package for underground and over ground applications. The development has high market potential and a university spin-out company is planned in 2020.  
3/ Deep Planet uses satellites and machine learning to understand risk and discover intelligence usually invisible to the human eye. Their presentation focused on an application to optimise irrigation in vineyards and boost yield. The app is currently being tested in Australia.
4/ Greensense is an Austrian enterprise developing smart solutions for smarter farms; described as ‘Agriculture 4.0’. Their intuitive app helps space data seamlessly integrate into the normal farm workflow including the use of augmented reality tools.
5/ Hurricane UNwinder is building an intensity forecast service for hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones. The long-term goal is to find weather modification opportunities for reducing storm intensity. As well as software the team is developing a customised ‘sonde’ that can be dropped into the eye of a storm to collect data.
6/ Qascom is a thought leader on satellite navigation and space cybersecurity, a market growth area, to provide robust PNT information. The company is already one of the leaders in the use of authentication signals that will be introduced to Galileo services during 2020.
7/ Topview Sal EASY PV uses drones to improve maintenance of photoelectric (PV) plants by detecting faulty panels in situ. This solution, which uses an auto detect algorithm to identify broken panels, is much cheaper than manual inspection procedures.
8/ uMaze was the winner of the Accuracy Matters theme of the Innovation Challenge in Helsinki with their virtual maze builder and navigator app. Mazes have fascinated humanity for millennia and this Galileo-powered app brings the maze craze up to date!
9/ UNISPHERE core business is the use of high-level platforms, or pseudo-satellites, to build up the ecosystem for unmanned aviation and enable it to become a commodity for society.
10/ Xylene is working to boost trust in timber by allowing clients to take full control of their supply chain from forest to finished product using geolocation and blockchain technologies.
11/ Aurora is a small Finnish company developing novel propulsion technologies for manoeuvring small satellites. This is a rapidly growing market and the company is currently moving from hand production to mass production. Future products include an E-sail module for possible interplanetary missions.
12/ Deep Blue Globe is a group of ex-ESA engineers who are creating exciting space data products including the POSEIDON project which combines weather and ocean data in a navigation algorithm to optimise maritime routes and save on energy costs, reduce emissions and increase safety.

13/ The final presentation was on Feverr – the dating app with a twist. The app aims to enable singles to spend more time meeting potential partners rather than staring at their phone screen. The app also has a focus on personal safety.

Hopefully all these entrepreneurs will have met their ideal investor at Space Week 2019 whether they are starting up, scaling up or looking to go global!

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).

Space Week brought space innovators together with investors and potential partners.

EU Space Week 2019: Investors meet innovation

8.1.2020 13:25  
Space Week brought space innovators together with investors and potential partners.
Published: 
08 January 2020

A major theme running through EU Space Week 2019 in Helsinki was the wealth of innovative space-based applications, products and services being created in Europe. The ‘New Space’ sector is full of bright ideas and creative people, but turning a brilliant concept into a profitable enterprise is not easy. Fortunately, Space Week provided a wide range of opportunities for space innovators to develop ideas, meet investors and network with partners. One session allowed entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas to business angels, venture capitalists and other sources of public and private investment.

Over the two days prior to the main Space Week events, the Finnish Transport and Communication Agency Traficom had invited teams of developers to an Innovation Challenge to develop innovative applications using the enhanced performance of Galileo in three areas: high accuracy (supported by the GSA), signal interference, and robotics.

Space Week itself also included sessions on the EGNSS Accelerator initiative that provides multiple benefits to Galileo Masters winners and finalists, such as coaching services and business incubation opportunities, and, of course, the glittering 2019 Galileo Masters Award Ceremony too.

Read this: Put your project in the spotlight at MWC Barcelona

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised a specific ‘Investors meet the Innovators’ event on the morning of 3 December with three panel discussions that covered an introduction to the most promising application areas from the investors’ point of view, the most common mistakes of start-ups and SMEs when applying for private funding, and advice on how to grow, minimise risks, and achieve self-sustainability once initial finance or funding has been obtained. 

Following these panel debates innovators had the opportunity to meet the investors on a one-to-one basis in a ‘speed dating’ session that extended through into a wider SME showcase Fair in the afternoon. Here SMEs and entrepreneurs had the possibility to talk to investors who provided them with investment readiness and pitch training.

Pitch perfect

The highlight of the day was the dynamic, early evening pitching session, where 13 space-based companies were given just four minutes to sell their ideas and aspirations to a broader audience of potential investors, press, corporates, public sector officials and fellow startups. Their presentations were followed by testing questions from the audience. 

The pitching entrepreneurs illustrated the wide range and ambitions of the growing space-based business sector.

EUSW PITCHERS
1/Collective crunch is a Finnish-German company with a leading position in applying artificial intelligence (AI) to forestry asset planning with their Linda Forest application.
2/ CX-GEODRONE from the Spanish universities of Vigo and Oviedo have developed a drone carrying a synthetic aperture radar package for underground and over ground applications. The development has high market potential and a university spin-out company is planned in 2020.  
3/ Deep Planet uses satellites and machine learning to understand risk and discover intelligence usually invisible to the human eye. Their presentation focused on an application to optimise irrigation in vineyards and boost yield. The app is currently being tested in Australia.
4/ Greensense is an Austrian enterprise developing smart solutions for smarter farms; described as ‘Agriculture 4.0’. Their intuitive app helps space data seamlessly integrate into the normal farm workflow including the use of augmented reality tools.
5/ Hurricane UNwinder is building an intensity forecast service for hurricanes, typhoons and tropical cyclones. The long-term goal is to find weather modification opportunities for reducing storm intensity. As well as software the team is developing a customised ‘sonde’ that can be dropped into the eye of a storm to collect data.
6/ Qascom is a thought leader on satellite navigation and space cybersecurity, a market growth area, to provide robust PNT information. The company is already one of the leaders in the use of authentication signals that will be introduced to Galileo services during 2020.
7/ Topview Sal EASY PV uses drones to improve maintenance of photoelectric (PV) plants by detecting faulty panels in situ. This solution, which uses an auto detect algorithm to identify broken panels, is much cheaper than manual inspection procedures.
8/ uMaze was the winner of the Accuracy Matters theme of the Innovation Challenge in Helsinki with their virtual maze builder and navigator app. Mazes have fascinated humanity for millennia and this Galileo-powered app brings the maze craze up to date!
9/ UNISPHERE core business is the use of high-level platforms, or pseudo-satellites, to build up the ecosystem for unmanned aviation and enable it to become a commodity for society.
10/ Xylene is working to boost trust in timber by allowing clients to take full control of their supply chain from forest to finished product using geolocation and blockchain technologies.
11/ Aurora is a small Finnish company developing novel propulsion technologies for manoeuvring small satellites. This is a rapidly growing market and the company is currently moving from hand production to mass production. Future products include an E-sail module for possible interplanetary missions.
12/ Deep Blue Globe is a group of ex-ESA engineers who are creating exciting space data products including the POSEIDON project which combines weather and ocean data in a navigation algorithm to optimise maritime routes and save on energy costs, reduce emissions and increase safety.

13/ The final presentation was on Feverr – the dating app with a twist. The app aims to enable singles to spend more time meeting potential partners rather than staring at their phone screen. The app also has a focus on personal safety.

Hopefully all these entrepreneurs will have met their ideal investor at Space Week 2019 whether they are starting up, scaling up or looking to go global!

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).

Space Week brought space innovators together with investors and potential partners.

ITT: EGNSS-based rail safety service analysis

6.1.2020 11:23  
What integrity concept for the rail sector based on EGNSS would enable rationalising the current rail signalling infrastructure?
Published: 
06 January 2020

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a planned call for a new service contract to assess the feasibility of an EGNSS-based safety service for the rail sector beyond 2022 which would enable the rationalisation of rail signalling infrastructure.

The main tasks of the study are the identification of user and service requirements, the development of an appropriate integrity concept and the definition of the service provision scheme. As part of the user level integrity concept, the contractor shall develop an algorithm to cope with the local environment of the rail sector.

When defining the service, the contractor shall produce the service concept and consolidate it through iteration with a Working Group of experts. The analysis will enable the EC to determine whether a European rail safety service based on EGNOS and Galileo needs to be created specifically to enable the rationalisation of the current rail signalling infrastructure. 

More information about the Invitation to Tender (ITT) can be found here.

European GNSS in ERTMS

Rail signalling systems are used to safely control railway traffic in order to prevent train collisions. There are currently more than 20 rail signalling systems in Europe, since each country has developed its own railway infrastructure, equipment and operational rules. This has led to increased costs and technical and operational complexity of the train sets. This is why the European rail industry, supported by the EU Institutions, is working on the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), with an aim to implement a common signalling system for Europe.

Read this: GNSS and the future of rail.

The European Commission (EC) is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services for Galileo and EGNOS. The use of an EGNSS receiver in combination with other sensors could provide an accurate and reliable position which would translate into the overall improvement of the rail system. 

Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo has been operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. Full Operational Capability is expected to be reached in 2020.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS Version 3, set to enter into service in the near future, will augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States.

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What integrity concept for the rail sector based on EGNSS would enable rationalising the current rail signalling infrastructure?

ITT: EGNSS-based rail safety service analysis

6.1.2020 11:23  
What integrity concept for the rail sector based on EGNSS would enable rationalising the current rail signalling infrastructure?
Published: 
06 January 2020

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has issued an Invitation To Tender (ITT) for a planned call for a new service contract to assess the feasibility of an EGNSS-based safety service for the rail sector beyond 2022 which would enable the rationalisation of rail signalling infrastructure.

The main tasks of the study are the identification of user and service requirements, the development of an appropriate integrity concept and the definition of the service provision scheme. As part of the user level integrity concept, the contractor shall develop an algorithm to cope with the local environment of the rail sector.

When defining the service, the contractor shall produce the service concept and consolidate it through iteration with a Working Group of experts. The analysis will enable the EC to determine whether a European rail safety service based on EGNOS and Galileo needs to be created specifically to enable the rationalisation of the current rail signalling infrastructure. 

More information about the Invitation to Tender (ITT) can be found here.

European GNSS in ERTMS

Rail signalling systems are used to safely control railway traffic in order to prevent train collisions. There are currently more than 20 rail signalling systems in Europe, since each country has developed its own railway infrastructure, equipment and operational rules. This has led to increased costs and technical and operational complexity of the train sets. This is why the European rail industry, supported by the EU Institutions, is working on the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), with an aim to implement a common signalling system for Europe.

Read this: GNSS and the future of rail.

The European Commission (EC) is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services for Galileo and EGNOS. The use of an EGNSS receiver in combination with other sensors could provide an accurate and reliable position which would translate into the overall improvement of the rail system. 

Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo has been operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. Full Operational Capability is expected to be reached in 2020.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS Version 3, set to enter into service in the near future, will augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States.

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).

What integrity concept for the rail sector based on EGNSS would enable rationalising the current rail signalling infrastructure?

ITT: EGNSS-based rail safety service analysis

6.1.2020 11:23  
What integrity concept for the rail sector based on EGNSS would enable rationalising the current rail signalling infrastructure?
Published: 
06 January 2020

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has issued an Invitation to Tender (ITT) for a planned call for a new service contract to assess the feasibility of an EGNSS-based safety service for the rail sector beyond 2022 which would enable the rationalisation of rail signalling infrastructure.

The main tasks of the study are the identification of user and service requirements, the development of an appropriate integrity concept and the definition of the service provision scheme. As part of the user level integrity concept, the contractor shall develop an algorithm to cope with the local environment of the rail sector.

When defining the service, the contractor shall produce the service concept and consolidate it through iteration with a Working Group of experts. The analysis will enable the EC to determine whether a European rail safety service based on EGNOS and Galileo needs to be created specifically to enable the rationalisation of the current rail signalling infrastructure. 

More information about the Invitation to Tender (ITT) can be found here.

European GNSS in ERTMS

Rail signalling systems are used to safely control railway traffic in order to prevent train collisions. There are currently more than 20 rail signalling systems in Europe, since each country has developed its own railway infrastructure, equipment and operational rules. This has led to increased costs and technical and operational complexity of the train sets. This is why the European rail industry, supported by the EU Institutions, is working on the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), with an aim to implement a common signalling system for Europe.

Read this: GNSS and the future of rail.

The European Commission (EC) is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services for Galileo and EGNOS. The use of an EGNSS receiver in combination with other sensors could provide an accurate and reliable position which would translate into the overall improvement of the rail system. 

Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo has been operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. Full Operational Capability is expected to be reached in 2020.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS Version 3, set to enter into service in the near future, will augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States.

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).

What integrity concept for the rail sector based on EGNSS would enable rationalising the current rail signalling infrastructure?

A message from Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

20.12.2019 10:17  
Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director
Published: 
20 December 2019

This has been a year of tremendous growth for the GSA, Galileo, EGNOS and the European Space Programme as a whole. We hit the ground running in 2019, buoyed by a wave of optimism following the successful European Space Week, held in in Marseille last December. 

At the end of 2018 we launched the Accuracy Matters campaign to raise awareness among end users and the public about the benefits of Galileo. This campaign continued to run throughout 2019 and has been very effective in raising the public profile of the European space programme in general and of Galileo in particular.

Throughout the year, we stayed true to our mission of putting users at the centre of Galileo service provision and work continued at full speed to prepare for the launch of Full Operational Capability next year. In February, we commissioned a batch of four Galileo satellites, bringing the number of launched satellites to 26. February also saw the launch of the world’s first Galileo-enabled personal location beacon (PLB), with the Return Link Service endorsed by COSPAS-SARSAT towards the end of the year, further consolidating Galileo’s contribution to global search and rescue. 

In aviation, the European space programme continued to make a significant contribution to increased safety and efficiency, and the GSA signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the deployment manager for the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) on future cooperation to modernise EU air traffic management by leveraging Galileo and EGNOS. 

EGNOS is continuing its evolution towards EGNOS V3, which will augment both GPS and Galileo in the L1 and L5 bands, supported by payload launched this year. Furthermore, following the successful testing of EGNOS corrections in the maritime domain at the end of last year, EGNOS has also been performing well for the maritime community.

There were major developments for the space sector in Europe in April, when the European Parliament endorsed a provisional agreement on the EU Space Programme for 2021-2027. This new EUR 16-billion programme will help maintain and further enhance the EU's leadership in space. The new programme also has major implications for the GSA, which will grow into the European Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) with an expanded mandate to manage the market uptake and communications of the Copernicus Earth observation programme, helping ensure that synergies between Galileo and Copernicus can be exploited to the benefit of European society and business. The Space Programme also introduces the new security-related space initiatives Space and Situational Awareness (SSA) and Governmental Satellite Communication (GOVSATCOM), which will put Europe in a better position to react to ongoing changes in the international space sector.

The skies were not entirely cloud-free this year, however. In July a technical incident related to the Galileo ground infrastructure resulted in a temporary interruption of the Galileo initial navigation and timing services. Following the incident, we worked closely with all our partners to remedy the situation as quickly as possible and an Independent Inquiry Board was set up by the European Commission to identify the root causes of the incident. While this incident was a setback, valuable lessons were learned ahead of reaching Full Operational Capability and I believe that the GSA and the Galileo programme will be stronger as a result.

September was an exciting month. Galileo reached a major milestone, when the estimated number of Galileo-enabled smartphones in use reached 1 billion. At the same time, the GSA celebrated its 15th anniversary, as part of which we signed a cooperation agreement with the European Investment Bank to support investment in the European space-based service economy. This agreement will help ensure that the European space programme is leveraged to the fullest extent to allow Europeans reap the greatest possible benefits in terms of economic growth and job creation.

In October we launched the 6th issue of our GNSS Market Report. Providing comprehensive information on the dynamic global GNSS market along with in-depth analysis of the latest global trends and developments, this report was eagerly awaited by all market stakeholders and was downloaded over 1,000 times in the first 24 hours. The 1-billion smartphones milestone reached in the previous month, and the market uptake figures in the Market Report, particularly in new markets such as drones and New Space, are extremely encouraging and indicate a growing EU share of the market for downstream applications.

The year drew to a close with three successful demos stemming from GSA research and development projects (Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements), again clearly showing the tangible benefits and innovation delivered when EU funding, industry and SMEs come together. In the first of these the GSA and its partners successfully performed end-to-end tests on remote beacon activation using the Galileo Return Link Service (RLS), helping to validate the operational concept for a potential new use of Galileo to support fast response in distress situations. Then we had a live demo of the first autonomous vehicle powered by Galileo, during which an electric car was autonomously driven on a track and public roads, in a world first for Galileo. The PRoPART Galileo-based positioning solution for automated trucks and advanced driver assistance systems was also successfully tested at the end of the month.

These are exciting times for the space industry, 2020 will mark a turning point for Europe’s space programmes and for the GSA, with the Galileo programme getting closer to Full Operational Capability and the GSA to take up its expanded responsibilities within the European Agency for the Space Programme. In the 15 years since it was created, the GSA has put together a uniquely talented and interdisciplinary team with a diverse range of skills and expertise. As a result, the GSA has a stronger basis than ever and is ready to tackle the challenges ahead and turn Europe’s investment in space into opportunities for growth.

EUSPA will usher in a new era for the EU space programme. With its expanded mandate, our team will work to maintain our excellent performance in operations management, service delivery and security. We will also open up new markets and applications, create new funding opportunities and reach out to new stakeholders and user communities. Consolidation of the EU space programmes within one agency will make it possible to explore new horizons and create even stronger links between our satellites in space and the needs of users on the ground.

Our core aim will always be to strengthen the European space programme, while at the same time building an Agency that is future-proof, ready to learn and grow and quickly respond to change, because it is only in this way that we can consolidate the EU’s position as a global space power. 

As the year draws to a close, I would like to express my sincere gratitude to all the GSA staff for their hard work and commitment throughout the year, and to the European GNSS user community for their continued trust and support. It is thanks to this support that European GNSS continues to flourish.

Best wishes for 2020 to all of you!

 

 


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Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director

Instrument flying supported by EGNOS for General Aviation

20.12.2019 9:49  
The materials identify blocking points to a wider uptake of EGNOS-based procedures in general aviation
Published: 
20 December 2019

Even though the General Aviation (GA) community undertakes millions of flights on aircraft equipped with GNSS-receivers, it is not taking full advantage of the technology. It is a priority of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) to support GA by facilitating instrument procedures with EGNOS. As a first step the GSA has identified enablers and blocking points along with aviation stakeholders and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

There are currently 660 EGNOS procedures in Europe, most of which are at instrument runways. However, EGNOS can also support general and business aviation on non-instrument runways. The GSA has issued safety promotion material on GNSS-based Instrument Flight Procedures implementation for General Aviation, Uncontrolled Aerodromes and Non-Instrument Runways in an effort to address this and encourage a wider use of EGNOS in general aviation.

The materials draw together the current regulatory analysis supporting EGNOS operations, along with enablers and best practices to support implementation, open issues and, last but not least, use case examples to encourage national authorities to authorise these types of operations in their countries. This includes examples showcasing how these can be implemented at locations where there are currently visual flight rules only.

Read this: EGNSS enabling change in General Aviation

High engagement

This document is aligned with the EASA Roadmap for General Aviation, which identifies simpler, more proportional rules and operations that are cost efficient, flexible and based on existing best practices. It aims to provide a view on the current implementation enablers in different EU countries and highlights the results of EASA RMTs (Rule Making Tasks) which can be relevant for the implementation of IFR for General Aviation.

“The General Aviation community undertakes millions of flights with aircraft equipped with GNSS-receivers without using the full capabilities of this new technology. By developing IFR procedures for situations where the ground infrastructure may not be present at the aerodrome it would enable GA pilots to plan A-to-B flights with more confidence of being able to complete them safely in changing weather conditions, which would have a positive impact on safety. EASA is extremely grateful to EGA for this collaborative effort,” said Dominique Roland, Head of General Aviation & Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems at EASA.

The document will be of interest to General Aviation community, aerodromes, and air traffic control staff and national authorities alike. Publication of this document aims to start a discussion within the General aviation community, trigger future pilot cases and obtain feedback to identify the tools that should be developed to support the implementation of the IFR procedures for general aviation. 

“Engagement from the aviation community has been high - we received more than 320 comments from over 25 contributors, including civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers and others during preparation of the document. The GSA would like to thank all the contributors and supporters of this initiative, as this support was fundamental to the development of the document,” said GSA head of Market Development department Fiammetta Diani. “Special thanks go to EASA, ESSP, PPL IR, AOPA, EBAA, Austro Control, DFS, IDRF, FOCA Swiss, the Swedish Transport Agency, Europe Air Sports and the European Regional Aerodromes Community,” she said.

Just the beginning

The document will be published as a Safety Promotion material under EASA’s Together4Safety Safety Promotion initiative. This initiative is a key enabler towards reaching the ultimate objectives of the EU Aviation Safety Management Strategy and contributes to the continuous improvement of aviation safety in Europe and worldwide, together with regulations and oversight.

And this: Austro Control and EGNOS – a story of success

Publication of the materials is just the beginning. The GSA is launching a network of pilot cases in 2020 to collect lessons learned and best practices to promote and support future implementation. It is also proof that GNSS/SBAS is ready to support many different types of operations, extending beyond the traditional scope or initial objectives that the technology was designed for. If you would like to be among first to implement LPV at a non-instrument runway, you are more than welcome!

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The materials identify blocking points to a wider uptake of EGNOS-based procedures in general aviation

Galileo and EGNOS: supporting effective disaster management

19.12.2019 15:03  
Synergies between satellite observation, navigation and communications support the most effective disaster management response
Published: 
19 December 2019

When an emergency or a disaster hits a city or region, the priorities are to care for the wounded, restore infrastructure, provide logistics and basic services, and then to restore livelihoods and reconstruct communities. European GNSS – Galileo and EGNOS – supports applications and the delivery of critical services during the four key phases of the disaster management life cycle: preparedness, response, recovery, and mitigation.

When it comes to effectively preparing for and managing the consequences of a disaster, it is important to have access to precise and up-to-date information. GNSS-based applications make a significant contribution during the preparation and mitigation phases of disaster management, supporting GNSS monitoring and early warning systems for disasters such as landslide or tsunami. 

For the future, an EGNSS-based Emergency Warning Service is being considered as an additional service to support disaster management. The widespread use of Galileo receivers embedded in mobile phones means that the system can provide truly global early warnings and direct the civilian population in the event of an emergency. 

Response and recovery

During the response and recovery phases of disaster management, rescue teams need guidance to use the routes that are still available to reach the affected areas. This requires detailed mapping and high accuracy navigation and positioning capabilities. High accuracy is especially needed under difficult circumstances that reduce visibility, such as fires, smoke or fog. 

Watch this: EGNOS for Helicopter Emergency Medical Services (HEMS)

Here the upcoming Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) will make a difference, providing the accuracy needed to navigate drones and to enhance the navigation capability of search and rescue teams, while the Authenticated Open Service (OS-NMA) will provide additional robustness to the Galileo signals, foiling any attempt to disrupt rescue operations. EGNOS enabled PinS also increase access to helipads in poor visibility for Helicopter Emergency and Medical Services (HEMS).

Drones for disaster response

Responding to the need for an effective system for people location that can be used by disaster relief services in difficult terrain, the MOBNET project is designing a system to locate isolated victims in the event of natural or man-made disasters. The system also can help first responder services to find lost people in the mountains. 

Read this: Integrating GNSS in UAVs for faster SAR

The MOBNET solution takes advantage of the ubiquity of mobile phones and the cost and performance gains of using drones in search and rescue operations, while leveraging the high-quality timing synchronisation capabilities provided by Galileo. Taking advantage of these three features, MOBNET uses digital cellular technologies to detect the presence of people, by locating their mobiles, and help rescuers in their search.

Synergies in space

Earth observation such as Copernicus is invaluable to detect fires or to map the extent of a disaster. Depending on the type of emergency, timely meteorological data from satellites and ground monitoring stations are also very useful in coping with the response.

EGNSS works along with Copernicus remote sensing and Earth observation to provide a comprehensive space-based approach to disaster management. Copernicus applications include short and long-term flood forecasting and a fire risk index, early warning alerts, insurance and rapid mapping of disaster areas during an emergency. 

Communications links are also vital to coordinate and direct the rescue teams at a time when transportation infrastructure, including roads and bridges, may be severely damaged or impassable. Satellite communication allows the transfer of data when the usual communication infrastructures are disabled by the disaster event. Working in synergy, Copernicus, EGNSS and satellite communications provide the spatial awareness, connectivity and highly accurate positioning and navigation needed for an effective response.

More success stories 

The GEO-VISION project (GNSS-driven EO and Verifiable Image and Sensor Integration for mission-critical Operational Networks) has developed the RAIDO and AGILE solutions to increase the situational awareness of emergency services and allow first responders to check the integrity of the GNSS signals they receive, increasing the efficiency of the emergency response and helping to save more lives. 

Likewise, the AIOSAT (Autonomous Indoor & Outdoor Safety Tracking System) project is developing a portable system that can be carried by first responders operating in a disaster zone. This system continuously transmits the position of the responders to a Mobile Coordination Centre, allowing them to effectively manage the situation and prevent rescue workers from taking risky actions.

In this way, the application counteracts some of the issues that arise with GNSS use in an emergency situation, such as a fire for example, where GNSS availability, reliability, and accuracy can be affected by the thick smoke, dense forests, rough terrain or the fact that responders are inside buildings.

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Synergies between satellite observation, navigation and communications support the most effective disaster management response

EGNSS and agriculture – a win-win relationship

19.12.2019 11:32  
GNSS supports precision agriculture and a more efficient implementation of the CAP
Published: 
19 December 2019

GNSS is a key enabler of precision agriculture, allowing farmers to drive their tractors along parallel lines, avoid overlaps and gaps in field cultivation, and reduce their fatigue thanks to satellite-enabled autopilot. GNSS also helps to reduce agriculture’s ecological footprint – a win-win situation for society as a whole. Thanks to Galileo´s dual frequency and authentication capability, it can also help farmers and authorities in the frame of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP).  

Speaking at the EGNSS4CAP Workshop, a part of the 25th JRC MARS Conference in Prague on 29 November, European GNSS Agency Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said that for 10 years already EGNOS had been providing farmers with an affordable precision agriculture entry solution, delivering metre-level accuracy over Europe free of charge.

He noted that equipment manufacturers had been quick to realize the benefits of EGNOS, and that over 90% of new tractors in Europe are currently equipped with EGNOS receivers. “Galileo also offers several services that the agriculture community can benefit from – the Open Service is already improving positioning and navigation, especially thanks to dual frequency. It will be complemented by the High Accuracy Service that will provide around 20-cm accuracy free of charge and the Authentication Service that will reduce risks associated with spoofing,” des Dorides said.

Space synergies

On its own, GNSS provides considerable benefits to farmers, but it is when it works in synergy with the EU Earth observation programme Copernicus that the EU space programmes really deliver. “EGNSS and Copernicus are two pillars that play a crucial role in achieving sustainable agriculture,” des Dorides said. “In particular, the satellite programmes play a crucial role in the Common Agricultural Policy, delivering significant added-value for farmers, the institutions involved and society at large,” he said.

Read this: EU Space Week 2019: Sustainability and Space

One application that exploits synergies between EGNSS and Earth observation is EGNSS4CAP. This is an Android smartphone app that enables EU farmers to digitalise procedures related to their reporting requirements under the current and post-2020 CAP. The application will enable farmers to provide geo-tagged photos to support and complement a Copernicus-based monitoring approach to CAP. It uses the Galileo differentiators, Open Service Authentication and dual frequency, and can help authorities and farmers to reduce bureaucratic burden and duplications, as well as improve performance and reliability.

Implementing CAP

“GNSS and Copernicus are the core components in the digital farming ecosystem (Agriculture 4.0) and the main contributors to the modernised CAP,” Fiammetta Diani, the GSA’s Head of Market Development said at the conference.

For example, satellite-based monitoring procedures can reduce the need for On-The-Spot Checks (OTSC) for area-based CAP payments (EU subsidies related to the area and type of crop). The Galileo-based geo-tagged photo application provides the location and timing of the photo, leveraging Galileo’s dual-frequency and authentication features to provide higher accuracy and authentication for reporting to the paying agencies. The application is freely and openly available for any institution or company that would like to integrate it in their own solutions.   

In this way, EGNSS is helping to support efficient operations in one of the key areas of the EU economy. The CAP impacts almost 10 million people working in agriculture and has a proposed budget of EUR 365 billion for 2021-2027, accounting for about one-third of the total EU budget.

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GNSS supports precision agriculture and a more efficient implementation of the CAP

Drones take flight – on the wings of GNSS

19.12.2019 10:02  
Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers models used for drone applications
Published: 
19 December 2019

The drone market is booming and is set to outstrip any other GNSS user base in aviation and open up new business opportunities for application developers, according to a White Paper on European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) for drones operations, produced by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

In light of the upswing on the drone market, European drone service revenues are expected to nearly double from EUR 32 million in 2018 to approximately EUR 60 million by 2020 and are eventually forecast to reach EUR 150 million by 2023. 

GNSS is not an option for drones anymore, but a necessary asset. GNSS is essential for the safe and reliable navigation of drones, and GNSS receivers are implemented on almost all new commercial drones as standard. With increasing demand for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations GNSS, possibly with various augmentations, is the most obvious choice of technology for navigation, although it is not the only one. 

EGNSS for added accuracy

Given the additional accuracy that Galileo offers, it is no surprise that Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers used for drone applications, and many of them also implement EGNOS corrections to increase accuracy. The GSA White paper provides an overview of the added value of EGNOS and Galileo for current and emerging operations, as well as for future U-Space services. 

Read this: Targeting the development of a drone-borne Galileo receiver

The paper provides a market perspective of GNSS for drones, together with a summary of applications powered by EGNSS and the results of testing campaigns that show the benefits of EGNSS vs GPS in different operational contexts. With Galileo satellites in addition to GPS, drones can use signals from more satellites for position determination which improves their accuracy and also increases the availability of received signals. This is particularly important in urban canyons. 

Galileo also offers distinct and unique features that benefit drone operations. For example, Galileo’s authentication will provide additional trust in the position, which is more robust against intentional or unintentional interferences. EGNOS corrections also provide improved robustness over Europe and higher safety of navigation as well as improved accuracy, which is especially relevant in the vertical axis for drones operations. 

Seeking your input

The paper targets drone manufacturers and operators, but also entrepreneurs planning to offer new services with unmanned platforms. The document can serve as a basis to choose navigation solutions based on EGNOS/Galileo that will increase the robustness of their operations thanks to increased navigation performance. 

And this: Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

The document is intended to be a living document and we welcome contributions from operators and users who would like to share their experience of using EGNOS and Galileo. Likewise, if you have additional needs that you would like to be met by future evolutions of the EGNSS services, then we would love to hear from you.

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Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers models used for drone applications

White Paper on EGNSS for drones now available

19.12.2019 10:02  
Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers models used for drone applications
Published: 
19 December 2019

The drone market is booming and is set to outstrip any other GNSS user base in aviation and open up new business opportunities for application developers, according to a White Paper on European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) for drones operations, produced by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

In light of the upswing on the drone market, European drone service revenues are expected to nearly double from EUR 32 million in 2018 to approximately EUR 60 million by 2020 and are eventually forecast to reach EUR 150 million by 2023. 

GNSS is not an option for drones anymore, but a necessary asset. GNSS is essential for the safe and reliable navigation of drones, and GNSS receivers are implemented on almost all new commercial drones as standard. With increasing demand for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations GNSS, possibly with various augmentations, is the most obvious choice of technology for navigation, although it is not the only one. 

EGNSS for added accuracy

Given the additional accuracy that Galileo offers, it is no surprise that Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers used for drone applications, and many of them also implement EGNOS corrections to increase accuracy. The GSA White paper provides an overview of the added value of EGNOS and Galileo for current and emerging operations, as well as for future U-Space services. 

Read this: Targeting the development of a drone-borne Galileo receiver

The paper provides a market perspective of GNSS for drones, together with a summary of applications powered by EGNSS and the results of testing campaigns that show the benefits of EGNSS vs GPS in different operational contexts. With Galileo satellites in addition to GPS, drones can use signals from more satellites for position determination which improves their accuracy and also increases the availability of received signals. This is particularly important in urban canyons. 

Galileo also offers distinct and unique features that benefit drone operations. For example, Galileo’s authentication will provide additional trust in the position, which is more robust against intentional or unintentional interferences. EGNOS corrections also provide improved robustness over Europe and higher safety of navigation as well as improved accuracy, which is especially relevant in the vertical axis for drones operations. 

Seeking your input

The paper targets drone manufacturers and operators, but also entrepreneurs planning to offer new services with unmanned platforms. The document can serve as a basis to choose navigation solutions based on EGNOS/Galileo that will increase the robustness of their operations thanks to increased navigation performance. 

And this: Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

The document is intended to be a living document and we welcome contributions from operators and users who would like to share their experience of using EGNOS and Galileo. Likewise, if you have additional needs that you would like to be met by future evolutions of the EGNSS services, then we would love to hear from you.

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Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers models used for drone applications

Drones take flight – on the wings of GNSS

19.12.2019 10:02  
Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers used for drone applications
Published: 
19 December 2019

The drone market is booming and is set to outstrip any other GNSS user base in aviation and open up new business opportunities for application developers, according to a White Paper on European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) for drones operations, produced by the European GNSS Agency (GSA).

In light of the upswing on the drone market, European drone service revenues are expected to nearly double from EUR 32 million in 2018 to approximately EUR 60 million by 2020 and are eventually forecast to reach EUR 150 million by 2023. 

GNSS is not an option for drones anymore, but a necessary asset. GNSS is essential for the safe and reliable navigation of drones, and GNSS receivers are implemented on almost all new commercial drones as standard. With increasing demand for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations GNSS, possibly with various augmentations, is the most obvious choice of technology for navigation, although it is not the only one. 

EGNSS for added accuracy

Given the additional accuracy that Galileo offers, it is no surprise that Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers used for drone applications, and many of them also implement EGNOS corrections to increase accuracy. The GSA White paper provides an overview of the added value of EGNOS and Galileo for current and emerging operations, as well as for future U-Space services. 

Read this: Targeting the development of a drone-borne Galileo receiver

The paper provides a market perspective of GNSS for drones, together with a summary of applications powered by EGNSS and the results of testing campaigns that show the benefits of EGNSS vs GPS in different operational contexts. With Galileo satellites in addition to GPS, drones can use signals from more satellites for position determination which improves their accuracy and also increases the availability of received signals. This is particularly important in urban canyons. 

Galileo also offers distinct and unique features that benefit drone operations. For example, Galileo’s authentication will provide additional trust in the position, which is more robust against intentional or unintentional interferences. EGNOS corrections also provide improved robustness over Europe and higher safety of navigation as well as improved accuracy, which is especially relevant in the vertical axis for drones operations. 

Seeking your input

The paper targets drone manufacturers and operators, but also entrepreneurs planning to offer new services with unmanned platforms. The document can serve as a basis to choose navigation solutions based on EGNOS/Galileo that will increase the robustness of their operations thanks to increased navigation performance. 

And this: Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

The document is intended to be a living document and we welcome contributions from operators and users who would like to share their experience of using EGNOS and Galileo. Likewise, if you have additional needs that you would like to be met by future evolutions of the EGNSS services, then we would love to hear from you.

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Galileo is already present in more than 30% of the receivers used for drone applications

Instrument flying supported by EGNOS for General Aviation

18.12.2019 12:49  
The materials identify blocking points to a wider uptake of EGNOS-based procedures in general aviation
Published: 
20 December 2019

Even though the General Aviation (GA) community undertakes millions of flights on aircraft equipped with GNSS-receivers, it is not taking full advantage of the technology. It is a priority of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) to support GA by facilitating instrument procedures with EGNOS. As a first step the GSA has identified enablers and blocking points along with aviation stakeholders and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA).

There are currently 660 EGNOS procedures in Europe, most of which are at instrument runways. However, EGNOS can also support general and business aviation on non-instrument runways. The GSA has issued safety promotion material on GNSS-based Instrument Flight Procedures implementation for General Aviation, Uncontrolled Aerodromes and Non-Instrument Runways in an effort to address this and encourage a wider use of EGNOS in general aviation.

The materials draw together the current regulatory analysis supporting EGNOS operations, along with enablers and best practices to support implementation, open issues and, last but not least, use case examples to encourage national authorities to authorise these types of operations in their countries. This includes examples showcasing how these can be implemented at locations where there are currently visual flight rules only.

