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EU Space Programmes plan prominent presence at upcoming 33rd Space Symposium

30.3.2017 9:45  
Published: 
30 March 2017

With both the European Union’s (EU) global flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus, now delivering services to users around the world, for the first time the EU - represented by the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) - will have a strong presence at the 33rd Space Symposium event, held 2-6 April in Colorado Springs, USA.

The first week of April sees the opening of the 33rd Space Symposium in Colorado Springs, Colorado, U.S.A. This much-anticipated annual event will bring together more than 10,000 space leaders from around the world to discuss, address and plan for the future of space.
The Space Symposium over the years has become widely known as the premier U.S. space policy and program forum, but this year attendees will see a stronger international presence with the European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) featured prominently throughout the four-day program (3-6 April).

According to GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, the larger EU profile at the event this year reflects the December 2016 Declaration of Galileo Initial Services.

EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and GSA Executive Director Carlos des Dorides are among the EU officials presenting the EU’s flagship space programmes at the upcoming 33rd annual Space Symposium.

EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska and GSA Executive Director Carlos des Dorides are among the EU officials presenting the EU’s flagship space programmes at the upcoming 33rd annual Space Symposium.

“While Copernicus has been in operation since 2014, the 2016 Galileo declaration means that it has moved from a system in testing to one that is now operational,” explains des Dorides. “This transition puts Galileo at the centre of discussions on how to leverage and incorporate Galileo signals and services in devices serving a wide range of applications.”

Along with Mr. des Dorides, the European Union Space Programmes will be represented at this year’s Space Symposium by EU Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commission Deputy Director General, Pierre Delsaux, and European Commission Director for Galileo, Matthias Petschke.

The European Union will also host a stand at the Symposium exhibition for attendees to meet EU officials and learn more about the services offered by the EU Flagship Space Programmes, Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus. Space Symposium attendees are also invited to a meet and greet reception at the EU exhibit stand on Tuesday evening (4 April) from 6-8 p.m.

GSA also partners in Space Generation Fusion Forum 2017

For the first time, the GSA will partner in the Space Generation Fusion Forum, providing insights on the ‘Space to Earth’ track. 2017 marks the sixth edition of the event. Held in conjunction with the Space Symposium, the two-day Fusion Forum (2-3 April) will gather young adults from various areas of space – government, industry, and academia.

As part of GSA participation, it has awarded a Space Generation Fusion Forum scholarship. The ‘Young GSA – New Navigation Horizons Scholarship’ invited European students and young professionals to share their views in a 30-second video and 400-word essay on the possibilities that Galileo in a multi-GNSS world can bring to society, business and European integration.

 The 33rd Space Symposium provides the follow opportunities to learn more about the EU Space Programmes:

  • Sunday, 1 April: 2017 Space Generation Fusion Forum
    Carlo des Dorides, GSA Executive Director, will provide a key note speech and lead the discussion on track “Space for Earth,” which will explore ways in which space services can be leveraged for the benefit of life on Earth and how new GNSS systems like Galileo will impact industry and government operations, and possibly create entirely new services.
  • Monday, 3 April: Space Symposium – Tech Track
    During his keynote presentation, “The next big thing! Exploring the latest technology trends shaping the positioning solutions of the future,” des Dorides will share highlights from a recent GSA report on the latest GNSS technology and analyze trends that are sure to change the entire GNSS landscape.
  • Monday, 3 April: Space Generation – Fusion Forum
    European Commission (DG GROW) Deputy Director General, Pierre Delsaux will provide the closing keynote address.
  • Tuesday, 4 April: EU Space Programmes meet & greet reception
    Exhibit Center Pavilion, Stand 1116
  • Wednesday, 5 April: Space Symposium
    EU Commissioner Elżbieta Bieńkowska will be the featured speaker.
  • Thursday, 6 April: Space Symposium - Maritime Domain Awareness
    European Commission Galileo Programme Director, Matthias Petschke will present the new Galileo Search and Rescue Service (SAR).

   

 

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The 33rd Space Symposium event, held 2-6 April in Colorado Springs, USA

Why you should apply for e-KnoT industry vouchers

29.3.2017 9:30  
Published: 
29 March 2017

Are you an EU-based GNSS company looking to increase your competitiveness, take your idea to the next level or bring a product to market? Then apply today for free consultancy sessions from some of Europe’s top European researchers and experts.

The Horizon 2020 funded e-Knot project aims to tighten the links between research and industry by supporting new and innovative ideas based on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). In support of this objective, the project is continuing its industry voucher programme that offers free consultancy sessions for EU-based GNSS companies from leading European researchers and experts.

The deadline is 30 April 2017, so be sure to apply today!

A case study in success

This is a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from leading European researchers and to gain a crucial competitive advantage. But don’t take our word for it. Just ask ThingsOnAir founder Guido Weppler.

A German company, ThingsOnAir produces a scalable GNSS navigation solution for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – a solution that benefited immensely from the voucher programme. According to Weppler, the e-Knot vouchers enabled his company to enlist the help of recognised GNSS experts from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). These experts performed a detailed review and critical analysis of an algorithmic approach that was crucial to the company’s success.

“Their expert assessment and feedback included vital pointers and new product enhancements that would have been impossible for us to discover and assess on our own,” says Weppler. “I believe the e-Knot programme, in its work to connect SMEs with research, is a winning strategy for everyone.”

Through the voucher programme, the company was also matched with a student working on a Masters in Navigation and Related Applications. That student is now a full time employee at ThingsOnAir.

Top 5 reasons you should apply for the e-Knot industry vouchers

  1. They’re free!
  2. Innovation focused
  3. Increase your competitiveness
  4. In-depth understanding of market trends
  5. Infuse top-level research into your entrepreneurial endeavours

The details

The month-long consultancy services are tailored to the specific needs of the requesting company and can include assessing an innovative idea, reviewing a new concept or analysing roadblocks – to name just a few. Companies can also work with GNSS students by providing an internship opportunity, training a post-graduate student or co-funding a PhD student.

Vouchers are available to any company operating in an EU country. If accepted, the 4-week consultancy services will be provided from one of the four academic partners without any financial contribution required.

To apply, applicants must first submit an online Expression of Interest that includes information on their company, a description of the topic and an explanation of how they will benefit from the vouchers.

Deadline for applications is 30 April 2017. More details can be found 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 e-Knot project’s industry voucher programme offers free consultancy sessions for EU-based GNSS companies.

Why you should apply for e-KnoT industry vouchers

29.3.2017 9:30  
Published: 
29 March 2017

Are you an EU-based GNSS company looking to increase your competitiveness, take your idea to the next level or bring a product to market? Then apply today for free consultancy sessions from some of Europe’s top European researchers and experts.

The Horizon 2020 funded e-Knot project aims to tighten the links between research and industry by supporting new and innovative ideas based on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). In support of this objective, the project is continuing its industry voucher programme that offers free consultancy sessions for EU-based GNSS companies from leading European researchers and experts.

The deadline is 30 April 2017, so be sure to apply today!

A case study in success

This is a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from leading European researchers and to gain a crucial competitive advantage. But don’t take our word for it. Just ask ThingsOnAir founder Guido Weppler.

A German company, ThingsOnAir produces a scalable GNSS navigation solution for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – a solution that benefited immensely from the voucher programme. According to Weppler, the e-Knot vouchers enabled his company to enlist the help of recognised GNSS experts from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). These experts performed a detailed review and critical analysis of an algorithmic approach that was crucial to the company’s success.

“Their expert assessment and feedback included vital pointers and new product enhancements that would have been impossible for us to discover and assess on our own,” says Weppler. “I believe the e-Knot programme, in its work to connect SMEs with research, is a winning strategy for everyone.”

Through the voucher programme, the company was also matched with a student working on a Masters in Navigation and Related Applications. That student is now a full time employee at ThingsOnAir.

Top 5 reasons you should apply for the e-Knot industry vouchers

  1. They’re free!
  2. Innovation focused
  3. Increase your competitiveness
  4. In-depth understanding of market trends
  5. Infuse top-level research into your entrepreneurial endeavours

The details

The month-long consultancy services are tailored to the specific needs of the requesting company and can include assessing an innovative idea, reviewing a new concept or analysing roadblocks – to name just a few. Companies can also work with GNSS students by providing an internship opportunity, training a post-graduate student or co-funding a PhD student.

Vouchers are available to any company operating in an EU country. If accepted, the 4-week consultancy services will be provided from one of the four academic partners without any financial contribution required.

To apply, applicants must first submit an online Expression of Interest that includes information on their company, a description of the topic and an explanation of how they will benefit from the vouchers.

Deadline for applications is 30 April 2017. More details can be found 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 e-Knot project’s industry voucher programme offers free consultancy sessions for EU-based GNSS companies.

Why you should apply for e-KnoT industry vouchers

29.3.2017 9:30  
Published: 
29 March 2017

Are you an EU-based GNSS company looking to increase your competitiveness, take your idea to the next level or bring a product to market? Then apply today for free consultancy sessions from some of Europe’s top European researchers and experts.

The Horizon 2020 funded e-Knot project aims to tighten the links between research and industry by supporting new and innovative ideas based on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). In support of this objective, the project is continuing its industry voucher programme that offers free consultancy sessions for EU-based GNSS companies from leading European researchers and experts.

The deadline is 30 April 2017, so be sure to apply today!

A case study in success

This is a unique, one-of-a-kind opportunity to learn from leading European researchers and to gain a crucial competitive advantage. But don’t take our word for it. Just ask ThingsOnAir founder Guido Weppler.

A German company, ThingsOnAir produces a scalable GNSS navigation solution for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) – a solution that benefited immensely from the voucher programme. According to Weppler, the e-Knot vouchers enabled his company to enlist the help of recognised GNSS experts from the Politecnico di Torino (Italy). These experts performed a detailed review and critical analysis of an algorithmic approach that was crucial to the company’s success.

“Their expert assessment and feedback included vital pointers and new product enhancements that would have been impossible for us to discover and assess on our own,” says Weppler. “I believe the e-Knot programme, in its work to connect SMEs with research, is a winning strategy for everyone.”

Through the voucher programme, the company was also matched with a student working on a Masters in Navigation and Related Applications. That student is now a full time employee at ThingsOnAir.

Top 5 reasons you should apply for the e-Knot industry vouchers

  1. They’re free!
  2. Innovation focused
  3. Increase your competitiveness
  4. In-depth understanding of market trends
  5. Infuse top-level research into your entrepreneurial endeavours

The details

The month-long consultancy services are tailored to the specific needs of the requesting company and can include assessing an innovative idea, reviewing a new concept or analysing roadblocks – to name just a few. Companies can also work with GNSS students by providing an internship opportunity, training a post-graduate student or co-funding a PhD student.

Vouchers are available to any company operating in an EU country. If accepted, the 4-week consultancy services will be provided from one of the four academic partners without any financial contribution required.

To apply, applicants must first submit an online Expression of Interest that includes information on their company, a description of the topic and an explanation of how they will benefit from the vouchers.

Deadline for applications is 30 April 2017. More details can be found 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 e-Knot project’s industry voucher programme offers free consultancy sessions for EU-based GNSS companies.

Huawei leads the way with Galileo

27.3.2017 9:41  
Published: 
27 March 2017

Huawei’s New P10 and P10 Plus smartphones support Galileo, providing users with more precise positioning.

Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, recently announced that its newest flagship smartphones are Galileo-enabled. This includes the company’s newly-launched P10 and P10 plus models, as well as its Mate 9, Mate 9 pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 smartphones. The Huawei phones are equipped with Broadcom Limited’s Galileo-enabled BCM4774 GNSS chipset.

“Our investment in providing people with a better location experience is another example of our commitment to delivering meaningful innovation,” says Huawei Head of Handset Portfolio and Planning, Europe, Arne Herkelmann. “With our Mate 9 and P10 families, all being Galileo-enabled, we ensure our customers have the most connected device no matter where they are.”

“We are excited to see our leading edge GNSS receiver chip, the BCM4774, which supports Galileo, being utilized in flagship smartphones from Huawei,” adds Broadcom Limited Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Connectivity Products Division Michael Hurlston. “With the experience from our early work on BOC-modulated signals and its performance benefit for mass market devices, we anticipate Galileo support will soon become a de facto standard in smartphones and tablets and enrich the end-user experience of location-based services (LBS).”

As the new Huawei phones use the Android Operating System 7.0, called Nougat, application developers also have access to raw GNSS measurements directly from their Huawei phones. This feature opens up the possibility for higher accuracy and the deployment of algorithms traditionally restricted to more advanced GNSS receivers. 

Multi-constellation access in the palm of your hand

In addition to Galileo, all of these phones support GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou, making Huawei one of the very first companies to take full advantage of today’s multi-constellation environment. Galileo is fully interoperable/compatible with these other GNSS systems, a combination that provides users with such improvements as stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with these other systems, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.

Also read: The shift towards a multi-constellation environment

“We are very proud to see global handset vendors using Galileo so soon after the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Today, with the booming use of context-aware applications, precise location information will be an increasingly important feature of smartphones, alongside camera and screen size.”

Des Dorides notes that the quick uptake of Galileo by major smartphone providers is important as LBS is the future of GNSS. According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, well over 3 billion mobile applications in use today rely on positioning information. By 2020, more than 2 billion GNSS-enabled devices within the LBS sector will be shipped every year, and up to more than 2.5 billion units by 2023. By then, the overall installed base of GNSS devices will reach almost 9 billion units.

Industry collaboration pays off

It is because of the continued collaboration between the GSA and the smartphone and chipset sector that Galileo arrived onto a market ready and able to immediately start using it. In addition to Huwaei, such smartphone vendors as BQ and Sony also provide Galileo-enabled phones. More and more companies are being added every week, and an up-to-date listing of all available Galileo compatible products can be found at www.useGalileo.eu.

Read this: Use Galileo!

To further increase the level of Galileo integration, the GSA continues to work directly with device, chipset and receiver manufacturers. Through technology workshops, sharing Galileo updates, co-marketing efforts, and dedicated funding for receiver development projects and studies, the GSA is working with manufacturers to build an even better navigation experience. You can learn more about all of these opportunities 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).

Huawei launched its new, Galileo-enabled P10 Plus smartphone during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Huawei leads the way with Galileo

27.3.2017 9:41  
Published: 
27 March 2017

Huawei’s New P10 and P10 Plus smartphones support Galileo, providing users with more precise positioning.

Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, recently announced that its newest flagship smartphones are Galileo-enabled. This includes the company’s newly-launched P10 and P10 plus models, as well as its Mate 9, Mate 9 pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 smartphones. The Huawei phones are equipped with Broadcom Limited’s Galileo-enabled BCM4774 GNSS chipset.

“Our investment in providing people with a better location experience is another example of our commitment to delivering meaningful innovation,” says Huawei Head of Handset Portfolio and Planning, Europe, Arne Herkelmann. “With our Mate 9 and P10 families, all being Galileo-enabled, we ensure our customers have the most connected device no matter where they are.”

“We are excited to see our leading edge GNSS receiver chip, the BCM4774, which supports Galileo, being utilized in flagship smartphones from Huawei,” adds Broadcom Limited Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Connectivity Products Division Michael Hurlston. “With the experience from our early work on BOC-modulated signals and its performance benefit for mass market devices, we anticipate Galileo support will soon become a de facto standard in smartphones and tablets and enrich the end-user experience of location-based services (LBS).”

As the new Huawei phones use the Android Operating System 7.0, called Nougat, application developers also have access to raw GNSS measurements directly from their Huawei phones. This feature opens up the possibility for higher accuracy and the deployment of algorithms traditionally restricted to more advanced GNSS receivers. 

Multi-constellation access in the palm of your hand

In addition to Galileo, all of these phones support GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou, making Huawei one of the very first companies to take full advantage of today’s multi-constellation environment. Galileo is fully interoperable/compatible with these other GNSS systems, a combination that provides users with such improvements as stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with these other systems, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.

Also read: The shift towards a multi-constellation environment

“We are very proud to see global handset vendors using Galileo so soon after the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Today, with the booming use of context-aware applications, precise location information will be an increasingly important feature of smartphones, alongside camera and screen size.”

Des Dorides notes that the quick uptake of Galileo by major smartphone providers is important as LBS is the future of GNSS. According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, well over 3 billion mobile applications in use today rely on positioning information. By 2020, more than 2 billion GNSS-enabled devices within the LBS sector will be shipped every year, and up to more than 2.5 billion units by 2023. By then, the overall installed base of GNSS devices will reach almost 9 billion units.

Industry collaboration pays off

It is because of the continued collaboration between the GSA and the smartphone and chipset sector that Galileo arrived onto a market ready and able to immediately start using it. In addition to Huwaei, such smartphone vendors as BQ and Sony also provide Galileo-enabled phones. More and more companies are being added every week, and an up-to-date listing of all available Galileo compatible products can be found at www.useGalileo.eu.

Read this: Use Galileo!

To further increase the level of Galileo integration, the GSA continues to work directly with device, chipset and receiver manufacturers. Through technology workshops, sharing Galileo updates, co-marketing efforts, and dedicated funding for receiver development projects and studies, the GSA is working with manufacturers to build an even better navigation experience. You can learn more about all of these opportunities 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).

Huawei launched its new, Galileo-enabled P10 Plus smartphone during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Huawei leads the way with Galileo

27.3.2017 9:41  
Published: 
27 March 2017

Huawei’s New P10 and P10 Plus smartphones support Galileo, providing users with more precise positioning.

Huawei, the world’s third largest smartphone vendor, recently announced that its newest flagship smartphones are Galileo-enabled. This includes the company’s newly-launched P10 and P10 plus models, as well as its Mate 9, Mate 9 pro and Porsche Design Mate 9 smartphones. The Huawei phones are equipped with Broadcom Limited’s Galileo-enabled BCM4774 GNSS chipset.

“Our investment in providing people with a better location experience is another example of our commitment to delivering meaningful innovation,” says Huawei Head of Handset Portfolio and Planning, Europe, Arne Herkelmann. “With our Mate 9 and P10 families, all being Galileo-enabled, we ensure our customers have the most connected device no matter where they are.”

“We are excited to see our leading edge GNSS receiver chip, the BCM4774, which supports Galileo, being utilized in flagship smartphones from Huawei,” adds Broadcom Limited Senior Vice President and General Manager of Mobile Connectivity Products Division Michael Hurlston. “With the experience from our early work on BOC-modulated signals and its performance benefit for mass market devices, we anticipate Galileo support will soon become a de facto standard in smartphones and tablets and enrich the end-user experience of location-based services (LBS).”

As the new Huawei phones use the Android Operating System 7.0, called Nougat, application developers also have access to raw GNSS measurements directly from their Huawei phones. This feature opens up the possibility for higher accuracy and the deployment of algorithms traditionally restricted to more advanced GNSS receivers. 

Multi-constellation access in the palm of your hand

In addition to Galileo, all of these phones support GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou, making Huawei one of the very first companies to take full advantage of today’s multi-constellation environment. Galileo is fully interoperable/compatible with these other GNSS systems, a combination that provides users with such improvements as stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with these other systems, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.

Also read: The shift towards a multi-constellation environment

“We are very proud to see global handset vendors using Galileo so soon after the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Today, with the booming use of context-aware applications, precise location information will be an increasingly important feature of smartphones, alongside camera and screen size.”

Des Dorides notes that the quick uptake of Galileo by major smartphone providers is important as LBS is the future of GNSS. According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, well over 3 billion mobile applications in use today rely on positioning information. By 2020, more than 2 billion GNSS-enabled devices within the LBS sector will be shipped every year, and up to more than 2.5 billion units by 2023. By then, the overall installed base of GNSS devices will reach almost 9 billion units.

Industry collaboration pays off

It is because of the continued collaboration between the GSA and the smartphone and chipset sector that Galileo arrived onto a market ready and able to immediately start using it. In addition to Huwaei, such smartphone vendors as BQ and Sony also provide Galileo-enabled phones. More and more companies are being added every week, and an up-to-date listing of all available Galileo compatible products can be found at www.useGalileo.eu.

Read this: Use Galileo!

To further increase the level of Galileo integration, the GSA continues to work directly with device, chipset and receiver manufacturers. Through technology workshops, sharing Galileo updates, co-marketing efforts, and dedicated funding for receiver development projects and studies, the GSA is working with manufacturers to build an even better navigation experience. You can learn more about all of these opportunities 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).

Huawei launched its new, Galileo-enabled P10 Plus smartphone during the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Galileo search and rescue service ready for green light!

24.3.2017 9:25  
Published: 
24 March 2017

The Galileo search and rescue (SAR) service is Europe‘s contribution to the international emergency beacon locating system called COSPAS-SARSAT. This essential Galileo service has the potential to dramatically reduce the time to locate and reach people in distress on sea and land. The 2017 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit saw a dedicated session that outlined the potential impact of the full Galileo SAR service on the afternoon of 15 March.

Session chair Xavier Maufroid of the European Commission welcomed participants to the first ever discussion of Galileo SAR at a Munich Summit by screening a preview of the service’s launch video. The service itself will be officially launched on 6 April 2017 – a date chosen to highlight the COSPAS-SARSAT 406 MHz signal.

He described the Galileo SAR service as the fruit of a “long-lasting collaboration with COSPAS-SARSAT” that began with the early offer from the European Commission to host COSPAS-SARSAT signal repeaters on the satellites. The SAR antennae weighed only 8 kg and consumed just 3 % of the satellite’s power. He stated that: “The SAR service represented just 1 % of total Galileo programme costs, but should result in thousands of lives being saved.”

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat based in Montreal, described the service that had helped rescue some 42 000 people since 1982. It was not a regulatory agency, but enabled the delivery of global alerts to over 200 countries and territories, whether they were members of the organisation or not. It was the only system that can independently locate a distress beacon wherever it was on Earth.

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat, talking in Munich.

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat, talking in Munich.

The Galileo service was part of an upgrade of the COSPAS-SARSAT system, which would eventually see it hosted on three medium-earth orbit (MEO) GNSS hosts: Galileo, GLONASS and GPS. “Galileo will be the first full constellation with global SAR capability,” said Lett. “This new MEOSAR system has a larger footprint than the current low-earth orbit (LEO) system.” It also provided improved location accuracy, and the return link available on the Galileo implementation allowed a reassuring response to be sent to the person who had activated the beacon.

The Galileo SAR is operated by the French Space Agency CNES in Toulouse. Jérémie Benoist from CNES described the various components of the system and highlighted the global nature of its reach. This will be further improved when a fourth element of the Galileo SAR ground segment is established on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean to better cover the southern hemisphere. The performance of the service was already impressive. “Even though only nine Galileo satellites are fully commissioned currently, the system is performing better than its specification,” he said.

Capability proven

And the system has already proven its worth. Tore Wangsfjord is Chief of Operations at Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and is responsible for search and rescue operations in a huge region, covering from 55 degrees north to the North Pole. Most of his operations are in response to 406 MHz beacon alerts as there are no other communication systems in the area. The northern ground segment for MEOSAR has been hosted in Spitsbergen since 2013.

“The results with Galileo have been good so far and will improve with more satellites,” he said.  Wangsfjord compared a recent mission in response to a distress signal from a crashed helicopter in the far north of Norway. The distress signal from the Galileo SAR system arrived at his centre 46 minutes before the current LEO system and its position was within 100 metres of the actual crash site, while the LEO system position proved to be some 1.5 kilometres from the site.

“This is just one of several real life distress situations where MEOSAR has already shown improved accuracy and timing,” he said. “Galileo SAR will undoubtedly contribute to saving lives.”

Finally Eric Pautal from French 406 beacon manufacturer ELTA looked to the future and other potential applications for the COSPAS-SARSAT system. He reiterated that the MEO implementation gave better coverage and better accuracy, which may be appropriate to address the requirements of the new commercial airline regulations. From 2021, a new Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) to track and locate all international commercial air transport aircraft with a take-off mass of 27 tonnes or more will be required. “Flight location will be normally transmitted every 15 minutes,” he said, “with autonomous distress tracking triggered by abnormal events increasing flight location transmission to once per minute.” This could be yet another important opportunity for the use of Galileo SAR technology.

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).

Xavier Maufroid of the European Commission moderated the SAR session in Munich

Galileo search and rescue service ready for green light!

24.3.2017 9:25  
Published: 
24 March 2017

The Galileo Search and Rescue (SAR) service is Europe‘s contribution to the international emergency beacon locating system called COSPAS-SARSAT. This essential Galileo service has the potential to dramatically reduce the time to locate and reach people in distress on sea and land. The 2017 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit saw a dedicated session that outlined the potential impact of the full Galileo SAR service on the afternoon of 15 March.

Session chair Xavier Maufroid of the European Commission welcomed participants to the first ever discussion of Galileo SAR at a Munich Summit by screening a preview of the service’s launch video. The service itself will be officially launched on 6 April 2017 – a date chosen to highlight the COSPAS-SARSAT 406 MHz signal.

He described the Galileo SAR service as the fruit of a “long-lasting collaboration with COSPAS-SARSAT” that began with the early offer from the European Commission to host COSPAS-SARSAT signal repeaters on the satellites. The SAR antennae weighed only 8 kg and consumed just 3 % of the satellite’s power. He stated that: “The SAR service represented just 1 % of total Galileo programme costs, but should result in thousands of lives being saved.”

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat based in Montreal, described the service that had helped rescue some 42 000 people since 1982. It was not a regulatory agency, but enabled the delivery of global alerts to over 200 countries and territories, whether they were members of the organisation or not. It was the only system that can independently locate a distress beacon wherever it was on Earth.

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat, talking in Munich.

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat, talking in Munich.

The Galileo service was part of an upgrade of the COSPAS-SARSAT system, which would eventually see it hosted on three medium-earth orbit (MEO) GNSS hosts: Galileo, GLONASS and GPS. “Galileo will be the first full constellation with global SAR capability,” said Lett. “This new MEOSAR system has a larger footprint than the current low-earth orbit (LEO) system.” It also provided improved location accuracy, and the return link available on the Galileo implementation allowed a reassuring response to be sent to the person who had activated the beacon.

The Galileo SAR is operated by the French Space Agency CNES in Toulouse. Jérémie Benoist from CNES described the various components of the system and highlighted the global nature of its reach. This will be further improved when a fourth element of the Galileo SAR ground segment is established on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean to better cover the southern hemisphere. The performance of the service was already impressive. “Even though only nine Galileo satellites are fully commissioned currently, the system is performing better than its specification,” he said.

Capability proven

And the system has already proven its worth. Tore Wangsfjord is Chief of Operations at Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and is responsible for search and rescue operations in a huge region, covering from 55 degrees north to the North Pole. Most of his operations are in response to 406 MHz beacon alerts as there are no other communication systems in the area. The northern ground segment for MEOSAR has been hosted in Spitsbergen since 2013.

“The results with Galileo have been good so far and will improve with more satellites,” he said.  Wangsfjord compared a recent mission in response to a distress signal from a crashed helicopter in the far north of Norway. The distress signal from the Galileo SAR system arrived at his centre 46 minutes before the current LEO system and its position was within 100 metres of the actual crash site, while the LEO system position proved to be some 1.5 kilometres from the site.

“This is just one of several real life distress situations where MEOSAR has already shown improved accuracy and timing,” he said. “Galileo SAR will undoubtedly contribute to saving lives.”

Finally Eric Pautal from French 406 beacon manufacturer ELTA looked to the future and other potential applications for the COSPAS-SARSAT system. He reiterated that the MEO implementation gave better coverage and better accuracy, which may be appropriate to address the requirements of the new commercial airline regulations. From 2021, a new Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) to track and locate all international commercial air transport aircraft with a take-off mass of 27 tonnes or more will be required. “Flight location will be normally transmitted every 15 minutes,” he said, “with autonomous distress tracking triggered by abnormal events increasing flight location transmission to once per minute.” This could be yet another important opportunity for the use of Galileo SAR technology.

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).

Xavier Maufroid of the European Commission moderated the SAR session in Munich

Galileo search and rescue service ready for green light!

24.3.2017 9:25  
Published: 
24 March 2017

The Galileo search and rescue (SAR) service is Europe‘s contribution to the international emergency beacon locating system called COSPAS-SARSAT. This essential Galileo service has the potential to dramatically reduce the time to locate and reach people in distress on sea and land. The 2017 Munich Satellite Navigation Summit saw a dedicated session that outlined the potential impact of the full Galileo SAR service on the afternoon of 15 March.

Session chair Xavier Maufroid of the European Commission welcomed participants to the first ever discussion of Galileo SAR at a Munich Summit by screening a preview of the service’s launch video. The service itself will be officially launched on 6 April 2017 – a date chosen to highlight the COSPAS-SARSAT 406 MHz signal.

He described the Galileo SAR service as the fruit of a “long-lasting collaboration with COSPAS-SARSAT” that began with the early offer from the European Commission to host COSPAS-SARSAT signal repeaters on the satellites. The SAR antennae weighed only 8 kg and consumed just 3 % of the satellite’s power. He stated that: “The SAR service represented just 1 % of total Galileo programme costs, but should result in thousands of lives being saved.”

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat based in Montreal, described the service that had helped rescue some 42 000 people since 1982. It was not a regulatory agency, but enabled the delivery of global alerts to over 200 countries and territories, whether they were members of the organisation or not. It was the only system that can independently locate a distress beacon wherever it was on Earth.

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat, talking in Munich.

Steven Lett, Head of COSPAS-SARSAT Secretariat, talking in Munich.

The Galileo service was part of an upgrade of the COSPAS-SARSAT system, which would eventually see it hosted on three medium-earth orbit (MEO) GNSS hosts: Galileo, GLONASS and GPS. “Galileo will be the first full constellation with global SAR capability,” said Lett. “This new MEOSAR system has a larger footprint than the current low-earth orbit (LEO) system.” It also provided improved location accuracy, and the return link available on the Galileo implementation allowed a reassuring response to be sent to the person who had activated the beacon.

The Galileo SAR is operated by French company CNES in Toulouse. Jeremie Benoist from CNES described the various components of the system and highlighted the global nature of its reach. This will be further improved when a fourth element of the Galileo SAR ground segment is established on the French island of La Reunion in the Indian Ocean to better cover the southern hemisphere. The performance of the service was already impressive. “Even though only nine Galileo satellites are fully commissioned currently, the system is performing better than its specification,” he said.

Capability proven

And the system has already proven its worth. Tore Wangsfjord is Chief of Operations at Norway’s Joint Rescue Coordination Centre and is responsible for search and rescue operations in a huge region, covering from 55 degrees north to the North Pole. Most of his operations are in response to 406 MHz beacon alerts as there are no other communication systems in the area. The northern ground segment for MEOSAR has been hosted in Spitsbergen since 2013.

“The results with Galileo have been good so far and will improve with more satellites,” he said.  Wangsfjord compared a recent mission in response to a distress signal from a crashed helicopter in the far north of Norway. The distress signal from the Galileo SAR system arrived at his centre 46 minutes before the current LEO system and its position was within 100 metres of the actual crash site, while the LEO system position proved to be some 1.5 kilometres from the site.

“This is just one of several real life distress situations where MEOSAR has already shown improved accuracy and timing,” he said. “Galileo SAR will undoubtedly contribute to saving lives.”

Finally Eric Pautal from French 406 beacon manufacturer ELTA looked to the future and other potential applications for the COSPAS-SARSAT system. He reiterated that the MEO implementation gave better coverage and better accuracy, which may be appropriate to address the requirements of the new commercial airline regulations. From 2021, a new Global Aeronautical Distress Safety System (GADSS) to track and locate all international commercial air transport aircraft with a take-off mass of 27 tonnes or more will be required. “Flight location will be normally transmitted every 15 minutes,” he said, “with autonomous distress tracking triggered by abnormal events increasing flight location transmission to once per minute.” This could be yet another important opportunity for the use of Galileo SAR technology.

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).

Xavier Maufroid of the European Commission moderated the SAR session in Munich

If it’s March, it must be Munich

20.3.2017 14:07  
Published: 
20 March 2017

The Munich Satellite Navigation Summit is established as one of the most important dates in the global GNSS community’s calendar. This year the Summit’s 14th edition took place from 14-16 March with the theme ‘GNSS – is it time for backup?’ The opening session examined a range of topics around GNSS in today’s changing political and technical environment.

The Munich Summit’s opening event is always a grand affair that takes place in the impressive Allerheiligen-Hofkirche (Court Church of All Saints) within the Residenz München – the majestic palace of the Bavarian princes.

Following a welcome from the Summit’s hosts, the Bavarian government and the Universität der Bundeswehr München, the plenary brought together prominent speakers from the global GNSS community to give their views on the events of the past year and look to the future.

Big year for Galileo

Clearly the highlight of 2016 from a European perspective was the successful launch of six Galileo satellites and the declaration of Initial Services on 15 December 2016.

Pierre Delsaux from the European Commission said that with the launch of Initial Services “for the first time users can now navigate using Galileo signals.” With Galileo now operational, it was important to reinforce Europe’s presence on the international scene with such initiatives as the recent cooperation agreement with Japan, he said.

Johann-Dietrich Woerner, Director General of the European Space Agency (ESA), also highlighted the achievement of 18 Galileo satellites in orbit. “Today people say that Galileo is the ‘European GPS’, but in the future we should aim for GPS being the ‘American Galileo’,” he said. Galileo had showed its capability, including its robustness, in a challenging environment. But there was also a need to prepare for the future: initial work on the next generation of Galileo has been supported by ESA member states.

Agreeing, Hansjoerg Dittus for the German Aerospace Centre, DLR, highlighted the need to develop the next generation of EU GNSS by reinforcing research and development competence during the build-up for full Galileo operational capability in 2020, and to develop technology for future systems.

For the French government, David Comby emphasised the need for an operational view on the Galileo programme and the GSA’s key role in maximising the benefits of the systems for the EU and its citizens.

Galileo is a reality

“Market adoption of Galileo is a reality,” declared Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the GSA. “In 2017, 17 GNSS receiver chipset manufacturers representing 95 % of global supply are already Galileo-enabled.”

“The dual frequency capability provided by Galileo promises to improve horizontal accuracy by a factor of four – and this is confirmed by the manufacturers,” he continued. “Today Galileo is deploying in orbit more dual frequency satellites than GPS. This will pave the way forward for new applications such as autonomous driving.”

He also noted that three Galileo-enabled smartphones (from BQ, Sony and Huawei) were already on the market.

Outside Europe, Harold Martin of the National Coordination Office for Space-Based Positioning, Navigation, and Timing in Washington DC gave the US perspective reiterating that “GPS customers are important to us, no matter where they are.” He also reflected on the theme of the Summit saying that if “something is precious to you, you need backup too” and added that the USA is looking at developing technology-neutral options for GNSS backup systems.

From China, Dr Xiaochun Lu said that the Beidou programme would continue to work to integrate and promote interoperability between GNSS constellations emphasising that Beidou was “developed by China but open to the world”.

Changing environment, bright future

Next, a wide-ranging discussion covered many of the issues facing GNSS. The European speakers looked to focus on the bright future for Galileo, emphasising that its performance was exceeding expectations even in this initial stage.

Carlo des Dorides described the opportunities for the Galileo Commercial Service, “This service will deliver both high precision and authentication,” he said. “Market surveys show a clear need in a range of businesses, from high-precision agriculture through authentication of logistics to timing services.” He added that the number of customers is estimated at around 1 million users by 2027.

Giving an overview of Galileo services in terms of future markets and emerging applications, des Dorides noted the results from the GSA’s GNSS Market Survey Report, the latest version of which will be published soon, and highlighted major interest in two segments: location-based services and road. “These make up around 90 % of the market,” he said.

Other important segments include civil aviation where aircraft is being with equipped with SBAS-compatible receivers and the promise of the rail sector was underlined. “GNSS will be a game changer in rail,” he said. “GNSS demonstrates a clearly improved safety case, especially on rural lines, of which there are some 60 000 kilometres in Europe.” He expected to see operational solutions by 2020 in this sector.

Concluding the discussion, des Dorides looked forward to new innovative uses of location information. “We need to look at technology trends,” he said. “The Internet of Things (IoT) and big data all require input from GNSS. For example, IoT objects need to communicate between themselves and highly precise and available location information is key to achieving this.”

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The GSA’s Executive Director Carlo des Dorides speaking during the plenary debate.

Connecting Europe and Asia through GNSS

20.3.2017 10:46  
Published: 
23 March 2017

A new series of articles will highlight the important work being done across the Asian region, providing European businesses with an inside look at GNSS market opportunities in India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and South East Asia.

Home to over 60 % of the world’s population, Asia is the world’s fastest growing economic region – and an increasingly important global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) market. In fact, as the region transforms itself into a knowledge-based economy, several countries are preparing to launch their very own GNSS constellations. At the same time, companies from across the region are inserting themselves at every point of the GNSS value chain, including the manufacturing of chipsets.

According to the most recent edition of the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) GNSS Market Report, Asia is also the primary region for global market growth in terms of in-use GNSS devices. The region is forecasted to grow 11 % per year, from 1.7 billion devices in 2014 to 4.1 billion in 2023 – more than the EU and North America combined.

A stepping stone to Asia

Clearly, Asia is quickly positioning itself as a GNSS hotspot. As such, the GSA is dedicated to ensuring that European businesses are in a position to benefit from it. As part of this effort, the Agency is actively engaged in several Horizon 2020-funded projects geared towards supporting European interest within the Asian GNSS market.

One of these projects, GNSS.asia, is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia-Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream market. The project maintains a team of GNSS and industry experts in its target countries of India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and South East Asia that lend individual support to European companies. For each of these countries, the project offers specific market analysis, networking and speaking opportunities at Asian events, and overall support to companies interested in doing business in or with Asia. All of its services are free of charge to European companies.

Over the past five years, GNSS.asia has assisted dozens of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the entire GNSS value chain in finding suppliers, clients, distributers and research partners. “For a specialised micro-SME such as ours, the GNSS.asia initiatives have been a unique opportunity for internationalisation,” says IGUASSU Software Systems CEO Petr Bares. IGUASSU, which designs and develops GNSS test beds and simulators, worked with GNSS.asia to successfully find distributors within a key Asian market – an especially difficult feat for a western company. “For innovative companies, GNSS.asia serves as a crucial interface to the Asian economy,” adds Bares.

Country profiles

To highlight the important work being done across the Asian region, the GSA is launching a new series of articles. Each article will focus on a specific country and provide an inside look at leading segments, opportunities and future trends. In the coming months, tune in to read:

  • China and location-based services (LBS): With an explosive annual growth rate forecasted at 46 % up to 2020, the Chinese LBS market is a huge and relatively accessible market for European players. The gaming and marketing segments are the most promising for cooperating with Chinese partners, but companies like TomTom are also seeing success in its joint venture with AutoNavi for mapping applications. More so, a rapidly aging Chinese population is triggering a surge of healthcare apps that rely on GNSS data for personal health management.
  • Taiwan: Taiwan has emerged as a world-leading GNSS receiver and chipset manufacturer. Taiwan based Mediatek, for example, is the world’s second largest mobile chipset manufacturer. In 2015, it saw its market share jump from 14 % to 19 %. As a result, it now threatens the dominance of the current market leader, US-based Qualcomm. Placing a strong focus on R&D, Taiwanese chipset manufacturers will play a significant role in the future evolution of GNSS mobile chipsets.
  • Korea and vehicle telematics: Considering that Korea and the EU are amongst the largest car manufacturing regions in the world, there is immense potential for collaboration in the automotive telematics industry. The Korean commercial vehicle telematics market experienced a growth rate of 5 % over the last five years, as Hyundai and KIA increasingly turn to GNSS as an integral part of future information technology services (ITS). On top of this, the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement eliminated duties for most industrial goods, further enhancing the favourable business environment for European entities.
  • India and Smart Cities: Launched in 2015 by the Indian government, the Smart Cities Mission for Urban Development aims to transform 100 Indian cities into sustainable, safe and citizen-friendly environments. With a budget of USD 15 billion, GNSS applications will play a pivotal role in realising this vision, providing solutions for improving energy efficiency, waste management and urban mobility. There is also an opportunity for European companies to leverage their rail know-how following the 2013 authorisation of direct foreign investment in India’s railways.
  • Japan and LBS: The GPS-based augmentation system QZSS, set to become operational in 2018, will drive domestic demand in centimetre-class applications for receiver manufacturers, system integrators and application developers. An estimated 80 % of the economic effects created by QZSS are forecasted to take place in the car navigation, mobile terminals and value-added mobility application segments. Furthermore, the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics will give precise positioning and timing solutions an added boost.
  • South East Asia and natural disaster monitoring and surveying: In a region frequently hit by natural disasters, the governments of Indonesia and the Philippines have made the development of early warning systems for tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions a priority. With its nascent GNSS industry, South East Asia is a particularly promising field for foreign providers of GNSS applications. This is especially true in the surveying market, as the density of the tropical rain forest canopies that cover much of the region favour satellite-based surveying techniques.

Without a doubt, the evolving Asian GNSS landscape represents a land of opportunity – even for smaller European players. Despite all of its challenges, as you will see in the forthcoming series of articles, overcoming any entry barriers is not an insurmountable task. And while these articles cannot alleviate the need for a significant investment in resources and time on the part of an aspiring business, they can improve the odds of success by providing an insider’s perspective into the opportunity-filled Asian GNSS 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).

A new series of articles will highlight the important work being done by the Horizon 2020 funded GNSS.asia project.

Connecting Europe and Asia through GNSS

20.3.2017 10:46  
Published: 
20 March 2017

A new series of articles will highlight the important work being done across the Asian region, providing European businesses with an inside look at GNSS market opportunities in India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and South East Asia.

Home to over 60 % of the world’s population, Asia is the world’s fastest growing economic region – and an increasingly important global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) market. In fact, as the region transforms itself into a knowledge-based economy, several countries are preparing to launch their very own GNSS constellations. At the same time, companies from across the region are inserting themselves at every point of the GNSS value chain, including the manufacturing of chipsets.

According to the most recent edition of the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) GNSS Market Report, Asia is also the primary region for global market growth in terms of in-use GNSS devices. The region is forecasted to grow 11 % per year, from 1.7 billion devices in 2014 to 4.1 billion in 2023 – more than the EU and North America combined.

A stepping stone to Asia

Clearly, Asia is quickly positioning itself as a GNSS hotspot. As such, the GSA is dedicated to ensuring that European businesses are in a position to benefit from it. As part of this effort, the Agency is actively engaged in several Horizon 2020-funded projects geared towards supporting European interest within the Asian GNSS market.

One of these projects, GNSS.asia, is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia-Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream market. The project maintains a team of GNSS and industry experts in its target countries of India, China, Taiwan, Korea, Japan and South East Asia that lend individual support to European companies. For each of these countries, the project offers specific market analysis, networking and speaking opportunities at Asian events, and overall support to companies interested in doing business in or with Asia. All of its services are free of charge to European companies.

Over the past five years, GNSS.asia has assisted dozens of European small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from across the entire GNSS value chain in finding suppliers, clients, distributers and research partners. “For a specialised micro-SME such as ours, the GNSS.asia initiatives have been a unique opportunity for internationalisation,” says IGUASSU Software Systems CEO Petr Bares. IGUASSU, which designs and develops GNSS test beds and simulators, worked with GNSS.asia to successfully find distributors within a key Asian market – an especially difficult feat for a western company. “For innovative companies, GNSS.asia serves as a crucial interface to the Asian economy,” adds Bares.

Country profiles

To highlight the important work being done across the Asian region, the GSA is launching a new series of articles. Each article will focus on a specific country and provide an inside look at leading segments, opportunities and future trends. In the coming months, tune in to read:

  • China and location-based services (LBS): With an explosive annual growth rate forecasted at 46 % up to 2020, the Chinese LBS market is a huge and relatively accessible market for European players. The gaming and marketing segments are the most promising for cooperating with Chinese partners, but companies like TomTom are also seeing success in its joint venture with AutoNavi for mapping applications. More so, a rapidly aging Chinese population is triggering a surge of healthcare apps that rely on GNSS data for personal health management.
  • Taiwan: Taiwan has emerged as a world-leading GNSS receiver and chipset manufacturer. Taiwan based Mediatek, for example, is the world’s second largest mobile chipset manufacturer. In 2015, it saw its market share jump from 14 % to 19 %. As a result, it now threatens the dominance of the current market leader, US-based Qualcomm. Placing a strong focus on R&D, Taiwanese chipset manufacturers will play a significant role in the future evolution of GNSS mobile chipsets.
  • Korea and vehicle telematics: Considering that Korea and the EU are amongst the largest car manufacturing regions in the world, there is immense potential for collaboration in the automotive telematics industry. The Korean commercial vehicle telematics market experienced a growth rate of 5 % over the last five years, as Hyundai and KIA increasingly turn to GNSS as an integral part of future information technology services (ITS). On top of this, the EU-South Korea Free Trade Agreement eliminated duties for most industrial goods, further enhancing the favourable business environment for European entities.
  • India and Smart Cities: Launched in 2015 by the Indian government, the Smart Cities Mission for Urban Development aims to transform 100 Indian cities into sustainable, safe and citizen-friendly environments. With a budget of USD 15 billion, GNSS applications will play a pivotal role in realising this vision, providing solutions for improving energy efficiency, waste management and urban mobility. There is also an opportunity for European companies to leverage their rail know-how following the 2013 authorisation of direct foreign investment in India’s railways.
  • Japan and LBS: The GPS-based augmentation system QZSS, set to become operational in 2018, will drive domestic demand in centimetre-class applications for receiver manufacturers, system integrators and application developers. An estimated 80 % of the economic effects created by QZSS are forecasted to take place in the car navigation, mobile terminals and value-added mobility application segments. Furthermore, the upcoming 2020 Tokyo Olympics will give precise positioning and timing solutions an added boost.
  • South East Asia and natural disaster monitoring and surveying: In a region frequently hit by natural disasters, the governments of Indonesia and the Philippines have made the development of early warning systems for tsunamis, earthquakes and volcanic eruptions a priority. With its nascent GNSS industry, South East Asia is a particularly promising field for foreign providers of GNSS applications. This is especially true in the surveying market, as the density of the tropical rain forest canopies that cover much of the region favour satellite-based surveying techniques.

Without a doubt, the evolving Asian GNSS landscape represents a land of opportunity – even for smaller European players. Despite all of its challenges, as you will see in the forthcoming series of articles, overcoming any entry barriers is not an insurmountable task. And while these articles cannot alleviate the need for a significant investment in resources and time on the part of an aspiring business, they can improve the odds of success by providing an insider’s perspective into the opportunity-filled Asian GNSS 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).

A new series of articles will highlight the important work being done by the Horizon 2020 funded GNSS.asia project.

European GNSS highlighted at global tech shows

17.3.2017 10:13  
Published: 
17 March 2017

What was unique this year, however, was the increasing number of GNSS-based innovations being launched – including several Galileo-enabled smartphones and chipsets. “One trend seen at MWC was a convergence between IT, the Internet of Things (IoT), the automotive sector, and traditional positioning technology,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “Whereas this show was once dominated by smartphones, it has now expanded to include autonomous vehicles, wearables, drones and even robots.” 

