On November 24, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) hosted its 3rd Annual Workshop with Receiver Manufacturers at its headquarters in Prague, where discussions focused on the adoption of Galileo in chipsets and receivers.
Since 2010, the GSA has paid special attention to cooperation with chipset and receiver manufacturers in order to ensure market readiness for Galileo Initial Services, as GNSS hardware development can take up to several years. Thirty-five percent of receiver models are already Galileo enabled, and in Europe the number increases to more than 50%.
Workshop participants received an update on the Galileo programme status, programmatic documents and briefings on regulatory activities from the GSA, European Commission and ESA. The results of the Galileo receiver testing campaign were also presented, in which 16 receiver manufacturers took part. GSA provided the overall management of the campaign and relationship with the receiver manufacturers, while the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre conducts the tests of professional receivers and ESA of the mass-market ones.
In order to accelerate the use of Galileo in receivers, the GSA will continue to hold industry consultations, as well as technical workshops and testing campaigns.
Galileo will add value to the overall multi-constellation performance, epecially in urban canyons and other areas with difficult conditions. The GSA is excited about the positive testing results, and is committed to supporting the receiver industry in their investments in Galileo. The recently launched Fundamental Elements R&D programme is one example of funding from the GSA, and the Agency is looking forward to seeing new research and successful use of Galileo in the near future.
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