Read this: EGNSS enabling change in General Aviation

High engagement

This document is aligned with the EASA Roadmap for General Aviation, which identifies simpler, more proportional rules and operations that are cost efficient, flexible and based on existing best practices. It aims to provide a view on the current implementation enablers in different EU countries and highlights the results of EASA RMTs (Rule Making Tasks) which can be relevant for the implementation of IFR for General Aviation.

“The General Aviation community undertakes millions of flights with aircraft equipped with GNSS-receivers without using the full capabilities of this new technology. By developing IFR procedures for situations where the ground infrastructure may not be present at the aerodrome it would enable GA pilots to plan A-to-B flights with more confidence of being able to complete them safely in changing weather conditions, which would have a positive impact on safety. EASA is extremely grateful to EGA for this collaborative effort,” said Dominique Roland, Head of General Aviation & Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems at EASA.

The document will be of interest to General Aviation community, aerodromes, and air traffic control staff and national authorities alike. Publication of this document aims to start a discussion within the General aviation community, trigger future pilot cases and obtain feedback to identify the tools that should be developed to support the implementation of the IFR procedures for general aviation. 

“Engagement from the aviation community has been high - we received more than 320 comments from over 25 contributors, including civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers and others during preparation of the document. The GSA would like to thank all the contributors and supporters of this initiative, as this support was fundamental to the development of the document,” said GSA head of Market Development department Fiammetta Diani. “Special thanks go to EASA, ESSP, PPL IR, AOPA, EBAA, Austro Control, DFS, IDRF, FOCA Swiss, the Swedish Transport Agency, Europe Air Sports and the European Regional Aerodromes Community,” she said.

Just the beginning

The document will be published as a Safety Promotion material under EASA’s Together4Safety Safety Promotion initiative. This initiative is a key enabler towards reaching the ultimate objectives of the EU Aviation Safety Management Strategy and contributes to the continuous improvement of aviation safety in Europe and worldwide, together with regulations and oversight.

And this: Austro Control and EGNOS – a story of success

Publication of the materials is just the beginning. The GSA is launching a network of pilot cases in 2020 to collect lessons learned and best practices to promote and support future implementation. It is also proof that GNSS/SBAS is ready to support many different types of operations, extending beyond the traditional scope or initial objectives that the technology was designed for. If you would like to be among first to implement LPV at a non-instrument runway, you are more than welcome!

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The materials identify blocking points to a wider uptake of EGNOS-based procedures in general aviation

Last calls for Horizon 2020, first views for Horizon Europe

18.12.2019 11:40  
Funding downstream R&I is an important part of the GSA’s strategy to foster EGNSS uptake and boost EU competitiveness
Published: 
18 December 2019

The second day of the EU Space Week event in Helsinki opened with an overview of the final tranche of project calls under the Horizon 2020 space programme. The final Horizon 2020 EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) calls are now open, with a closing date of 5 March 2020. The session covered research and innovation topics across Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo programmes and also took a look to the future with Horizon Europe.

The context of the calls, in terms of EGNSS market uptake, was described by Reinhard Blasi from the GSA. “European investments in EGNSS are already making profits, with some EUR 2.8 billion of benefits computed for 2018 alone,” he stated. Currently EGNSS market revenues represent 25% of global sales, with a target of 30% to be achieved by 2025.

Funding downstream research and innovation is an important component of the GSA’s integrated strategy to foster the adoption of EGNSS technologies and boost EU competitiveness.

The H2020-SPACE-EGNSS-2020 call is open until 5 March, has an overall indicative budget of EUR 21 million and covers four topics: EGNSS apps for green, smart transport, EGNSS for mass market digitisation, EGNSS apps for resilience and environmental protection, and EGNSS applications for public authority procurement of research. The last topic is the first attempt to use the Pre-Commercial Procurement (PCP) instrument under Horizon 2020 in the EGNSS domain.

Fundamental work

The GSA’s Fundamental Elements programme has also issued project calls with more to come. The published calls include development of an enhanced GNSS User terminal, emerging EGNSS receiver technologies, development of advanced interference systems, and the development of a drone-borne double frequency receiver. Three more calls to be published in December will cover receivers for rail applications, high precision in the mass market, and a shipborne double frequency, multi-constellation receiver.

Read this: GSA funding: Filling the gaps and emerging technologies

“There is still much to do in 2020 and beyond,” said Blasi. “The GSA has three main objectives: to complete the uptake of EGNSS in more long-term regulated markets, position Galileo as the leader with its differentiating characteristics including authentication and high accuracy, and continue to support the downstream industry.”

Eric Guyader from the European Commission outlined upcoming calls administered through the Commission’s EGNSS Mission and Services (MAS) actions. Two calls are to be published soon on R&D for EGNOS services for payment or liability critical applications in the road sector and EGNSS rail safety services.

And this: Targeting the development of a drone-borne Galileo receiver

In addition, up to eight calls may be published in 2020 under the European Space Agency administered Horizon 2020 Satellite Navigation programme (HSNAV) with some EUR 2 million earmarked for projects relating to EGNSS evolution projects.

STRIKE success

An EGNSS research success story was provided by Zahidul Bhuiyan of the Finnish National Land Survey who described the Strike-3 project funded under Horizon 2020 looking at standardisation of GNSS Interference Threat Monitoring and Receiver Testing. The project had set up an international network to monitor GNSS interference. “GNSS needs protection,” said Bhuiyan. “STRIKE-3 aimed to improve our understanding of the threat scene facing stakeholders in implementing GNSS safety and security.”

The project found that out of over half a million monitored interference events, both unintentional and malicious, only 5% had an impact on the receiver, with the vast majority not actually denying the use of GNSS. The project reinforced the recognition that improved interference detection and mitigation can help the robustness of PNT services, in particular for critical infrastructure, and its receiver testing standard document provides a good initial test standard to ensure that reports from different systems are compatible.

Horizon Europe

Although the budget for the next Framework R&D programme for 2021-2027, Horizon Europe, is still subject to negotiation Mats Ljungqvist of DG GROW gave an overview of the current state of play. The current budget for the EU Space Programme in Horizon Europe is EUR 16 billion with some EUR 9.7 billion allocated to EGNSS topics.

An orientation document on the first strategic plan and work programme for Horizon Europe published at the end of October contains two sections on space research and innovation: 4.8 ‘A globally competitive space sector reinforcing EU sovereignty’ and 4.11 ‘New services from Space for the EU society and economy’.

Within the three pillars of Horizon Europe, Pillar 2 on Global Challenges and Industrial Competitiveness is allocated around half the total budget and includes a cluster (Digital, Industry & Space) that directly addresses space topics. “Pillar 3 on Open Innovation will also be of interest to the space sector,” said Ljungqvist. “An Enhanced European Innovation Council will provide accelerator and pathfinder grants to help bring bright ideas to market.”

Higher innovation funding should also be made available via an enhanced InvestEU programme where a European Union guarantee of some EUR 40 billion is looking to mobilise up to EUR 700 billion of private investment for growth and scale-up.

Together with a new Commission Directorate-General for Defence and Space, starting work at the beginning of 2020, there is a clear focus for space-related strategy and activities in Europe that reflect the growing importance of the space sector.

The GSA and the Commission have also been consulting with GNSS user communities to take their input into consideration when defining EGNSS downstream funding priorities in the new financial perspective. A recent report from the GSA summarises the results of these consultations and outlines future R&I priorities.

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Funding downstream R&I is an important part of the GSA’s strategy to foster EGNSS uptake and boost EU competitiveness

MyGalileoApp shines spotlight on opportunities for start-ups

18.12.2019 11:04  
Start-ups learned about the opportunities available to them at a dedicated MyGalileoApp panel discussion
Published: 
18 December 2019

Concrete funding opportunities that are available to space tech start-ups were in focus at the MyGalileoApp competition, held at the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) headquarters in Prague on 7 November. At an investors panel discussion held as part of the event, start-ups heard about some of the concrete funding opportunities that are available to them.

Kicking-off the panel discussion, Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska, Head of Downstream R&D in the GSA Market Development Department, noted that the Agency currently has a portfolio of over 60 projects worth a total of over EUR 120 million. She said that, through Horizon 2020, the GSA is supporting the development of applications, while the Fundamental Elements mechanism targets the development of hardware, such as chipsets and receivers.

Noting that funding is also made available through aviation grants and smaller initiatives like MyGalileoApp and other prizes such as the Galileo Masters and Farming by Satellite, Krywanis-Brzostowska said that start-ups stand to receive more dedicated support in the future.

Dedicated start-up programme

“We are aware that there is a need to support start-ups, this is why in the new financial framework after 2020 we are planning, along with the European Commission, to define a dedicated programme that will support start-ups,” she said.

Read this: EU space infrastructure guarantees leadership in security and defence

Thierry Chapuis, space applications expert at CNES (Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales) in France spoke about some of the support available through his organisation, in particular the Connect by CNES initiative, which was set up to help private and public actors to develop their applications. CNES is also participating in and funding the ESA Business Incubation Centres at the French national level. CNES is also working at the aviation level and organising hackathons such as Act in Space, the next edition of which will be in April 2020, he said.

Like Krywanis-Brzostowska, Chapuis also noted that start-ups stood to benefit from some dedicated support. “The French government has decided to develop start-ups and a big budget of EUR 400 million has been approved. CNES is responsible for selecting start-ups related to space activities within this programme,” he said.

Advancing to the next stage

João Duarte, responsible for early stage venture capital at Lighthouse Ventures, a EUR 23-million fund based in Prague, said that his company supports early stage start-ups with between 50,000 to 700,000 euros per start-up, with EUR 300,000 being the most typical amount. “We also have an acceleration programme where we invest EUR 20,000 for a couple of months to help a start-up go from the idea stage to having a business plan and some early customers. If they successfully complete the acceleration, then they will be eligible for larger investment to take them to the next stage,” he said.

And this: GSA, EIB sign agreement on investment in space

Representing UP21, an incubator and seed fund based in Prague, Anna Efros informed the participants that, so far her company had carried out 16 investments in two strategies: incubation with up to EUR 30,000 for 3-6 months, and larger investments of up to EUR 500,000 euros. “We are currently setting up a venture capital fund called START21 which will hopefully amount to EUR 25 million, and also we are co-organiser of the Start-up World Cup and Summit, which will be held in April 2020,” she said.

Money to disperse

Unlike other similar agencies, the Italian Space Agency doesn’t have its own research labs. However, Anilkumar Dave, Head of Innovation and Transfer of Technologies at the Agency, said that it has a lot of government money to disburse. “We will launch the first venture capital fund on space in Italy at the end of this year, where we are the cornerstone investor - but we will not invest in early-stage and seed, but rather in SMEs,” he said. 

Marketa Filipenska, International Funding Specialist at the South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC) noted that her centre had recently opened a European Space Agency BIC where it is helping people with ideas related to space upstream and downstream. “We are providing them with EUR 50,000 and business mentoring, in addition to connecting them to big players in the sector,” she said.

Wrapping up the discussion, Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at the GSA, spoke about a Memorandum of Understanding that the GSA signed with the European Investment Bank (EIB) in September this year, dealing with cooperation on supporting investment in the European space-based service economy. “The MoU aims to give space start-ups a greater portfolio of opportunities and tools to help them to grow,” she said.

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Start-ups learned about the opportunities available to them at a dedicated MyGalileoApp panel discussion

MyGalileoApp – an ecosystem of innovation

17.12.2019 12:04  
MyGalileoApp competitors learned some of the key elements needed for a successful app
Published: 
17 December 2019

The MyGalileoApp competition has contributed to the creation of an ecosystem that helps start-ups and other innovators to build innovative applications and grow while enabling both private and public investors to find and invest in projects of interest to them. At the MyGalileoApp finals, which took place at the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters at the start of November, start-ups heard about some of the key elements that they will need to succeed in a highly-competitive marketplace.

Galileo has been available to users around the globe since the launch of initial services back in December 2016 and the challenge generally, and for the MyGalileoApp competition specifically, is to make use of the Galileo services to develop systems and applications and to drive innovation based on the technology that Galileo makes available. The competition took nine months in total, during which the competitors progressed from the idea stage to creating a working app with 100% functionality.

Engines of innovation

Francesco Perticarari from Silicon Roundabout, who was a mentor at this year’s competition, noted that the approach of the GSA has been to leverage start-ups as engines of innovation. “The GSA did not just set up a competition to award money to successful developers, it set out to create an ecosystem of tech innovators, from start-ups to mentors and investors and the GSA itself, which also provides support,” he said, adding that the power of the MyGalileoApp competition is the ecosystem it creates that enables start-ups to deliver. 

 “Whether or not you win a prize today, this is not the end of the story. The connections you have made with mentors, investors and other start-ups are what you should really treasure,” he told the finalists in this year’s competition. 

Watch this: Meet Argeo: #MyGalileoApp Competition Winner

Another mentor, Piotr Bucki from Bucki PRO, outlined some of the forces that can drive a start-up forward, including social demographics in the form of a trend that an app can follow. It is also possible to ride a regulatory wave. “If rules from the European Commission or some other authority call for improvements in a service, then companies have no choice but to up their game, he said.

Growth mind-set

“In addition to timing, financing, strategy and riding the aforementioned waves, one more thing that makes start-ups successful is having a growth mind-set. A growth mind-set is the opposite of a fixed mind-set, in which intelligence is static, while in a growth mind-set intelligence and skills can be developed and iterated,” Bucki said.

Maaike Dokter from Xablu noted that location services can improve our quality of life, and that this was true for all of the sectors addressed by the MyGalileoApp finalists’ apps. As a designer with a focus on healthcare, she outlined how location-based services can improve things in this industry by optimising processes and reducing admin, allowing providers to focus on healthcare provision and reducing the amount of time a person has to spend in hospital. 

“By increasing outdoor and indoor accuracy, we can take advantage of these opportunities. The MyGalileoApp competitors are finding solutions in which Galileo plays an important role, turning ideas into reality,” she said. 

Ensuring sustainability

At a panel discussion held later in the day, start-ups heard from investors about the key qualities that would ensure their sustainability. Marketa Filipenska, International Funding Specialist at the South Moravian Innovation Centre (JIC) said that, in addition to mentoring, complementary services are also important, closely linked to the ecosystem in the region. 

Read this: EGNOS service for payment and liability-critical road applications

 “We connect venture capital funds, business angels, universities, local stakeholders and corporates - all of these meet with our start-ups and clients to identify opportunities on the market. Investor matching is important, not only to make the business sustainable, but to scale up the company,” she said.

Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska, Head of Downstream R&D in the GSA Market Development Department, noted that when reviewing projects for funding, one thing at the forefront of the GSA’s mind is that it does not want another prototype to put on the shelf. 

“We always highlight that it is important to have a link between the proposed solution and needs on the market. Knowledge of the market is critical, so we ask applicants to include a business plan along with their proposals,” she said, adding that an important tool in understanding the market is the GSA’s GNSS Market Report

“To be sustainable, you have to follow trends, be creative, understand the technology, be enthusiastic about what you are doing and be open to any support,” she said.

Thanks to MyGalileoApp, the GSA has built a network where business partners, public players and investors can connect with start-ups and young innovators, thereby contributing to the development of innovative applications leveraging the advantages of Galileo.

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MyGalileoApp competitors learned some of the key elements needed for a successful app

Galileo Masters 2019: Something special in the Air in Helsinki?

17.12.2019 11:11  
Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki.
Published: 
17 December 2019

Once again, the Galileo Masters – and its sister award programme the Copernicus Masters – was the glittering highlight of EU Space Week 2019 that took place in Helsinki on 3 to 5 December. In its 15th year the Galileo Masters continues to attract the attention of some of the brightest and best minds. Topics submitted to the competition this year ranged through digitisation, big data, the sharing economy and artificial intelligence (AI), amongst others, but all with a common theme: the use of European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) Galileo and/or EGNOS to benefit society.

The 2019 Galileo Masters attracted some 203 participants reaching entrepreneurs from over 41 countries in Europe and around the world. Since its inception in 2004 the competition has seen a cumulative participation by just under 12,000 individuals submitting 4,587 individual business cases.

In addition to the overall Galileo Masters winner and regional awards, a range of special prizes are also given, including ‘Idea of the Year’ and ‘Start-up of the Year’ and a new prize for 2019 responding to an emerging trend: The Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge.

Special prizes

The Gala event took place at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni centre in central Helsinki on the evening of 4 December. In all, some 31 awards were handed out on the night under the Galileo Masters categories. Master of ceremonies, Bavarian broadcaster and celebrity Claus Kruesken, described the Masters awards ceremony as the “festive highlight of EU Space Week.” 

Read this: Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

This year’s new prize, the GSA Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge was presented by GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. Commenting on the event, he highlighted the links that the competition inspired between the GSA and the space applications community by “providing the GSA with a first-hand experience of emerging needs and solutions.” The first ever winner of the synergy prize was the Xylene concept from Giuseppe Benenati and his team. Read more here.

Other Galileo special prizes this year included the DLR Artificial Intelligence Navigation Challenge awarded to Pieter Bastiaan Ober of INTEGRICOM for a proposal to analyse the Galileo Signal in Space using AI. The BMVI PRS Applications Challenge was presented to Brandon Bradford of tissEU for his Odin’s Eye idea – a Galileo-enabled PRS tactical drone – that was also the winner of the Bavaria regional Challenge prize. 

The University Challenge was announced by Paul Bhatia from the University of Nottingham with the winner, Freewheel – a platform that allows people with reduced mobility to increase their accessibility and inclusion – awarded to Lotfi Massarweh, Deimos Engenharia and their Elecnor team. 

The SAWCER concept won the GNSS Living Lab Prize with an idea inspired by a move to a new city, Barcelona, for winner Adrienne Fanning. Her app makes local shops as easy to search as online stores by creating and sharing crowdsourced, geo-localised catalogues.

The internet of Things (IoT) is building to be one of Galileo’s largest markets for applications and the Galileo 5G IoT Challenge award was presented to another idea to help inclusivity by making outdoor sports more accessible to blind or partially sighted people: the WAIBRO belt developed by Katrina Sedlackova and her team at WAIBRO sports.

New ideas and accelerators

Fiammetta Diani, Deputy Head of Market Development at the GSA presented the Idea of the Year and Start-up of the Year prizes; both of which target entrepreneurship. Idea of the Year went to the CX-GEODRONE project and a joint team from the Universities of Vigo and Oviedo, who also won the Galicia regional prize, for a radar-based drone payload that promised the inspection of underground utilities infrastructure without the need to dig up the road.

And this: uMaze takes Accuracy Matters prize in Galileo Innovation Challenge

The Start-up of the Year is awarded to a project that is already being implemented in a start-up that is not older than three years and this year was awarded to PODIS - Post Distress Signal. The winning team led by Andreas Alamanos also won the Greek regional prize for this IoT solution-as-a-service concept for automatic crash notification system.

The prestigious EGNSS Accelerator Winners were announced by Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission. Three winners were announced for the valuable incubation prize. First up was MEDeus, aka the drone doctors, represented by Hammad Jeilani and his UK regional winning team that is looking to improve the efficiency of delivering healthcare supplies using drones. 

Another double winner was second: Dronetag also won the Czech regional prize for Lukaz Brchl. The Dronetag concept will provide real-time identification for UAVs by leveraging Galileo and IoT technologies.

The third Incubation winner was in fact a triple success for the German Tocsen GmbH team. Tocsen won the Baden-Wurttemberg regional prize, took this Incubation Accelerator win and was on stage again as the single winner of the EGNSS crowdfunding campaign accelerator! Tocsen is a smart crash detection and automatic emergency call system designed to be incorporated in cyclists’ crash helmets.

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Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki.

Galileo Masters 2019: Something special in the Air in Helsinki?

17.12.2019 11:11  
Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki.
Published: 
17 December 2019

Once again, the Galileo Masters – and its sister award programme the Copernicus Masters – was the glittering highlight of EU Space Week 2019 that took place in Helsinki on 3 to 5 December. In its 15th year the Galileo Masters continues to attract the attention of some of the brightest and best minds. Topics submitted to the competition this year ranged through digitisation, big data, the sharing economy and artificial intelligence (AI), amongst others, but all with a common theme: the use of European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (EGNSS) Galileo and/or EGNOS to benefit society.

The 2019 Galileo Masters attracted some 203 participants reaching entrepreneurs from over 41 countries in Europe and around the world. Since its inception in 2004 the competition has seen a cumulative participation by just under 12,000 individuals submitting 4,587 individual business cases.

In addition to the overall Galileo Masters winner and regional awards, a range of special prizes are also given, including ‘Idea of the Year’ and ‘Start-up of the Year’ and a new prize for 2019 responding to an emerging trend: The Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge.

Special prizes

The Gala event took place at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni centre in central Helsinki on the evening of 4 December. In all, some 31 awards were handed out on the night under the Galileo Masters categories. Master of ceremonies, Bavarian broadcaster and celebrity Claus Kruesken, described the Masters awards ceremony as the “festive highlight of EU Space Week.” 

Read this: Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

This year’s new prize, the GSA Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge was presented by GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. Commenting on the event, he highlighted the links that the competition inspired between the GSA and the space applications community by “providing the GSA with a first-hand experience of emerging needs and solutions.” The first ever winner of the synergy prize was the Xylene concept from Giuseppe Benenati and his team. Read more here.

Other Galileo special prizes this year included the DLR Artificial Intelligence Navigation Challenge awarded to Pieter Bastiaan Ober of INTEGRICOM for a proposal to analyse the Galileo Signal in Space using AI. The BMVI PRS Applications Challenge was presented to Brandon Bradford of tissEU for his Odin’s Eye idea – a Galileo-enabled PRS tactical drone – that was also the winner of the Bavaria regional Challenge prize. 

The University Challenge was announced by Paul Bhatia from the University of Nottingham with the winner, Freewheel – a platform that allows people with reduced mobility to increase their accessibility and inclusion – awarded to Lotfi Massarweh, Deimos Engenharia and their Elecnor team. 

The SAWCER concept won the GNSS Living Lab Prize with an idea inspired by a move to a new city, Barcelona, for winner Adrienne Fanning. Her app makes local shops as easy to search as online stores by creating and sharing crowdsourced, geo-localised catalogues.

The internet of Things (IoT) is building to be one of Galileo’s largest markets for applications and the Galileo 5G IoT Challenge award was presented to another idea to help inclusivity by making outdoor sports more accessible to blind or partially sighted people: the WAIBRO belt developed by Katrina Sedlackova and her team at WAIBRO sports.

New ideas and accelerators

Fiammetta Diani, Head of Market Development at the GSA presented the Idea of the Year and Start-up of the Year prizes; both of which target entrepreneurship. Idea of the Year went to the CX-GEODRONE project and a joint team from the Universities of Vigo and Oviedo, who also won the Galicia regional prize, for a radar-based drone payload that promised the inspection of underground utilities infrastructure without the need to dig up the road.

And this: uMaze takes Accuracy Matters prize in Galileo Innovation Challenge

The Start-up of the Year is awarded to a project that is already being implemented in a start-up that is not older than three years and this year was awarded to PODIS - Post Distress Signal. The winning team led by Andreas Alamanos also won the Greek regional prize for this IoT solution-as-a-service concept for automatic crash notification system.

The prestigious EGNSS Accelerator Winners were announced by Pierre Delsaux, Deputy Director-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs at the European Commission. Three winners were announced for the valuable incubation prize. First up was MEDeus, aka the drone doctors, represented by Hammad Jeilani and his UK regional winning team that is looking to improve the efficiency of delivering healthcare supplies using drones. 

Another double winner was second: Dronetag also won the Czech regional prize for Lukaz Brchl. The Dronetag concept will provide real-time identification for UAVs by leveraging Galileo and IoT technologies.

The third Incubation winner was in fact a triple success for the German Tocsen GmbH team. Tocsen won the Baden-Wurttemberg regional prize, took this Incubation Accelerator win and was on stage again as the single winner of the EGNSS crowdfunding campaign accelerator! Tocsen is a smart crash detection and automatic emergency call system designed to be incorporated in cyclists’ crash helmets.

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Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki.

GIANO – robust GNSS for critical infrastructure

13.12.2019 15:47  
The GIANO receiver will make critical infrastructure such as energy networks more robust against jamming and spoofing. ©Unsplash
Published: 
16 December 2019

Thales Alenia Space has been awarded a grant under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements funding mechanism for the development of the GIANO (Galileo-based TIming Receiver for CriticAl INfrastructure Robustness) receiver, which aims to make critical infrastructure more robust against interference, jamming and spoofing.

In an increasingly complex GNSS environment in which there is both unintentional and deliberate disruption of satellite signals, the GSA is funding the development of a timing receiver for professional applications to address the needs of the critical infrastructure user community, mainly energy generation and distribution, telecommunications and financial operators. 

Improved resilience

The GIANO receiver will leverage Galileo and EGNOS-driven innovation to improve the resilience of the receiver against interference, jamming and spoofing and increase the accuracy and reliability of the time transfer service. The timing platform prototype to be developed and validated will integrate all the latest innovative technologies, including professional products from Thales Alenia Space, paving the way for future Galileo-based timing receivers that offer improved resilience and accuracy at a reasonable cost.

Read this: GSA funding opportunity: Enhanced GNSS Receiver/User Terminal

“Critical infrastructure operators use GNSS for timing and synchronisation and are an important target segment for GSA Market Development because Galileo can make a difference. By funding the development of the GIANO receiver, the GSA aims to provide technological solutions to this community for robust and reliable timing,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Towards this goal, outreach activities have been conducted among potential final users in the main commercial target groups to collect and analyse their needs. Then, following the definition and consolidation of stakeholders’ needs and the platform specifications, the project conducted a Preliminary Design Review at the end of November 2019.  

Europe-wide cooperation

The two-year project, funded under a GSA grant related to the Development of a Galileo-based timing receiver for critical infrastructures (GSA/GRANT/05/2017), will be coordinated by Thales Alenia Space in Italy, in collaboration with four European partners: Business Integration Partners S.p.A (BIP, Italy), PIKTime Systems (Poland), Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Science (SRC PAS, Poland) and DEIMOS (Portugal).

And this: Orolia selected for Galileo resilient time receiver initiative

The project will also benefit from the support of the European Commission’s in-house science service - the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Italian National Metrology Institute (INRIM), which will make available its test facilities for verification activities on the developed equipment.

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The GIANO receiver will make critical infrastructure such as energy networks more robust against jamming and spoofing. ©Unsplash

GIANO – robust GNSS for critical infrastructure

13.12.2019 15:47  
The GIANO receiver will be more robust against jamming and spoofing
Published: 
16 December 2019

Thales Alenia Space has been awarded a grant under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements funding mechanism for the development of the GIANO (Galileo-based TIming Receiver for CriticAl INfrastructure Robustness) receiver, which aims to make critical infrastructure more robust against interference, jamming and spoofing.

In an increasingly complex GNSS environment in which there is both unintentional and deliberate disruption of satellite signals, the GSA is funding the development of a timing receiver for professional applications to address the needs of the critical infrastructure user community, mainly energy generation and distribution, telecommunications and financial operators. 

Improved resilience

The GIANO receiver will leverage Galileo and EGNOS-driven innovation to improve the resilience of the receiver against interference, jamming and spoofing and increase the accuracy and reliability of the time transfer service. The timing platform prototype to be developed and validated will integrate all the latest innovative technologies, including professional products from Thales Alenia Space, paving the way for future Galileo-based timing receivers that offer improved resilience and accuracy at a reasonable cost.

Read this: GSA funding opportunity: Enhanced GNSS Receiver/User Terminal

“Critical infrastructure operators use GNSS for timing and synchronisation and are an important target segment for GSA Market Development because Galileo can make a difference. By funding the development of the GIANO receiver, the GSA aims to provide technological solutions to this community for robust and reliable timing,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Towards this goal, outreach activities have been conducted among potential final users in the main commercial target groups to collect and analyse their needs. Then, following the definition and consolidation of stakeholders’ needs and the platform specifications, the project conducted a Preliminary Design Review at the end of November 2019.  

Europe-wide cooperation

The two-year project, funded under a GSA grant related to the Development of a Galileo-based timing receiver for critical infrastructures (GSA/GRANT/05/2017), will be coordinated by Thales Alenia Space in Italy, in collaboration with four European partners: Business Integration Partners S.p.A (BIP, Italy), PIKTime Systems (Poland), Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Science (SRC PAS, Poland) and DEIMOS (Portugal).

And this: Orolia selected for Galileo resilient time receiver initiative

The project will also benefit from the support of the European Commission’s in-house science service - the Joint Research Centre (JRC) and the Italian National Metrology Institute (INRIM), which will make available its test facilities for verification activities on the developed equipment.

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The GIANO receiver will be more robust against jamming and spoofing

The true impact of space is felt downstream

13.12.2019 15:12  
Space is driving innovation and supporting service delivery across the global economy
Published: 
16 December 2019

The upstream space market, with its rocket launches and high-tech satellite payloads, may seem at a first glance to be the most exciting segment of the space industry. But when it comes to innovation, job and revenue creation and the provision of services that change people’s lives for the better, the downstream market is where the action is. This was the key message delivered by European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides at the New Space Economy forum in Rome on December 12.

We are living in the Golden Age of GNSS. Space-based technology is driving innovation and supporting service delivery in almost all sectors of the global economy – from agriculture and transport to healthcare and telecoms. Satellites and the location-based services that they enable are transforming the way that we live and work. 

Downstream driving the space economy

Delivering a keynote address on GNSS markets, applications and data at the NSE forum, the GSA Executive Director noted that downstream users are directly benefitting from Galileo. “Over 50,000 jobs are supported annually in the downstream GNSS industry,” des Dorides said, adding that European companies account for 27% of the global GNSS market and that this share is set to grow.

“GNSS downstream is driving the space economy. Global revenue generated by the GNSS downstream market is forecast to reach EUR 150 billion in 2019 and increase to EUR 325 billion in 2029,” des Dorides said, citing the latest edition of the GSA GNSS Market Report. “Over 50% of this GNSS revenue comes from added-value services,” he said.

Read this: Europe’s economy is increasingly dependent on space

With the evolution of the GSA into the European Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA) it will be possible to fully exploit synergies between the EU space programmes to deliver applications and services in a wide range of sectors, from security and emergency response, to urban planning, agriculture and energy and critical infrastructure, des Dorides said.

“With its expanded mandate, the GSA will continue to support entrepreneurship and stimulate the EU downstream market to deliver applications with tangible social benefits, such as improved environmental performance, better transport efficiency and more effective emergency response,” he said.

Driving innovation in transport

One sector in particular in which new possibilities are opening up is road transport, which is a huge GNSS market segment. The road segment is forecast to dominate all other market segments and account for 93.3% of cumulative revenue in 2019-2029. In her keynote at the NSE forum, the GSA’s Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani spoke about GNSS and the road sector and, in particular, the state of play in autonomous vehicles.

Noting that almost 97% of new vehicles are equipped with GNSS-enabled in-vehicle systems, which provide PNT for a wide range of in-vehicle applications, Diani said that these systems are currently able to support navigation, remote diagnostics and assisted driving. “In the future, IVS will support even more complex applications, including automated driving,” she said.

And this: First Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

In terms of the state of play with autonomous driving, the GSA’s Head of Market Development said that preparations are currently underway for Level 4. At this level, a highly automated vehicle performs all driving tasks and monitors the environment under limited conditions, but the driver may still be required to intervene. Level 4 is the penultimate stage before full automation at Level 5.

Diani also noted the recent live demonstration of a Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle. As part of this demonstration, a Renault ZOE electric car fitted with an innovative positioning engine developed by the ESCAPE project was autonomously driven on tracks at the University of Technology and on public roads in Compiègne, France. The EGE leverages Galileo signals and services to provide a core positioning component in autonomous vehicles.

"This successful test of the ESCAPE positioning engine based on Galileo, at automation Level 4, means that we are getting closer to provide the high accurate and reliable absolute positioning that will be needed for full automation,” she said.

More generally, Galileo will support new road safety functions that will become mandatory from 2022, including accident data recording, intelligent speed assistance, lane keeping assistance and vulnerable road user detection. 

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Space is driving innovation and supporting service delivery across the global economy

EU Space Week 2019: Sustainability and Space

13.12.2019 12:13  
Space can contribute to a more sustainable future for Europe
Published: 
13 December 2019

Helsinki was the cool venue for European Space Week 2019. From 3 to 5 December Europe’s leading space event brought together business leaders, policymakers, international experts and the space application user community to gain first-hand insights into the EU’s Space Programmes Copernicus, EGNOS and Galileo. They discussed how space solutions can contribute to a more sustainable future for Europe and the world. 

This year’s European Space Week focused on four central themes: how space solutions can help to strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action; the new space economy for sustainable growth; how to save space for future generations; and space solutions for a sustainable Arctic environment.

Opening the EU Space Week plenary under the banner ‘Sustainable Space, Sustainable Europe, Sustainable Future’ former Finnish President Tarja Halonen highlighted how “Space applications observe own blue planet, enable us to find our way, communicate and connect, more sustainably.”

Christophe Grudler, MEP stated: "Major investments by the EU have enabled progress that no Member State could have achieved on its own.” He highlighted the need to defend and grow the space allocation in the forthcoming European Union budget negotiations. “An ambitious budget will be the only way to ensure Europe's global leadership and strategic autonomy," he concluded.

Pierre Delsaux from the European Commission agreed saying: “We must continue to invest in space.” 

Space for climate action

The new European Commission will have a clear focus on climate action, but how can space solutions help? Pierre Delsaux highlighted a future Copernicus mission to monitor CO2 emissions, while GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides outlined the contributions of Galileo and EGNOS to improve resource and energy efficiency and sustainable agriculture through more accurate positioning by enabling the maxim: “Doing more with less.”

“At GSA’s core is the development of products and services,” he continued. “We are funding concrete projects delivering solutions to specific questions and organising events such as hackathons to inspire young developers. The limit to projects is human creativity.”

Sustainable space ecosystem

A new economic ecosystem has been created in Europe as more talent and investment see the space sector as a cool place to do business. Pekka Laurila of Iceye, a small satellite company in Finland building a new digital infrastructure to enable real time knowledge of where everything is at all times, acknowledged that their success has been enabled by others. “We are the product of an ecosystem; we are standing on the shoulders of giants including institutions funded by public money plus a high-quality education system,” Laurila said. 

Investor Uli Fricke, founder of Triangles, agreed that there was a viable and thriving commercial space market in Europe and “The funding ecosystem from start-up to IPO is the bottleneck for many companies.” The key factor for any young space business was to have a clear business model and value proposition. “Often you need to take the space angle out of the question, when talking to investors,” she added.

Pascal Claudel, Chief Operating Officer at the GSA highlighted the agency’s role in delivering services 24/7 to users and in fostering users across all market sectors. “We can support SMEs in this ecosystem across the whole EU,” he said. “And there is no need to have space experience to work in the space market nowadays.” But there was a need to work together and involve all EU Member States and public and private investors to grow and sustain the market.

Saving Space

Space – especially low Earth orbit – is becoming a congested space noted keynote speaker Professor Minna Palmroth of the University of Helsinki. And more satellites are being launched with a mega trend towards very large fleets of small commercial satellites. Space debris is becoming a priority issue and she also highlighted the lack of knowledge of space weather in the near-Earth environment. “We still do not fully understand the environment that we launch into,” she commented.

But how to clear the debris? Newer satellites will have limited lifetimes and include de-orbiting technology, while older satellites might require third party action. Could there be a market established for deorbiting space debris and is international legislation a way forward or is standardisation the right route? “The sustainable future in space requires every one of us to work together on this topic,” she concluded.

Sustainable Arctic

The final Space Week plenary examined how EU space solutions can protect the arctic environment and support sustainable growth as the climate changes. Jouni Pulliainen, Director of Space & EO, at the Finnish Meteorological Institute saw three main issues where space can help: gaps in monitoring the climatic changes that are happening, improved communications and more accurate navigation information. Session moderator Professor Heidi Kuusniemi of Vaasa University reinforced the growing importance of robust and reliable navigation services in the Arctic.

Improved synergies between space services could help boost their use in the Arctic said Dan Chirondojan, Director at the Commission’s Joint Research Centre that has conducted a study on space solutions and the region. Improved satellite navigation and communication would be needed to enable future remote control and autonomous vessels in the arctic said Karno Kenovuo, Co-founder and CEO of Awake.AI so evolution of EGNSS services in the region was important. Wider coverage of the Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service would be very useful due to its enhanced performance.

Mauro Facchini of the European Commission agreed and indicated that the EGNOS Safety of Life service was currently supported to 72 degrees North but may be extended to 75 degrees North soon and could be deployed over the entire arctic by 2030.