The same can be said of CES. “CES is the place to be not only for such traditional segments as LBS and road, but also emerging segments like drones, IoT and other cross-sectional solutions,” says GSA Market Development Officer for LBS and IoT Justyna Redelkiewicz.

Whether it be a chipset, smartphone, drone, robot or autonomous car, many of the technologies on display at MWC and CES were Galileo capable. Here’s a look at the role European GNSS plays in many of today’s most cutting-edge innovations. 

Galileo-enabled smartphones and chipsets

International technology giant Huawei took the MWC stage to unveil its new P10 and P10 plus smartphones, both of which come Galileo-ready. For users, this means they can expect their Huawei phone to provide them with more precise positioning and better performance. Meanwhile at CES, the company announced its entry into the US market with the introduction of the Galileo-enabled Mate 9 smartphone.

One of the biggest surprises at MWC came from the Sony booth, where the company announced its new Xperia ZX Premium flagship smartphone. The phone will be the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. This multi-constellation capable chip, which includes Galileo, features an advanced 10 nanometre design. Also promoted during CES, the 835 chip is 35 % smaller and uses 25 % less power than previous designs and has been engineered to deliver exceptionally long batter life, life-like virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, cutting-edge camera capabilities and Gigabit-class download speeds. 

Getting ready for a 5G world

A key topic on everyone’s minds at both shows was 5G. According to Intel, 5G is expected to be one of the most important technological developments of our time, capable of connecting billions of ‘things’ that have never been connected before. In doing so, it will bring intelligence and data to cars, homes, buildings, factories, cities and infrastructure – fundamentally transforming the way we live. In order to realise the full potential of 5G, Intel is currently delivering new technologies, such as the Galileo-capable XMN 7560 chipset.

A different kind of mobile

Although the Mobile in Mobile World Congress traditionally referred to mobile phones, laptops and tablets, this year a different kind of mobile arrived: the car. For the first time, such automotive manufacturers as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and Peugeot all made an appearance on the exhibition floor.

Although a regular feature at CES, as more and more vehicles become connected, one can only expect that this won’t be the last time we see vehicles at MWC.

This developing relationship between automotive manufacturers and mobile companies was on clear display at both MWC and CES. Take for example Peugeot’s Instinct concept car, which features the Samsung Artik Cloud IoT connectivity platform capable of aggregating data from smartphones and social networks. This data is then used to create unique profiles of the vehicle’s user.

Mercedes-Benz showcased several products from its Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric Drive (CASE) strategy. One crowd favourite at MWC was the Smart Ready to Share service, which lets car owners share their vehicle with others, and the Smart Ready to Drop service, which allows packages to be delivered right to the trunk of your car. At CES, the company highlighted its Vision Van, a study for what it terms as the “innovative delivery van of the future”. The vehicle combines electric propulsion and a fully automated cargo space with integrated delivery drones. The van is a case study for the IoT vehicle, coming with such built-in smart technologies as a new telematics unit that collects and processes data concerning the status of a delivery, the present GNSS-based location and a fully automated management system.

Meanwhile, BMW demonstrated how its Connected Service keeps their customers on time, in touch and in control via such touch points as smartphones, smartwatches and voice assistants. In its current format, the service helps users with trip planning and remote control functions. However, in the near future, this capability will be expanded to include alerting when the car is due for service and offering a choice of appointments available at the local dealer. At a CES press conference, the company announced that it plans to put a fleet of 40 autonomous BMW 7 Series test vehicles on the road by the second half of this year.

One highlight at CES was the unveiling of the Toyota Concept-I vehicle, which will be able to measure your emotional responses to the places you drive, using this information to build a relationship between the vehicle and the user. Also at CES, Honda unveiled its Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept, which brings together artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. The concept aims to mitigate traffic congestion and eliminate traffic fatalities while also increasing the productivity of road users and delivering new opportunities for in-vehicle entertainment.

Of course the success of all these connected cars depends on the availability of accurate and reliable GNSS. A key roadblock to their development is that the available level of guidance and positioning relies on what has been called “severe simplification of road descriptions” that are not valid for such next-generation uses as lane-level positioning. “The launch of Galileo Initial Services has allowed the industry to take an important step towards achieving the necessary level of accuracy and reliability,” explains GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

According to Diani, with Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides. “Galileo also offers a second frequency, E5, and a planned authenticated signal capable of detecting spoofing attacks – both essential contributions for the safe operation of autonomous cars,” she says.

Dawn of the GNSS age

Both MWC and CES saw an increase in the number of drone companies on the show floor, with 42 different UAV companies exhibiting at CES alone. Although none of the products on display were Galileo ready yet, many companies noted that they had plans for doing so in the coming months. This is because many see GNSS as an answer to mounting concerns about drone safety, especially in light of reports of crashes and of incidents where drones have encroached on security-critical spaces. Luckily, GNSS offers a solution.

“In order to operate safely, drones are becoming increasingly dependent on satellite navigation signals, including Galileo, for their precise positioning and orientation information,” says GSA Manager of the GNSS Market Report Martin Sunkevic. “It is because of this precise positioning that drones and all of the innovations seen at MWC and CES depend on that GNSS will become the essential infrastructure for the technology of tomorrow.” 

The upcoming 2017 GSA GNSS Market Report will include a special section on UAVs.


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European GNSS highlighted at global tech shows

17.3.2017 10:13  
The latest Galileo-enabled devices, showcased at the 2017 Mobile World Congress
Published: 
17 March 2017

Mobile World Congress (MWC) and the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) are the world’s premiere consumer electronics and mobile technology trade shows. Held annually every winter in Barcelona and Las Vegas respectively, many leading companies use the shows to launch new flagship products – and 2017 was no exception.

What was unique this year, however, was the increasing number of GNSS-based innovations being launched – including several Galileo-enabled smartphones and chipsets. “One trend seen at MWC was a convergence between IT, the Internet of Things (IoT), the automotive sector, and traditional positioning technology,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “Whereas this show was once dominated by smartphones, it has now expanded to include autonomous vehicles, wearables, drones and even robots.” 

The same can be said of CES. “CES is the place to be not only for such traditional segments as LBS and road, but also emerging segments like drones, IoT and other cross-sectional solutions,” says GSA Market Development Officer for LBS and IoT Justyna Redelkiewicz.

Whether it be a chipset, smartphone, drone, robot or autonomous car, many of the technologies on display at MWC and CES were Galileo capable. Here’s a look at the role European GNSS plays in many of today’s most cutting-edge innovations. 

Galileo-enabled smartphones and chipsets

International technology giant Huawei took the MWC stage to unveil its new P10 and P10 plus smartphones, both of which come Galileo-ready. For users, this means they can expect their Huawei phone to provide them with more precise positioning and better performance. Meanwhile at CES, the company announced its entry into the US market with the introduction of the Galileo-enabled Mate 9 smartphone.

One of the biggest surprises at MWC came from the Sony booth, where the company announced its new Xperia ZX Premium flagship smartphone. The phone will be the first to feature the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 chip. This multi-constellation capable chip, which includes Galileo, features an advanced 10 nanometre design. Also promoted during CES, the 835 chip is 35 % smaller and uses 25 % less power than previous designs and has been engineered to deliver exceptionally long batter life, life-like virtual reality and augmented reality experiences, cutting-edge camera capabilities and Gigabit-class download speeds. 

Getting ready for a 5G world

A key topic on everyone’s minds at both shows was 5G. According to Intel, 5G is expected to be one of the most important technological developments of our time, capable of connecting billions of ‘things’ that have never been connected before. In doing so, it will bring intelligence and data to cars, homes, buildings, factories, cities and infrastructure – fundamentally transforming the way we live. In order to realise the full potential of 5G, Intel is currently delivering new technologies, such as the Galileo-capable XMN 7560 chipset.

A different kind of mobile

Although the Mobile in Mobile World Congress traditionally referred to mobile phones, laptops and tablets, this year a different kind of mobile arrived: the car. For the first time, such automotive manufacturers as Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Ford and Peugeot all made an appearance on the exhibition floor. Although a regular feature at CES, as more and more vehicles become connected, one can only expect that this won’t be the last time we see vehicles at MWC.

This developing relationship between automotive manufacturers and mobile companies was on clear display at both MWC and CES. Take for example Peugeot’s Instinct concept car, which features the Samsung Artik Cloud IoT connectivity platform capable of aggregating data from smartphones and social networks. This data is then used to create unique profiles of the vehicle’s user.

Mercedes-Benz showcased several products from its Connected, Autonomous, Shared & Service and Electric Drive (CASE) strategy. One crowd favourite at MWC was the Smart Ready to Share service, which lets car owners share their vehicle with others, and the Smart Ready to Drop service, which allows packages to be delivered right to the trunk of your car. At CES, the company highlighted its Vision Van, a study for what it terms as the “innovative delivery van of the future”. The vehicle combines electric propulsion and a fully automated cargo space with integrated delivery drones. The van is a case study for the IoT vehicle, coming with such built-in smart technologies as a new telematics unit that collects and processes data concerning the status of a delivery, the present GNSS-based location and a fully automated management system.

Meanwhile, BMW demonstrated how its Connected Service keeps their customers on time, in touch and in control via such touch points as smartphones, smartwatches and voice assistants. In its current format, the service helps users with trip planning and remote control functions. However, in the near future, this capability will be expanded to include alerting when the car is due for service and offering a choice of appointments available at the local dealer. At a CES press conference, the company announced that it plans to put a fleet of 40 autonomous BMW 7 Series test vehicles on the road by the second half of this year.

One highlight at CES was the unveiling of the Toyota Concept-I vehicle, which will be able to measure your emotional responses to the places you drive, using this information to build a relationship between the vehicle and the user. Also at CES, Honda unveiled its Cooperative Mobility Ecosystem concept, which brings together artificial intelligence, robotics and big data. The concept aims to mitigate traffic congestion and eliminate traffic fatalities while also increasing the productivity of road users and delivering new opportunities for in-vehicle entertainment.

Of course the success of all these connected cars depends on the availability of accurate and reliable GNSS. A key roadblock to their development is that the available level of guidance and positioning relies on what has been called “severe simplification of road descriptions” that are not valid for such next-generation uses as lane-level positioning. “The launch of Galileo Initial Services has allowed the industry to take an important step towards achieving the necessary level of accuracy and reliability,” explains GSA Deputy Head of Market Development Fiammetta Diani.

According to Diani, with Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides. “Galileo also offers a second frequency, E5, and a planned authenticated signal capable of detecting spoofing attacks – both essential contributions for the safe operation of autonomous cars,” she says.

Dawn of the GNSS age

Both MWC and CES saw an increase in the number of drone companies on the show floor, with 42 different UAV companies exhibiting at CES alone. Although none of the products on display were Galileo ready yet, many companies noted that they had plans for doing so in the coming months. This is because many see GNSS as an answer to mounting concerns about drone safety, especially in light of reports of crashes and of incidents where drones have encroached on security-critical spaces. Luckily, GNSS offers a solution.

“In order to operate safely, drones are becoming increasingly dependent on satellite navigation signals, including Galileo, for their precise positioning and orientation information,” says GSA Manager of the GNSS Market Report Martin Sunkevic. “It is because of this precise positioning that drones and all of the innovations seen at MWC and CES depend on that GNSS will become the essential infrastructure for the technology of tomorrow.” 

The upcoming 2017 GSA GNSS Market Report will include a special section on UAVs.

 

The latest Galileo-enabled devices, showcased at the 2017 Mobile World Congress

EGNOS for aviation in acceleration mode

15.3.2017 11:16  
Published: 
15 March 2017

The World ATM Congress is the must-attend trade event for the air traffic management sector, welcoming participants from across the world who come to showcase the latest innovations, services and products. One of those services on display in Madrid was the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS).

EGNOS, which was designed for aviation, has revolutionised the way we fly – creating more access to small and regional airports, increasing safety and facilitating business across Europe. From the commercial, regional, general and business aviation sectors to OEMs, airports and the end user – everyone benefits from EGNOS. 

As to the airports – the focus of the congress – there are already over 430 EGNOS-enabled procedures available at over 300 different European airports. According to GSA Market Development Officer Carmen Aguilera, more than 500 procedures are planned. “These procedures will increase accessibility to regional airports, support decongestion of main hubs and provide suitable alternatives or backups for Instrument Landing Systems (ILS) – all while EGNOS implementation is spreading to more even countries,” she says.

                Read this: EGNOS can crack the capacity crunch!

When you consider the safety and cost benefits of EGNOS implementation, it’s no wonder that so many airports are enthusiastic about publishing EGNOS-enabled localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV) approaches. “Many of these 300 airports are small and regional airports that simply cannot afford the high cost of installing and maintaining ground-based ILS,” explains Aguilera.

“For Slovakia, which was one of the first countries to adopt EGNOS LPV procedures, it was simply a matter of increased safety,” says LPS SR Head of ATM Planning and Procedures Ratislav Primus. “With EGNOS, we can provide accurate vertical guidance – making airports across Slovakia much safer.”

As an alternative to ground-based ILS navigational aids, EGNOS utilises geostationary satellites and a network of ground stations to receive, analyse and augment GPS signals. With EGNOS, these satellite signals become suitable for such safety-critical applications as aircraft landings. Thus, the EGNOS LPV 200 service level provides vertical guidance that enables reaching a decision height as low as of 200 feet. This is a capability similar to what is provided by ground-based navigational aids, but without the same financial burden of installing, maintaining and calibrating ground equipment.      

“I highly recommend implementing EGNOS Cat-I procedures leveraging LPV-200, especially for smaller airports, but also as a valuable add-on for larger airports,” says Austro Control Head of ATM-CNS Procedure Design Team Daniel Schaad. “It’s worked well for us and, increasingly, for airlines too. It is very innovative with ILS performance and we’re happy to have EGNOS procedures in our portfolio – I think it’s a good option for everybody.”

New models and retrofit too

Of course having all of these procedures isn’t very useful if nobody uses them. This is why, in addition to facilitating the launch of new EGNOS procedures, the GSA is also committed to working with manufacturers to ensure the latest aircraft and rotorcraft coming onto the market are EGNOS-ready. Thanks to these efforts, most new aircraft models have EGNOS-capability, including models from such leading manufacturers as ATR, Airbus, Bombardier, Cessna, Dassault Falcon Jets, Hawker, Beechcraft and Pilatus. According to the GSA, this list is expected to continue to increase in the near future. 

                And this: Europe’s aviation community enthusiastic about EGNOS

In addition to new aircraft models, the GSA also noted a rise in the number of available retrofit solutions. “These retrofit solutions enable in service aircraft to add EGNOS capabilities,” says Aguilera. “The GSA is working with operators and avionics manufacturers to increase the available retrofit options for the most common models.”

Moving up, moving fast

With EGNOS Version 3 set to enter service in the near future, EGNOS will also augment Galileo, thus further increasing performance and improving accuracy, resilience and safety.

“The principle behind EGNOS – of providing a space-based navigation system – means operators can equip their planes with fairly light-weight receivers and make use of satellite signals with minimal ground-based infrastructure required,” adds European Regional Airlines Association General Manager Policy and Technical Russel Dudley. “Speaking for our association and members, we are strong proponents of EGNOS as it has proved itself an incredibly useful and meaningful tool.”

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When you consider the safety and cost benefits, it’s no wonder that so many airports are enthusiastic about EGNOS.

Galileo provides boost to smart transport systems

13.3.2017 16:13  
Published: 
15 March 2017

The Horizon 2020-funded GHOST project is bringing Galileo’s robust positioning capabilities to smart transport systems. 

All across Europe, the number of smart cities is multiplying. To tackle their growing needs and to guarantee efficient city planning and maintenance, many cities are engaged in massive investments in such key areas as street lighting, road maintenance, traffic and waste management. In parallel, public transportation is continuously evolving in terms of coverage, comfort and technology.

Within this context, the exploitation of Galileo and its integration with other sensors is key to developing concrete solutions for current and future smart city planning. Along these lines, the Horizon 2020-funded GHOST (Galileo Enhancement as Booster of the Smart Cities) project is designing, developing and validating an intelligent system for vehicles that equips existing public transport fleets with a Galileo-enabled camera and connects these vehicles to a web portal. The system automatically takes pictures of predefined points of interest (POI) based on the accurate position of the vehicle – provided by Galileo. All images are sent to a processing server capable of detecting such anomalies as potholes or a burnt-out street light. The system then uses the web portal to report these findings to the relevant authorities.

“At this point, GHOST is designed primarily for reporting street lighting anomalies and road deteriorations, monitoring public garbage collection and detecting double parking infractions or disabled parking spots occupied by unauthorised vehicles,” says Project Coordinator Claudia Maltoni. “In addition to these basic functions, we have also identified more advanced services, such as spotting bus-lane and congestion-charging-area violations, which will be implemented at a later date.”

A user-focused system

The GHOST system’s key differentiator is its use of Galileo positioning, which gives it the capability to take autonomous snapshots with an error range of 1 to 10 metres (depending on the size of the POI). In densely populated urban environments, such a level of service is only possible with the combined use of Galileo, inertial sensors and Kalman filters. The Kalman filter is an algorithm that uses a series of measurements observed over time, as opposed to a single one, in order to increase precision. 

The GHOST system’s key services:

  • reporting street lighting anomalies and road deteriorations
  • monitoring public garbage collection levels
  • detecting double parking infractions or disabled parking spaces occupied by unauthorised vehicles
  • monitoring timely collection of garbage.

Another unique feature is a free smartphone application that citizens can use to collect geo-localised snapshots. “Whenever an individual user sees an anomaly within a city’s infrastructure, all they have to do is snap a picture with their smartphone,” explains Maltoni. “This level of engagement not only enhances the overall system, but also empowers individual users to play a key role in urban upkeep.”  

Improving urban efficiency

By taking advantage of the many vehicle movements happening in cities every day, GHOST proposes a competitive way to improve the efficiency of monitoring a city’s operations and infrastructure. Once finalised, the system will enable faster detection of double parking or road deterioration and help reduce traffic, accidents and pollution.

“Thanks to our field tests and favourable lab results, we are already setting up the next phase of the project, with the aim of taking the system’s technology to the next level,” concludes Maltoni. “This includes providing real-time, onboard image processing so that the system can handle such dynamic scenarios as bus-lane infractions and congestion-charging enforcement.”

The project is currently working to bring GHOST technology to market. Coordinators are busy making key contacts with interested public administrations, garbage collection companies and traffic police departments. It is also working to ensure that the system complies with all European regulatory standards, such as those related to circulation or privacy.

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The GHOST system equips existing public transport fleets with a Galileo-enabled camera and connects these vehicles to a web portal.

ESCAPE engine benefits from Galileo Initial Services

13.3.2017 15:14  
Published: 
14 March 2017

The ESCAPE project, funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements programme, is developing an innovative positioning engine that exploits the newly available capabilities of Galileo.

With the declaration of Galileo Initial Services, companies, service providers and developers can now take full advantage of the more precise positioning and better performance that Galileo provides. All one needs is a Galileo-enabled chipset and/or receiver.

In the road transportation sector, the ESCAPE project (European Safety Critical Applications Positioning Engine) is doing just that: using Galileo to provide users with better positioning and performance.

Also read: Building the E-GNSS engine for the self-driving car

The project could prove critical in the advancement of the connected vehicle and autonomous driving, both of which require accurate and reliable positioning information for safety-critical applications. Whereas traditionally this positioning information is provided via multiple sources of sensor data, doing so requires the use of expensive radar/Lidar-based sensors and cameras not specifically designed for road transport use. In order to be viable, autonomous vehicles must offer both a cost-effective and a safe solution.  

Bringing Galileo to road transport

For the ESCAPE project, this balance can be found in its innovative positioning engine that exploits the newly available capabilities of Galileo. In parallel with the launch of Galileo Initial Services, the project is developing a Galileo-enabled chipset to be integrated into its dedicated engine designed specifically for automotive safety-critical applications. “The project is developing the first multi-constellation Galileo chipset receiver offering multi-frequency capability adapted to road applications – and in particular autonomous vehicles,” says Project Coordinator Jessica García. “The chipset will be integrated in an onboard positioning unit with unique localisation features that are tailored to the needs expressed by the applications of autonomous driving.”

The ESCAPE positioning engine is built on four core innovations. First, the engine integrates different localisation data sources, including multi-constellation/multi-frequency global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), intelligent cameras, inertial units, vehicle odometer and advanced navigation maps. Second, the integrity level it provides measures the trust associated with the real-time location estimates. “This degree of trust regarding the information provided to the vehicle is crucial for its use in safety-critical applications involving high levels of automation,” explains García.

Core features of the ESCAPE engine

  • a GNSS/Galileo multi-constellation, multi-frequency chipset for road applications
  • use of the precise point positioning (PPP) service
  • hybridisation of cameras, maps, vehicle sensors and GNSS integrated into a tight coupling filter
  • provision of an integrity layer to the exploited technologies
  • capability to implement navigation message authentication.

Third, the project integrates the engine into a vehicle with autonomous driving capabilities. As a result, it fully enables the vehicle’s autonomous operations with a close-to-market engineered architecture. And last but not least, the engine will be the first solution featuring authentication provided by OS-NMA, an important Galileo differentiator. 

New milestones

Recently, the project reached an important milestone: the identification of the user-level requirements and the finalisation of a user-level safety analysis. “These user-level achievements are important because a major element that influences the design of the positioning engine is the level of automation that the user expects these vehicles to provide,” explains García.

To translate these requirements into solutions, the ESCAPE project has mapped user-level expectations into five major case studies. For each case, the project identified one or more test paths for the vehicle where algorithms and functionalities are to be tested. “This approach guarantees that the design of the engine is driven by actual user needs,” says García. “As a result, we will end up with a near-market-ready, safety-orientated GNSS-based engine set to transform road vehicle automation.”

Fundamental information

Launched in October 2016, the ESCAPE project is led by the Spanish company FICOSA in collaboration with GMV, Renault, IFSTTAR, STMicroelectronics and the Istituto Superiore Mario Boella. The project is funded under the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) Fundamental Elements programme, a research and development (R&D) funding mechanism supporting the development of GNSS-enabled chipsets, receivers and antennas. 

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The ESCAPE project could prove critical in the advancement of the connected vehicle and autonomous driving.

inLane uses Galileo for lane-level positioning

13.3.2017 9:19  
Published: 
13 March 2017

Horizon 2020-funded inLane project combines the precision of Galileo with computer vision technology to create the next generation of in-vehicle navigation systems. 

Although today’s in-vehicle navigation systems are great at getting us from Point A to Point B, they tend to lack the details. For example, all navigation systems currently on the market provide the user with reliable guidance, usually in the form of a simple line depicting the road and direction of travel. However, none provide lane-level positioning or map matching. Even when traveling on a multi-lane expressway, the navigation map only shows a single line.

The reason: these navigation devices use low-cost global navigation satellite system (GNSS) receivers, meaning that they cannot provide the accurate positioning needed to depict multiple lanes. In order to provide more complex applications, such as lane-level information, lane-level navigation and scenario-based prioritised alerts, more accurate and reliable positioning is required. 

To get this necessary level of accuracy, the Horizon 2020-funded inLane project is working to fuse the precision of Galileo with computer vision technology. By combining these two technologies, they plan to create the first low-cost, next-generation navigation system capable of providing lane-level and precise turn-by-turn navigation.

The inLane solution will also be able to detect new objects not currently displayed on the navigation map, such as a new traffic signal. When such an object is detected, the system sends this information to the back-end server. As the back-end server receives similar information from other vehicles, it will update the maps accordingly.

inLane, at a glance

By combining the precision of Galileo with computer vision technology, the inLane system will:

  • deliver lane-level information to an in-vehicle navigation system
  • give drivers the opportunity to select the optimal road lane, even in dense urban and extra-urban traffic
  • reduce the risks associated with last-second lane changes
  • enable a new generation of enhanced mapping information based on crowd sourcing.

“By delivering lane-level information to an in-vehicle navigation system, and combining this with the opportunity for vehicles to exchange information between themselves, drivers will be able to select the optimal lane for travel, even in dense traffic,” says the project’s Technical Coordinator Gorka Velez of VicomTech, one of the inLane consortium members. “With the inLane system, every driver will be able to choose the appropriate lane for exiting, thus reducing the risks associated with the last-second lane changes that are all too common on our busy expressways.”

In order to ensure the inLane system provides information that is useful to actual drivers, the project wants to hear from you. Via a short survey, the project wants to know how you currently use your in-vehicle navigation device. For example, do you get your guidance via the audio or visual cues, or both? It also asks what type of additional features you would find helpful, such as enhanced driver awareness, intelligent speed alerts, simple lane allocation, traffic sign notification, etc.

“The intention of this survey is to get people thinking about advanced driver assistance systems [ADAS] and how these will impact their driving experience,” says Velez. “By better understanding their expectations and concerns, we will be better positioned to design an end-user-focused ADAS.”

The survey, which can be found here, only takes a few minutes. As an added incentive, all participants can have their name entered in a draw for a chance to win a new TomTom G0520 navigation system! The deadline to participate is 30 March 2017.

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The inLane project fuses the precision of Galileo with computer vision technology to provide lane-level and precise turn-by-turn navigation.

New funding opportunity: Galileo Open Service authentication user terminal

10.3.2017 10:34  
Published: 
10 March 2017

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has launched a new funding opportunity to support the development, supply and testing of a Galileo Open Service authentication user terminal.

The Galileo Open Service (OS) will soon provide a Navigation Message Authentication feature, known as the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OS-NMA). Via this feature, users can verify that a navigation message comes from a Galileo satellite and not a potentially malicious source. The Open Service is the Galileo programme’s free service for positioning, navigation and timing.

OS-NMA Signal-in-Space transmission is expected to begin in 2018, reaching full service capability in 2020. However, before full service can be achieved, a new generation of OS-NMA-enabled user terminals must be developed, tested and implemented. To fulfil this need, under its Fundamental Elements funding scheme, the GSA is seeking proposals for the Development, supply and testing of a Galileo open service authentication user terminal (OS-NMA) for the GSA (GSA/OP/23/16). 

How to participate 

Proposals shall aim to develop a robust, close-to-market OS-NMA User Terminal (OS-NMA UT). The OS-NMA UT shall:

  • feature OS-NMA capability
  • offer the highest possible level of robustness by implementing further anti-spoofing capability
  • meet smart tachograph application requirements.

Within the scope of the procurement, an end-to-end validation platform is to be developed to assess the performance of the OS-NMA UT.

The OS-NMA UT will undergo extensive testing to confirm its robustness under real conditions and against a full set of potential spoofing threats.

All proposals must be received no later than 19 May 2017 at 17:00 CET

In support of this opportunity, the GSA is organising several informational sessions, including:

  • Receiver Manufacturers’ Workshop in Prague (21 March 2017)
  • Fundamental Elements webinar covering three calls for proposals and an invitation to tender (29 March 2017).

Registration for both is available here.

The allocated budget for the project is EUR 2.5 million. The contract is expected to be signed in October 2017.

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Proposals should aim to develop a robust, close-to-market OS-NMA user terminal (OS-NMA UT).

European GNSS contributes to the evolution of ERTMS

9.3.2017 14:27  
Published: 
09 March 2017

Last month, for the first time, a European rail test journey was completed using a signalling system based on positioning provided by European GNSS that aims to be included as the positioning system for ERTMS.

On 24 February 2017, for the first time, a European rail test journey was completed using the positioning technology provided by Galileo. An initiative of the Horizon 2020-funded ERSAT EAV project (ERTMS on Satellite – Enabling Application Validation), the test journey took representatives of the rail industry, railway service provision and relevant European agencies between Cagliari and Decimomannu in Sardinia, Italy – thus demonstrating the capability of GNSS to monitor and safely manage rail traffic on conventional secondary, local and regional rail lines with the aim to become an integral part of European Rail Traffic Management System – (ERTMS).

“What we saw here today is how GNSS can provide the rail segment with a new level of efficiency,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “With GNSS, the rail sector can increase its capacity and safety while reducing costs for infrastructure and maintenance, along with its environmental impact.”

Also read: E-GNSS enabled railway signalling – from vision to action

Although the European rail community understands the potential of GNSS, its adoption has been limited due to a lack of clear definition and definitive testing. Specifically, before GNSS is fully adopted, the sector needs to have confidence that train localisation based on GNSS technology will satisfy European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) safety and integrity standards, which is one of the objectives towards which ERSAT EAV is progressing.

A new chapter in European rail

The ERSAT EAV project aims to verify the suitability of such European GNSS services as EGNOS and Galileo for the rail sector, particularly within regional lines. To accomplish this, the project is defining and developing the safe localisation of train positioning based on satellite technology and ensuring such a system is in harmony with the European ERTM standard.

The ERSAT EAV advantage

  • increase traffic capacity available to railway undertakings
  • reduce CO2 emissions
  • guarantee high safety standards and punctuality
  • lower operating costs with new technological equipment that requires less investments in installation and maintenance

A key component to this effort is the adoption of the virtual balise. In today’s European Train Control System (ETCS), the positioning of a train is based on a balise – a physical element mounted at specific intervals along the railway track. One objective of the ERSAT EAV project is to ensure that, wherever possible, these physical balises are replaced by virtual ones. Virtual balises expand on the cost and efficiency benefits stemming from their integration of GNSS technology into the ERTMS. Furthermore, their use does not pose any operational or safety implications on the ETCS.

Watch this: Galileo satellites already in service of the on-board train positioning system

The ERSAT EAV project is a fundamental part of the strategy to prioritise the uptake of European GNSS within the rail sector and foster innovation within the European space and rail industry. This most recent test-journey was critical in demonstrating the enormous opportunity that GNSS offers to the ERTMS, especially as it applies to local and regional lines, which currently represent nearly 50 % of Europe’s total railway length.

Read this: GSA talks GNSS and rail at ERSAT EAV workshop

“For Italy, GNSS is an exceptional solution for providing sustainable rail transport across the country,” says Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) Head of Standard Tecnologies Fabio Senesi. “The integration of new technologies, including GNSS, enables us to increase capacity, reduce cost and, most importantly, respond to the needs and expectations of our users.”

“ERSAT EAV is an example of the real innovation that the rail sector needs – an innovation with a global scope that greatly contributes to the creation of a single European rail area,” adds European Union Agency for Railways (EUAR) Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer.

The successful ERSAT EAV test-journey marks the start of a new chapter for railway traffic control. By integrating European GNSS with additional sensors and public communication networks, the system is able to locate trains via satellite and monitor rail traffic, as well as maintain ground-to-train dialogue using devices on board the train and the radio block centres positioned along the rail line in a way that promises minimum impact on the currently used technical specifications for interoperability. “Galileo and EGNOS are here to serve Europe, providing a global solution for standardisation and interoperability for ERTMS,” says des Dorides. “A solution like ERSAT EAV plays an essential role in giving Europe’s rail industry a competitive position on the global market.”

Ensuring European competitiveness

Being able to extend the benefits of GNSS for rail to the entire European rail system is critical for maintaining a sustainable and competitive railway system. Because of the efficiencies it offers, there is a growing, global interest in GNSS use for rail applications. “We firmly believe that rail transport has the potential to become one of the largest downstream markets for European GNSS in terms of volume, public utility and contribution to safety,” says des Dorides. “In fact, according to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, the number of worldwide GNSS installed units in the rail segment will double by 2020, reaching 534 000 units.”

Also read: European GNSS means safer, more efficient rail travel

To support European competiveness within this important market segment, the GSA continues to facilitate cooperation between industry, service providers and policy makers. One industrial partner, Ansaldo STS, has helped define the requirements aimed at supporting the integration of satellites and public radio communication networks. “The railway signalling market requires more and more innovative, reliable and competitive solutions in terms of costs, timing and energy saving, as well as safety and environmental impact,” says Ansaldo STS CEO Andy Barr. “We are glad to participate in testing this innovative technology.”

The GSA also supports the development of the rail market through various funding opportunities. For example, as seen in the success of the ERSAT EAV project, the Horizon 2020 (H2020) framework programme for research and innovation is taking a leading role in the standardisation and interoperability process.

In addition to ERSAT EAV, through H2020, the GSA is providing financial support to other projects working towards the integration of GNSS into the European rail sector. For example, the STARS project (Satellite Technology for Advanced Railway Signalling) is developing a universal approach for predicting the performance of GNSS in rail-related safety-critical applications and defining the necessary evolution of ERTMS to include these GNSS services.

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 ERSAT EAV test journey took representatives of the rail industry, railway service provision and relevant European agencies between Cagliari and Decimomannu in Sardinia, Italy.

European GNSS contributes to the evolution of ERTMS

9.3.2017 14:27  
Published: 
09 March 2017

Last month, for the first time, a European rail test journey was completed using a signalling system based on positioning provided by European GNSS that aims to be included as the positioning system for ERTMS.

On 24 February 2017, for the first time, a European rail test journey was completed using the positioning technology provided by Galileo. An initiative of the Horizon 2020-funded ERSAT EAV project (ERTMS on Satellite – Enabling Application Validation), the test journey took representatives of the rail industry, railway service provision and relevant European agencies between Cagliari and Decimomannu in Sardinia, Italy – thus demonstrating the capability of GNSS to monitor and safely manage rail traffic on conventional secondary, local and regional rail lines with the aim to become an integral part of European Rail Traffic Management System – (ERTMS).

“What we saw here today is how GNSS can provide the rail segment with a new level of efficiency,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “With GNSS, the rail sector can increase its capacity and safety while reducing costs for infrastructure and maintenance, along with its environmental impact.”

Also read: E-GNSS enabled railway signalling – from vision to action

Although the European rail community understands the potential of GNSS, its adoption has been limited due to a lack of clear definition and definitive testing. Specifically, before GNSS is fully adopted, the sector needs to have confidence that train localisation based on GNSS technology will satisfy European Committee for Electrotechnical Standardisation (CENELEC) safety and integrity standards, which is one of the objectives towards which ERSAT EAV is progressing.

A new chapter in European rail

The ERSAT EAV project aims to verify the suitability of such European GNSS services as EGNOS and Galileo for the rail sector, particularly within regional lines. To accomplish this, the project is defining and developing the safe localisation of train positioning based on satellite technology and ensuring such a system is in harmony with the European ERTM standard.

The ERSAT EAV advantage

  • increase traffic capacity available to railway undertakings
  • reduce CO2 emissions
  • guarantee high safety standards and punctuality
  • lower operating costs with new technological equipment that requires less investments in installation and maintenance

A key component to this effort is the adoption of the virtual balise. In today’s European Train Control System (ETCS), the positioning of a train is based on a balise – a physical element mounted at specific intervals along the railway track. One objective of the ERSAT EAV project is to ensure that, wherever possible, these physical balises are replaced by virtual ones. Virtual balises expand on the cost and efficiency benefits stemming from their integration of GNSS technology into the ERTMS. Furthermore, their use does not pose any operational or safety implications on the ETCS.

Watch this: Galileo satellites already in service of the on-board train positioning system

The ERSAT EAV project is a fundamental part of the strategy to prioritise the uptake of European GNSS within the rail sector and foster innovation within the European space and rail industry. This most recent test-journey was critical in demonstrating the enormous opportunity that GNSS offers to the ERTMS, especially as it applies to local and regional lines, which currently represent nearly 50 % of Europe’s total railway length.

Read this: GSA talks GNSS and rail at ERSAT EAV workshop

“For Italy, GNSS is an exceptional solution for providing sustainable rail transport across the country,” says Rete Ferroviaria Italiana (RFI) Head of Standard Tecnologies Fabio Senesi. “The integration of new technologies, including GNSS, enables us to increase capacity, reduce cost and, most importantly, respond to the needs and expectations of our users.”

“ERSAT EAV is an example of the real innovation that the rail sector needs – an innovation with a global scope that greatly contributes to the creation of a single European rail area,” adds European Union Agency for Railways (EUAR) Executive Director Josef Doppelbauer.

The successful ERSAT EAV test-journey marks the start of a new chapter for railway traffic control. By integrating European GNSS with additional sensors and public communication networks, the system is able to locate trains via satellite and monitor rail traffic, as well as maintain ground-to-train dialogue using devices on board the train and the radio block centres positioned along the rail line in a way that promises minimum impact on the currently used technical specifications for interoperability. “Galileo and EGNOS are here to serve Europe, providing a global solution for standardisation and interoperability for ERTMS,” says des Dorides. “A solution like ERSAT EAV plays an essential role in giving Europe’s rail industry a competitive position on the global market.”

Ensuring European competitiveness

Being able to extend the benefits of GNSS for rail to the entire European rail system is critical for maintaining a sustainable and competitive railway system. Because of the efficiencies it offers, there is a growing, global interest in GNSS use for rail applications. “We firmly believe that rail transport has the potential to become one of the largest downstream markets for European GNSS in terms of volume, public utility and contribution to safety,” says des Dorides. “In fact, according to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, the number of worldwide GNSS installed units in the rail segment will double by 2020, reaching 534 000 units.”

Also read: European GNSS means safer, more efficient rail travel

To support European competiveness within this important market segment, the GSA continues to facilitate cooperation between industry, service providers and policy makers. One industrial partner, Ansaldo STS, has helped define the requirements aimed at supporting the integration of satellites and public radio communication networks. “The railway signalling market requires more and more innovative, reliable and competitive solutions in terms of costs, timing and energy saving, as well as safety and environmental impact,” says Ansaldo STS CEO Andy Barr. “We are glad to participate in testing this innovative technology.”

The GSA also supports the development of the rail market through various funding opportunities. For example, as seen in the success of the ERSAT EAV project, the Horizon 2020 (H2020) framework programme for research and innovation is taking a leading role in the standardisation and interoperability process.

In addition to ERSAT EAV, through H2020, the GSA is providing financial support to other projects working towards the integration of GNSS into the European rail sector. For example, the STARS project (Satellite Technology for Advanced Railway Signalling) is developing a universal approach for predicting the performance of GNSS in rail-related safety-critical applications and defining the necessary evolution of ERTMS to include these GNSS services.

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 ERSAT EAV test journey took representatives of the rail industry, railway service provision and relevant European agencies between Cagliari and Decimomannu in Sardinia, Italy.

KYNEO project moves closer to commercialisation

8.3.2017 14:26  
Published: 
08 March 2017

The KYNEO project is a case study on the impact that the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) various funding mechanisms have on the development of the European GNSS market.

Ever wonder what kind of impact the GSA’s various funding mechanisms have on the development of the European GNSS market? The essential role this funding plays is seen first-hand in the rapid advancement of the KYNEO project. Winner of the 2015 European Satellite Navigation Competition’s (ESNC) GSA Special Prize, the project involves the development of cheap, flexible Galileo and EGNOS-enabled modules that allow ubiquitous positioning data for applications in the Internet of Things (IoT). 

According to project coordinator Rafael Olmedo, the project’s concept is an open innovation platform for what he refers to as the ‘GNSS of Things’. “The idea came from what I perceived as a need to be able to fast-prototype applications and devices in the rapidly developing IoT field,” he says. “What I saw was that many different products and services were looking for similar solutions for positioning that can be flexibly adapted in different contexts – something particularly true for developers.”

His solution is KYNEO, an Arduino-compatible board that allows developers to rapidly and flexibly build their own solutions based on open-source software. Arduino is an open-source electronic prototyping platform for the creation of interactive electronic objects. “There is a huge development community for digital electronic products out there, and KYNEO has been developed to serve as a great positioning tool for this community,” says Olmedo.

A multi-constellation solution

As the 2015 winner, the project received an initial payment of EUR 20 000, with an option for additional funding. “Thanks to the GSA Special Prize, we have successfully developed a new version of the KYNEO unit,” says Olmedo. The new version includes several improvements to the GNSS firmware and electronic components, including more effective power consumption. In addition to the updated unit, the project also updated its website, which now makes new software tools and examples available for developers.

One of the project’s main achievements is the addition of multi-constellation capability to the KYNEO unit. “Not only have we implemented differential corrections into the unit, making it possible to get EGNOS corrections through the radio module – very useful when there is no EGNOS coverage – but now, with the launch of Galileo Initial Services, the unit can also receive Galileo signals,” adds Olmedo. 

New market opportunities

In addition to its focus on preparing the supporting tools for developers – the project’s main customer base – Olmedo says the project has identified other potential customers, including technical universities and research and development (R&D) institutes who view KYNEO as an attractive unit for research. The team is also working on creating smaller enclosed devices for use by engineers and others who lack a developer’s GNSS programming background. For example, the project is currently developing a customised solution for a professional football coach, who will use KYNEO to measure the kinematics and positioning of players during training.

Moving towards commercialisation

However, before any of these markets can be fully exploited, the unit needs to comply with all relevant regulations. As the certification process is a complex and lengthy one, the project has contracted with a Spanish consultancy, for which it plans to allocate some of the additional funding from the GSA Special Prize towards.

“In this next phase, we turn our focus on getting the unit certified and implementing the business development support required for commercialisation at the national and international levels,” says Olmedo. “Thanks to the additional funding coming from the GSA Special Prize, I am confident that we will achieve all of our objectives.”  

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).

KYNEO version 2 includes several improvements to the GNSS firmware and electronic components, including more effective power consumption.

Galileo Hackathon registration now open

7.3.2017 14:34  
Published: 
07 March 2017

Join the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and show off your coding skills at the second Galileo Hackathon 15 – 17 May in Gdańsk, Poland.

Mobile applications relying on a user’s position have become part of our everyday lives. In fact, more than 50 % of the applications available for download utilise location information. Smartphones, tablets, tracking devices, digital cameras – to name only a few – all depend on positioning information provided by GNSS. As a result, GNSS has become an essential service – one that many of us take for granted.

Up until now, users have depended on such GNSS systems as America’s GPS or Russia’s GLONASS. But with the launch of Galileo Initial Services, Europe has its very own GNSS programme. Now, users stand to benefit from the improved positioning and timing information that Galileo provides. However, to take advantage of everything that Galileo has to offer, users need to have innovative, Galileo-enabled applications and services – which is where you come in.

Watch this: 1st Galileo Hackathon in Berlin

The GSA is looking for passionate coders with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT and a desire to transform ideas into reality. If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon! 

Come for the Hackathon

Not only is the Galileo Hackathon a great opportunity to connect with the Geo-IoT app development community and a chance to compete for great prizes, it is also where you can be among the first to work with Galileo-enabled mobile phones. Whether for augmented reality and games, geo marketing and advertising, mapping and GIS, fitness and mobile health, smart mobility, tracking or social networking, as long as your application makes full use of Galileo’s capabilities to provide an added commercial or societal value – then the Galileo Hackathon is or you.

You can join a team of up to four people, or sign up as an individual and form a team when you get there. Participants will compete for a EUR 500 cash prize in one of two categories:

  • Galileo Innovation: for the most innovative app using Galileo as a source of location information
  • Galileo Impact: for the Galileo app with the biggest social impact

All participants will be provided with a mobile phone, curtesy of our technology partner Samsung Electronics, for use during the Hackathon. So all you need to bring is a laptop and your best Galileo-based idea.

More information and registration can be found here.      

Register now!

Stay for infoShare 2017

The second Galileo Hackathon is being held in conjunction with infoShare 2017, scheduled for 17 – 19 May in Gdańsk, Poland. In addition to the Hackathon, participants can join in on an array of discussions and learning opportunities taking place during the conference. infoShare is also an excellent place to meet the people behind the hardware and software that enables satellite navigation and the Galileo applications created in the preceding days.

Read this: European GNSS can start you up

Of particular interest to Hackathon participants is a 17 May session hosted by the GSA. Entitled Look inside your smartphone and learn why accuracy matters, the panel discussion will take an in-depth look at how precise location accuracy will be used in such future applications as the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars, drones and personal robots. 

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).

Passionate coder with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of LBS and Geo-IoT? If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon!

Galileo Hackathon registration now open

7.3.2017 14:34  
Published: 
07 March 2017

Join the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and show off your coding skills at the second Galileo Hackathon 15 – 17 May in Gdańsk, Poland.

Mobile applications relying on a user’s position have become part of our everyday lives. In fact, more than 50 % of the applications available for download utilise location information. Smartphones, tablets, tracking devices, digital cameras – to name only a few – all depend on positioning information provided by GNSS. As a result, GNSS has become an essential service – one that many of us take for granted.

Up until now, users have depended on such GNSS systems as America’s GPS or Russia’s GLONASS. But with the launch of Galileo Initial Services, Europe has its very own GNSS programme. Now, users stand to benefit from the improved positioning and timing information that Galileo provides. However, to take advantage of everything that Galileo has to offer, users need to have innovative, Galileo-enabled applications and services – which is where you come in.

Watch this: 1st Galileo Hackathon in Berlin

The GSA is looking for passionate coders with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT and a desire to transform ideas into reality. If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon! 

Come for the Hackathon

Not only is the Galileo Hackathon a great opportunity to connect with the Geo-IoT app development community and a chance to compete for great prizes, it is also where you can be among the first to work with Galileo-enabled mobile phones. Whether for augmented reality and games, geo marketing and advertising, mapping and GIS, fitness and mobile health, smart mobility, tracking or social networking, as long as your application makes full use of Galileo’s capabilities to provide an added commercial or societal value – then the Galileo Hackathon is or you.

You can join a team of up to four people, or sign up as an individual and form a team when you get there. Participants will compete for a EUR 1000 cash prize in each of the two categories:

  • Galileo Innovation: for the most innovative app using Galileo as a source of location information
  • Galileo Impact: for the Galileo app with the biggest social impact

All participants will be provided with a mobile phone, curtesy of our technology partner Samsung Electronics, for use during the Hackathon. So all you need to bring is a laptop and your best Galileo-based idea.

More information and registration can be found here.      

Register now!

Stay for infoShare 2017

The second Galileo Hackathon is being held in conjunction with infoShare 2017, scheduled for 17 – 19 May in Gdańsk, Poland. In addition to the Hackathon, participants can join in on an array of discussions and learning opportunities taking place during the conference. infoShare is also an excellent place to meet the people behind the hardware and software that enables satellite navigation and the Galileo applications created in the preceding days.

Read this: European GNSS can start you up

Of particular interest to Hackathon participants is a 17 May session hosted by the GSA. Entitled Look inside your smartphone and learn why accuracy matters, the panel discussion will take an in-depth look at how precise location accuracy will be used in such future applications as the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars, drones and personal robots. 

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).

Passionate coder with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of LBS and Geo-IoT? If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon!

Galileo Hackathon registration now open

7.3.2017 14:34  
Published: 
07 March 2017

Join the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and show off your coding skills at the second Galileo Hackathon 15 – 17 May in Gdańsk, Poland.

Mobile applications relying on a user’s position have become part of our everyday lives. In fact, more than 50 % of the applications available for download utilise location information. Smartphones, tablets, tracking devices, digital cameras – to name only a few – all depend on positioning information provided by GNSS. As a result, GNSS has become an essential service – one that many of us take for granted.

Up until now, users have depended on such GNSS systems as America’s GPS or Russia’s GLONASS. But with the launch of Galileo Initial Services, Europe has its very own GNSS programme. Now, users stand to benefit from the improved positioning and timing information that Galileo provides. However, to take advantage of everything that Galileo has to offer, users need to have innovative, Galileo-enabled applications and services – which is where you come in.

