As the declaration of Galileo Initial Services approaches, the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) is holding a special side event on multi-GNSS cooperation during the 2016 European Space Solutions conference.
With the declaration of Galileo Initial Services set for later this year, it will soon join the ranks of GPS and GLONASS, among others, as part of a multi-constellation environment. To learn more about the importance of multi-global navigation satellite system (GNSS) cooperation, the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) is hosting a half-day side event during the European Space Solutions Conference. The event, entitled ‘The ICG, multifunction GNSS signals, and how to protect them’ is scheduled for 1 June.
Although Galileo is a European Union project, cooperation with non-EU partners is essential for its success. As satellite navigation systems expand globally, the goal of the ICG is to ensure they remain fully compatible and interoperable – and for this, international cooperation is crucial.
“As the Executive Secretariat of the ICG, it is our hope that collaboration among GNSS providers and user communities will continue to grow in the future, said Sharafat Gadimova from the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs. “We support the broader objective of integrating GNSS and their augmentations into the infrastructure of developing nations, at governmental, scientific and commercial level.”
The future power of GNSS will not come from a single system, but from systems working together to achieve a common goal. “With a ‘system of systems’, users will benefit from better coverage and accuracy with greater positioning confidence,” says European GNSS Agency (GSA) Executive Director, Carlo des Dorides. “Although the range of applications is already large, with the new accuracy, reliability and confidence offered by Galileo, this will only grow.”
Protecting against interference
The ICG session at European Space Solutions will cover such important topics as interference detection and mitigation, among others.
The spoofing and jamming of GNSS signals is becoming an increasing concern, especially as the technology becomes more and more embedded in critical infrastructures. In fact, it is estimated that nearly 6 % of EU gross domestic product (GDP) – worth EUR 80 billion – relies on satellite navigation. Hence, an increased reliability and trustworthiness of position and timing information becomes critical. In this capacity, Galileo’s authenticated services will provide major benefits to users and help protect the global GNSS village.
Scientists, developers, entrepreneurs, policy-makers and end-users can join thought leaders from the ICG, various national satellite navigation agencies and academia to share technical expertise and experiences, and to put forth recommendations to the ICG and its working groups.
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. Among its core missions is the coordination among providers of GNSS, regional systems and augmentations in order to ensure greater compatibility, interoperability and transparency – and to promote the introduction and utilisation of these services and their future enhancements, including in developing countries.
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