Concluding the plenary sessions Finnish Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Katri Kulmuni thanked all participants in EU Space Week 2019 and stated that: “Space activities must be pursued in a sustainable and responsible manner,” but that the week’s debates had shown that “Space is truly a channel for sustainable growth.”

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Space can contribute to a more sustainable future for Europe

Targeting the development of a drone-borne Galileo receiver

12.12.2019 13:45  
This FE call is targeting the development of a Galileo receiver for the rapidly developing drone market.
Published: 
13 December 2019

A Call for Proposals recently opened under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements funding mechanism is targeting the development of a drone-borne double-frequency Galileo receiver that leverages the differentiators of European GNSS (EGNOS and Galileo).

Drones bring innovation and new applications and business models to European citizens, becoming the 3rd GNSS market segment for device shipments according to the last GSA market report. The sector is booming and growth in drone use is set to outstrip any other user base in aviation. Drones generally integrate GNSS solutions in an effort to navigate efficiently and safely. EGNSS added value

European GNSS, EGNOS and Galileo, provides significant added value to drone navigation, positioning and related applications, and the use of their differentiators will be instrumental in opening up new business opportunities.

Read this: Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

Within this context, this Call for Proposals is targeting the development of a drone-borne low-cost double-frequency Galileo multi-constellation receiver, integrated with INS (inertial navigation system) and other sensors. The technology should be at a sufficient level of maturity (technology readiness level 7).

   

Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance 

  • Title: Development of a drone-borne double frequency Galileo receiver     
  • Budget: €1,500,000
  • Indicative number of projects: up to 2 projects
  • Deadline for applications: 2 March 2020  

 

 

Robust solution

The call aims at delivery of a robust navigation solution, including integrity requirements for operations, that leverages Galileo differentiators such as OS Authentication and High Accuracy. The solution should be validated in a representative environment for the target operations. This includes conducting flight tests and analysing the performances obtained from a Galileo-only constellation and comparing these with those coming from multi-constellation mode.

For more information on this call, click here.

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This FE call is targeting the development of a Galileo receiver for the rapidly developing drone market.

Targeting the development of a drone-borne Galileo receiver

12.12.2019 13:45  
This FE call is targeting the development of a Galileo receiver for the rapidly developing drone market.
Published: 
13 December 2019

A Call for Proposals recently opened under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements funding mechanism is targeting the development of a drone-borne double-frequency Galileo receiver that leverages the differentiators of European GNSS (EGNOS and Galileo).

Drones bring innovation and new applications and business models to European citizens, becoming the 3rd GNSS market segment for device shipments according to the last GSA market report. The sector is booming and growth in drone use is set to outstrip any other user base in aviation. Drones generally integrate GNSS solutions in an effort to navigate efficiently and safely. EGNSS added value

European GNSS, EGNOS and Galileo, provides significant added value to drone navigation, positioning and related applications, and the use of their differentiators will be instrumental in opening up new business opportunities.

Read this: Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

Within this context, this Call for Proposals is targeting the development of a drone-borne low-cost double-frequency Galileo multi-constellation receiver, integrated with INS (inertial navigation system) and other sensors. The technology should be at a sufficient level of maturity (technology readiness level 7).

 

Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance 

  • Title: Development of a drone-borne double frequency Galileo receiver     
  • Budget: €1,500,000
  • Indicative number of projects: up to 2 projects
  • Deadline for applications: 2 March 2020  

 

 

Robust solution

The call aims at delivery of a robust navigation solution, including integrity requirements for operations, that leverages Galileo differentiators such as OS Authentication and High Accuracy. The solution should be validated in a representative environment for the target operations. This includes conducting flight tests and analysing the performances obtained from a Galileo-only constellation and comparing these with those coming from multi-constellation mode.

For more information on this call, click here.

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This FE call is targeting the development of a Galileo receiver for the rapidly developing drone market.

You asked; we listened: new SAR/Galileo Service status information available

12.12.2019 11:29  
The new SAR information page will provide useful resources to the SAR community.
Published: 
12 December 2019

To support Search and Rescue services and provide general awareness on the related infrastructure, the GNSS Service Centre is publishing relevant SAR/Galileo information, such as the status of the Galileo satellites SAR payload, SAR reference beacons on the ground and the availability of the SAR data server.

Search and Rescue (SAR) operations involve locating and helping people in distress. Launched as part of the Galileo Initial Services, Galileo is the first GNSS constellation to offer global SAR capability and is fully integrated in the COSPAS-SARSAT system, enabling quick detection of people in distress and subsequent rescue. Galileo not only provides a precise location for emitting beacons, but also a return channel which will inform users that help is on its way.

Aiming at a continuous upgrade of service provision from the GNSS Service Centre (GSC), new information has been published about the deployed SAR infrastructure, including the status of the service and the availability of the data provided by the GSC. This information is provided to professionals, academia and enthusiasts as a new effort on the part of the GSA to show transparency and a commitment to the Galileo community.

What SAR/Galileo information is available?

The following data is now provided on the GSC website:

SAR/Galileo satellites information: a table with information about operating mode and current status of the forward- and return-link transponders per each Galileo satellite. 

SAR payload characteristics: technical specifications of the SAR repeater instrument.

SAR/Galileo reference beacons and their availability: these stations are geographically distributed across the service area and are used for continuous monitoring of the SAR/Galileo Service.  

SAR/Galileo server status: the SAR/Galileo Server is a complementary Galileo infrastructure operated by the GSC that provides support to the SAR/Galileo Service and worldwide SAR community by providing information on the availability of Galileo constellation orbital products in a precise and timely manner. The SAR/Galileo server can be accessed worldwide through a secure FTP connection. This section informs the users about the working status of this infrastructure.

All this information is accessible through a new menu section called SAR Information under the “System & Service Status” heading. This section complements the general description of the SAR Service and the related market.

The SAR information will be updated whenever a new Galileo satellite is launched or whenever there is a maintenance event affecting the SAR/Galileo service. 

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The new SAR information page will provide useful resources to the SAR community.

You asked; we listened: new SAR/Galileo Service status information available

12.12.2019 11:29  
The new SAR information page will provide useful resources to the SAR community.
Published: 
12 December 2019

To support Search and Rescue services and provide general awareness on the related infrastructure, the GNSS Service Centre is publishing relevant SAR/Galileo information, such as the status of the Galileo satellites SAR payload, SAR reference beacons on ground and the availability of the SAR data server.

Search and Rescue (SAR) operations involve locating and helping people in distress. Launched as part of the Galileo Initial Services, Galileo is the first GNSS constellation to offer global SAR capability and is fully integrated in the COSPAS-SARSAT system, enabling quick detection of people in distress and subsequent rescue. Galileo not only provides a precise location for emitting beacons, but also a return channel which will inform users that help is on its way.

Aiming at a continuous upgrade of service provision from the GNSS Service Centre (GSC), new information has been published about the deployed SAR infrastructure, including the status of the service and the availability of the data provided by the GSC. This information is provided to professionals, academia and enthusiasts as a new effort on the part of the GSA to show transparency and a commitment to the Galileo community.

What SAR/Galileo information is available?

The following data is now provided on the GSC website:

SAR/Galileo satellites information: a table with information about operating mode and current status of the forward- and return-link transponders per each Galileo satellite. 

SAR payload characteristics: technical specifications of the SAR repeater instrument.

SAR/Galileo reference beacons and their availability: these stations are geographically distributed across the service area and are used for continuous monitoring of the SAR/Galileo Service.  

SAR/Galileo server status: the SAR/Galileo Server is a complementary Galileo infrastructure operated by the GSC that provides support to the SAR/Galileo Service and worldwide SAR community by providing information on the availability of Galileo constellation orbital products in a precise and timely manner. The SAR/Galileo server can be accessed worldwide through a secure FTP connection. This section informs the users about the working status of this infrastructure.

All this information is accessible through a new menu section called SAR Information under the “System & Service Status” heading. This section complements the general description of the SAR Service and the related market.

The SAR information will be updated whenever a new Galileo satellite is launched or whenever there is a maintenance event affecting the SAR/Galileo service. 

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The new SAR information page will provide useful resources to the SAR community.

GSA funding: Filling the gaps and emerging technologies

12.12.2019 10:58  
Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!
Published: 
12 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has opened a call for proposals within its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism, targeting the development of close-to-market GNSS receivers and associated technologies (‘filling the gaps technologies’) not developed by other FE projects; and/or cutting-edge GNSS receiver technologies (‘emerging technologies’) that are at the forefront of current R&D and may or may not have immediate adoption in market-ready products. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2020.

The Call for Proposals targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software/firmware algorithms that leverage Galileo differentiators and fill technology gaps for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas.

The proposals should be innovative and compliant with specific market constraints, ready to be integrated into a close-to-market device and meet the application requirements. The technology readiness level should be at least 7, which means that a system prototype should be demonstrated in an operational environment.

Looking to the future

Applicants may also be interested in submitting a proposal in the second stream in the call, which targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software based on disruptive, future-looking technologies for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas. As with the ‘filling the gaps’ solutions, this technology should also leverage Galileo differentiators. 

Read this: Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

Proposals in this section should focus on R&D excellence going beyond the current state-of-the-art and current market needs. However, the technology does not necessarily have to be focused on a specific application or segment. The technology readiness level should be at least 4, meaning that the technology should have been validated in a lab.

Informative webinar

The GSA is organising a webinar on 17 December 2019 at 10:00, on the Fundamental Elements Call “Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receiver technologies”. This will be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. To register to the webinar, click here.

 

 

Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance

  • Market segment: Transversal
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 8 January 2020
  • Expected signature of contract: June to July 2020
  • Maximum budget allocated: EUR 5,000,000
  • Maximum number of projects: 6
  • EU financing amount of each of the two projects: up to EUR 1,000,000 (70% co-funding)        
  • Webinar date: 17 December 2019 10:00 CET

 

 


Things to keep in mind

The Fundamental Elements programme already covers a wide range of markets and key applications, so the developed technology should complement rather than overlap any of past, ongoing or planned projects funded by the GSA. The outcome of the grant should develop GNSS-relevant technologies in line with current market trends and needs in the short term (2020-2025). 

Analysis in the GNSS Market Report and User Technology Report shows that new requirements from existing and emerging applications will increase the demand for innovative PNT technologies. The technology developed in the call should be integrated and demonstrated in a GNSS device fitting one or more applications within the GNSS market.

For more details, please see the call documentation package.

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Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!

GSA funding: Filling the gaps and emerging technologies

12.12.2019 10:58  
Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!
Published: 
12 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has opened a call for proposals within its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism, targeting the development of close-to-market GNSS receivers and associated technologies (‘filling the gaps technologies’) not developed by other FE projects; and/or cutting-edge GNSS receiver technologies (‘emerging technologies’) that are at the forefront of current R&D and may or may not have immediate adoption in market-ready products. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2020.

The Call for Proposals targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software/firmware algorithms that leverage Galileo differentiators and fill technology gaps for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas.

The proposals should be innovative and compliant with specific market constraints, ready to be integrated into a close-to-market device and meet the application requirements. The technology readiness level should be at least 7, which means that a system prototype should be demonstrated in an operational environment.

Looking to the future

Applicants may also be interested in submitting a proposal in the second stream in the call, which targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software based on disruptive, future-looking technologies for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas. As with the ‘filling the gaps’ solutions, this technology should also leverage Galileo differentiators. 

Read this: Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

Proposals in this section should focus on R&D excellence going beyond the current state-of-the-art and current market needs. However, the technology does not necessarily have to be focused on a specific application or segment. The technology readiness level should be at least 4, meaning that the technology should have been validated in a lab.

Informative webinar

The GSA is organising a webinar on 17 December 2019 at 10:00 CET, on the Fundamental Elements Call “Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receiver technologies”. This will be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. To register to the webinar, click here.

 

 

Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance

  • Market segment: Transversal
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 8 January 2020
  • Expected signature of contract: June to July 2020
  • Maximum budget allocated: EUR 5,000,000
  • Maximum number of projects: 6
  • EU financing amount of each of the two projects: up to EUR 1,000,000 (70% co-funding)        
  • Webinar date: 17 December 2019 10:00 CET

 

 


Things to keep in mind

The Fundamental Elements programme already covers a wide range of markets and key applications, so the developed technology should complement rather than overlap any of past, ongoing or planned projects funded by the GSA. The outcome of the grant should develop GNSS-relevant technologies in line with current market trends and needs in the short term (2020-2025). 

Analysis in the GNSS Market Report and User Technology Report shows that new requirements from existing and emerging applications will increase the demand for innovative PNT technologies. The technology developed in the call should be integrated and demonstrated in a GNSS device fitting one or more applications within the GNSS market.

For more details, please see the call documentation package.

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).

Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!

GSA funding: Filling the gaps and emerging technologies

12.12.2019 10:58  
Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!
Published: 
12 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has opened a call for proposals within its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism, targeting the development of close-to-market GNSS receivers and associated technologies (‘filling the gaps technologies’) not developed by other FE projects; and/or cutting-edge GNSS receiver technologies (‘emerging technologies’) that are at the forefront of current R&D and may or may not have immediate adoption in market-ready products. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2020.

The Call for Proposals targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software/firmware algorithms that leverage Galileo differentiators and fill technology gaps for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas.

The proposals should be innovative and compliant with specific market constraints, ready to be integrated into a close-to-market device and meet the application requirements. The technology readiness level should be at least 7, which means that a system prototype should be demonstrated in an operational environment.

Looking to the future

Applicants may also be interested in submitting a proposal in the second stream in the call, which targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software based on disruptive, future-looking technologies for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas. As with the ‘filling the gaps’ solutions, this technology should also leverage Galileo differentiators. 

Read this: Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

Proposals in this section should focus on R&D excellence going beyond the current state-of-the-art and current market needs. However, the technology does not necessarily have to be focused on a specific application or segment. The technology readiness level should be at least 4, meaning that the technology should have been validated in a lab.

Informative webinar

The GSA is organising a webinar on 17 December 2019 at 10:00, on the Fundamental Elements Call “Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receiver technologies”. This will be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. To register to the webinar, click here.

 

Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance

  • Market segment: Transversal
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 8 January 2020
  • Expected signature of contract: June to July 2020
  • Maximum budget allocated: EUR 5,000,000
  • Maximum number of projects: 6
  • EU financing amount of each of the two projects: up to EUR 1,000,000 (70% co-funding)
  • Webinar date: 17 December 2019 10:00

 


Things to keep in mind

The Fundamental Elements programme already covers a wide range of markets and key applications, so the developed technology should complement rather than overlap any of past, ongoing or planned projects funded by the GSA. The outcome of the grant should develop GNSS-relevant technologies in line with current market trends and needs in the short term (2020-2025). 

Analysis in the GNSS Market Report and User Technology Report shows that new requirements from existing and emerging applications will increase the demand for innovative PNT technologies. The technology developed in the call should be integrated and demonstrated in a GNSS device fitting one or more applications within the GNSS market.

For more details, please see the call documentation package.

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).

Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!

GSA funding: Filling the gaps and emerging technologies

12.12.2019 10:58  
Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!
Published: 
12 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has opened a call for proposals within its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism, targeting the development of close-to-market GNSS receivers and associated technologies (‘filling the gaps technologies’) not developed by other FE projects; and/or cutting-edge GNSS receiver technologies (‘emerging technologies’) that are at the forefront of current R&D and may or may not have immediate adoption in market-ready products. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2020.

The Call for Proposals targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software/firmware algorithms that leverage Galileo differentiators and fill technology gaps for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas.

The proposals should be innovative and compliant with specific market constraints, ready to be integrated into a close-to-market device and meet the application requirements. The technology readiness level should be at least 7, which means that a system prototype should be demonstrated in an operational environment.

Looking to the future

Applicants may also be interested in submitting a proposal in the second stream in the call, which targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software based on disruptive, future-looking technologies for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas. As with the ‘filling the gaps’ solutions, this technology should also leverage Galileo differentiators. 

Read this: Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

Proposals in this section should focus on R&D excellence going beyond the current state-of-the-art and current market needs. However, the technology does not necessarily have to be focused on a specific application or segment. The technology readiness level should be at least 4, meaning that the technology should have been validated in a lab.

Informative webinar

The GSA is organising a webinar on 17 December 2019 at 10:00, on the Fundamental Elements Call “Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receiver technologies”. This will be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. To register to the webinar, click here.

 

 

Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance

  • Market segment: Transversal
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 8 January 2020
  • Expected signature of contract: June to July 2020
  • Maximum budget allocated: EUR 5,000,000
  • Maximum number of projects: 6
  • EU financing amount of each of the two projects: up to EUR 1,000,000 (70% co-funding)        
  • Webinar date: 17 December 2019 10:00

 

 


Things to keep in mind

The Fundamental Elements programme already covers a wide range of markets and key applications, so the developed technology should complement rather than overlap any of past, ongoing or planned projects funded by the GSA. The outcome of the grant should develop GNSS-relevant technologies in line with current market trends and needs in the short term (2020-2025). 

Analysis in the GNSS Market Report and User Technology Report shows that new requirements from existing and emerging applications will increase the demand for innovative PNT technologies. The technology developed in the call should be integrated and demonstrated in a GNSS device fitting one or more applications within the GNSS market.

For more details, please see the call documentation package.

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).

Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!

GSA funding: Filling the gaps and emerging technologies

12.12.2019 10:58  
Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!
Published: 
12 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has opened a call for proposals within its Fundamental Elements funding mechanism, targeting the development of close-to-market GNSS receivers and associated technologies (‘filling the gaps technologies’) not developed by other FE projects; and/or cutting-edge GNSS receiver technologies (‘emerging technologies’) that are at the forefront of current R&D and may or may not have immediate adoption in market-ready products. The deadline for submissions is 8 January 2020.

The Call for Proposals targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software/firmware algorithms that leverage Galileo differentiators and fill technology gaps for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas.

The proposals should be innovative and compliant with specific market constraints, ready to be integrated into a close-to-market device and meet the application requirements. The technology readiness level should be at least 7, which means that a system prototype should be demonstrated in an operational environment.

Looking to the future

Applicants may also be interested in submitting a proposal in the second stream in the call, which targets the development, integration, testing and demonstration of hardware components and/or software based on disruptive, future-looking technologies for GNSS devices, receivers and/or antennas. As with the ‘filling the gaps’ solutions, this technology should also leverage Galileo differentiators. 

Read this: Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

Proposals in this section should focus on R&D excellence going beyond the current state-of-the-art and current market needs. However, the technology does not necessarily have to be focused on a specific application or segment. The technology readiness level should be at least 4, meaning that the technology should have been validated in a lab.

Informative webinar

The GSA is organising a webinar on 17 December 2019 at 10:00, on the Fundamental Elements Call “Filling the gaps and emerging E-GNSS receiver technologies”. This will be an opportunity for interested stakeholders and applicants to learn how to prepare a successful proposal. To register to the webinar, click here.

 

 

Fundamental Elements call: At a Glance

  • Market segment: Transversal
  • Deadline for submission of proposals: 8 January 2020
  • Expected signature of contract: June to July 2020
  • Maximum budget allocated: EUR 5,000,000
  • Maximum number of projects: 6
  • EU financing amount of each of the two projects: up to EUR 1,000,000 (70% co-funding)        
  • Webinar date: 17 December 2019 10:00 CET

 

 


Things to keep in mind

The Fundamental Elements programme already covers a wide range of markets and key applications, so the developed technology should complement rather than overlap any of past, ongoing or planned projects funded by the GSA. The outcome of the grant should develop GNSS-relevant technologies in line with current market trends and needs in the short term (2020-2025). 

Analysis in the GNSS Market Report and User Technology Report shows that new requirements from existing and emerging applications will increase the demand for innovative PNT technologies. The technology developed in the call should be integrated and demonstrated in a GNSS device fitting one or more applications within the GNSS market.

For more details, please see the call documentation package.

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).

Find out how to write a successful proposal at our webinar on 17 December!

Put your project in the spotlight at MWC Barcelona

11.12.2019 12:49  
MWC Barcelona is an ideal forum to showcase your projects to a wide audience of your peers.
Published: 
11 December 2019

Interested in presenting your solution at the world’s largest mobile event? Then read on! The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for innovative solutions to showcase at the Galileo stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 24-27 February 2020. Every year MWC brings together leading mobile technology developers, manufacturers, service providers and app developers from across the globe. With over 107,000 visitors expected in 2020, next year’s event will be a perfect opportunity to showcase the latest EGNSS-based innovations.

MWC Barcelona will host the latest cutting-edge technologies from more than 2,400 of the world’s leading mobile technology companies. With a programme featuring leading visionaries and investors, the Congress is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to present and promote innovative new ideas, technologies and applications and bring them to the attention of key decision-makers.

With the goal of exploring the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase and promote innovative EGNSS-based solutions and applications, such as those being developed within Horizon 2020. The congress also shows how European space research is enhancing EU industrial competitiveness and playing a pivotal role in tackling the various societal challenges facing Europe. 

Read this: The GSA and Galileo at MWC Barcelona

“MWC is an ideal chance to present your EGNSS-based solutions and bring your applications to the attention of a large audience of your peers, investors and the public at large. If you have an EGNSS-based solution with the potential to improve the lives of European citizens, then we would like to hear from you,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Expression of Interest

With this in mind, ahead of next year’s MWC the GSA is launching a call for expressions of interest among its Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements partners and other EU companies. The idea is to provide a space at the GSA stand to showcase our partners’ Galileo-enabled mobile solutions. For this edition of the congress, the theme of the GSA stand will be: “Leisure, fitness and sports applications” so priority will be given to solutions that address these markets. If you have an EGNSS-based solution or product that you would like to demonstrate at MWC Barcelona, please submit your application to market@gsa.europa.eu by 3 January 2020. Put “Interested in showcasing our project at MWC 2020” in the subject line of your email. For more information on how to apply read the Rules and Conditions.

This will be an unmissable opportunity to present your solutions to a potential investors and beneficiaries. Join us in Barcelona in February 2020 at MWC, where innovation is celebrated, connections are made, insights are gained, products are launched and business gets done!

EGNSS-based innovation

By matching ideas with opportunities and talent with available resources, MWC Barcelona helps support the GSA in its mission of linking space to user needs. In fact, from dual frequency chipsets to new smartphones, EGNSS was behind many of the technology announcements made during the Mobile World Congress 2019. 

And this: Ubiscale: low-power GNSS processing for tracking devices

What’s more, at the MWC 2019, the GSA stand featured displays and presentations on a number of EU projects, including the GSA-managed Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements projects Flamingo and ESCAPE, along with solutions from Lycie, Ubiscale, GEO++, Navisoc and Galileo for Mobility. Among the showcased products there was a new solution developed by Ubiscale enabling low-power GNSS sensing and position determination for IoT and a high-accuracy positioning application developed by GEO++, leveraging RTK technology in the backend to apply generated GNSS corrections to smartphone measurements.

Places at the Galileo stand will be limited, so get in touch with us as soon as possible to take advantage of this exciting opportunity!

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

MWC Barcelona is an ideal forum to showcase your projects to a wide audience of your peers.

Put your project in the spotlight at MWC Barcelona

11.12.2019 12:49  
MWC Barcelona is an ideal forum to showcase your projects to a wide audience of your peers.
Published: 
11 December 2019

Interested in presenting your solution at the world’s largest mobile event? Then read on! The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is looking for innovative solutions to showcase at the Galileo stand at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona on 24-27 February 2020. Every year MWC brings together leading mobile technology developers, manufacturers, service providers and app developers from across the globe. With over 107,000 visitors expected in 2020, next year’s event will be a perfect opportunity to showcase the latest EGNSS-based innovations.

MWC Barcelona will host the latest cutting-edge technologies from more than 2,400 of the world’s leading mobile technology companies. With a programme featuring leading visionaries and investors, the Congress is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to present and promote innovative new ideas, technologies and applications and bring them to the attention of key decision-makers.

With the goal of exploring the hottest trends influencing the mobile industry, MWC Barcelona is an ideal platform to showcase and promote innovative EGNSS-based solutions and applications, such as those being developed within Horizon 2020. The congress also shows how European space research is enhancing EU industrial competitiveness and playing a pivotal role in tackling the various societal challenges facing Europe. 

Read this: The GSA and Galileo at MWC Barcelona

“MWC is an ideal chance to present your EGNSS-based solutions and bring your applications to the attention of a large audience of your peers, investors and the public at large. If you have an EGNSS-based solution with the potential to improve the lives of European citizens, then we would like to hear from you,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Expression of Interest

With this in mind, ahead of next year’s MWC the GSA is launching a call for expressions of interest among its Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements partners and other EU companies. The idea is to provide a space at the GSA stand to showcase our partners’ Galileo-enabled mobile solutions. For this edition of the congress, the theme of the GSA stand will be: “Leisure, fitness and sports applications” so priority will be given to solutions that address these markets. If you have an EGNSS-based solution or product that you would like to demonstrate at MWC Barcelona, please submit your application to market@gsa.europa.eu by 3 January 2020. Put “Interested in showcasing our project at MWC 2020” in the subject line of your email. For more information on how to apply read the Rules and Conditions.

This will be an unmissable opportunity to present your solutions to a potential investors and beneficiaries. Join us in Barcelona in February 2020 at MWC, where innovation is celebrated, connections are made, insights are gained, products are launched and business gets done!

EGNSS-based innovation

By matching ideas with opportunities and talent with available resources, MWC Barcelona helps support the GSA in its mission of linking space to user needs. In fact, from dual frequency chipsets to new smartphones, EGNSS was behind many of the technology announcements made during the Mobile World Congress 2019. 

And this: Ubiscale: low-power GNSS processing for tracking devices

What’s more, at the MWC 2019, the GSA stand featured displays and presentations on a number of EU projects, including the GSA-managed Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements projects Flamingo and ESCAPE, along with solutions from Lycie, Ubiscale, GEO++, Navisoc and Galileo for Mobility. Among the showcased products there was a new solution developed by Ubiscale enabling low-power GNSS sensing and position determination for IoT and a high-accuracy positioning application developed by GEO++, leveraging RTK technology in the backend to apply generated GNSS corrections to smartphone measurements.

Places at the Galileo stand will be limited, so get in touch with us as soon as possible to take advantage of this exciting opportunity!

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

MWC Barcelona is an ideal forum to showcase your projects to a wide audience of your peers.

NeQuick G code available for download!

11.12.2019 9:56  
Global ionospheric map calculated with NeQuick G for the 18 09 2019 at 07 UT (DOY 261, 2019).
Published: 
11 December 2019

A version of the NeQuick G algorithm using a new coding approach is now available for download on the GSC website. This version is the result of intensive recoding by engineers at the EU’s Joint Research Centre.

GNSS signals travelling through the ionosphere can be significantly delayed by the electrical charges in this atmospheric layer before reaching the users’ terminal. To compensate for this delay in the signal, Galileo receivers integrate a dynamic model of the ionosphere composition known as the NeQuick G model. Receiver manufacturers will now be able to benefit from a version of the NeQuick G correction algorithm that implements a new coding approach. 

Rigorous testing

The JRC concluded its work recently after successful rigorous testing in the framework of the gLAB tool (GNSS software suite from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya). This version of the code has been designed to be highly modular, rendering it more legible for a potential programmer with no specific knowledge about signal propagation in the ionosphere. A library has been also developed to enable its quick integration into existing applications.

Read this: Have your say on the future of Galileo and EGNOS

This software will be released as free and open source software under the terms of the European Union Public Licence (EUPL), version 1.2. The open-source code is now ready to be implemented on single-frequency platforms and can be used on a global scale without limitation under the EUPL. This freedom should contribute to a wider adoption of the NeQuick G model at user level.

This version of the NeQuick G code is available for download on the GSC website. You can register on the site here, and then download the software 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).

Global ionospheric map calculated with NeQuick G for the 18 09 2019 at 07 UT (DOY 261, 2019).

NeQuick G code available for download!

11.12.2019 9:56  
Published: 
11 December 2019

A version of the NeQuick G algorithm using a new coding approach is now available for download on the GSC website. This version is the result of intensive recoding by engineers at the EU’s Joint Research Centre.

GNSS signals travelling through the ionosphere can be significantly delayed by the electrical charges in this atmospheric layer before reaching the users’ terminal. To compensate for this delay in the signal, Galileo receivers integrate a dynamic model of the ionosphere composition known as the NeQuick G model. Receiver manufacturers will now be able to benefit from a version of the NeQuick G correction algorithm that implements a new coding approach. 

Rigorous testing

The JRC concluded its work recently after successful rigorous testing in the framework of the gLAB tool (GNSS software suite from the Universitat Politecnica de Catalunya). This version of the code has been designed to be highly modular, rendering it more legible for a potential programmer with no specific knowledge about signal propagation in the ionosphere. A library has been also developed to enable its quick integration into existing applications.

Read this: Have your say on the future of Galileo and EGNOS

This software will be released as free and open source software under the terms of the European Union Public Licence (EUPL), version 1.2. The open-source code is now ready to be implemented on single-frequency platforms and can be used on a global scale without limitation under the EUPL. This freedom should contribute to a wider adoption of the NeQuick G model at user level.

This version of the NeQuick G code is available for download on the GSC website. You can register on the site here, and then download the software 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).

Global ionospheric map calculated with NeQuick G for the 18 09 2019 at 07 UT (DOY 261, 2019).

PRoPART demonstrates highly accurate automotive positioning solution

10.12.2019 14:15  
The ProPART solution may be a game changer for future autonomous transport.
Published: 
10 December 2019

The Horizon 2020-funded PRoPART project successfully tested a Galileo-based positioning solution enhanced with Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technique for automated trucks and advanced driver assistance systems at the AstaZero Proving Ground in Sandhult, near Borås, Sweden, at the end of November. Combining Galileo’s differentiators with other positioning and sensor technologies, the solution offers reliable cm-level accuracy using correction data from reference stations.

Autonomous vehicles/trucks and advanced driver assistance systems need robust and precise positioning to enhance safety and efficiency and enable reliable operations. This is especially important in the early transition phase when not all vehicles will be automated. 

PRoPART has achieved this goal by exploiting the distinguishing features of Galileo in combination with other positioning sensors and technologies, which it shares using V2X technology. The innovative solution developed during the project has the potential to be a game changer for autonomous transport in the future.

A game changer

The solution was demonstrated in a recreated highway situation, with a connected autonomous truck and two unconnected manned cars. As part of the test, a Scania self-driving truck executed a safe and efficient lane change managed by the PRoPART system, relying on centimetre-level positioning combined with collaborative perception sensor data.

Watch this:PRoPART Project - Precise and Robust Positioning for Automated Road Transports

“Galileo is a key component of the PRoPART platform, and contributes to maintaining the integrity of the information which is essential,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

PRoPART is an important project, in the sense that it delivers robust positioning and timing for future autonomous road transport that fulfils the various needs of vehicle OEMs. It uses object detection sensors as well as PVT information from the GNSS engine along with similar information from road side detection units. This allows it to remotely sense non-connected vehicles, offering a reliable solution for the transition period when both automated and non-automated vehicles will be using the roads.

A truly European venture

The project combines RTK positioning software from Waysure (Sweden) with satellite measurements, in particular advanced and wide band Galileo signals for improved accuracy and enabled with authentication, as developed by Fraunhofer IIS (Germany). The satellite positioning is augmented with an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) ranging solution from Spanish research institution Ceit-IK4. 

And thisFirst Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

The self-driving truck was supplied by Scania, with Hungary-based V2X company Commsignia providing the C-ITS technology. Baselabs from Germany provided fusion of sensor data from on-board and road-side sensors and developed a situational assessment for the automated lane change manoeuvre. The project was coordinated by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) and received funding from the GSA under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme (grant agreement No 776307).

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

The ProPART solution may be a game changer for future autonomous transport.

PRoPART demonstrates highly accurate automotive positioning solution

10.12.2019 14:15  
The ProPART solution may be a game changer for future autonomous transport.
Published: 
10 December 2019

The Horizon 2020-funded PRoPART project successfully tested a Galileo-based positioning solution enhanced with Real Time Kinematic (RTK) technique for automated trucks and advanced driver assistance systems at the AstaZero Proving Ground in Sandhult, near Borås, Sweden, at the end of November. Combining Galileo’s differentiators with other positioning and sensor technologies, the solution offers reliable cm-level accuracy using correction data from reference stations.

Autonomous vehicles/trucks and advanced driver assistance systems need robust and precise positioning to enhance safety and efficiency and enable reliable operations. This is especially important in the early transition phase when not all vehicles will be automated. 

PRoPART has achieved this goal by exploiting the distinguishing features of Galileo in combination with other positioning sensors and technologies, which it shares using V2X technology. The innovative solution developed during the project has the potential to be a game changer for autonomous transport in the future.

A game changer

The solution was demonstrated in a recreated highway situation, with a connected autonomous truck and two unconnected manned cars. As part of the test, a Scania self-driving truck executed a safe and efficient lane change managed by the PRoPART system, relying on centimetre-level positioning combined with collaborative perception sensor data.

Watch thisPRoPART - Precise and Robust Positioning for Automated Road Transport

“Galileo is a key component of the PRoPART platform, and contributes to maintaining the integrity of the information which is essential,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

PRoPART is an important project, in the sense that it delivers robust positioning and timing for future autonomous road transport that fulfils the various needs of vehicle OEMs. It uses object detection sensors as well as PVT information from the GNSS engine along with similar information from road side detection units. This allows it to remotely sense non-connected vehicles, offering a reliable solution for the transition period when both automated and non-automated vehicles will be using the roads.

A truly European venture

The project combines RTK positioning software from Waysure (Sweden) with satellite measurements, in particular advanced and wide band Galileo signals for improved accuracy and enabled with authentication, as developed by Fraunhofer IIS (Germany). The satellite positioning is augmented with an Ultra-Wideband (UWB) ranging solution from Spanish research institution Ceit-IK4. 

Read thisFirst Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

The self-driving truck was supplied by Scania, with Hungary-based V2X company Commsignia providing the C-ITS technology. Baselabs from Germany provided fusion of sensor data from on-board and road-side sensors and developed a situational assessment for the automated lane change manoeuvre. The project was coordinated by the Research Institute of Sweden (RISE) and received funding from the GSA under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 innovation programme (grant agreement No 776307).

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

The ProPART solution may be a game changer for future autonomous transport.

Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

9.12.2019 13:13  
Horizon Europe should establish EGNSS leadership in markets that best exploit its differentiators.
Published: 
09 December 2019

Together with the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been consulting with GNSS user communities to take their input into consideration when defining EGNSS downstream funding priorities in the new financial perspective. A recent report from the GSA summarises the results of these consultations and outlines future R&I priorities.

EGNSS downstream R&I should build on the positive momentum achieved in Horizon 2020, Fundamental Elements and earlier framework programmes by leveraging space data to build applications, receivers that integrate the various EU space programme services and stimulate entrepreneurship and job creation in Europe. 

The GSA’s consultation with the GNSS user community during its User Consultation Platforms in 2017 and 2018 revealed that, to make the space sector competitive, R&I investment should be focused on the downstream domain, increasing the use of space signals and data, and leveraging the differentiators of the EU space programmes to improve the worldwide market share of EU industry and SMEs.

Read this: Horizon 2020 key to international cooperation for Galileo & EGNOS

After 2020, when the Galileo system is fully operational and the new version of EGNOS will start to be deployed, the primary goal will be to establish European GNSS as the leader in those markets and sectors that best exploit the unique differentiators of the systems. Steps should also be taken to complete market uptake in longer-term regulated market segments (e.g. rail, aviation and maritime). Also new funding tools should be introduced in order to cope with the new needs.

Key recommendations

The report makes a number of key recommendations, including on the need to secure the budget and scope related to EGNSS downstream in the Space Regulation and Horizon Europe. What’s more, to achieve the goals outlined above, the report recommends that the Horizon Europe budget be significantly increased compared to Horizon 2020. This increase will also allow for larger pilot projects and operational implementations of Galileo differentiators.

It is also recommended that the Fundamental Elements funding mechanism should fill the gaps in the development of EGNSS-enabled receivers and antennas and target the emerging Galileo differentiators as they become operational, so as to facilitate market readiness. 

Finally, the report recommends the introduction of new funding tools to cope with new needs that cannot be covered by the Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements tools as used until now: 

  • Innovation Procurement for the public sector as a customer of Galileo;
  • Centres of Excellence to leverage regional and national competences as examples and supporters for others;
  • Space-based entrepreneurship to provide a dedicated funding tool for start-ups and SMEs (e.g. in the area of mass market);
  • Venture Capital to scale-up our start-ups.

Next steps 

In April 2019 the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on key elements of the Horizon Europe proposal. According to this agreement, Horizon Europe will be structured in three Pillars: 1. Excellent Science; 2. Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness; and 3. Innovative Europe.