Watch this: 1st Galileo Hackathon in Berlin

The GSA is looking for passionate coders with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT and a desire to transform ideas into reality. If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon! 

Come for the Hackathon

Not only is the Galileo Hackathon a great opportunity to connect with the Geo-IoT app development community and a chance to compete for great prizes, it is also where you can be among the first to work with Galileo-enabled mobile phones. Whether for augmented reality and games, geo marketing and advertising, mapping and GIS, fitness and mobile health, smart mobility, tracking or social networking, as long as your application makes full use of Galileo’s capabilities to provide an added commercial or societal value – then the Galileo Hackathon is or you.

You can join a team of up to four people, or sign up as an individual and form a team when you get there. Participants will compete for a EUR 1000 cash prize in each of the two categories:

  • Galileo Innovation: for the most innovative app using Galileo as a source of location information
  • Galileo Impact: for the Galileo app with the biggest social impact

All participants will be provided with a mobile phone, courtesy of our technology partner Samsung Electronics, for use during the Hackathon. So all you need to bring is a laptop and your best Galileo-based idea.

More information and registration can be found here.      

Register now!

Stay for infoShare 2017

The second Galileo Hackathon is being held in conjunction with infoShare 2017, scheduled for 17 – 19 May in Gdańsk, Poland. In addition to the Hackathon, participants can join in on an array of discussions and learning opportunities taking place during the conference. infoShare is also an excellent place to meet the people behind the hardware and software that enables satellite navigation and the Galileo applications created in the preceding days.

Read this: European GNSS can start you up

Of particular interest to Hackathon participants is a 17 May session hosted by the GSA. Entitled Look inside your smartphone and learn why accuracy matters, the panel discussion will take an in-depth look at how precise location accuracy will be used in such future applications as the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars, drones and personal robots. 

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).

Passionate coder with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of LBS and Geo-IoT? If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon!

Galileo Hackathon registration now open

7.3.2017 14:34  
Passionate coder with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of LBS and Geo-IoT? If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon!
Published: 
07 March 2017

Join the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and show off your coding skills at the second Galileo Hackathon 15 – 17 May in Gdańsk, Poland.

Mobile applications relying on a user’s position have become part of our everyday lives. In fact, more than 50 % of the applications available for download utilise location information. Smartphones, tablets, tracking devices, digital cameras – to name only a few – all depend on positioning information provided by GNSS. As a result, GNSS has become an essential service – one that many of us take for granted.

Up until now, users have depended on such GNSS systems as America’s GPS or Russia’s GLONASS. But with the launch of Galileo Initial Services, Europe has its very own GNSS programme. Now, users stand to benefit from the improved positioning and timing information that Galileo provides. However, to take advantage of everything that Galileo has to offer, users need to have innovative, Galileo-enabled applications and services – which is where you come in.

Watch this: 1st Galileo Hackathon in Berlin

The GSA is looking for passionate coders with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT and a desire to transform ideas into reality. If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon! 

Come for the Hackathon

Not only is the Galileo Hackathon a great opportunity to connect with the Geo-IoT app development community and a chance to compete for great prizes, it is also where you can be among the first to work with Galileo-enabled mobile phones. Whether for augmented reality and games, geo marketing and advertising, mapping and GIS, fitness and mobile health, smart mobility, tracking or social networking, as long as your application makes full use of Galileo’s capabilities to provide an added commercial or societal value – then the Galileo Hackathon is or you.

You can join a team of up to four people, or sign up as an individual and form a team when you get there. Participants will compete for a EUR 500 cash prize in one of two categories:

  • Galileo Innovation: for the most innovative app using Galileo as a source of location information
  • Galileo Impact: for the Galileo app with the biggest social impact

All participants will be provided with a mobile phone, curtesy of our technology partner Samsung Electronics, for use during the Hackathon. So all you need to bring is a laptop and your best Galileo-based idea.

More information and registration can be found here.      

Register now!

Stay for infoShare 2017

The second Galileo Hackathon is being held in conjunction with infoShare 2017, scheduled for 17 – 19 May in Gdańsk, Poland. In addition to the Hackathon, participants can join in on an array of discussions and learning opportunities taking place during the conference. infoShare is also an excellent place to meet the people behind the hardware and software that enables satellite navigation and the Galileo applications created in the preceding days.

Read this: European GNSS can start you up

Of particular interest to Hackathon participants is a 17 May session hosted by the GSA. Entitled Look inside your smartphone and learn why accuracy matters, the panel discussion will take an in-depth look at how precise location accuracy will be used in such future applications as the Internet of Things (IoT), autonomous cars, drones and personal robots. 

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).

Passionate coder with an enthusiasm for shaping the future of LBS and Geo-IoT? If this sounds like you, then register today for our two-day Galileo Hackathon!

GEO 3 contract marks major milestone in EGNOS development

6.3.2017 8:46  
Published: 
06 March 2017

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has signed a contract with Eutelsat Communications for the development, integration and operation of the next-generation EGNOS payload.

The 18-year, EUR 102 million contract with Eutelsat Communications covers the preparation and service provision phases of the EGNOS Geostationary (GEO) space-based augmentation system (SBAS) payload service (GEO-3). As the first step towards implementing EGNOS version 3 (V3), the contract ensures the continuous availability of the EGNOS Signal in Space (SIS) and smooth transition from EGNOS V2 to EGNOS V3.

“The award of the GEO-3 contract to Eutelsat marks an important milestone for the development of EGNOS V3,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “This major technological evolution will bring better accuracy and improved resilience to EGNOS performance.”
EGNOS operational messages are currently broadcast via navigation payloads on-board two GEO satellites, including an Inmarsat-3F2 satellite that is fast approaching end-of-life. The GEO-3 services will replenish the EGNOS SBAS payloads, guaranteeing EGNOS SIS availability and supporting the transition to the dual-frequency multi-constellation-capable EGNOS V3.

 

The procurement process was a cooperative effort by the GSA and the European Space Agency (ESA), with the ESA responsible for the technical requirements of the service preparation phase and the GSA for the service provision phase. The ESA will continue to provide the GSA with technical support during the development of GEO-3. 

Service provider responsibilities

As the GEO-3 service provider, Eutelsat will be responsible for:

  • developing an EGNOS SBAS payload
  • integrating the payload on-board a GEO satellite
  • organising the GEO satellite’s launch and positioning
  • ensuring the EGNOS message is relayed to the end-user.

The satellite’s commercial Ku-band and EGNOS payload will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, while Orbital ATK will build the platform. The payload will be hosted on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, scheduled to launch in late 2018. Services will begin in 2019 and last 15 years.

Eutelsat will also develop two redundant radio frequency (RF) ground stations to uplink the EGNOS message to the payload. It will also host EGNOS’ Navigation Land Earth Stations (NLES) in Rambouillet (France) and Cagliari (Italy), both of which will be co-located and connected to the RF ground stations.

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).

To learn more about how EGNOS works, be sure to watch our video.

GEO 3 contract marks major milestone in EGNOS development

6.3.2017 8:46  
Published: 
06 March 2017

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has signed a contract with Eutelsat Communications for the development, integration and operation of the next-generation EGNOS payload.

The 18-year, EUR 102 million contract with Eutelsat Communications covers the preparation and service provision phases of the EGNOS Geostationary (GEO) space-based augmentation system (SBAS) payload service (GEO-3). As the first step towards implementing EGNOS version 3 (V3), the contract ensures the continuous availability of the EGNOS Signal in Space (SIS) and smooth transition from EGNOS V2 to EGNOS V3.

“The award of the GEO-3 contract to Eutelsat marks an important milestone for the development of EGNOS V3,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “This major technological evolution will bring better accuracy and improved resilience to EGNOS performance.”
EGNOS operational messages are currently broadcast via navigation payloads on-board two GEO satellites, including an Inmarsat-3F2 satellite that is fast approaching end-of-life. The GEO-3 services will replenish the EGNOS SBAS payloads, guaranteeing EGNOS SIS availability and supporting the transition to the dual-frequency multi-constellation-capable EGNOS V3.

 

The procurement process was a cooperative effort by the GSA and the European Space Agency (ESA), with the ESA responsible for the technical requirements of the service preparation phase and the GSA for the service provision phase. The ESA will continue to provide the GSA with technical support during the development of GEO-3. 

Service provider responsibilities

As the GEO-3 service provider, Eutelsat will be responsible for:

  • developing an EGNOS SBAS payload
  • integrating the payload on-board a GEO satellite
  • organising the GEO satellite’s launch and positioning
  • ensuring the EGNOS message is relayed to the end-user.

The satellite’s commercial Ku-band and EGNOS payload will be manufactured by Airbus Defence and Space, while Orbital ATK will build the platform. The payload will be hosted on the Eutelsat 5 West B satellite, scheduled to launch in late 2018. Services will begin in 2019 and last 15 years.

Eutelsat will also develop two redundant radio frequency (RF) ground stations to uplink the EGNOS message to the payload. It will also host EGNOS’ Navigation Land Earth Stations (NLES) in Rambouillet (France) and Cagliari (Italy), both of which will be co-located and connected to the RF ground stations.

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).

How EGNOS works

Galileo connects the connected car

2.3.2017 9:25  
Published: 
02 March 2017

According to a new report by Mobile World Live, over 73 % of respondents within the connected car navigation sector are already well aware of Galileo.

Following one of the most comprehensive market surveys of the connected car industry, Mobile World Live has published its new report Connected cars – from here to autonomy. Split into sections covering everything from market overview to connectivity, navigation, autonomous driving, security and in-car services, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) contributed to the chapter on navigation.

“The report reveals a strong appetite for the benefits connected cars will bring, tempered by realistic caution regarding the security, standardisation and business model challenges that remain to be overcome on the journey to fully autonomous driving,” says Mobile World Live Managing Editor Justin Springham. “Our exclusive analysis finds tremendous growth for the entire ecosystem, with the greatest monetisation potential for carmakers, mobile network operators and service providers.” Mobile World Live is a leading online communications hub for the global mobile industry.

A familiar face

According to the report, among the early and most compelling connected car services and application enablers is navigation. Having been in use for many years, satellite navigation enabled by a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) is already very familiar to consumers, carmakers and fleet operators.

Although most vehicle telematics already provide communication services with basic positioning requirements, many GNSS chipset manufacturers are getting ready to acquire new satellites and frequencies, leading to a significant improvement in positioning performances. Apart from the well-known US GPS, emerging constellations, such as Europe´s Galileo, will improve the accuracy and robustness of navigation solutions, which are necessary for enhanced driver-assistance applications.

Galileo rising

In order to establish the extent of awareness about available satellite system options, the survey asked respondents about which satellite systems they have heard about. As expected, the most widely known is GPS, with 94.3 % of respondents noting that they had heard of it. Perhaps surprisingly, the second most well-known is Galileo, which just launched its Initial Services in December 2016. Despite being ‘new’, 73.8 % of respondents have already heard of it, in comparison to 47.2 % for GLONASS and 26.6 % for Beidou.

“As the GSA continues to work to maximise adoption across user market segments, including road transportation, we fully expect that by the time the system reaches full operational capability in 2020, Galileo will be positioned as the second GNSS constellation of choice in multi-GNSS receivers,” says GSA Chief Executive Carlo des Dorides. “This survey clearly shows that, within the realm of connected car navigation, we are already there.”

This chapter also covers such topics as general awareness of GNSS road transportation applications, what type of organisation should be charged with running vehicle-to-infrastructure road operations, and expectations as to the horizontal positioning of autonomous vehicles. You can read the Mobile World Live report in its entirety here.

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Mobile World Live’s Connected cars – from here to autonomy report shows a strong appetite for the benefits connected cars will bring, tempered by realistic caution regarding the security, standardisation and business model challenges that remain.

Galileo connects the connected car

2.3.2017 9:25  
Published: 
02 March 2017

According to a new report by Mobile World Live, over 73 % of respondents within the connected car navigation sector are already well aware of Galileo.

Following one of the most comprehensive market surveys of the connected car industry, Mobile World Live has published its new report Connected cars – from here to autonomy. Split into sections covering everything from market overview to connectivity, navigation, autonomous driving, security and in-car services, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) contributed to the chapter on navigation.

“The report reveals a strong appetite for the benefits connected cars will bring, tempered by realistic caution regarding the security, standardisation and business model challenges that remain to be overcome on the journey to fully autonomous driving,” says Mobile World Live Managing Editor Justin Springham. “Our exclusive analysis finds tremendous growth for the entire ecosystem, with the greatest monetisation potential for carmakers, mobile network operators and service providers.” Mobile World Live is a leading online communications hub for the global mobile industry.

A familiar face

According to the report, among the early and most compelling connected car services and application enablers is navigation. Having been in use for many years, satellite navigation enabled by a global navigation satellite system (GNSS) is already very familiar to consumers, carmakers and fleet operators.

Although most vehicle telematics already provide communication services with basic positioning requirements, many GNSS chipset manufacturers are getting ready to acquire new satellites and frequencies, leading to a significant improvement in positioning performances. Apart from the well-known US GPS, emerging constellations, such as Europe´s Galileo, will improve the accuracy and robustness of navigation solutions, which are necessary for enhanced driver-assistance applications.

Galileo rising

In order to establish the extent of awareness about available satellite system options, the survey asked respondents about which satellite systems they have heard about. As expected, the most widely known is GPS, with 94.3 % of respondents noting that they had heard of it. Perhaps surprisingly, the second most well-known is Galileo, which just launched its Initial Services in December 2016. Despite being ‘new’, 73.8 % of respondents have already heard of it, in comparison to 47.2 % for GLONASS and 26.6 % for Beidou.

“As the GSA continues to work to maximise adoption across user market segments, including road transportation, we fully expect that by the time the system reaches full operational capability in 2020, Galileo will be positioned as the second GNSS constellation of choice in multi-GNSS receivers,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “This survey clearly shows that, within the realm of connected car navigation, we are already there.”

This chapter also covers such topics as general awareness of GNSS road transportation applications, what type of organisation should be charged with running vehicle-to-infrastructure road operations, and expectations as to the horizontal positioning of autonomous vehicles. You can read the Mobile World Live report in its entirety 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).

Mobile World Live’s Connected cars – from here to autonomy report shows a strong appetite for the benefits connected cars will bring, tempered by realistic caution regarding the security, standardisation and business model challenges that remain.

GSA launches Galileo and EGNOS test campaign for eCall devices

1.3.2017 9:23  
Published: 
01 March 2017

The pre-test, which is free of charge, aims to support eCall device manufactures in their preparation for type approval.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has officially launched the Galileo and EGNOS test campaign for eCall devices, which allows eCall device manufacturers to pre-test Galileo and EGNOS compatibility prior to type approval. The GSA, along with the European Commission, invite all eCall device manufacturers, such as tier-1 suppliers, to participate and assess their devices’ capability to support the reception and processing of the Galileo and EGNOS signals.

See also: A full list of technical services by EU country

The testing initiative follows the 17 January 2017 publishing of European Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/79. According to the regulation, all new M1 (passenger cars) and N1 (light duty vehicles) types must be equipped with eCall in-vehicle systems as of 31 March 2018.

The campaign, being conducted in cooperation with the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC), aims to pre-test eCall in-vehicle models and evaluate their compatibility with the positioning services provided by Galileo and EGNOS in accordance with the test procedures established by the Regulation. Among others, the tests will assess:

  • positioning accuracy under different conditions
  • time-to-first-fix
  • GNSS receiver sensitivity
  • re-acquisition performance following signal outages

All tests will be held at the JRC’s state-of-the-art Galileo and EGNOS facilities in Ispra, Italy.

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Manufacturers are encouraged to take advantage of this opportunity, which is completely free-of-charge and on a voluntary basis, to support their preparation for type approval. All results will be kept confidential and covered by individual non-disclosure agreements. For more information, contact the GSA Market Development Department (market@gsa.europa.eu) no later than 14 April 2017.

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According to European Commission Delegated Regulation (EU) 2017/79, all new passenger cars and light duty vehicles must be equipped with eCall in-vehicle systems by 31 March 2018.

European GNSS at the heart of Europe’s industrial agenda

28.2.2017 9:37  
Published: 
28 February 2017

In conjunction with EU Industry Day, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is highlighting the many ways that Europe’s space programmes – Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus – contribute to Europe achieving its economic goals.

Organised by DG Growth (Internal Market, Industry, SMEs and Entrepreneurship), the event brings together key industrial players, global trendsetters and high-level policy-makers to discuss and shape the future of Europe’s industrial agenda.

At the heart of this agenda is satellite navigation, and in particular global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). According to the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, the global GNSS market remains dynamic. As to its impact in Europe, consider that the number of GNSS devices sold in the EU will more than double within the next 10 years, increasing to 427 million devices by 2023. This is a development that will be mirrored in generated revenue, which is forecasted to increase from EUR 11 billion in 2013 to almost EUR 20 billion by 2023.

For the GNSS downstream industry, European companies accounted for 25.8 % of the global GNSS market in 2012. In components manufacturing, European companies remain strong in road, rail and aviation, and are global leaders for system integration in rail. They also have a strong position in products and application use in the maritime sector, along with the development of value-added applications where innovation is driven by SMEs and start-ups.

A growth-focused space policy

To support Europe’s competitiveness in this important market segment, the European Union’s space policy prioritises jobs and industrial growth, investments in the future and meeting key challenges – all of which are tightly interlinked with the development of GNSS through Galileo and EGNOS. “The importance of European space policy is well-known, not only for exploration and scientific benefits, but also for how it impacts the market and the European economy, and how new innovations spill over into other sectors to create jobs and opportunities for European citizens and companies,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

With this understanding in mind, the policy takes an expansive view of the market, acknowledging that GNSS can:

  • improve the range, quality and competitiveness of products and services on the internal market
  • strengthen Europe’s industrial base
  • promote industrial innovation and generate new sources of growth
  • encourage the growth of SMEs and promote an entrepreneurial culture across the EU
  • support the internationalisation of EU businesses

A focus on innovation

That being said, des Dorides notes that if Europe wants to keep its place as a global leader in space, it must strive to make itself more competitive today. “We cannot rest on our past successes,” he says. “We must see innovation as the way forward.” This requires a fundamental shift in how European space policy is viewed. Instead of focusing on space technology and infrastructure, the focus needs to shift to building a competitive downstream market and using space policy to develop innovative applications and services that utilise Europe’s robust space infrastructure. “This is the key to strengthening the European space industry – and our ability to compete globally,” adds des Dorides.

Along this line, the GSA is actively involved in funding new programmes for research and innovation, including the current Horizon 2020 framework programme. Programmes such as these, which aim to ensure that space remains accessible to Europe and safe to operate in the long run, have already produced results. Take for example the GMCA project, which provides a basis for allowing Galileo to be relied upon to the same extent as GPS, especially by the aviation community. The project proposes that the existing GNSS Performance Monitoring System (GPMS) is enhanced to include European GNSS (EGNSS).

“GNSS is a utility that is fast becoming the key enabler for the aviation community, as it improves access and capacity while also reducing fuel consumption and the sector’s overall environmental impact,” says GMCA Project Coordinator Charles Thornberry. “It is thus critical that its performance and availability is both understood and monitored – and the GMCA project enhances the aviation community’s ability to do so.”

Another example is found in the ELAASTIC project, which developed an EU-based global service to provide and/or enable location for location-based services (LBS) and M2M applications. The service combines mature Assisted-GNSS and WiFi-based location techniques with new features that offer enhanced performance via the use of E-GNSS signal-specific features.

“The GNSS applications and services market continues to be one of the most exciting markets in terms of European growth and job creation, with such promising emerging markets as location-based services, M2M, Internet of Things, road, rail and multimodal logistics,” says ELAASTIC Project Coordinator Yves Capelle. “By leveraging multi-constellation capability and such key European GNSS differentiators as authentication, high-precision and robustness, European industry can create new added-value GNSS-based applications, services, businesses and jobs.” 

Staying competitive 

Although there is much to celebrate about Horizon 2020 and similar funding programmes, there is also room to improve. “One ongoing challenge I see is that these projects tend to take between three and four years to reach the market, while innovation happening around the world, namely in the United States, moves much faster,” says des Dorides. “What this means is that European-supported projects risk already being obsolete by the time they reach market.”

To mitigate this risk, des Dorides suggests tightening the timeline and, for example, creating centres of excellence. These centres, built on local competences in different EU Member States, could provide such benefits as multiplying the effect of EU research and development (R&D) funds, deepening the involvement of Member States, and leveraging the local excellence of SMEs and universities. Furthermore, EU investments could be rationalised, with the overall effect of having the efficiency of public spending improved and limiting the risk of national duplications.

Another solution, which already exists as a pilot programme within Horizon 2020, is adopting a Fast Track to Innovation (FTI) approach. The pilot programme supports innovative projects from the demonstration stage to market uptake, including such stages as piloting, test beds, systems validation in real-world conditions, validation of business models, pre-normative research and standard setting. It targets relatively mature new technologies, concepts, processes and business models that need support on the last developmental step before reaching the market and achieving wider deployment.

A third solution that des Dorides raises is the need for venture capital. “There are more and more mature innovative space solutions on the market that very often need further investment to reach a level of modernisation,” he says. “Here, venture capital can be an efficient funding instrument, as it tends to invest at later, and thus less risky, stages of development.”

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To support Europe’s competitiveness in the global GNSS market, the European Union’s space policy prioritises jobs and industrial growth, investments in the future and meeting key challenges.

The shift towards a multi-constellation environment

27.2.2017 8:51  
Published: 
27 February 2017

With the launch of Galileo Initial Services and the availability of numerous Galileo-enabled chipsets and receivers, users are benefiting from the stronger GNSS performance that a multi-constellation environment provides.

As the GSA’s GNSS Market Report shows, the global GNSS (global navigation satellite systems) market remains dynamic. GNSS is used around the globe, with 3.6 billion GNSS devices in use in 2014. By 2019, this is forecasted to increase to over 7 billion – an average of one device per person on the planet. Smartphones continue to dominate, being the most popular platform to access location-based services, followed by devices used for road applications. Other devices may be less numerous, but billions of passengers, professionals, consumers and citizens worldwide benefit from their application in efficient and safe transport networks, in productive and sustainable agriculture, and in surveying and critical infrastructures.

“Although these numbers and forecasts are exciting, the real development – and the most important as it allows all of these devices to work better – is the shift towards a true multi-constellation environment made possible by last year’s Declaration of Galileo Initial Services,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

With Galileo Initial Services, users around the world are now being guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Regardless of location, all one needs is a mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as a smartphone or a vehicle navigation device. According to a May 2016 GSA study, nearly 60 % of all available receivers, chipsets and modules support a minimum of two constellations. Of these, nearly 40 % are Galileo-compatible – a figure that is increasing every day.

Today, numerous companies produce Galileo-ready chips, including such key chipset manufacturers as u-blox, Broadcom, Mediatek, Intel and Qualcomm. There are also a number of Galileo-ready smartphones and in-vehicle navigation systems on the market. “All of this clearly shows that a multi-constellation capability that includes Galileo is becoming a standard feature across all market segments,” says des Dorides.

A full list of available Galileo-compatible products can be found at www.useGalileo.eu.

GPS-compatible

This multi-constellation environment is possible because Galileo was built to be fully interoperable/compatible with other GNSS systems, including GPS. The EU and the USA have been close partners in the area of satellite navigation since 2004, when both signed a historic agreement establishing cooperation between GPS and Europe’s then-planned Galileo system. The cooperation aimed to ensure that GPS and Galileo would be interoperable at the user level for the benefit of civil users around the world and that, together, they would facilitate the growth of the GNSS market – commitments that are bearing fruit today.

The combination of Galileo and GPS provides users with considerable improvements, including stronger performance and service levels. “As Galileo joins GPS and other global and regional GNSS systems, the multi-constellation concept is becoming a reality,” says des Dorides. “With 11 Galileo satellites working together with GPS, there are now more satellites in the sky, meaning more accurate positioning for the end-user.” Des Dorides notes that those using navigation devices in cities, where tall buildings often block satellite signals, will particularly notice the increase in positioning accuracy provided by the multi-constellation environment.

The importance of international cooperation

As multi-GNSS applications continue to be developed, international cooperation becomes increasingly vital. In support of this, the GSA plays an essential role in facilitating this international cooperation. For example, the GSA:

  • encourages international industrial cooperation;
  • funds numerous R&D initiatives, including those happening outside the EU;
  • provides monitoring and analysis of the international GNSS market (for this, see the GSA’s GNSS Market Report and the GNSS User Technology Report);
  • supports global scientific, academic and research activities;
  • develops technical solutions and international standards;
  • helps raise awareness of European GNSS by participating in events, conferences and workshops across the globe;
  • is an active participant in the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG), under the umbrella of the United Nations.

More information on the GSA’s international cooperation can be found here.

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GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides says multi-constellation capability that includes Galileo is becoming a standard feature in chipsets and receivers across all market segments.

SEASOLAS EGNOS Maritime Safety Service – preparing the EGNOS evolution

23.2.2017 9:45  
Published: 
23 February 2017

To prepare the next EGNOS Maritime Safety Service, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) in collaboration with the European Commission seek general feedback from users and, specifically, insight on the experiences of the maritime community.

For several years, the maritime community has been using EGNOS without standardised EGNOS receivers or a dedicated EGNOS maritime safety service. Instead, maritime users have used the EGNOS Open Service. Although the Open Service provides timing and positioning services, it lacks specific receiver certification and, consequently, does not come with specific guarantees for use in safety-critical maritime applications.

That being said, EGNOS has the potential to provide positioning performance better tailored to the unique needs of the maritime community. This potential will be reached once the new version of EGNOS (EGNOS V3) is operational and able to augment Galileo, thereby providing higher accuracy and higher availability than what EGNOS can currently deliver.

In preparation for this, at the beginning of 2017, the European Commission launched the SEASOLAS project to study what such an EGNOS Maritime Safety Service should provide, based on new shipborne receivers that utilise EGNOS Dual Frequency GPS/Galileo capability. The SEASOLAS service can be tailored to a new integrity information concept at the user level based on the requirements of the maritime community. The project is consulting with maritime users to determine what new concepts of operation require safe and guaranteed navigation performance at the user level (with a special focus on port operations and navigation in inland waterways). This will determine which EGNOS information is required to enable these operations to utilise SBAS.

SEASOLAS is fully financed by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation and within the allocated budget for the evolution of the EGNOS mission. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG-GROW) has appointed GMV, supported by Valdani Vicari & Associati, Kongsberg Seatex, European Satellite Services Provider, and General Lighthouse Authority for the UK and Ireland, to perform the study. The GSA is providing technical supervision on behalf of the European Commission.

The SEASOLAS project will last 18 months. The results of the study, available by mid-2018, will directly feed discussions on the evolution of the EGNOS mission.

The main interrelated steps of the study are:

  • Analysis of the Maritime Domain: This task aims to answer a set of crucial questions, including:

    • What is the maritime operational context in which the EGNOS maritime safety service will be provided?
    • What are the key drivers for the introduction of the EGNOS maritime safety services?
    • What are the environmental conditions under which the EGNOS receiver installed on-board a vessel will operate?
    • What is the concept of integrity that users need for the most-demanding types of maritime operations?
  • GNSS Technical Analysis: This task evaluates which combination of technologies is best suited to complement SBAS within a multi-system shipborne radio-navigation receiver in order to meet users’ maritime safety needs.
  • GNSS Requirements Definition: The requirements for EGNOS will be derived by apportioning user requirements between EGNOS and the other radio navigation technologies as defined in the previous step.
  • Definition of the Service Roadmap: The cost benefit analyses that will influence the decision-making process of each stakeholder (i.e. device manufacturers, service providers, maritime authorities and users) will be assessed, and a roadmap for system and service validation and for standardisation of the EGNOS safety maritime service will be developed.

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The SEASOLAS project is developing an EGNOS Maritime Safety based on new shipborne receivers that utilise EGNOS Dual Frequency GPS/Galileo capability.

EGNOS Evolution, you are invited to answer EDAS-N Service Analysis

20.2.2017 8:50  
Published: 
20 February 2017

To determine the requirements for the next generation of EDAS, the European Commission is launching a study EDAS-N to build on the EDAS users’s experience.

At the beginning of 2017, the European Commission has started a study called EDAS-N to determine user requirements for the next generation of the EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS) and to identify and define value-added services and products for the future EDAS. The study is fully financed by the European Commission under the H2020 programme, within the budget allocated to the evolution of EGNOS’ mission. The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG-GROW) has appointed VVA, supported by DEIMOS, to perform the above-mentioned study. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is in charge of the technical supervision of the project on behalf of the European Commission.

The study comprises three interconnected steps:

  • User Domain Analysis: Key industry experts and experienced stakeholders from across the GNSS downstream segments will be interviewed to define key services and products that have the potential to provide benefits for EDAS-N users. This two-step interview process dovetails with a comprehensive market analysis, during which VVA will assess the initially identified services in the light of other services on the market that could potentially provide similar benefits to users. Finally, the results of the preceding tasks will be combined to create a forecast of the estimate uptake of the new EDAS services.
  • EDAS Service Scheme: Performed by DEIMOS, this task will lead to the identification of the main characteristics and differentiating factors of the suggested new services as well as the associated EDAS architecture upgrades. Requirements and constraints will be validated with the support of the experts identified in the first step to ensure that the final definition of the evolved service schemes matches user needs and expectations.
  • Cost Benefit Analysis: VVA will incorporate the results of the preceding steps to conduct a multi-level Cost-Benefit Analysis (CBA): at User level, at EDAS Service Provider level and at overall level. The outcome of the CBA will highlight the key factors that influence the user uptake of the evolved EDAS service and will support an informed decision about the implementation of the new EDAS services and products.

The EDAS-N Service Analysis will have a duration of nine months. The results of the study, available by the end of 2017, will directly feed into discussions at the level of the European Commission on the evolution of the EGNOS mission.

Key industry experts and experienced stakeholders from across the GNSS downstream segments are invited to provide their views and ideas about the evolution of EDAS to EDAS@vva.it. Further information can be found here.

More about EGNOS and EDAS in particular

EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) currently provides augmentation to the Global Positioning System (GPS) using the L1 (1,575.42 MHz) Coarse/ Acquisition (C/A) civilian signal function by broadcasting correction data and integrity information for positioning and navigation applications over Europe.

EGNOS provides three services:

  • Safety of Life (SoL) Service, which is intended for transport applications in different domains where lives could be endangered if the performance of the navigation system is degraded below specific accuracy limits without giving notice to the user within the specified time to alert.
  • Open Service (OS), which provides timing and positioning services to any user equipped with an appropriate GPS/SBAS compatible receiver with no specific receiver certification required.
  • EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS), which provides EGNOS products through the internet or via a dedicated Point-To-Point (PTP) line.

 

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EGNOS can crack the capacity crunch!

16.2.2017 11:20  
Published: 
16 February 2017

Tackling the looming airspace and airport capacity crunch is one of the main challenges facing the growth of European aviation. But global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), such as the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and Galileo, can provide the key to increased capacity. This was the focus of the European Business Aviation Association’s (EBAA) annual debate at the European Parliament on 9 February, where the European GNSS Agency (GSA) participated.

The event, entitled ‘Tackling the capacity crunch: satellite-based technologies to the rescue’, was hosted at the European Parliament  by Marian-Jean Marinescu, MEP – a leading member of the European Parliament’s Committee on Transport and Tourism. He emphasized the importance of EGNOS in opening up capacity and looked forward to the full deployment of GNSS applications, with special focus on the use of EGNOS for navigation and surveillance (ADS-B). Fabio Gamba, the CEO of EBAA, called for “an overall CNS Strategy (Navigation, Com, Surveillance), which includes a revision of the Single European Sky technical mandates”. In this regard, “EBAA is willing to pursue its cooperation with the GSA established under an MoU signed in 2014,” added Gamba. He highlighted the need for Europe to optimize its current capacity as no major new airports would be built in the near future. He stated that Galileo and EGNOS have the “potential to be a game changer” and that “EGNOS can put hundreds of regional and tertiary airports on the map”. This would free up capacity at major hub airports.

Increased accessibility

Spanish MEP Ines Ayala-Sender supported the message stating “Satellite technology could liberate capacity in major hubs while increasing accessibility to regional airports,” and argued that there is a need for a “united approach and overall navigation strategy”.
Paul Flament, Head of Unit for the Galileo/EGNOS programme at the European Commission’s DG GROW reminded the audience that “EGNOS was specifically conceived for the aviation sector” and had been operational since 2011. There are now more than 400 approach procedures in some 20 countries and the performance is excellent. The remaining small areas without coverage in northern Finland and Romania should be completed by 2018 with full localiser performance with vertical guidance (LPV) 200 performance available across the whole of the EU by 2023.

He confirmed that EGNOS technology was also attracting attention outside the EU.  Agreements with the Agency for Air Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) were likely to be signed soon to extend EGNOS over Africa. EGNOS technology had also been purchased by South Korea.

Cost savings

The GSA’s Head of Market Development Gian-Gherardo Calini acknowledged that business aviation is a key market segment for EGNOS. He highlighted the benefits of EGNOS to increase accessibility and safety, and highlighted its potential to reduce congestion in the system. “EGNOS can reduce diversions and cancellations, delivering real cost savings,” he claimed. EGNOS also enables advanced approaches, such as curved segments, resulting in environmental benefits.

Mr Calini was pleased with progress in the EU, pointing out that 25% of business aviation flights are already equipped for LPV, only six years after EGNOS certification. The figure is very close to that in the US, with 32% equipped flights for air taxi operations after 14 years of WAAS operations. He anticipated a further 200 LPV procedures already planned to be operational in the next two years.

The final speaker was Pascal Lhoest, Director of Flight Operations at NetJets Europe. He argued that poor ground installations at airports was a barrier to safe business aviation operations. EGNOS offers the opportunity for business aviation to reach into regional airports and improve access in complex air traffic management environments. The key was getting “the right access to the right airports” and EGNOS is fundamental to achieving this.

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The GSA’s Gian-Gherardo Calini speaking at the EBAA debate.

GNSS Market Report hits 40k downloads… and counting

14.2.2017 9:34  
Published: 
14 February 2017

In the fast evolving world of satellite navigation technology and GNSS applications, monitoring the landscape and having the latest information is essential. The GSA’s 2015 GNSS Market Report, which provides an in-depth look at market opportunities and technology trends across eight market segments, is the go-to resource for GNSS market intelligence, being cited by policy and strategy documents across the globe.

Since its launch on 25 March 2015, the fourth issue of the European GNSS Agency’s (GSA) GNSS Market Report has been downloaded over 40 000 times – proving its position as the go-to resource for global navigation satellite system (GNSS) market intelligence. Covering location-based services (LBS), road transportation, aviation, maritime, rail, agriculture, mapping and surveying, and timing and synchronisation, the report serves a wide variety of industries, private businesses, institutions and public stakeholders around the world. 

Unique to this edition of the Market Report is an analysis of more than 300 receiver and chipset models available on the global market in 2015 – an important topic further explored in the 2016 GNSS User Technology Report. Published as a sister publication to the GNSS Market Report, the GNSS User Technology Report zeros in on the latest state-of-the-art GNSS receiver technology, along with providing expert analysis on the evolutionary trends that are set to redefine the global GNSS landscape. Topics include:

  • mass-market solutions
  • transport safety and liability-critical solutions
  • high-precision, timing and asset management solutions.

“The GSA’s GNSS Market Report has been continuously improving over the years and, combined with the new GNSS User Technology Report, we can definitely say that it is a valuable source of information for our work,” says Telespazio France Head of SatNav Downstream Department Axelle Pomies. “Overall, it gives a good overview of existing and emerging GNSS applications and services in each domain, reflects the main market trends and accurately identifies the various value chains.”

“We are happy to see the worldwide recognition of these two GNSS market monitoring initiatives,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “Judging by the number of downloads and the positive feedback we receive, it is clear that the global GNSS community sees these publications as invaluable resources for policy-making and business development.”

With the launch of Galileo Initial Services at the end of 2016, readers will particularly value the publications’ insight on the market shift towards a true multi-constellation environment. As Galileo joins GPS and other global and regional GNSS systems, the multi-constellation concept is becoming a reality. With 11 Galileo satellites working together with GPS, there are more satellites in the sky, meaning more accurate positioning for the end-user and more opportunities for chipset, receiver and device manufacturers – especially those focusing on navigation devices for urban use where satellite signals can be blocked by tall buildings.

Reserve your copy today!

It’s an exciting time for European GNSS. For the first time ever, users around the world are being guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. But as the GSA’s GNSS Market Report and the GNSS User Technology Report make clear, Galileo’s real potential isn’t found in the satellites, but in the services and benefits those satellites create for European citizens and businesses.

With Galileo, Europe is set to enjoy substantial economic growth. To ensure European businesses are equipped with the latest information and insights they need to compete, the GSA is pleased to announce the upcoming launch of Issue 5 of the GNSS Market Report. In addition to the segment-specific research of past editions, the new edition will include some exciting new sections, including:

  • expanded information on macro trends
  • user perspectives that show how GNSS solutions respond to user needs
  • insight on the added value that European GNSS brings to each market segment.

Scheduled for release in mid-2017, you can already reserve your free copy today.

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The global GNSS community sees the Market Report as invaluable resources for policy-making and business development.

Galileo Commercial Service Implementing Decision enters into force

10.2.2017 10:03  
Published: 
10 February 2017

The European Commission and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) confirm that the first generation of Galileo will already provide users with High Accuracy and Authentication services.

 

Welcoming the adoption of the Galileo Commercial Service Implementing Decision, the European Commission and the GSA confirm that the first generation of Galileo will provide users with High Accuracy and Authentication services. The Commercial Service will complement the Galileo Open Service by providing an additional navigation signal and added-value services in a different frequency band. Unlike the Open Service, the Commercial Service signal can be encrypted in order to control access to Galileo Commercial Services.

“The Commercial Service is unique in that its services are not provided by any other GNSS programme and thus represents a unique opportunity for Galileo to differentiate itself from other systems and offer users an added value to the standard positioning services already available,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

With the Commercial Service, Galileo users will benefit from:

  • a High Accuracy service based on the transmission of Precise Point Positioning (PPP) information through its E6-B signal, delivering accuracy below one decimetre worldwide; and
  • a Commercial Authentication service based on the E6 signal code encryption, allowing for increased robustness of professional applications.

Following the Commercial Service Implementing Decision, the user community will also be able to use the Open Service Navigation Message Authentication (OS NMA) for free. The OS NMA is capable of protecting users from spoofing attacks by digitally signing the Open Service message in the E1 band.

“Galileo’s High Accuracy and Authentication services, including NMA, take advantage of already existing infrastructure,” explains European Commission Galileo Commercial Service Manager Ignacio Fernández Hernández. “This is why they can be provided in a timely and cost-effective manner, yet with very good performance.”

It is foreseen that the High Accuracy and Commercial Authentication services will be provided for a fee, and that at least one signal component of the Galileo E6 signals remains freely available, allowing user communities to benefit from signals in all Galileo bands.

To avoid disrupting existing professional markets, it is planned that the Commercial Service will be operated by at least one yet-to-be-determined commercial service provider. All three services are compatible with the current signal definition and are based on existing infrastructure.

After a test period, the Galileo Commercial Service will become available when Galileo reaches Full Operational Capability (FOC), which is expected by 2020. It will complement the Galileo Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue (SAR) service – all available now via the Galileo Initial Services. Additional satellites will be successively added to the constellation, with the launch of the next four foreseen in 2017.

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The Galileo Commercial Service is unique in that its services are not provided by any other GNSS programme.

GSA scholarship asks next generation of GNSS users to share their vision for the future

10.2.2017 9:51  
Published: 
10 February 2017

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), in cooperation with the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), launches the Young GSA – New Navigation Horizons Scholarship. 

The Young GSA – New Navigation Horizons Scholarship, a joint initiative of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC), asks European students and young professionals to share their views on what Galileo means for society, business and European integration. 

To participate, all you have to do is create a 30-second video and write a 400-word essay answering one of the following questions:

  1. With the introduction of Galileo, the idea of a multi-constellation environment has become a reality. With more global navigation satellite system (GNSS) satellites in orbit, users are now benefiting from better positioning and navigation accuracy than ever before. How can these benefits be harnessed in the future?
  2. How can Europe’s space programmes – Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus – strengthen the European Union?

The winner will receive up to USD 2 000 that can be used to attend both the 6th Space Generation Fusion Forum and the 33rd Space Symposium, scheduled for 2 to 6 April 2017 in Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA.

The details

The scholarship is open to European students and young professionals aged 18 to 35. In order to participate, one must be a registered SGAC member. You can register for a free membership here.

In addition to the video and essay, applicants must also submit their CV (with date of birth and country of citizenship). All submissions must be in English and must be received via the Scholarship's Submission Form no later than 23.59 GMT on 26 February 2017.

More information can be found here.

The SGAC is dedicated to bringing together university students and young professionals to think creatively about international, national and local space policy issues. Its objective is to inject the next generation’s point-of-view into the space policy of tomorrow.

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The Young GSA – New Navigation Horizons Scholarship is a joint initiative of the GSA and the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC).

Time as a service with Galileo

7.2.2017 17:20  
Published: 
07 February 2017

The timing services supplied by global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are an increasingly important, but often unrecognised, part of today’s modern infrastructure.

This is because the vital role of space-based timing is only exposed when it fails – something that became abundantly clear in January 2016, when a software upload to US GPS satellites induced a 13-millisecond misalignment.

Although this might seem like a small difference, it had a big impact. The glitch caused GPS receivers to exhibit different and unwanted behaviour that led to a loss of synchronisation across a number of systems, including power grids and financial markets. Although the issue was quickly detected and resolved in a few hours, it nonetheless had a real global impact, with numerous digital TV and radio networks failing and some financial customers reporting issues.

“What we learn from this incident is how much our critical infrastructures, the telecom sector and financial services rely on GNSS-provided timing and synchronisation,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “This reliance will only increase as smarter power grids are developed and more sophisticated mobile communication networks, such as 5G, are deployed in support of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other sensor networks.”

Increasing demand

According to the latest edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, the telecom sub-segment is the main driver of the global GNSS Timing and Synchronisation market. With the upgrade of the power distribution network, GNSS penetration in this market is expected to reach 10 % in 2017. “As this market segment continues to expand it will demand more and better synchronisation, for which the timing precision of Galileo’s free-of-charge Open Service is essential,” says Calini.

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services last year, the timing and synchronisation community can already take advantage of Galileo’s unique benefits, including:

  • interoperability with GPS
  • improved resilience
  • increased robustness to spoofing
  • independent European solutions under civilian control.   

One example of a company already taking advantage of Galileo is Meinberg, a German high-technology company specialising in the development and manufacturing of electronic devices and systems for time and frequency synchronisation and distribution. The company’s new Meinberg GNS181 receiver introduces multi-GNSS capabilities for all synchronisation applications and is one of the first commercially available time and synchronisation solutions with Galileo support.

The module can be configured to select up to three different GNSS constellations to be used in parallel, supporting GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou, as well as combinations of the four satellite systems. It is also fully compatible with Meinberg’s Intelligent Modular Synchronization (IMS) product family, meaning users can easily add it as a second, redundant clock module to their already deployed IMS systems or field-replace their current IMS clock modules with the new multi-GNSS capable board.

According to Meinberg Managing Director Heiko Gerstung, although the GNS181 receiver can be used in all types of applications, one of the most popular uses is with stock exchanges. In fact, it is currently utilised by most of the world’s leading exchanges. “The Galileo capability means the receiver synchs trade systems within the individual exchanges, so every buy or sell transaction can be time stamped very accurately,” he says.

Gerstung goes on to explain how the addition of Galileo benefits customers at two levels. “First, it serves as another source of time, in addition to GPS, which adds a layer of redundancy and allows a user to compare the two times,” he says. “As Galileo is the only civilian run GNSS system, it also gives our customers the option of using a European, non-military based source of time – which many of our global customers value greatly.” 

Time as a service

The GSA supports further uptake of Galileo in this important market segment via various opportunities for funding. For example, the Horizon 2020-funded DEMETRA project has demonstrated the feasibility of delivering European GNSS’s (EGNSS) improved timing services to end-users by utilising an operational demonstrator and conducting tests with representative pilot applications and real users.

Watch the DEMETRA H2020 project video

Based on the current practice of national metrological laboratories, the project has defined and developed a prototype of a European time disseminator based on EGNSS. An array of important service features necessary for a wide variety of users has been added, including high-accuracy calibrated time transfer to a monitored and certified remote time-stamping.

With DEMETRA, time becomes a service, ensuring reliability, integrity, authentication and certification are available through optical, radio, space and internet links anywhere in the world. In other words, it’s a complete infrastructure dedicated to the provision of time services based on 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).

Meinberg’s multi-GNSS receiver can use an external antenna to receive, among others, Galileo satellite signals, decode them and use them as a reference source for the integrated, oscillator-based hardware clock.

Time as a service with Galileo

7.2.2017 17:20  
Published: 
07 February 2017

The timing services supplied by global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are an increasingly important, but often unrecognised, part of today’s modern infrastructure.

This is because the vital role of space-based timing is only exposed when it fails – something that became abundantly clear in January 2016, when a software upload to US GPS satellites induced a 13-microsecond misalignment.

Although this might seem like a small difference, it had a big impact. The glitch caused GPS receivers to exhibit different and unwanted behaviour that led to a loss of synchronisation across a number of systems, including power grids and financial markets. Although the issue was quickly detected and resolved in a few hours, it nonetheless had a real global impact, with numerous digital TV and radio networks failing and some financial customers reporting issues.

“What we learn from this incident is how much our critical infrastructures, the telecom sector and financial services rely on GNSS-provided timing and synchronisation,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “This reliance will only increase as smarter power grids are developed and more sophisticated mobile communication networks, such as 5G, are deployed in support of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other sensor networks.”

Increasing demand

According to the latest edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, the telecom sub-segment is the main driver of the global GNSS Timing and Synchronisation market. With the upgrade of the power distribution network, GNSS penetration in this market is expected to reach 10 % in 2017. “As this market segment continues to expand it will demand more and better synchronisation, for which the timing precision of Galileo’s free-of-charge Open Service is essential,” says Calini.

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services last year, the timing and synchronisation community can already take advantage of Galileo’s unique benefits, including:

  • interoperability with GPS
  • improved resilience
  • increased robustness to spoofing
  • independent European solutions under civilian control.   

One example of a company already taking advantage of Galileo is Meinberg, a German high-technology company specialising in the development and manufacturing of electronic devices and systems for time and frequency synchronisation and distribution. The company’s new Meinberg GNS181 receiver introduces multi-GNSS capabilities for all synchronisation applications and is one of the first commercially available time and synchronisation solutions with Galileo support.

The module can be configured to select up to three different GNSS constellations to be used in parallel, supporting GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou, as well as combinations of the four satellite systems. It is also fully compatible with Meinberg’s Intelligent Modular Synchronization (IMS) product family, meaning users can easily add it as a second, redundant clock module to their already deployed IMS systems or field-replace their current IMS clock modules with the new multi-GNSS capable board.

