At this year’s ITS World Congress in Bordeaux, France, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) demonstrated the added value of European GNSS in intelligent transportation systems.
Although GNSS is a vital part of ITS (Intelligent Transportation Systems), its role in applications often goes unseen. To help remedy this misperception, this year GNSS took centre stage at the annual ITS World Congress, with the GSA showcasing the many uses of satellite navigation at its European GNSS Village stand. 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 village showcased 5 local authorities and 20 small and medium enterprises, all demonstrating the use of GNSS, and welcomed over 10 international delegations from across the globe. It also featured speakers from local authorities and transport operators. “The goal of the JUPITER project and the European GNSS Village is twofold,” said GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides. “On the one hand, we aim to amplify the success of some of the most innovative European applications of GNSS for ITS. On the other hand, we aim to catalyse resources, investments and partnerships to scale up and really maximise the return on investment.”
It Takes a Village
Through project demonstrations and presentations, the GSA showed how public stakeholders and actors in the transportation industry stand to benefit from implementing innovative solutions based on GNSS.
“The European GNSS Village was a unique opportunity for the JUPITER Project to demonstrate the many benefits of GNSS to key decision makers, public authorities and representatives of the global ITS industry,” said Hanna-Kaisa Saari, a project manager on the JUPITER Project from Aerospace Valley. “Through these demonstrations and interactions, we were able to maximise the visibility and competitiveness of European GNSS to the ITS sector.”
One SME on display at the Village, Foster ITS, will be the first GNSS receiver for ITS applications that offers greater resilience against an increasing range of GNSS threats, taking advantage of the authentication of the signals in the Galileo Open Service. The company demonstrated how it can detect signal attack attempts, provide indicators to users about confidence of positioning, and provide proof of integrity and origin of PVT data through its soon-to-come product line.
Geoimagine, another company exhibiting at the Village, showed off its mobile sensors that optimise itineraries and avoid impulsive, irrational decisions. Using the example of a network of taxis, Geoimagine presented a network optimiser solution for fleet management. Meanwhile, ANGEO, another exhibiting SME, offers a reliable navigation aid to 200 million people suffering from spatial disorientation troubles by using a reliable positioning algorithm and specialised navigation software.
Among several projects on the municipality transport side, Kordis JMK showed how GNSS allows for real time positioning of public transport vehicles, which enables smooth management of transit and ensures passengers always make their bus or train connections. Similarly, the MOBILIS project from Toulouse Metropole works on improving the efficiency and reliability of urban public transportation services.
Moving Towards Intelligent Mobility
The theme of this year’s edition of the ITS World Congress was ‘Towards Intelligent Mobility: Better Use of Space’, which fits perfectly with the services and applications the GSA is developing in the area of road and intelligent transport systems.
“Space and satellite navigation are key enablers for the delivery of the next generation of mobility ,” said des Dorides. “European GNSS offers the precision, robustness and reliability needed for autonomous and connected vehicles, for transport management, and for payment critical systems, to name just a few of the applications we have seen coming onto the market in recent years.”
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