And this: Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

Early involvement and exchanges with Member States and consultation with stakeholders and the public at large took place during the summer of 2019, to stimulate a co-design process towards the first Strategic Plan for the framework programme. This included a workshop held at GSA headquarters in Prague.

This Strategic Planning process will prepare the Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe for 2021-2024. The plan will facilitate the implementation of Horizon Europe, focusing on Pillar II, by setting out key strategic orientations for support to research and innovation. Drafting of the first Horizon Europe Work Programme on the basis of the Strategic Plan will take place during 2020, after which Horizon Europe will come into effect in 2021.

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).

Horizon Europe should establish EGNSS leadership in markets that best exploit its differentiators.

Shaping the future of EGNSS research and innovation

9.12.2019 13:13  
Horizon Europe should establish EGNSS leadership in markets that best exploit its differentiators.
Published: 
09 December 2019

Together with the European Commission, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been consulting with GNSS user communities to take their input into consideration when defining EGNSS downstream funding priorities in the new financial perspective. A recent report from the GSA summarises the results of these consultations and outlines future R&I priorities.

EGNSS downstream R&I should build on the positive momentum achieved in Horizon 2020, Fundamental Elements and earlier framework programmes by leveraging space data to build applications, receivers that integrate the various EU space programme services and stimulate entrepreneurship and job creation in Europe. 

The GSA’s consultation with the GNSS user community during its User Consultation Platforms in 2017 and 2018 revealed that, to make the space sector competitive, R&I investment should be focused on the downstream domain, increasing the use of space signals and data, and leveraging the differentiators of the EU space programmes to improve the worldwide market share of EU industry and SMEs.

Read this: Horizon 2020 key to international cooperation for Galileo & EGNOS

After 2020, when the Galileo system is fully operational and the new version of EGNOS will start to be deployed, the primary goal will be to establish European GNSS as the leader in those markets and sectors that best exploit the unique differentiators of the systems. Steps should also be taken to complete market uptake in longer-term regulated market segments (e.g. rail, aviation and maritime). Also new funding tools should be introduced in order to cope with the new needs.

Key recommendations

The report makes a number of key recommendations, including on the need to secure the budget and scope related to EGNSS downstream in the Space Regulation and Horizon Europe. What’s more, to achieve the goals outlined above, the report recommends that the Horizon Europe budget be significantly increased compared to Horizon 2020. This increase will also allow for larger pilot projects and operational implementations of Galileo differentiators.

It is also recommended that the Fundamental Elements funding mechanism should fill the gaps in the development of EGNSS-enabled receivers and antennas and target the emerging Galileo differentiators as they become operational, so as to facilitate market readiness. 

Finally, the report recommends the introduction of new funding tools to cope with new needs that cannot be covered by the Horizon 2020 and Fundamental Elements tools as used until now: 

  • Innovation Procurement for the public sector as a customer of Galileo;
  • Centres of Excellence to leverage regional and national competences as examples and supporters for others;
  • Space-based entrepreneurship to provide a dedicated funding tool for start-ups and SMEs (e.g. in the area of mass market);
  • Venture Capital to scale-up our start-ups.

Next steps 

In April 2019 the European Parliament and the Council reached a political agreement on key elements of the Horizon Europe proposal. According to this agreement, Horizon Europe will be structured in three Pillars: 1. Excellent Science; 2. Global Challenges and European Industrial Competitiveness; and 3. Innovative Europe.

And this: Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

Early involvement and exchanges with Member States and consultation with stakeholders and the public at large took place during the summer of 2019, to stimulate a co-design process towards the first Strategic Plan for the framework programme. This included a workshop held at GSA headquarters in Prague.

This Strategic Planning process will prepare the Strategic Plan for Horizon Europe for 2021-2024. The plan will facilitate the implementation of Horizon Europe, focusing on Pillar II, by setting out key strategic orientations for support to research and innovation. Drafting of the first Horizon Europe Work Programme on the basis of the Strategic Plan will take place during 2020, after which Horizon Europe will come into effect in 2021.

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).

Horizon Europe should establish EGNSS leadership in markets that best exploit its differentiators.

Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

6.12.2019 12:23  
Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki
Published: 
06 December 2019

The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry. In this way, it addresses a pressing challenge in an industry that is set to see the world’s aircraft fleet more than double in the next 20 years.

Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge

In addition to the overall prize, 26 more prizes were awarded at this year’s Galileo Masters, including the Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge. This award went to Xylene, an app that revolutionises the way timber is supplied to the market. The concept behind the Xylene app is to document every step of the timber supply chain, from the forest to the final product. This unique Source-2-Store process not only enables supply chain tracking, but also validates the origin of the wood as certified or not. 

Read this: uMaze takes Accuracy Matters prize in Galileo Innovation Challenge

By automatically registering GNSS position and consignment volume data, matching this with the individual process steps and generating real-time reports in the event of violations, the app prevents illegal wood from entering the supply chain and reduces fraud. The end customer, in addition to each partner along the supply chain, can visualise the entire supply chain using QR codes. Leveraging Galileo positioning and Copernicus imagery, the app offers the best combination of reliability, feasibility and cost.

Promoting innovation

“Promoting innovation has always been a key goal for the GSA. During our 11 years of partnership with the Galileo Masters, the competition has been an important generator of new market-driven applications and services based on Galileo’s differentiators, and this year has been no different,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “I would like to congratulate all of the participants in this year’s competition and particularly the winners for their innovative use of Galileo,” he said.

Idea of the year

In the ‘Idea of the Year’ category, the winner was CX-GEODRON – a radar-based drone payload for underground detection. The CX-Geodron project is developing a drone payload based on radar equipment and post-processing techniques for geo-referenced data to complement, and sometimes replace, LiDAR laser technologies and take the next step in underground detection applications.

And this: First Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

The use of drones in non-destructive inspection applications has proven feasible and effective, making this a field with very important growth potential. The accuracy, stability, and flight time of drone platforms have significantly improved and the feasibility of using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems in different applications related to terrestrial observation has been demonstrated. What’s more, the detection of buried objects is also continuing to improve with regard to resolution and depth. 

Start-up of the Year

The winner in the ‘Start-up of the Year’ category - PODIS (POst DIstress Signal) - is a client-server IoT solution-as-a-service for automatic crash notification (ACN). The solution’s unique selling point is its patented underlying methodology for filtering out false alarms. Other ACN systems try to filter out false alarms on the client side, which is difficult due to varying vehicle behaviour, while PODIS does this on the server side. 

In this way, PODIS maximises the use of the “golden hour”. This is a trauma term that refers to the first hour from the moment a car accident occurs. The goal of trauma professionals is to get injured people to a hospital within one hour to increase their chances of survival.

The Galileo Masters annually awards the best services, products, and business ideas using satellite navigation in everyday life, fostering the development of market-driven applications and identifying the most outstanding business cases related to GNSS, in line with the EU Space Strategy.

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).

Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki

Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

6.12.2019 12:23  
Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki
Published: 
06 December 2019

The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry. In this way, it addresses a pressing challenge in an industry that is set to see the world’s aircraft fleet more than double in the next 20 years.

Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge

In addition to the overall prize, 26 more prizes were awarded at this year’s Galileo Masters, including the Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge. This award went to Xylene, an app that revolutionises the way timber is supplied to the market. The concept behind the Xylene app is to document every step of the timber supply chain, from the forest to the final product. This unique Source-2-Store process not only enables supply chain tracking, but also validates the origin of the wood as certified or not. 

Read this: uMaze takes Accuracy Matters prize in Galileo Innovation Challenge

By automatically registering GNSS position and consignment volume data, matching this with the individual process steps and generating real-time reports in the event of violations, the app prevents illegal wood from entering the supply chain and reduces fraud. The end customer, in addition to each partner along the supply chain, can visualise the entire supply chain using QR codes. Leveraging Galileo positioning and Copernicus imagery, the app offers the best combination of reliability, feasibility and cost.

Promoting innovation

“Promoting innovation has always been a key goal for the GSA. During our 11 years of partnership with the Galileo Masters, the competition has been an important generator of new market-driven applications and services based on Galileo’s differentiators, and this year has been no different,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “I would like to congratulate all of the participants in this year’s competition and particularly the winners for their innovative use of Galileo,” he said.

Idea of the year

In the ‘Idea of the Year’ category, the winner was CX-GEODRON – a radar-based drone payload for underground detection. The CX-Geodron project is developing a drone payload based on radar equipment and post-processing techniques for geo-referenced data to complement, and sometimes replace, LiDAR laser technologies and take the next step in underground detection applications.

And this: First Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

The use of drones in non-destructive inspection applications has proven feasible and effective, making this a field with very important growth potential. The accuracy, stability, and flight time of drone platforms have significantly improved and the feasibility of using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems in different applications related to terrestrial observation has been demonstrated. What’s more, the detection of buried objects is also continuing to improve with regard to resolution and depth. 

Start-up of the Year

The winner in the ‘Start-up of the Year’ category - PODIS (POst DIstress Signal) - is a client-server IoT solution-as-a-service for automatic crash notification (ACN). The solution’s unique selling point is its patented underlying methodology for filtering out false alarms. Other ACN systems try to filter out false alarms on the client side, which is difficult due to varying vehicle behaviour, while PODIS does this on the server side. 

In this way, PODIS maximises the use of the “golden hour”. This is a trauma term that refers to the first hour from the moment a car accident occurs. The goal of trauma professionals is to get injured people to a hospital within one hour to increase their chances of survival.

The Galileo Masters annually awards the best services, products, and business ideas using satellite navigation in everyday life, fostering the development of market-driven applications and identifying the most outstanding business cases related to GNSS, in line with the EU Space Strategy.

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).

Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki

Performance Cockpit takes overall prize at Galileo Masters 2019

6.12.2019 12:23  
Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki
Published: 
06 December 2019

Performance Cockpit, a business intelligence system from the start-up Aeroficial Intelligence, was named the 2019 Overall Winner of the Galileo Masters international innovation competition during its awards ceremony, held as part of European Space Week on 4 December in Helsinki, Finland. 

The Aeroficial Intelligence system leverages Galileo positioning and EGNOS augmentation in data-driven solutions that increase operational efficiency and considerably reduce fuel consumption in the aviation industry. In this way, it addresses a pressing challenge in an industry that is set to see the world’s aircraft fleet more than double in the next 20 years.

Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge

In addition to the overall prize, 26 more prizes were awarded at this year’s Galileo Masters, including the Galileo-Copernicus Synergy Challenge. This award went to Xylene, an app that revolutionises the way timber is supplied to the market. The concept behind the Xylene app is to document every step of the timber supply chain, from the forest to the final product. This unique Source-2-Store process not only enables supply chain tracking, but also validates the origin of the wood as certified or not. 

Read this: uMaze takes Accuracy Matters prize in Galileo Innovation Challenge

By automatically registering GNSS position and consignment volume data, matching this with the individual process steps and generating real-time reports in the event of violations, the app prevents illegal wood from entering the supply chain and reduces fraud. The end customer, in addition to each partner along the supply chain, can visualise the entire supply chain using QR codes. Leveraging Galileo positioning and Copernicus imagery, the app offers the best combination of reliability, feasibility and cost.

Promoting innovation

“Promoting innovation has always been a key goal for the GSA. During our 11 years of partnership with the Galileo Masters, the competition has been an important generator of new market-driven applications and services based on Galileo’s differentiators, and this year has been no different,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “I would like to congratulate all of the participants in this year’s competition and particularly the winners for their innovative use of Galileo,” he said.

Idea of the year

In the ‘Idea of the Year’ category, the winner was CX-GEODRON – a radar-based drone payload for underground detection. The CX-Geodron project is developing a drone payload based on radar equipment and post-processing techniques for geo-referenced data to complement, and sometimes replace, LiDAR laser technologies and take the next step in underground detection applications.

And this: First Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

The use of drones in non-destructive inspection applications has proven feasible and effective, making this a field with very important growth potential. The accuracy, stability, and flight time of drone platforms have significantly improved and the feasibility of using Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) systems in different applications related to terrestrial observation has been demonstrated. What’s more, the detection of buried objects is also continuing to improve with regard to resolution and depth. 

Start-up of the Year

The winner in the ‘Start-up of the Year’ category - PODIS (POst DIstress Signal) - is a client-server IoT solution-as-a-service for automatic crash notification (ACN). The solution’s unique selling point is its patented underlying methodology for filtering out false alarms. Other ACN systems try to filter out false alarms on the client side, which is difficult due to varying vehicle behaviour, while PODIS does this on the server side. 

In this way, PODIS maximises the use of the “golden hour”. This is a trauma term that refers to the first hour from the moment a car accident occurs. The goal of trauma professionals is to get injured people to a hospital within one hour to increase their chances of survival.

The Galileo Masters annually awards the best services, products, and business ideas using satellite navigation in everyday life, fostering the development of market-driven applications and identifying the most outstanding business cases related to GNSS, in line with the EU Space Strategy.

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).

Participants at this year’s Galileo Masters in Helsinki

EU space ambition in focus in Prague

4.12.2019 11:51  
Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters
Published: 
04 December 2019

The European Union’s ambitions in space were in focus during a recent visit to the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters by French State Secretary for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin, who visited the Agency on Friday 29 November.

Madame de de Montchalin was in Prague to visit the GSA and, during her visit, she noted that: “European ambition in space is considerable, as we saw on 28 November in Seville, and the GSA is transforming this ambition into concrete projects that are improving the life of European citizens.”

The EU is a global leader in space and the space sector in Europe employs over 231,000 professionals, with an estimated value of €53-62 billion to the European economy in 2017. What’s more, Europe manufactures one third of all the world's satellites and, according to Eurospace, the space manufacturing industry posted sales worth €8.5 billion in 2018.

Read this: Horizon 2020 key to international cooperation for Galileo & EGNOS

French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall following his attendance at the European Space Agency ministerial meeting in Seville, Spain on November 27-28 welcomed Madame de Montchalin to the GSA headquarters. “We are very pleased to welcome Madame de Montchalin to the GSA, her visit bears testimony to the importance that France places on ensuring that space serves all Europeans,” he said.

Key contribution

At the meeting, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides highlighted the central role of Europe’s GNSS programmes in the overall contribution of space to the European economy. “According to the latest edition of our GNSS Market Report, European companies account for an estimated 27% of the global GNSS downstream market, which is forecast to increase to EUR 325 billion in 2029,” he said.

“France has been a valued partner for the Galileo programme since the launch of the first operational satellite from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana in 2011, and the critical Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) for our Galileo launches is controlled from the CNES Space Centre in Toulouse,” des Dorides said.

‘With the GSA taking on new its responsibilities in becoming EUSPA at the beginning of 2021 and with Galileo reaching full capability, it is important that all the Member States continue to support our activities, and so we are pleased to take the opportunity of the visit of Mrs Montchalin to explain the evolution of the Galileo services,” he said.

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).

Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters

EU space ambition in focus in Prague

4.12.2019 11:51  
Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters
Published: 
04 December 2019

The European Union’s ambitions in space were in focus during a recent visit to the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters by French State Secretary for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin, who visited the Agency on Friday 29 November.

Madame de de Montchalin was in Prague to visit the GSA and, during her visit, she noted that: “European ambition in space is considerable, as we saw on 28 November in Seville, and the GSA is transforming this ambition into concrete projects that are improving the life of European citizens.”

The EU is a global leader in space and the space sector in Europe employs over 231,000 professionals, with an estimated value of €53-62 billion to the European economy in 2017. What’s more, Europe manufactures one third of all the world's satellites and, according to Eurospace, the space manufacturing industry posted sales worth €8.5 billion in 2018.

Read this: Horizon 2020 key to international cooperation for Galileo & EGNOS

French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall following his attendance at the European Space Agency ministerial meeting in Seville, Spain on November 27-28 welcomed Madame de Montchalin to the GSA headquarters. “We are very pleased to welcome Madame de Montchalin to the GSA, her visit bears testimony to the importance that France places on ensuring that space serves all Europeans,” he said.

Key contribution

At the meeting, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides highlighted the central role of Europe’s GNSS programmes in the overall contribution of space to the European economy. “According to the latest edition of our GNSS Market Report, European companies account for an estimated 27% of the global GNSS downstream market, which is forecast to increase to EUR 325 billion in 2029,” he said.

“France has been a valued partner for the Galileo programme since the launch of the first operational satellite from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana in 2011, and the critical Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) for our Galileo launches is controlled from the CNES Space Centre in Toulouse,” des Dorides said.

‘When the GSA is to taking on new its responsibilities in becoming EUSPA at the beginning of 2021 and with Galileo reaching full capability, this is important that all the Member States continue to support our activities and so we are pleased to take the opportunity of the visit of Mrs Montchalin to explain the evolution of the Galileo services,” he said.

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).

Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters

EU space ambition in focus in Prague

4.12.2019 11:51  
Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters
Published: 
04 December 2019

The European Union’s ambitions in space were in focus during a recent visit to the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters by French State Secretary for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin, who visited the Agency on Friday 29 November.

Madame de de Montchalin was in Prague to visit the GSA and, during her visit, she noted that: “European ambition in space is considerable, as we saw on 28 November in Seville, and the GSA is transforming this ambition into concrete projects that are improving the life of European citizens.”

The EU is a global leader in space and the space sector in Europe employs over 231,000 professionals, with an estimated value of €53-62 billion to the European economy in 2017. What’s more, Europe manufactures one third of all the world's satellites and, according to Eurospace, the space manufacturing industry posted sales worth €8.5 billion in 2018.

Read this: Horizon 2020 key to international cooperation for Galileo & EGNOS

French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall following his attendance at the European Space Agency ministerial meeting in Seville, Spain on November 27-28 welcomed Madame de Montchalin to the GSA headquarters. “We are very pleased to welcome Madame de Montchalin to the GSA, her visit bears testimony to the importance that France places on ensuring that space serves all Europeans,” he said.

Key contribution

At the meeting, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides highlighted the central role of Europe’s GNSS programmes in the overall contribution of space to the European economy. “According to the latest edition of our GNSS Market Report, European companies account for an estimated 27% of the global GNSS downstream market, which is forecast to increase to EUR 325 billion in 2029,” he said.

“France has been a valued partner for the Galileo programme since the launch of the first operational satellite from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana in 2011, and the critical Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) for our Galileo launches is controlled from the CNES Space Centre in Toulouse,” des Dorides said.

‘When the GSA is taking on new its responsibilities in becoming EUSPA at the beginning of 2021 and with Galileo reaching full capability, it is important that all the Member States continue to support our activities, and so we are pleased to take the opportunity of the visit of Mrs Montchalin to explain the evolution of the Galileo services,” he said.

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).

Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters

EU space ambition in focus in Prague

4.12.2019 11:51  
Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters
Published: 
04 December 2019

The European Union’s ambitions in space were in focus during a recent visit to the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Prague headquarters by French State Secretary for European Affairs Amélie de Montchalin, who visited the Agency on Friday 29 November.

Madame de de Montchalin was in Prague to visit the GSA and, during her visit, she noted that: “European ambition in space is considerable, as we saw on 28 November in Seville, and the GSA is transforming this ambition into concrete projects that are improving the life of European citizens.”

The EU is a global leader in space and the space sector in Europe employs over 231,000 professionals, with an estimated value of €53-62 billion to the European economy in 2017. What’s more, Europe manufactures one third of all the world's satellites and, according to Eurospace, the space manufacturing industry posted sales worth €8.5 billion in 2018.

Read this: Horizon 2020 key to international cooperation for Galileo & EGNOS

French Space Agency (CNES) President and GSA Administrative Board Chair Jean-Yves Le Gall following his attendance at the European Space Agency ministerial meeting in Seville, Spain on November 27-28 welcomed Madame de Montchalin to the GSA headquarters. “We are very pleased to welcome Madame de Montchalin to the GSA, her visit bears testimony to the importance that France places on ensuring that space serves all Europeans,” he said.

Key contribution

At the meeting, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides highlighted the central role of Europe’s GNSS programmes in the overall contribution of space to the European economy. “According to the latest edition of our GNSS Market Report, European companies account for an estimated 27% of the global GNSS downstream market, which is forecast to increase to EUR 325 billion in 2029,” he said.

“France has been a valued partner for the Galileo programme since the launch of the first operational satellite from the Guiana Space Centre at Kourou in French Guiana in 2011, and the critical Launch and Early Orbit Phase (LEOP) for our Galileo launches is controlled from the CNES Space Centre in Toulouse,” des Dorides said.

‘With the GSA taking on new its responsibilities in becoming EUSPA at the beginning of 2021 and with Galileo reaching full capability, it is important that all the Member States continue to support our activities, and so we are pleased to take the opportunity of the visit of Mrs Montchalin to explain the evolution of the Galileo services,” he said.

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).

Jean-Yves Le Gall, Madame de Montchalin and Carlo des Dorides at GSA headquarters

Have your say on the future of Galileo and EGNOS

3.12.2019 12:41  
Published: 
03 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the 2019 edition of its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey and its EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. These surveys aim to gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of Galileo and EGNOS end users and to ensure that these needs are taken into consideration in future evolutions of the programmes.

Users have always been at the heart of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) service provision, and feedback from users on their experience of Galileo and EGNOS is invaluable in shaping these services, helping ensure that they continuously improve and better serve the user community.

Tailored by segment

The Galileo User Satisfaction Survey is tailored to fit different categories of users and market segments. Likewise, this year’s EGNOS survey is broken down per EGNOS market segment (Aviation, Maritime, Rail, Road, Agriculture, Surveying and Mapping and LBS). When responding to the survey, select the market segment in which you operate; the market segment that corresponds to your main area of activity; or the market segment that is the most important for your company or organisation, if you are active in multiple market segments.  

Read this: Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

The EGNOS survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service and the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS). It also assesses the EGNOS service provider’s management of EGNOS User Support Services.

If you are a Galileo or EGNOS user, we strongly encourage you to participate and let your voice be heard. The more users that respond, the better the GSA and the Galileo and EGNOS systems will be able to continue to meet your requirements. The surveys will only take about five minutes to complete, and your feedback will make a real difference to future EGNSS service provision.

Survey results

Based on the 2018 Galileo User Satisfaction Results, we can see that user satisfaction was up compared with the previous year, with 90% of users satisfied with Galileo. In total, 98% of users would recommend Galileo to others. Based on feedback from the community, a number of actions were identified for implementation to strengthen Galileo’s market position. 

These include spreading the message that Galileo is already available and performing well; putting additional communications and training efforts in place in the LBS community; and collecting all user related information on EGNSS in a single website, in order to provide users with an integrated interface to support them with application development.

The 2018 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey also showed a positive trend, with a global user satisfaction score of 8.3 out of 10, up from 8.1 in 2017. User satisfaction was highest in the road segment, which scored 9.4 points. User satisfaction with the accuracy, availability, continuity and coverage of the EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL) and Open Service were all up compared to the previous year. 

The main outcomes and conclusions from the 2018 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey are available, and can be downloaded here.

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Help shape future evolutions of Galileo and EGNOS

Have your say on the future of Galileo and EGNOS

3.12.2019 12:41  
Help shape future evolutions of Galileo and EGNOS
Published: 
03 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the 2019 edition of its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey and its EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. These surveys aim to gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of Galileo and EGNOS end users and to ensure that these needs are taken into consideration in future evolutions of the programmes.

Users have always been at the heart of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) service provision, and feedback from users on their experience of Galileo and EGNOS is invaluable in shaping these services, helping ensure that they continuously improve and better serve the user community.

Tailored by segment

The Galileo User Satisfaction Survey is tailored to fit different categories of users and market segments. Likewise, this year’s EGNOS survey is broken down per EGNOS market segment (Aviation, Maritime, Rail, Road, Agriculture, Surveying and Mapping and LBS). When responding to the survey, select the market segment in which you operate; the market segment that corresponds to your main area of activity; or the market segment that is the most important for your company or organisation, if you are active in multiple market segments.  

Read this: Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

The EGNOS survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service and the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS). It also assesses the EGNOS service provider’s management of EGNOS User Support Services.

If you are a Galileo or EGNOS user, we strongly encourage you to participate and let your voice be heard. The more users that respond, the better the GSA and the Galileo and EGNOS systems will be able to continue to meet your requirements. The surveys will only take about five minutes to complete, and your feedback will make a real difference to future EGNSS service provision.

Survey results

Based on the 2018 Galileo User Satisfaction Results, we can see that user satisfaction was up compared with the previous year, with 90% of users satisfied with Galileo. In total, 98% of users would recommend Galileo to others. Based on feedback from the community, a number of actions were identified for implementation to strengthen Galileo’s market position. 

These include spreading the message that Galileo is already available and performing well; putting additional communications and training efforts in place in the LBS community; and collecting all user related information on EGNSS in a single website, in order to provide users with an integrated interface to support them with application development.

The 2018 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey also showed a positive trend, with a global user satisfaction score of 8.3 out of 10, up from 8.1 in 2017. User satisfaction was highest in the road segment, which scored 9.4 points. User satisfaction with the accuracy, availability, continuity and coverage of the EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL) and Open Service were all up compared to the previous year. 

The main outcomes and conclusions from the 2018 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey are available, and can be downloaded here.

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

Help shape future evolutions of Galileo and EGNOS

Have your say on the future of Galileo and EGNOS

3.12.2019 12:41  
Help shape future evolutions of Galileo and EGNOS
Published: 
03 December 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is launching the 2019 edition of its Galileo User Satisfaction Survey and its EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. These surveys aim to gain a better understanding of the needs and requirements of Galileo and EGNOS end users and to ensure that these needs are taken into consideration in future evolutions of the programmes.

Users have always been at the heart of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) service provision, and feedback from users on their experience of Galileo and EGNOS is invaluable in shaping these services, helping ensure that they continuously improve and better serve the user community.

Tailored by segment

The Galileo User Satisfaction Survey is tailored to fit different categories of users and market segments. Likewise, this year’s EGNOS survey is broken down per EGNOS market segment (Aviation, Maritime, Rail, Road, Agriculture, Surveying and Mapping and LBS). When responding to the survey, select the market segment in which you operate; the market segment that corresponds to your main area of activity; or the market segment that is the most important for your company or organisation, if you are active in multiple market segments.  

Read this: Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

The EGNOS survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service, the Safety of Life Service and the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS). It also assesses the EGNOS service provider’s management of EGNOS User Support Services.

If you are a Galileo or EGNOS user, we strongly encourage you to participate and let your voice be heard. The more users that respond, the better the GSA and the Galileo and EGNOS systems will be able to continue to meet your requirements. The surveys will only take about five minutes to complete, and your feedback will make a real difference to future EGNSS service provision.

Survey results

Based on the 2018 Galileo User Satisfaction Results, we can see that user satisfaction was up compared with the previous year, with 90% of users satisfied with Galileo. In total, 98% of users would recommend Galileo to others. Based on feedback from the community, a number of actions were identified for implementation to strengthen Galileo’s market position. 

These include spreading the message that Galileo is already available and performing well; putting additional communications and training efforts in place in the LBS community; and collecting all user related information on EGNSS in a single website, in order to provide users with an integrated interface to support them with application development.

The 2018 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey also showed a positive trend, with a global user satisfaction score of 8.3 out of 10, up from 8.1 in 2017. User satisfaction was highest in the road segment, which scored 9.4 points. User satisfaction with the accuracy, availability, continuity and coverage of the EGNOS Safety of Life (SoL) and Open Service were all up compared to the previous year. 

The main outcomes and conclusions from the 2018 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey are available, and can be downloaded here.

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

Help shape future evolutions of Galileo and EGNOS

uMaze takes Accuracy Matters prize in Galileo Innovation Challenge

2.12.2019 14:11  
The winning team receiving their prize.
Published: 
02 December 2019

The Finnish team uMaze was declared the winner of the GSA’s Accuracy Matters challenge in the Galileo Innovation Challenge, which took place at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The hackathon was organised by Ultrahack, with support from the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) acted as a partner, providing mentors and judges and sponsoring a challenge.

The contenders for the challenge were tasked with designing, developing and demonstrating a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from Galileo’s enhanced accuracy. In total, seven teams of innovators and developers from around the world took up the challenge, and worked over the three days to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases.

The top four

uMaze took the EUR 3000 first prize for their app, which creates mazes in specific outdoor areas in which users can play. The uMaze team also reached the finals of the MyGalileoApp competition. Since then, they have taken their app to the next level, increasing accuracy and including a function that informs users when the phone’s Galileo positioning is working. Given the level of precision required by the mazes, the user experience really depends on whether the phone has Galileo, so it scored highly on the hackathon’s ‘Galileo relevance’ criterion.

Read this: First Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

“For its part, Traficom wants to help Finnish industry and application developers to be at the forefront in introducing new services based on the Galileo system. The objective of the Galileo Innovation Challenge is to raise public awareness about European satellite navigation and support application developers in creating more solutions based on Galileo,” says Senior Specialist Tero Vihavainen from Traficom.

There was a tie for second prize of EUR 2000 between the Heim.tech and Kill it before it Kills You teams. The Heim.tech app monitors and manages wild fires using a drone equipped with a very sensitive thermal sensor to detect even small fires; a mobile app for people on the ground, and a user interface for controlling operations.

At the hackathon they focused only on the mobile app interface for managing assets and resources on the ground, mapping distances to the fire, calculating the human and material resources needed to reach the fire, providing an overview of where the fire is growing, and optimising the speed and efficiency of the response.

The Kill it before it Kills You app, which monitors the spread of contagious diseases, consists of two parts: one for the disease control centre and one for the infected patient. The app creates heat maps for contagious diseases and also tracks infected people, monitoring where the disease might spread.

The idea is that when infected people go to hospital and are diagnosed, they are given free drugs in exchange for using the app to track where they go. The business case is that prevention is cheaper than cure, and that only by having a clear overview of where a disease is spreading will it be possible to put crisis centres in place and organise a targeted response.

And this: MyGalileoApp: the results are in!

Finally, third prize worth EUR 1000, went to the Approach team, for their crowdsourced app for climbers. The app is able to pinpoint arrival and destination marks for a climb and, based on user input, calculate the optimal path for reaching a climbing destination. The app uses the enhanced positioning of Galileo, pinpointing every step of the climb and mapping the continuous decision-making process of climbers as they navigate the most secure paths.

“All of the apps presented at the Galileo Innovation Challenge rely on the positioning provided by GNSS and Galileo, the apps that we supported and evaluated as part of the ‘Accuracy Matters’ stream really took advantage of Galileo and dual frequency, to the point that accuracy really determined the outcome and quality of the user experience,” said Justyna Redelkiewicz Musial, in charge of LBS and IoT market development at the GSA.

“App developers are a great community to work with because they completely understand the ‘user-centric’ ethos which is also at the heart of our work at the GSA,” she said.

Quantum leap progress

All the winning apps made quantum leap progress during the 48 hours of the hackathon and made the most of the support provided by the GSA in terms of strategic guidance, technical mentoring and business development.

Along with the cash prizes the top three teams will be able to take advantage of some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR. The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which is taking place immediately after the Galileo Innovation Challenge, at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

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The winning team receiving their prize.

Horizon 2020 key to international cooperation for Galileo & EGNOS

29.11.2019 10:54  
Horizon 2020 is a key driver of international cooperation in the area of EGNSS
Published: 
29 November 2019

Use of European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS, EGNSS) is not restricted to Europe’s borders, and the compatibility of space systems means that users and businesses around the globe are able to benefit from greater coverage, higher accuracy and more confidence in their position fixes thanks to EGNSS. International users are therefore interested in exploring opportunities for greater cooperation with the European space programmes. Horizon 2020 is a key entry point for this.

Horizon 2020 and its successor framework programme Horizon Europe offer excellent opportunities for organisations around the world to team up with entities in the European Union to conduct research and development in a wide range of areas. European GNSS (EGNSS) is one such area and the EGNSS downstream market, in particular, is an ideal forum for international cooperation, with advantages for both sides in terms of new markets and business opportunities.

In this context, participation in Horizon 2020 Calls is an effective driver of international cooperation that strengthens existing and creates new links with non-EU countries. Any H2020 project can include international partners and international participation in these projects brings multiple benefits, including access to knowledge, markets, talent and investment, better research and exploitation and a higher global profile for the projects. Through previous R&I initiatives GSA has established cooperation with a wide network of international EGNSS players and the objective is to strengthen the existing and upcoming link with more countries.

Applicants from non-EU countries are eligible to take part in Horizon 2020 programmes – even if the calls for proposals or topic texts do not explicitly state this. However, they are not always automatically entitled to funding. For a list of countries eligible for Horizon 2020 funding, click here.

Creating international partnerships

EGNSS-related projects funded under Horizon 2020 have already yielded significant successes. One such project is BELS and its successor BELS+. The BELS+ consortium brings together partners from Europe and Southeast Asia with the aim of developing GNSS markets for EU companies in Southeast Asia and helping EGNSS applications gain a foothold in this rapidly growing market. Towards this goal, the project conducts a range of coordinated activities to raise awareness and build capacities for the exploitation of EGNSS technologies in the region.

Watch thisGalileo Hackathon Bangalore

Likewise, the European GNSS Agency (GSA)-funded GNSS.asia H2020 project aims to stimulate the creation of partnerships between GNSS industries in Europe and Asia, while supporting institutional cooperation and encouraging Galileo adoption. The project is dedicated to GNSS industrial cooperation between Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, with a focus on the downstream market. The project offers various services, including industry matchmaking and international cooperation events, and has permanent teams in Europe, India, China, Taiwan, South Korea and Japan.

Another example of successful international EGNSS cooperation is the MAGNIFIC project. The core aim of MAGNIFIC (Multiplying in Africa European Global Navigation Initiatives Fostering Interlaced Cooperation), which was funded in the Horizon 2020 1st Galileo call, was to demonstrate the benefits of EGNSS to African stakeholders. The project focused in particular on six priority markets: road, aviation, maritime, precision, agriculture/environment protection, civil protection and surveillance, and LBS.

Read this: Bavaria rings to the sound of BELS+

Last chance before Horizon Europe

Horizon 2020 will draw to a close in 2020, but there is still time to take advantage of the opportunities for international cooperation in the final EGNSS market uptake 2019-2020 Call. This Call, with a total budget of EUR 21 million, opened on 5 November.

Dealing with the development of new innovative applications fostering digitisation, smart mobility, societal resilience and environmental protection and with a brand new topic tailored to public authorities, this is the last Horizon 2020 Call before the launch of its successor framework programme – Horizon Europe.

For more information on the final EGNSS market uptake call, click here. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2020.

Do you need support in getting in touch with non-EU partners? We can help, as we have particularly active links with:

  • UAE, Oman, Saudi Arabia
  • Northern African countries: Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt
  • South Africa
  • ASECNA countries
  • Israel, Lebanon, Jordan
  • Ukraine, Georgia, Azerbaijan, Moldavia
  • South America: Brazil, Chile, Argentina, Uruguay
  • Central America: Mexico, Costar Rica, Panama
  • Vietnam, Malaysia, South Korea, Japan.
  • Australia, New Zealand.

We would be happy to discuss with you, contact us at RESEARCH@gsa.europa.eu!

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Horizon 2020 is a key driver of international cooperation in the area of EGNSS

First Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

28.11.2019 12:06  
The test saw a Renault ZOE electric car autonomously driven on tracks and on public roads.
Published: 
28 November 2019

The University of Technology of Compiègne, France, has hosted a live demonstration of the first autonomous vehicle powered by Galileo. As part of this demonstration, a Renault ZOE electric car has been autonomously driven on tracks and on public roads in a world first for the Galileo programme.

Participants in the event had a unique opportunity to ride in an autonomous vehicle fitted with an innovative positioning engine developed by the ESCAPE project - the ESCAPE GNSS engine (EGE). The EGE leverages Galileo signals and services to provide a core positioning component in autonomous vehicles. It was designed and prototyped by the ESCAPE project, funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements programme.

GSA and European Commission representatives, the French and Spanish national authorities and the automobile industry took part in the demonstration of the Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle.

“The Declaration of Amsterdam already states that the Galileo and EGNOS differentiators -authentication, high accuracy and integrity - are sine qua non conditions for the uptake of autonomous vehicles. Nevertheless, this technological development should aim to be fair, inclusive and green,” said Alvaro Herrero from the Spanish Ministry of Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Watch this: Driving with Galileo

“GNSS is a key enabling technology towards fully Connected and Automated Driving. What we are witnessing today with the demonstration of the ESCAPE GNSS engine, which leverages Galileo’s multi-frequency and multi-constellation capability, is actually a glimpse of what ‘driving’ will look like in the near future, and is a key milestone bringing us ever closer to full automation,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Live demonstrations

Cars equipped with the EGE were showcased in two demonstrations at the event. During the first demo on a Renault ZOE electric car, participants and journalists had a unique opportunity to get on board the vehicle and take a driverless ride on the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) track.