According to Meinberg Managing Director Heiko Gerstung, although the GNS181 receiver can be used in all types of applications, one of the most popular uses is with stock exchanges. In fact, it is currently utilised by most of the world’s leading exchanges. “The Galileo capability means the receiver synchs trade systems within the individual exchanges, so every buy or sell transaction can be time stamped very accurately,” he says.

Gerstung goes on to explain how the addition of Galileo benefits customers at two levels. “First, it serves as another source of time, in addition to GPS, which adds a layer of redundancy and allows a user to compare the two times,” he says. “As Galileo is the only civilian run GNSS system, it also gives our customers the option of using a European, non-military based source of time – which many of our global customers value greatly.” 

Time as a service

The GSA supports further uptake of Galileo in this important market segment via various opportunities for funding. For example, the Horizon 2020-funded DEMETRA project has demonstrated the feasibility of delivering European GNSS’s (EGNSS) improved timing services to end-users by utilising an operational demonstrator and conducting tests with representative pilot applications and real users.

Watch the DEMETRA H2020 project video

Based on the current practice of national metrological laboratories, the project has defined and developed a prototype of a European time disseminator based on EGNSS. An array of important service features necessary for a wide variety of users has been added, including high-accuracy calibrated time transfer to a monitored and certified remote time-stamping.

With DEMETRA, time becomes a service, ensuring reliability, integrity, authentication and certification are available through optical, radio, space and internet links anywhere in the world. In other words, it’s a complete infrastructure dedicated to the provision of time services based on 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).

Meinberg’s multi-GNSS receiver can use an external antenna to receive, among others, Galileo satellite signals, decode them and use them as a reference source for the integrated, oscillator-based hardware clock.

Time as a service with Galileo

7.2.2017 17:20  
Published: 
07 February 2017

The timing services supplied by global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are an increasingly important, but often unrecognised, part of today’s modern infrastructure. This is because the vital role of space-based timing is only exposed when it fails – something that became abundantly clear in January 2016, when a software upload to US GPS satellites induced a 13-millisecond misalignment

Although this might seem like a small difference, it had a big impact. The glitch caused GPS receivers to exhibit different and unwanted behaviour that led to a loss of synchronisation across a number of systems, including power grids and financial markets. Although the issue was quickly detected and resolved in a few hours, it nonetheless had a real global impact, with numerous digital TV and radio networks failing and some financial customers reporting issues. 

“What we learn from this incident is how much our critical infrastructures, the telecom sector and financial services rely on GNSS-provided timing and synchronisation,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “This reliance will only increase as smarter power grids are developed and more sophisticated mobile communication networks, such as 5G, are deployed in support of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other sensor networks.” 

Increasing demand

According to the latest edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, the telecom sub-segment is the main driver of the global GNSS Timing and Synchronisation market. With the upgrade of the power distribution network, GNSS penetration in this market is expected to reach 10 % in 2017. “As this market segment continues to expand it will demand more and better synchronisation, for which the timing precision of Galileo’s free-of-charge Open Service is essential,” says Calini. 

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services last year, the timing and synchronisation community can already take advantage of Galileo’s unique benefits, including:

  • interoperability with GPS
  • improved resilience
  • increased robustness to spoofing
  • independent European solutions under civilian control.    

One example of a company already taking advantage of Galileo is Meinberg, a German high-technology company specialising in the development and manufacturing of electronic devices and systems for time and frequency synchronisation and distribution. The company’s new Meinberg GNS181 receiver introduces multi-GNSS capabilities for all synchronisation applications and is one of the first commercially available time and synchronisation solutions with Galileo support. 

The module can be configured to select up to three different GNSS constellations to be used in parallel, supporting GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou, as well as combinations of the four satellite systems. It is also fully compatible with Meinberg’s Intelligent Modular Synchronization (IMS) product family, meaning users can easily add it as a second, redundant clock module to their already deployed IMS systems or field-replace their current IMS clock modules with the new multi-GNSS capable board. 

According to Meinberg Managing Director Heiko Gerstung, although the GNS181 receiver can be used in all types of applications, one of the most popular uses is with stock exchanges. In fact, it is currently utilised by most of the world’s leading exchanges. “The Galileo capability means the receiver synchs trade systems within the individual exchanges, so every buy or sell transaction can be time stamped very accurately,” he says. 

Gerstung goes on to explain how the addition of Galileo benefits customers at two levels. “First, it serves as another source of time, in addition to GPS, which adds a layer of redundancy and allows a user to compare the two times,” he says. “As Galileo is the only civilian run GNSS system, it also gives our customers the option of using a European, non-military based source of time – which many of our global customers value greatly.”  

Time as a service

The GSA supports further uptake of Galileo in this important market segment via various opportunities for funding. For example, the Horizon 2020-funded DEMETRA project has demonstrated the feasibility of delivering European GNSS’s (EGNSS) improved timing services to end-users by utilising an operational demonstrator and conducting tests with representative pilot applications and real users. 

Watch this: DEMETRA H2020 project video

Based on the current practice of national metrological laboratories, the project has defined and developed a prototype of a European time disseminator based on EGNSS. An array of important service features necessary for a wide variety of users has been added, including high-accuracy calibrated time transfer to a monitored and certified remote time-stamping. 

With DEMETRA, time becomes a service, ensuring reliability, integrity, authentication and certification are available through optical, radio, space and internet links anywhere in the world. In other words, it’s a complete infrastructure dedicated to the provision of time services based on 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).

Meinberg’s multi-GNSS receiver can use an external antenna to receive, among others, Galileo satellite signals, decode them and use them as a reference source for the integrated, oscillator-based hardware clock.

Time as a service with Galileo

7.2.2017 17:20  
Published: 
07 February 2017

The timing services supplied by global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are an increasingly important, but often unrecognised, part of today’s modern infrastructure. This is because the vital role of space-based timing is only exposed when it fails – something that became abundantly clear in January 2016, when a software upload to US GPS satellites induced a 13-millisecond misalignment

Although this might seem like a small difference, it had a big impact. The glitch caused GPS receivers to exhibit different and unwanted behaviour that led to a loss of synchronisation across a number of systems, including power grids and financial markets. Although the issue was quickly detected and resolved in a few hours, it nonetheless had a real global impact, with numerous digital TV and radio networks failing and some financial customers reporting issues. 

“What we learn from this incident is how much our critical infrastructures, the telecom sector and financial services rely on GNSS-provided timing and synchronisation,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. “This reliance will only increase as smarter power grids are developed and more sophisticated mobile communication networks, such as 5G, are deployed in support of the Internet of Things (IoT) and other sensor networks.” 

Increasing demand

According to the latest edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, the telecom sub-segment is the main driver of the global GNSS Timing and Synchronisation market. With the upgrade of the power distribution network, GNSS penetration in this market is expected to reach 10 % in 2017. “As this market segment continues to expand it will demand more and better synchronisation, for which the timing precision of Galileo’s free-of-charge Open Service is essential,” says Calini. 

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services last year, the timing and synchronisation community can already take advantage of Galileo’s unique benefits, including:

  • interoperability with GPS
  • improved resilience
  • increased robustness to spoofing
  • independent European solutions under civilian control.    

One example of a company already taking advantage of Galileo is Meinberg, a German high-technology company specialising in the development and manufacturing of electronic devices and systems for time and frequency synchronisation and distribution. The company’s new Meinberg GNS181 receiver introduces multi-GNSS capabilities for all synchronisation applications and is one of the first commercially available time and synchronisation solutions with Galileo support. 

The module can be configured to select up to three different GNSS constellations to be used in parallel, supporting GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, and Beidou, as well as combinations of the four satellite systems. It is also fully compatible with Meinberg’s Intelligent Modular Synchronization (IMS) product family, meaning users can easily add it as a second, redundant clock module to their already deployed IMS systems or field-replace their current IMS clock modules with the new multi-GNSS capable board. 

According to Meinberg Managing Director Heiko Gerstung, although the GNS181 receiver can be used in all types of applications, one of the most popular uses is with stock exchanges. In fact, it is currently utilised by most of the world’s leading exchanges. “The Galileo capability means the receiver synchs trade systems within the individual exchanges, so every buy or sell transaction can be time stamped very accurately,” he says. 

Gerstung goes on to explain how the addition of Galileo benefits customers at two levels. “First, it serves as another source of time, in addition to GPS, which adds a layer of redundancy and allows a user to compare the two times,” he says. “As Galileo is the only civilian run GNSS system, it also gives our customers the option of using a European, non-military based source of time – which many of our global customers value greatly.”  

Time as a service

The GSA supports further uptake of Galileo in this important market segment via various opportunities for funding. For example, the Horizon 2020-funded DEMETRA project has demonstrated the feasibility of delivering European GNSS’s (EGNSS) improved timing services to end-users by utilising an operational demonstrator and conducting tests with representative pilot applications and real users. 

          Watch this: DEMETRA H2020 project video

Based on the current practice of national metrological laboratories, the project has defined and developed a prototype of a European time disseminator based on EGNSS. An array of important service features necessary for a wide variety of users has been added, including high-accuracy calibrated time transfer to a monitored and certified remote time-stamping. 

With DEMETRA, time becomes a service, ensuring reliability, integrity, authentication and certification are available through optical, radio, space and internet links anywhere in the world. In other words, it’s a complete infrastructure dedicated to the provision of time services based on 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).

Meinberg’s multi-GNSS receiver can use an external antenna to receive, among others, Galileo satellite signals, decode them and use them as a reference source for the integrated, oscillator-based hardware clock.

Positive messages from this year's Conference on European Space Policy

1.2.2017 12:47  
Published: 
01 February 2017

At the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels, top officials discussed using Galileo, Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), now delivering initial services, for the betterment of society and the economy.

The new Space Strategy for Europe, unveiled by the European Commission last year, includes a range of actions enabling Europe to respond to growing global competition. One of the Strategy's stated goals is to promote the use of Galileo in mobile devices and critical infrastructures.

Speaking in Brussels at the Conference on European Space Policy,Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Carlo des Dorides said Galileo will be one very important element in a multi-system, multi-technology navigation solution that will also include GNSS augmentation and other systems.

"This is not going to be a GNSS-only solution," des Dorides said. "In the transport sector, for example, we look at autonomous driving applications, and this is now a very popular topic, and it is clear that we will have a combination of solutions."

The emerging paradigm, he said, has a number ofelements: "First is ubiquity, meaning there must be a navigation solution everywhere, wherever you are, from the mountains, in rural areas, to the cities, and inside the car parks. Everywhere you go, everywhere you will be, there must be a way to navigate. GNSS will be a part of this. Then we will have very soon ambient intelligence including user-to-user connectivity, and we will also have a strong focus on robustness and secure positioning data."

For the European GNSS community, des Dorides said, further developments have to push towards a multi-GNSS system, multi-frequency GNSS for accuracy and robustness, and full exploitation of the kind of authentication features that are exclusive to Galileo services.

The 'Internet of things', he said, will also play an important role in future positioning and navigation solutions. "Today there are more connected things than humans," des Dorides said, "and we expect that to double in the next several years."

He also referenced the new frontier represented by 'smart dust', a concept that emerged in the 1990s and is now increasingly being discussed in the context of positioning. "This is essentially where you have a very high number of very small elements for positioning and navigation, and they can be distributed and interconnected. And it is a really exciting concept that could change many things and lead to some very interesting applications."

In response to questions from conference participants, des Dorides cited some of Galileo's key aspects: "Galileo is hosting a search and rescue payload, with whichwe participate in the international Cospas-Sarsat programme. This allows for a distress signal to be sent, but there is also a unique 'back channel' with Galileo, which means itwill providean acknowledgement to the person in distress, to tell them that their call has been received and rescue serves are alerted to the situation."

On a similar subject, des Dorides reminded participants that GNSS and Galileo will play a fundamental role in the new European eCall system, by which emergency serviceswill be alerted automatically in the event of an automobile accident, including precise localisation of the incident. "The eCall regulation is in place," he said, "and so by 2018 all new model of cars to be sold in Europe must beequipped with this system, so this is another example of how we are working to bring this space-based technology to a real application for citizens on the ground."

Services and products

Joining des Dorides in a discussion on the topic of space services for society and the economy, Lowri Evans, Director-General of the European Commission's DG GROW, commented on the importance of a qualified workforce, suggesting there is still more work to be done in Europe. "We are not necessarily producing the right people to fill the positions where there are needs," she said, "and this at the same time when there is huge unemployment in the EU."

On the minds of both speakers and participants was the question of turning space services into money-making concerns for the European economy. For the GSA and the European Commission, said des Dorides, this continues to be a top priority. "With the Horizon 2020 funding programme, we were the first to introduce a specific requirement for a business plan. So that means when you respond to a call for proposals,you must demonstrate a concrete capacity to build something that can become a product."

Steady progress

In her opening comments to the conference,ElżbietaBieńkowska, European Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, expressed confidence in the progress being made on the Galileo system. This came in the wake of the recent setback announced by ESA concerning failed clocks on-board some of the Galileo satellites.

"There are always risks with such a large scale project and Galileo is no exception," Bieńkowska said. However, she added, the inbuilt redundancy of the system, with four clocks on each satellite where only one is needed, meant that all satellites are currently functioning and there are no negative effects on the full constellation or services.

Overall, the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy put forward dynamic and positive discussions with major players from the European institutions as well as industry expressing interest and optimism about the future of European GNSS.

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"We must encourage development of downstream markets for space services."

Positive messages from this year's Conference on European Space Policy

1.2.2017 12:47  
Published: 
01 February 2017

At the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels, top officials discussed using Galileo, Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), now delivering initial services, for the betterment of society and the economy.

The new Space Strategy for Europe, unveiled by the European Commission last year, includes a range of actions enabling Europe to respond to growing global competition. One of the Strategy's stated goals is to promote the use of Galileo in mobile devices and critical infrastructures.

Speaking in Brussels at the Conference on European Space Policy,Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Carlo des Dorides said Galileo will be one very important element in a multi-system, multi-technology navigation solution that will also include GNSS augmentation and other systems.

"This is not going to be a GNSS-only solution," des Dorides said. "In the transport sector, for example, we look at autonomous driving applications, and this is now a very popular topic, and it is clear that we will have a combination of solutions."

The emerging paradigm, he said, has a number ofelements: "First is ubiquity, meaning there must be a navigation solution everywhere, wherever you are, from the mountains, in rural areas, to the cities, and inside the car parks. Everywhere you go, everywhere you will be, there must be a way to navigate. GNSS will be a part of this. Then we will have very soon ambient intelligence including user-to-user connectivity, and we will also have a strong focus on robustness and secure positioning data."

For the European GNSS community, des Dorides said, further developments have to push towards a multi-GNSS system, multi-frequency GNSS for accuracy and robustness, and full exploitation of the kind of authentication features that are exclusive to Galileo services.

The 'Internet of things', he said, will also play an important role in future positioning and navigation solutions. "Today there are more connected things than humans," des Dorides said, "and we expect that to double in the next several years."

He also referenced the new frontier represented by 'smart dust', a concept that emerged in the 1990s and is now increasingly being discussed in the context of positioning. "This is essentially where you have a very high number of very small elements for positioning and navigation, and they can be distributed and interconnected. And it is a really exciting concept that could change many things and lead to some very interesting applications."

In response to questions from conference participants, des Dorides cited some of Galileo's key aspects: "Galileo is hosting a search and rescue payload, with whichwe participate in the international Cospas-Sarsat programme. This allows for a distress signal to be sent, but there is also a unique 'back channel' with Galileo, which means itwill providean acknowledgement to the person in distress, to tell them that their call has been received and rescue serves are alerted to the situation."

On a similar subject, des Dorides reminded participants that GNSS and Galileo will play a fundamental role in the new European eCall system, by which emergency serviceswill be alerted automatically in the event of an automobile accident, including precise localisation of the incident. "The eCall regulation is in place," he said, "and so by 2018 all new model of cars to be sold in Europe must beequipped with this system, so this is another example of how we are working to bring this space-based technology to a real application for citizens on the ground."

Services and products

Joining des Dorides in a discussion on the topic of space services for society and the economy, Lowri Evans, Director-General of the European Commission's DG GROW, commented on the importance of a qualified workforce, suggesting there is still more work to be done in Europe. "We are not necessarily producing the right people to fill the positions where there are needs," she said, "and this at the same time when there is huge unemployment in the EU."

On the minds of both speakers and participants was the question of turning space services into money-making concerns for the European economy. For the GSA and the European Commission, said des Dorides, this continues to be a top priority. "With the Horizon 2020 funding programme, we were the first to introduce a specific requirement for a business plan. So that means when you respond to a call for proposals,you must demonstrate a concrete capacity to build something that can become a product."

Steady progress

In her opening comments to the conference, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, expressed confidence in the progress being made on the Galileo system. This came in the wake of the recent setback announced by ESA concerning failed clocks on-board some of the Galileo satellites.

"There are always risks with such a large scale project and Galileo is no exception," Bieńkowska said. However, she added, the inbuilt redundancy of the system, with four clocks on each satellite where only one is needed, meant that all satellites are currently functioning and there are no negative effects on the full constellation or services.

Overall, the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy put forward dynamic and positive discussions with major players from the European institutions as well as industry expressing interest and optimism about the future of European GNSS.

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"We must encourage development of downstream markets for space services."

Positive messages from this year's Conference on European Space Policy

1.2.2017 12:47  
Published: 
01 February 2017

At the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy in Brussels, top officials discussed using Galileo, Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), now delivering initial services, for the betterment of society and the economy.

The new Space Strategy for Europe, unveiled by the European Commission last year, includes a range of actions enabling Europe to respond to growing global competition. One of the Strategy's stated goals is to promote the use of Galileo in mobile devices and critical infrastructures.

Speaking in Brussels at the Conference on European Space Policy,Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency (GSA) Carlo des Dorides said Galileo will be one very important element in a multi-system, multi-technology navigation solution that will also include GNSS augmentation and other systems.

"This is not going to be a GNSS-only solution," des Dorides said. "In the transport sector, for example, we look at autonomous driving applications, and this is now a very popular topic, and it is clear that we will have a combination of solutions."

The emerging paradigm, he said, has a number ofelements: "First is ubiquity, meaning there must be a navigation solution everywhere, wherever you are, from the mountains, in rural areas, to the cities, and inside the car parks. Everywhere you go, everywhere you will be, there must be a way to navigate. GNSS will be a part of this. Then we will have very soon ambient intelligence including user-to-user connectivity, and we will also have a strong focus on robustness and secure positioning data."

For the European GNSS community, des Dorides said, further developments have to push towards a multi-GNSS system, multi-frequency GNSS for accuracy and robustness, and full exploitation of the kind of authentication features that are exclusive to Galileo services.

The 'Internet of things', he said, will also play an important role in future positioning and navigation solutions. "Today there are more connected things than humans," des Dorides said, "and we expect that to double in the next several years."

He also referenced the new frontier represented by 'smart dust', a concept that emerged in the 1990s and is now increasingly being discussed in the context of positioning. "This is essentially where you have a very high number of very small elements for positioning and navigation, and they can be distributed and interconnected. And it is a really exciting concept that could change many things and lead to some very interesting applications."

In response to questions from conference participants, des Dorides cited some of Galileo's key aspects: "Galileo is hosting a search and rescue payload, with which we participate in the international Cospas-Sarsat programme. This allows for a distress signal to be sent, but there is also a unique 'back channel' with Galileo, which means itwill providean acknowledgement to the person in distress, to tell them that their call has been received and rescue serves are alerted to the situation."

On a similar subject, des Dorides reminded participants that GNSS and Galileo will play a fundamental role in the new European eCall system, by which emergency serviceswill be alerted automatically in the event of an automobile accident, including precise localisation of the incident. "The eCall regulation is in place," he said, "and so by 2018 all new model of cars to be sold in Europe must beequipped with this system, so this is another example of how we are working to bring this space-based technology to a real application for citizens on the ground."

Services and products

Joining des Dorides in a discussion on the topic of space services for society and the economy, Lowri Evans, Director-General of the European Commission's DG GROW, commented on the importance of a qualified workforce, suggesting there is still more work to be done in Europe. "We are not necessarily producing the right people to fill the positions where there are needs," she said, "and this at the same time when there is huge unemployment in the EU."

On the minds of both speakers and participants was the question of turning space services into money-making concerns for the European economy. For the GSA and the European Commission, said des Dorides, this continues to be a top priority. "With the Horizon 2020 funding programme, we were the first to introduce a specific requirement for a business plan. So that means when you respond to a call for proposals,you must demonstrate a concrete capacity to build something that can become a product."

Steady progress

In her opening comments to the conference, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, European Commissioner for Single Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, expressed confidence in the progress being made on the Galileo system. This came in the wake of the recent setback announced by ESA concerning failed clocks on-board some of the Galileo satellites.

"There are always risks with such a large scale project and Galileo is no exception," Bieńkowska said. However, she added, the inbuilt redundancy of the system, with four clocks on each satellite where only one is needed, meant that all satellites are currently functioning and there are no negative effects on the full constellation or services.

Overall, the 9th Annual Conference on European Space Policy put forward dynamic and positive discussions with major players from the European institutions as well as industry expressing interest and optimism about the future of European GNSS.

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"We must encourage development of downstream markets for space services."

Don’t get left out in the cold!

30.1.2017 9:08  
Published: 
30 January 2017

Do winter weather conditions have an effect on the accuracy and use of mass-market GNSS devices? To find out, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) asked the experts working in Antarctica.

The holidays are over and all we are left with is another couple of months of cold, wet and foggy winter weather. And there’s nothing worse than having to travel in winter weather conditions. Whether it’s walking to a meeting or driving across town, at least you can depend on global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), including Galileo, to help guide you to your destination along the most efficient route possible. All you have to do is plug the coordinates into your smartphone or in-vehicle navigation device, bundle up and head out – letting GNSS take care of the rest.

This is of course assuming that GNSS isn’t affected by the rain, snow, fog and dense clouds that define winter in much of Europe. After all, if the satellite signals are delayed or unable to reach the receiver in your device, you might just find yourself left out in the cold!

To get to the bottom of this, we asked some experts about the effect, if any, that the winter weather has on your use of GNSS devices. 

Navigate like a penguin

If you really want to see how winter weather impacts the use of GNSS, there’s really no better place to conduct your research than Antarctica. Nicola Umberto, a researcher at Politecnico di Torino, recently travelled there to install a GNSS monitoring station – one of the first researchers to collect Galileo signals at high (and very cold) latitudes.

The DemoGRAPE project, funded by the Italian National Program for Research in Antarctica (PRNA), is a new prototype of support for satellite navigation in Antarctica. It includes an installed GNSS monitoring system at two research bases, which monitor the ionosphere behaviour, or space weather, over the continent and how it effects satellite signals. The project is being carried out in cooperation with the Italian Institute of Geophysics and Vulcanology, the South African Space Agency and the Brazilian Space Agency, with the support of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC).

“The accuracy of satellite navigation in Antarctica is of paramount importance, both for logistic and for scientific purposes,” says Umberto. “There is always the danger that people and vehicles can fall into a crevasse during a snowstorm, when visibility is limited and travel is restricted to specified routes.”

GNSS high-precision applications in Antarctica – such as geodetic prospecting, land and glacier monitoring and airport traffic management – can be threatened by ionospheric scintillations, a physical phenomenon very similar to the one producing aurora. “Unfortunately, scintillations damage satellite signals, introducing amplitude and phase variations, which in turn impacts the quality and reliability of the position,” explains Fabio Dovis, a professor at Politecnico di Torino who is also involved with the project. “DemoGRAPE has contributed to the understanding of these threats to GNSS applications in polar regions and proposed new methods for optimising scientific and technological achievements.”

Granted most of us won’t be navigating through quite such extreme conditions, although at some point in the middle of February it might very well feel like we’re living in Antarctica. Nonetheless, the DemoGRAPE project’s findings are applicable to our everyday use of GNSS for navigating in more ‘normal’ winter weather conditions.  “As so often happens in science, results of experiments in particular conditions, such as Antarctica, can be exploited to better understand and characterise general phenomena,” adds Umberto.

Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow!

According to the experts, weather does not have a visible effect on GNSS. After all, GNSS was built to serve as an all-weather, 24/7 navigation tool. Furthermore, the vast majority of GNSS hardware currently on the market is built to operate in conditions down to -40 degrees Celsius; also the equipment is stored inside ground stations – with only an antenna mounted outside – meaning they protect against the most extreme levels of cold. 

“What this means is a mass-market user will not experience any effects during winter weather,” says S2Ds Navigation and GNSS Data Science Fellow at Nottingham University Lukasz Bonenberg. “That being said, work in the high-precision sector, where centimetre level accuracy is required, can be affected by space weather.”

However, unless you’re a farmer using precision agriculture to tend to a field in the middle of winter, you probably won’t see any weather-related effects on your use of GNSS for basic navigation. Even if you do, for some reason, find yourself working a snow-covered field in February, you should be fine – as the effects of space weather are primarily confined to the Earth’s poles.

In other words, regardless of how snowy or cold it is outside, you can’t use ‘my GNSS is frozen’ as an excuse for not making that appointment! 

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Although most of us won’t be navigating through such extreme conditions, the DemoGRAPE project’s findings are applicable to using GNSS for navigating in more ‘normal’ winter weather conditions. ©PNRA

Farming by Satellite Prize winners announced

26.1.2017 9:00  
Published: 
26 January 2017

From a competitive field of submissions, the European GNSS Agency has awarded the 2017 Farming by Satellite Prize to projects coming from France, Kenya, the Czech Republic and Italy.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has announced the winners of the 2017 Farming by Satellite Prize. The top prize went to a project that proposes using satellite navigation positioning, satellite data and cover crops to address the issues of managing nitrogen levels and solving soil compaction in an environmentally sustainable way. The project, submitted by a team from ISA Lille (France), received their EUR 5 000 prize during the International Green Week in Berlin.

This year’s Special Africa Prize was awarded to the Shamballite project, submitted by a team from Kenya. They were awarded EUR 4 000 for their innovative idea for a mobile, satellite-based Farming Information System. “We hope to be able to bring the project to the next level,” confirmed Wawa Abe, one excited member of the team.

The second prize went to TTT Solutions from the Czech Republic for their web-based service providing temporal analysis, spectral indices, crop behaviour and control and support for the payment of subsidies. Third place was awarded to Glorify, a new forecasting system from Italy that combines Earth observation and crop modelling to provide both quantitative and qualitative estimates for rice production. The projects received prizes of EUR 3 000 and EUR 1 000 respectively.

A competitive field

“I want to congratulate the winners,” says European Commission Vice President for Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “This young community is very agile and ready to embrace new technologies, making it a great time for entrepreneurs.” The winners were selected from a remarkably competitive field: over 85 individuals and teams from 13 European and eight African countries registered for the contest. From these submissions, judges shortlisted seven, including projects from Belgium, the Czech Republic, France, Germany, Italy and two from Portugal. For the Special Africa Prize, finalists included two projects from Kenya and one from Morocco. 

Finalists were invited to come to DG Agriculture’s stand at International Green Week to make their final pitch in front of the judging panel (finalists for the Special Africa Prize made their presentations via video-link).

“The judges were particularly impressed with the high quality and professionalism of all the finalists, and in particular the ones from the Special Africa Prize,” says GSA Market Development Officer and member of the judging panel Reinhard Blasi. “It was both this professionalism and the project’s holistic approach to addressing a real challenge faced by Kenyan farmers that gave Shamballite the winning edge.”

“We really want to encourage tomorrow’s innovators to apply their talents to the agricultural sector, which is why we have supported the Farming by Satellite Prize since its first edition in 2012,” says CLAAS Head of Finance and Administration Christian Radons, one of this year’s sponsors. “With each edition we notice the submissions improving in quality and applicability – a great sign for the future of farming and food production.”

“There is a real opportunity to help farmers by using advanced technology in simple ways to better manage their business and to lower costs,” adds Bayer CropScience Digital Farming Technology Lead Alex Melnitchouck, whose company also sponsored this year’s prize. “This prize is an excellent way to raise awareness about these opportunities and to make them happen by tapping into the talents of young people.”

About the Farming by Satellite Prize

The Farming by Satellite Prize, which aims to promote the use of satellite technology in agriculture, is a joint initiative of the GSA and the European Environmental Agency. The prize is open to students and young farmers across Europe and Africa with innovative ideas for using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit, or to reduce the sector’s environmental impact.

“For the young generation, the success of this Prize is proof that Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus have several synergies in precision agriculture and we can count on future farmers to build on European space programmes,” adds GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.
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All of the European finalists and judges gather during the 2017 Farming by Satellite Prize award ceremony at International Green Week in Berlin.

Second Galileo Hackathon: warming up the engines

25.1.2017 9:39  
Published: 
25 January 2017

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is busy making plans for the next adventure in app building, and the new 2016 Galileo Hackathon video shows you what it’s all about.

Last year teams of passionate coders and geo-enthusiasts from around the world gathered to compete during the first GSA Galileo Hackathon. It was a great opportunity to showcase coding skills, connect with the Geo-IoT (Internet of Things) app development community, and gain a competitive insight on what Galileo location-based services (LBS) can bring to your mobile device.

The challenge: to come up with an innovative application that makes full use of Galileo’s unique capabilities in 24 hours or less. Following an energetic, busy and pizza-infused day, the judges announced the winners. Taking home the prize for the most innovative app was the Didactic Disco multi-player map game, described as “a fun map drawing game, but one that has potential for serious use too”. Meanwhile, the Rovers_Movers neighbourhood watch app won the prize for most potential to make an impact on society.

The highlight reel

Now, you can relive all the excitement of the first Galileo Hackathon – while already starting to think about the next edition – with a new video:


1st Galileo Hackathon - watch the video here

If that video leaves you excited and ready to empower your app with Galileo, there’s good news! The GSA is already planning the next adventure in app building, scheduled to coincide with infoShare 2017, 17 to 19 May in Gdansk, Poland.

“We will again be bringing together chipset manufacturers, mobile device manufacturers, academia and the best Geo-IoT and LBS app developers to learn about how to leverage the benefits of Galileo and to compete in our second hackathon,” says GSA Market Development Officer Justyna Redelkiewicz Musial.   

Hackathoners can expect prizes, webinars, learning opportunities and a chance to meet the people behind the hardware and software that enables satellite navigation and Galileo applications.

Interested in taking your location-based app to the next level? You can already pre-register here. And be sure to stay tuned for information on the next Galileo Hackathon.

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The Galileo Hackathon: a unique opportunity to join forces to develop the next generation of location-based apps.

Two awards promote European GNSS in Asia

19.1.2017 9:33  
Published: 
19 January 2017

Two GSA-funded projects – BELS and GNSS.asia – are encouraging the use of European GNSS in Asia through the launch of two innovation competitions. 

According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, Asia is the ‘hot spot’ for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). In fact, it is currently the primary region of global market growth in terms of in-use GNSS devices. The region is forecasted to grow 11 % per year, from 1.7 billion in 2014 to 4.1 billion devices in 2023 – more than the EU and North America combined. Furthermore, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) notes that the region is becoming increasingly active in chipset manufacturing, along with building its own constellations.

Asia is clearly an important market for GNSS and, as such, the GSA is dedicated to ensuring European businesses are in a position to benefit from it. As part of this effort, the GSA is actively engaged with two Horizon 2020-funded projects geared towards supporting European interests within the Asian GNSS market.

Also read: Promoting European interests in the Asian GNSS market

The BELS project aims to facilitate the breakthrough of European GNSS (EGNSS) technology in South-East Asia (SEA). To accomplish this, the project is conducting a set of coordinated activities to raise awareness and build capacities for the exploitation of EGNSS technologies. GNSS.asia, on the other hand, is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia-Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream market. GNSS.asia maintains a team of GNSS and industry experts in its target regions of India, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan that lend individual support to European companies.

Also read: Testing the NAVIS waters

In conjunction with last year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), both projects have launched their own competitions.

The BELS Special Prize

The BELS Special Prize looks for innovative downstream applications that use Galileo and have a substantial positive impact on SEA countries. Participants compete for a EUR 2 000 cash prize that can be applied towards their research. In addition, the winner is invited to spend six months at a European incubator or research centre, where they can refine their idea and work towards developing a prototype. A budget of EUR 20 000 is provided to cover the associated travel and living expenses for two people.  

The latest prize was awarded to the Autism Trigger, Tracking and Trace (ATTracT) project from Malaysia. Approximately 9 000 children are born with autism in Malaysia every year. One of the key challenges for parents raising an autistic child is protecting them against their propensity to wander. The ATTracT project looks to solve this challenge with the help of a GNSS. The application sets up virtually defined movement zones that can be activated in accordance with a child’s daily schedule. If a child wanders outside the predefined zone, the parent will receive an alert on their mobile phone, which they can then use to track their child in real-time. The project is also working on a similar monitoring and tracking system that can be used by schools or rehabilitation centres. This system will allow the user to track the movement of all the children under their supervision at the same time.   

The GNSS.asia Challenge

The GNSS.asia Challenge is open to anyone from the Asia-Pacific region with an innovative business, service or product based on multi-GNSS. In addition to potential access to the impressive ENC prize pool, winners receive free business coaching from renowned GNSS experts and travel grants to attend award ceremonies in Manila and Madrid. Winners are also given the chance to meet GNSS industry partners from across Asia and Europe and to present their project at the GNSS.asia Industry Seminar.

This year, the GNSS.asia Challenge attracted a record 60 complete entries, making it the most successful ESNC region. The winner was Frank Tsai from the Taiwanese Institute for Information Industry for his Drone Video Capturing (DVC) concept. DVC combines drones with another rapidly developing GNSS market segment: the Internet of Things (IoT). The team is targeting the entertainment industry, allowing producers to capture aerial-based close-up shots of important people within large crowds or events. When a drone’s GNSS location matches that of a pre-registered individual in the crowd, it delivers content with customised close-ups of that particular person. The DVC application then enables interactive sharing and viewing of images and video among the user community and on established social networks.

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).

According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, Asia is the ‘hot spot’ for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

Two awards promote European GNSS in Asia

19.1.2017 9:33  
According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, Asia is the ‘hot spot’ for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).
Published: 
19 January 2017

Two GSA-funded projects – BELS and GNSS.asia – are encouraging the use of European GNSS in Asia through the launch of two innovation competitions. 

According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, Asia is the ‘hot spot’ for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS). In fact, it is currently the primary region of global market growth in terms of in-use GNSS devices. The region is forecasted to grow 11 % per year, from 1.7 billion in 2014 to 4.1 billion devices in 2023 – more than the EU and North America combined. Furthermore, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) notes that the region is becoming increasingly active in chipset manufacturing, along with building its own constellations.

Asia is clearly an important market for GNSS and, as such, the GSA is dedicated to ensuring European businesses are in a position to benefit from it. As part of this effort, the GSA is actively engaged with two Horizon 2020-funded projects geared towards supporting European interests within the Asian GNSS market.

Also read: Promoting European interests in the Asian GNSS market

The BELS project aims to facilitate the breakthrough of European GNSS (EGNSS) technology in South-East Asia (SEA). To accomplish this, the project is conducting a set of coordinated activities to raise awareness and build capacities for the exploitation of EGNSS technologies. GNSS.asia, on the other hand, is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia-Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream market. GNSS.asia maintains a team of GNSS and industry experts in its target regions of India, China, Taiwan, Korea and Japan that lend individual support to European companies.

Also read: Testing the NAVIS waters

In conjunction with last year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), both projects have launched their own competitions.

The BELS Special Prize

The BELS Special Prize looks for innovative downstream applications that use Galileo and have a substantial positive impact on SEA countries. Participants compete for a EUR 2 000 cash prize that can be applied towards their research. In addition, the winner is invited to spend six months at a European incubator or research centre, where they can refine their idea and work towards developing a prototype. A budget of EUR 20 000 is provided to cover the associated travel and living expenses for two people.  

The latest prize was awarded to the Autism Trigger, Tracking and Trace (ATTracT) project from Malaysia. Approximately 9 000 children are born with autism in Malaysia every year. One of the key challenges for parents raising an autistic child is protecting them against their propensity to wander. The ATTracT project looks to solve this challenge with the help of a GNSS. The application sets up virtually defined movement zones that can be activated in accordance with a child’s daily schedule. If a child wanders outside the predefined zone, the parent will receive an alert on their mobile phone, which they can then use to track their child in real-time. The project is also working on a similar monitoring and tracking system that can be used by schools or rehabilitation centres. This system will allow the user to track the movement of all the children under their supervision at the same time.   

The GNSS.asia Challenge

The GNSS.asia Challenge is open to anyone from the Asia-Pacific region with an innovative business, service or product based on multi-GNSS. In addition to potential access to the impressive ENC prize pool, winners receive free business coaching from renowned GNSS experts and travel grants to attend award ceremonies in Manila and Madrid. Winners are also given the chance to meet GNSS industry partners from across Asia and Europe and to present their project at the GNSS.asia Industry Seminar.

This year, the GNSS.asia Challenge attracted a record 60 complete entries, making it the most successful ESNC region. The winner was Frank Tsai from the Taiwanese Institute for Information Industry for his Drone Video Capturing (DVC) concept. DVC combines drones with another rapidly developing GNSS market segment: the Internet of Things (IoT). The team is targeting the entertainment industry, allowing producers to capture aerial-based close-up shots of important people within large crowds or events. When a drone’s GNSS location matches that of a pre-registered individual in the crowd, it delivers content with customised close-ups of that particular person. The DVC application then enables interactive sharing and viewing of images and video among the user community and on established social networks.

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According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, Asia is the ‘hot spot’ for global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).

The Farming by Satellite Prize finalists are…

17.1.2017 9:31  
Published: 
17 January 2017

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is set to announce the winners of the 2016 Farming by Satellite Prize on 23 January 2017 during the International Green Week exhibition in Berlin.

The GSA will announce the winners of its 2016 Farming by Satellite Prize on 23 January 2017 during the International Green Week exhibition being held at Messe Berlin. The prize awards students and young farmers submitting the most innovative ideas for using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit. Entrants compete for a share of a EUR 13 000 cash prize, sponsored by key agriculture stakeholders, Claas and Bayer CropScience.

Over 85 individuals and teams registered for the contest, ultimately leading to 45 eligible submissions coming from 13 European and eight African countries (a separate, special prize is awarded to projects submitted by students and young farmers from Africa). From these submissions, an independent judging panel selected the following projects to make the final round:

  • Cleverlrrig (Portugal): software development to support agricultural water management using remote sensing data.
  • Eyecrop (Portugal): scanning pivots with multiple features, including irrigation decision support, plague and disease detection, weather monitoring and crop measurement.
  • Glorify (Italy): a new forecasting system, tested in Italy, combining Earth observation and crop modelling to provide both quantitative and qualitative estimates for rice production.
  • ISA Lille (France): connected cover crop, a technological application related to the optimisation of cover plants.
  • Logic Farm (Belgium): a wide-ranging project using satellite data to address municipal green spaces and the loss of carbon and organic matter in agricultural soils.
  • Niessen (Germany): add-on for implements enabling autonomous driving and optimal working depths.
  • TTT Solutions (Czech Republic): web-based service providing temporal analysis, spectral indices, crop behaviour, and control and support for the payment of subsidies.

For the special Africa prize:

  • Digifarm (Kenya): digital farm information access system that leverages mobile technology to provide farmers with real-time information on rainfall, wind patterns, plant health and the best crops to plant and market.
  • Munzansel (Morocco): geological mapping and soil characterisation in identifying agricultural related hazards using freely-available Copernicus and Sentinel data, leading to best-practices for sustainable agriculture.
  • 7 Saros (Kenya): using satellite technologies to optimise irrigation and fertiliser application. Project will support decisions on when to irrigate, which areas of a field to irrigate and whether or not conditions are optimal for applying fertiliser.

An expanding focus

The focus of many of this year’s entries was on the use of satellite information, remote sensing and GNSS for mapping in conjunction with geological, soil and vegetation data. “Entrants showed a good understanding of the potential for using the normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) as a simple graphical indicator to analyse remote sensing measurements and to show the health and productivity of crops and other biomass,” says Judging Panel Chair Dr Andrew Speedy.

The judges also noted their pleasure in seeing some projects address novel crops, including rice in Europe and cocoa beans in Africa. The projects also covered a wide use of satellite information. “Projects covered irrigation requirements, insecticide use and soil organic matter remediation,” says GSA Market Development Officer and fellow judge Reinhard Blasi. “There were also several entries related to fisheries and aquaculture, all of which demonstrates another fertile field for the application of satellite systems, particularly remote sensing and resource mapping.”

In making their decision, the judges looked for relevance, feasibility, innovation and potential marketability. And although there can be only one winner, the entire judging panel agrees that all of the finalist projects clearly demonstrate the enormous potential that applying GNSS and Earth observation to agriculture can bring. “All of these excellent finalists make it clear that satellite information systems are being included in many university and college curricula throughout Europe,” says Dr Speedy. “The potential for engineering applications needs further encouragement and can only be achieved through the public-private collaboration seen in this prize.”

About the prize

The prize, an initiative of the GSA and the European Environment Agency, is open to students and young farmers across Europe and Africa with innovative ideas for using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit, or to reduce the sector’s environmental impact.

Launched in 2012, the Farming by Satellite Prize, is held every two years.

The award ceremony is scheduled for 14:00 on Monday, 23 January 2017 at the European Commission’s Stand (number 3.2) in Messe Berlin. The announcement is being held as part of the GSA’s participation in International Green Week, a global tradeshow for the food, agriculture and gardening industries. Feel free to join the competitors.

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In making their decision, the judges looked for relevance, feasibility, innovation and potential marketability.

The Farming by Satellite Prize finalists are…

17.1.2017 9:31  
Published: 
17 January 2017

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is set to announce the winners of the 2016 Farming by Satellite Prize on 23 January 2017 during the International Green Week exhibition in Berlin.

The GSA will announce the winners of its 2016 Farming by Satellite Prize on 23 January 2017 during the International Green Week exhibition being held at Messe Berlin. The prize awards students and young farmers submitting the most innovative ideas for using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit. Entrants compete for a share of a EUR 13 000 cash prize, sponsored by key agriculture stakeholders, Claas and Bayer CropScience.

Over 85 individuals and teams registered for the contest, ultimately leading to 45 eligible submissions coming from 13 European and eight African countries (a separate, special prize is awarded to projects submitted by students and young farmers from Africa). From these submissions, an independent judging panel selected the following projects to make the final round:

  • Cleverlrrig (Portugal): software development to support agricultural water management using remote sensing data.
  • Eyecrop (Portugal): scanning pivots with multiple features, including irrigation decision support, plague and disease detection, weather monitoring and crop measurement.
  • Glorify (Italy): a new forecasting system, tested in Italy, combining Earth observation and crop modelling to provide both quantitative and qualitative estimates for rice production.
  • ISA Lille (France): connected cover crop, a technological application related to the optimisation of cover plants.
  • Logic Farm (Belgium): a wide-ranging project using satellite data to address municipal green spaces and the loss of carbon and organic matter in agricultural soils.
  • Niessen (Germany): add-on for implements enabling autonomous driving and optimal working depths.
  • TTT Solutions (Czech Republic): web-based service providing temporal analysis, spectral indices, crop behaviour, and control and support for the payment of subsidies.

For the special Africa prize:

  • Digifarm (Kenya): digital farm information access system that leverages mobile technology to provide farmers with real-time information on rainfall, wind patterns, plant health and the best crops to plant and market.
  • Munzansel (Morocco): geological mapping and soil characterisation in identifying agricultural related hazards using freely-available Copernicus and Sentinel data, leading to best-practices for sustainable agriculture.
  • 7 Saros (Kenya): using satellite technologies to optimise irrigation and fertiliser application. Project will support decisions on when to irrigate, which areas of a field to irrigate and whether or not conditions are optimal for applying fertiliser.

An expanding focus

The focus of many of this year’s entries was on the use of satellite information, remote sensing and GNSS for mapping in conjunction with geological, soil and vegetation data. “Entrants showed a good understanding of the potential for using the normalised difference vegetation index (NDVI) as a simple graphical indicator to analyse remote sensing measurements and to show the health and productivity of crops and other biomass,” says Judging Panel Chair Dr Andrew Speedy.

The judges also noted their pleasure in seeing some projects address novel crops, including rice in Europe and cocoa beans in Africa. The projects also covered a wide use of satellite information. “Projects covered irrigation requirements, insecticide use and soil organic matter remediation,” says GSA Market Development Officer and fellow judge Reinhard Blasi. “There were also several entries related to fisheries and aquaculture, all of which demonstrates another fertile field for the application of satellite systems, particularly remote sensing and resource mapping.”

In making their decision, the judges looked for relevance, feasibility, innovation and potential marketability. And although there can be only one winner, the entire judging panel agrees that all of the finalist projects clearly demonstrate the enormous potential that applying GNSS and Earth observation to agriculture can bring. “All of these excellent finalists make it clear that satellite information systems are being included in many university and college curricula throughout Europe,” says Dr Speedy. “The potential for engineering applications needs further encouragement and can only be achieved through the public-private collaboration seen in this prize.”

About the prize

The prize, an initiative of the GSA and the European Environment Agency, is open to students and young farmers across Europe and Africa with innovative ideas for using satellite technology to improve agricultural production, efficiency and profit, or to reduce the sector’s environmental impact.

Launched in 2012, the Farming by Satellite Prize, is held every two years.

The award ceremony is scheduled for 14:00 on Monday, 23 January 2017 at the European Commission’s Stand (number 3.2) in Messe Berlin. The announcement is being held as part of the GSA’s participation in International Green Week, a global tradeshow for the food, agriculture and gardening industries. Feel free to join the competitors.

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).

In making their decision, the judges looked for relevance, feasibility, innovation and potential marketability.

Vidal Ashkenazi, one of the ‘Fathers’ of Galileo, named Officer of the Order of the British Empire

16.1.2017 8:58  
Published: 
16 January 2017

Professor Vidal Ashkenazi, who in 2003 helped lay the groundwork for what would become Galileo, was recently named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to science.

Professor Vidal Ashkenazi was recently named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to science. The news, which was published in the recent New Year’s Honours List, is in recognition of his commitment to developing the geodetic aspects of positioning by using satellites – a commitment that goes back to the field’s earliest days.

In 1976, the US National Geodetic Survey (NGS) invited Prof. Ashkenazi to assist with the development of geodetic coordinate systems, work that resulted in a framework that is still used by satellite navigation and mapping systems today. Building from this experience, he founded Nottingham Scientific Ltd, one of the leading space geodesy research institutes in Europe and where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. It was here that he began to focus on the power of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), noting that although GPS was designed as a military system, its main advantage to the USA was in fact economic.

In 2003 he went to Brussels to share these findings with the Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament. Here he stressed the economic benefits that GNSS could bring to Europe and the need for the EU to build its own satellite navigation system – thus laying the groundwork for what would become Galileo.

On 15 December 2016, just weeks before receiving the OBE honour, he saw his idea became a reality. With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, for the first time ever, users around the world are being guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation.

