The real power of GNSS comes not from single systems, but from systems working together to achieve a common goal. As part of a ‘system of systems’, Galileo helps users benefit from greater coverage, higher accuracy and more confidence in their position fixes.
Although Galileo and EGNOS are indeed projects under the European Commission, cooperation with non-EU partners is essential for its success.
As satellite navigation systems expand globally, there is an increasing need for all systems to remain fully compatible and interoperable – and for this, international cooperation is crucial. The GSA plays an essential role in facilitating this international cooperation. For example, the GSA:
- encourages international industrial cooperation;
- funds numerous research and development (R&D) initiatives, including those happening outside the EU;
- provides monitoring and analysis of the international GNSS market (see the GNSS Market 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.
The GSA is also an active participant in the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). The ICG was established in 2005 under the umbrella of the United Nations and is charged with promoting voluntary cooperation on matters of mutual interest related to civil satellite-based positioning, navigation, timing and value-added services.
You can learn more about how the GSA is supporting international GNSS cooperation below.
Latin America Europe Asia Africa
The GSA oversees several initiatives in Latin America, including the Galileo Information Centre for Latin America and the Galileo Cooperation Project for Latin America. These initiatives are key to disseminating information about and increasing awareness of EGNOS and Galileo to the main regional GNSS actors and decision makers.
In addition, the projects provide support to regional satellite navigation plans, promote the development of Galileo and EGNOS services and applications, assist with the integration of Galileo into regional GNSS plans, and facilitate the long-term uptake of European GNSS throughout the region.
Based in Brazil, the Galileo Information Centre is currently working to establish a network of associated centres across the region, including in such countries as Argentina, Mexico and Chile.
European GNSS is having a significant impact in the European Neighbourhood countries, and in particular within the Mediterranean area. Here, the GSA is working with local partners and supporting related projects aimed at promoting the use of EGNOS and Galileo within the region.
For example, the EC funded Galileo EuroMed Cooperation Office (GEMCO), located in Tunis, is positioned to promote awareness of EGNOS and Galileo around the southern and eastern Mediterranean region with the support of GSA. Activities coordinated by GEMCO help regional countries embrace and adopt European GNSS technology – especially as applied to the transport segments.
Likewise, the EC funded MEDUSA project is supporting Euromed countries in exploiting and adopting relevant services provided by EGNOS and Galileo in civil aviation and other transport domains. In particular, as the EGNOS service is being extended to cover North African countries, MEDUSA is implementing various service demonstrations, along with organising workshops and training sessions and providing technical assistance to countries to get ready for EGNOS.
According to the most recent edition of the GSA’s GNSS Market Report, Asia is the ‘hot spot’ for 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 4.2 billion devices in 2023 – more than the EU and North America combined.
To help ensure that European businesses are in a position to benefit from this market potential, the GSA is actively engaged with several projects geared towards supporting European interests within the Asian GNSS market. For example, 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. The project offers country-specific market analysis, networking, and speaking opportunities at Asian events and overall support to companies interested in doing business in or with Asia.
Similarly, the BELS Project is committed to bringing European GNSS companies to South-East Asia. The main objective of the project is to facilitate the breakthrough of E-GNSS technology by conducting a set of coordinated activities for raising awareness and capacity building.
For companies seeking to collaborate on GNSS R&D, BELS operates NAVIS, a dedicated GNSS R&D centre located in Hanoi, Vietnam.
The GSA is continuing to explore the possible expansion of EGNOS over Africa. The Agency for Aerial Navigation Safety in Africa and Madagascar (ASECNA) is currently looking to facilitate the cooperative management of a single African sky of 16.1 million square miles. A roadmap for achieving this pan-African SBAS envisions early EGNOS-based services by 2019 or 2020, with provision of full services from 2023 onwards.
Along these same lines, the MAGNIFIC project is working to support awareness and capacity building in Africa on E-GNSS applications and services. Specifically, the project helps EU GNSS companies better anticipate African needs and, together with African partners, adapt solutions to these needs.