“The information available from the Galileo GNSS constellation should contribute to the deployment of vehicles with autonomous driving capabilities and to enhance our location-dependent driving Assistance Systems (ADAS),” said Patrick Bastard, Research Director at Renault Group. “The results from the ESCAPE project on the integrity associated with the estimated vehicle location are very important; they are an enabler for the deployment of any safety critical vehicle application. It tells us about the ‘quality’ of the estimates, thus its usability.”

In the second demo, a second vehicle was driven on a public road in Compiègne to demonstrate the potential of the system in a peri-urban environment. There were no passengers in this car, but the participants were able to watch a live video of the test broadcast via 4G with the estimated position obtained using the EGE along with RTK.

“Galileo will dramatically improve precision and allows us to deploy these vehicles quicker,” said Rémi Bastien, VP automotive prospective at Renault Group.

Localisation workshop

Information sessions on the ESCAPE project, including use cases for autonomous driving, high accuracy and integrity, localisation standards, and HD maps for localisation followed the demos.

A presentation of the TESEO APP receiver from STMicroelectronics, which combines multiple-frequency and multi-constellation tracking and enables autonomous-driving systems to combine precise positioning with sensor data for enhanced performance, safety and reliability was also delivered.

Read this: GNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

Following the presentations, a workshop was held on localisation integrity for autonomous driving, with discussions on relative and absolute localisation and integrity estimation for land-based applications.

The ESCAPE prototype

The EGE prototype design includes several major components, including a novel multi-frequency, multi-constellation automotive-grade GNSS receiver. The main distinguishing feature of the ESCAPE receiver is its ability to precisely and simultaneously process signals from two different GNSS bands and from different satellite constellations. Although this capability is common in high-end professional receivers, it is cutting-edge in the automotive Tier-2 panorama.

The receiver is also a first-of-a-kind device in its segment to support the new Navigation Message Authentication (NMA) service of Galileo - the open E1 signal. Finally, the new GNSS receiver comes with several core signal-processing enhancements: better receiver sensitivity and tracking capability, multipath mitigation, more intermediate frequency (IF) channels and flexibility in routing IF samples, jamming detection and mitigation, and optimisation of the GNSS data flow.

The result is an ESCAPE GNSS sensor that combines a high-end GNSS technology traditionally reserved for professional applications, innovative dual-band Galileo processing, as well as all the hardware and software safety aspects that are needed to certify the component for the automotive market.

“When we fund projects in automation we always involve users, in this case the car maker. By funding ESCAPE, currently at level 4 of high automation, we are following our strategy to develop autonomous driving technology one level after the other to reach full automation with the next Horizon 2020 project which will begin in January 2020,” said GSA Market Development Officer Flavio Sbardellati.

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

The test saw a Renault ZOE electric car autonomously driven on tracks and on public roads.

First Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle successfully demonstrated

28.11.2019 12:06  
The test saw a Renault ZOE electric car autonomously driven on tracks and on public roads.
Published: 
28 November 2019

The University of Technology of Compiègne, France, has hosted a live demonstration of the first autonomous vehicle powered by Galileo. As part of this demonstration, a Renault ZOE electric car has been autonomously driven on tracks and on public roads in a world first for the Galileo programme.

Participants in the event had a unique opportunity to ride in an autonomous vehicle fitted with an innovative positioning engine developed by the ESCAPE project - the ESCAPE GNSS engine (EGE). The EGE leverages Galileo signals and services to provide a core positioning component in autonomous vehicles. It was designed and prototyped by the ESCAPE project, funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements programme.

GSA and European Commission representatives, the French and Spanish national authorities and the automobile industry took part in the demonstration of the Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle.

“The EU, Member states, industry, and other stakeholders have already recognized, in the Declaration of Amsterdam, that the Galileo and Egnos differentiators (authentication, high accuracy and integrity) are sine qua non conditions for the uptake of the automated driving technology. This technology will allow us to make automated vehicles safer, and will bring us closer to our objectives of achieving an inclusive, accessible, affordable and sustainable mobility to all,” said Alvaro Herrero from the Spanish Ministry of Ministry of Public Works and Transport.

Watch this: Driving with Galileo

“GNSS is a key enabling technology towards fully Connected and Automated Driving. What we are witnessing today with the demonstration of the ESCAPE GNSS engine, which leverages Galileo’s multi-frequency and multi-constellation capability, is actually a glimpse of what ‘driving’ will look like in the near future, and is a key milestone bringing us ever closer to full automation,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Live demonstrations

Cars equipped with the EGE were showcased in two demonstrations at the event. During the first demo on a Renault ZOE electric car, participants and journalists had a unique opportunity to get on board the vehicle and take a driverless ride on the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) track.

“The information available from the Galileo GNSS constellation should contribute to the deployment of vehicles with autonomous driving capabilities and to enhance our location-dependent driving Assistance Systems (ADAS),” said Patrick Bastard, Research Director at Renault Group. “The results from the ESCAPE project on the integrity associated with the estimated vehicle location are very important; they are an enabler for the deployment of any safety critical vehicle application. It tells us about the ‘quality’ of the estimates, thus its usability.”

In the second demo, a second vehicle was driven on a public road in Compiègne to demonstrate the potential of the system in a peri-urban environment. There were no passengers in this car, but the participants were able to watch a live video of the test broadcast via 4G with the estimated position obtained using the EGE along with RTK.

“Galileo will dramatically improve precision and allows us to deploy these vehicles quicker,” said Rémi Bastien, VP automotive prospective at Renault Group.

Localisation workshop

Information sessions on the ESCAPE project, including use cases for autonomous driving, high accuracy and integrity, localisation standards, and HD maps for localisation followed the demos.

A presentation of the TESEO APP receiver from STMicroelectronics, which combines multiple-frequency and multi-constellation tracking and enables autonomous-driving systems to combine precise positioning with sensor data for enhanced performance, safety and reliability was also delivered.

Read this: GNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

Following the presentations, a workshop was held on localisation integrity for autonomous driving, with discussions on relative and absolute localisation and integrity estimation for land-based applications.

The ESCAPE prototype

The EGE prototype design includes several major components, including a novel multi-frequency, multi-constellation automotive-grade GNSS receiver. The main distinguishing feature of the ESCAPE receiver is its ability to precisely and simultaneously process signals from two different GNSS bands and from different satellite constellations. Although this capability is common in high-end professional receivers, it is cutting-edge in the automotive Tier-2 panorama.

The receiver is also a first-of-a-kind device in its segment to support the new Navigation Message Authentication (NMA) service of Galileo - the open E1 signal. Finally, the new GNSS receiver comes with several core signal-processing enhancements: better receiver sensitivity and tracking capability, multipath mitigation, more intermediate frequency (IF) channels and flexibility in routing IF samples, jamming detection and mitigation, and optimisation of the GNSS data flow.

The result is an ESCAPE GNSS sensor that combines a high-end GNSS technology traditionally reserved for professional applications, innovative dual-band Galileo processing, as well as all the hardware and software safety aspects that are needed to certify the component for the automotive market.

“When we fund projects in automation we always involve users, in this case the car maker. By funding ESCAPE, currently at level 4 of high automation, we are following our strategy to develop autonomous driving technology one level after the other to reach full automation with the next Horizon 2020 project which will begin in January 2020,” said GSA Market Development Officer Flavio Sbardellati.

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The test saw a Renault ZOE electric car autonomously driven on tracks and on public roads.

From GSA to EUSPA: space transforming business and the economy

27.11.2019 15:07  
GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the Prague House debate.
Published: 
27 November 2019

On Tuesday 19 November 2019, a debate entitled ‘Prague’s Guide to the Galaxy: From GSA to EU Agency for the Space Programme’ was held on the premises of Prague House in Brussels. Organised  by the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, the debate looked at how space data can transform our economy and businesses.

The panel debate featured GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, MEP and member of the EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Martina Dlabajová, Director for EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission Matthias Petschke, Director of the Intelligent Transport Systems, Space Activities, R&D and Innovation Department at the Czech Ministry of Transport Václav Kobera, and Director of the Prague Project Management Department Jan Dobrovský. 
The debate was moderated by Ambassador Jaroslav Zajicek, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to COREPER I (Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union) and, following a welcoming address by Head of the Prague Delegation to the EU Lucie Čadilová, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides spoke about space’s contribution to the European economy.

Enormous potential

“According to our recent GNSS Market Report, the global downstream market revenue from both GNSS devices and services will grow from EUR 150 billion in 2019 to EUR 325 billion in 2029. These figures show us that space already plays a major role in the EU economy, creating opportunities for business and jobs for European citizens,” des Dorides said, adding that this role would only increase in the future, especially with the new responsibilities of the Agency, which is to  become the EU Space Programme Agency (EUSPA) by January 2021, taking over responsibilities for Copernicus markets uptake also. 
MEP Dlabajová noted that it had been seven years since the administrative centre of the Galileo Navigation System was relocated from Brussels to Prague – a city with a long tradition of space research and industry. She said that this had been a good decision, while also stressing the need to secure adequate funding for the programme. 
“It offers many opportunities including for small and medium-sized enterprises which are core to the European economy. If the EU wants a space strategy with a real impact on our citizens and businesses and to achieve all the commitments and even further goals, we must secure sufficient funding,” she said. 

Bringing space to Earth

At the event, Ambassador Zajicek also highlighted the importance of funding, and expressed the hope that the event would help spread the word about the benefits that EU space activities bring to our everyday lives. “It is crucial that the GSA, and later the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), is well funded so it can continue its tremendous work in bringing space to Earth," he said. 
Representing the business sector on the panel, Luboš Kučera, Managing Director at GISAT, a Czech company providing geo-information services based on Earth Observation technology, spoke about the synergies to be found between Earth observation and GNSS positioning and presented several applications based on these synergies.
The event was very well attended, with several MEPs present, including MEP Christophe Grudler from the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, along with financial attachés from nearly all the EU Member States.

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GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the Prague House debate.

From GSA to EUSPA: space transforming business and the economy

27.11.2019 15:07  
GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the Prague House debate.
Published: 
27 November 2019

On Tuesday 19 November 2019, a debate entitled ‘Prague’s Guide to the Galaxy: From GSA to EU Agency for the Space Programme’ was held on the premises of Prague House in Brussels. Organised  by the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, the debate looked at how space data can transform our economy and businesses.

The panel debate featured GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, MEP and member of the EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Martina Dlabajová, Director for EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission Matthias Petschke, Director of the Intelligent Transport Systems, Space Activities, R&D and Innovation Department at the Czech Ministry of Transport Václav Kobera, and Director of the Prague Project Management Department Jan Dobrovský. 
The debate was moderated by Ambassador Jaroslav Zajicek, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to COREPER I (Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union) and, following a welcoming address by Head of the Prague Delegation to the EU Lucie Čadilová, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides spoke about space’s contribution to the European economy.

Enormous potential

“According to our recent GNSS Market Report, the global downstream market revenue from both GNSS devices and services will grow from EUR 150 billion in 2019 to EUR 325 billion in 2029. These figures show us that space already plays a major role in the EU economy, creating opportunities for business and jobs for European citizens,” des Dorides said, adding that this role is at the centre of the new responsibilities of the Agency, which is to  become the EU Space Programme Agency (EUSPA) by January 2021, taking over responsibilities for Copernicus markets uptake also. 
MEP Dlabajová noted that it had been seven years since the administrative centre of the Galileo Navigation System was relocated from Brussels to Prague – a city with a long tradition of space research and industry. She said that this had been a good decision, while also stressing the need to secure adequate funding for the programme. 
“It offers many opportunities including for small and medium-sized enterprises which are core to the European economy. If the EU wants a space strategy with a real impact on our citizens and businesses and to achieve all the commitments and even further goals, we must secure sufficient funding,” she said. 

Bringing space to Earth

At the event, Ambassador Zajicek also highlighted the importance of funding, and expressed the hope that the event would help spread the word about the benefits that EU space activities bring to our everyday lives. “It is crucial that the GSA, and later the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), is well funded so it can continue its tremendous work in bringing space to Earth," he said. 
Representing the business sector on the panel, Luboš Kučera, Managing Director at GISAT, a Czech company providing geo-information services based on Earth Observation technology, spoke about the synergies to be found between Earth observation and GNSS positioning and presented several applications based on these synergies.
The event was very well attended, with several MEPs present, including MEP Christophe Grudler from the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, along with financial attachés from nearly all the EU Member States.

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GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the Prague House debate.

From GSA to EUSPA: space transforming business and the economy

27.11.2019 15:07  
GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the Prague House debate.
Published: 
27 November 2019

On Tuesday 19 November 2019, a debate entitled ‘Prague’s Guide to the Galaxy: From GSA to EU Agency for the Space Programme’ was held on the premises of Prague House in Brussels. Organised by the Permanent Representation of the Czech Republic to the EU, the debate looked at how space data can transform our economy and businesses.

The panel debate featured GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, MEP and member of the EP Committee on Industry, Research and Energy Martina Dlabajová, Director for EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission Matthias Petschke, Director of the Intelligent Transport Systems, Space Activities, R&D and Innovation Department at the Czech Ministry of Transport Václav Kobera, and Director of the Prague Project Management Department Jan Dobrovský.

The debate was moderated by Ambassador Jaroslav Zajicek, Permanent Representative of the Czech Republic to COREPER I (Committee of the Permanent Representatives of the Governments of the Member States to the European Union) and, following a welcoming address by Head of the Prague Delegation to the EU Lucie Čadilová, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides spoke about space’s contribution to the European economy.

Enormous potential

“According to our recent GNSS Market Report, the global downstream market revenue from both GNSS devices and services will grow from EUR 150 billion in 2019 to EUR 325 billion in 2029. These figures show us that space already plays a major role in the EU economy, creating opportunities for business and jobs for European citizens,” des Dorides said, adding that this role is at the centre of the new responsibilities of the Agency, which is to  become the EU Space Programme Agency (EUSPA) by January 2021, taking over responsibilities for Copernicus markets uptake also.

Read this: Europe’s economy is increasingly dependent on space

MEP Dlabajová noted that it had been seven years since the administrative centre of the Galileo Navigation System was relocated from Brussels to Prague – a city with a long tradition of space research and industry. She said that this had been a good decision, while also stressing the need to secure adequate funding for the programme. 

“It offers many opportunities including for small and medium-sized enterprises which are core to the European economy. If the EU wants a space strategy with a real impact on our citizens and businesses and to achieve all the commitments and even further goals, we must secure sufficient funding,” she said. 

Bringing space to Earth

At the event, Ambassador Zajicek also highlighted the importance of funding, and expressed the hope that the event would help spread the word about the benefits that EU space activities bring to our everyday lives. “It is crucial that the GSA, and later the EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA), is well funded so it can continue its tremendous work in bringing space to Earth," he said.

And this: Space programme in focus at Brussels meetings

Representing the business sector on the panel, Luboš Kučera, Managing Director at GISAT, a Czech company providing geo-information services based on Earth Observation technology, spoke about the synergies to be found between Earth observation and GNSS positioning and presented several applications based on these synergies.

The event was very well attended, with several MEPs present, including MEP Christophe Grudler from the Committee on Employment and Social Affairs, along with financial attachés from nearly all the EU Member States.

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GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the Prague House debate.

EU space infrastructure guarantees leadership in security and defence

21.11.2019 14:24  
Space policy is an essential dimension of the European Union’s strategic autonomy
Published: 
21 November 2019

The European Union’s space infrastructure and know-how provide the assets needed to guarantee leadership in the area of security and defence policy. At a meeting of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) on 12 November European GNSS Agency (GSA) Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel spoke about how the European Union's space programmes contribute to its strategic autonomy in the area of security and defence.

Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus offer the European Union and its Member States the fundamental tools needed for independence in decision-making through the navigation, localisation, Earth observation, communication and surveillance services that they provide.

SEDE Committee Chair Nathalie Loiseau opened the meeting with a comment on the security and defence dimension of space, noting that Europe’s economies, societies, infrastructures and public services policies are becoming more and more dependent on space. “Space has become a critical strategic element for developed societies. This makes us vulnerable, so we need to be aware of this in our security and defence policy,” she said. 

In his speech at the meeting, Claudel noted that the new Regulation on the space programme passed in April further strengthens the link between space, defence and security by creating synergies between the fields of navigation, Earth observation and communication. “These synergies will lead to improved applications for the detection and fight against global natural disasters,” he said.

Essential culture of security

Claudel also noted that the development of space surveillance, the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme, is essential for ensuring the protection of the EU's space capabilities. The SSA programme is designed to support Europe's independent access and utilisation of space by providing timely and accurate information on the space environment, and particularly hazards to in-orbit and ground infrastructure.

Read this: Europe’s economy is increasingly dependent on space - ITRE committee hears

“Security is one of the 3 major missions entrusted to the GSA, including the Security Accreditation Board (SAB). Although an independent entity, the SAB is supported by the GSA in its mission, which is to ensure compliance between European GNSS standards and the safety regulations of the European Union,” Claudel said. 

He said that, in order to strengthen the EU's Security and Defence Policy, a security culture at the service of the EU's space programmes is essential. “The experience gained by the GSA through the operations of Galileo in terms of security (including cybersecurity) is fundamental to reinforce synergies and the sharing of space resources in the service of our security and security policy,” he said.

Cornerstone of government space use

Along with security, the GSA COO also touched on the other 2 key areas in which the GSA has acquired solid experience that can be put to the service of all the EU’s space programmes when the Agency’s remit is broadened under the aegis of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). These are the PRS and Critical Infrastructure.

The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service for governmental authorised users and sensitive applications that require high continuity. “The PRS service is the cornerstone for governmental use of the European space programmes. It is delivered through  a security chain adapted to the needs of the EU Member States and of the European Union.” Claudel said.

And this: PRS – the future is bright!

He said that this requires continuity of services, efficient operational procedures and a high level of security to protect the entire infrastructure and its communications to end users. “The experience gained from the PRS will be crucial for the handling of Galileo navigation, GovSatCom telecommunication and SSA space surveillance information,” he said.

Essential for strategic autonomy

Regarding the protection of critical infrastructures and their synchronisation with satellite navigation systems, he noted that this synchronisation is currently mainly provided by GPS. “It is therefore important that legislation establishes Galileo ahead of time as the main provider of services, in order to ensure autonomy,” he said, adding that this is particularly important in the context of internal security, transport, energy and telecommunications.

As space policy is an essential dimension of our strategic autonomy, it is essential to preserve the EU’s sensitive technological and industrial capabilities, which means that it is necessary to be very present on the civilian market because of the difference in terms of budget spending by our competitors, he said.

“This is also why a key goal of the GSA is to promote and stimulate the use of European GNSS in all sectors of the market, thus guaranteeing a work plan for our industry and SMEs, job creation and growth at European level,” he said.

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).

Space policy is an essential dimension of the European Union’s strategic autonomy

EU space infrastructure guarantees leadership in security and defence

21.11.2019 14:24  
Space policy is an essential dimension of the European Union’s strategic autonomy
Published: 
21 November 2019

The European Union’s space infrastructure and know-how provide the assets needed to guarantee leadership in the area of security and defence policy. At a meeting of the European Parliament's Subcommittee on Security and Defence (SEDE) on 12 November European GNSS Agency (GSA) Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel spoke about how the European Union's space programmes contribute to its strategic autonomy in the area of security and defence.

Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus offer the European Union and its Member States the fundamental tools needed for independence in decision-making through the navigation, localisation, Earth observation, communication and surveillance services that they provide.

SEDE Committee Chair Nathalie Loiseau opened the meeting with a comment on the security and defence dimension of space, noting that Europe’s economies, societies, infrastructures and public services policies are becoming more and more dependent on space. “Space has become a critical strategic element for developed societies. This makes us vulnerable, so we need to be aware of this in our security and defence policy,” she said. 

In his speech at the meeting, Claudel noted that the new Regulation on the space programme passed in April further strengthens the link between space, defence and security by creating synergies between the fields of navigation, Earth observation and communication. “These synergies will lead to improved applications for the detection and fight against global natural disasters,” he said.

Essential culture of security

Claudel also noted that the development of space surveillance, the Space Situational Awareness (SSA) programme, is essential for ensuring the protection of the EU's space capabilities. The SSA programme is designed to support Europe's independent access and utilisation of space by providing timely and accurate information on the space environment, and particularly hazards to in-orbit and ground infrastructure.

Read this: Europe’s economy is increasingly dependent on space - ITRE committee hears

“Security is one of the 3 major missions entrusted to the GSA, including the Security Accreditation Board (SAB). Although an independent entity, the SAB is supported by the GSA in its mission, which is to ensure compliance between European GNSS standards and the safety regulations of the European Union,” Claudel said. 

He said that, in order to strengthen the EU's Security and Defence Policy, a security culture at the service of the EU's space programmes is essential. “The experience gained by the GSA through the operations of Galileo in terms of security (including cybersecurity) is fundamental to reinforce synergies and the sharing of space resources in the service of our security and security policy,” he said.

Cornerstone of government space use

Along with security, the GSA COO also touched on the other 2 key areas in which the GSA has acquired solid experience that can be put to the service of all the EU’s space programmes when the Agency’s remit is broadened under the aegis of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). These are the PRS and Critical Infrastructure.

The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service for governmental authorised users and sensitive applications that require high continuity. “The PRS service is the cornerstone for governmental use of the European space programmes. It is delivered through  a security chain adapted to the needs of the EU Member States and of the European Union.” Claudel said.

And this: PRS – the future is bright!

He said that this requires continuity of services, efficient operational procedures and a high level of security to protect the entire infrastructure and its communications to end users. “The experience gained from the PRS will be crucial for the handling of Galileo navigation, GovSatCom telecommunication and SSA space surveillance information,” he said.

Essential for strategic autonomy

Regarding the protection of critical infrastructures and their synchronisation with satellite navigation systems, he noted that this synchronisation is currently mainly provided by GPS. “It is therefore important that legislation establishes Galileo ahead of time as the main provider of services, in order to ensure autonomy,” he said, adding that this is particularly important in the context of internal security, transport, energy and telecommunications.

As space policy is an essential dimension of our strategic autonomy, it is essential to preserve the EU’s sensitive technological and industrial capabilities, which means that it is necessary to be very present on the civilian market because of the difference in terms of budget spending by our competitors, he said.

“This is also why a key goal of the GSA is to promote and stimulate the use of European GNSS in all sectors of the market, thus guaranteeing a work plan for our industry and SMEs, job creation and growth at European level,” he said.

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).

Space policy is an essential dimension of the European Union’s strategic autonomy

Invitation to tender: EGNOS service for payment and liability-critical road applications

20.11.2019 10:35  
Under what conditions would it be beneficial to implement an EGNOS service for payment and liability critical applications in the road sector in the 2025-2035 timeframe?
Published: 
20 November 2019

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has issued an Invitation To Tender (ITT) for a service contract on using satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) for applications such as road tolling or pay-as-you-drive insurance with the aim of developing an appropriate integrity concept for payment/liability critical applications focused on the road sector.

The main tasks of the study are the identification of user and service requirements, the development of an appropriate integrity concept and the definition of the service provision scheme. As part of the user level integrity concept the contractor shall develop an algorithm to cope with the local environment of the road sector.

When defining the service, the contractor shall consider to which extent evolutions of the EGNOS services, user equipment or of the service provision scheme are needed to provide the required integrity assurance. Integrity in this context refers to the level of confidence that can be put in the navigation solution. The On-Board Unit (OBU) will have to allow all the features necessary to trust the position in situations where enforcement, payments and related claims are involved. Since the E-GNSS sensor may just be one component among other sensors, the project shall address what other technologies or components may be needed on top of the current GNSS signals, and what would be the contribution of each element to the overall integrity assurance.

The study will be fully financed by the European Commission under the H2020 framework programme for research and innovation, within the budget allocated to the evolution of EGNOS mission. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) will be in charge of the technical supervision of the project on behalf of the European Commission.

More information about the Invitation to tender can be found here.

Tailored premiums

Pay-as-you-drive (PAYD) and pay-how-you-drive (PHYD) insurance are emerging applications in the road sector that rely on how much, where, when and how the road user drives. These applications make it possible to tailor the premiums paid by the policyholder.

Read this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

In the future, other road applications such as reconstruction of accidents, mobility as a service, traffic infraction monitoring and fine management, traffic congestion monitoring, automatic charging in car parks, etc. may also rely on the vehicle’s position and navigation data.

Liability and payment-critical applications are highly sensitive to undetected large navigation errors since significant legal or economic consequences for the service or application provider may occur. In fact, a mismatch of the vehicle’s current speed together with erroneous position data may impact the user charging associated with the driving paths, skills and habits of the road user. Afterwards, it becomes very difficult for end users to claim that they are being overcharged or for service providers to avoid undercharging their customers.

Webinar

On 27 November 2019 at 16:00 CET, a webinar on this invitation to tender will be held to provide applicants with information. To register to the webinar click here.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments the GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS Version 3, set to enter in service in the near future, will augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States.

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Under what conditions would it be beneficial to implement an EGNOS service for payment and liability critical applications in the road sector in the 2025-2035 timeframe?

Latest updates to Reports on User Needs and Requirements released

19.11.2019 14:08  
The GNSS User Needs and Requirements series is based on a systematic consultation with users of position, navigation, and time services and technologies.
Published: 
19 November 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released updates to its Reports on User Needs and Requirements. This series of reports is compiled following a systematic process of consultation with the community of users of position, navigation, and time services and technologies. Thanks to these consultations it is possible to take users’ needs and requirements into account in the short and long-term evolution of European GNSS.

The current round of updates to the reports was compiled based on feedback received from the user community at the latest European GNSS User Consultation Platform, held during EU Space Week in Marseille in December 2018. You can find the updated reports here.*

To make it easier for readers to see what has changed, all the updated information in the reports has been highlighted. What’s more, a detailed change log has been included as an annex to each of the reports and is available for download. The new reports have been designated Version 2.0.

  

A taste of what’s new

Agriculture: the policy and regulatory framework has been updated to reflect the new CAP update which opens novel opportunities for EGNSS solutions. What’s more, a specific mention has been made regarding repeatability and integrity in connection with the applications that these mainly apply to and there has been a clarification around the quoted values of accuracy. To read the updated report in full, click here.

Location-based Services: accuracy and coverage parameters have been refined and the corresponding users’ requirements quantification has been updated. The Augmented Reality category has also been refined and new applications have been added (Augmented Reality for leisure, Augmented Reality for professional applications, Robotics), along with their user requirements. To read the updated report in full, click here.

Rail: Definition of GNSS use in rail safety relevant applications is still ongoing, so the user requirements for rail have to be considered as a work in progress. That said, several recommendations were made by the Rail panel during UCP 2018 for consideration in the future versions of the report. In particular: some applications were removed for redundancy reasons (such as train warning or ATP) and some applications have been modified from safety-relevant to non-safety. To read the updated report in full, click here.

Road: previously unreferenced requirements have been validated and other requirements have been revised. Furthermore, the regulatory context has been updated to take into account the latest EU Regulation. To read the updated report in full, click here.

Surveying: sections of the text were optimised and updated to reflect additions and clarifications on topics along with technology developments (open and proprietary formats for PPP, RTK and PPP-RTK; Open Sky vs. harsh environment; requirements table; Galileo HAS for surveying; raw measurements on Android; and software-based GNSS and Positioning-as-a-Service techniques). A further analysis on specific requirements for the integration of GNSS with LiDAR, RPAS, AR and other emerging technologies has also been included. To read the updated report in full, click here.

Time & Synchronisation: the increasing demand for calibration of hardware equipment delays for both scientific and industrial applications has been included as a new driver. Moreover, there is a more precise characterisation of robustness against spoofing, along with an introduction of the potential T&S needs for 5G networks and an updated regulatory context. To read the updated report in full, click here.

  

The User Consultation Platform

The User Consultation Platform (UCP) is a biennial forum, organised by the European Commission and the GSA, involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The event is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.

The next UCP will take place in 2020. In the meantime, on 3-5 December 2019, European Space Week will take place in Helsinki. This event will include an “E-GNSS User Assembly” where the latest trends in services and technologies will be discussed.

Join us in the ongoing discussion and ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements by registering to attend European Space Week here.

*Updates to the Aviation and Maritime reports are still pending at this point.

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The GNSS User Needs and Requirements series is based on a systematic consultation with users of position, navigation, and time services and technologies.

Space programme in focus at Brussels meetings

18.11.2019 14:38  
Europe’s strong and innovative space industry supports economic growth, benefitting European citizens.
Published: 
18 November 2019

The European Space Programme was very much in focus at two meetings in Brussels at the start of November. The first, on 5 November, was a meeting of the European Council’s Space Working Party, dealing with space solutions for a sustainable Arctic, while the second, on 6 November, dealt with European space policy – perspectives for business. At both meetings, the invaluable contribution of EGNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) was underscored.

At the 5 November meeting, the discussion held under the Finnish Presidency of the EU highlighted how EGNSS can support its priorities, such as strengthening the EU’s position as a  global leader in climate action, and making the EU more competitive and socially inclusive.

Speaking at the meeting, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel highlighted achievements on the GNSS market and how EGNSS can contribute to the goals set by the Finnish Presidency by supporting the transition to a low-carbon and circular economy and underpinning the development of smart mobility and smart cities solutions. “Developing the user market and meeting the needs of all market segments through innovative solutions, applications and receivers is a major mission of the GSA,” he said.

Another priority for the Finnish Presidency is to comprehensively protect the security of European citizens. Here too, EGNSS is making a critical contribution, providing high-precision robust timing and synchronization solutions for critical infrastructure, such as energy and telecoms networks and the banking and finance sector. Galileo and EGNOS also support key services in the area of public safety, such as the E112 and eCall emergency response services.

Read this: Space – underpinning the blue economy

The GSA COO stressed that the Agency is ready to provide skills and know-how for the development of innovative solutions, adding that other stakeholders can also contribute to the development of space-driven solutions. “The downstream sector does not require highly specific knowledge of space technology, so SMEs and the industries of EU Member States without a space heritage can participate,” he said.

Perspectives for business

The second event – a seminar on European Space Policy - perspectives for business, was held in the Permanent Representation of Poland to the EU. This event provided an opportunity to debate European space policy and the benefits of developing the space industry, including supporting European competitiveness.

Participants in the seminar discussed Europe’s strong and innovative space industry, citing examples from successful Polish companies, and heard about possibilities emerging from the new EU Space Programme and from synergies in space topics in the research, investment and defence domains (H2020, Horizon Europe, InvestEU, Defence Fund).

Fostering innovative solutions

At the seminar, Claudel highlighted the economic significance of EGNSS. “About 10% of European GDP relies on satellite navigation services and Europe will receive EUR 60 billion in revenue by 2027 thanks to Galileo and EGNOS,” Claudel said. He said that the GSA was fostering innovative solutions and supporting the competitiveness of European companies through Horizon 2020 and the Fundamental Elements financing mechanism.

And this: Final EGNSS calls open under Horizon 2020

Claudel noted that the economic benefits of space would be magnified even further by the opening up of new markets for non-space SMEs, adding that for European citizens to reap the greatest benefit from EU investment in space, there would need to be strong political leadership and a long-term vision for the EU space programme. He said that this would come with the setting up of the new EU Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA).

“With the new regulation, it will be possible to exploit the strong synergies that exist between Galileo, Copernicus and Govsatcom, in addition to three-dimensional ‘navigation-imagery-telecom’ synergies, allowing you to know where you are, what is around you and how to connect with everyone,” he said.

He also noted the need to involve all actors at EU level in the creation of market opportunities and to promote the use of Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus data and services. Citing the eCall emergency response system as a precedent, he said that it is necessary to foster the use of EU space data as the reference in Europe.

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Europe’s strong and innovative space industry supports economic growth, benefitting European citizens.

PIN: EGNSS-based rail safety service analysis

15.11.2019 10:28  
What integrity concept to develop for the rail sector using EGNOS and Galileo?
Published: 
15 November 2019

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for a planned call for a new service contract to assess the feasibility of an EGNSS-based safety service for the rail sector beyond 2022 which would make it possible to rationalise rail signalling infrastructure.

When defining the service, the contractor shall produce the service concept and consolidate it through iteration with a Working Group of experts. The analysis will enable the EC to determine whether an EGNOS service needs to be created specifically for rail safety.

The contract notice will be published in the near future. More information can be found in the Prior Information Notice (PIN).

Tailored premiums

Rail signalling systems are used to safely control railway traffic in order to prevent train collisions. There are currently more than 20 rail signalling systems in Europe since each country has developed its own railway infrastructure, equipment and operational rules. This has led to increased costs and technical and operational complexity. Therefore, the European Rail Industry, supported by the EU Institutions, is working on the European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS), with an aim to implement a common signalling system for Europe.

Read this: Space4Rail: From innovation to implementation.

The European Commission (EC) is currently specifying the long-term evolution of the EGNSS programme, including new services for Galileo and EGNOS. The use of an EGNSS receiver in combination with other sensors could result in the provision of an accurate and reliable position which would translate into an overall improvement in the rail system.

Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. Galileo is operational since the Initial Service declaration at the end of 2016. Full Operational Capability is expected to be reached in 2020.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS Version 3, set to enter in service in the near future, will augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasse of EU Member States.

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What integrity concept to develop for the rail sector using EGNOS and Galileo?

GSA Open Days 2019 gets over 2000 visitors

15.11.2019 10:23  
Published: 
15 November 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) threw open its doors for the 5th year in a row on 8-9 November to welcome visitors to the GSA Open Days 2019. With a wide range of activities targeted at young people and adults, this year’s event received over 2000 visitors from the Czech Republic and across Europe, including families with kids, young adults interested in science and technology, space enthusiasts and young professionals interested in technology and EU affairs.

The GSA Open Days give the public an opportunity to learn about and experience applications based on the EU space programmes Galileo and EGNOS. The theme of this year’s event was Accuracy Matters and the importance of Galileo’s additional accuracy for a wide range of applications was underlined in a series of seminars, quizzes and workshops in Czech and English held at various times throughout both days.

Landing a plane with EGNOS

Over 350 students from Czech schools and universities registered to attend the event, and this number was augmented by visitors from neighbouring schools who dropped by in the afternoon to take part in the many exciting activities on offer. These included the chance to be a pilot and land an airbus A350 using EGNOS. EGNOS is mainly used in aviation and offers tangible benefits to operators using European skies. By minimising the frequency of aborted landings EGNOS helps in reducing CO2 emissions, delays and noise pollution.

Read this: European Space Week: A taste of what to expect

“End users are at the centre of the European space programme, which was developed with the core aim of benefitting the lives of Europeans. Throwing open the doors of our Prague home to the public gives us at the GSA the opportunity to meet with the beneficiaries of Galileo and EGNOS while giving end users the chance to learn more about the GSA and the benefits of Europe’s investment in space,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Galileo to the rescue!

Visitors also had the opportunity to build their own satellites, become initiated in cryptography and decrypt messages, and learn more about Galileo security. Search and rescue was also in focus, with visitors able to experience a live rescue in the snow-capped Alps with the help of Galileo and be rescued at sea, thanks to Galileo’s added accuracy.

A new addition to this year’s programme focused on the importance of EGNOS in precision agriculture, which is developing at an unprecedented pace with more than 85% of EU farmers now using EGNOS. A farming game gave visitors the chance to test for themselves how EGNOS is optimising tractor use on farms.

And this: MyGalileoApp: the results are in!

With Galileo expected to reach Full Operational Capability in less than 18 months the GSA is growing and, to help meet this demand the GSA’s HR department featured its very own stand at the Open Days to inform visitors about the Agency’s recruitment processes and future openings.

See you next year

In total, GSA staff delivered more than 15 workshops over the 2 days and answered thousands of questions from visitors. Visitors also met with this year’s special guest - Martin Rota, a Czech YouTuber passionate about science and space.

If you were lucky enough to attend this year’s Open Days, then we hope you had an enjoyable visit. If not – then we hope to see you next year, when we will present more success stories from Galileo and EGNOS. In the meantime remember - when close isn’t good enough…#Use Galileo!

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).

Excited and interested visitors @ GSA Open Days 2019

15.11.2019 10:23  
The GSA Open Days give the public the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of EU investment in space
Published: 
15 November 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) threw open its doors for the 5th year in a row on 8-9 November to welcome visitors to the GSA Open Days 2019. With a wide range of activities targeted at general public, this year’s event received nearly 2000 visitors from the Czech Republic and across Europe, including families with kids, young adults interested in science and technology, space enthusiasts and young professionals interested in technology and EU affairs.