As Prof. Ashkenazi predicted, with Galileo, Europe is poised to promote substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive many advancements, particularly in the transport sector. The additional accuracy and availability provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

“Twenty years ago, Professor Ashkenazi recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite system,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Thanks to his foresight and ongoing work with the European Union, today the EU has successfully launched and implemented the world’s first GNSS programme completely under civil control. I am very pleased to see that we live in a society that values professional excellence and vision. On behalf of everyone at the GSA, I congratulate Professor Ashkenazi on this well-deserved award.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded an OBE,” adds Prof. Ashkenazi. “But more importantly, this award recognises the contribution of scientists and technologists to society in terms of satellite positioning, navigation and timing.”

Prof. Ashkenazi will soon be invited to London to receive his OBE from a member of the British Royal Family.

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Prof. Ashkenazi will receive his OBE from a member of the British Royal Family in London.

Vidal Ashkenazi, one of the ‘Fathers’ of Galileo, named Officer of the Order of the British Empire

16.1.2017 8:58  
Published: 
16 January 2017

Professor Vidal Ashkenazi, who in 2003 helped lay the groundwork for what would become Galileo, was recently named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to science.

Professor Vidal Ashkenazi was recently named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for his service to science. The news, which was published in the recent New Year’s Honours List, is in recognition of his commitment to developing the geodetic aspects of positioning by using satellites – a commitment that goes back to the field’s earliest days.

In 1976, the US National Geodetic Survey (NGS) invited Prof. Ashkenazi to assist with the development of geodetic coordinate systems, work that resulted in a framework that is still used by satellite navigation and mapping systems today. Building from this experience, he founded Nottingham Scientific Ltd, one of the leading space geodesy research institutes in Europe and where he currently serves as Chief Executive Officer. It was here that he began to focus on the power of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS), noting that although GPS was designed as a military system, its main advantage to the USA was in fact economic.

In 2003 he went to Brussels to share these findings with the Industry, External Trade, Research and Energy (ITRE) Committee of the European Parliament. Here he stressed the economic benefits that GNSS could bring to Europe and the need for the EU to build its own satellite navigation system – thus laying the groundwork for what would become Galileo.

On 15 December 2016, just weeks before receiving the OBE honour, he saw his idea became a reality. With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, for the first time ever, users around the world are being guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation.

As Prof. Ashkenazi predicted, with Galileo, Europe is poised to promote substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive many advancements, particularly in the transport sector. The additional accuracy and availability provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

“Twenty years ago, Professor Ashkenazi recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite system,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Thanks to his foresight and ongoing work with the European Union, today the EU has successfully launched and implemented the world’s first GNSS programme completely under civil control. I am very pleased to see that we live in a society that values professional excellence and vision. On behalf of everyone at the GSA, I congratulate Professor Ashkenazi on this well-deserved award.

“I am absolutely delighted to have been awarded an OBE,” adds Prof. Ashkenazi. “But more importantly, this award recognises the contribution of scientists and technologists to society in terms of satellite positioning, navigation and timing.”

Prof. Ashkenazi will soon be invited to London to receive his OBE from a member of the British Royal Family.

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Prof. Ashkenazi will receive his OBE from a member of the British Royal Family in London.

Use Galileo today!

5.1.2017 10:01  
Published: 
05 January 2017

With last month’s Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, anyone with a mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as a smartphone or a vehicle navigation device, can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation.

“Clearly, the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is big news for chipset, receiver and device manufacturers and application developers operating in the GNSS market, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Today, we invite the industry to showcase their Galileo-enabled products to the media and to users.”

Market ready

The strong cooperation between the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and receiver industry has made it possible for Galileo to arrive onto the market even before the declaration of Initial Services. For example, Broadcom and Qualcomm, the market leaders for global smartphone chips supply, had already built Galileo into their products. As a result, many smartphones coming onto the market this year will arrive Galileo-ready.
“Accurate, reliable and rapid position location is an important part of the mobile experience,” says Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Senior Vice President Product Management Alex Katouzian. “Qualcomm Technologies is helping to improve consumers’ experiences with location-based services by adding Galileo support to our IZat location platform and deploying it broadly across our modem and application processor portfolios.”
Over the course of the past several years and in anticipation of Galileo Initial Services, such key chipset manufacturers as Intel, Mediatek, u-blox and STM have all announced Galileo-ready chips. Overall, more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market produce Galileo-ready chips.

Road and surveying now, aviation and maritime soon

Currently, most Galileo-enabled chipsets and receivers are found in the automotive, consumer, agriculture and surveying sectors. For example, in the road sector, satellites help with vehicle navigation and fleet management. “Today, Galileo ensures the accuracy of the satellite signals these services depend on and, in the near future, Galileo will help autonomous driving and connected vehicles,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.
In the high-precision market, all leading receiver developers have integrated Galileo into their products, including Trimble, Leica Geosystems, Javad, TopCon, Septentrio and NovAtel. “The availability of the first three Galileo services validates our confidence that Europe is ready to join the world’s operators of global navigation satellite systems,” says NovAtel President and CEO Michael Ritter. “NovAtel’s high precision GNSS receivers, antennas and certified ground-reference station receivers have supported Galileo signals in anticipation of the complete constellation.”
Galileo will soon be providing support to location based operations in all other market segments. For example, receivers for Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) are already capable of tracking the Galileo signal. On the maritime side, Galileo is helping to ensure safer navigation on the water, and has been recognised by the International Maritime Organisation as part of its Worldwide Radio Navigation System.
“The GSA is excited to continue its close cooperation with chipset and receiver manufacturers in the coming years as we further optimise Galileo performance and maximise user benefits,” says Calini. Along these lines, the 2017 Annual Receiver Workshop is scheduled for March 21 at GSA headquarters in Prague. This regular event is an excellent opportunity for the GNSS receiver community to learn the latest about the Galileo programme.

First Galileo smartphones

With Galileo, the positioning information provided by smartphones is more accurate and reliable – particularly in urban environments where narrow streets and tall buildings often block satellite signals and limit the usefulness of many mobile services. One of the first device manufacturers to take advantage of the increased accuracy and reliability that Galileo provides is BQ, the Spanish technology company that launched the first European-designed Galileo smartphone to hit the market.
“It is a great privilege for BQ to be one of the first in the world to offer Galileo in our devices,” says BQ Assistant General Manager Rodrigo del Prado. “This is a clear demonstration of Europe’s robust technological capabilities.”
Other smartphone manufacturers are also preparing to activate Galileo capability on their devices. In fact, just prior to the Declaration of Initial Services, the Huawei Mate 9 added Galileo support to the phone’s technical specifications.

Up-to-date info on using Galileo

To keep users up-to-date with detailed information on all available Galileo-compatible products, the GSA launched www.useGalileo.eu. From this dedicated website users can easily browse the list of currently available Galileo products and devices and search for devices based on user segment. 
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During the recent Declaration of Initial Services event in Brussels, the five leading chipset manufacturers showcased their Galileo products at the European Commission’s headquarters. © De Ribaucourt Photography

Use Galileo today!

5.1.2017 10:01  
Published: 
05 January 2017

With last month’s Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, anyone with a mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as a smartphone or a vehicle navigation device, can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation.

“Clearly, the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is big news for chipset, receiver and device manufacturers and application developers operating in the GNSS market, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Today, we invite the industry to showcase their Galileo-enabled products to the media and to users.”

Market ready

The strong cooperation between the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and receiver industry has made it possible for Galileo to arrive onto the market even before the declaration of Initial Services. For example, Broadcom and Qualcomm, the market leaders for global smartphone chips supply, had already built Galileo into their products. As a result, many smartphones coming onto the market this year will arrive Galileo-ready.
“Accurate, reliable and rapid position location is an important part of the mobile experience,” says Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. Senior Vice President Product Management Alex Katouzian. “Qualcomm Technologies is helping to improve consumers’ experiences with location-based services by adding Galileo support to our IZat location platform and deploying it broadly across our modem and application processor portfolios.”
Over the course of the past several years and in anticipation of Galileo Initial Services, such key chipset manufacturers as Intel, Mediatek, u-blox and STM have all announced Galileo-ready chips. Overall, more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market produce Galileo-ready chips.

Road and surveying now, aviation and maritime soon

Currently, most Galileo-enabled chipsets and receivers are found in the automotive, consumer, agriculture and surveying sectors. For example, in the road sector, satellites help with vehicle navigation and fleet management. “Today, Galileo ensures the accuracy of the satellite signals these services depend on and, in the near future, Galileo will help autonomous driving and connected vehicles,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini.
In the high-precision market, all leading receiver developers have integrated Galileo into their products, including Trimble, Leica Geosystems, Javad, TopCon, Septentrio and NovAtel. “The availability of the first three Galileo services validates our confidence that Europe is ready to join the world’s operators of global navigation satellite systems,” says NovAtel President and CEO Michael Ritter. “NovAtel’s high precision GNSS receivers, antennas and certified ground-reference station receivers have supported Galileo signals in anticipation of the complete constellation.”
Galileo will soon be providing support to location based operations in all other market segments. For example, receivers for Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) are already capable of tracking the Galileo signal. On the maritime side, Galileo is helping to ensure safer navigation on the water, and has been recognised by the International Maritime Organisation as part of its Worldwide Radio Navigation System.
“The GSA is excited to continue its close cooperation with chipset and receiver manufacturers in the coming years as we further optimise Galileo performance and maximise user benefits,” says Calini. Along these lines, the 2017 Annual Receiver Workshop is scheduled for March 21 at GSA headquarters in Prague. This regular event is an excellent opportunity for the GNSS receiver community to learn the latest about the Galileo programme.

First Galileo smartphones

With Galileo, the positioning information provided by smartphones is more accurate and reliable – particularly in urban environments where narrow streets and tall buildings often block satellite signals and limit the usefulness of many mobile services. One of the first device manufacturers to take advantage of the increased accuracy and reliability that Galileo provides is BQ, the Spanish technology company that launched the first European-designed Galileo smartphone to hit the market.
“It is a great privilege for BQ to be one of the first in the world to offer Galileo in our devices,” says BQ Assistant General Manager Rodrigo del Prado. “This is a clear demonstration of Europe’s robust technological capabilities.”
Other smartphone manufacturers are also preparing to activate Galileo capability on their devices. In fact, just prior to the Declaration of Initial Services, the Huawei Mate 9 added Galileo support to the phone’s technical specifications.

Up-to-date info on using Galileo

To keep users up-to-date with detailed information on all available Galileo-compatible products, the GSA launched www.useGalileo.eu. From this dedicated website users can easily browse the list of currently available Galileo products and devices and search for devices based on user segment. 
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During the recent Declaration of Initial Services event in Brussels, the five leading chipset manufacturers showcased their Galileo products at the European Commission’s headquarters. © De Ribaucourt Photography

Europe’s aviation community enthusiastic about EGNOS adoption

22.12.2016 11:47  
Published: 
22 December 2016

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), together with EUROCONTROL, recently held a two-day meeting at its Prague headquarters. More than 120 people participated, including national air navigation service providers and authorities, civil and military aircraft operators, pilots, international aviation associations, equipment manufacturers and rotorcraft operators. 

“The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) was originally built for the aviation sector, and the significant interest in this meeting is evidence of how the value of EGNOS is strongly recognised by the entire aviation community,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.
Whereas the first day served as an opportunity for the many GSA-funded aviation projects to gather together and share their experiences in regards to EGNOS adoption, the second day was dedicated to the 11th meeting of the Area Navigation (RNAV) Approach implementation Support Group (RAiSG). On its agenda were such aviation-critical topics as implementation updates, status of the EGNOS service provision, SBAS CAT I operational safety assessment guidance, and the latest developments coming from the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). RAiSG is charged with coordinating the activities necessary for the implementation of RNAV approach procedures.
“The GSA supports the implementation of EGNOS not just through funding, but also by providing technical assistance, support and close cooperation with such aviation user associations as the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and the European Regions Airline Association (ERA), along with overseeing the development of the GNSS user group,” explains GSA Market Development Officer Carmen Aguilera.

The EGNOS effect
During the first day, projects funded under the first and second calls of the EGNOS adoption aviation grant programme had an opportunity to present and discuss the challenges, successes, lessons learnt and best practices experienced by their projects. Presenters included operators, airport managers, air navigation service providers (ANSPs) and national civil aviation authorities.
Highlights included discussions on:

“With these projects we are creating a snowball effect for the adoption of EGNOS,” says Aguilera. “For example, the development of supplemental-type certificates during the first call allowed other projects to begin creating retrofit solutions for over 260 aircraft.”
According to Aguilera, one of the most popular topics for discussion was rotorcraft operations using EGNOS. “By bringing together all relevant players in one room, we are helping to foster adoption in this important sector and harmonising EGNOS-based rotorcraft operations in Europe,” she says.
“This event was a resounding success because it provided a unique opportunity for aviation stakeholders to come together and learn from each other’s experiences in regards to implementing projects that benefit the aviation community as a whole,” adds EUROCONTROL Director of Pan-European Sky Adriaan Heerbaart. 

A partnership for aviation
The workshop was organised within the context of the Framework Partnership Agreement between EUROCONTROL and the GSA. Since 2014, the two organisations have worked together to develop advanced systems and operations for aviation based on space technology. In particular, they are focused on improving airport accessibility, aviation efficiency and air traffic management capacity, while also reducing safety risks and costs.
Signed in 2015, the Framework Partnership Agreement covers a 7-year period and focuses on a range of activities, including:

  • aviation user requirements for EGNOS and Galileo
  • supporting the use of European GNSS services in the European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) area
  • coordinating research and development (R&D) within the aviation sector;
  • standardising aviation regulations
  • monitoring aviation-specific GNSS performance
  • supporting the uptake of European GNSS for aviation at the international level

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Building a E-GNSS engine the self-driving car

19.12.2016 15:58  
Published: 
19 December 2016

In 2015, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) launched Fundamental Elements, an R&D funding mechanism supporting the development of global navigation satellite system-(GNSS) enabled chipsets, receivers and antennas. The mechanism aims to support the development of innovative chipset and receiver technology that industry would not invest in on its own initiative, thus accelerating their integration of Galileo and EGNOS into market-ready devices. The end goal is to develop close-to-market chipsets, receivers and antennas in targeted markets. The first project to come out Fundamental Elements is dedicated to the automotive segment.      

With connected vehicles and autonomous driving vehicles being the most relevant trend in the automotive sector – both now and for the foreseeable future – there is a clear need to provide accurate and reliable positioning information for safety-critical applications. Within the context of road transportation, safety-critical applications are defined as those that possess the potential to, directly or indirectly, avoid causing harm to humans, destroying the vehicle or damaging external property or the environment. Autonomous driving, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and dangerous goods transportation are all included in this group.

Also read: Driving towards the autonomous vehicle

The traditional way of providing the required accurate and reliable positioning information is to make use of multiple sources of sensor data. The problem with this approach is that it requires the use of such sophisticated equipment as radar/lidar-based sensor and cameras, which tend to be expensive. Furthermore, as this equipment is not specifically designed for use with automotive consumer applications, it is not fully suitable to provide reliable positioning information.

A dedicated solution
The European Safety Critical Applications Positioning Engine (ESCAPE) project aims to overcome these multiple challenges by developing a dedicated, reliable and accurate engine, specifically designed for automotive safety-critical applications. The ESCAPE project is funded under the Fundamental Elements Development of E-GNSS engine for safety-critical multi-applications in road transport call.

Read this: Satellite navigation at core of future connected car systems

The project consortium includes stakeholders from across the automotive value chain, including Renault, FICOSA, GMV and ST. Under the ESCAPE umbrella, these companies are pooling their complementary competences and pre-existing knowledge to develop an innovative positioning engine that exploits European GNSS (E-GNSS) differentiators and will be available for future commercialisation. Ultimately, the project will develop the first multi-constellation Galileo chipset receiver with multi-frequency capability specifically adapted to road applications – and in particular autonomous vehicles. 

Re-defining the state of the art
According to project researchers, the ESCAPE engine will surpass current definitions of ‘state of the art’. “For the first time, an E-GNSS engine will provide an integrity-focused, safety-critical positioning system that fully integrates GNSS, on-board sensors, cameras and maps,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. The engine’s core features include:

  • a GNSS/Galileo multi-constellation, multi-frequency chipset for road applications
  • use of the precise point positioning (PPP) service
  • hybridisation of cameras, maps, vehicle sensors and GNSS integrated into a tight coupling filter
  • provision of an integrity layer to the exploited technologies
  • optional capability to implement navigation message authentication

Over the course of three years, these technologies will be integrated into the resulting ESCAPE engine. At that point, the engine will be close to commercialisation, with rapid market uptake expected.

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Building the E-GNSS engine for self-driving car

19.12.2016 15:58  
Published: 
19 December 2016

In 2015, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) launched Fundamental Elements, an R&D funding mechanism supporting the development of global navigation satellite system-(GNSS) enabled chipsets, receivers and antennas. The mechanism aims to support the development of innovative chipset and receiver technology that industry would not invest in on its own initiative, thus accelerating their integration of Galileo and EGNOS into market-ready devices. The end goal is to develop close-to-market chipsets, receivers and antennas in targeted markets. The first project to come out Fundamental Elements is dedicated to the automotive segment.      

With connected vehicles and autonomous driving vehicles being the most relevant trend in the automotive sector – both now and for the foreseeable future – there is a clear need to provide accurate and reliable positioning information for safety-critical applications. Within the context of road transportation, safety-critical applications are defined as those that possess the potential to, directly or indirectly, avoid causing harm to humans, destroying the vehicle or damaging external property or the environment. Autonomous driving, advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) and dangerous goods transportation are all included in this group.

Also read: Driving towards the autonomous vehicle

The traditional way of providing the required accurate and reliable positioning information is to make use of multiple sources of sensor data. The problem with this approach is that it requires the use of such sophisticated equipment as radar/lidar-based sensor and cameras, which tend to be expensive. Furthermore, as this equipment is not specifically designed for use with automotive consumer applications, it is not fully suitable to provide reliable positioning information.

A dedicated solution
The European Safety Critical Applications Positioning Engine (ESCAPE) project aims to overcome these multiple challenges by developing a dedicated, reliable and accurate engine, specifically designed for automotive safety-critical applications. The ESCAPE project is funded under the Fundamental Elements Development of E-GNSS engine for safety-critical multi-applications in road transport call.

Read this: Satellite navigation at core of future connected car systems

The project consortium includes stakeholders from across the automotive value chain, including Renault, FICOSA, GMV and ST. Under the ESCAPE umbrella, these companies are pooling their complementary competences and pre-existing knowledge to develop an innovative positioning engine that exploits European GNSS (E-GNSS) differentiators and will be available for future commercialisation. Ultimately, the project will develop the first multi-constellation Galileo chipset receiver with multi-frequency capability specifically adapted to road applications – and in particular autonomous vehicles. 

Re-defining the state of the art
According to project researchers, the ESCAPE engine will surpass current definitions of ‘state of the art’. “For the first time, an E-GNSS engine will provide an integrity-focused, safety-critical positioning system that fully integrates GNSS, on-board sensors, cameras and maps,” says GSA Head of Market Development Gian Gherardo Calini. The engine’s core features include:

  • a GNSS/Galileo multi-constellation, multi-frequency chipset for road applications
  • use of the precise point positioning (PPP) service
  • hybridisation of cameras, maps, vehicle sensors and GNSS integrated into a tight coupling filter
  • provision of an integrity layer to the exploited technologies
  • optional capability to implement navigation message authentication

Over the course of three years, these technologies will be integrated into the resulting ESCAPE engine. At that point, the engine will be close to commercialisation, with rapid market uptake expected.

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Galileo goes live

16.12.2016 11:38  

 

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, Galileo officially moves from a testing phase to the provision of live services. For the first time ever, users around the world can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Starting now, any mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo.

“Today we are really making history,” says European Commission Vice President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “With Galileo, Europe gains its own satellite navigation system that will improve a range of everyday services for our citizens and strengthens Europe’s strategic autonomy.”

“Galileo is now alive and kicking,” says Elzbieta Bienkowska European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. “Galileo Initial Services is the result of a concerted effort to design and build the most accurate navigation system in the world. It demonstrates the technological excellence of Europe and its commitment to delivering space-based services and applications and, as such, represents a special achievement of a united Europe.”

GSA in the driver’s seat

With the launch of Initial Services, Galileo officially transitions from a system in testing to a system in service. As Europe’s link between space technology and user needs, the GSA has been delegated the responsibility for the Galileo service provision by the European Commission. As of 1 January 2017, the GSA will have the core task of ensuring a return on investment from Galileo in the form of clear, across-the-board services and applications for end users.

Watch this: Galileo goes live, Initial Services declaration

“The GSA is now putting into practice all that it has been preparing for,” adds GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The centre of gravity for the Galileo programme is now the user and, meaning European citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit from the many innovative opportunities created by European GNSS.”

In overseeing the Galileo service provision, the GSA will:

  • oversee the operation of such key service facilities as the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) in France and the United Kingdom, the GSC in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) in the Netherlands;
  • maximise adoption across user market segments and fostering EU economic and industrial benefits;
  • make the Public Regulated Service (PRS) the service of choice for all authorised users, providing the same high level of availability and robustness that is otherwise only available from military-based GNSS systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou);
  • position Galileo as the first constellation of choice in search and rescue beacons.

What Galileo Initial Services means for you

With Galileo Initial Services, users benefit from a more accurate navigation and positioning that saves time and allows one to travel safer. For example, thanks to Galileo’s Search and Rescue service, locating distress beacons is substantially improved. As a result, after someone activates a distress beacon, the time to find them, whether they are lost at sea or in the mountains, is reduced from up to three hours to just ten minutes. Additionally, the distress beacon’s location can be more accurately determined, to within 5km – a substantial improvement on the current 10km.

Europe will also enjoy substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive world economic growth, particularly in high-tech industries. Experts predict that the global satellite navigation market will itself grow by more than 18% up until 2019. The additional resiliency provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

Galileo compatible products available today

The Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is also excellent news for chipset and receiver manufacturers and application developers, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals.
 
Today, 17 companies, representing more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market, produce Galileo-ready chips. These include such key chipset manufacturers as u-blox, Broadcom, Mediatek, Intel and Qualcomm. There are also a number of Galileo-ready devices on the market, including smartphones and in-vehicle navigation systems.

You can find up-to-date information on all available Galileo compatible products at www.useGalileo.eu

Understanding Initial Services

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). The Declaration of Initial Services – a combined effort of the European Commission, European GNSS Agency (GSA), and European Space Agency (ESA) – is the first step towards reaching full operational capability.

The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue Service (SaR). All of these services are available free of charge.

Galileo Initial Services are fully interoperable with GPS – a combination that provides users with considerable improvements, with stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.
History in the making

Galileo is unique in that it is the only civil-based GNSS initiative. Whereas the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou systems – among others – are all operated by their respective militaries, Europe’s Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s only option for GNSS under civil control. This is an important distinction, especially as the world’s dependence on GNSS continues to increase. From individuals to private businesses, the public sector and academia, as more and more services become dependent on the availability of an accurate GNSS signal, the implications of a possible signal failure becomes increasingly dangerous.

With some foresight, 20 years ago the EU recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite navigation system. In the years since, the EU has successfully launched and implemented EGNOS and, today, Galileo Initial Services.

Initial Services is the first step toward full operational capability, which will occur when the Galileo constellation is complete by 2020. Between the declaration of Initial Services and full operational capability, additional satellites will be added to the constellation, allowing new services to become available.

Learn more

The GSA’s Galileo Initial Services pagee

The European GNSS Service Centre is the place to go for all things related to developing Galileo-capable products and services. 

GSA Ready for Initial Services

 

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Galileo goes live

16.12.2016 11:38  
Published: 
16 December 2016

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, Galileo officially moves from a testing phase to the provision of live services. For the first time ever, users around the world can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Starting now, any mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo.

“Today we are really making history,” says European Commission Vice President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “With Galileo, Europe gains its own satellite navigation system that will improve a range of everyday services for our citizens and strengthens Europe’s strategic autonomy.”

“Galileo is now alive and kicking,” says Elzbieta Bienkowska European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. “Galileo Initial Services is the result of a concerted effort to design and build the most accurate navigation system in the world. It demonstrates the technological excellence of Europe and its commitment to delivering space-based services and applications and, as such, represents a special achievement of a united Europe.”

GSA in the driver’s seat

With the launch of Initial Services, Galileo officially transitions from a system in testing to a system in service. As Europe’s link between space technology and user needs, the GSA has been delegated the responsibility for the Galileo service provision by the European Commission. As of 1 January 2017, the GSA will have the core task of ensuring a return on investment from Galileo in the form of clear, across-the-board services and applications for end users.

 

“The GSA is now putting into practice all that it has been preparing for,” adds GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The centre of gravity for the Galileo programme is now the user and, meaning European citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit from the many innovative opportunities created by European GNSS.”

In overseeing the Galileo service provision, the GSA will:

  • oversee the operation of such key service facilities as the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) in France and the United Kingdom, the GSC in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) in the Netherlands;
  • maximise adoption across user market segments and fostering EU economic and industrial benefits;
  • make the Public Regulated Service (PRS) the service of choice for all authorised users, providing the same high level of availability and robustness that is otherwise only available from military-based GNSS systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou);
  • position Galileo as the first constellation of choice in search and rescue beacons.

What Galileo Initial Services means for you

With Galileo Initial Services, users benefit from a more accurate navigation and positioning that saves time and allows one to travel safer. For example, thanks to Galileo’s Search and Rescue service, locating distress beacons is substantially improved. As a result, after someone activates a distress beacon, the time to find them, whether they are lost at sea or in the mountains, is reduced from up to three hours to just ten minutes. Additionally, the distress beacon’s location can be more accurately determined, to within 5km – a substantial improvement on the current 10km.

Europe will also enjoy substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive world economic growth, particularly in high-tech industries. Experts predict that the global satellite navigation market will itself grow by more than 18% up until 2019. The additional resiliency provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

Galileo compatible products available today

The Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is also excellent news for chipset and receiver manufacturers and application developers, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals.
 
Today, 17 companies, representing more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market, produce Galileo-ready chips. These include such key chipset manufacturers as u-blox, Broadcom, Mediatek, Intel and Qualcomm. There are also a number of Galileo-ready devices on the market, including smartphones and in-vehicle navigation systems.

You can find up-to-date information on all available Galileo compatible products at www.useGalileo.eu

Understanding Initial Services

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). The Declaration of Initial Services – a combined effort of the European Commission, European GNSS Agency (GSA), and European Space Agency (ESA) – is the first step towards reaching full operational capability.

The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue Service (SaR). All of these services are available free of charge.

Galileo Initial Services are fully interoperable with GPS – a combination that provides users with considerable improvements, with stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.
History in the making

Galileo is unique in that it is the only civil-based GNSS initiative. Whereas the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou systems – among others – are all operated by their respective militaries, Europe’s Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s only option for GNSS under civil control. This is an important distinction, especially as the world’s dependence on GNSS continues to increase. From individuals to private businesses, the public sector and academia, as more and more services become dependent on the availability of an accurate GNSS signal, the implications of a possible signal failure becomes increasingly dangerous.

With some foresight, 20 years ago the EU recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite navigation system. In the years since, the EU has successfully launched and implemented EGNOS and, today, Galileo Initial Services.

Initial Services is the first step toward full operational capability, which will occur when the Galileo constellation is complete by 2020. Between the declaration of Initial Services and full operational capability, additional satellites will be added to the constellation, allowing new services to become available.

Learn more

The GSA’s Galileo Initial Services page

The European GNSS Service Centre is the place to go for all things related to developing Galileo-capable products and services. 

 

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 the article back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo goes live

16.12.2016 11:38  

 

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, Galileo officially moves from a testing phase to the provision of live services. For the first time ever, users around the world can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Starting now, any mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo.

“Today we are really making history,” says European Commission Vice President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “With Galileo, Europe gains its own satellite navigation system that will improve a range of everyday services for our citizens and strengthens Europe’s strategic autonomy.”

“Galileo is now alive and kicking,” says Elzbieta Bienkowska European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. “Galileo Initial Services is the result of a concerted effort to design and build the most accurate navigation system in the world. It demonstrates the technological excellence of Europe and its commitment to delivering space-based services and applications and, as such, represents a special achievement of a united Europe.”

GSA in the driver’s seat

With the launch of Initial Services, Galileo officially transitions from a system in testing to a system in service. As Europe’s link between space technology and user needs, the GSA has been delegated the responsibility for the Galileo service provision by the European Commission. As of 1 January 2017, the GSA will have the core task of ensuring a return on investment from Galileo in the form of clear, across-the-board services and applications for end users.


 

 

“The GSA is now putting into practice all that it has been preparing for,” adds GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The centre of gravity for the Galileo programme is now the user and, meaning European citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit from the many innovative opportunities created by European GNSS.”

In overseeing the Galileo service provision, the GSA will:

  • oversee the operation of such key service facilities as the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) in France and the United Kingdom, the GSC in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) in the Netherlands;
  • maximise adoption across user market segments and fostering EU economic and industrial benefits;
  • make the Public Regulated Service (PRS) the service of choice for all authorised users, providing the same high level of availability and robustness that is otherwise only available from military-based GNSS systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou);
  • position Galileo as the first constellation of choice in search and rescue beacons.

What Galileo Initial Services means for you

With Galileo Initial Services, users benefit from a more accurate navigation and positioning that saves time and allows one to travel safer. For example, thanks to Galileo’s Search and Rescue service, locating distress beacons is substantially improved. As a result, after someone activates a distress beacon, the time to find them, whether they are lost at sea or in the mountains, is reduced from up to three hours to just ten minutes. Additionally, the distress beacon’s location can be more accurately determined, to within 5km – a substantial improvement on the current 10km.

Europe will also enjoy substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive world economic growth, particularly in high-tech industries. Experts predict that the global satellite navigation market will itself grow by more than 18% up until 2019. The additional resiliency provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

Galileo compatible products available today

The Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is also excellent news for chipset and receiver manufacturers and application developers, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals.
 
Today, 17 companies, representing more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market, produce Galileo-ready chips. These include such key chipset manufacturers as u-blox, Broadcom, Mediatek, Intel and Qualcomm. There are also a number of Galileo-ready devices on the market, including smartphones and in-vehicle navigation systems.

You can find up-to-date information on all available Galileo compatible products at www.useGalileo.eu

Understanding Initial Services

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). The Declaration of Initial Services – a combined effort of the European Commission, European GNSS Agency (GSA), and European Space Agency (ESA) – is the first step towards reaching full operational capability.

The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue Service (SaR). All of these services are available free of charge.

Galileo Initial Services are fully interoperable with GPS – a combination that provides users with considerable improvements, with stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.
History in the making

Galileo is unique in that it is the only civil-based GNSS initiative. Whereas the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou systems – among others – are all operated by their respective militaries, Europe’s Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s only option for GNSS under civil control. This is an important distinction, especially as the world’s dependence on GNSS continues to increase. From individuals to private businesses, the public sector and academia, as more and more services become dependent on the availability of an accurate GNSS signal, the implications of a possible signal failure becomes increasingly dangerous.

With some foresight, 20 years ago the EU recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite navigation system. In the years since, the EU has successfully launched and implemented EGNOS and, today, Galileo Initial Services.

Initial Services is the first step toward full operational capability, which will occur when the Galileo constellation is complete by 2020. Between the declaration of Initial Services and full operational capability, additional satellites will be added to the constellation, allowing new services to become available.

Learn more

The GSA’s Galileo Initial Services pagee

The European GNSS Service Centre is the place to go for all things related to developing Galileo-capable products and services. 

 

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 the article back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo goes live

16.12.2016 11:38  

 

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, Galileo officially moves from a testing phase to the provision of live services. For the first time ever, users around the world can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Starting now, any mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo.

“Today we are really making history,” says European Commission Vice President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “With Galileo, Europe gains its own satellite navigation system that will improve a range of everyday services for our citizens and strengthens Europe’s strategic autonomy.”

“Galileo is now alive and kicking,” says Elzbieta Bienkowska European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. “Galileo Initial Services is the result of a concerted effort to design and build the most accurate navigation system in the world. It demonstrates the technological excellence of Europe and its commitment to delivering space-based services and applications and, as such, represents a special achievement of a united Europe.”

GSA in the driver’s seat

With the launch of Initial Services, Galileo officially transitions from a system in testing to a system in service. As Europe’s link between space technology and user needs, the GSA has been delegated the responsibility for the Galileo service provision by the European Commission. As of 1 January 2017, the GSA will have the core task of ensuring a return on investment from Galileo in the form of clear, across-the-board services and applications for end users.

 

“The GSA is now putting into practice all that it has been preparing for,” adds GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The centre of gravity for the Galileo programme is now the user and, meaning European citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit from the many innovative opportunities created by European GNSS.”

In overseeing the Galileo service provision, the GSA will:

  • oversee the operation of such key service facilities as the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) in France and the United Kingdom, the GSC in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) in the Netherlands;
  • maximise adoption across user market segments and fostering EU economic and industrial benefits;
  • make the Public Regulated Service (PRS) the service of choice for all authorised users, providing the same high level of availability and robustness that is otherwise only available from military-based GNSS systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou);
  • position Galileo as the first constellation of choice in search and rescue beacons.

What Galileo Initial Services means for you

With Galileo Initial Services, users benefit from a more accurate navigation and positioning that saves time and allows one to travel safer. For example, thanks to Galileo’s Search and Rescue service, locating distress beacons is substantially improved. As a result, after someone activates a distress beacon, the time to find them, whether they are lost at sea or in the mountains, is reduced from up to three hours to just ten minutes. Additionally, the distress beacon’s location can be more accurately determined, to within 5km – a substantial improvement on the current 10km.

Europe will also enjoy substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive world economic growth, particularly in high-tech industries. Experts predict that the global satellite navigation market will itself grow by more than 18% up until 2019. The additional resiliency provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

Galileo compatible products available today

The Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is also excellent news for chipset and receiver manufacturers and application developers, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals.
 
Today, 17 companies, representing more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market, produce Galileo-ready chips. These include such key chipset manufacturers as u-blox, Broadcom, Mediatek, Intel and Qualcomm. There are also a number of Galileo-ready devices on the market, including smartphones and in-vehicle navigation systems.

You can find up-to-date information on all available Galileo compatible products at www.useGalileo.eu

Understanding Initial Services

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). The Declaration of Initial Services – a combined effort of the European Commission, European GNSS Agency (GSA), and European Space Agency (ESA) – is the first step towards reaching full operational capability.

The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue Service (SaR). All of these services are available free of charge.

Galileo Initial Services are fully interoperable with GPS – a combination that provides users with considerable improvements, with stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.
History in the making

Galileo is unique in that it is the only civil-based GNSS initiative. Whereas the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou systems – among others – are all operated by their respective militaries, Europe’s Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s only option for GNSS under civil control. This is an important distinction, especially as the world’s dependence on GNSS continues to increase. From individuals to private businesses, the public sector and academia, as more and more services become dependent on the availability of an accurate GNSS signal, the implications of a possible signal failure becomes increasingly dangerous.

With some foresight, 20 years ago the EU recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite navigation system. In the years since, the EU has successfully launched and implemented EGNOS and, today, Galileo Initial Services.

Initial Services is the first step toward full operational capability, which will occur when the Galileo constellation is complete by 2020. Between the declaration of Initial Services and full operational capability, additional satellites will be added to the constellation, allowing new services to become available.

Learn more

The GSA’s Galileo Initial Services pagee

The European GNSS Service Centre is the place to go for all things related to developing Galileo-capable products and services. 

 

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 the article back to the GSA website (http://www.gsa.europa.eu).

Galileo goes live

16.12.2016 11:38  

 

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, Galileo officially moves from a testing phase to the provision of live services. For the first time ever, users around the world can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Starting now, any mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo.

“Today we are really making history,” says European Commission Vice President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “With Galileo, Europe gains its own satellite navigation system that will improve a range of everyday services for our citizens and strengthens Europe’s strategic autonomy.”

“Galileo is now alive and kicking,” says Elzbieta Bienkowska European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. “Galileo Initial Services is the result of a concerted effort to design and build the most accurate navigation system in the world. It demonstrates the technological excellence of Europe and its commitment to delivering space-based services and applications and, as such, represents a special achievement of a united Europe.”

GSA in the driver’s seat

With the launch of Initial Services, Galileo officially transitions from a system in testing to a system in service. As Europe’s link between space technology and user needs, the GSA has been delegated the responsibility for the Galileo service provision by the European Commission. As of 1 January 2017, the GSA will have the core task of ensuring a return on investment from Galileo in the form of clear, across-the-board services and applications for end users.

 

“The GSA is now putting into practice all that it has been preparing for,” adds GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The centre of gravity for the Galileo programme is now the user and, meaning European citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit from the many innovative opportunities created by European GNSS.”

In overseeing the Galileo service provision, the GSA will:

  • oversee the operation of such key service facilities as the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) in France and the United Kingdom, the GSC in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) in the Netherlands;
  • maximise adoption across user market segments and fostering EU economic and industrial benefits;
  • make the Public Regulated Service (PRS) the service of choice for all authorised users, providing the same high level of availability and robustness that is otherwise only available from military-based GNSS systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou);
  • position Galileo as the first constellation of choice in search and rescue beacons.

What Galileo Initial Services means for you

With Galileo Initial Services, users benefit from a more accurate navigation and positioning that saves time and allows one to travel safer. For example, thanks to Galileo’s Search and Rescue service, locating distress beacons is substantially improved. As a result, after someone activates a distress beacon, the time to find them, whether they are lost at sea or in the mountains, is reduced from up to three hours to just ten minutes. Additionally, the distress beacon’s location can be more accurately determined, to within 5km – a substantial improvement on the current 10km.

Europe will also enjoy substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive world economic growth, particularly in high-tech industries. Experts predict that the global satellite navigation market will itself grow by more than 18% up until 2019. The additional resiliency provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

Galileo compatible products available today

The Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is also excellent news for chipset and receiver manufacturers and application developers, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals.
 
Today, 17 companies, representing more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market, produce Galileo-ready chips. These include such key chipset manufacturers as u-blox, Broadcom, Mediatek, Intel and Qualcomm. There are also a number of Galileo-ready devices on the market, including smartphones and in-vehicle navigation systems.

You can find up-to-date information on all available Galileo compatible products at www.useGalileo.eu

Understanding Initial Services

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). The Declaration of Initial Services – a combined effort of the European Commission, European GNSS Agency (GSA), and European Space Agency (ESA) – is the first step towards reaching full operational capability.

The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue Service (SaR). All of these services are available free of charge.

Galileo Initial Services are fully interoperable with GPS – a combination that provides users with considerable improvements, with stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.
History in the making

Galileo is unique in that it is the only civil-based GNSS initiative. Whereas the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou systems – among others – are all operated by their respective militaries, Europe’s Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s only option for GNSS under civil control. This is an important distinction, especially as the world’s dependence on GNSS continues to increase. From individuals to private businesses, the public sector and academia, as more and more services become dependent on the availability of an accurate GNSS signal, the implications of a possible signal failure becomes increasingly dangerous.

With some foresight, 20 years ago the EU recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite navigation system. In the years since, the EU has successfully launched and implemented EGNOS and, today, Galileo Initial Services.

Initial Services is the first step toward full operational capability, which will occur when the Galileo constellation is complete by 2020. Between the declaration of Initial Services and full operational capability, additional satellites will be added to the constellation, allowing new services to become available.

Learn more

The GSA’s Galileo Initial Services page

The European GNSS Service Centre is the place to go for all things related to developing Galileo-capable products and services. 

 

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Galileo goes live

16.12.2016 11:38  

 

 

With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, Galileo officially moves from a testing phase to the provision of live services. For the first time ever, users around the world can be guided using the positioning, navigation and timing information provided by Galileo’s global satellite constellation. Starting now, any mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo.

“Today we are really making history,” says European Commission Vice President responsible for the Energy Union Maroš Šefčovič. “With Galileo, Europe gains its own satellite navigation system that will improve a range of everyday services for our citizens and strengthens Europe’s strategic autonomy.”

“Galileo is now alive and kicking,” says Elzbieta Bienkowska European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs. “Galileo Initial Services is the result of a concerted effort to design and build the most accurate navigation system in the world. It demonstrates the technological excellence of Europe and its commitment to delivering space-based services and applications and, as such, represents a special achievement of a united Europe.”

GSA in the driver’s seat

With the launch of Initial Services, Galileo officially transitions from a system in testing to a system in service. As Europe’s link between space technology and user needs, the GSA has been delegated the responsibility for the Galileo service provision by the European Commission. As of 1 January 2017, the GSA will have the core task of ensuring a return on investment from Galileo in the form of clear, across-the-board services and applications for end users.

Watch this: Galileo goes live, Initial Services declaration

“The GSA is now putting into practice all that it has been preparing for,” adds GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The centre of gravity for the Galileo programme is now the user and, meaning European citizens, businesses and entrepreneurs can benefit from the many innovative opportunities created by European GNSS.”

In overseeing the Galileo service provision, the GSA will:

  • oversee the operation of such key service facilities as the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) in France and the United Kingdom, the GSC in Spain and the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) in the Netherlands;
  • maximise adoption across user market segments and fostering EU economic and industrial benefits;
  • make the Public Regulated Service (PRS) the service of choice for all authorised users, providing the same high level of availability and robustness that is otherwise only available from military-based GNSS systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou);
  • position Galileo as the first constellation of choice in search and rescue beacons.

What Galileo Initial Services means for you

With Galileo Initial Services, users benefit from a more accurate navigation and positioning that saves time and allows one to travel safer. For example, thanks to Galileo’s Search and Rescue service, locating distress beacons is substantially improved. As a result, after someone activates a distress beacon, the time to find them, whether they are lost at sea or in the mountains, is reduced from up to three hours to just ten minutes. Additionally, the distress beacon’s location can be more accurately determined, to within 5km – a substantial improvement on the current 10km.

Europe will also enjoy substantial economic growth. This is because the use of satellite navigation has helped drive world economic growth, particularly in high-tech industries. Experts predict that the global satellite navigation market will itself grow by more than 18% up until 2019. The additional resiliency provided by Galileo is expected to enable a range of new applications and services that will benefit from increased positioning reliability, thus further driving economic growth in Europe and beyond.

Galileo compatible products available today

The Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is also excellent news for chipset and receiver manufacturers and application developers, whose Galileo-enabled products can now start using Galileo signals.
 
Today, 17 companies, representing more than 95% of the global satellite navigation supply market, produce Galileo-ready chips. These include such key chipset manufacturers as u-blox, Broadcom, Mediatek, Intel and Qualcomm. There are also a number of Galileo-ready devices on the market, including smartphones and in-vehicle navigation systems.

You can find up-to-date information on all available Galileo compatible products at www.useGalileo.eu

Understanding Initial Services

Galileo is Europe’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS). The Declaration of Initial Services – a combined effort of the European Commission, European GNSS Agency (GSA), and European Space Agency (ESA) – is the first step towards reaching full operational capability.

The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue Service (SaR). All of these services are available free of charge.

Galileo Initial Services are fully interoperable with GPS – a combination that provides users with considerable improvements, with stronger performance and service levels. With Galileo satellites working in conjunction with GPS, there are more satellites available, meaning more accurate and reliable positioning for end users. In particular, navigation in cities, where satellite signals can often be blocked by tall buildings, benefit from the increased positioning accuracy this provides.
History in the making

Galileo is unique in that it is the only civil-based GNSS initiative. Whereas the United States’ GPS, Russia’s GLONASS, and China’s Beidou systems – among others – are all operated by their respective militaries, Europe’s Galileo programme stands alone as the world’s only option for GNSS under civil control. This is an important distinction, especially as the world’s dependence on GNSS continues to increase. From individuals to private businesses, the public sector and academia, as more and more services become dependent on the availability of an accurate GNSS signal, the implications of a possible signal failure becomes increasingly dangerous.

With some foresight, 20 years ago the EU recognised the need for a European-controlled satellite navigation system. In the years since, the EU has successfully launched and implemented EGNOS and, today, Galileo Initial Services.

Initial Services is the first step toward full operational capability, which will occur when the Galileo constellation is complete by 2020. Between the declaration of Initial Services and full operational capability, additional satellites will be added to the constellation, allowing new services to become available.

Learn more

The GSA’s Galileo Initial Services pagee

The European GNSS Service Centre is the place to go for all things related to developing Galileo-capable products and services. 

GSA Ready for Initial Services

 

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GSA Signs Galileo Service Operator Contract

15.12.2016 13:58  
Published: 
15 December 2016

 

Following a lengthy and complex tendering process that started in January 2015, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) awarded the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) contract, with a value of up to EUR 1.5 billion, to Spaceopal at a special event in Brussels. Spaceopal is a joint venture between the German Aerospace Agency (DLR) and Italy’s Telespazio.

“With its emphasis on service performance, this contract will shape the future of Galileo,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “We look forward to building a strong partnership with Spaceopal as Galileo moves towards full operational capability under the responsibility of the GSA from January 2017.”

Specifically, under GSA management, the contract awarded to Spaceopal includes:

  • Secure operations of Galileo from two mission control centres (GCC), located in Germany and Italy, and the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) for user support services in Spain;
  • Management of the Galileo Data Distribution Network (GDDN);
  • Integrated logistics support and maintenance for the entire space and ground infrastructure;
  • Monitoring of the system performance;
  • Support the completion of the Galileo infrastructure and associated launches.

The GSOp contract marks the official transition of Galileo from a testing phase to a system in service. To ensure a balance between ongoing deployment needs and the priority of the service provision, the contract includes clear and tangible performance indicators (KPIs).

Spaceopal served as the contractor for Galileo operations since 2010 under the Galileo Full Operational Capability (FOC) Operations Framework Contract. “Spaceopal is committed to continuing to support the deployment and completion of the Galileo system,” says Spaceopal CEO Giuseppe Lenzo. “We are proud that the GSA has selected us to further contribute by bringing the Galileo signal in space to users and providing best-in-class satellite navigation services.” 

According to des Dorides, Galileo will now go through three key phrases: commitment, partnership and service delivery. “I look forward to working with the Spaceopal to address the real challenge of translating Galileo’s signal in space into tangible services that will improve the lives of all EU citizens,” he says. “The centre of gravity of the programme is now the user.”

The contract was signed by Carlo des Dorides, on behalf of the GSA, and for Spaceopal by Giuseppe Lenzo and Simon Plum, the company’s COO, at an official ceremony in Brussels on 15 December. The ceremony was featured in an event organised on the occasion of the European Commission’s Declaration of Galileo Initial Services.

 

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With its emphasis on service performance, the Galileo Service Operator contract will shape the future of Galileo

GSA welcomes EUROCAE Working Group to Prague Headquarters

8.12.2016 9:27  
Published: 
08 December 2016

 

The 42nd meeting of the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) Working Group 62 (WG-62) was hosted by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) at its Prague Headquarters from 28 – 30 November. Established in 2002, the WG-62 focuses its work on Galileo deployment, the modernisation of GPS and the implementation and evolution of EGNOS as they apply to civil aviation.