The GSA Open Days give the public an opportunity to learn about and experience applications based on the EU space programmes Galileo and EGNOS. The theme of this year’s event was Accuracy Matters and the importance of accuracy for a wide range of applications was underlined in a series of seminars, quizzes and workshops in Czech and English held at various times throughout both days.

Landing a plane with EGNOS

Over 350 students from Czech schools and universities registered to attend the event, and this number was augmented by visitors from neighbouring schools who dropped by in the afternoon to take part in the many exciting activities on offer. These included the chance to be a pilot and land an airbus A350 using EGNOS. EGNOS is mainly used in aviation and offers tangible benefits to operators using European skies. By minimising the frequency of aborted landings EGNOS helps in reducing CO2 emissions, delays and noise pollution.

Read this: European Space Week: A taste of what to expect

“End users are at the centre of the European space programme, which was developed with the core aim of benefitting the lives of Europeans. Throwing open the doors of our Prague home to the public gives us at the GSA the opportunity to meet with the beneficiaries of Galileo and EGNOS while giving end users the chance to learn more about the GSA and the benefits of Europe’s investment in space,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Galileo to the rescue!

Visitors also had for the first time the opportunity to become initiated in cryptography and decrypt messages, and learn more about Galileo security.It raised a huge interest amongst visitors.

"Search and rescue" feature of Galileo was also in focus, with visitors able to experience a live rescue in the snow-capped Alps with the help of Galileo and be rescued at sea, thanks to Galileo’s added accuracy.

A new addition to this year’s programme focused on the importance of EGNOS in precision agriculture, which is developing at an unprecedented pace with more than 85% of EU farmers now using EGNOS. A farming game gave visitors the chance to test for themselves how EGNOS is optimising tractor use on farms.

And this: MyGalileoApp: the results are in!

With Galileo expected to reach Full Operational Capability in less than 18 months the GSA is growing and, to help meet this demand the GSA’s HR department featured its very own stand at the Open Days to inform visitors about the Agency’s recruitment processes and future openings.

See you next year

In total, GSA staff delivered more than 15 workshops over the 2 days and answered thousands of questions from visitors. Visitors also met with this year’s special guest - Martin Rota, a Czech YouTuber passionate about science and space.

If you were lucky enough to attend this year’s Open Days, then we hope you had an enjoyable visit. If not – then we hope to see you next year, when we will present more success stories from Galileo and EGNOS. In the meantime remember - when close isn’t good enough…#Use Galileo!

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

The GSA Open Days give the public the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of EU investment in space

Excited and interested visitors @ GSA Open Days 2019

15.11.2019 10:23  
The GSA Open Days give the public the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of EU investment in space
Published: 
15 November 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) threw open its doors for the 5th year in a row on 8-9 November to welcome visitors to the GSA Open Days 2019. With a wide range of activities targeted at the general public, this year’s event received nearly 2000 visitors from the Czech Republic and across Europe, including families with kids, young adults interested in science and technology, space enthusiasts and young professionals interested in technology and EU affairs.

The GSA Open Days give the public an opportunity to learn about and experience applications based on the EU space programmes Galileo and EGNOS. The theme of this year’s event was Accuracy Matters and the importance of accuracy for a wide range of applications was underlined in a series of seminars, quizzes and workshops in Czech and English held at various times throughout both days.

Landing a plane with EGNOS

Over 350 students from Czech schools and universities registered to attend the event, and this number was augmented by visitors from neighbouring schools who dropped by in the afternoon to take part in the many exciting activities on offer. These included the chance to be a pilot and land an airbus A350 using EGNOS. EGNOS is mainly used in aviation and offers tangible benefits to operators using European skies. By minimising the frequency of aborted landings EGNOS helps in reducing CO2 emissions, delays and noise pollution.

Read this: European Space Week: A taste of what to expect

“End users are at the centre of the European space programme, which was developed with the core aim of benefitting the lives of Europeans. Throwing open the doors of our Prague home to the public gives us at the GSA the opportunity to meet with the beneficiaries of Galileo and EGNOS while giving end users the chance to learn more about the GSA and the benefits of Europe’s investment in space,” GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Galileo to the rescue!

Visitors also had for the first time the opportunity to become initiated in cryptography, decrypt messages, and learn more about Galileo security. This section raised a lot of interest amongst visitors.

Galileo's Search and Rescue feature was also in focus, with visitors able to experience a live rescue in the snow-capped Alps with the help of Galileo and be rescued at sea, thanks to Galileo’s added accuracy.

A new addition to this year’s programme focused on the importance of EGNOS in precision agriculture, which is developing at an unprecedented pace with more than 85% of EU farmers now using EGNOS. A farming game gave visitors the chance to test for themselves how EGNOS is optimising tractor use on farms.

And this: MyGalileoApp: the results are in!

With Galileo expected to reach Full Operational Capability in less than 18 months the GSA is growing and, to help meet this demand the GSA’s HR department featured its very own stand at the Open Days to inform visitors about the Agency’s recruitment processes and future openings.

See you next year

In total, GSA staff delivered more than 15 workshops over the 2 days and answered thousands of questions from visitors. Visitors also met with this year’s special guest - Martin Rota, a Czech YouTuber passionate about science and space.

If you were lucky enough to attend this year’s Open Days, then we hope you had an enjoyable visit. If not – then we hope to see you next year, when we will present more success stories from Galileo and EGNOS. In the meantime remember - when close isn’t good enough…#Use Galileo!

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

The GSA Open Days give the public the opportunity to see for themselves the benefits of EU investment in space

GNSS and the future of rail

14.11.2019 10:37  
GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the #CCRCC2019 ERTMS Conference
Published: 
14 November 2019

New technologies that offer safety and efficiency benefits will define the rail system of the future. GNSS is one such technology and is already being used to track rolling-stock, and in passenger information, traffic management and predictive maintenance systems. In his speech at the ERTMS conference #CCRCC2019 “The Engine for the Digital Future,” European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides outlined how his Agency is working with the rail sector.

Over the last few years, the GSA has been working with its partners in the rail and space domains to introduce GNSS into non-safety relevant applications in the rail sector. This work has paid off, and currently more than 30 000 wagons of German rail freight company DB Cargo are equipped with Galileo-enabled telematics devices. Furthermore, 250 TGV trains in France are already using Galileo-enabled receivers and the rollout of these receivers on non-high speed trains is also in the pipeline.

A game changer

In his address at a conference, organised by the European Union Agency for Railways (ERA) in Valenciennes on October 15-17, the GSA Executive Director noted, however, that when it comes to the use of GNSS in signalling, progress had been slower. “We are simply not there yet and our main objective - to include European GNSS in the evolution of the ERTMS - is still being discussed,” he said.

To this end, the GSA defined a joint roadmap together with UNIFE, CER, Shift2Rail, the ERTMS Users Group and the European Space Agency (ESA) and, in 2016, GNSS entered the rail innovation landscape as an ERTMS game changer in a Memorandum of Understanding signed in 2016 to formalise an integrated management process for ERTMS deployment in Europe.

Read this: French railways embrace Galileo

Then, in 2017, together with ERA and International Union of Railways (UIC) the GSA participated in the first demonstration of an E-GNSS based virtual balise concept on board a running train on a pilot line in Sardinia, where work is continuing towards possible certification.

“We have also supported the EU railway industry in conducting a large-scale test campaign to define the achievable GNSS performance in the complex railway environment. Our partners in Shift2Rail are using these results to define the suitable architectures for GNSS inclusion in the ERTMS, hopefully within the next release planned for 2023,” des Dorides said.

Exporting innovation

GNSS is already being used in train positioning for safety relevant applications in the United States and a European manufacturer of GNSS chipsets has been selected to equip more than 30 000 miles of track with an augmentation system, improving GNSS performance in terms of accuracy and integrity. “Their receivers, which are Galileo enabled, will also be mounted on all new freight locomotives of the WABTEC Corporation. This is a clear success for a European company, benefitting from innovation and proving the European capacity to drive innovation,” des Dorides said.

Watch this: EGNOS and Galileo for Rail

Noting that GNSS is already supporting safety-relevant and liability-critical applications in other segments, such as aviation and road, des Dorides noted that in rail too, it was time to progress to the demonstration and certification of the technology “to make sure that Europe does not miss the train.”

“The GSA is committed to providing further support to rail stakeholders in this regard. We are ready to tailor our services, such as in case of EGNOS, based on the operational needs and requirements of railways, with properly defined interoperable interfaces,” he said, adding that this was an important element, as the introduction of GNSS into the ERTMS is not about creating space for any vendor-specific or national solutions.

“What we need is continuation of the commitment and collaboration from rail operators, infrastructure managers and the EU railway industry working with us to overcome the ‘last mile’ towards inclusion of interoperable GNSS-based positioning within the next evolutions of the ERTMS,” he said.

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GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the #CCRCC2019 ERTMS Conference

European Space Week: A taste of what to expect

13.11.2019 11:14  
EUSW is a unique opportunity to discover cutting-edge Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus applications and meet award-winning entrepreneurs, start-ups and visionaries.
Published: 
13 November 2019

It’s that time of year again. Preparations are already well underway for European Space Week 2019, which this year will take place at the Helsinki Congress Paasitorni in the Finnish capital on December 3-5. The week will be packed full of exciting events ranging from keynotes, discussions and conference sessions, to the E-GNSS User Assembly, a festive awards ceremony and much more.

As in previous years, European Space Week will address space-related topics targeted at various audiences, from policy-makers and start-ups to public authorities and industry players. With its mix of panel discussions, networking opportunities, business matchmaking sessions and exhibitions, EUSW is an ideal forum for a productive exchange of ideas and discussion of current challenges and future trends in the space sector.

This year’s European Space Week will focus on a number of central themes around sustainability. Participants will investigate how space solutions can help to strengthen the EU’s position as a global leader in climate action. Other themes include the new space economy for sustainable growth; the sustainable space economy - saving space for future generations; and space solutions for a sustainable Arctic. For a full programme of the week’s events, click here.

Read this: Galileo and EGNOS featured at InterGEO 2019

As always, European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) will be at the heart of events during Space Week, with an E-GNSS Service Provision Workshop, the E-GNSS User Assembly and a session at which Investors meet Innovators.

E-GNSS in focus

By bringing together stakeholders from across the space ecosystem, European Space Week is an ideal forum to host the E-GNSS User Assembly, which gathers users of position, navigation and time solutions and the organizations involved in the management, service provision and security of Galileo and EGNOS.

At the User Assembly, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) will present an update on GNSS user needs and requirements along with the results of its User Satisfaction Survey. It will also present highlights from the latest GNSS Market Report 2019.

Moreover, keynote speakers representing each market segment and receiver manufacturers will be invited to share the latest trends and applications on consumer solutions, road, aviation, drones, maritime, emergency response, rail, agriculture, geomatics, critical infrastructure and spacecraft.

The E-GNSS Service Provision Workshop will bring together E-GNSS stakeholders, professional and commercial users and application developers to discuss the current status of the EU satellite navigation programmes, and their vision for a stronger EU presence in the satnav applications landscape. There will also be a discussion on the future of EGNSS and the second generation of the Galileo programme. The aim of this session is to ensure that Galileo and EGNOS continue to deliver high quality services, accessible to all in the most cost-efficient manner, and responding to current and future user needs.

And this: Europe’s economy is increasingly dependent on space - ITRE committee hears

Power of synergy

To fully leverage the benefits of the EU space programmes EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus we need to take a comprehensive look at these programmes. This allows us to see that there are market segments and applications that profit from synergies between E-GNSS and Copernicus and even the GOVSATCOM programme.

The Investors meet Innovators session will give innovators the chance to learn about various private funding opportunities and best practises on how to access funding and sustain their business. At the session, they will be able to engage in intensive discussions with financial partners from various backgrounds such as business angels, venture capitalists, public investment funds, crowd-funding and acceleration programmes.

EUSW will also host an SME Fair, showcasing SMEs developing Galileo, EGNOS or Copernicus-based applications, products and services.

Don’t miss out

Register here to attend European Space Week - Europe’s no. 1 space event. Don’t miss this exciting opportunity to discover cutting-edge Galileo and Copernicus applications and meet award-winning entrepreneurs, start-ups and visionaries. During the week, you will also have the opportunity to expand your network and interact with the Earth observation and satellite navigation community and discuss the latest trends with decision-makers, innovators and industry leaders.

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).

EUSW is a unique opportunity to discover cutting-edge Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus applications and meet award-winning entrepreneurs, start-ups and visionaries.

MyGalileoApp: the results are in!

8.11.2019 13:42  
MyGalileoApp competitors use Galileo differentiators to deliver valuable services.
Published: 
08 November 2019

The winners of this year’s MyGalileoApp competition have been announced at a ceremony held at the European GNSS Agency (GSA) headquarters in Prague on November 7. First prize of EUR 100,000 went to ARGEO, a mobile app based on geolocation, augmented reality and blockchain that allows users to discover content such as prizes, coupons and shopping cards geo-located around the streets of a city.

Second prize, worth EUR 50,000, went to the Tractor Navigator app, which provides guidance for farmers driving tractors, enabling them to visualise their position and trajectory in an open field. Finally, the EUR 30,000 third prize went to Ready Park, an app that makes parking easier by pairing drivers leaving a spot with users looking for one.

The 10 finalists from 8 countries made their pitches to a panel of jurors throughout the afternoon of November 7, after which the jury reached its decision on the winning apps. Welcoming the competitors to the finals, GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides noted that the 10 finalists had been selected from a total of 150 competing teams, representing more than 35 nationalities.

First place winners ARGEO accepting their prize.

First place winners ARGEO accepting their prize.

Using Galileo differentiators

“The MyGalileoApp competition is the largest app development competition ever organised within the Galileo programme. After reaching 1 billion smartphones equipped with Galileo earlier this year, the next big challenge is to develop applications that will make best use of the Galileo differentiators,” des Dorides said.

Read this: Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

Following the pitches was an investors’ panel, with presentations by experts from various institutions, including venture capital firms and accelerators, providing information on how apps can bridge the gap between great ideas and viable business opportunities.

“Private and public investors will have an opportunity today to expand their investment portfolio with the Galileo apps generated by the competition, helping to transform the apps into commercial successes,” des Dorides said, adding that the goal of the MyGalileoApp competition was not just to make beautiful apps, but to create jobs and generate economic growth. For a full agenda of the day’s events, click here.

About MyGalileoApp

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

The applications should target one of the following areas:

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

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MyGalileoApp competitors use Galileo differentiators to deliver valuable services.

Final EGNSS calls open under Horizon 2020

5.11.2019 11:05  
The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.
Published: 
05 November 2019

The new Horizon EGNSS market uptake 2019-2020 Call, with a total budget of EUR 21 million, opened on 5 November. Dealing with the development of new innovative applications fostering digitisation, smart mobility, societal resilience and environmental protection and with a brand new topic tailored to public authorities, this is the last Horizon 2020 Call before the launch of its successor framework programme – Horizon Europe. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2020.

The specific challenge of the ‘GNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility’ topic (LC-SPACE-EGNSS-1-2019-2020) is to develop innovative EGNSS-based applications that lead to low-emission, safer, more secure, lower cost and higher performance mobility. The topic also targets transport solutions that respond to the increased mobility needs of people and goods while improving the continuity of transport services in aviation, rail, road and maritime.

The ‘EGNSS applications fostering digitisation’ topic (DT-SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020) aims at fostering the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in mass markets and ensuring that users reap the benefits of these programmes. To achieve this, the topic targets applications that make the best use of innovative EGNSS features such as better multipath resistance and authentication, in addition to applications that contribute to the competitiveness of the EGNSS industry in mobile applications, with special focus on the innovative role of SMEs. 

Read thisGNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

The third topic in the new call targets ‘EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment’ (SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020). It aims to develop innovative EGNSS applications in agriculture, mapping and surveying, timing and synchronisation and not only, which will support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth.

Pre-commercial procurement

Finally,  there is a brand new pilot topic ‘EGNSS applications for public authorities' (SPACE-EGNSS-5-2020) with the objective to launch demand-driven actions by public authorities and customise EGNSS applications to their needs. Proposals should build on the procurement needs of the public authorities, should support EGNSS market uptake across Europe and demonstrate the sustainability of solutions beyond the lifespan of the proposed project.  

And thisGalileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

Possible innovation procurement applications include EGNSS for mobility as a service, cooperative ITS, public transport and smart cities, implementation of Performance Based Navigation procedures, integration of EGNSS into U-Space for drones, and others. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised a series of webinars in September to explore the potential for pre-commercial procurement in four market segments: aviation, maritime, rail, and timing and synchronisation.

Horizon 2020 Space Info Days and Brokerage Event

In an effort to inform a wide range of stakeholders about the upcoming funding opportunities, the GSA together with the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 Space NCP Network (COSMOS2020plus) jointly hosted the Horizon 2020 Space Info Days and Brokerage event at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague, in September. The event’s first day aimed at informing about the last H2020 Space Calls and other space business while the second day was devoted to public consultation on the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon Europe”.

Over the two day event, more than 150 participants from 28 countries were updated on the status of Galileo and Copernicus and on the synergies arising from these two flagship programmes. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to network and meet potential partners

To view presentations from the Horizon 2020 Info Day, click here.

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The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.

Final EGNSS calls open under Horizon 2020

5.11.2019 11:05  
The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.
Published: 
05 November 2019

Four new innovation actions, with a total budget of EUR 21 million, opened under the Horizon 2020 call ‘EGNSS market uptake 2019-2020’ on November 5. Dealing with EGNSS applications for pre-commercial procurement and fostering digitisation, smart mobility, societal resilience and environmental protection, these are the last Horizon 2020 calls before the launch of its successor framework programme – Horizon Europe. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2020.

Among the four new actions, the ‘EGNSS applications fostering digitisation’ topic (DT-SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020) aims at fostering the adoption of EGNSS (EGNOS and Galileo) in mass markets and ensuring that users reap the benefits of these programmes. To achieve this, the topic targets applications that make the best use of innovative EGNSS features such as better multipath resistance and authentication, in addition to applications that contribute to the competitiveness of the EGNSS industry in mobile applications, with special focus on the innovative role of SMEs.

The specific challenge of the ‘GNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility’ topic (LC-SPACE-EGNSS-1-2019-2020) is to develop innovative EGNSS-based applications that lead to low-emission, safer, more secure, lower cost and higher performance mobility. The topic also targets transport solutions that respond to the increased mobility needs of people and goods while improving the continuity of transport services.

Read this: GNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

Pre-commercial procurement

The third topic in the new call targets ‘EGNSS applications for public authorities' (SPACE-EGNSS-5-2020). The objective is to launch demand-driven actions by public authorities aimed at customising EGNSS applications to their needs. Proposals should build on the procurement needs of the participating organisations, should support EGNSS market uptake across Europe and demonstrate the sustainability of solutions beyond the lifespan of the proposed project.

Possible innovation procurement applications include EGNSS for mobility as a service, cooperative ITS, public transport and smart cities, implementation of Performance Based Navigation procedures, integration of EGNSS into U-Space for drones, and others. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised a series of webinars in September to explore the potential for pre-commercial procurement in four market segments: aviation, maritime, rail, and timing and synchronisation.

And this: Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

Innovative applications

Finally, the ‘EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment’ topic (SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020) aims to develop innovative EGNSS applications to support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth.

In an effort to inform a wide range of stakeholders about the upcoming funding opportunities, the GSA and the Horizon 2020 Space NCP Network (COSMOS2020plus) jointly hosted the Horizon 2020 Space Information Day and Brokerage Event at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague, in September. The event presented funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 Space and provided first-hand information on the final Horizon 2020 Space Calls, with a special focus on the EGNSS/GALILEO Call.

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

The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.

Final EGNSS calls open under Horizon 2020

5.11.2019 11:05  
The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.
Published: 
05 November 2019

Four new innovation actions, with a total budget of EUR 21 million, opened under the Horizon 2020 call ‘EGNSS market uptake 2019-2020’ on November 5. Dealing with EGNSS applications for pre-commercial procurement and fostering digitisation, smart mobility, societal resilience and environmental protection, these are the last Horizon 2020 calls before the launch of its successor framework programme – Horizon Europe. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2020.

Among the four new actions, the ‘EGNSS applications fostering digitisation’ topic (DT-SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020) aims at fostering the adoption of EGNSS (EGNOS and Galileo) in mass markets and ensuring that users reap the benefits of these programmes. To achieve this, the topic targets applications that make the best use of innovative EGNSS features such as better multipath resistance and authentication, in addition to applications that contribute to the competitiveness of the EGNSS industry in mobile applications, with special focus on the innovative role of SMEs.

The specific challenge of the ‘GNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility’ topic (LC-SPACE-EGNSS-1-2019-2020) is to develop innovative EGNSS-based applications that lead to low-emission, safer, more secure, lower cost and higher performance mobility. The topic also targets transport solutions that respond to the increased mobility needs of people and goods while improving the continuity of transport services.

Read this: GNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

Pre-commercial procurement

The third topic in the new call targets ‘EGNSS applications for public authorities' (SPACE-EGNSS-5-2020). The objective is to launch demand-driven actions by public authorities aimed at customising EGNSS applications to their needs. Proposals should build on the procurement needs of the participating organisations, should support EGNSS market uptake across Europe and demonstrate the sustainability of solutions beyond the lifespan of the proposed project.

Possible innovation procurement applications include EGNSS for mobility as a service, cooperative ITS, public transport and smart cities, implementation of Performance Based Navigation procedures, integration of EGNSS into U-Space for drones, and others. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised a series of webinars in September to explore the potential for pre-commercial procurement in four market segments: aviation, maritime, rail, and timing and synchronisation.

And this: Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

Innovative applications

Finally, the ‘EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment’ topic (SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020) aims to develop innovative EGNSS applications to support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth.

In an effort to inform a wide range of stakeholders about the upcoming funding opportunities, the GSA and the Horizon 2020 Space NCP Network (COSMOS2020plus) jointly hosted the Horizon 2020 Space Information Day and Brokerage Event at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague, in September. The event presented funding opportunities in Horizon 2020 Space and provided first-hand information on the final Horizon 2020 Space Calls, with a special focus on the EGNSS/GALILEO Call.

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

The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.

Final EGNSS calls open under Horizon 2020

5.11.2019 11:05  
The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.
Published: 
05 November 2019

The new Horizon EGNSS market uptake 2019-2020 Call, with a total budget of EUR 21 million, opened on 5 November. Dealing with the development of new innovative applications fostering digitisation, smart mobility, societal resilience and environmental protection and with a brand new topic tailored to public authorities, these is the last Horizon 2020 Call before the launch of its successor framework programme – Horizon Europe. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2020.

The specific challenge of the ‘GNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility’ topic (LC-SPACE-EGNSS-1-2019-2020) is to develop innovative EGNSS-based applications that lead to low-emission, safer, more secure, lower cost and higher performance mobility. The topic also targets transport solutions that respond to the increased mobility needs of people and goods while improving the continuity of transport services in aviation, rail, road and maritime.

The ‘EGNSS applications fostering digitisation’ topic (DT-SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020) aims at fostering the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in mass markets and ensuring that users reap the benefits of these programmes. To achieve this, the topic targets applications that make the best use of innovative EGNSS features such as better multipath resistance and authentication, in addition to applications that contribute to the competitiveness of the EGNSS industry in mobile applications, with special focus on the innovative role of SMEs. 

The third topic in the new call targets ‘EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment’ (SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020). It aims to develop innovative EGNSS applications in agriculture, mapping and surveying, timing and synchronisation and not only, which will support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth.

Read this: GNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

Pre-commercial procurement

Finally,  there is a brand new pilot topic ‘EGNSS applications for public authorities' (SPACE-EGNSS-5-2020) with the objective to launch demand-driven actions by public authorities and customise EGNSS applications to their needs. Proposals should build on the procurement needs of the public authorities, should support EGNSS market uptake across Europe and demonstrate the sustainability of solutions beyond the lifespan of the proposed project.  

Possible innovation procurement applications include EGNSS for mobility as a service, cooperative ITS, public transport and smart cities, implementation of Performance Based Navigation procedures, integration of EGNSS into U-Space for drones, and others. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised a series of webinars in September to explore the potential for pre-commercial procurement in four market segments: aviation, maritime, rail, and timing and synchronisation.

And this: Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

Horizon 2020 Space Info Days and Brokerage Event

In an effort to inform a wide range of stakeholders about the upcoming funding opportunities, the GSA together with the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 Space NCP Network (COSMOS2020plus) jointly hosted the Horizon 2020 Space Info Days and Brokerage event at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague, in September. The event’s first day aimed at informing about the last H2020 Space Calls and other space business while the second day was devoted to public consultation on the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon Europe”.

Over the two day event, more than 150 participants from 28 countries were updated on the status of Galileo and Copernicus and on the synergies arising from these two flagship programmes. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to network and meet potential partners.

 

To view presentations from the Horizon 2020 Info Day, click here

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

The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.

Final EGNSS calls open under Horizon 2020

5.11.2019 11:05  
The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.
Published: 
05 November 2019

The new Horizon EGNSS market uptake 2019-2020 Call, with a total budget of EUR 21 million, opened on 5 November. Dealing with the development of new innovative applications fostering digitisation, smart mobility, societal resilience and environmental protection and with a brand new topic tailored to public authorities, these is the last Horizon 2020 Call before the launch of its successor framework programme – Horizon Europe. The deadline for submissions is 5 March 2020.

The specific challenge of the ‘GNSS applications fostering green, safe and smart mobility’ topic (LC-SPACE-EGNSS-1-2019-2020) is to develop innovative EGNSS-based applications that lead to low-emission, safer, more secure, lower cost and higher performance mobility. The topic also targets transport solutions that respond to the increased mobility needs of people and goods while improving the continuity of transport services in aviation, rail, road and maritime.

The ‘EGNSS applications fostering digitisation’ topic (DT-SPACE-EGNSS-2-2019-2020) aims at fostering the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in mass markets and ensuring that users reap the benefits of these programmes. To achieve this, the topic targets applications that make the best use of innovative EGNSS features such as better multipath resistance and authentication, in addition to applications that contribute to the competitiveness of the EGNSS industry in mobile applications, with special focus on the innovative role of SMEs. 

Read thisGNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

The third topic in the new call targets ‘EGNSS applications fostering societal resilience and protecting the environment’ (SU-SPACE-EGNSS-3-2019-2020). It aims to develop innovative EGNSS applications in agriculture, mapping and surveying, timing and synchronisation and not only, which will support societal resilience, safeguard the wellbeing of EU citizens, improve emergency and disaster management as a response to climate related, natural and man-made disasters and ensure green growth.

Pre-commercial procurement

Finally,  there is a brand new pilot topic ‘EGNSS applications for public authorities' (SPACE-EGNSS-5-2020) with the objective to launch demand-driven actions by public authorities and customise EGNSS applications to their needs. Proposals should build on the procurement needs of the public authorities, should support EGNSS market uptake across Europe and demonstrate the sustainability of solutions beyond the lifespan of the proposed project.  

And thisGalileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

Possible innovation procurement applications include EGNSS for mobility as a service, cooperative ITS, public transport and smart cities, implementation of Performance Based Navigation procedures, integration of EGNSS into U-Space for drones, and others. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) organised a series of webinars in September to explore the potential for pre-commercial procurement in four market segments: aviation, maritime, rail, and timing and synchronisation.

Horizon 2020 Space Info Days and Brokerage Event

In an effort to inform a wide range of stakeholders about the upcoming funding opportunities, the GSA together with the European Commission and the Horizon 2020 Space NCP Network (COSMOS2020plus) jointly hosted the Horizon 2020 Space Info Days and Brokerage event at the GSA’s headquarters in Prague, in September. The event’s first day aimed at informing about the last H2020 Space Calls and other space business while the second day was devoted to public consultation on the new Framework Programme for Research and Innovation “Horizon Europe”.

Over the two day event, more than 150 participants from 28 countries were updated on the status of Galileo and Copernicus and on the synergies arising from these two flagship programmes. In addition, the participants had the opportunity to network and meet potential partners

To view presentations from the Horizon 2020 Info Day, click here.

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

The new calls aim to increase the market uptake of EGNSS solutions that benefit users.

GNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

4.11.2019 11:42  
GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the ITS World Congress in Singapore
Published: 
04 November 2019

Connected and Automated Mobility is poised to transform the movement of people and goods, vehicle ownership and mobility services. Recent technological leaps are rapidly bringing us closer to this new frontier, making transportation safer, more accessible and sustainable. At the ITS World Congress in Singapore, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides stressed the central role of GNSS in the Connected and Automated Mobility ecosystem.

Positioning is needed everywhere, but it is the area of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) that presents the highest challenges in term of performance. Speaking at a congress plenary session on Advancing Connected and Automated Mobility Deployment on 22 October, the GSA Executive Director said that, thanks to new powerful GNSS signals, such as those provided by the Galileo High Accuracy Service, the industry would be able to offer decimetre-level absolute positioning at a low cost, functioning seamlessly in challenging environments such as deep urban canyons and in low visibility weather conditions.

Paradigm change

With regard to mobility, he noted that Mobility as a Service, for example, would bring about a paradigm change in transportation, made possible by the simultaneous availability of multiple technologies, including satellite-enabled location based services. “Moreover, autonomous vehicles will soon be a reality and we are already working to demonstrate the great potential of EGNOS and Galileo in this area, together with other on-board sensors,” he said, adding that Galileo is the only constellation that will provide authentication of the satellite navigation signal.

Read this: Save the Date: Live demo of first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle

“In ITS, Horizon 2020 is helping to showcase the full potential of advanced satellite positioning for autonomous vehicles, based on integrated solutions that need to start from low-level signal processing to high-level data fusion in order to get a continuous and reliable positioning,” he said. He also noted that the GSA´s Fundamental Elements programme was funding the development of an E-GNSS engine to provide precise location to critical applications and to a set of diverse in-vehicle applications that improve passenger comfort and make mobility smarter.

Two pillars

At Galileo Mobility Night, a panel discussion at the ITS World Congress organised by GNSS.asia later the same day, des Dorides told participants that GNSS is currently structured around two pillars - the multi-constellation concept and the multi-frequency concept. “Recent developments in technology mean that our devices and handsets can be compatible with three or ever four constellations, which means that our smartphones can choose the best combination of satellites to compute our positioning,” he said.

And this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

Stressing that Galileo is the only GNSS constellation in which all satellites have multi-frequency capability, he went on to say that multi-frequency means better accuracy, as using two frequencies makes it easier to correct ionospheric errors and mitigate multipath reflections in urban canyons.

Also speaking at Galileo Mobility Night, Dr Johanna Tzanidaki from ERTICO-ITS Europe outlined some of the areas where Galileo’s accuracy is critical. These include automated driving, urban air mobility (drones), logistics, road pricing and congestion charging. “Galileo is also very important in the development of HD maps, and HD maps are the key to automated and autonomous driving, she said.

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).

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at the ITS World Congress in Singapore

GNSS and mobility: innovation in motion at ITS Singapore

4.11.2019 11:42  
GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at an ITS World Congress plenary in Singapore
Published: 
04 November 2019

Connected and Automated Mobility is poised to transform the movement of people and goods, vehicle ownership and mobility services. Recent technological leaps are rapidly bringing us closer to this new frontier, making transportation safer, more accessible and sustainable. At the ITS World Congress in Singapore, European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides stressed the central role of GNSS in the Connected and Automated Mobility ecosystem.

Positioning is needed everywhere, but it is the area of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles (CAV) that presents the highest challenges in term of performance. Speaking at a congress plenary session on Advancing Connected and Automated Mobility Deployment on 22 October, the GSA Executive Director said that, thanks to new powerful GNSS signals, such as those provided by the Galileo High Accuracy Service, the industry would be able to offer decimetre-level absolute positioning at a low cost, functioning seamlessly in challenging environments such as deep urban canyons and in low visibility weather conditions.

Paradigm change

With regard to mobility, he noted that Mobility as a Service, for example, would bring about a paradigm change in transportation, made possible by the simultaneous availability of multiple technologies, including satellite-enabled location based services. “Moreover, autonomous vehicles will soon be a reality and we are already working to demonstrate the great potential of EGNOS and Galileo in this area, together with other on-board sensors,” he said, adding that Galileo is the only constellation that will provide authentication of the satellite navigation signal.

Read this: Save the Date: Live demo of first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle

“In ITS, Horizon 2020 is helping to showcase the full potential of advanced satellite positioning for autonomous vehicles, based on integrated solutions that need to start from low-level signal processing to high-level data fusion in order to get a continuous and reliable positioning,” he said. He also noted that the GSA´s Fundamental Elements programme was funding the development of an E-GNSS engine to provide precise location to critical applications and to a set of diverse in-vehicle applications that improve passenger comfort and make mobility smarter.

Two pillars

At Galileo Mobility Night, a panel discussion at the ITS World Congress organised by GNSS.asia later the same day, des Dorides told participants that GNSS is currently structured around two pillars - the multi-constellation concept and the multi-frequency concept. “Recent developments in technology mean that our devices and handsets can be compatible with three or ever four constellations, which means that our smartphones can choose the best combination of satellites to compute our positioning,” he said.

And this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

Stressing that Galileo is the only GNSS constellation in which all satellites have multi-frequency capability, he went on to say that multi-frequency means better accuracy, as using two frequencies makes it easier to correct ionospheric errors and mitigate multipath reflections in urban canyons.

Also speaking at Galileo Mobility Night, Dr Johanna Tzanidaki from ERTICO-ITS Europe outlined some of the areas where Galileo’s accuracy is critical. These include automated driving, urban air mobility (drones), logistics, road pricing and congestion charging. “Galileo is also very important in the development of HD maps, and HD maps are the key to automated and autonomous driving, she said.

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).

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking at an ITS World Congress plenary in Singapore

5G - a huge potential market for GNSS

31.10.2019 14:55  
The GNM181 has dual-frequency and multi-constellation capacity.
Published: 
31 October 2019

5G will deliver high-speed, low-latency broadband connectivity that will open the door to a new generation of applications, according to the GNSS Market Report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), published earlier this month.

The market reports predicts that several mobile 5G commercial launches will take place over the next three years in North America, Asia-Pacific and Europe, with 1.2 billion 5G connections expected in 2025 according to the GSM Association (GSMA). In anticipation of this 5G growth, receiver manufacturers are developing and launching hardware that can meet the increased requirements of the future networks. One such launch is the new GNM181 receiver module from Meinberg, which hit the market at the start of October this year.

Stringent timing requirements

With nanosecond-level timing accuracy, the new Meinberg GNM181 multi-band GNSS receiver module not only meets the most stringent 5G timing requirements, it provides a differential timing mode for highly accurate local timing and built-in security for highest robustness against malicious attacks.

This robustness is particularly relevant for 5G, as the 5G timing and synchronisation function may require more precision and more robustness than 4G, and will face more deployment challenges, such as a large number of sites in difficult locations. Thanks to its multi-constellation capacity (Galileo, GPS, BeiDou, and GLONASS), the receiver is ideal for global deployments and is unaffected by ionospheric errors, with automatic ionospheric correction.

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The variety of inputs and outputs means that the combined GNSS receiver is suitable for a broad range of applications, including time and frequency synchronisation tasks and the measurement of asynchronous time events.

“The strength of Galileo’s signal and its advanced code modulations mean that Galileo is better at mitigating multipath effects. This will be critical for urban 5G networks. The latest offering from Meinberg shows that the industry understands Galileo’s benefits, such as high accuracy timing, and is eager to pass them on to customers,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Robust dual frequency

According to the GNSS Market Report, the availability of accurate, cost effective and robust, dual-frequency GNSS systems, in particular Galileo, will be critical in providing business opportunities within the 5G market. The GNM181 receiver ticks this box also, offering dual frequency support for GPS (L1, L2), Galileo (E1, E5), GLONASS (L1OF, L2OF) and Beidou (B1l, B2l) with a new multi-band antenna.

And this: NaviSoC: leveraging Galileo’s dual-frequency precision for the mass market

The module is fully compatible with Meinberg’s Intelligent Modular Synchronisation (IMS) product family, which means that the GNM181 clock module can be installed in any clock slot on all IMS systems. Users can easily add the GNM181 as a second, redundant clock module to their already deployed IMS systems or field-replace their current IMS clock modules with the new GNM181 multiband receiver board.

The modular approach of the IMS platform allows field replacement and hot-swap capabilities for modules and power supplies. This concept makes the platforms future-proof and expandable by making it possible to add or replace modules when new technologies or interfaces are required.

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

The GNM181 has dual-frequency and multi-constellation capacity.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovation Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

Informational webinar: 4 November 2019

Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019

Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019

Galileo Innovation Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovation Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

Informational webinar: 4 November 2019

Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019

Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019

Galileo Innovation Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovation Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

  • Informational webinar: 4 November 2019
  • Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019
  • Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019
  • Galileo Innovation Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovation Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, "Can you identify interference?" challenge from DA-Group and a high accuracy GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

  • Informational webinar: 4 November 2019
  • Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019
  • Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019
  • Galileo Innovation Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
Published: 
31 October 2019

 

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovator Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

 

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

 

Some Key Dates

Informational webinar: 4 November 2019

Submission deadline: 23:59 on 15 November 2019

Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019

Galileo Innovator Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes of EUR 3 000, EUR 2 000 and EUR 1 000 respectively. Also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.
In addition to cash prizes, the winning teams will also get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.
And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click 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).

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovation Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, "Can you identify interference?" challenge from DA-Group and a high accuracy GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

  • Informational webinar: 15:15 EET on 4 November 2019
  • Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019
  • Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019
  • Galileo Innovation Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovation Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovation Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, "Can you identify interference?" challenge from DA-Group and a high accuracy GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

  • Informational webinar: 15:15 EET on 4 November 2019
  • Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019
  • Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019
  • Galileo Innovation Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

 

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovator Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

Informational webinar: 4 November 2019

Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019

Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019

Galileo Innovator Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.
The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:35  
The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovation Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo. 

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

Informational webinar: 4 November 2019

Submission deadline: 23:59 EET on 15 November 2019

Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019

Galileo Innovation Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

What’s in it for you?

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes  and are also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

The winning teams will also get the opportunity to network with a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.

 

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

The Galileo Innovation Challenge will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Galileo Innovators – take up the challenge!

31.10.2019 12:21  
Published: 
31 October 2019

In the run up to European Space Week (EUSW), Helsinki will play host to another exciting space-related event. The Galileo Innovator Challenge will be held at Traficom Headquarters - Dynamicum, in Helsinki on 29 November – 1 December. The competition includes an Accuracy Matters challenge from the European GNSS Agency (GSA), so if you have an idea for an app that leverages Galileo’s added accuracy, sign up now to be in the running for some amazing prizes!

The European GNSS Agency is partnering up with Ultrahack, the Finish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom) and European Space Week to bring you the Galileo Innovator Challenge, which will include individual specific challenges - the Accuracy Matters challenge from the GSA, an interference challenge from DA-Group and a GNSS in robotics challenge from u-blox.

Accuracy Matters

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases. Participants should design, develop, and demonstrate a beta version of an innovative application that benefits from the enhanced accuracy provided by Galileo.

Read this: MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

The challenge targets applications and solutions in a number of domains, particularly mobility, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things, augmented reality, smart cities and GNSS scientific applications, and the aim is to develop an app for either smartphones or wearables, focusing on outdoor positioning.

Some Key Dates

Pre-challenge date: 29 October 2019.

Informational webinar: 4 November 2019

Submission deadline: 23:59 on 15 November 2019

Final selection announcement: 18 November, 2019

 

Galileo Innovator Challenge: 29 November – 1 December 2019

 

What’s in it for you?

 

In addition to the admiration of your peers and the glory of winning, the top three teams stand to win cash prizes of EUR 3 000, EUR 2 000 and EUR 1 000 respectively. Also up for grabs is some one-to-one coaching on preparing an application to the Finnish ESA Business Incubation Centre, where the value of the potential incubation amounts to EUR 75 000 EUR.

In addition to cash prizes, the winning teams will also get the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a wide selection of potential investors at European Space Week, which will be held at Helsinki Congress Paasitorni on 3-5 December.

And this: GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

A webinar will be organised on 4 November 2019 for anybody interested in taking part in the challenge. Participants in the webinar will learn about GNSS market trends and application areas and get an overview of methods to improve accuracy in an outdoor setting, such as by using GNSS raw measurements. Teams and individuals can use this opportunity to explore how their solution would fit the challenge. For more information and to register for the webinar, click here.


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

The Accuracy Matters challenge will see innovators and developers from around the world working to either create a new app or enhance an existing one to demonstrate how accurate positioning adds value in a variety of use cases.

GSA showcases space-driven innovation for transport at ITS Singapore

29.10.2019 10:42  
Galileo-enabled intelligent transport solutions were in focus at ITS World Congress in Singapore.
Published: 
29 October 2019

By providing reliable and accurate positioning for the automotive industry, European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) supports innovative applications that are underpinning the smart mobility solutions of the future. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) showcased a number of cutting-edge automotive projects that leverage Galileo’s added accuracy at its stand at this year’s ITS World Congress in Singapore.

A range of automotive safety and liability functions benefit from the enhanced performance provided by Galileo. These include precise navigation systems, autonomous vehicles and assisted driving, cooperative ITS, and usage-based insurance and road pricing schemes, in addition to automated eCall emergency response and intelligent speed adaptation. All of these functions require secure and robust positioning, and this was the focus of many of the projects showcased at the GSA stand.

Security and robustness

One of the projects showcased was Foster ITS/DracoNav. This project is developing the first highly-secure GNSS receiver for ITS, supporting Galileo OS authentication and providing the highest levels of robustness and security. FOSTER ITS products will be Galileo, EGNOS, GPS and GLONASS-enabled and will offer greater resilience against an increasing range of GNSS threats by detecting attacks, informing users about the reliability of the positioning, and providing proof of the integrity and origin of position, velocity and time data.

Read this: Save the Date: Live demo of first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle

Also focused on resilience to attack, the GalilEo Authenticated Robust timing System (GEARS) project aims to provide a Galileo-based timing receiver for critical infrastructure. The prototype to be developed and validated will embed relevant new technologies and innovations to reach the required level of security and robustness. The receiver will provide improved robustness against GNSS spoofing and jamming threats with RF interference detection and mitigation techniques.

Focused on security in the more general sense of the word, the TransSec project is developing an intelligent road transport security system in response to the recent rise in vehicular terror attacks across Europe. Using the reliability provided by Galileo, TransSec has achieved advances in GNSS positioning, map data and map matching. On-board environment sensors and V2X communication are all combined in a local dynamic map that can be used for movement monitoring, critical area alarm, pre-crash object detection and non-defeatable emergency manoeuvres.

New generation applications

In automotive transport, lane-level positioning and map matching are among the biggest challenges for navigation systems. To meet this challenge, the inLane project is proposing a new generation of low-cost, lane-level, precise turn-by-turn navigation applications through the fusion of EGNSS and Computer Vision technology. With the help of crowdsourced real-time updates, inLane will generate local dynamic maps (LDM) that provide advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) with enhanced dynamic scene information.

Watch this: European GNSS for Smart Mobility

The PATROL (Position Authenticated Tachograph foR OSNMA Launch) project is developing the first external GNSS facility for smart tachographs, with Galileo Open Service Authentication (OS-NMA). The project is developing a user terminal that benefits from Galileo authentication, allowing users to verify that the navigation data received from satellites is genuine. The user terminal is compliant with the new tachographs regulation, which entered into force in June 2019. It provides trusted position and time using satellite navigation systems, acting as an external GNSS facility (EGF) for smart tachographs.

Finally, German certification and testing organisation NavCert was present at the GSA booth, where it introduced projects it is assessing in the areas of automated driving, robust timing, railway optimisation, eCall emergency response and unmanned aerial systems.

ITS World Congress

The ITS World Congress is an annual international conference and exhibition focused on Intelligent Transport Systems. The 2019 Congress theme of “Smart Mobility, Empowering Cities” reflects how harnessing technologies and digital innovations will empower cities to overcome transportation challenges and shape the new mobility landscape.

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

Galileo-enabled intelligent transport solutions were in focus at ITS World Congress in Singapore.

Save the Date: Live demo of first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle

23.10.2019 11:12  
Participants in the demos will be able to experience a ride in a driverless car for themselves!
Published: 
23 October 2019

Connected and Automated Driving is transforming the way vehicles are operated and integrated in the connected mobility ecosystem, and Europe’s GNSS programme Galileo is at the heart of this transformation. Join us at the University of Technology of Compiègne, France, on 27 November for a live demonstration of the first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle made in the EU and see for yourself how Galileo is driving the future of autonomous vehicles.

Participants in the day-long event will have a unique opportunity to ride in an autonomous vehicle fitted with a Galileo-enabled ESCAPE GNSS engine (EGE). The EGE is an innovative positioning engine that leverages the Galileo signals and services to provide a core positioning component in autonomous vehicles. It was designed and prototyped by the ESCAPE project, funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements programme.

Live demonstrations

Cars equipped with this engine will be showcased in two demonstrations at the event. The first demo will involve two Renault Zoe electric cars being (autonomously) driven at the same time. During the demo, participants and journalists will have a unique opportunity to get on board the vehicles and take a driverless ride on the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) track.

Read this: ESCAPE project launches positioning module for autonomous driving

In the second demo, a third vehicle will be driven on a public road in Compiègne to demonstrate its performance in a peri-urban environment. There will be no passengers in this car, but the participants will be able to watch a live video of the test broadcast via 4G with the estimated position obtained using the EGE equipped with the RTK high accuracy technique. The demos will be followed by a Q&A session where journalists and other participants will be able to put their questions to the developers of the engine.

“The EGE hardware has been developed based on state-of-the-art practices in the design of automotive electronic control units and is based on the first automotive grade GNSS and Galileo receiver. As a result, all of its interfaces and configurations have been developed to be fully compliant with the most widely recognised trends in the sector,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Participation in the event is free of charge, but places are limited. So if you are interested in the future of mobility and would like to take part in this exciting live demo, sign up now!

Localisation workshop

The demos will be followed by a series of presentations on the ESCAPE project, including use cases for autonomous driving, high accuracy and integrity, localisation standards, and HD maps for localisation. There will also be a presentation of the TESEO APP receiver from STMicroelectronics, which combines multiple-frequency and multi-constellation tracking and enables autonomous-driving systems to combine precise positioning with sensor data for enhanced performance, safety and reliability.

Following the presentations, there will be a workshop on localisation integrity for autonomous driving, with discussions on relative and absolute localisation and integrity estimation for land-based applications. All in all, this is a not-to-be-missed event for anybody interested in intelligent transport systems and autonomous driving.

The ESCAPE prototype

The EGE prototype design includes several major components, including a novel multi-frequency, multi-constellation automotive-grade GNSS receiver. The main distinguishing feature of the ESCAPE receiver is its ability to precisely and simultaneously process signals from two different GNSS bands and from different satellite constellations. Although this capability is common in high-end professional receivers, it is cutting-edge in the automotive Tier-2 panorama.

And this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

The receiver is also a first-of-a-kind device in its segment to support the new Navigation Message Authentication (NMA) service of Galileo, the additional anti-spoofing service to be offered by Galileo on the open E1 signal. Finally, the new GNSS receiver comes with several core signal-processing enhancements: better receiver sensitivity and tracking capability, multipath mitigation, more intermediate frequency (IF) channels and flexibility in routing IF samples, jamming detection and mitigation, and optimisation of the GNSS data flow.

The result is an ESCAPE GNSS sensor that combines a high-end GNSS technology traditionally reserved for professional applications, innovative dual-band Galileo processing, as well as all the hardware and software safety aspects that are needed to certify the component for the automotive market.

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).

Participants in the demos will be able to experience a ride in a driverless car for themselves!

Save the Date: Live demo of first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle

23.10.2019 11:12  
Participants in the demos will be able to experience a ride in a driverless car for themselves!
Published: 
23 October 2019

Connected and Automated Driving is transforming the way vehicles are operated and integrated in the connected mobility ecosystem, and Europe’s GNSS programme Galileo is at the heart of this transformation. Join us at the University of Technology of Compiègne, France, on 27 November for a live demonstration of the first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle made in the EU and see for yourself how Galileo is driving the future of autonomous vehicles.

Participants in the day-long event will have a unique opportunity to ride in an autonomous vehicle fitted with a Galileo-enabled ESCAPE GNSS engine (EGE). The EGE is an innovative positioning engine that leverages the Galileo signals and services to provide a core positioning component in autonomous vehicles. It was designed and prototyped by the ESCAPE project, funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements programme.

Live demonstrations

Cars equipped with this engine will be showcased in two demonstrations at the event. The first demo will involve two Renault Zoe electric cars being (autonomously) driven at the same time. During the demo, participants and journalists will have a unique opportunity to get on board the vehicles and take a driverless ride on the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) track.

Read this: ESCAPE project launches positioning module for autonomous driving

In the second demo, a third vehicle will be driven on a public road in Compiègne to demonstrate its performance in a peri-urban environment. There will be no passengers in this car, but the participants will be able to watch a live video of the test broadcast via 4G with the estimated position obtained using the EGE equipped with the RTK high accuracy technique. The demos will be followed by a Q&A session where journalists and other participants will be able to put their questions to the developers of the engine.

“The EGE hardware has been developed based on state-of-the-art practices in the design of automotive electronic control units and is based on the first automotive grade GNSS and Galileo receiver. As a result, all of its interfaces and configurations have been developed to be fully compliant with the most widely recognised trends in the sector,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Participation in the event is free of charge, but places are limited. So if you are interested in the future of mobility and would like to take part in this exciting live demo, sign up now!

Localisation workshop

The demos will be followed by a series of presentations on the ESCAPE project, including use cases for autonomous driving, high accuracy and integrity, localisation standards, and HD maps for localisation. There will also be a presentation of the TESEO APP receiver from STMicroelectronics, which combines multiple-frequency and multi-constellation tracking and enables autonomous-driving systems to combine precise positioning with sensor data for enhanced performance, safety and reliability.

Following the presentations, there will be a workshop on localisation integrity for autonomous driving, with discussions on relative and absolute localisation and integrity estimation for land-based applications. All in all, this is a not-to-be-missed event for anybody interested in intelligent transport systems and autonomous driving.

The ESCAPE prototype

The EGE prototype design includes several major components, including a novel multi-frequency, multi-constellation automotive-grade GNSS receiver. The main distinguishing feature of the ESCAPE receiver is its ability to precisely and simultaneously process signals from two different GNSS bands and from different satellite constellations. Although this capability is common in high-end professional receivers, it is cutting-edge in the automotive Tier-2 panorama.

And this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

The receiver is also a first-of-a-kind device in its segment to support the new Navigation Message Authentication (NMA) service of Galileo, the additional anti-spoofing service to be offered by Galileo on the open E1 signal. Finally, the new GNSS receiver comes with several core signal-processing enhancements: better receiver sensitivity and tracking capability, multipath mitigation, more intermediate frequency (IF) channels and flexibility in routing IF samples, jamming detection and mitigation, and optimisation of the GNSS data flow.

The result is an ESCAPE GNSS sensor that combines a high-end GNSS technology traditionally reserved for professional applications, innovative dual-band Galileo processing, as well as all the hardware and software safety aspects that are needed to certify the component for the automotive market.

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).

Participants in the demos will be able to experience a ride in a driverless car for themselves!

Save the Date: Live demo of first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle

23.10.2019 11:12  
Participants in the demos will be able to experience a ride in a driverless car for themselves!
Published: 
23 October 2019

Connected and Automated Driving is transforming the way vehicles are operated and integrated in the connected mobility ecosystem, and Europe’s GNSS programme Galileo is at the heart of this transformation. Join us at the University of Technology of Compiègne, France, on 27 November for a live demonstration of the first Galileo-enabled autonomous vehicle made in the EU and see for yourself how Galileo is driving the future of autonomous vehicles.

Participants in the day-long event will have a unique opportunity to ride in an autonomous vehicle fitted with a Galileo-enabled ESCAPE GNSS engine (EGE). The EGE is an innovative positioning engine that leverages the Galileo signals and services to provide a core positioning component in autonomous vehicles. It was designed and prototyped by the ESCAPE project, funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements programme.

Live demonstrations

Cars equipped with this engine will be showcased in two demonstrations at the event. The first demo will involve two Renault Zoe electric cars being (autonomously) driven at the same time. During the demo, participants and journalists will have a unique opportunity to get on board the vehicles and take a driverless ride on the University of Technology of Compiègne (UTC) track.

Read this: ESCAPE project launches positioning module for autonomous driving

In the second demo, a third vehicle will be driven on a public road in Compiègne to demonstrate its performance in a peri-urban environment. There will be no passengers in this car, but the participants will be able to watch a live video of the test broadcast via 4G with the estimated position obtained using the EGE along with RTK. The demos will be followed by a Q&A session where journalists and other participants will be able to put their questions to the developers of the engine.

“The EGE hardware has been developed based on state-of-the-art practices in the design of automotive electronic control units and is based on the first automotive grade GNSS and Galileo receiver. As a result, all of its interfaces and configurations have been developed to be fully compliant with the most widely recognised trends in the sector,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

Participation in the event is free of charge, but places are limited. So if you are interested in the future of mobility and would like to take part in this exciting live demo, sign up now!

Localisation workshop

The demos will be followed by a series of presentations on the ESCAPE project, including use cases for autonomous driving, high accuracy and integrity, localisation standards, and HD maps for localisation. There will also be a presentation of the TESEO APP receiver from STMicroelectronics, which combines multiple-frequency and multi-constellation tracking and enables autonomous-driving systems to combine precise positioning with sensor data for enhanced performance, safety and reliability.

Following the presentations, there will be a workshop on localisation integrity for autonomous driving, with discussions on relative and absolute localisation and integrity estimation for land-based applications. All in all, this is a not-to-be-missed event for anybody interested in intelligent transport systems and autonomous driving.

The ESCAPE prototype

The EGE prototype design includes several major components, including a novel multi-frequency, multi-constellation automotive-grade GNSS receiver. The main distinguishing feature of the ESCAPE receiver is its ability to precisely and simultaneously process signals from two different GNSS bands and from different satellite constellations. Although this capability is common in high-end professional receivers, it is cutting-edge in the automotive Tier-2 panorama.

And this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

The receiver is also a first-of-a-kind device in its segment to support the new Navigation Message Authentication (NMA) service of Galileo, the additional anti-spoofing service to be offered by Galileo on the open E1 signal. Finally, the new GNSS receiver comes with several core signal-processing enhancements: better receiver sensitivity and tracking capability, multipath mitigation, more intermediate frequency (IF) channels and flexibility in routing IF samples, jamming detection and mitigation, and optimisation of the GNSS data flow.

The result is an ESCAPE GNSS sensor that combines a high-end GNSS technology traditionally reserved for professional applications, innovative dual-band Galileo processing, as well as all the hardware and software safety aspects that are needed to certify the component for the automotive market.

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).

Participants in the demos will be able to experience a ride in a driverless car for themselves!

PIN: EGNOS service for payment and liability-critical road applications

21.10.2019 10:30  
What integrity concept to develop for payment and liability critical applications in the road sector using EGNOS?
Published: 
21 October 2019

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW) has issued a Prior Information Notice (PIN) for a planned call for a new service contract on using satellite-based augmentation systems (SBAS) for applications such as road tolling or pay-as-you-drive insurance with the aim of developing an appropriate integrity concept for payment/liability critical applications focused on the road sector.

When defining the service, the contractor shall consider to which extent evolutions of the EGNOS services, user equipment or the service provision scheme are needed to provide the required integrity assurance. Integrity in this context refers to the level of confidence that can be put in the navigation solution. The On-Board Unit (OBU) will have to allow all the features necessary to trust the position in situations where enforcement, payments and related claims are involved.

Since the E-GNSS sensor may just be one component among other sensors, the project shall address what other technologies or components may be needed on top of the current GNSS signals, and what would be the contribution of each element to the overall integrity assurance.

The contract notice will be published in the near future. More information can be found in the Prior Information Notice (PIN).

Tailored premiums

Pay-as-you-drive (PAYD) and pay-how-you-drive (PHYD) insurance are emerging applications in the road sector that rely on how much, where, when and how the road user drives. These applications make it possible to tailor the premiums paid by the policyholder.

Read this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

In the future, other road applications such as reconstruction of accidents, mobility as a service, traffic infraction monitoring and fine management, traffic congestion monitoring, automatic charging in car parks, etc. may also rely on the vehicle’s position and navigation data.

EGNOS is the European SBAS and augments GPS L1 C/A civilian signal by providing corrections and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe. EGNOS Version 3, set to enter in service in the near future, will augment both GPS and Galileo constellations in the L1 and L5 bands and will extend the service area to the entire landmasses of EU Member States.

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).

What integrity concept to develop for payment and liability critical applications in the road sector using EGNOS?

MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

18.10.2019 11:28  
The MyGalileoApp awards will be handed out at a ceremony at GSA headquarters in Prague on 7 November.
Published: 
18 October 2019

Final preparations are underway as the October 21 deadline approaches for the 10 finalists in this year’s MyGalileoApp competition to deliver a finalised version of their app. All the teams to successfully complete the second development phase will be invited to the award ceremony, to be held at the Prague headquarters of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on 7 November 2019, where they will present their apps to a GSA evaluation board. To register to attend the event, click here.

The finalists will be welcomed to the awards ceremony by GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Matthias Petschke, Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission. Then, following an introduction by GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani and a keynote on “How to create a successful app” by Google Geospatial Technologist Ed Parsons, the finalists will make their pitches.

The pitches will be made in two stages, with five teams pitching first, followed by demonstrations of their apps and a speech by a MyGalileoApp mentor. Then the second five teams will pitch and demonstrate their projects. The awards will be decided after these pitches and the awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held in the evening. Check out the agenda here.

Read this: GSA releases 6th GNSS Market Report

So, who are the finalists?

Of the 10 finalists, four are in the Augmented Reality and Games innovation area: uMaze (Finland) creates mazes in specific outdoor areas in which users can play; while ARGEO (Italy) allows users to discover content such as prizes, coupons and shopping cards geo-located around the streets of a city. The app from STPR (Poland, Australia, Ukraine) combines a virtual environment with game-related physical experiences in the real world, and arstory (Germany) is a complete augmented reality ecosystem based on Galileo location and virtual objects in the real world.

The Smart Navigation and Infotainment innovation area accounts for three of the 10 finalists. The Ready Park app (France) makes parking easier by pairing drivers leaving a spot with users looking for one. GALILEONAUT (France) is a mobile app that helps sailors to navigate inside a port or a marina and provides a link to the harbour master's office, while the Trukatu app (Spain) is a mobile C2C platform that connects people who want to rent or lease items with owners who have items to rent out.

Two of the shortlisted projects fall in the Fitness, Sport and mHealth category. The first of these - PanPan - Possible Assistance Needed (Germany) - serves as backup safety solution for potentially dangerous activities that may leave users in need of assistance, while the second - LetMeAut (Italy) - makes everyday tasks easier for people with autism.

Finally, the Mapping, GIS and Agriculture innovation area accounts for one app among the top 10 shortlisted projects. Tractor Navigator (France) provides guidance for farmers driving tractors, enabling them to visualise their current position and trajectory in an open field.

And this: Galileo and EGNOS featured at InterGEO 2019

Awards ceremony

Following the pitches, there will be an investors’ panel, with presentations by experts from various institutions, from the European Investment Bank to venture capital firms and accelerators, providing information on how apps can bridge the gap between great ideas and viable business opportunities. In general, there will be many business opportunities to explore from among the MyGalileoApp projects, so if you are an investor looking to invest in forward-looking GNSS-based applications register here to take advantage of this unparalleled networking opportunity.

Finally, after careful deliberation of the pitches and presentations made earlier, the GSA evaluation board will be ready to announce the winners and hand out the awards. The first-place winner will receive a EUR 100,000 prize. The runner up and third place winners will receive EUR 50,000 and EUR 30,000 respectively. The award ceremony will also include a speech by motivational speaker and explorer Johan Ernst Nilson.

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

The MyGalileoApp awards will be handed out at a ceremony at GSA headquarters in Prague on 7 November.

MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

18.10.2019 11:28  
The MyGalileoApp awards will be handed out at a ceremony at GSA headquarters in Prague on 7 November.
Published: 
18 October 2019

Final preparations are underway as the October 21 deadline approaches for the 10 finalists in this year’s MyGalileoApp competition to deliver a finalised version of their app. All the teams to successfully complete the second development phase will be invited to the award ceremony, to be held at the Prague headquarters of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on 7 November 2019, where they will present their apps to a GSA evaluation board. To register to attend the event, click here.

The finalists will be welcomed to the awards ceremony by GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Matthias Petschke, Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission. Then, following an introduction by GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani and a keynote on “How to create a successful app” by Google Geospatial Technologist Ed Parsons, the finalists will make their pitches.

The pitches will be made in two stages, with five teams pitching first, followed by demonstrations of their apps and a speech by a MyGalileoApp mentor. Then the second five teams will pitch and demonstrate their projects. The awards will be decided after these pitches and the awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held in the evening. Check out the agenda here.

Read this: GSA releases 6th GNSS Market Report

So, who are the finalists?

Of the 10 finalists, four are in the Augmented Reality and Games innovation area: uMaze (Finland) creates mazes in specific outdoor areas in which users can play; while ARGEO (Italy) allows users to discover content such as prizes, coupons and shopping cards geo-located around the streets of a city. The app from STPR (Poland, Australia, Ukraine) combines a virtual environment with game-related physical experiences in the real world, and arstory (Germany) is a complete augmented reality ecosystem based on Galileo location and virtual objects in the real world.

The Smart Navigation and Infotainment innovation area accounts for three of the 10 finalists. The Ready Park app (France) makes parking easier by pairing drivers leaving a spot with users looking for one. GALILEONAUT (France) is a mobile app that helps sailors to navigate inside a port or a marina and provides a link to the harbour master's office, while the Trukatu app (Spain) is a mobile C2C platform that connects people who want to rent or lease items with owners who have items to rent out.

Two of the shortlisted projects fall in the Fitness, Sport and mHealth category. The first of these - PanPan - Possible Assistance Needed (Germany) - serves as backup safety solution for potentially dangerous activities that may leave users in need of assistance, while the second - LetMeAut (Italy) - makes everyday tasks easier for people with autism.

Finally, the Mapping, GIS and Agriculture innovation area accounts for one app among the top 10 shortlisted projects. Tractor Navigator (France) provides guidance for farmers driving tractors, enabling them to visualise their current position and trajectory in an open field.

And this: Galileo and EGNOS featured at InterGEO 2019

Awards ceremony

Following the pitches, there will be an investors’ panel, with presentations by experts from various institutions, from the European Investment Bank to venture capital firms and accelerators, providing information on how apps can bridge the gap between great ideas and viable business opportunities. In general, there will be many business opportunities to explore from among the MyGalileoApp projects, so if you are an investor looking to invest in forward-looking GNSS-based applications register here to take advantage of this unparalleled networking opportunity.

Finally, after careful deliberation of the pitches and presentations made earlier, the GSA evaluation board will be ready to announce the winners and hand out the awards. The first-place winner will receive a EUR 100,000 prize. The runner up and third place winners will receive EUR 50,000 and EUR 30,000 respectively. The award ceremony will also include a speech by motivational speaker and explorer Johan Ernst Nilson.

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

The MyGalileoApp awards will be handed out at a ceremony at GSA headquarters in Prague on 7 November.

MyGalileoApp enters the final stage

18.10.2019 11:28  
The MyGalileoApp awards will be handed out at a ceremony at GSA headquarters in Prague on 7 November.
Published: 
18 October 2019

Final preparations are underway as the October 21 deadline approaches for the 10 finalists in this year’s MyGalileoApp competition to deliver a finalised version of their app. All the teams to successfully complete the second development phase will be invited to the award ceremony, to be held at the Prague headquarters of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) on 7 November 2019, where they will present their apps to a GSA evaluation board. To register to attend the event, click here.

The finalists will be welcomed to the awards ceremony by GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides and Matthias Petschke, Director of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes at the European Commission. Then, following an introduction by GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani and a keynote on “How to create a successful app” by Google Geospatial Technologist Ed Parsons, the finalists will make their pitches.

The pitches will be made in two stages, with five teams pitching first, followed by demonstrations of their apps and a speech by a MyGalileoApp mentor. Then the second five teams will pitch and demonstrate their projects. The awards will be decided after these pitches and the awards will be presented at a special ceremony to be held in the evening. Check out the agenda here.

Read this: GSA releases 6th GNSS Market Report

So, who are the finalists?

Of the 10 finalists, four are in the Augmented Reality and Games innovation area: uMaze (Finland) creates mazes in specific outdoor areas in which users can play; while ARGEO (Italy) allows users to discover content such as prizes, coupons and shopping cards geo-located around the streets of a city. The app from STPR (Poland, Australia, Ukraine) combines a virtual environment with game-related physical experiences in the real world, and arstory (Germany) is a complete augmented reality ecosystem based on Galileo location and virtual objects in the real world.

The Smart Navigation and Infotainment innovation area accounts for three of the 10 finalists. The Ready Park app (France) makes parking easier by pairing drivers leaving a spot with users looking for one. GALILEONAUT (France) is a mobile app that helps sailors to navigate inside a port or a marina and provides a link to the harbour master's office, while the Trukatu app (Spain) is a mobile C2C platform that connects people who want to rent or lease items with owners who have items to rent out.

Two of the shortlisted projects fall in the Fitness, Sport and mHealth category. The first of these - PanPan - Possible Assistance Needed (Germany) - serves as backup safety solution for potentially dangerous activities that may leave users in need of assistance, while the second - LetMeAut (Italy) - makes everyday tasks easier for people with autism.

Finally, the Mapping, GIS and Agriculture innovation area accounts for one app among the top 10 shortlisted projects. Tractor Navigator (France) provides guidance for farmers driving tractors, enabling them to visualise their current position and trajectory in an open field.

And this: Galileo and EGNOS featured at InterGEO 2019

Awards ceremony

Following the pitches, there will be an investors’ panel, with presentations by experts from various institutions, from the European Investment Bank to venture capital firms and accelerators, providing information on how apps can bridge the gap between great ideas and viable business opportunities. In general, there will be many business opportunities to explore from among the MyGalileoApp projects, so if you are an investor looking to invest in forward-looking GNSS-based applications register here to take advantage of this unparalleled networking opportunity.

Finally, after careful deliberation of the pitches and presentations made earlier, the GSA evaluation board will be ready to announce the winners and hand out the awards. The first-place winner will receive a EUR 100,000 prize. The runner up and third place winners will receive EUR 50,000 and EUR 30,000 respectively. The award ceremony will also include a speech by motivational speaker and explorer Johan Ernst Nilson.

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

The MyGalileoApp awards will be handed out at a ceremony at GSA headquarters in Prague on 7 November.

GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

17.10.2019 12:55  
The latest issue of the GNSS market Report was eagerly awaited by all market stakeholders.
Published: 
17 October 2019

The sixth issue of the GNSS Market Report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been downloaded over 1,000 times since it was published on the GSA website on October 15. With its comprehensive overview of the current status and future trends on the global GNSS market, the report was eagerly awaited by all market players, from global corporations and SMEs to R&D organisations and academia.

Regularly referenced by policy-makers and business leaders around the world, the GNSS Market Report serves as the go-to resource for anybody requiring an in-depth look at GNSS market opportunities and trends across key market segments. The previous issue of the Market Report has been downloaded over 60,000 times since it was published in 2017.

Read this: GSA releases 6th GNSS Market Report

“Given the dynamism of the GNSS market, we anticipated that there would be high demand for the latest issue of the GNSS Market Report with its valuable insights and forecasts. The number of downloads in the first day of publication is a clear indicator of how highly it is valued as a resource by all stakeholders in the GNSS ecosystem,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

To read the report in full, download it for free here.

The structure of this year’s report has changed slightly compared to previous years and the number of GNSS market segments reviewed has increased to 10, to better reflect the situation on the market and to enable more specific and accurate findings. The market segments in this year’s report are: Consumer Solutions, Road, Manned Aviation, Drones, Maritime, Emergency Response, Rail, Agriculture, Geomatics and Critical Infrastructure.

GSA Reports

The GNSS Market Report is one of a series of intelligence reports produced by the GSA. It is published every two years. The Market Report alternates with the GNSS User Technology Report, which takes an in-depth look at the state-of-the-art in GNSS receiver technology and provides expert analysis on the evolutionary trends that are set to define the dynamic global GNSS user technology industry.

Other reports produced by the GSA include Reports on User Needs and Requirements for Position, Navigation and Time, which are the outcome of the European GNSS User Consultation Platform – the next meeting of which will take place at European Space Week in December. These reports provide an overview of GNSS trends across a broad range of applications, along with in-depth analysis of user needs and requirements applicable to specific market segments.

For a full list of GSA publications, click here.

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

The latest issue of the GNSS market Report was eagerly awaited by all market stakeholders.

GNSS Market Report downloaded 1,000 times in first 24 hours

17.10.2019 12:55  
The latest issue of the GNSS market Report was eagerly awaited by all market stakeholders.
Published: 
17 October 2019

The sixth issue of the GNSS Market Report from the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has been downloaded over 1,000 times since it was published on the GSA website on October 15. With its comprehensive overview of the current status and future trends on the global GNSS market, the report was eagerly awaited by all market players, from global corporations and SMEs to R&D organisations and academia.

Regularly referenced by policy-makers and business leaders around the world, the GNSS Market Report serves as the go-to resource for anybody requiring an in-depth look at GNSS market opportunities and trends across key market segments. The previous issue of the Market Report has been downloaded over 60,000 times since it was published in 2017.

Read this: GSA releases 6th GNSS Market Report

“Given the dynamism of the GNSS market, we anticipated that there would be high demand for the latest issue of the GNSS Market Report with its valuable insights and forecasts. The number of downloads in the first day of publication is a clear indicator of how highly it is valued as a resource by all stakeholders in the GNSS ecosystem,” said GSA Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

To read the report in full, download it for free here.

The structure of this year’s report has changed slightly compared to previous years and the number of GNSS market segments reviewed has increased to 10, to better reflect the situation on the market and to enable more specific and accurate findings. The market segments in this year’s report are: Consumer Solutions, Road, Manned Aviation, Drones, Maritime, Emergency Response, Rail, Agriculture, Geomatics and Critical Infrastructure.

GSA Reports

The GNSS Market Report is one of a series of intelligence reports produced by the GSA. It is published every two years. The Market Report alternates with the GNSS User Technology Report, which takes an in-depth look at the state-of-the-art in GNSS receiver technology and provides expert analysis on the evolutionary trends that are set to define the dynamic global GNSS user technology industry.

Other reports produced by the GSA include Reports on User Needs and Requirements for Position, Navigation and Time, which are the outcome of the European GNSS User Consultation Platform – the next meeting of which will take place at European Space Week in December. These reports provide an overview of GNSS trends across a broad range of applications, along with in-depth analysis of user needs and requirements applicable to specific market segments.

For a full list of GSA publications, click here.

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

The latest issue of the GNSS market Report was eagerly awaited by all market stakeholders.

EGNSS perspectives at InterGEO Stuttgart

16.10.2019 10:25  
Joint use of EGNSS and Earth observation enables applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities.
Published: 
16 October 2019

The InterGEO conference and trade show continues to be a positive occasion to highlight Europe's GNSS services in the fields of geodesy, geo-information, land management and related areas.

With over half a million event website users and over 16,000 visitors from 92 countries at the conference and trade show, InterGEO is one of the key platforms for industry dialogue around the world. The event covers a wide variety of fields, ranging from surveying, geo-information, remote sensing and photogrammetry to complementary solutions and technologies. 

Shared space with Copernicus

As such, InterGEO is the ideal platform for highlighting both of Europe's flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus. Speaking at the shared Galileo and Copernicus stand at InterGEO 2019, GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi said: "This is now the third time that we have shared a common space with Copernicus at this event. The GNSS community of course knows about Galileo, but we really have a lot to gain by looking more closely at Copernicus." Copernicus is Europe's space-based earth observation and monitoring programme. Like Galileo, it delivers data openly and freely in a wide range of application areas, with both operational data and information services.

"The joint use of EGNSS, Galileo and EGNOS, and Earth observation data enables a number of applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities. There are a big number of potential value-added applications for the agriculture sector, for smart cities, road transport, maritime navigation, emergency and crisis management, in addition to utilities and many others,” Blasi said.

Read this: EGNSS and EO: A promising convergence for sustainable development

"These synergies exist in many market segments," he said, "for example in biomass monitoring, hydrographical offshore surveying or border surveillance. There are other examples in the area of precision agriculture, where Copernicus can deliver very detailed information about soil humidity and composition, which you can then use to generate metre- and centimetre-level maps of soil parameters." Farmers can then overlay Galileo- and EGNOS-generated location maps to guide targeted irrigation and other operations in their fields. In another vital area, that of environmental management, Copernicus delivers key information on the state of forests, water quality and snow cover, while again Galileo and EGNOS can provide precise guidance to specific areas of interest.