The GSA has been a long-time partner of EUROCAE. “As the GSA’s strategy is to focus on user needs, we continue to contribute to the EUROCAE Galileo Working Group and the development of standards for Satellite-based Augmentation Systems (SBAS),” says GSA Chief Executive Carlo des Dorides. “This group allows us to work directly with receiver manufacturers and other international partners in developing the right standards for satellite navigation receivers used in the civil aviation sector.”

On WG-62’s agenda at this meeting were the development of:

  • Guidance document on the development of a single constellation Galileo OS receiver Minimum Operational Performance Standard (MOPS)
  • SBAS Dual Frequency GPS/Galileo Receiver MOPS

A unique opportunity

As to EGNOS V3, the GSA said it is currently working with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the acquisition process. When operational, the multi-frequency/multi-constellation EGNOS V3 will improve the accuracy and reliability of the positioning information provided not only by GPS, but also Galileo. “This new generation of EGNOS will be the world’s first SBAS system to augment two constellations and the two frequencies used by aviation,” says des Dorides. 

Also read: GSA and EUROCAE working together to build a win-win strategy for Europe

The GSA is currently working on securing the procurement of the DFMC (Dual Frequency Multi Constellation) Aviation prototype receiver (to be used for flight tests) and the GEO-3 Navigation Payload services, in addition to various standardisation tasks. According to des Dorides, it is essential that the GSA have aviation receivers on the market for users to equip their aircraft when EGNOS V3 becomes available, which is expected to happen around 2023. This is because the combination of GPS and Galileo will provide users with a more robust solution and better performance.

“As Europe is the first to deploy the new technology using SBAS to augment Galileo and GPS, we have a unique opportunity to set the standard,” adds des Dorides. “Although we would like to develop this standard with our RTCA partners in the US, nevertheless, European industry should seize this chance to become the first to provide this technology for aviation receivers.”

Currently, the GNSS elements approval scheme, as proposed in the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) new GNSS ConOps, is under discussion by receiver manufacturers. Their decision will serve as the basis for the WG-62’s next round of standards discussions, scheduled for 27-29 June.

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As the GSA’s strategy is to focus on user needs, it continues to contribute to the EUROCAE Galileo Working Group and the development of standards for Satellite-based Augmentation Systems.

GSA welcomes EUROCAE Working Group to Prague Headquarters

8.12.2016 9:27  
Published: 
08 December 2016

 

The 42nd meeting of the European Organisation for Civil Aviation Equipment (EUROCAE) Working Group 62 (WG-62) was hosted by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) at its Prague Headquarters from 28 – 30 November.

Established in 2002, the WG-62 focuses its work on Galileo deployment, the modernisation of GPS and the implementation and evolution of EGNOS as they apply to civil aviation.

The GSA has been a long-time partner of EUROCAE. “As the GSA’s strategy is to focus on user needs, we continue to contribute to the EUROCAE Galileo Working Group and the development of standards for Satellite-based Augmentation Systems (SBAS),” says GSA Chief Executive Carlo des Dorides. “This group allows us to work directly with receiver manufacturers and other international partners in developing the right standards for satellite navigation receivers used in the civil aviation sector.”

On WG-62’s agenda at this meeting were the development of:

  • Guidance document on the development of a single constellation Galileo OS receiver Minimum Operational Performance Standard (MOPS)
  • SBAS Dual Frequency GPS/Galileo Receiver MOPS

A unique opportunity

As to EGNOS V3, the GSA said it is currently working with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the acquisition process. When operational, the multi-frequency/multi-constellation EGNOS V3 will improve the accuracy and reliability of the positioning information provided not only by GPS, but also Galileo. “This new generation of EGNOS will be the world’s first SBAS system to augment two constellations and the two frequencies used by aviation,” says des Dorides. 

Also read: GSA and EUROCAE working together to build a win-win strategy for Europe

The GSA is currently working on securing the procurement of the DFMC (Dual Frequency Multi Constellation) Aviation prototype receiver (to be used for flight tests) and the GEO-3 Navigation Payload services, in addition to various standardisation tasks. According to des Dorides, it is essential that the GSA have aviation receivers on the market for users to equip their aircraft when EGNOS V3 becomes available, which is expected to happen around 2023. This is because the combination of GPS and Galileo will provide users with a more robust solution and better performance.

“As Europe is the first to deploy the new technology using SBAS to augment Galileo and GPS, we have a unique opportunity to set the standard,” adds des Dorides. “Although we would like to develop this standard with our RTCA partners in the US, nevertheless, European industry should seize this chance to become the first to provide this technology for aviation receivers.”

Currently, the GNSS elements approval scheme, as proposed in the International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) new GNSS ConOps, is under discussion by receiver manufacturers. Their decision will serve as the basis for the WG-62’s next round of standards discussions, scheduled for 27-29 June.

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As the GSA’s strategy is to focus on user needs, it continues to contribute to the EUROCAE Galileo Working Group and the development of standards for Satellite-based Augmentation Systems.

GSA celebrates four years in Prague

7.12.2016 10:44  
Published: 
07 December 2016

 

The second annual GSA Open Days was a chance for the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Galileo and EGNOS space programmes.

Four years ago, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) moved its headquarters from Brussels to Prague. To celebrate this anniversary and to highlight the many benefits the GSA brings to both Europe and, in particular, the Czech Republic, the Agency held its second annual Open Days on 2 – 3 December 2016.

This year’s event follows on the heels of the successful Ariane 5 rocket launch, which added four new satellites to the Galileo constellation. The launch increased the number of satellites in orbit to 18 and represents an important milestone as the programme moves towards the declaration of Initial Services later this year.

“Over the past four years, the GSA has been transitioning the Galileo programme from a deployment phase to an exploitation phase,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The upcoming declaration of Galileo Initial Services will confirm the GSA’s role in overseeing the service provision and monitoring the security of the overall system, with our Prague Headquarters serving as the epicentre of this mission.”

This year the GSA welcomed over 2500 visitors who came to learn more about the many ways Europe’s space programmes impact their daily lives. As the theme of this year’s Open Days was Travel from Space to Business, several successful Czech space-based companies were on hand to discuss how their businesses are powered by satellite navigation. The agenda also included an array of lectures and workshops explaining satellite navigation and the GSA (in both Czech and English), along with numerous competitions and interactive exhibits.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed the opportunity to explore a Galileo satellite model in its various configurations, take a space selfie, attempt to land an aircraft using satellite navigation and see the Earth from the vantage point of a satellite. In addition, nearly 500 local students attended Satellite Navigation + Europe = GSA, a special event for schools.

Benefiting the Czech Republic

In addition to giving locals a chance to get an inside look at all that is happening at the GSA, Open Days also serves as an opportunity to highlight how the GSA’s location in Prague benefits the Czech Republic. “We planted the seeds by relocating here, and today we are seeing the results as more space applications and products are coming onto the market that originate from the Czech Republic,” says des Dorides.

According to a GSA study, the Agency’s move has impacted the Czech economy both directly and indirectly. For example, since 2012, the direct benefits to the Czech Economy has reached CZK 800 million. Czech companies also benefit from the GSA’s location in Prague, with an increasing number of companies and consortia of Czech companies and institutions applying for R&D funding via the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation.

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Over 2500 visitors came to the GSA to learn about the many ways Europe’s space programmes impact their lives.

GSA celebrates four years in Prague

7.12.2016 10:44  
Published: 
07 December 2016

 

The 2016 GSA Open Days was a chance for the public to get a behind-the-scenes look at the Galileo and EGNOS space programmes.

Four years ago, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) moved its headquarters from Brussels to Prague. To celebrate this anniversary and to highlight the many benefits the GSA brings to both Europe and, in particular, the Czech Republic, the Agency held its second annual Open Days on 2 – 3 December 2016.

This year’s event follows on the heels of the successful Ariane 5 rocket launch, which added four new satellites to the Galileo constellation. The launch increased the number of satellites in orbit to 18 and represents an important milestone as the programme moves towards the declaration of Initial Services later this year.

“Over the past four years, the GSA has been transitioning the Galileo programme from a deployment phase to an exploitation phase,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The upcoming declaration of Galileo Initial Services will confirm the GSA’s role in overseeing the service provision and monitoring the security of the overall system, with our Prague Headquarters serving as the epicentre of this mission.”

This year the GSA welcomed over 2500 visitors who came to learn more about the many ways Europe’s space programmes impact their daily lives. As the theme of this year’s Open Days was Travel from Space to Business, several successful Czech space-based companies were on hand to discuss how their businesses are powered by satellite navigation. The agenda also included an array of lectures and workshops explaining satellite navigation and the GSA (in both Czech and English), along with numerous competitions and interactive exhibits.

Visitors of all ages enjoyed the opportunity to explore a Galileo satellite model in its various configurations, take a space selfie, attempt to land an aircraft using satellite navigation and see the Earth from the vantage point of a satellite. In addition, nearly 500 local students attended Satellite Navigation + Europe = GSA, a special event for schools.

Benefiting the Czech Republic

In addition to giving locals a chance to get an inside look at all that is happening at the GSA, Open Days also serves as an opportunity to highlight how the GSA’s location in Prague benefits the Czech Republic. “We planted the seeds by relocating here, and today we are seeing the results as more space applications and products are coming onto the market that originate from the Czech Republic,” says des Dorides.

According to a GSA study, the Agency’s move has impacted the Czech economy both directly and indirectly. For example, since 2012, the direct benefits to the Czech Economy has reached CZK 800 million. Czech companies also benefit from the GSA’s location in Prague, with an increasing number of companies and consortia of Czech companies and institutions applying for R&D funding via the EU’s Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation.

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Over 2500 visitors attended the 2016 GSA Open Days to discover how Europe’s space programmes impact their lives.

Galileo Reference Centre breaks ground in the Netherlands

5.12.2016 9:06  
Published: 
05 December 2016

 

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) helps lay the ceremonial first brick to officially commence construction on the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) in Noordwijk, the Netherlands.

With the laying of the ceremonial first brick, the construction of the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) has officially commenced. The First Brick Ceremony, a Dutch ground breaking tradition, was held 24 November in Noordwijk, the future home of the GRC.

"With four satellites launched last week, the countdown to Galileo Initial Services has started,” said European Commission DG Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Programme Manager for Galileo and EGNOS, Paul Flament. “The GRC will help ensure that Galileo users are provided with very high quality signals that can be used by an array of new navigation applications.”

GSA Galileo Operations and Maintenance Manager, Davide Castellazzi, added to this, noting that the GRC will play an important role in the Galileo service provision. “The GRC is a cornerstone of the Galileo service provision, from Initial Services to full operational capability and beyond,” he said. “It will be instrumental in monitoring the performance of the system and the service operator, and serves as the door through which Member States can contribute to these tasks.”

“Satellite systems like Galileo are opening up new opportunities in every sector – from water to mobility, energy, agriculture, climate change and food security – and the Netherlands is eager to take full advantage of these opportunities,” said Netherlands Space Office (NSO) Director Ger Nieuwpoort. “This is why the NSO is dedicated to stimulating the use of satellite navigation within government processes and why I am happy to join the European space community here in the Netherlands to officially start building the GRC.” Through a commission by the Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment, the NSO serves as project manager for the GRC construction process.

An important facility in the Galileo programme

Announced at last year’s European Space Solutions Conference in The Hague, the GRC’s core mission is to perform independent monitoring of and reporting on Galileo’s performance. Operated by the GSA, the GRC provides the Agency with an independent system to evaluate the performance of the Galileo Services and, consequently, the Galileo Service Operator, and the quality of the signals in space.

The Noordwijk facility, set to become operational in 2017, will actively integrate contributions from the EU Member States, Norway and Switzerland. The facility is charged with generating performance evaluation products, performing dedicated campaign-based analyses, and reporting on their findings.

“By providing the building for the GRC, the Netherlands underlines the importance it attaches to the Galileo programme and the Noordwijk space cluster,” said Dutch Ministry of Infrastructure and the Environment Director of International Affairs Bart van Bolhuis. He also stressed the excellent cooperation between all the parties involved in the project, including the European Commission, the GSA, the European Space Agency (ESA), the municipality of Noordwijk and various government organisations. “This coordinated effort has resulted in a relatively short definition phase for the building and a rapid start of the building activities,” he said.

“The GSA appreciates the efforts made by the Netherlands to ensure a state-of-the-art GRC building that provides excellent working conditions and is capable of handling the tasks entrusted to it,” added Castellazzi. “We look forward to making use of the new building soon.”

The GRC in Brief

  • The GRC is one of the Galileo Service Facilities: a facility to support the provision of services to the Galileo Core System and Galileo users.
  • The GRC is fully independent of the system and the Galileo Service Operator with respect to both the technical solution and operations.
  • Data and products from cooperating entities in the Member States support both daily operations and specific campaigns.
  • The GRC will benefit from and contribute to maintaining the long-term competences and expertise at the Member State level.
  • All of the components of the GRC are being implemented using a versioning approach, with the first step expected to take place immediately following the declaration of Initial Services.
  • Following the 22 November signing of the contract for GRC development, operations support and hosting services, the GSA is now ready to establish the link between the hosting state and the manufacturer.
  • The GRC was recently nominated by the European Commission as the European Monitoring and Analysis Centre for Galileo, part of a joint project of the United Nations that includes contributions from the United States (GPS), Russia (Glonass) and China (Beidou).

 

The Galileo Services Operator

The Galileo Services Operator (GSOp), under a contract with the GSA, will operate and maintain the Galileo global component. This includes ensuring that the core Galileo services (Open Service, Commercial Service and Public Regulated Service) are provided in compliance with all performance requirements.

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The First Brick Ceremony, a Dutch ground breaking tradition, was held 24 November in Noordwijk, the future home of the GRC.

EGNOS earns new distinction

2.12.2016 9:05  
Published: 
02 December 2016

 

France’s Air and Space Academy recognises EGNOS for its significant contribution to European space.

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) was recently recognised by France’s Air and Space Academy (AAE). In honour of its significant scientific and technical contribution to European space, EGNOS was awarded the AAE’s Vermeil Medal during its 25 November 2016 plenary session in Toulouse. The medal is awarded annually to an individual or organisation that has achieved international notoriety in the field of aerospace. 

“I’m pleased to share this distinction with the EGNOS team and the entire GSA, which has dedicated many years to the success of this programme,” says GSA EGNOS Exploitation Programme Manager Jean-Marc Piéplu. “Many of my colleagues have personally contributed to the development of EGNOS, and this medal belongs to all of them.” 

Also read: EGNOS lays the foundation for Galileo

Joining Jean-Marc in receiving the award was European Space Agency (ESA) Head of EGNOS and SBAS Division Didier Flament and ENAIRE (Spain’s air navigation management organisation) Head of International Affairs and SESAR Coordinator Mariluz de Mateo.    

EGNOS also played a role in this year’s Great Prize winner, which went to the EGNOS-equipped Airbus A350-XWB.

About the AAE

Founded in 1983 in Toulouse, the AAE encourages the development of high quality scientific, technical, cultural and human actions in both air and space. To do so, it promotes knowledge sharing across the industry and serves as a focal point for aerospace activities. Its members – who come from all walks of aerospace life and include pilots, astronauts, scientists, engineers, doctors, manufactures, economists, lawyers and artists from France and Europe – work together to achieve these essential goals.

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EGNOS was awarded the AAE’s Silver Medial in honour of its contribution to European space.

GNSS mobile apps: using Nougat to access raw GNSS measurements

1.12.2016 9:25  
Published: 
01 December 2016

 

The ability to access raw GNSS measurements opens up a range of opportunities for mobile app developers, but how do you access the data? During the first European GNSS Agency (GSA) Galileo Hackathon at the WhereCamp ‘unconference’ in Berlin Dr Lukasz Bonenberg from the University of Nottingham explained how app-developers can access raw GNSS measurements on smartphones via the latest release of the Android operating system.

The technical briefing for app-developers at the first GSA Hackathon at Beuth Hochschule für Technik in Berlin covered the latest developments and opportunities for GNSS and Location Based Services (LBS) including both hardware and software.

The hardware that the hackers used in the Hackathon - the Galileo-enabled BQ Aquaris X5 Plus Android smartphone - was described by Alvaro Fructuoso and Olaja Segura from the phone’s manufacturer. At the heart of the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chip that provides a true multi-constellation GNSS experience.

Digging down in Nougat

The next generation of Android operating system (7.0) is named Nougat and allows access to GNSS raw measurements using a new version of Google’s application programme interfaces (APIs) that give more flexible and deeper access to positioning data. Dr Lukasz Bonenberg from the University of Nottingham opened up the ‘black box’ that is the modern smartphone and shed some light on where hackers and coders needed to look to get access to this data.

Currently, location in Android is accessed via Google Play Services GMS Location providing activity and location awareness that can be easily harnessed by coders to provide enhanced location data (e.g. geofencing, near services etc.) for their apps. New Android Nougat (API v24) adds extra capacities. It directly accesses sensor data via android.location. This data has previously been hidden away in physical drivers, but access now opens up possibilities for higher accuracy and deployment of algorithms currently restricted to more advanced GNSS receivers.

While access to the raw data becomes easier, its use is still a challenging task. The key to reading GNSS measurements is the synching of clocks between the phone and the GNSS satellites to give pseudoranges – effectively the distance from the phone to the satellite degraded by the clock errors. To get an accurate and reliable fix requires signals – and therefore calculated pseudoranges - from at least four GNSS satellites, explained Bonenberg.

MatLab codes

To support this Google has released the MatLlab code demonstrating both the data collection (GNSS data logger application) as well as calculation details for obtaining observations and calculating position. To further support the development community, Bonenberg is developing a version of the processing code in the Python programming language. It is available at his GitHub together with his edits to the original Google MatLab code.

“The ability to access raw data opens up a range of possibilities and opportunities,” claimed Bonenberg. These comprise the use of external corrections including existing differential-GNSS and augmentations services such as EGNOS for high precision. More opportunities come with advanced algorithms to reduce errors in urban areas by, for example, removing satellites that are blocked by buildings from the positioning calculation, and the ability to fuse GNSS data with data from other phone based sensors such as the Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU).

Work is also carried out using carrier phase measurements offering even better positional performance. Not only do these developments promise improved accuracy, availability and reliability or data fusion for mass market applications, but also the ability to use those devices in the domains currently reserved for much more expensive and dedicated GNSS receivers Bonenberg concluded.

“The ability to access GNSS raw data on Android devices opens up a range of possibilities and opportunities.”

More information:

WhereCamp
Android Developers: Location
Lukasz Bonenberg’s GitHub on Android GNSS

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The ability to access GNSS raw data on Android devices opens up a range of possibilities and opportunities.

GNSS mobile apps: Data outputs and Galileo

29.11.2016 9:28  
Published: 
29 November 2016

 

With more signals and better accuracy, Galileo is an invaluable resource for mobile developers working on precise positioning applications. During the first Galileo Hackathon at the WhereCamp in Berlin, experts from the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) shared how Galileo is boosting accuracy and making positioning applications more precise.

App-developers at the first GSA Hackathon in Berlin got a full technical briefing on the latest developments and opportunities for GNSS and Location Based Services (LBS) at Beuth Hochschule für Technik. The packed briefing session heard why the GSA wants the developer community to play with Galileo data, how it hopes to stimulate the community to use Galileo signals to enhance their applications and, therefore, bring the two closer together.

To give the users further insight on the various data outputs and capabilities of Galileo, and GNSS in general, Michele Bavaro of the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) described his work in testing Galileo ready receiver hardware.

Testing hardware

Broadly, two main categories of GNSS receivers exist: professional precision receivers and mass-market (currently only single frequency) receivers. Professional receivers are used for applications requiring high-accuracy, typically at decimetre, centimetre and even millimetre level. The mass-market category includes the chipsets found in smartphones, tablets, sat-navs, trackers, cheap drones and wearable electronics.

Last year JRC was involved in the assessment of Galileo-compliance and also characterised the effects of interference for a total of seven precision receivers. More recently, JRC has worked closely with the GSA and assessed the availability and consistency of the Galileo observables on the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone.

In the video we can see the list of all GPS and all GALILEO satellites the device has in sight. We can see values such as the ID of the satellite, SNR (Signal to Noise Ratio), Elevation, and Azimuth. The flags show if the satellite is Used in Fix, whether that satellite provides the Almanac for the constellation and the Ephemeris.

“Galileo is different to the current GPS system,” Bavaro stated. “It has more signals and better accuracy: essentially I believe it is the future of navigation.” He showed the results of simulated and real world testing of combined GPS + Galileo signals in both static and mobile situations. All the receiver manufacturers had been extremely supportive during the testing.

Bavaro said that the residuals of the Galileo E1 signal were smaller than those of the equivalent GPS L1 signal and that the performance of the combined (GPS+Galileo) signals was always better in both nominal and interference testing scenarios. The accuracy in live mobile testing could only be partially assessed due to the limited number of Galileo satellites available at the time.

The results of the testing showed that Galileo support is mature in most precision professional receivers and, where it is not, manufacturers are ready to implement changes and improve their firmware. Chipsets for the mass-market mainly support Galileo as an adaptation of their legacy GPS technology, so the full potential benefits of the modernised Galileo Signal in Space (SIS) are not necessarily exploited. Those chipsets, unlike professional ones, are also required to maintain minimal battery power drain and have to rely on simplified front ends and antennas.

Galileo for smartphones

Smartphones and tablets are often connected to Internet, allowing them to fully explore web based Assisted GNSS (reducing their time to first fix (TTFF) to a few seconds). In other words the navigation information (on satellite orbits and clocks), which normally needs to be decoded from live SIS can be retrieved from the Internet instead, with a validity of several days. In addition the computational core of the GNSS receiver is a small piece of silicon Intellectual Property (IP) inside a System on Chip (SoC) which also integrates the application processor.

“The Galileo E1 Open Service (OS) signals are designed with an in-phase pair of data and pilot,” explained Bavaro. “The availability of a (data-less) pilot channel represents a unique asset for smartphones as it allows a level of processing gain, and therefore sensitivity, only bounded by the quality of the receiver's internal oscillator.”

Such oscillators have greatly improved in the last decade driven by the need for high data-rates on cellular networks (4G) and WiFi. From a 200 milliseconds signal snapshot a smartphone can derive a very precise, unambiguous ranging signal to Galileo satellites by leveraging the pilot codes. This is much harder to do with GPS signals.

The Galileo E1BC signals also overlap in frequency with GPS L1 thus they don't require additional radio frequency circuitry inside a GNSS chip, just more silicon for digital signal processing. The binary offset carrier (BOC) modulation used by Galileo is more robust compared to GPS in most modern receiver architectures and another obvious advantage of Galileo E1BC modulation is that it has three times higher accuracy than the legacy GPS.

Galileo uses longer codes compared to GPS, which makes the code synchronisation search longer and more difficult to perform for a receiver, but in turn the ranging has much larger ambiguity of 1200 km compared to 300 km for GPS. Again this greatly reduces the search space for all receivers.

Trends in GNSS

Bavaro identified the major trends in GNSS research as Protect, Toughen and Augment (PTA). There is a need to introduce rules to protect the valuable spectrum which is the basis for provision of position and time globally. In parallel GNSS vulnerabilities must be addressed, making satellite navigation more resilient to malicious attacks or involuntary-induced signal anomalies such as jamming and spoofing. And finally synergies with other technologies must be assessed that can increase availability and robustness.

Today everyone carries at least one GNSS receiver and the mass market needs ever increasing availability, accuracy and reliability. With the advent of drones and self-driving vehicles coexisting with humans’ personal space there is a requirement for even more accuracy, availability and reliability. This means there is a need for both an enhanced Signal in Space and the integrity service provided by EGNOS.

“Today satellite positioning is done by billions of people using signals designed 40 years ago as secondary channels for military users - GPS L1 C/A stands for ‘Coarse Acquisition’,” says Bavaro. “Europe has a unique opportunity to provide the new de-facto standard for GNSS. It is obvious that, if all the vulnerabilities are accounted for, it is time to start building user accuracy, availability and reliability on top of a modern PNT system, and Galileo may well be all or part of that system.”

“Galileo signals are inherently more accurate. The future for locations is based on accuracy, so Galileo is an answer,” he concluded. “Galileo was born to be compatible with GPS so it is also relatively cheap and easy to integrate with existing GNSS receiver technology.”

“Galileo signals are inherently more accurate. The future for location is based on accuracy.”

More information:
WhereCamp
European Commission Joint Research Centre (JRC)

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Galileo is an invaluable resource for mobile developers working on precise positioning applications.

GSA extends scope of ISO 9001 certification

23.11.2016 9:52  
Published: 
23 November 2016

 

The scope of the GSA’s ISO 9001 certification has been extended to include the management of the Galileo exploitation phase and the operation of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC). The announcement follows extensive internal and external audits of the GSMC in France and GSA Headquarters in Prague.

ISO 9001 is an internationally-recognised standard certifying an organisation’s Quality Management System (QMS). The GSA’s QMS has been ISO 9001 certified since December 2014, with the original certification covering activities in preparation for the Galileo exploitation phase and GSMC activities. The extended certification now covers all Agency activities related to the development, maintenance and improvement of European GNSS user-oriented services and related infrastructure, including: managing the EGNOS and Galileo exploitation phases, operating the GSMC, supporting security accreditation and promoting innovation in GNSS applications and services with the support of an enabling administrative platform (i.e., legal, procurement, human resources, ICT, communications, etc.). 

“As we move closer to the declaration of Galileo Initial Services, this extended certification is an important step as it demonstrates the GSA’s commitment to quality processes and allows us to deliver more effective and efficient services that better respond to user needs,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

The current certification is valid through December 2017. The GSA is already preparing to renew the certification. 

About ISO 9001

The International Standards Organisation (ISO) is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies (ISO member bodies). The work of preparing International Standards is carried out through ISO technical committees, in liaison with international organisations, governmental and non-governmental bodies.

ISO 9001 specifies the requirements for a Quality Management System (QMS) that may be used by organisations for internal application, certification or contractual purposes. The process approach is shown in the conceptual model from the ISO 9001 Standard, recognising that customers play a significant role in defining requirements as inputs, and monitoring of customer satisfaction is necessary to evaluate and validate whether customer requirements have been met.

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ISO 9001 is an internationally-recognised standard certifying an organisation’s Quality Management System (QMS).

Galileo constellation grows with successful satellite launch

21.11.2016 9:14  
Published: 
21 November 2016

 

Following the successful launch of four Galileo satellites, the Galileo constellation now has 18 satellites in orbit as it moves towards the declaration of Initial Services.The launch was the first time the European Ariane-5 launcher was used for the Galileo programme. “The Galileo launch was a great success,” says European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs Elżbieta Bieńkowska. “With more satellites in orbit, Galileo will soon be able to offer Initial Services for its users.”

The declaration of Initial Services is expected soon and, with it, Galileo will officially go from being a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) system in testing to a live, operational service. For the first time ever, European satellites will provide users with global positioning, navigation and timing information.

“As we transition from a deployment phase to an exploitation phase, the GSA will take a prominent role in overseeing the service provision and monitoring the security of the overall system,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The GSA is ready to make Galileo work for Europe.”  

While the four new satellites are not a prerequisite for declaring Initial Services, and will not be used for Galileo services until in-orbit commissioning is complete, each additional satellite reinforces the constellation and improves the availability and performance of the system.

Until the full satellite constellation and ground infrastructure are in place, which is expected to happen in 2020, Galileo will be used in combination with GPS – a combination that provides users with an enhanced level of service.  

Ready to make its mark

The declaration of Galileo Initial Services is the first step towards reaching full operational capability. The first services offered by Galileo include the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS), and Search and Rescue Service (SAR). With Initial Services, all mass-market devices containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such as smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo signals for positioning, navigation and timing.

Watch This: GSA ready for Initial Services

Many Galileo compatible products can already be found in stores. In fact, almost 60% of all available receivers, chipsets and modules support a minimum of two GNSS constellation. Of these, nearly 40% are Galileo compatible – a figure that is increasing every day. Furthermore, by 2018, Galileo will be found in every new model of vehicle sold in Europe, enabling the eCall emergency response system.

European citizens stand to benefit greatly from Galileo Initial Services. For example, the Search and Rescue service reduces the time it takes to detect a person lost at sea or in the mountains from three hours to just 10 minutes after a distress beacon is activated. Users will also benefit from the increased availability of satellite signals that Galileo provides.

 

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The 17 November 2016 launch was the first time the European Ariane-5 launcher was used for the Galileo programme. ©ESA

WhereCamp Berlin focus on LBS and Geo-IoT

14.11.2016 9:05  
WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin
Published: 
14 November 2016

 

The WhereCamp Berlin ‘unconference’ on 3 and 4 November offered exciting insights on the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and the Geo-IoT (Geolocation - Internet of Things) including some interesting developments around the use of LBS provided by European GNSS. The meeting featured the first ever Galileo Hackathon (link) and a plenary session hosted by the GSA on Technology Trends in Geolocation presented by the global leaders in the field: Qualcomm, Broadcom and Google.

WhereCamp ‘unconferences’ are dedicated to geolocation professionals and students. This sixth European version took place at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences. A feature of the WhereCamp is the relative young age of the enthusiastic audience. They were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian von Klinski, Vice President of the university, who claimed that the advances in location based services in recent years were just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of expected societal changes. New regulations and economic structures would be needed to cope with the disruptive changes that Geo-IoT technologies would bring.

In an opening panel moderated by Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner of the WhereCamp organisers Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation, some LBS experts considered where the industry was going. Nicholas Goubert, Senior Director Product Management at HERE Open Location Platform talked about the need for “location intelligence”. He thought users were becoming lazier so there was a need to push the right amount of relevant data at the right time to them. “Location is one angle to bring that right data,” he claimed.

Gary Gale of Malstow Geospatial, who described himself as a Geotechnologist and Neogeographer, said that “we should not be surprised when the next disruptive innovation arrives” in location. He agreed that “we are currently drowning in data” and the big change will occur when “services will be created to make sense of all these data.”

Tech Trends in Geo-IoT

Justyna Redelkiewicz from the GSA opened the GNSS-focussed session by presenting the highlights of the recently published GNSS User Technology report. According to the report, five main areas of innovation will drive the future of LBS:

  1. connectivity (providing faster fixes in assisted mode and enabling all crowd-sourced apps that include sharing location);
  2. indoor usage with the objective of a seamless location everywhere;
  3. continuous availability of signal in difficult environments;
  4. better accuracy (one metre or less); and
  5. power consumption reduction especially with increasing complexity.

 

    : Technology Trends in Geolocation, panel discussion, WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016

    Technology Trends in Geolocation, panel discussion, WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016

     

    “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases,” she said. “Emerging indoor location technologies and GNSS multi-constellation outdoors will enable this true ubiquity”. At a technical level, the recent decision by Google to allow users to access raw GNSS data in the latest releases of Android software and the advent of dual frequency GNSS signals could both bring enhanced accuracy to mass market applications.

    In terms of Geo-IoT, Mrs. Redelkiewicz saw GNSS as a key component. “IoT is driven by a combination of sensors and connectivity that must include GNSS,” she argued.

    Hamid Nazeman from Qualcomm Europe described the latest location technology and GNSS innovations in the current generation of Snapdragon processors. He estimated that between 2015 and 2019, some 8.5 billion smartphones would be shipped cumulatively. He argued that while connectivity is the key enabling technology for smartphone users, that location is also increasingly integral to the mobile experience – and that users won’t compromise on experience. Snapdragon processors fully integrate location technologies, leveraging GNSS, cellular, and Wi-Fi signals, as well as other third party sensor inputs. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is rolling out broad support for Galileo this year across its Snapdragon processor and modem portfolios. In July, the first European Galileo-ready smartphone – the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus – was launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor.

    The opportunities for dual frequency in consumer applications were described by Manuel Del Castillo of another leading chip maker: Broadcom. He saw the main benefit of accessing both L1/E1 and L5/E5 signals in terms of increased accuracy. The inherent improved properties of Galileo E1 and L5/E5 provide better accuracy and allow some mitigation of multipath issues, which would be a benefit for navigation and LBS in urban environments. He also claimed that sensitivity would be improved due to the higher transmission power of the L5/E5 signals.

    “In real world testing, Broadcom has already shown four-times more accuracy using dual frequency as compared to single frequency solutions,” claimed Mr. Del Castillo. The company will implement dual frequency with the next generation of Broadcom chips. Despite having dual frequency capability, the new chips will also consume less power due to an advanced manufacturing process.

    Android for surveying?

    Finally, Ed Parsons from Google explored the developments in Android software that now allow users to access more easily GNSS data, including raw signal measurements, to build innovative applications. He said that “location was an essential element of making contextual applications work” and that “GPS is old school, now we are in the era of multi-constellation GNSS.” This will add new functions: in particular a much quicker time to get a location fix.

    He stated that the ability to access and use raw measurements could enable new levels of accuracy – even down to few centimetres. This enhanced sensitivity and precision would make a whole host of new and exciting applications and uses possible in the surveying domain.

    Mr. Parsons was asked if Google was considering running its own base station network for precise positioning.  He thought the idea was conceivable, but there might be better ways to reach precise positioning RTK-like solutions, including, for example, the usage of EGNOS.

    “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases.”

    More information:

    WhereCamp
    BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone
    Qualcomm
    Broadcom
    Google
    Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation
    GSA Technology Trends Report

    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).

    WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016, Beuth University of Applied Sciences

    WhereCamp Berlin focus on LBS and Geo-IoT

    14.11.2016 9:05  
    Published: 
    14 November 2016

     

    The WhereCamp Berlin ‘unconference’ on 3 and 4 November offered exciting insights on the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and the Geo-IoT (Geolocation - Internet of Things) including some interesting developments around the use of LBS provided by European GNSS. The meeting featured the first ever Galileo Hackathon (link) and a plenary session hosted by the GSA on Technology Trends in Geolocation presented by the global leaders in the field: Qualcomm, Broadcom and Google.

    WhereCamp ‘unconferences’ are dedicated to geolocation professionals and students. This sixth European version took place at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences. A feature of the WhereCamp is the relative young age of the enthusiastic audience. They were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian von Klinski, Vice President of the university, who claimed that the advances in location based services in recent years were just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of expected societal changes. New regulations and economic structures would be needed to cope with the disruptive changes that Geo-IoT technologies would bring.

    In an opening panel moderated by Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner of the WhereCamp organisers Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation, some LBS experts considered where the industry was going. Nicholas Goubert, Senior Director Product Management at HERE Open Location Platform talked about the need for “location intelligence”. He thought users were becoming lazier so there was a need to push the right amount of relevant data at the right time to them. “Location is one angle to bring that right data,” he claimed.

    Gary Gale of Malstow Geospatial, who described himself as a Geotechnologist and Neogeographer, said that “we should not be surprised when the next disruptive innovation arrives” in location. He agreed that “we are currently drowning in data” and the big change will occur when “services will be created to make sense of all these data.”

    Tech Trends in Geo-IoT

    Justyna Redelkiewicz from the GSA opened the GNSS-focussed session by presenting the highlights of the recently published GNSS User Technology report. According to the report, five main areas of innovation will drive the future of LBS:

    1. connectivity (providing faster fixes in assisted mode and enabling all crowd-sourced apps that include sharing location);
    2. indoor usage with the objective of a seamless location everywhere;
    3. continuous availability of signal in difficult environments;
    4. better accuracy (one metre or less); and
    5. power consumption reduction especially with increasing complexity.

    “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases,” she said. “Emerging indoor location technologies and GNSS multi-constellation outdoors will enable this true ubiquity”. At a technical level, the recent decision by Google to allow users to access raw GNSS data in the latest releases of Android software and the advent of dual frequency GNSS signals could both bring enhanced accuracy to mass market applications.

    In terms of Geo-IoT, Mrs. Redelkiewicz saw GNSS as a key component. “IoT is driven by a combination of sensors and connectivity that must include GNSS,” she argued.

    Hamid Nazeman from Qualcomm Europe described the latest location technology and GNSS innovations in the current generation of Snapdragon processors. He estimated that between 2015 and 2019, some 8.5 billion smartphones would be shipped cumulatively. He argued that while connectivity is the key enabling technology for smartphone users, that location is also increasingly integral to the mobile experience – and that users won’t compromise on experience. Snapdragon processors fully integrate location technologies, leveraging GNSS, cellular, and Wi-Fi signals, as well as other third party sensor inputs. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is rolling out broad support for Galileo this year across its Snapdragon processor and modem portfolios. In July, the first European Galileo-ready smartphone – the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus – was launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor.

    The opportunities for dual frequency in consumer applications were described by Manuel Del Castillo of another leading chip maker: Broadcom. He saw the main benefit of accessing both L1/E1 and L5/E5 signals in terms of increased accuracy. The inherent improved properties of Galileo E1 and L5/E5 provide better accuracy and allow some mitigation of multipath issues, which would be a benefit for navigation and LBS in urban environments. He also claimed that sensitivity would be improved due to the higher transmission power of the L5/E5 signals.

    “In real world testing, Broadcom has already shown four-times more accuracy using dual frequency as compared to single frequency solutions,” claimed Mr. Del Castillo. The company will implement dual frequency with the next generation of Broadcom chips. Despite having dual frequency capability, the new chips will also consume less power due to an advanced manufacturing process.

    Android for surveying?

    Finally, Ed Parsons from Google explored the developments in Android software that now allow users to access more easily GNSS data, including raw signal measurements, to build innovative applications. He said that “location was an essential element of making contextual applications work” and that “GPS is old school, now we are in the era of multi-constellation GNSS.” This will add new functions: in particular a much quicker time to get a location fix.

    He stated that the ability to access and use raw measurements could enable new levels of accuracy – even down to few centimetres. This enhanced sensitivity and precision would make a whole host of new and exciting applications and uses possible in the surveying domain.

    Mr. Parsons was asked if Google was considering running its own base station network for precise positioning.  He thought the idea was conceivable, but there might be better ways to reach precise positioning RTK-like solutions, including, for example, the usage of EGNOS.

    “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases.”

    More information:

    WhereCamp
    BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone
    Qualcomm
    Broadcom
    Google
    Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation
    GSA Technology Trends Report

    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).

    WhereCamp Berlin focus on LBS and Geo-IoT

    14.11.2016 9:05  
    WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin
    Published: 
    14 November 2016

     

    The WhereCamp Berlin ‘unconference’ on 3 and 4 November offered exciting insights on the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and the Geo-IoT (Geolocation - Internet of Things) including some interesting developments around the use of LBS provided by European GNSS. The meeting featured the first ever Galileo Hackathon (link) and a plenary session hosted by the GSA on Technology Trends in Geolocation presented by the global leaders in the field: Qualcomm, Broadcom and Google.

    WhereCamp ‘unconferences’ are dedicated to geolocation professionals and students. This sixth European version took place at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences. A feature of the WhereCamp is the relative young age of the enthusiastic audience. They were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian von Klinski, Vice President of the university, who claimed that the advances in location based services in recent years were just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of expected societal changes. New regulations and economic structures would be needed to cope with the disruptive changes that Geo-IoT technologies would bring.

    In an opening panel moderated by Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner of the WhereCamp organisers Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation, some LBS experts considered where the industry was going. Nicholas Goubert, Senior Director Product Management at HERE Open Location Platform talked about the need for “location intelligence”. He thought users were becoming lazier so there was a need to push the right amount of relevant data at the right time to them. “Location is one angle to bring that right data,” he claimed.

    Gary Gale of Malstow Geospatial, who described himself as a Geotechnologist and Neogeographer, said that “we should not be surprised when the next disruptive innovation arrives” in location. He agreed that “we are currently drowning in data” and the big change will occur when “services will be created to make sense of all these data.”

    Tech Trends in Geo-IoT

    Justyna Redelkiewicz from the GSA opened the GNSS-focussed session by presenting the highlights of the recently published GNSS User Technology report. According to the report, five main areas of innovation will drive the future of LBS:

    1. connectivity (providing faster fixes in assisted mode and enabling all crowd-sourced apps that include sharing location);
    2. indoor usage with the objective of a seamless location everywhere;
    3. continuous availability of signal in difficult environments;
    4. better accuracy (one metre or less); and
    5. power consumption reduction especially with increasing complexity.

    : Technology Trends in Geolocation, panel discussion, WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016

    Technology Trends in Geolocation, panel discussion, WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016

     

    “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases,” she said. “Emerging indoor location technologies and GNSS multi-constellation outdoors will enable this true ubiquity”. At a technical level, the recent decision by Google to allow users to access raw GNSS data in the latest releases of Android software and the advent of dual frequency GNSS signals could both bring enhanced accuracy to mass market applications.

    In terms of Geo-IoT, Mrs. Redelkiewicz saw GNSS as a key component. “IoT is driven by a combination of sensors and connectivity that must include GNSS,” she argued.

    Hamid Nazeman from Qualcomm Europe described the latest location technology and GNSS innovations in the current generation of Snapdragon processors. He estimated that between 2015 and 2019, some 8.5 billion smartphones would be shipped cumulatively. He argued that while connectivity is the key enabling technology for smartphone users, that location is also increasingly integral to the mobile experience – and that users won’t compromise on experience. Snapdragon processors fully integrate location technologies, leveraging GNSS, cellular, and Wi-Fi signals, as well as other third party sensor inputs. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is rolling out broad support for Galileo this year across its Snapdragon processor and modem portfolios. In July, the first European Galileo-ready smartphone – the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus – was launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor.

    The opportunities for dual frequency in consumer applications were described by Manuel Del Castillo of another leading chip maker: Broadcom. He saw the main benefit of accessing both L1/E1 and L5/E5 signals in terms of increased accuracy. The inherent improved properties of Galileo E1 and L5/E5 provide better accuracy and allow some mitigation of multipath issues, which would be a benefit for navigation and LBS in urban environments. He also claimed that sensitivity would be improved due to the higher transmission power of the L5/E5 signals.

    “In real world testing, Broadcom has already shown four-times more accuracy using dual frequency as compared to single frequency solutions,” claimed Mr. Del Castillo. The company will implement dual frequency with the next generation of Broadcom chips. Despite having dual frequency capability, the new chips will also consume less power due to an advanced manufacturing process.

    Android for surveying?

    Finally, Ed Parsons from Google explored the developments in Android software that now allow users to access more easily GNSS data, including raw signal measurements, to build innovative applications. He said that “location was an essential element of making contextual applications work” and that “GPS is old school, now we are in the era of multi-constellation GNSS.” This will add new functions: in particular a much quicker time to get a location fix.

    He stated that the ability to access and use raw measurements could enable new levels of accuracy – even down to few centimetres. This enhanced sensitivity and precision would make a whole host of new and exciting applications and uses possible in the surveying domain.

    Mr. Parsons was asked if Google was considering running its own base station network for precise positioning.  He thought the idea was conceivable, but there might be better ways to reach precise positioning RTK-like solutions, including, for example, the usage of EGNOS.

    “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases.”

    More information:

    WhereCamp
    BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone
    Qualcomm
    Broadcom
    Google
    Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation
    GSA Technology Trends Report

    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).

    WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin

    WhereCamp Berlin focus on LBS and Geo-IoT

    14.11.2016 9:05  
    WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin
    Published: 
    14 November 2016

     

    The WhereCamp Berlin ‘unconference’ on 3 and 4 November offered exciting insights on the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and the Geo-IoT (Geolocation - Internet of Things) including some interesting developments around the use of LBS provided by European GNSS. The meeting featured the first ever Galileo Hackathon (link) and a plenary session hosted by the GSA on Technology Trends in Geolocation presented by the global leaders in the field: Qualcomm, Broadcom and Google.

    WhereCamp ‘unconferences’ are dedicated to geolocation professionals and students. This sixth European version took place at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences. A feature of the WhereCamp is the relative young age of the enthusiastic audience. They were welcomed by Prof. Dr. Sebastian von Klinski, Vice President of the university, who claimed that the advances in location based services in recent years were just the “tip of the iceberg” in terms of expected societal changes. New regulations and economic structures would be needed to cope with the disruptive changes that Geo-IoT technologies would bring.

    In an opening panel moderated by Prof. Dr. Roland Wagner of the WhereCamp organisers Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation, some LBS experts considered where the industry was going. Nicholas Goubert, Senior Director Product Management at HERE Open Location Platform talked about the need for “location intelligence”. He thought users were becoming lazier so there was a need to push the right amount of relevant data at the right time to them. “Location is one angle to bring that right data,” he claimed.

    Gary Gale of Malstow Geospatial, who described himself as a Geotechnologist and Neogeographer, said that “we should not be surprised when the next disruptive innovation arrives” in location. He agreed that “we are currently drowning in data” and the big change will occur when “services will be created to make sense of all these data.”

    Tech Trends in Geo-IoT

    Justyna Redelkiewicz from the GSA opened the GNSS-focussed session by presenting the highlights of the recently published GNSS User Technology report. According to the report, five main areas of innovation will drive the future of LBS:

    1. connectivity (providing faster fixes in assisted mode and enabling all crowd-sourced apps that include sharing location);
    2. indoor usage with the objective of a seamless location everywhere;
    3. continuous availability of signal in difficult environments;
    4. better accuracy (one metre or less); and
    5. power consumption reduction especially with increasing complexity.

     

      : Technology Trends in Geolocation, panel discussion, WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016

      Technology Trends in Geolocation, panel discussion, WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016

       

      “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases,” she said. “Emerging indoor location technologies and GNSS multi-constellation outdoors will enable this true ubiquity”. At a technical level, the recent decision by Google to allow users to access raw GNSS data in the latest releases of Android software and the advent of dual frequency GNSS signals could both bring enhanced accuracy to mass market applications.

      In terms of Geo-IoT, Mrs. Redelkiewicz saw GNSS as a key component. “IoT is driven by a combination of sensors and connectivity that must include GNSS,” she argued.

      Hamid Nazeman from Qualcomm Europe described the latest location technology and GNSS innovations in the current generation of Snapdragon processors. He estimated that between 2015 and 2019, some 8.5 billion smartphones would be shipped cumulatively. He argued that while connectivity is the key enabling technology for smartphone users, that location is also increasingly integral to the mobile experience – and that users won’t compromise on experience. Snapdragon processors fully integrate location technologies, leveraging GNSS, cellular, and Wi-Fi signals, as well as other third party sensor inputs. Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. is rolling out broad support for Galileo this year across its Snapdragon processor and modem portfolios. In July, the first European Galileo-ready smartphone – the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus – was launched with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor.

      The opportunities for dual frequency in consumer applications were described by Manuel Del Castillo of another leading chip maker: Broadcom. He saw the main benefit of accessing both L1/E1 and L5/E5 signals in terms of increased accuracy. The inherent improved properties of Galileo E1 and L5/E5 provide better accuracy and allow some mitigation of multipath issues, which would be a benefit for navigation and LBS in urban environments. He also claimed that sensitivity would be improved due to the higher transmission power of the L5/E5 signals.

      “In real world testing, Broadcom has already shown four-times more accuracy using dual frequency as compared to single frequency solutions,” claimed Mr. Del Castillo. The company will implement dual frequency with the next generation of Broadcom chips. Despite having dual frequency capability, the new chips will also consume less power due to an advanced manufacturing process.

      Android for surveying?