Based on the level of interest shown by the numerous visitors at the Galileo and Copernicus display, the EU space programmes are likely to remain a fixture at the event. The next InterGEO will take place in Berlin, 2020!

CLGE winner

InterGEO was also the scene of the 8th CLGE Students’ Contest award ceremony, including the GSA special prize encouraging innovative ideas leveraging the use of EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus. This year’s winner of the GSA category was Pablo Pinto Santos, from Universitat Politècnica de València, with his paper titled “GNSS Open Service Case Study: Development of SW Tools for Assessing GPS and GALILEO Positioning Performances by Means of Post-Processing Single-Frequency Pseudorange Observations”.

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).

Joint use of EGNSS and Earth observation enables applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities.

EGNSS perspectives at InterGEO Stuttgart

16.10.2019 10:25  
Joint use of EGNSS and Earth observation enables applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities.
Published: 
16 October 2019

The InterGEO conference and trade show continues to be a positive occasion to highlight Europe's GNSS services in the fields of geodesy, geo-information, land management and related areas.

With over half a million event website users and over 16,000 visitors from 92 countries at the conference and trade show, InterGEO is one of the key platforms for industry dialogue around the world. The event covers a wide variety of fields, ranging from surveying, geo-information, remote sensing and photogrammetry to complementary solutions and technologies. 

Shared space with Copernicus

As such, InterGEO is the ideal platform for highlighting both of Europe's flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus. Speaking at the shared Galileo and Copernicus stand at InterGEO 2019, GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi said: "This is now the third time that we have shared a common space with Copernicus at this event. The GNSS community of course knows about Galileo, but we really have a lot to gain by looking more closely at Copernicus." Copernicus is Europe's space-based earth observation and monitoring programme. Like Galileo, it delivers data openly and freely in a wide range of application areas, with both operational data and information services.

"The joint use of EGNSS, Galileo and EGNOS, and Earth observation data enables a number of applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities. There are a big number of potential value-added applications for the agriculture sector, for smart cities, road transport, maritime navigation, emergency and crisis management, in addition to utilities and many others,” Blasi said.

Read this: EGNSS and EO: A promising convergence for sustainable development

"These synergies exist in many market segments," he said, "for example in biomass monitoring, hydrographical offshore surveying or border surveillance. There are other examples in the area of precision agriculture, where Copernicus can deliver very detailed information about soil humidity and composition, which you can then use to generate metre- and centimetre-level maps of soil parameters." Farmers can then overlay Galileo- and EGNOS-generated location maps to guide targeted irrigation and other operations in their fields. In another vital area, that of environmental management, Copernicus delivers key information on the state of forests, water quality and snow cover, while again Galileo and EGNOS can provide precise guidance to specific areas of interest.

Based on the level of interest shown by the numerous visitors at the Galileo and Copernicus display, the EU space programmes are likely to remain a fixture at the event. The next InterGEO will take place in Berlin, 2020!

CLGE winner

InterGEO was also the scene of the 8th CLGE Students’ Contest award ceremony, including the GSA special prize encouraging innovative ideas leveraging the use of EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus. This year’s winner of the GSA category was Pablo Pinto Santos, from Universitat Politècnica de València, with his paper titled “GNSS Open Service Case Study: Development of SW Tools for Assessing GPS and GALILEO Positioning Performances by Means of Post-Processing Single-Frequency Pseudorange Observations”.

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Joint use of EGNSS and Earth observation enables applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities.

European GNSS Agency (GSA) releases 6th GNSS Market Report

15.10.2019 9:47  
The GSA GNSS Market Report has become the go-to reference for all GNSS market players.
Published: 
15 October 2019

The GNSS market is developing rapidly. Demand for precise location information is also growing and the evolution of GNSS technology is ongoing. In this environment, the 6th issue of the GSA GNSS Market Report, officially launched today, is a valuable tool enabling all stakeholders to skilfully navigate and benefit from the flourishing GNSS market.

The 6th issue of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report provides comprehensive information on the dynamic global GNSS market along with in-depth analysis of the latest global trends and developments.

Key findings from the report:

  • Global GNSS downstream market revenue from both devices and services will grow from €150 bln in 2019 to €325 bln in 2029;
  • The global installed base of GNSS devices in use will increase from 6.4 bln in 2019 to 9.6 bln in 2029;
  • In 2017, European companies accounted for an estimated 27% of the global GNSS market;
  • In 2029, revenue from GNSS added value services will amount to €166 bln, accounting for 51% of total global GNSS revenue.

Growth on the GNSS market will be stimulated by global macro trends such as digitalisation, big data, the sharing economy and artificial intelligence, all of which use GNSS for position, navigation and timing. In combination with other technologies, GNSS will also contribute to tackling the climate change challenge by supporting environmentally friendly transport solutions, sustainable agriculture and meteorological monitoring.

To read the report in full, download it for free here.

A valuable resource

“The GNSS market is at a very exciting stage in its development and will expand rapidly in the coming years. By offering a comprehensive overview of the current market situation, along with forecasts of how the market is likely to develop to 2029, the latest issue of the GSA Market Report is a valuable resource for all GNSS market stakeholders,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “This is a real tool that European companies can use to develop their market entry strategies for new products and services.”

Regularly referenced by policy-makers and business leaders around the world, the GNSS Market Report serves as the go-to resource for anybody requiring an in-depth look at GNSS market opportunities and trends across key market segments.

“The analysis and data-based forecasts in the GNSS Market Report are eagerly awaited by all GNSS market stakeholders. The previous issue of the Market Report was downloaded over 60,000 times since it was published in 2017, and the report has served as a key tool for GNSS market players from global corporations and SMEs to R&D organisations and academia,” said GSA Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel. “The high number of downloads is a clear indicator of the value that is placed on the unique blend of GNSS market intelligence and expertise that the GSA and its staff has acquired over the years,” he said.

What’s new in issue 6?

In the 2019 edition of the GNSS Market Report, the number of GNSS market segments reviewed has increased to 10: Consumer Solutions, Road, Manned Aviation, Drones, Maritime, Emergency Response, Rail, Agriculture, Geomatics and Critical Infrastructure. 

This allows more specific and accurate findings:

  • Road and Consumer Solutions dominate all other market segments in terms of cumulative revenue, and will account for a combined 93.3% in 2019-2029;
  • Of the remaining revenue, more than 50% will be generated by Agriculture and Geomatics;
  • Drones have become a significant GNSS market segment, exceeding mature segments such as maritime, aviation and agriculture in terms of shipments.

The New Space market is the focus of the Editor’s Special section in this year’s report. This section examines key trends behind the rapid growth in the number of spacecraft in use, with a particular focus on growth in private low Earth orbit (LEO) service providers and on Galileo’s contribution to the Space Service Volume (SSV).

“In the latest version of the GNSS Market Report, we have updated the market segments to better reflect the actual situation on the market. This section of the report provides analysis of key trends and recent developments in each segment, along with predictions on how the market will evolve, allowing readers to keep track of developments as they unfold on this dynamic market,” said Fiammetta Diani, the GSA’s Head of Market Development.

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The GSA GNSS Market Report has become the go-to reference for all GNSS market players.

Galileo and EGNOS featured at InterGEO 2019

14.10.2019 13:24  
GSA Market Development Innovation Officer Eduard Escalona speaking at the InterGEO Galileo workshop
Published: 
14 October 2019

Galileo and EGNOS were the focus of attention at a special workshop at this year's InterGEO in Stuttgart. InterGEO is the world's leading conference and trade fair for geodesy, geo-information and land management.

InterGEO provided an opportunity to give an update on the status of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and to present user case studies at a special workshop focusing on the geomatics market. 

In his presentation at the conference, Eduard Escalona, Market Development Innovation Officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), stressed the key role of GNSS. “GNSS is a cornerstone in many areas: It is a fundamental element for cadastral surveying, in the construction sector, in mining, land surveying and mapping activities, for all geographic information systems (GIS), for infrastructure monitoring and for marine surveying. For all of you who are working in these and many other areas, Galileo is now helping to provide the GNSS services you need," he said.

Dual frequency boosting market

The European GNSS programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, continue to move forward in terms of adoption by the professional market and among general users, thanks in no small part to the development of dual-frequency capability.

Traditionally, mobile, location-based applications have been powered by single-frequency GNSS receivers operating under stringent battery-power and footprint constraints. With a dual-frequency chipset, these devices now benefit from better accuracy, ionosphere error cancellation, improved tracking and better multipath resistance.

Read this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

Galileo, as it happens, is leading the way in the area of dual-frequency signal delivery, now with more dual-frequency operational satellites in orbit than any other GNSS system. Market uptake of Galileo receivers has been impressive; in addition to the geomatics-related areas of particular interest to the InterGEO public, dual-frequency GNSS chipsets are also appearing in the automotive sector, where connected cars and autonomous vehicles present a clear and pressing need for accurate and reliable positioning information.

New services to come

"To date, more than one billion Galileo-enabled devices have been sold," said Escalona, "but Galileo isn't standing still, waiting. We are proposing new services to appear in the coming years." These include the much-anticipated High-Accuracy Service (HAS) and a new Authentication Service. "The HAS will be a free, globally available service providing an accuracy of 20 cm, with PPP [Precise Point Positioning] corrections." Meanwhile, the Authentication Service (OS-NMA) will provide protection against jamming, spoofing and meaconing on the E1B signal and a separate Signal Authentication Service (SAS) will provide an even higher level of protection on the E6 signal.

"EGNOS is currently working with GPS but of course we are looking forward to augmenting Galileo in the near future," said Sergio Cabrera Bona, EGNOS Service Adoption Tools Engineer at the European Satellite Services Provider, whose core activities comprise EGNOS operations and service provision.

And this: GSA GNSS Market Report

"GNSS is critical in all of these fields, whether it is mapping and GIS, farming, forestry, thermal pictures, management of natural terrains," Cabrera said. He went on to list some other areas, including management and inspection of utilities, power networks, water supply, telecoms, drones, inventory, surveying, field campaigns and determination of perimeters in agriculture as other areas where GNSS plays a key role. 

"It is not possible to mention all of the activities where you need reliable positioning. What you have to know is that with EGNOS augmentations you already have a horizontal accuracy below one metre and a vertical accuracy below two metres, so this is a very good accuracy," he said.

There is much more that could potentially be done right now, Cabrera explained. "Most of the professional equipment is already EGNOS-enabled, but in practice users do not always configure their equipment correctly to exploit this capability. EGNOS adoption and support is going ahead full speed, but in the GNSS device market, many users still do not know they can use EGNOS. So the education process remains an ongoing effort,” he said.

Cabrera explained that the EGNOS user support website can be an important part of this educational drive on the top of the help desk. "We have very interesting tools and resources available online. For example, we will have a new EGNOS visibility map available very soon on the website. With this tool you will be able to easily see the current availability of EGNOS signals in your location, which will be very useful especially in urban environments, for example. We also have many user support services and there is a new mobile app coming, so please visit our website and take advantage of EGNOS. It is there for you." 

Introducing the GSC

Galileo services improvement expert Pedro Gómez Martínez informed participants about the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC), defining both the concept of operations as well as the procedures necessary to provide the services that the GSA offers to Galileo users.

"The European GNSS Service Centre is the single interface between the infrastructure and users of the Galileo open services, commercial service and search and rescue service (SAR)," said Gómez. "So the GSC is a centre that provides experts, know-how, evaluation of capability, distribution of information and support for the provision of value-added services provided by the Galileo system."

Read this: MyGalileoApp – targeting the future of mobility

The GSC website is a core resource for Galileo users, Gómez said, reporting real-time system status and incident notifications, with a bank of key documents and a full-time help desk. "It is very important for us that this is a two-way interactive service that includes your feed-back. We need you to report any incidents that you might experience related to the product, service and data provision. We are very interested in user satisfaction, and we want to know how you respond to improvements. And of course, in general, we are here to promote GNSS in all its forms, in all areas, for all users."

The GSC launched a new version of its website in the run-up to the InterGEO event. "More than ever we are making it easier for you to engage in dialogue with us and to provide your feedback. This is very important to us with new services coming up in the future," Gomez said.

Research fundamentals

"One of the very important responsibilities of the GSA is the management of a number of EGNSS research and development programmes," said Eduard Escalona. "We have Horizon 2020, the European Union's research Framework Programme. There we have a final call for proposals coming up in November, with a deadline in March 2020. The GSA also is overseeing the Fundamental Elements programme, which is funding research specifically targeted at developing Galileo-enabled chipsets, receivers and related technologies."

To illustrate Escalona's point, the presentations featured EU-funded GNSS-related research projects leveraging the accuracy and integrity offered by Galileo. Pere Molina of Geonumerics presented the MapKite project. Funded under Horizon 2020 and now completed, MapKite integrates an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and a Mobile Mapping System (MMS) for simultaneous capture of geo-data from the air and from the ground. Molina showed data from a successful corridor mapping exercise run using the MapKite system.

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).

GSA Market Development Innovation Officer Eduard Escalona speaking at the InterGEO Galileo workshop

Galileo and EGNOS featured at InterGEO 2019

14.10.2019 13:24  
GSA Market Development Innovation Officer Eduard Escalona speaking at the InterGEO Galileo workshop
Published: 
14 October 2019

Galileo and EGNOS were the focus of attention at a special workshop at this year's InterGEO in Stuttgart. InterGEO is the world's leading conference and trade fair for geodesy, geo-information and land management.

InterGEO provided an opportunity to give an update on the status of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and to present user case studies at a special workshop focusing on the geomatics market. 

In his presentation at the conference, Eduard Escalona, Market Development Innovation Officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), stressed the key role of GNSS. “GNSS is a cornerstone in many areas: It is a fundamental element for cadastral surveying, in the construction sector, in mining, land surveying and mapping activities, for all geographic information systems (GIS), for infrastructure monitoring and for marine surveying. For all of you who are working in these and many other areas, Galileo is now helping to provide the GNSS services you need," he said.

Dual frequency boosting market

The European GNSS programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, continue to move forward in terms of adoption by the professional market and among general users, thanks in no small part to the development of dual-frequency capability.

Traditionally, mobile, location-based applications have been powered by single-frequency GNSS receivers operating under stringent battery-power and footprint constraints. With a dual-frequency chipset, these devices now benefit from better accuracy, ionosphere error cancellation, improved tracking and better multipath resistance.

Read this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

Galileo, as it happens, is leading the way in the area of dual-frequency signal delivery, now with more dual-frequency operational satellites in orbit than any other GNSS system. Market uptake of Galileo receivers has been impressive; in addition to the geomatics-related areas of particular interest to the InterGEO public, dual-frequency GNSS chipsets are also appearing in the automotive sector, where connected cars and autonomous vehicles present a clear and pressing need for accurate and reliable positioning information.

New services to come

"To date, more than one billion Galileo-enabled devices have been sold," said Escalona, "but Galileo isn't standing still, waiting. We are proposing new services to appear in the coming years." These include the much-anticipated High-Accuracy Service (HAS) and a new Authentication Service. "The HAS will be a free, globally available service providing an accuracy of 20 cm, with PPP [Precise Point Positioning] corrections." Meanwhile, the Authentication Service (OS-NMA) will provide protection against jamming, spoofing and meaconing on the E1B signal and a separate Signal Authentication Service (SAS) will provide an even higher level of protection on the E6 signal.

"EGNOS is currently working with GPS but of course we are looking forward to augmenting Galileo in the near future," said Sergio Cabrera Bona, EGNOS Service Adoption Tools Engineer at the European Satellite Services Provider, whose core activities comprise EGNOS operations and service provision.

And this: GSA GNSS Market Report

"GNSS is critical in all of these fields, whether it is mapping and GIS, farming, forestry, thermal pictures, management of natural terrains," Cabrera said. He went on to list some other areas, including management and inspection of utilities, power networks, water supply, telecoms, drones, inventory, surveying, field campaigns and determination of perimeters in agriculture as other areas where GNSS plays a key role. 

"It is not possible to mention all of the activities where you need reliable positioning. What you have to know is that with EGNOS augmentations you already have a horizontal accuracy below one metre and a vertical accuracy below two metres, so this is a very good accuracy," he said.

There is much more that could potentially be done right now, Cabrera explained. "Most of the professional equipment is already EGNOS-enabled, but in practice users do not always configure their equipment correctly to exploit this capability. EGNOS adoption and support is going ahead full speed, but in the GNSS device market, many users still do not know they can use EGNOS. So the education process remains an ongoing effort,” he said.

Cabrera explained that the EGNOS user support website can be an important part of this educational drive on the top of the help desk. "We have very interesting tools and resources available online. For example, we will have a new EGNOS usability map available very soon on the website. With this tool you will be able to easily see the current availability of EGNOS signals in your location, which will be very useful especially in urban environments, for example. We also have many user support services and there is a new mobile app coming, so please visit our website and take advantage of EGNOS. It is there for you." 

Introducing the GSC

Galileo services improvement expert Pedro Gómez Martínez informed participants about the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC), defining both the concept of operations as well as the procedures necessary to provide the services that the GSA offers to Galileo users.

"The European GNSS Service Centre is the single interface between the infrastructure and users of the Galileo open services, commercial service and search and rescue service (SAR)," said Gómez. "So the GSC is a centre that provides experts, know-how, evaluation of capability, distribution of information and support for the provision of value-added services provided by the Galileo system."

Read this: MyGalileoApp – targeting the future of mobility

The GSC website is a core resource for Galileo users, Gómez said, reporting real-time system status and incident notifications, with a bank of key documents and a full-time help desk. "It is very important for us that this is a two-way interactive service that includes your feed-back. We need you to report any incidents that you might experience related to the product, service and data provision. We are very interested in user satisfaction, and we want to know how you respond to improvements. And of course, in general, we are here to promote GNSS in all its forms, in all areas, for all users."

The GSC launched a new version of its website in the run-up to the InterGEO event. "More than ever we are making it easier for you to engage in dialogue with us and to provide your feedback. This is very important to us with new services coming up in the future," Gomez said.

Research fundamentals

"One of the very important responsibilities of the GSA is the management of a number of EGNSS research and development programmes," said Eduard Escalona. "We have Horizon 2020, the European Union's research Framework Programme. There we have a final call for proposals coming up in November, with a deadline in March 2020. The GSA also is overseeing the Fundamental Elements programme, which is funding research specifically targeted at developing Galileo-enabled chipsets, receivers and related technologies."

To illustrate Escalona's point, the presentations featured EU-funded GNSS-related research projects leveraging the accuracy and integrity offered by Galileo. Pere Molina of Geonumerics presented the MapKite project. Funded under Horizon 2020 and now completed, MapKite integrates an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and a Mobile Mapping System (MMS) for simultaneous capture of geo-data from the air and from the ground. Molina showed data from a successful corridor mapping exercise run using the MapKite system.

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).

GSA Market Development Innovation Officer Eduard Escalona speaking at the InterGEO Galileo workshop

Galileo and EGNOS featured at InterGEO 2019

14.10.2019 13:24  
GSA Market Development Innovation Officer Eduard Escalona speaking at the InterGEO Galileo workshop
Published: 
14 October 2019

Galileo and EGNOS were the focus of attention at a special workshop at this year's InterGEO in Stuttgart. InterGEO is the world's leading conference and trade fair for geodesy, geo-information and land management.

InterGEO provided an opportunity to give an update on the status of the Galileo and EGNOS programmes and to present user case studies at a special workshop focusing on the geomatics market. 

In his presentation at the conference, Eduard Escalona, Market Development Innovation Officer at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), stressed the key role of GNSS. “GNSS is a cornerstone in many areas: It is a fundamental element for cadastral surveying, in the construction sector, in mining, land surveying and mapping activities, for all geographic information systems (GIS), for infrastructure monitoring and for marine surveying. For all of you who are working in these and many other areas, Galileo is now helping to provide the GNSS services you need," he said.

Dual frequency boosting market

The European GNSS programmes, Galileo and EGNOS, continue to move forward in terms of adoption by the professional market and among general users, thanks in no small part to the development of dual-frequency capability.

Traditionally, mobile, location-based applications have been powered by single-frequency GNSS receivers operating under stringent battery-power and footprint constraints. With a dual-frequency chipset, these devices now benefit from better accuracy, ionosphere error cancellation, improved tracking and better multipath resistance.

Read this: European GNSS supports smarter mobility

Galileo, as it happens, is leading the way in the area of dual-frequency signal delivery, now with more dual-frequency operational satellites in orbit than any other GNSS system. Market uptake of Galileo receivers has been impressive; in addition to the geomatics-related areas of particular interest to the InterGEO public, dual-frequency GNSS chipsets are also appearing in the automotive sector, where connected cars and autonomous vehicles present a clear and pressing need for accurate and reliable positioning information.

New services to come

"To date, more than one billion Galileo-enabled devices have been sold," said Escalona, "but Galileo isn't standing still, waiting. We are proposing new services to appear in the coming years." These include the much-anticipated High-Accuracy Service (HAS) and a new Authentication Service. "The HAS will be a free, globally available service providing an accuracy of 20 cm, with PPP [Precise Point Positioning] corrections." Meanwhile, the Authentication Service (OS-NMA) will provide protection against jamming, spoofing and meaconing on the E1B signal and a separate Signal Authentication Service (SAS) will provide an even higher level of protection on the E6 signal.

"EGNOS is currently working with GPS but of course we are looking forward to augmenting Galileo in the near future," said Sergio Cabrera Bona, EGNOS Service Adoption Tools Engineer at the European Satellite Services Provider, whose core activities comprise EGNOS operations and service provision.

And this: GSA GNSS Market Report

"GNSS is critical in all of these fields, whether it is mapping and GIS, farming, forestry, thermal pictures, management of natural terrains," Cabrera said. He went on to list some other areas, including management and inspection of utilities, power networks, water supply, telecoms, drones, inventory, surveying, field campaigns and determination of perimeters in agriculture as other areas where GNSS plays a key role. 

"It is not possible to mention all of the activities where you need reliable positioning. What you have to know is that with EGNOS augmentations you already have a horizontal accuracy below one metre and a vertical accuracy below two metres, so this is a very good accuracy," he said.

There is much more that could potentially be done right now, Cabrera explained. "Most of the professional equipment is already EGNOS-enabled, but in practice users do not always configure their equipment correctly to exploit this capability. EGNOS adoption and support is going ahead full speed, but in the GNSS device market, many users still do not know they can use EGNOS. So the education process remains an ongoing effort,” he said.

Cabrera explained that the EGNOS user support website can be an important part of this educational drive on the top of the help desk. "We have very interesting tools and resources available online. For example, we will have a new EGNOS usability map available very soon on the website. With this tool you will be able to easily see the current availability of EGNOS signals in your location, which will be very useful especially in urban environments, for example. We also have many user support services and there is a new mobile app coming, so please visit our website and take advantage of EGNOS. It is there for you." 

Introducing the GSC

Galileo services improvement expert Pedro Gómez Martínez informed participants about the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC), defining both the concept of operations as well as the procedures necessary to provide the services that the GSA offers to Galileo users.

"The European GNSS Service Centre is the single interface between the infrastructure and users of the Galileo open services, commercial service and search and rescue service (SAR)," said Gómez. "So the GSC is a centre that provides experts, know-how, evaluation of capability, distribution of information and support for the provision of value-added services provided by the Galileo system."

Read this: MyGalileoApp – targeting the future of mobility

The GSC website is a core resource for Galileo users, Gómez said, reporting real-time system status and incident notifications, with a bank of key documents and a full-time help desk. "It is very important for us that this is a two-way interactive service that includes your feed-back. We need you to report any incidents that you might experience related to the product, service and data provision. We are very interested in user satisfaction, and we want to know how you respond to improvements. And of course, in general, we are here to promote GNSS in all its forms, in all areas, for all users."

The GSC launched a new version of its website in the run-up to the InterGEO event. "More than ever we are making it easier for you to engage in dialogue with us and to provide your feedback. This is very important to us with new services coming up in the future," Gomez said.

Research fundamentals

"One of the very important responsibilities of the GSA is the management of a number of EGNSS research and development programmes," said Eduard Escalona. "We have Horizon 2020, the European Union's research Framework Programme. There we have a final call for proposals coming up in November, with a deadline in March 2020. The GSA also is overseeing the Fundamental Elements programme, which is funding research specifically targeted at developing Galileo-enabled chipsets, receivers and related technologies."

To illustrate Escalona's point, the presentations featured EU-funded GNSS-related research projects leveraging the accuracy and integrity offered by Galileo. Pere Molina of Geonumerics presented the MapKite project. Funded under Horizon 2020 and now completed, MapKite integrates an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and a Mobile Mapping System (MMS) for simultaneous capture of geo-data from the air and from the ground. Molina showed data from a successful corridor mapping exercise run using the MapKite system.

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).

GSA Market Development Innovation Officer Eduard Escalona speaking at the InterGEO Galileo workshop

GSA, WGIC sign cooperation agreement

11.10.2019 12:11  
The GSA-WGIC agreement will increase the joint contribution of geospatial and satellite navigation technology to a wide range of projects.
Published: 
11 October 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) have signed a memorandum covering cooperation to promote the combined use of geospatial technology and European satellite navigation systems, to jointly contribute to projects across a wide range of activities, from sustainable development and achieving global development agendas, including the SDGs, to innovative opportunities that benefit citizens and enterprises.

“The benefits of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are everywhere. GNSS plays a critical role in driving innovations for future economic growth, sustainability for businesses as well as public services,” said GSA Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel at the signing ceremony, which was held in Stuttgart, Germany on 19 September. 

Instrumental association

Claudel noted that space is a tangible service that addresses the need for apps among growing smartphones user communities, navigation systems for smart transport, accuracy for position, timing for flight landings, and much more. “This association with WGIC will be instrumental in leveraging the collective technical capabilities of geospatial information and space technology across different sectors, professional services and applications,” he said.

Read this: GSA, EIB sign agreement on investment in space

“GNSS and positioning technologies enable positional accuracy, time and precision for strategic insights, using geospatial information for location based services, smart transportation, mapping and surveying, facilitating development of innovative applications across various sectors of the economy,” said WGIC Secretary General and CEO Sanjay Kumar. 

“WGIC, with its member network from the entire ecosystem of the industry, is the single largest industry association worldwide to bring together all the stakeholders and partners to work in tandem towards successfully leveraging the potential of such technology collaborations,” he said.

New dialogue paradigms

This association between the GSA and WGIC will create new paradigms for dialogue on harnessing GNSS and geospatial technical capabilities. Both organisations will work closely to develop joint programmes and facilitate strategic dialogue to encourage the wider adoption of geospatial and GNSS capabilities for commercial as well as public institutions, towards the ultimate goal of achieving greater public good.

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

The GSA-WGIC agreement will increase the joint contribution of geospatial and satellite navigation technology to a wide range of projects.

EUTELSAT 5 West B successfully launched with EGNOS payload

10.10.2019 9:59  
Testing of the EGNOS GEO-3 payload will begin 2 weeks after the launch of EUTELSAT 5 West B.
Published: 
10 October 2019

The EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite was successfully launched on a Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 12.17 CET on Wednesday 9 October. Hosting the GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), the satellite will support EGNOS V3 - the next generation of the EGNOS programme.

The satellite separated from the launch vehicle 15 hours 36 minutes after the launch and testing of the EGNOS GEO-3 payload should start within 2 weeks after separation. 

EGNOS V3 will augment both GPS and Galileo in the L1 and L5 bands. Furthermore, it will provide additional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) service capabilities through a new SBAS channel on L5 and will deliver increased EGNOS service availability within and beyond the EU Member States, supporting a growing number of users. 

“This new EGNOS payload will be key in developing and testing EGNOS V3 - the latest evolution of the system. This launch is also a first decisive step in the implementation of the EGNOS Space Segment roadmap defined by the GSA. Together with the next GEO-4 payload, which is under procurement, it will allow the programme to ensure a smooth transition to EGNOS V3 operations, with swaps between GEOs ensuring that the programme provides adequate service robustness to its increasing user base,” said EGNOS Services Programme Manager Jean-Marc Piéplu.

Read this: Airbus awarded EGNOS V3 contract

Reinforced security

The next generation of the EGNOS programme will also benefit from reinforced security, which will increase the robustness of EGNOS services against potential threats. EGNOS V3 will be made available in 2024 and will augment Galileo signals from 2025.

“This successful launch is an important milestone for the EU space programmes EGNOS and Galileo. It is carrying to orbit the foundation stone of the next generation of EGNOS, which will improve and expand EGNOS service provision and enable the programme to augment signals from Galileo satellites, bringing EGNSS full circle,” European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Supporting economic growth

The current EGNOS generation – EGNOS V2 – is already improving positioning accuracy and supporting applications in a range of sectors – from precision agriculture and shipping to the aviation sector. To learn more about the role of EGNOS in aviation, watch our new EGNOS for Aviation video here.

And this: Europe’s economy is increasingly dependent on space - ITRE committee hears

“Space plays an increasingly important role in the lives of Europeans, with about 10% of Europe’s economy and large numbers of jobs in various sectors dependent on space services. This launch implemented by EUTELSAT through their 5 West B satellite, and the subsequent evolution of EGNOS, will ensure that the European programmes Galileo and EGNOS continue to support economic growth in Europe and deliver services to European citizens,” said GSA Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel.

About EGNOS

EGNOS is Europe's regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). It is currently used to improve the performance of GPS and will augment Galileo from 2025 onwards. EGNOS was deployed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users.

EGNOS uses GNSS measurements taken by reference stations deployed mainly across Europe and North Africa. These measurements are transferred to a central computing centre where differential corrections and integrity messages are calculated. These calculations are then broadcast over the covered area using geostationary satellites that serve as an augmentation, or overlay, to the original GNSS message. 

The information provided by EGNOS improves the accuracy and reliability of GNSS positioning information while also providing a crucial integrity message. In addition, EGNOS also transmits an accurate time signal.

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Testing of the EGNOS GEO-3 payload will begin 2 weeks after the launch of EUTELSAT 5 West B.

EUTELSAT 5 West B successfully launched with EGNOS payload

10.10.2019 9:59  
Testing of the EGNOS GEO-3 payload will begin 2 weeks after the launch of EUTELSAT 5 West B.
Published: 
10 October 2019

The EUTELSAT 5 West B satellite was successfully launched on a Proton M/Breeze M launch vehicle from Pad 39 at Baikonur Cosmodrome, Kazakhstan, at 12.17 CET on Wednesday 9 October. Hosting the GEO-3 payload of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay System (EGNOS), the satellite will support EGNOS V3 - the next generation of the EGNOS programme.

The satellite separated from the launch vehicle 15 hours 36 minutes after the launch and testing of the EGNOS GEO-3 payload should start within 2 weeks after separation. 

EGNOS V3 will augment both GPS and Galileo in the L1 and L5 bands. Furthermore, it will provide additional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) service capabilities through a new SBAS channel on L5 and will deliver increased EGNOS service availability within and beyond the EU Member States, supporting a growing number of users. 

“This new EGNOS payload will be key in developing and testing EGNOS V3 - the latest evolution of the system. This launch is also a first decisive step in the implementation of the EGNOS Space Segment roadmap defined by the GSA. Together with the next GEO-4 payload, which is under procurement, it will allow the programme to ensure a smooth transition to EGNOS V3 operations, with swaps between GEOs ensuring that the programme provides adequate service robustness to its increasing user base,” said EGNOS Services Programme Manager Jean-Marc Piéplu.

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Reinforced security

The next generation of the EGNOS programme will also benefit from reinforced security, which will increase the robustness of EGNOS services against potential threats. EGNOS V3 will be made available in 2024 and will augment Galileo signals from 2025.

“This successful launch is an important milestone for the EU space programmes EGNOS and Galileo. It is carrying to orbit the foundation stone of the next generation of EGNOS, which will improve and expand EGNOS service provision and enable the programme to augment signals from Galileo satellites, bringing EGNSS full circle,” European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director Carlo des Dorides said.

Supporting economic growth

The current EGNOS generation – EGNOS V2 – is already improving positioning accuracy and supporting applications in a range of sectors – from precision agriculture and shipping to the aviation sector. To learn more about the role of EGNOS in aviation, watch our new EGNOS for Aviation video here.

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“Space plays an increasingly important role in the lives of Europeans, with about 10% of Europe’s economy and large numbers of jobs in various sectors dependent on space services. This launch implemented by EUTELSAT through their 5 West B satellite, and the subsequent evolution of EGNOS, will ensure that the European programmes Galileo and EGNOS continue to support economic growth in Europe and deliver services to European citizens,” said GSA Chief Operating Officer Pascal Claudel.

About EGNOS

EGNOS is Europe's regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS). It is currently used to improve the performance of GPS and will augment Galileo from 2025 onwards. EGNOS was deployed to provide safety of life navigation services to aviation, maritime and land-based users.

EGNOS uses GNSS measurements taken by reference stations deployed mainly across Europe and North Africa. These measurements are transferred to a central computing centre where differential corrections and integrity messages are calculated. These calculations are then broadcast over the covered area using geostationary satellites that serve as an augmentation, or overlay, to the original GNSS message. 

The information provided by EGNOS improves the accuracy and reliability of GNSS positioning information while also providing a crucial integrity message. In addition, EGNOS also transmits an accurate time signal.

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Testing of the EGNOS GEO-3 payload will begin 2 weeks after the launch of EUTELSAT 5 West B.

Remote beacon activation with Galileo return link successfully tested

9.10.2019 9:20  
The team that took part in the successful testing of the remote beacon activation with Galileo return link.
Published: 
09 October 2019

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) together with Orolia, CNES, Enaire, Spanish Mission Coordination Centre (MCC), Spanish Rescue Coordination Center (RCC) and French MCC, have successfully performed end-to-end test tests with the airlines Iberia and Air France on remote beacon activation using the Galileo Return Link Service (RLS). The tests helped to assess and validate the operational concept for a potential new use of Galileo to support fast response in distress situations.

The goal of the end-to-end test with Iberia and Air France, which was conducted on 16 and 19 September respectively, was to validate the operational concept for remote aviation beacon activation being developed by Eurocae Working Group-98 SG-1 RLS, as well as to test the usability of the end user interfaces. This is relevant for airspace users in specific confirmed distress situations when aircraft are no longer tracked by Air Traffic Service Units (ATSUs) and no contact can be established. This includes the case of non-cooperative crew when other means have failed.

A very positive outcome

The pilot case was performed in the framework of the Horizon 2020 HELIOS project, led by beacon manufacturer Orolia, which provided its ELT-DT prototype, the first Galileo model to hit the market. The pilot case simulated a real aircraft distress scenario: the Operational Control Center at Iberia confirmed the loss of information from a flight in the Atlantic and, following the standard procedures, performed the necessary operations with the Air Traffic Control at Enaire and the responsible Spanish Rescue Coordination Centre (RCC).

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Then, the participants declared a distress situation and agreed to activate the beacon. The interface with the airlines and the beacon activation with the Galileo RLS were implemented by the Galileo Service Centre and the French National Centre for Space Studies (CNES), which enabled the remote beacon activation by the Return Link Service Provider. 

 “We are extremely happy with the successful tests of the Galileo Return Link Service for this potential new use, which is a very positive outcome and one that bodes well for the future implementation of the service. The Return Link Service, whereby the sender of a distress signal is informed that their message has been received and successfully processed, is a key differentiator of Galileo and one that will result in many more lives saved,” said Pascal Claudel, GSA Chief Operating Officer.

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Efficient management of distress situations meeting users’ needs

The user interfaces were successfully tested, deriving additional requirements and feedback from the airline as the final user of the service. “This is a new functionality with high value that can support mitigation and efficient management of potential emergency situations,” said Jaime del Moral, Flight Watch & ATFM manager at Iberia.

The beacon was successfully activated within two minutes, enabling the efficient management of the distress situation. Remote deactivation was also tested, following a simulation of recovery of normal flight conditions. “The possibility for remote beacon activation is a positive innovation and would be very useful for all stakeholders involved in distress management, with a positive impact on safety,” said Montserrat Redondo, Air Traffic Control Centre Manager at Enaire. 

From the rescue centre perspective, Lieutenant Colonel Molina, Head of RCC Madrid highlighted “the great benefits of remote activation of ELT-DTs by Galileo to react in aircraft distress situations when it is not possible to locate the aircraft by other means”.

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The team that took part in the successful testing of the remote beacon activation with Galileo return link.
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