      Finally, Ed Parsons from Google explored the developments in Android software that now allow users to access more easily GNSS data, including raw signal measurements, to build innovative applications. He said that “location was an essential element of making contextual applications work” and that “GPS is old school, now we are in the era of multi-constellation GNSS.” This will add new functions: in particular a much quicker time to get a location fix.

      He stated that the ability to access and use raw measurements could enable new levels of accuracy – even down to few centimetres. This enhanced sensitivity and precision would make a whole host of new and exciting applications and uses possible in the surveying domain.

      Mr. Parsons was asked if Google was considering running its own base station network for precise positioning.  He thought the idea was conceivable, but there might be better ways to reach precise positioning RTK-like solutions, including, for example, the usage of EGNOS.

      “As connectivity increases, the need for ubiquitous location increases.”

      More information:

      WhereCamp
      BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone
      Qualcomm
      Broadcom
      Google
      Association for Geoinformatics, GeoIT and Navigation
      GSA Technology Trends Report

      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).

      WhereCamp Berlin, 3-4 November 2016, Beuth University of Applied Sciences Berlin

      Sweden gets set for Galileo

      11.11.2016 10:50  
      The event brought together over 60 chipset and receiver manufacturers, government authorities and end users.
      Published: 
      11 November 2016

      In an effort to promote the benefits of Galileo and the imminent declaration of Initial Services to the broader GNSS user community in Sweden, the Swedish Board of Radio Navigation (RNN) recently held a seminar in Stockholm with the participation of the European GNSS Agency (GSA). Entitled How can Galileo contribute to more cost-effective production applications in the PNT field?, the seminar provided an overview of how Sweden is preparing to implement Galileo signals into professional Positioning, Navigation and Time (PNT) applications.

      The event brought together over 60 chipset and receiver manufacturers, government authorities and end users who discussed such topics as: the efforts and requirements for implementing Galileo into GNSS-equipment and Network Real Time Kinetic (RTK) platforms, testing and needs, status of Sweden’s national GNSS infrastructure, and an overview of how Galileo is set to enhance PNT services in Sweden.

      Infrastructure and Equipment are getting ready

      According to a GNSS-user panel, there is an expectation that Galileo will:

      • Improve GNSS-measurements
      • Allow users to take measurements in environments with limited satellite visibility (i.e., in urban settings and dense tree cover)
      • Decrease uncertainty in a signal’s position and time

      The panel was comprised of local authorities from Malmö (Sweden’s third largest city), forest administrators from Lidingö, Lantmäteriet (the Swedish Mapping Cadastral and Land Registration Authority), WSP Consultancy Group, the Swedish Maritime Administration, and marine surveying company Clinton Marin Survey and Time Applications. 

      The panel members expect that Galileo will improve their GNSS-measurements in environments with limited “satellite visibility” and decrease uncertainty in position and time determination.  Panel members noted that additional field tests showing the benefits of implementing Galileo data and a list of Galileo-enabled equipment would be helpful to them as they make the transition towards Galileo. Here the GSA noted that numerous chipset and receiver manufacturers – including Leica, Topcon and Trimble – are already offering Galileo-enabled equipment, products and applications. In fact, according to the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, almost 60% of all available receivers, chipsets and modules support a minimum of two GNSS constellations. Of these, nearly 40% are Galileo compatible – a figure that is increasing every day. As of December 2016, a full list of Galileo-enabled products, services and devices will be available at www.useGalileo.eu.

      The Agency also noted that with the imminent declaration of Initial Services, the Galileo GNSS constellation will become operationally ready to offer its first range of services, including the Open Service, Public Regulated Service (PRS) and Search and Rescue Service (SAR). The Declaration of Galileo Initial Services is the first step towards full operational capability, which will occur when the Galileo constellation is complete in 2020. Between the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services and full operational capability, additional satellites will be added to the constellation, allowing new services to become available. 

      Positive Signs in Sweden

      According to SWEPOS, the Swedish network of permanent reference stations has Galileo-compatible equipment on all of its 300 stations. The network is now only waiting for the manufacturer to provide a software upgrade so the system can handle Galileo data on its control side. On-going developments on the infrastructure required to use Galileo and EGNOS in professional applications were also reported by representatives of the Swedish Maritime Authority, Luftfartsverket Air Navigation Services and Lantmäteriet.

      Likewise, Lantmäteriet and Chalmers University reported on their Galileo field-tests on the ability for GNSS equipment to process Galileo signals. According to the researchers, although the tests show that Galileo can already be used, additional testing is needed in order to demonstrate all the benefits of implementing Galileo capabilities. 

      Great Expectations

      Many participants left noting that they look forward to a close cooperation between infrastructure providers, the user community, research institutes and equipment manufacturers for a cost-effect and smooth implementation of Galileo into professional GNSS applications in Sweden. And although with the launch of Galileo Initial Services comes great expectations from the end users, as can be seen from this seminar, Sweden is well on its way to meeting them. 

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

      The event brought together over 60 chipset and receiver manufacturers, government authorities and end users.

      Galileo bringing added value to ITS all around the World

      10.11.2016 9:29  
      Galileo for intelligent transport systems, showcased at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia
      Published: 
      10 November 2016

      At this year’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrated the added value that Galileo will bring to intelligent transportation systems, starting with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year.

      Galileo took to the global stage at the recent World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne, Australia. In the lead up to the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year, the GSA used the Galileo Village to showcase the programme’s many ITS-related benefits. The stand was organised in conjunction with the Joint European Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness raising, also known as JUPITER, a Horizon 2020 supported project.

      “The goal was to both highlight the many benefits that Galileo will soon offer the ITS sector and to catalyse resources, investments and partnerships, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region, to scale up and really maximise the citizen’s return on investment,” says GSA Officer Alberto Fernández Wyttenbach.

      Introducing Galileo to the ITS market

      Through project demonstrations and presentations, the GSA showed how public stakeholders and actors in the transportation fields stand to benefit from the improved positioning and navigation performance that Galileo offers. “With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services just several months away, the Galileo Village is a unique opportunity for the JUPITER Project to truly introduce the programme to the ITS market and the Asia Pacific region,” says project coordinator Hanna-Kaisa Saari. “Through these demonstrations and interactions, we were able to directly show visitors the value that Galileo brings to this sector.”

      One SME on display at the Village, M3 Systems, specialises in navigation studies, technologies and applications that require accuracy, availability and integrity. As to Galileo, the company is helping define and study Galileo signals and develop performance enhancing algorithms for receivers. One of these, the GNSS Simulator StellaNGC, allows for accurate testing so a user can easily verify positioning performance under varied conditions – of vital importance for companies looking to bring accurate GNSS products to market.

      NSL, another British company exhibiting at the Village, are pioneers in the use of European GNSS technologies within the critical markets that directly affect the safety of citizens, national security and the way business is conducted. The company delivers a range of GNSS-based services, systems, solutions and research to ensure one’s positioning and navigation is accurate, reliable, safe and secure. On display at the Village was the company’s DETECTOR product, a GNSS interference detection and characterisation system. By using DETECTOR, GNSS developers and service regulators can test their systems in the presence of captured interferences.

      In addition to JUPITER, two other GSA-supported projects were exhibiting at the Village: GNSS.asia and INLANE. GNSS.asia is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream sector. “Industrial collaboration within the international context of the GNSS downstream sector is becoming increasingly important, particularly as Galileo moves towards operational readiness,” says project coordinator Rainer Horn. 

      The INLANE project, on the other hand, is focusing on the prospective autonomous vehicle industry. According to the project, the launch of Galileo Initial Services will be a major step towards achieving the level of accuracy and reliability needed to make the autonomous vehicle a reality. “Galileo will provide a stronger service that is more resistant to multipath interference in urban canyons, along with an authenticated signal capable of detecting spoofing attacks – both absolute musts for the safe operation of autonomous cars,” says project coordinator Oihana Otaegui. In this line, the project is working to fuse computer vision with GNSS technologies via dynamic maps that are updated in real time via cloud crowdsourcing techniques. The project’s products were also featured at the Honda and TomTom booths.

      A ride on the Galileo Bus

      Beyond the Galileo Village, the ITS World Congress also featured live demonstrations of Galileo’s improved performance. Delegates were able to catch a ride on the Galileo Bus to shuttle back and forth from the event venue to the Albert Park Demo Precinct. The bus was equipped with a Galileo enabled receiver and a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) that removes the negative impact that signal reflections has on GNSS positioning within an urban environment. The benefits of using Galileo to determine the position of the bus in real time were experienced by around 500 international delegates.

      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 for intelligent transport systems, showcased at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia

      Galileo bringing added value to ITS all around the World

      10.11.2016 9:29  
      Galileo for intelligent transport systems, showcased at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia
      Published: 
      10 November 2016

      At this year’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrated the added value that Galileo will bring to intelligent transportation systems, starting with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year.

      Galileo took to the global stage at the recent World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne, Australia. In the lead up to the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year, the GSA used the Galileo Village to showcase the programme’s many ITS-related benefits. The stand was organised in conjunction with the Joint European Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness raising, also known as JUPITER, a Horizon 2020 supported project.

      “The goal was to both highlight the many benefits that Galileo will soon offer the ITS sector and to catalyse resources, investments and partnerships, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region, to scale up and really maximise the citizen’s return on investment,” says GSA Officer Alberto Fernández Wyttenbach.

      Introducing Galileo to the ITS market

      Through project demonstrations and presentations, the GSA showed how public stakeholders and actors in the transportation fields stand to benefit from the improved positioning and navigation performance that Galileo offers. “With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services just several months away, the Galileo Village is a unique opportunity for the JUPITER Project to truly introduce the programme to the ITS market and the Asia Pacific region,” says project coordinator Hanna-Kaisa Saari. “Through these demonstrations and interactions, we were able to directly show visitors the value that Galileo brings to this sector.”

      One SME on display at the Village, M3 Systems, specialises in navigation studies, technologies and applications that require accuracy, availability and integrity. As to Galileo, the company is helping define and study Galileo signals and develop performance enhancing algorithms for receivers. One of these, the GNSS Simulator StellaNGC, allows for accurate testing so a user can easily verify positioning performance under varied conditions – of vital importance for companies looking to bring accurate GNSS products to market.

      NSL, another British company exhibiting at the Village, are pioneers in the use of European GNSS technologies within the critical markets that directly affect the safety of citizens, national security and the way business is conducted. The company delivers a range of GNSS-based services, systems, solutions and research to ensure one’s positioning and navigation is accurate, reliable, safe and secure. On display at the Village was the company’s DETECTOR product, a GNSS interference detection and characterisation system. By using DETECTOR, GNSS developers and service regulators can test their systems in the presence of captured interferences.

      In addition to JUPITER, two other GSA-supported projects were exhibiting at the Village: GNSS.asia and INLANE. GNSS.asia is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream sector. “Industrial collaboration within the international context of the GNSS downstream sector is becoming increasingly important, particularly as Galileo moves towards operational readiness,” says project coordinator Rainer Horn. 

      The INLANE project, on the other hand, is focusing on the prospective autonomous vehicle industry. According to the project, the launch of Galileo Initial Services will be a major step towards achieving the level of accuracy and reliability needed to make the autonomous vehicle a reality. “Galileo will provide a stronger service that is more resistant to multipath interference in urban canyons, along with an authenticated signal capable of detecting spoofing attacks – both absolute musts for the safe operation of autonomous cars,” says project coordinator Oihana Otaegui. In this line, the project is working to fuse computer vision with GNSS technologies via dynamic maps that are updated in real time via cloud crowdsourcing techniques. The project’s products were also featured at the Honda and TomTom booths.

      A ride on the Galileo Bus

      Beyond the Galileo Village, the ITS World Congress also featured live demonstrations of Galileo’s improved performance. Delegates were able to catch a ride on the Galileo Bus to shuttle back and forth from the event venue to the Albert Park Demo Precinct. The bus was equipped with a Galileo enabled receiver and a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) that removes the negative impact that signal reflections has on GNSS positioning within an urban environment. The benefits of using Galileo to determine the position of the bus in real time were experienced by around 500 international delegates.

      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 for intelligent transport systems, showcased at the ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia

      Galileo bringing added value to ITS all around the World

      10.11.2016 9:29  
      Published: 
      10 November 2016

      At this year’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrated the added value that Galileo will bring to intelligent transportation systems, starting with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year.

      Galileo took to the global stage at the recent World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne, Australia. In the lead up to the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year, the GSA used the Galileo Village to showcase the programme’s many ITS-related benefits. The stand was organised in conjunction with the Joint European Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness raising, also known as JUPITER, a Horizon 2020 supported project.

      “The goal was to both highlight the many benefits that Galileo will soon offer the ITS sector and to catalyse resources, investments and partnerships, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region, to scale up and really maximise the citizen’s return on investment,” says GSA Officer Alberto Fernández Wyttenbach.

      Introducing Galileo to the ITS market

      Through project demonstrations and presentations, the GSA showed how public stakeholders and actors in the transportation fields stand to benefit from the improved positioning and navigation performance that Galileo offers. “With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services just several months away, the Galileo Village is a unique opportunity for the JUPITER Project to truly introduce the programme to the ITS market and the Asia Pacific region,” says project coordinator Hanna-Kaisa Saari. “Through these demonstrations and interactions, we were able to directly show visitors the value that Galileo brings to this sector.”

      One SME on display at the Village, M3 Systems, specialises in navigation studies, technologies and applications that require accuracy, availability and integrity. As to Galileo, the company is helping define and study Galileo signals and develop performance enhancing algorithms for receivers. One of these, the GNSS Simulator StellaNGC, allows for accurate testing so a user can easily verify positioning performance under varied conditions – of vital importance for companies looking to bring accurate GNSS products to market.

      NSL, another British company exhibiting at the Village, are pioneers in the use of European GNSS technologies within the critical markets that directly affect the safety of citizens, national security and the way business is conducted. The company delivers a range of GNSS-based services, systems, solutions and research to ensure one’s positioning and navigation is accurate, reliable, safe and secure. On display at the Village was the company’s DETECTOR product, a GNSS interference detection and characterisation system. By using DETECTOR, GNSS developers and service regulators can test their systems in the presence of captured interferences.

      In addition to JUPITER, two other GSA-supported projects were exhibiting at the Village: GNSS.asia and INLANE. GNSS.asia is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream sector. “Industrial collaboration within the international context of the GNSS downstream sector is becoming increasingly important, particularly as Galileo moves towards operational readiness,” says project coordinator Rainer Horn. 

      The INLANE project, on the other hand, is focusing on the prospective autonomous vehicle industry. According to the project, the launch of Galileo Initial Services will be a major step towards achieving the level of accuracy and reliability needed to make the autonomous vehicle a reality. “Galileo will provide a stronger service that is more resistant to multipath interference in urban canyons, along with an authenticated signal capable of detecting spoofing attacks – both absolute musts for the safe operation of autonomous cars,” says project coordinator Oihana Otaegui. In this line, the project is working to fuse computer vision with GNSS technologies via dynamic maps that are updated in real time via cloud crowdsourcing techniques. The project’s products were also featured at the Honda and TomTom booths.

      A ride on the Galileo Bus

      Beyond the Galileo Village, the ITS World Congress also featured live demonstrations of Galileo’s improved performance. Delegates were able to catch a ride on the Galileo Bus to shuttle back and forth from the event venue to the Albert Park Demo Precinct. The bus was equipped with a Galileo enabled receiver and a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) that removes the negative impact that signal reflections has on GNSS positioning within an urban environment. The benefits of using Galileo to determine the position of the bus in real time were experienced by around 500 international delegates.

      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).

      At this year’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrated the added value that Galileo will bring to intelligent transportation systems, starting with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year

      H2020 Applications in Satellite Navigation – Galileo – 2017 Call now open

      8.11.2016 9:46  
      Published: 
      08 November 2016

       

      To maximise the adoption of Galileo and EGNOS, the third Horizon 2020 call focuses on the development of user-oriented, downstream applications. Priority is also given to projects capable of stimulating the competitiveness of the European GNSS downstream industry.

      Specifically, the call addresses four European GNSS topics, three within Innovation Action (IA) and the fourth in Coordination and Support Actions (CSA).

      GALILEO-1-2017: EGNSS Transport applications (IA): Covering the aviation, road, maritime and rail market segments. Proposals should be built on:

      • Exploitation of the EGNSS signals and operational advantages;
      • Implementation of EGNSS based pilot projects and end-to-end solutions;
      • Standards, certification, legal and societal acceptance;
      • Exploitation of synergies with other positioning and navigation systems and techniques.

      GALILEO-2-2017: EGNSS mass market applications (IA): Applications that foster the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in such mass markets as Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Emergency Services and Commercial and Social LBS. Proposals should make the best use of European GNSS’ features that improve performances in urban environments; multi-constellation, fusion with other positioning techniques; Authentication services of Galileo and techniques to optimise the power consumption.

      GALILEO-3-2017: EGNSS professional applications (IA): Maximising EGNSS differentiators in such professional segments as agriculture, surveying and mapping, timing and synchronisation and other professional applications. For all the professional areas, the development should be built on:

      • Multiple-frequencies E1, E5 and E6;
      • Galileo signal modulation, e.g. AltBOC;
      • High precision and authentication services that will be provided by Galileo,
      • Fusion with other data, such as from earth observation satellites or other in-situ sensors.

      GALILEO-4-2017: EGNSS awareness raising and capacity building (CSA): To support the building of industrial relationships, the competitiveness of EU industry and the creation of incentive schemes in order to develop market opportunities and foster the emergence of new downstream applications.

      As small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the development of innovative GNSS applications, this call encourages SMEs and entrepreneurs to apply .

      Note: the scope of this call does not include proposals addressing applications relating to the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

      The details

      Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from this third call will be managed by the GSA per the delegation agreement with the European Commission.
      All applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSS programmes. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those European GNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. Proposals should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

      The H2020-Galileo-2017-1 Call opened on 8 November 2016 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 1 March 2017, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). All applications are evaluated by the external experts at GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality and efficiency of implementation.

      For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission Participation Portal.

      H2020 Space Information Days

      As was highlighted at a recent H2020 Space Information Days, held 4 – 5 October in Prague, the first two calls of H2020-Galileo received 194 proposals from 1,409 applicants, with over EUR 65 million awarded to 40 projects. Already these projects are delivering tangible results, with four patents granted, 20 advanced prototypes produced, two products nearing market readiness and 223 scientific papers published.

      With the application period happening in parallel with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services, its role within this call was a topic of particular interest. According the GSA, applications should have a special focus on using Initial Services and the real Galileo signal. It was also noted that, when possible, projects should aim to leverage the synergies between GNSS and Copernicus.

      Over 200 attended the two day workshop, which included detailed descriptions of the four topics, networking opportunities and success stories from the first two calls. Attendees were also able to ask questions about the submission, financial and evaluation processes.

      Presentations can be found here.

      Useful Resources for Preparing Your Application

      Horizon 2020 Participant Portal
      General information on H2020-Galile0-2017-1
      H2020 Online Manual
      H2020 Proposal Submission User Manual
      Proposal Template
      Business Plan Template
      Galileo and EGOS R&D App
      GNSS Projects’ Portfolio
      Presentations from H2020 Information Day

       

      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).

      With a budget of EUR 33 million for the 2017 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 1 March 2017.

      H2020 Applications in Satellite Navigation – Galileo – 2017 Call now open

      8.11.2016 9:46  
      Published: 
      08 November 2016

       

      To maximise the adoption of Galileo and EGNOS, the third Horizon 2020 call focuses on the development of user-oriented, downstream applications. Priority is also given to projects capable of stimulating the competitiveness of the European GNSS downstream industry.

      Specifically, the call addresses four European GNSS topics, three within Innovation Action (IA) and the fourth in Coordination and Support Actions (CSA).

      GALILEO-1-2017: EGNSS Transport applications (IA): Covering the aviation, road, maritime and rail market segments. Proposals should be built on:

      • Exploitation of the EGNSS signals and operational advantages;
      • Implementation of EGNSS based pilot projects and end-to-end solutions;
      • Standards, certification, legal and societal acceptance;
      • Exploitation of synergies with other positioning and navigation systems and techniques.

      GALILEO-2-2017: EGNSS mass market applications (IA): Applications that foster the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in such mass markets as Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Emergency Services and Commercial and Social LBS. Proposals should make the best use of European GNSS’ features that improve performances in urban environments; multi-constellation, fusion with other positioning techniques; Authentication services of Galileo and techniques to optimise the power consumption.

      GALILEO-3-2017: EGNSS professional applications (IA): Maximising EGNSS differentiators in such professional segments as agriculture, surveying and mapping, timing and synchronisation and other professional applications. For all the professional areas, the development should be built on:

      • Multiple-frequencies E1, E5 and E6;
      • Galileo signal modulation, e.g. AltBOC;
      • High precision and authentication services that will be provided by Galileo,
      • Fusion with other data, such as from earth observation satellites or other in-situ sensors.

      GALILEO-4-2017: EGNSS awareness raising and capacity building (CSA): To support the building of industrial relationships, the competitiveness of EU industry and the creation of incentive schemes in order to develop market opportunities and foster the emergence of new downstream applications.

      As small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the development of innovative GNSS applications, this call encourages SMEs and entrepreneurs to apply.

      Note:  UK legal entities are eligible to participate and receive fundiing in Horizon 2020 actions.

      The scope of this call does not include proposals addressing applications relating to the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

      The details

      Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from this third call will be managed by the GSA per the delegation agreement with the European Commission.
      All applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSS programmes. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those European GNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. Proposals should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

      The H2020-Galileo-2017-1 Call opened on 8 November 2016 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 1 March 2017, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). All applications are evaluated by the external experts at GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality and efficiency of implementation.

      For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission Participation Portal.

      H2020 Space Information Days

      As was highlighted at a recent H2020 Space Information Days, held 4 – 5 October in Prague, the first two calls of H2020-Galileo received 194 proposals from 1,409 applicants, with over EUR 65 million awarded to 40 projects. Already these projects are delivering tangible results, with four patents granted, 20 advanced prototypes produced, two products nearing market readiness and 223 scientific papers published.

      With the application period happening in parallel with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services, its role within this call was a topic of particular interest. According the GSA, applications should have a special focus on using Initial Services and the real Galileo signal. It was also noted that, when possible, projects should aim to leverage the synergies between GNSS and Copernicus.

      Over 200 attended the two day workshop, which included detailed descriptions of the four topics, networking opportunities and success stories from the first two calls. Attendees were also able to ask questions about the submission, financial and evaluation processes.

      Presentations can be found here.

      Useful Resources for Preparing Your Application

      Horizon 2020 Participant Portal
      General information on H2020-Galile0-2017-1
      H2020 Online Manual
      H2020 Proposal Submission User Manual
      Proposal Template
      Business Plan Template
      Galileo and EGOS R&D App
      GNSS Projects’ Portfolio
      Presentations from H2020 Information Day

       

      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).

      With a budget of EUR 33 million for the 2017 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 1 March 2017.

      H2020 Applications in Satellite Navigation – Galileo – 2017 Call now open

      8.11.2016 9:46  
      Published: 
      08 November 2016

       

      To maximise the adoption of Galileo and EGNOS, the third Horizon 2020 call focuses on the development of user-oriented, downstream applications. Priority is also given to projects capable of stimulating the competitiveness of the European GNSS downstream industry.

      Specifically, the call addresses four European GNSS topics, three within Innovation Action (IA) and the fourth in Coordination and Support Actions (CSA).

      GALILEO-1-2017: EGNSS Transport applications (IA): Covering the aviation, road, maritime and rail market segments. Proposals should be built on:

      • Exploitation of the EGNSS signals and operational advantages;
      • Implementation of EGNSS based pilot projects and end-to-end solutions;
      • Standards, certification, legal and societal acceptance;
      • Exploitation of synergies with other positioning and navigation systems and techniques.

      GALILEO-2-2017: EGNSS mass market applications (IA): Applications that foster the adoption of EGNOS and Galileo in such mass markets as Internet of Things, Smart Cities, Emergency Services and Commercial and Social LBS. Proposals should make the best use of European GNSS’ features that improve performances in urban environments; multi-constellation, fusion with other positioning techniques; Authentication services of Galileo and techniques to optimise the power consumption.

      GALILEO-3-2017: EGNSS professional applications (IA): Maximising EGNSS differentiators in such professional segments as agriculture, surveying and mapping, timing and synchronisation and other professional applications. For all the professional areas, the development should be built on:

      • Multiple-frequencies E1, E5 and E6;
      • Galileo signal modulation, e.g. AltBOC;
      • High precision and authentication services that will be provided by Galileo,
      • Fusion with other data, such as from earth observation satellites or other in-situ sensors.

      GALILEO-4-2017: EGNSS awareness raising and capacity building (CSA): To support the building of industrial relationships, the competitiveness of EU industry and the creation of incentive schemes in order to develop market opportunities and foster the emergence of new downstream applications.

      As small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the development of innovative GNSS applications, this call encourages SMEs and entrepreneurs to apply.

      Note:  UK legal entities are eligible to participate and receive fundiing in Horizon 2020 actions.

      The scope of this call does not include proposals addressing applications relating to the Public Regulated Service (PRS).

      The details

      Horizon 2020 is the European Union’s programme for research and innovation, with a focus on securing Europe’s global competitiveness. The projects coming from this third call will be managed by the GSA per the delegation agreement with the European Commission.
      All applications should promote innovation, demonstrate a clear advantage of using Galileo and EGNOS, and include synergies with other GNSS programmes. Proposals should aim at the definition and implementation of pilot projects and development of those European GNSS-enabled applications that are close to the market and driven by user requirements with a high societal benefit and a potential to eventually set common standards in the field of GNSS applications. Proposals should have a clear intention and rationale to commercialise the products and services developed, including a business plan.

      The H2020-Galileo-2017-1 Call opened on 8 November 2016 and the final and complete form of proposals must be submitted by 1 March 2017, 17:00:00 (Brussels local time). All applications are evaluated by the external experts at GSA’s headquarters in Prague on the basis of excellence, impact, quality and efficiency of implementation.

      For information related to eligibility and admissibility conditions, submission and evaluation process, rules for funding, guide manuals, templates, etc., please visit the official European Commission Participation Portal.

      H2020 Space Information Days

      As was highlighted at a recent H2020 Space Information Days, held 4 – 5 October in Prague, the first two calls of H2020-Galileo received 194 proposals from 1,409 applicants, with over EUR 65 million awarded to 40 projects. Already these projects are delivering tangible results, with four patents granted, 20 advanced prototypes produced, two products nearing market readiness and 223 scientific papers published.

      With the application period happening in parallel with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services, its role within this call was a topic of particular interest. According the GSA, applications should have a special focus on using Initial Services and the real Galileo signal. It was also noted that, when possible, projects should aim to leverage the synergies between GNSS and Copernicus.

      Over 200 attended the two day workshop, which included detailed descriptions of the four topics, networking opportunities and success stories from the first two calls. Attendees were also able to ask questions about the submission, financial and evaluation processes.

      Presentations can be found here.

      Useful Resources for Preparing Your Application

      Horizon 2020 Participant Portal
      General information on H2020-Galile0-2017-1
      H2020 Online Manual
      H2020 Proposal Submission User Manual
      Proposal Template
      Business Plan Template
      Galileo and EGOS R&D App
      GNSS Projects’ Portfolio
      Presentations from H2020 Information Day

       

      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).

      With a budget of EUR 33 million for the 2017 call, the deadline for submitting proposals is 1 March 2017.

      Dancing with apps: Galileo Hackathon codes for the community

      7.11.2016 13:43  
      Published: 
      07 November 2016

       

      The first ever European GNSS Agency (GSA) Galileo Hackathon brought together teams of passionate coders and geo enthusiasts from around the world to compete for some impressive prizes. The venue was Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences on 3 and 4 November during the sixth WhereCamp ‘unconference’ dedicated to geolocation enthusiasts and professionals. All the Hackathon competitors received a Galileo-ready BQ Smartphone and a certificate, while the two winning teams also each collected a €500 cash prize.

      WhereCamp Berlin on 3 and 4 November was the place to be for movers and shakers shaping the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT (Geolocation in Internet of Things). The first Galileo Hackathon was a unique opportunity to showcase coding skills, connect with the Geo-IoT app development community, and to gain a competitive insight on what Galileo LBS will be bringing to the smartphone in your pocket in the very near future.

      The Hackathon was open to any individual or small team interested in developing new applications using Galileo: Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The challenge for the hackers was to come up with an innovative application that makes full use of the Galileo’s unique capabilities in less than 24 hours. There were no limitations on the types of applications that could be created.

      “The aim of the Hackathon for the GSA is to better engage with the app developer community,” explained Justyna Redelkiewicz from GSA. “With the imminent launch of Galileo Initial Services and the recent initiatives that enable developers to more easily access raw GNSS data on Android phones there are some really exciting opportunities for new and powerful LBS applications.”

      There were two main prizes up for grabs: one for the most innovative Galileo-based app and one for the most impactful Galileo-based app.

      Dawning of Aquaris

      The Hackathon was officially launched with an early afternoon briefing session on 3 November, which included an overview of the Galileo-enabled BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone – the first European smartphone with Galileo capability – and the hardware that the teams would be working with.

      Alvaro Fructuoso of BQ described the phone’s capabilities and specification. At the heart of the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chip that provides a true multi-constellation experience. The chip is using Galileo and this ability to access more satellites and better signals means improved location accuracy and faster time to first fix (TTFF).

      After the briefing four enthusiastic teams got down to coding business fortified by GSA-supplied pizza and drinks with some teams working literally overnight to brainstorm ideas and then deliver their code. Technical support was available for all the teams through experts from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), BQ and technical universities from Nottingham and Berlin that covered support on both hardware and software levels as well as GNSS and Galileo specific questions.

      Following 24 hours of hard work, each team had just five minutes to present their ideas and demonstrate their concept. The teams were judged on a set of criteria that included the level of innovation shown, the impact or potential of the idea, the feasibility and sustainability of the concept, its relevance to Galileo and the amount of progress made during the Hackathon.

      The first team to present was ‘Galileo 7’ with team members Dierk Eichel, Damien Michaudet and Jan De Vries their idea was a Pokemon Go type game called ‘GrossStadtWild Go’ where players could monitor and tag the wildlife they encounter in urban environments. The game had a social networking aspect in that it enabled users to exchange information on the location of wild animals in their city.

      Second on stage was a multi-national team called ‘Rovers_Movers’ with a trio of members from three different continents: Tarun Devrant from India, Friedger Müffke of Germany, and Diana M. Cerviño from Venezuela. Their app - Life Watch – aimed to safeguard neighbourhoods by creating citizen awareness and rewarding action for the public good. The improved accuracy of Galileo could enable a quicker and more accurate response to any suspicious event in the area.

      Third to present was the team that created the ‘Didactic Disco’ app, consisting of five members: Wolfhard Fehre, Stephan Brandt, Niklas Bartz, Tobias Seydewite and Daniel Hatton-Johnson. Their app was a multi-player game for drawing on maps that used player movements in an urban environment to create images. The app - demonstrated live - combined social networking and mapping.

      Last to demonstrate their work was team ‘Semicolon’ with team members Mohammed Elsharif and Kazunari Okuda. Their proto-app was called Otoko that means ”a man” in Japanese. This app focused on the added value of Galileo in terms of precision in positioning and was a voice-assisted guidance concept for blind or visually impaired citizens.Rovers_Movers team - developers of Life Watch

      Rovers_Movers team - developers of Life Watch

      Innovation and Impact

      A seven person judging panel consisted of Cristina Comunian from GSA, Jacopo Ovarelli from Alpha Consult, Michele Bavaro from JRC, Lukasz Bonenberg from Nottingham University, Mark Lützner of Spacetec, and Alvaro Fructuoso and Olaja Segovia from BQ.

      After some serious deliberation the winners were announced at the penultimate session of the Wherecamp event just before lunch on 4 November. GSA’s Justyna Redelkiewicz introduced the jury and praised all the competing teams - it had been a tough decision.

      The winner of the most innovative app was announced by Alvaro Fructuoso of BQ with the prize going to the Didactic Disco multi-player map game. He described the app as “a fun map drawing game, but one that had potential for serious use too.”

      Cristina Comunian of GSA proclaimed the Rovers_Movers team’s neighbourhood watch app as the concept with most potential to make an impact on society saying that the app “could help bring communities together again - it was great that Galileo can enable this sort of thing.”

      Congratulations to all the winners and competitors! The event was a great success and plans are in hand for a second Hackathon in the near future. More details soon!

      “The first Galileo Hackathon was a unique opportunity to showcase coding skills and connect with the Geo-IoT app development community.”

      More information:

      WhereCamp
      BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone
      Qualcomm

      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).

      Didactic Disco - “a fun map drawing game, that has potential for serious use too.”

      Dancing with apps: Galileo Hackathon codes for the community

      7.11.2016 13:43  
      Published: 
      07 November 2016

       

      The first ever European GNSS Agency (GSA) Galileo Hackathon brought together teams of passionate coders and geo enthusiasts from around the world to compete for some impressive prizes. The venue was Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences on 3 and 4 November during the sixth WhereCamp ‘unconference’ dedicated to geolocation enthusiasts and professionals. All the Hackathon competitors received a Galileo-ready BQ Smartphone and a certificate, while the two winning teams also each collected a €500 cash prize.

      WhereCamp Berlin on 3 and 4 November was the place to be for movers and shakers shaping the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT (Geolocation in Internet of Things). The first Galileo Hackathon was a unique opportunity to showcase coding skills, connect with the Geo-IoT app development community, and to gain a competitive insight on what Galileo LBS will be bringing to the smartphone in your pocket in the very near future.

      The Hackathon was open to any individual or small team interested in developing new applications using Galileo: Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The challenge for the hackers was to come up with an innovative application that makes full use of the Galileo’s unique capabilities in less than 24 hours. There were no limitations on the types of applications that could be created.

      “The aim of the Hackathon for the GSA is to better engage with the app developer community,” explained Justyna Redelkiewicz from GSA. “With the imminent launch of Galileo Initial Services and the recent initiatives that enable developers to more easily access raw GNSS data on Android phones there are some really exciting opportunities for new and powerful LBS applications.”

      There were two main prizes up for grabs: one for the most innovative Galileo-based app and one for the most impactful Galileo-based app.

      Dawning of Aquaris

      The Hackathon was officially launched with an early afternoon briefing session on 3 November, which included an overview of the Galileo-enabled BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone – the first European smartphone with Galileo capability – and the hardware that the teams would be working with.

      Alvaro Fructuoso of BQ described the phone’s capabilities and specification. At the heart of the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chip that provides a true multi-constellation experience. The chip is using Galileo and this ability to access more satellites and better signals means improved location accuracy and faster time to first fix (TTFF).

      After the briefing four enthusiastic teams got down to coding business fortified by GSA-supplied pizza and drinks with some teams working literally overnight to brainstorm ideas and then deliver their code. Technical support was available for all the teams through experts from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), BQ and technical universities from Nottingham and Berlin that covered support on both hardware and software levels as well as GNSS and Galileo specific questions.

      Following 24 hours of hard work, each team had just five minutes to present their ideas and demonstrate their concept. The teams were judged on a set of criteria that included the level of innovation shown, the impact or potential of the idea, the feasibility and sustainability of the concept, its relevance to Galileo and the amount of progress made during the Hackathon.

      The first team to present was ‘Galileo 7’ with team members Dierk Eichel, Damien Michaudet and Jan De Vries their idea was a Pokemon Go type game called ‘WhereWild’ where players could monitor and tag the wildlife they encounter in urban environments. The game had a social networking aspect in that it enabled users to exchange information on the location of wild animals in their city.

      Second on stage was a multi-national team called ‘Rovers_Movers’ with a trio of members from three different continents: Tarun Devrant from India, Friedger Müffke of Germany, and Diana M. Cerviño from Venezuela. Their app - Life Watch – aimed to safeguard neighbourhoods by creating citizen awareness and rewarding action for the public good. The improved accuracy of Galileo could enable a quicker and more accurate response to any suspicious event in the area.

      Third to present was the Didactic Disco team that created the ‘Disco Draw’ app, consisting of five members: Wolfhard Fehre, Stephan Brandt, Niklas Bartz, Tobias Seydewite and Daniel Hatton-Johnson. Their app was a multi-player game for drawing on maps that used player movements in an urban environment to create images. The app - demonstrated live - combined social networking and mapping.

      Last to demonstrate their work was team ‘Semicolon’ with team members Mohammed Elsharif and Kazunari Okuda. Their proto-app was called Otoko that means ”a man” in Japanese. This app focused on the added value of Galileo in terms of precision in positioning and was a voice-assisted guidance concept for blind or visually impaired citizens.Rovers_Movers team - developers of Life Watch

      Rovers_Movers team - developers of Life Watch

      Innovation and Impact

      A seven person judging panel consisted of Cristina Comunian from GSA, Jacopo Ovarelli from Alpha Consult, Michele Bavaro from JRC, Lukasz Bonenberg from Nottingham University, Mark Lützner of Spacetec, and Alvaro Fructuoso and Olaja Segovia from BQ.

      After some serious deliberation the winners were announced at the penultimate session of the Wherecamp event just before lunch on 4 November. GSA’s Justyna Redelkiewicz introduced the jury and praised all the competing teams - it had been a tough decision.

      The winner of the most innovative app was announced by Alvaro Fructuoso of BQ with the prize going to the Didactic Disco multi-player map game. He described the app as “a fun map drawing game, but one that had potential for serious use too.”

      Cristina Comunian of GSA proclaimed the Rovers_Movers team’s neighbourhood watch app as the concept with most potential to make an impact on society saying that the app “could help bring communities together again - it was great that Galileo can enable this sort of thing.”

      Congratulations to all the winners and competitors! The event was a great success and plans are in hand for a second Hackathon in the near future. More details soon!

      “The first Galileo Hackathon was a unique opportunity to showcase coding skills and connect with the Geo-IoT app development community.”

      More information:

      WhereCamp
      BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone
      Qualcomm

      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).

      Didactic Disco - “a fun map drawing game, that has potential for serious use too.”

      Dancing with apps: Galileo Hackathon codes for the community

      7.11.2016 13:43  
      Published: 
      07 November 2016

       

      The first ever European GNSS Agency (GSA) Galileo Hackathon brought together teams of passionate coders and geo enthusiasts from around the world to compete for some impressive prizes. The venue was Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences on 3 and 4 November during the sixth WhereCamp ‘unconference’ dedicated to geolocation enthusiasts and professionals. All the Hackathon competitors received a Galileo-ready BQ Smartphone and a certificate, while the two winning teams also each collected a €500 cash prize.

      WhereCamp Berlin on 3 and 4 November was the place to be for movers and shakers shaping the future of Location Based Services (LBS) and Geo-IoT (Geolocation in Internet of Things). The first Galileo Hackathon was a unique opportunity to showcase coding skills, connect with the Geo-IoT app development community, and to gain a competitive insight on what Galileo LBS will be bringing to the smartphone in your pocket in the very near future.

      The Hackathon was open to any individual or small team interested in developing new applications using Galileo: Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The challenge for the hackers was to come up with an innovative application that makes full use of the Galileo’s unique capabilities in less than 24 hours. There were no limitations on the types of applications that could be created.

      “The aim of the Hackathon for the GSA is to better engage with the app developer community,” explained Justyna Redelkiewicz from GSA. “With the imminent launch of Galileo Initial Services and the recent initiatives that enable developers to more easily access raw GNSS data on Android phones there are some really exciting opportunities for new and powerful LBS applications.”

      There were two main prizes up for grabs: one for the most innovative Galileo-based app and one for the most impactful Galileo-based app.

      Dawning of Aquaris

      The Hackathon was officially launched with an early afternoon briefing session on 3 November, which included an overview of the Galileo-enabled BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone – the first European smartphone with Galileo capability – and the hardware that the teams would be working with.

      Alvaro Fructuoso of BQ described the phone’s capabilities and specification. At the heart of the phone is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 chip that provides a true multi-constellation experience. The chip is using Galileo and this ability to access more satellites and better signals means improved location accuracy and faster time to first fix (TTFF).

      After the briefing four enthusiastic teams got down to coding business fortified by GSA-supplied pizza and drinks with some teams working literally overnight to brainstorm ideas and then deliver their code. Technical support was available for all the teams through experts from the Joint Research Centre (JRC), BQ and technical universities from Nottingham and Berlin that covered support on both hardware and software levels as well as GNSS and Galileo specific questions.

      Following 24 hours of hard work, each team had just five minutes to present their ideas and demonstrate their concept. The teams were judged on a set of criteria that included the level of innovation shown, the impact or potential of the idea, the feasibility and sustainability of the concept, its relevance to Galileo and the amount of progress made during the Hackathon.

      The first team to present was ‘Galileo 7’ with team members Dierk Eichel, Damien Michaudet and Jan De Vries their idea was a Pokemon Go type game called ‘GrossStadtWild Go’ where players could monitor and tag the wildlife they encounter in urban environments. The game had a social networking aspect in that it enabled users to exchange information on the location of wild animals in their city.

      Second on stage was a multi-national team called ‘Rovers_Movers’ with a trio of members from three different continents: Tarun Devrant from India, Friedger Müffke of Germany, and Diana M. Cerviño from Venezuela. Their app - Life Watch – aimed to safeguard neighbourhoods by creating citizen awareness and rewarding action for the public good. The improved accuracy of Galileo could enable a quicker and more accurate response to any suspicious event in the area.

      Third to present was the team that created the ‘Didactic Disco’ app, consisting of five members: Wolfhard Fehre, Stephan Brandt, Niklas Bartz, Tobias Seydewite and Daniel Hatton-Johnson. Their app was a multi-player game for drawing on maps that used player movements in an urban environment to create images. The app - demonstrated live - combined social networking and mapping.

      Last to demonstrate their work was team ‘Semicolon’ with team members Mohammed Elsharif and Kazunari Okuda. Their proto-app was called Otoko that means ”a man” in Japanese. This app focused on the added value of Galileo in terms of precision in positioning and was a voice-assisted guidance concept for blind or visually impaired citizens.Rovers_Movers team - developers of Life Watch

      Rovers_Movers team - developers of Life Watch

      Innovation and Impact

      A seven person judging panel consisted of Cristina Comunian from GSA, Jacopo Ovarelli from Alpha Consult, Michele Bavaro from JRC, Lukasz Bonenberg from Nottingham University, Mark Lützner of Spacetec, and Alvaro Fructuoso and Olaja Segovia from BQ.

      After some serious deliberation the winners were announced at the penultimate session of the Wherecamp event just before lunch on 4 November. GSA’s Justyna Redelkiewicz introduced the jury and praised all the competing teams - it had been a tough decision.

      The winner of the most innovative app was announced by Alvaro Fructuoso of BQ with the prize going to the Didactic Disco multi-player map game. He described the app as “a fun map drawing game, but one that had potential for serious use too.”

      Cristina Comunian of GSA proclaimed the Rovers_Movers team’s neighbourhood watch app as the concept with most potential to make an impact on society saying that the app “could help bring communities together again - it was great that Galileo can enable this sort of thing.”

      Congratulations to all the winners and competitors! The event was a great success and plans are in hand for a second Hackathon in the near future. More details soon!

      “The first Galileo Hackathon was a unique opportunity to showcase coding skills and connect with the Geo-IoT app development community.”

      More information:

      WhereCamp
      BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone
      Qualcomm

      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).

      Didactic Disco - “a fun map drawing game, but one that had potential for serious use too.”

      BQ Aquaris X5 Plus Smartphone Officially Galileo-Ready

      4.11.2016 9:26  
      Published: 
      04 November 2016

       

      With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services coming soon, the first European Galileo-ready smartphone is now operational.

      The Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone, the first European Galileo-ready smartphones and produced by the Spanish technology company BQ, is now officially Galileo-capable. Following a firmware update released this week, users can now access the Galileo signal via the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. To activate Galileo on the Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone, one only has to upgrade to the latest firmware version. 

      As Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information that will greatly benefit European services and users – including the Location Based Services (LBS) community. Being fully compatible with all existing and future GNSS (i.e., GPS, GLONASS, etc.), Galileo enables a seamless and accurate experience for multi-constellation users worldwide. “I am glad to see Galileo is taking off in the smartphone arena,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The key to Galileo’s success in this market is to ensure its update by LBS device manufacturers, and we are excited that a European smartphone manufacturer is pioneering the use of Galileo for enhanced LBS solutions.”

      Leveraging Galileo’s Capabilities

      To shape the future of Location Based Services and leverage the power of Galileo, this week Europe’s leading coders are competing in the first Galileo Hackathon. During the two-day event, coders will be the first to use the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus’ Galileo-enabled firmware to come up with innovative applications that make full use of Galileo’s numerous capabilities. The Hackathon is happening November 3 – 4 during WhereCamp, the ‘unconference’ dedicated to geolocation enthusiasts and professionals, at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences. 

      About the Aquaris X5 Plus Smartphone

      The next-generation Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone comes equipped with a 3,200 mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa Core processor, up to 1.8 GHz and an Adreno 510 graphic processor of up to 550 MHz. It features a 16 Mpx back camera, Sony IMX298 sensor, f/2.0 dual tone flash and phase detection focus, along with a Sony IMX219 sensor-equipped 8 Mpx front camera. The phone offers 4K video recording, video stabilizer, fingerprint scanner and NFC.

       

      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 BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone is officially Galileo-capable.

      BQ Aquaris X5 Plus Smartphone Officially Galileo-Ready

      4.11.2016 9:26  
      Published: 
      04 November 2016

       

      With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services coming soon, the first European Galileo-ready smartphone is now operational.

      The Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone, the first European Galileo-ready smartphones and produced by the Spanish technology company BQ, is now officially Galileo-capable. Following a firmware update released this week, users can now access the Galileo signal via the phone’s Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 processor. To activate Galileo on the Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone, one only has to upgrade to the latest firmware version. 

      As Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Galileo provides improved positioning and timing information that will greatly benefit European services and users – including the Location Based Services (LBS) community. Being fully compatible with all existing and future GNSS (i.e., GPS, GLONASS, etc.), Galileo enables a seamless and accurate experience for multi-constellation users worldwide. “I am glad to see Galileo is taking off in the smartphone arena,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “The key to Galileo’s success in this market is to ensure its update by LBS device manufacturers, and we are excited that a European smartphone manufacturer is pioneering the use of Galileo for enhanced LBS solutions.”

      Leveraging Galileo’s Capabilities

      To shape the future of Location Based Services and leverage the power of Galileo, this week Europe’s leading coders are competing in the first Galileo Hackathon. During the two-day event, coders will be the first to use the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus’ Galileo-enabled firmware to come up with innovative applications that make full use of Galileo’s numerous capabilities. The Hackathon is happening November 3 – 4 during WhereCamp, the ‘unconference’ dedicated to geolocation enthusiasts and professionals, at Berlin’s Beuth University of Applied Sciences. 

      About the Aquaris X5 Plus Smartphone

      The next-generation Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone comes equipped with a 3,200 mAh battery, Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 Octa Core processor, up to 1.8 GHz and an Adreno 510 graphic processor of up to 550 MHz. It features a 16 Mpx back camera, Sony IMX298 sensor, f/2.0 dual tone flash and phase detection focus, along with a Sony IMX219 sensor-equipped 8 Mpx front camera. The phone offers 4K video recording, video stabilizer, fingerprint scanner and NFC.

       

      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 BQ Aquaris X5 Plus smartphone is officially Galileo-capable.

      GSA Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      2.11.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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).

      New Space Strategy for Europe launched at the European Space Expo

      2.11.2016 9:26  

       

      26 October was a momentous day for the European space sector with the adoption of the first truly comprehensive Space Strategy for Europe by the European Commission. The strategy sets out an ambitious vison for the future of space activities in Europe with its underlining message that ‘Space matters for Europe’. To celebrate this event a launch ceremony was held in the European Space Expo in Brussels, which has just completed a four-year tour around Europe.

      European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič opened the high level event stressing that “Space is important for Europe and for European citizens.” He was pleased to see so many people celebrating the new EU Space Strategy and said that it gave new momentum to the whole space sector.

      Space matters

      European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, noted that this was the first time that the EU had developed such a comprehensive strategy for space. She said that the policy “builds on our respective strengths and strategies” and stressed the simple message that “space matters” for all of us.

      The Space Strategy for Europe responds to growing global competition, increasing private sector involvement and major technological shifts. The Commission strategy proposes a range of actions to allow Europeans to fully seize the benefits offered by space, create the right ecosystem for space start-ups to grow, promote Europe's leadership in space and increase its share on the world space markets. The strategy will foster a competitive and innovative European space sector and maintain Europe's strategic autonomy while strengthening its global role in space.

      In particular with the Galileo and Copernicus programmes becoming operational, there was a need to shift to concrete applications based on space data said Commissioner Bieńkowska. It was essential that the EU’s world class space industry remained competitive and that we are able to maximise the benefits from space for the whole of society.

      GSA role

      Of course the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has a major role to play in delivering and implementing the new Space Strategy across its four main priorities and in particular in terms of maximising the benefits of space for society and the EU economy, and fostering a globally competitive and innovative European space sector.

      “The GSA welcomes and fully supports the new European Space Strategy,” said Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the GSA. “The Commission has confirmed the continuity of the systems and their operations, including the development of a third generation of EGNOS and a second generation of Galileo. With the imminent declaration of Galileo Initial Services by the Commission, and the provision of EGNOS Services since 2014, the GSA is working hard to ensure end-to-end GNSS service provision.  Through this we ensure that the EU’s investment in space is realised and available for the benefit of European society as a whole.”

      Both members of the Commission recognised the contributions and collaboration of the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner said that the strategy represented the “start of a future journey for Europe.” He looked forward to a “United Space in Europe” where the added-value in space-based solutions can be demonstrated to benefit the whole of society.

      Industry perspective

      The implications of the new space strategy were discussed by a panel of representatives of the European aerospace industry large and small.

      Luigi Pasquali, of Telespazio said that the strategy was an important framework for his company and the emphasis on delivery was essential. Stéphane Israël, of Arianespace agreed. For him the strategy was exhaustive and succeeded in bring space down to earth. It had the “right vision and new ambitions.” In particular he thought that autonomous access to space was essential for competitiveness.

      Three entrepreneurs voiced the views of the dynamic SME segment in the space sector. John Smedegaard of Fieldsense, Winner of the Copernicus Masters competition in 2014 described himself as a “child of EU and ESA support” and said that the strategy with its increased focus on innovation inspires him to continue.

      Rafael Olmedo from Geko Navsat, who has won the GSA Special Topic Prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC aka the Galileo Masters) twice, also completely identified with the strategy, seeing it as an opportunity to create business innovation. Finally Enrique Martinez of Sincratech, winner of the ESNC in 2014 also liked the strategy saying that its publication had resolved many outstanding doubts.

      Wrapping up proceedings, Vice President Šefčovič thanked the contributors for their strong sense of support and team spirit for cooperation on space. Commissioner Bieńkowksa said the strategy showed the way ahead and she looked forward to working together to implement and deliver the policies.

      “A perfect day” is how Jean-Yves Le Gall, who wears many hats as President of the French Space Agency (CNES), co-Chair of the ESA Council, and newly elected Chair of the GSA Administrative Board, commented on the event. He praised the personal commitments of the commissioners to the Space Strategy and said that its “priorities are matched to needs of the space sector” and the “result is a model of balance and clarity.” He looked forward to joint efforts in the future that would demonstrate that “space is Europe’s best achievement.”

      One in a million

      To complete the event, a certificate was presented to the millionth visitor to the European Space Expo: Laura Simon. The milestone had been achieved during the Expo’s last opening in Brussels. The European Space Expo visited 32 European cities during its four-year tour and presented its fascinating interactive exhibits to citizens in 19 different languages.

      “Space is Europe’s best achievement.”

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

      More information:

      Space Strategy for Europe
      European Space Expo
      ESNC

      New Space Strategy for Europe launched at the European Space Expo

      2.11.2016 9:26  
      Published: 
      02 November 2016

       

      26 October was a momentous day for the European space sector with the adoption of the first truly comprehensive Space Strategy for Europe by the European Commission. The strategy sets out an ambitious vison for the future of space activities in Europe with its underlining message that ‘Space matters for Europe’. To celebrate this event a launch ceremony was held in the European Space Expo in Brussels, which has just completed a four-year tour around Europe.

      European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič opened the high level event stressing that “Space is important for Europe and for European citizens.” He was pleased to see so many people celebrating the new EU Space Strategy and said that it gave new momentum to the whole space sector.

      Space matters

      European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, noted that this was the first time that the EU had developed such a comprehensive strategy for space. She said that the policy “builds on our respective strengths and strategies” and stressed the simple message that “space matters” for all of us.

      The Space Strategy for Europe responds to growing global competition, increasing private sector involvement and major technological shifts. The Commission strategy proposes a range of actions to allow Europeans to fully seize the benefits offered by space, create the right ecosystem for space start-ups to grow, promote Europe's leadership in space and increase its share on the world space markets. The strategy will foster a competitive and innovative European space sector and maintain Europe's strategic autonomy while strengthening its global role in space.

      In particular with the Galileo and Copernicus programmes becoming operational, there was a need to shift to concrete applications based on space data said Commissioner Bieńkowska. It was essential that the EU’s world class space industry remained competitive and that we are able to maximise the benefits from space for the whole of society.

      GSA role

      Of course the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has a major role to play in delivering and implementing the new Space Strategy across its four main priorities and in particular in terms of maximising the benefits of space for society and the EU economy, and fostering a globally competitive and innovative European space sector.

      “The GSA welcomes and fully supports the new European Space Strategy,” said Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the GSA. “The Commission has confirmed the continuity of the systems and their operations, including the development of a third generation of EGNOS and a second generation of Galileo. With the imminent declaration of Galileo Initial Services by the Commission, and the provision of EGNOS Services since 2014, the GSA is working hard to ensure end-to-end GNSS service provision.  Through this we ensure that the EU’s investment in space is realised and available for the benefit of European society as a whole.”

      Both members of the Commission recognised the contributions and collaboration of the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner said that the strategy represented the “start of a future journey for Europe.” He looked forward to a “United Space in Europe” where the added-value in space-based solutions can be demonstrated to benefit the whole of society.

      Industry perspective

      The implications of the new space strategy were discussed by a panel of representatives of the European aerospace industry large and small.

      Luigi Pasquali, of Telespazio said that the strategy was an important framework for his company and the emphasis on delivery was essential. Stéphane Israël, of Arianespace agreed. For him the strategy was exhaustive and succeeded in bring space down to earth. It had the “right vision and new ambitions.” In particular he thought that autonomous access to space was essential for competitiveness.

      Three entrepreneurs voiced the views of the dynamic SME segment in the space sector. John Smedegaard of Fieldsense, Winner of the Copernicus Masters competition in 2014 described himself as a “child of EU and ESA support” and said that the strategy with its increased focus on innovation inspires him to continue.

      Rafael Olmedo from Geko Navsat, who has won the GSA Special Topic Prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC aka the Galileo Masters) twice, also completely identified with the strategy, seeing it as an opportunity to create business innovation. Finally Enrique Martinez of Sincratech, winner of the ESNC in 2014 also liked the strategy saying that its publication had resolved many outstanding doubts.

      Wrapping up proceedings, Vice President Šefčovič thanked the contributors for their strong sense of support and team spirit for cooperation on space. Commissioner Bieńkowksa said the strategy showed the way ahead and she looked forward to working together to implement and deliver the policies.

      “A perfect day” is how Jean-Yves Le Gall, who wears many hats as President of the French Space Agency (CNES), co-Chair of the ESA Council, and newly elected Chair of the GSA Administrative Board, commented on the event. He praised the personal commitments of the commissioners to the Space Strategy and said that its “priorities are matched to needs of the space sector” and the “result is a model of balance and clarity.” He looked forward to joint efforts in the future that would demonstrate that “space is Europe’s best achievement.”

      One in a million

      To complete the event, a certificate was presented to the millionth visitor to the European Space Expo: Laura Simon. The milestone had been achieved during the Expo’s last opening in Brussels. The European Space Expo visited 32 European cities during its four-year tour and presented its fascinating interactive exhibits to citizens in 19 different languages.

      “Space is Europe’s best achievement.”

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

      More information:

      Space Strategy for Europe
      European Space Expo
      ESNC

      New Space Strategy for Europe launched at the European Space Expo

      2.11.2016 9:26  
      Published: 
      02 November 2016

       

      26 October was a momentous day for the European space sector with the adoption of the first truly comprehensive Space Strategy for Europe by the European Commission. The strategy sets out an ambitious vison for the future of space activities in Europe with its underlining message that ‘Space matters for Europe’. To celebrate this event a launch ceremony was held in the European Space Expo in Brussels, which has just completed a four-year tour around Europe.

      European Commission Vice President Maroš Šefčovič opened the high level event stressing that “Space is important for Europe and for European citizens.” He was pleased to see so many people celebrating the new EU Space Strategy and said that it gave new momentum to the whole space sector.

      Space matters

      European Commissioner for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs, Elżbieta Bieńkowska, noted that this was the first time that the EU had developed such a comprehensive strategy for space. She said that the policy “builds on our respective strengths and strategies” and stressed the simple message that “space matters” for all of us.

      The Space Strategy for Europe responds to growing global competition, increasing private sector involvement and major technological shifts. The Commission strategy proposes a range of actions to allow Europeans to fully seize the benefits offered by space, create the right ecosystem for space start-ups to grow, promote Europe's leadership in space and increase its share on the world space markets. The strategy will foster a competitive and innovative European space sector and maintain Europe's strategic autonomy while strengthening its global role in space.

      In particular with the Galileo and Copernicus programmes becoming operational, there was a need to shift to concrete applications based on space data said Commissioner Bieńkowska. It was essential that the EU’s world class space industry remained competitive and that we are able to maximise the benefits from space for the whole of society.

      GSA role

      Of course the European GNSS Agency (GSA) has a major role to play in delivering and implementing the new Space Strategy across its four main priorities and in particular in terms of maximising the benefits of space for society and the EU economy, and fostering a globally competitive and innovative European space sector.

      “The GSA welcomes and fully supports the new European Space Strategy,” said Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the GSA. “The Commission has confirmed the continuity of the systems and their operations, including the development of a third generation of EGNOS and a second generation of Galileo. With the imminent declaration of Galileo Initial Services by the Commission, and the provision of EGNOS Services since 2014, the GSA is working hard to ensure end-to-end GNSS service provision.  Through this we ensure that the EU’s investment in space is realised and available for the benefit of European society as a whole.”

      Both members of the Commission recognised the contributions and collaboration of the European Space Agency (ESA). ESA Director General Johann-Dietrich Wörner said that the strategy represented the “start of a future journey for Europe.” He looked forward to a “United Space in Europe” where the added-value in space-based solutions can be demonstrated to benefit the whole of society.

      Industry perspective

      The implications of the new space strategy were discussed by a panel of representatives of the European aerospace industry large and small.

      Luigi Pasquali, of Telespazio said that the strategy was an important framework for his company and the emphasis on delivery was essential. Stéphane Israël, of Arianespace agreed. For him the strategy was exhaustive and succeeded in bring space down to earth. It had the “right vision and new ambitions.” In particular he thought that autonomous access to space was essential for competitiveness.

      Three entrepreneurs voiced the views of the dynamic SME segment in the space sector. John Smedegaard of Fieldsense, Winner of the Copernicus Masters competition in 2014 described himself as a “child of EU and ESA support” and said that the strategy with its increased focus on innovation inspires him to continue.

      Rafael Olmedo from Geko Navsat, who has won the GSA Special Topic Prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC aka the Galileo Masters) twice, also completely identified with the strategy, seeing it as an opportunity to create business innovation. Finally Enrique Martinez of Sincratech, winner of the ESNC in 2014 also liked the strategy saying that its publication had resolved many outstanding doubts.

      Wrapping up proceedings, Vice President Šefčovič thanked the contributors for their strong sense of support and team spirit for cooperation on space. Commissioner Bieńkowksa said the strategy showed the way ahead and she looked forward to working together to implement and deliver the policies.

      “A perfect day” is how Jean-Yves Le Gall, who wears many hats as President of the French Space Agency (CNES), co-Chair of the ESA Council, and newly elected Chair of the GSA Administrative Board, commented on the event. He praised the personal commitments of the commissioners to the Space Strategy and said that its “priorities are matched to needs of the space sector” and the “result is a model of balance and clarity.” He looked forward to joint efforts in the future that would demonstrate that “space is Europe’s best achievement.”

      One in a million

      To complete the event, a certificate was presented to the millionth visitor to the European Space Expo: Laura Simon. The milestone had been achieved during the Expo’s last opening in Brussels. The European Space Expo visited 32 European cities during its four-year tour and presented its fascinating interactive exhibits to citizens in 19 different languages.

      “Space is Europe’s best achievement.”

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

      More information:

      Space Strategy for Europe
      European Space Expo
      ESNC

      Galileo bringing added value to ITS all around the World

      31.10.2016 14:33  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

      At this year’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrated the added value that Galileo will bring to intelligent transportation systems, starting with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year.

      Galileo took to the global stage at the recent World Congress on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) in Melbourne, Australia. In the lead up to the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year, the GSA used the Galileo Village to showcase the programme’s many ITS-related benefits. The stand was organised in conjunction with the Joint European Project for International ITS/EGNSS awareness raising, also known as JUPITER, a Horizon 2020 supported project.

      “The goal was to both highlight the many benefits that Galileo will soon offer the ITS sector and to catalyse resources, investments and partnerships, particularly in the Asia Pacific Region, to scale up and really maximise the citizen’s return on investment,” says GSA Officer Alberto Fernández Wyttenbach.

      Introducing Galileo to the ITS market

      Through project demonstrations and presentations, the GSA showed how public stakeholders and actors in the transportation fields stand to benefit from the improved positioning and navigation performance that Galileo offers. “With the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services just several months away, the Galileo Village is a unique opportunity for the JUPITER Project to truly introduce the programme to the ITS market and the Asia Pacific region,” says project coordinator Hanna-Kaisa Saari. “Through these demonstrations and interactions, we were able to directly show visitors the value that Galileo brings to this sector.”

      One SME on display at the Village, M3 Systems, specialises in navigation studies, technologies and applications that require accuracy, availability and integrity. As to Galileo, the company is helping define and study Galileo signals and develop performance enhancing algorithms for receivers. One of these, the GNSS Simulator StellaNGC, allows for accurate testing so a user can easily verify positioning performance under varied conditions – of vital importance for companies looking to bring accurate GNSS products to market.

      NSL, another British company exhibiting at the Village, are pioneers in the use of European GNSS technologies within the critical markets that directly affect the safety of citizens, national security and the way business is conducted. The company delivers a range of GNSS-based services, systems, solutions and research to ensure one’s positioning and navigation is accurate, reliable, safe and secure. On display at the Village was the company’s DETECTOR product, a GNSS interference detection and characterisation system. By using DETECTOR, GNSS developers and service regulators can test their systems in the presence of captured interferences.

      In addition to JUPITER, two other GSA-supported projects were exhibiting at the Village: GNSS.asia and INLANE. GNSS.asia is dedicated to developing and implementing GNSS industrial cooperation between European and Asia Pacific GNSS industries, with a focus on the downstream sector. “Industrial collaboration within the international context of the GNSS downstream sector is becoming increasingly important, particularly as Galileo moves towards operational readiness,” says project coordinator Rainer Horn. 

      The INLANE project, on the other hand, is focusing on the prospective autonomous vehicle industry. According to the project, the launch of Galileo Initial Services will be a major step towards achieving the level of accuracy and reliability needed to make the autonomous vehicle a reality. “Galileo will provide a stronger service that is more resistant to multipath interference in urban canyons, along with an authenticated signal capable of detecting spoofing attacks – both absolute musts for the safe operation of autonomous cars,” says project coordinator Oihana Otaegui. In this line, the project is working to fuse computer vision with GNSS technologies via dynamic maps that are updated in real time via cloud crowdsourcing techniques. The project’s products were also featured at the Honda and TomTom booths.

      A ride on the Galileo Bus

      Beyond the Galileo Village, the ITS World Congress also featured live demonstrations of Galileo’s improved performance. Delegates were able to catch a ride on the Galileo Bus to shuttle back and forth from the event venue to the Albert Park Demo Precinct. The bus was equipped with a Galileo enabled receiver and a Controlled Reception Pattern Antenna (CRPA) that removes the negative impact that signal reflections has on GNSS positioning within an urban environment. The benefits of using Galileo to determine the position of the bus in real time were experienced by around 500 international delegates.

      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).

      At this year’s ITS World Congress in Melbourne, Australia, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrated the added value that Galileo will bring to intelligent transportation systems, starting with the declaration of Galileo Initial Services later this year

      Dny otevřených dveří GSA se konají již podruhé

      31.10.2016 10:09  

       

      V pátek 2. prosince a v sobotu 3. prosince, ústředí GSA v Praze bude otevřeno pro veřejnost už druhý rok v řadě a poskytne unikátní příležitost nahlédnout do služeb spojených s Evropskými satelitními navigačními systémy a s lidmi, kteří stojí za jejich existencí.

      Během Dnů otevřených dveří budete cestovat mezi vesmírem a obchodem v České republice.

      Toto je skvělá příležitost poslechnout si prezentace českých partnerů GSA, kteří se zúčastnili našich výzkumných a vývojových projektů! Dozvíte se více o práci GSA a zjistíte, jak Evropská unie využívá vesmír a jaký má satelitní navigace vliv na náš každodenní život.

      Program také zahrnuje zajímavé semináře, soutěže, výstavy, animační aktivity pro rodiny s dětmi, činnosti pro školy a jiné zábavné aktivity! Přijďte nás navštívit a uvidíte model jednoho ze satelitů systému Galileo v různých konfiguracích, vyfotíte se ve vesmíru, zkusíte přistát s pomocí satelitní navigace a můžete vyhrát ceny.

      Program Dnů otevřených dveří najdete zde.

      Pokud chcete přijít jako školní návštěva, zaregistrujte se zde, nebo nám napište na tuto adresu: gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu

      Těšíme se na vaši návštěvu.

      Sledujte naše novinky týkající se Dnů otevřených dveří na Twitteru, na adrese @EU_GNSS.

      Pokud chcete psát o Dnech otevřených dveří, prosíme, použijte #GSAOpendays.

      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).

      Dny otevřených dveří GSA se konají již podruhé

      31.10.2016 10:09  

       

      V pátek 2. prosince a v sobotu 3. prosince, ústředí GSA v Praze bude otevřeno pro veřejnost už druhý rok v řadě a poskytne unikátní příležitost nahlédnout do služeb spojených s Evropskými satelitními navigačními systémy a s lidmi, kteří stojí za jejich existencí.

      Během Dnů otevřených dveří budete cestovat mezi vesmírem a obchodem v České republice.

      Toto je skvělá příležitost poslechnout si prezentace českých partnerů GSA, kteří se zúčastnili našich výzkumných a vývojových projektů! Dozvíte se více o práci GSA a zjistíte, jak Evropská unie využívá vesmír a jaký má satelitní navigace vliv na náš každodenní život.

      Program také zahrnuje zajímavé semináře, soutěže, výstavy, animační aktivity pro rodiny s dětmi, činnosti pro školy a jiné zábavné aktivity! Přijďte nás navštívit a uvidíte model jednoho ze satelitů systému Galileo v různých konfiguracích, vyfotíte se ve vesmíru, zkusíte přistát s pomocí satelitní navigace a můžete vyhrát ceny.

      Program Dnů otevřených dveří najdete zde.

      Pokud chcete přijít jako školní návštěva, zaregistrujte se zde, nebo nám napište na tuto adresu: gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu

      Těšíme se na vaši návštěvu.

      Sledujte naše novinky týkající se Dnů otevřených dveří na Twitteru, na adrese @EU_GNSS.

      Pokud chcete psát o Dnech otevřených dveří, prosíme, použijte #GSAOpendays.

      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 Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 10:07  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        
      Use the hashtag #GSAOpendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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 Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 10:07  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives. 

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.       
      Use the hashtag #GSAOpendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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).

      Dny otevřených dveří GSA se konají již podruhé

      31.10.2016 9:58  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

      V pátek 2. prosince a v sobotu 3. prosince, ústředí GSA v Praze bude otevřeno pro veřejnost už druhý rok v řadě a poskytne unikátní příležitost nahlédnout do služeb spojených s Evropskými satelitními navigačními systémy a s lidmi, kteří stojí za jejich existencí.

      Během Dnů otevřených dveří budete cestovat mezi vesmírem a obchodem v České republice.

      Toto je skvělá příležitost poslechnout si prezentace českých partnerů GSA, kteří se zúčastnili našich výzkumných a vývojových projektů! Dozvíte se více o práci GSA a zjistíte, jak Evropská unie využívá vesmír a jaký má satelitní navigace vliv na náš každodenní život.

      Program také zahrnuje zajímavé semináře, soutěže, výstavy, animační aktivity pro rodiny s dětmi, činnosti pro školy a jiné zábavné aktivity! Přijďte nás navštívit a uvidíte model jednoho ze satelitů systému Galileo v různých konfiguracích, vyfotíte se ve vesmíru, zkusíte přistát s pomocí satelitní navigace a můžete vyhrát ceny.

      Program Dnů otevřených dveří najdete zde.

      Pokud chcete přijít jako školní návštěva, zaregistrujte se zde, nebo nám napište na tuto adresu: gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu

      Těšíme se na vaši návštěvu.

      Sledujte naše novinky týkající se Dnů otevřených dveří na Twitteru, na adrese @EU_GNSS.

      Pokud chcete psát o Dnech otevřených dveří, prosíme, použijte #GSAOpendays.

      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).

      2016 GSA Open Days, mark your calendar

      31.10.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpenDays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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 Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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 Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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 Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpenDays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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 Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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 Open Days take place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpenDays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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 Open Days are taking place for the 2nd time

      31.10.2016 9:54  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

       

      On Friday, December 2nd and Saturday 3rd, the GSA Headquarters in Prague will be open to the public for the 2nd year in a row, and give an unique opportunity to get an inside look at European GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) services and the people behind them.

      During our Open Days, you will travel between Space and business in the Czech Republic.

      This is also a unique opportunity to listen to presentations by our Czech partners that have participated in R&D projects!  You will learn about what the European Union is doing in space, especially in satellite navigation, the work of the GSA and how satellite navigation impacts all of our daily lives.  

      The programme also includes exciting seminars, competitions, exhibitions, animations for families with children, programmes for school visits and other fun activities!

      Come visit us to see models of one of Galileo satellites in various configurations, take pictures in space, experiment with landing using satellite technology, and win prizes!

      A draft of the full programme can be found here.

      If you want to visit us as a school, please send us a message to gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu.

      We look forward to welcoming you to our Prague Headquarters.

      On Twitter, follow @EU_GNSS for regular updates about the OPEN DAYS.        

      Use the hashtag #GSAOpendays to tweet about the OPEN DAYS.

      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).

      Dny otevřených dveří GSA se konají již podruhé

      31.10.2016 9:08  
      Published: 
      31 October 2016

       

       

       

      V pátek 2. prosince a v sobotu 3. prosince, ústředí GSA v Praze bude otevřeno pro veřejnost už druhý rok v řadě a poskytne unikátní příležitost nahlédnout do služeb spojených s Evropskými satelitními navigačními systémy a s lidmi, kteří stojí za jejich existencí.

      Během Dnů otevřených dveří budete cestovat mezi vesmírem a obchodem v České republice.

      Toto je skvělá příležitost poslechnout si prezentace českých partnerů GSA, kteří se zúčastnili našich výzkumných a vývojových projektů! Dozvíte se více o práci GSA a zjistíte, jak Evropská unie využívá vesmír a jaký má satelitní navigace vliv na náš každodenní život.

      Program také zahrnuje zajímavé semináře, soutěže, výstavy, animační aktivity pro rodiny s dětmi, činnosti pro školy a jiné zábavné aktivity! Přijďte nás navštívit a uvidíte model jednoho ze satelitů systému Galileo v různých konfiguracích, vyfotíte se ve vesmíru, zkusíte přistát s pomocí satelitní navigace a můžete vyhrát ceny.

      Program Dnů otevřených dveří najdete zde.

      Pokud chcete přijít jako školní návštěva, zaregistrujte se zde, nebo nám napište na tuto adresu: gsaopendays@gsa.europa.eu

      Těšíme se na vaši návštěvu.

      Sledujte naše novinky týkající se Dnů otevřených dveří na Twitteru, na adrese @EU_GNSS.

      Pokud chcete psát o Dnech otevřených dveří, prosíme, použijte #GSAOpenDays.

      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).

      Drones2GNSS takes this year’s GSA Special Prize

      26.10.2016 10:19  
      Published: 
      26 October 2016

      Taking place on eve of the declaration of Galileo Initial Services, the theme of this year’s GSA Special Prize is the most innovative application idea for Galileo Initial Services. Within this scope of the 2016 European Satellite Navigation Competition, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) sought the best ideas and applications that leverage Galileo’s Initial Services to provide new and more robust benefits to end-users.

      This year’s winning project, Drones2GNSS, combines two of today’s hottest topics in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS): Galileo and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The project proposes an innovative approach to addressing a timeless problem of surveying engineers: positioning accuracy in urban canyons and vegetated areas.

      “Although Galileo Initial Services are expected to enhance the accuracy of existing solutions, Drones2GNSS proposes an off-the shelf application that uses European GNSS (i.e., Galileo, EGNOS) as the primary means of positioning,” says project partner Space Geomatica’s Achilles Tripolitsiotis. “As GNSS signals are degraded in obstructed environments by skyscrapers, vegetation and geomorphology, our project proposes using drones as intermediate carriers of high precision GNSS signals that can then transfer the geolocation accuracy to the ground.” 

      To accomplish this, Drones2GNSS relies heavily on multi-constellation GNSS signals – which is where Galileo will make the difference. “As current constellations like GPS and GLONASS have proven inefficient in confronting the aforementioned surveying problem, the sector continues to rely on traditional surveying techniques,” says Tripolitsiotis. “However, with the launch of the Galileo era and the utilisation of the Drones2GNSS approach, we can now provide surveying engineers a cost effective, accurate and fast positioning solution.”

      An idea born from experience

      As engineers working for more than 15 years in various engineering, geotechnical, mining and surveying projects, the project team knew the problems of degraded positioning accuracy first-hand. “Even though the advent of GNSS positioning significantly improved the time it takes to perform classical surveying work, this is not the case when one has to work in urban canyons and/or vegetated areas,” says Tripolitsiotis. “Thus, in such obstructed environments, classic ground geodetic techniques have to be carried out to provide accurate positioning.”

      It was the combination of this first-hand experience with the expertise of the project’s academic partners in UAV technology that resulted in the Drones2GNSS project. The system is comprised of a drone equipped with a highly accurate GNSS receiver, a digital camera/laser measuring system capable of retrieving the coordinates of custom made surveying poles, a prism and a target marker. The system retrieves the coordinates of a topographic pole where a known market pattern is attached via delicate GNSS and image processing.

      “When applying digital target detection, real time and on-board image processing, triangulation and/or trilateration, we can guarantee the same level of accuracy down to the ground,” says Tripolitsiotis. “This will be achieved via an innovative topographic pole that, in addition to a prism and a GNSS antenna, will carry visual markers for automated detection from the UAV’s camera.”

      Eyeing the market

      Tripolitsiotis says he believes there’s significant market potential for Drones2GNSS, particularly with surveyors who can add the system as an add-on to their existing product line. “The current and future trend in GNSS surveying is that everyone will use UAVs as no additional capital investment is necessary, meaning there is already a market demand for systems like Drones2GNSS,” he says. “Furthermore, our project uses equipment that all surveying engineers already have and the hard/software is easily adaptable to existing solutions, meaning it can be used by a wide array of applications.”

      “This GSA Special Prize means a lot to our project as it proves that when you have the passion, the vision, the knowledge and technical expertise your work will be recognised,” says Tripolitsiotis. “The prize will play a big role in helping us expand our reputation from niche markets to the wider GNSS industry and provide us the means to bring the Drones2GNSS system to market.” 

      As the winner of the GSA Special Prize, the Drone2GNSS project now has the opportunity to develop their idea at an incubation centre of their choice within the EU-28 for six months, with the possibility of a further six months according to progress. Furthermore, for the first time, the project will be showcased at the official Galileo Service Declaration Ceremony in Brussels, when Initial Services are announced to the world. 

      About the GSA Special Topic Prize

      The GSA Special Topic Prize was awarded during last night’s (25 October 2016) annual European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and Copernicus Masters ceremony, Europe’s pre-eminent innovation competitions for space applications.

      The 2016 edition of the ESNC again received a remarkable number of entries. Drone2GNSS’s winning idea was competing against a total of 413 entries from 40 different countries, with 150 from start-up companies and 124 entries coming from individuals. In terms of topics, the majority of entries were submitted under the Mobile Location Based Services (LBS) category, followed by Smart Moving and Safety & Security.

      The annual event recognises the most outstanding applications for Copernicus and European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) in various categories. Since 2014, the awards ceremony has been associated with the Satellite Masters Conference, taking place this year from 25 – 27 October. The conference features plenary sessions, workshops and roundtable discussions centred on leveraging satellite-derived data and other space solutions for business and society. It is a unique marketplace for sharing ideas on space-based innovation and connecting with the world’s leading network for downstream satellite business.

      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 Drones2GNSS project was awarded the GSA Special Topic Prize during last night’s annual European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) ceremony, part of the Satellite Masters Conference in Madrid. ©AZO/ A. Valdenebro

      Intergeo 2016: where the future is shaped

      24.10.2016 9:08  
      Published: 
      24 October 2016

      Intergeo is the place to be for the geodesy, geoinformation and land management sector – and the 2016 edition, taking place in Hamburg, was no exception.

      In the world of big data and smart cities, geodata, accurate positioning and location-based services (LBS) are key to enabling the development and implementation of new services to citizens. As such, the two main themes for Intergeo 2016 were digitisation and smart technologies for smart cities.

      Among the 160 lecturers addressing these themes during the congress was a session on Trends in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) Positioning, where the European GNSS Agency (GSA) discussed using Galileo’s initial services. The session was chaired by Dr Jahn Cord-Hinrich of LGLN Niedersachsen and included presentations by GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi, Trimble Terrasat’s Dr Herbert Landau, Leica Geosystems’ Bernhard Richter, and Dr Gerhard Wübbena from Geo++.

      Is the geodetic community ready for Galileo?

      The GSA began the session by providing a status update on the Galileo programme and the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) and the future contributions expected from these two European GNSS. With Galileo initial services available by the end of the year and the first launch of four Galileo satellites by an Ariane 5 launcher set for 17 November, Reinhard says the establishment of the full constellation is well under way. He also noted the opening of the European GNSS Service Centre (GSC) – Galileo’s one-stop shop for system users –is reflective of the programme’s user-centric approach.

      “The rapid deployment of the constellation signal will place Galileo in a leading position in terms of dual frequency L1/E1-L5/E5, particularly as these Galileo satellite launches are occurring in a period when GPS space vehicles are in the process of being gradually replaced,” says Blasi.

      The geodetic community is very appreciative of the high accuracy brought by Galileo´s Commercial Service (CS). The CS is broadcasted from a moving GNSS constellation rather than the traditional geostationary approach (thus increasing continuity and availability, even in in harsh environments). In terms of authentication, either through CS or the Open Service, Galileo will be able to provide confirmation via what is effectively a stamp that shows a signal has not been manipulated.

      Other benefits include the possibility that Galileo will play a role in reducing convergence times for precise point positioning (PPP) applications. For real-time kinematics (RTK), the addition of another GNSS constellation will make a big difference, for example in urban canyons and forests.

      But is the geodetic community ready for Galileo? According to a recent GSA survey, for the majority, the answer appears to be ‘yes’. For example, 77 % of responding reference networks say they have enough information to integrate Galileo into their systems, while 41 % say they are already fully prepared to use Galileo signals. In total, 78 % of reference networks have plans in hand to upgrade to Galileo by 2017. More information on these findings can be found in the GSA’s recently published GNSS User Technology Report.

      Young surveyor says Galileo is outstanding!

      A regular feature of Intergeo is the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors’ (CLGE) young surveyor’s award ceremony. Now in its fifth year, the GSA again sponsored an award for student papers involving applications using Galileo, EGNOS or Copernicus signals.

      This year’s winner was Cecile Deprez, a PhD student at the University of Liege in Belgium. Cecile’s idea stems from Google’s decision to give Android users access to GNSS code measurements, a move that could bring much greater precision to mass-market applications.

      Furthermore, use of the Galileo E5 signal could, in theory, bring decimetre positioning precision into Android user applications. According to Cecile’s research, in general, Galileo signals are more precise than GPS alone.

      You can assess the results yourself by visiting the CLGE website where Cecile’s and eight other high-quality papers from this year’s competition are freely available.

      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).

      2016 young surveyor winner Cecile Deprez joins the GSA’s Reinhard Blasi and members of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors at this year’s award ceremony.

      EGNOS lays the foundation for Galileo

      14.10.2016 10:45  
      Published: 
      14 October 2016

      Although EGNOS was the main focus of the annual EGNOS Service Provision Workshop, the topic of Galileo and the upcoming declaration of initial services was in the air too.

      The annual EGNOS Service Provision Workshop, held 27 to 28 September in Warsaw, covered an array of topics, including an EGNOS service status update and success stories from partners currently using the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) in real applications. There were also dedicated sessions on such key market segments as aviation, maritime and land applications.

      One key highlight was the status of EGNOS version 3 (V3). The European GNSS Agency (GSA) said it is currently working with the European Space Agency (ESA) on the EGNOS V3 acquisition process. When operational, the multi-frequency/multi-constellation EGNOS V3 will improve the accuracy and reliability of the positioning information. Currently, the GSA is working on securing the procurement of the DFMC Aviation prototype receiver (to be used for flight test) and the GEO-3 Navigation Payload services, in addition to various standardisation tasks.

      “The delivery of EGNOS services is remarkably reliable and is continuously improving,” adds GSA EGNOS Programme Manager Jean-Marc Pieplu. “Together with the growing adoption of EGNOS in Europe and beyond, the GSA is now engaging in important investments for the future of EGNOS, including the addition of a second signal and a second constellation – Galileo – that will further improve its services.”

      Looking towards Galileo

      Even though the workshop was focused on EGNOS, the topic of Galileo was addressed at the opening.  With Galileo Initial Services set to launch in the coming months, the session was an opportunity to reflect on the important role EGNOS played in laying the foundation for Galileo, together with looking ahead at what users can expect when both EGNOS and Galileo are operational.

      As the GSA prepares to take over the Galileo service provision, it will lean heavily on its strong track record and experience from its work with EGNOS, where it has been responsible for the programme’s service provision for the past two years. “Today, on the eve of this important step for the Galileo programme, we have the unique opportunity to see where this journey began and how far we’ve come,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “Clearly, EGNOS has taught us a lot, and the many success stories presented here in Warsaw are proof of its importance.”

      Over the past two years the GSA has supported the uptake of EGNOS to benefit a wide range of users. From the user perspective, EGNOS adoption continues to increase across numerous market segments. For example, today, over 200 airports have EGNOS-based approaches; EGNOS-based precision farming benefits over two-thirds of European tractors; and EGNOS is now the standard for mapping and surveying in Europe. “The future of European satellite navigation is bright,” adds des Dorides. “Five years from now, I hope the GSA will be able to present to you the similar successes for Galileo than the ones we are all currently enjoying with EGNOS.”

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      “The future of European satellite navigation is bright.”

      The future of GNSS user technology

      12.10.2016 9:57  
      Published: 
      12 October 2016

      The GSA’s recently released GNSS User Technology Report aims not only to foresee how location will be used in the years to come, but also how it will influence the design of positioning systems. Download your copy today!

      Imagine in the not-so-distant future setting your morning alarm based on real-time traffic estimates and having your coffee brewed accordingly, ready and waiting for you as you head out the door.

      Always apologising for forgetting to send Mom flowers on Mother’s Day? No worries, soon your phone will send you an automatic reminder and provide your autonomous car with directions to the nearest floral shop. No time to shop? Then just send a drone to deliver the flowers for you.

      This isn’t science fiction. In the era of the Internet of Things (IoT) and Big Data, trends in geo-positioning and information technology (IT) are simply inseparable. After all, IoT is built on the premise that it will know where the ‘things’ are. In fact, already today nearly half of all available mobile applications use location information – a significance that will likely only increase. However, according to the GNSS User Technology Report, this will only happen if the positioning systems of the future provide:

      1. Ubiquitous positioning: the ability to choose the optimal combination of sensors and networks to become environment-independent.
      2. Automation and ambient intelligence: sufficient reliability to enable such autonomous operations as driving, sailing, parking, landing, etc., by sensing the environment and adapting to it in real time.
      3. Security: not only in the sense of a solution’s reliability and safety, but also by responding to growing concerns about privacy.

      “What this report shows is that no single positioning method or technology – or magic combination thereof – can serve as ‘the answer’,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “After all, the technology that’s right for pedestrian navigation probably isn’t the best fit for use with an unmanned vehicle.” Des Dorides explains that the reason for this is that all positioning requirements exist within a given context, including the physical and radio-electrical environment, user dynamics and power, size and weight constraints. “It is this context that determines what positioning technologies are required,” he says.

      Your guide to the shaping the future

      With this ‘future’ and understanding of what is required to reach it in mind, the GNSS User Technology Report aims not only to foresee how location will be used in the years to come, but also how it will influence the design of positioning systems. The need for ubiquitous positioning, automation and ambient intelligence and security are impacting all aspects of receiver design – from antenna frequency range to signal processing channels. Furthermore, the implementation of disruptive techniques, such as vector and cloud processing, is making it possible to achieve greater performances in keeping battery life at acceptable levels. On top of this, other positioning technologies and signals of opportunity are being used alongside GNSS to offer enhanced experiences. For example, sensor technology is advancing in parallel with GNSS technology, making the vision of smart dust – a widely deployed network of low power and low cost microsensors – closer to becoming a reality. GNSS antenna designers are expected to complement this solution with more robust, smaller and multi-purpose antennas.

      Many of these innovations are already becoming accessible, as confirmed by the leading GNSS technology providers featured in the Report.  But what all this really means – and as the Report makes abundantly clear – the GNSS user equipment landscape is a rapidly evolving one, with a market that is more diversified than ever and where new models are being introduced at an unprecedented rate. With this development being driven by the growing performance requirements of innovative applications and developments in the semiconductor industry, now is the time to take advantage of the enhanced capabilities offered by new and modernised GNSS systems and services. And the GSA’s GNSS User Technology Report is your guide to doing so.

      The Report is free and can be downloaded here.

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      As all positioning requirements exist within a given context, no single positioning method or technology – or magic combination thereof – can serve as ‘the answer’.

      GNSS User Technology: A rapidly evolving landscape

      5.10.2016 9:03  

      What lies ahead in the GNSS chipset and receiver domain and what are the trends sure to transform the GNSS landscape of tomorrow? Download the GSA’s first GNSS User Technology Report now to find out. 

      In recent years, GNSS technology has experienced a period of rapid development – both on the side of global constellations and user receivers. With this development, European systems such as EGNOS and Galileo are becoming increasingly present in GNSS receivers, providing enhanced performance to users both in Europe and worldwide. Even with the increased deployment of other positioning technologies, because it is the most widespread and cost-effective source of location information, GNSS will remain at the core of all positioning technology.

      “In view of the changing user needs in terms of expected positioning experiences, the appearance of new and modernised GNSS signals, and advances in semiconductor technologies, we felt the need to take a closer look at the impact these changes will have on user technology and GNSS’ role in the positioning solutions of the future,” says GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides.

      A closer look

      The outcome of this closer look is the GSA’s first GNSS User Technology Report. As a sister publication to the GNSS Market Report, the GNSS User Technology Report zeros in on the state-of-the-art GNSS receiver technology, along with analysing the trends that are sure to change the entire GNSS landscape. The Report provides an in-depth analysis of GNSS user technology as it pertains to the three key macrosegments of mass market solutions; transport safety and liability-critical solutions; and high precision, timing and asset management solutions. In addition, the Report gives a general overview of the latest GNSS receiver technology, common to all application areas, along with a supplement on location technologies that looks beyond GNSS in the positioning landscape.

      Written with contributions from leading GNSS receiver and chipset manufacturers, the GNSS User Technology Report is meant to serve as a valuable tool to support planning and decision-making in regards to developing, purchasing and using GNSS user technology. “GNSS user technology is, now more than ever, experiencing a rapid and exciting evolution, answering the needs of ubiquity, automation and secure positioning,” adds des Dorides. “This report explores in detail all of these new developments and how they will bring continuous location service, reliability and robustness to the main application domains.”

      The Report is free and can be downloaded here.

      Did You Know?

      • Nearly 65% of all chipsets and modules currently on the market support multiple constellations.
      • Within the next few years it is expected that 100% of all new devices will be multi-constellation capable.
      • The leaders in multi-constellation capability are mass market receivers and high accuracy professional receivers, with nearly 30% already capable of using the four available global constellations.
      • Receivers targeting such safety-critical applications as aviation must wait for new technologies to be proven and new standards or regulations to become available prior to implementing them.
      • In terms of supported frequencies, 30% of all receivers implement more than one frequency, mostly in high precision.
      • With the increasing demand for better resilience across all applications, the need for higher accuracy and integrity that automation demands, adoption of dual frequency solutions (E1/L1 + E5/L5) is expected to grow.
      • In the mass market, the chipset supply chain is extremely consolidated, with a few players worldwide driving innovation.
      • For liability and safety critical transport solutions, a consolidated industry with an important European presence dominates innovation in automotive, maritime and aviation, while new players are expected to emerge in such new applications as autonomous vehicles.
      • In high precision, timing and asset management, the suppliers are specialised in various professional fields, although their products are based on a relatively low number of GNSS chipsets.

      A note on methodology

      The GNSS User Technology Report uses the GSA’s internal Technology Monitoring process (TMP).

      It complements the market monitoring and forecasting process, and its objective is the monitoring of trends and developments in the GNSS supply industry. It supports the GSA in the definition of the best strategy towards Galileo market adoption, provision of updated statistics on Galileo penetration in user terminals and chipsets, and analysing Galileo positioning among other GNSS and location technologies.

      Part of the process is to keep up-to-date independent analysis, which assesses the capabilities of receivers, chipsets and modules currently available on the market. For the analysis, each device is weighted equally, regardless of whether it is a chipset or a receiver, and no matter what its sales volume is. The results should therefore be interpreted not as the split of constellations utilised by end users, but rather the split of constellations available in manufacturers’ offerings.

      The analysis includes all major receiver manufacturers in Europe and worldwide: Avidyne, Broadcom, CSR, Esterline, Furuno, Garmin, Hemisphere GNSS, Honeywell, Infineon, Intel, Japan Radio Co., John Deere, Kongsberg, Leica Geosystems AG, Mediatek, NavCom Technology,

      Nottingham Scientific Ltd, NovAtel, Omnicom, Orolia, Qualcomm, Rockwell Collins, Septentrio, SkyTraq Technology, STMicroelectronics, Texas Instruments, Thales Avionics, Topcon, Trimble, U-blox, Universal Aviation.

      Search and Rescue, defence and public utilities receivers, chipsets and modules are not part of the analysis.

      The information contained within the Report is a compilation of in-house knowledge, desk research, scientific papers, receiver and other user technology manufacturer’s websites and, if needed, verified by consultation with experts in the relevant domain.

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      The GSA’s GNSS User Technology Report zeros in on the state-of-the-art GNSS receiver technology, along with analysing the trends that are sure to change the entire GNSS landscape.

      YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT TO US. The 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey is now open.

      27.9.2016 14:45  
      Published: 
      27 September 2016

       

      The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is seeking your input for its 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey.

      The GSA, along with the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), is conducting the 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. It only takes 10 minutes to complete.

      The deadline to complete the survey is December 1st.

      Access the survey here.

      In establishing close relationships with both current and potential users of EGNOS, we are dedicated to meeting the customers’ highest requirements and expectations.

      The results of the survey will allow the GSA and ESSP to better understand EGNOS’ value to users, improve the EGNOS technology and provide better customer service.

      The survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service and Safety of Life signal. It also assesses the ESSP’s management of EGNOS User Support Services. All EGNOS users are strongly encouraged to participate, regardless of which market segment they operate in.

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      YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT TO US. The 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey is now open.

      27.9.2016 14:45  
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      Published: 
      27 September 2016

       

      The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is seeking your input for its 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey.

      The GSA, along with the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), is conducting the 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. It only takes 10 minutes to complete.

      The deadline to complete the survey is December 1st.

      Access the survey here.

      In establishing close relationships with both current and potential users of EGNOS, we are dedicated to meeting the customers’ highest requirements and expectations.

      The results of the survey will allow the GSA and ESSP to better understand EGNOS’ value to users, improve the EGNOS technology and provide better customer service.

      The survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service and Safety of Life signal. It also assesses the ESSP’s management of EGNOS User Support Services. All EGNOS users are strongly encouraged to participate, regardless of which market segment they operate in.

      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).

      Share it now!

      YOUR OPINION IS IMPORTANT TO US. The 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey is now open.

      27.9.2016 14:45  
      Share it now!
      Published: 
      27 September 2016

       

      The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is seeking your input for its 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey.

      The GSA, along with the European Satellite Services Provider (ESSP), is conducting the 2016 EGNOS User Satisfaction Survey. It only takes 10 minutes to complete.

      The deadline to complete the survey is December 1st.

      Access the survey here.

      In establishing close relationships with both current and potential users of EGNOS, we are dedicated to meeting the customers’ highest requirements and expectations.

      The results of the survey will allow the GSA and ESSP to better understand EGNOS’ value to users, improve the EGNOS technology and provide better customer service.

      The survey covers all market segments and services, including the Open Service and Safety of Life signal. It also assesses the ESSP’s management of EGNOS User Support Services. All EGNOS users are strongly encouraged to participate, regardless of which market segment they operate in.

      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).

      Share it now!
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