The high accuracy benefits offered by Galileo were in focus at this year’s INTERGEO conference, which saw more than 19,000 visitors, over 1,400 delegates and 640 exhibitors from 40 different countries come together in Frankfurt on 16-18 October.
At a presentation on the Galileo High Accuracy Service and its importance for mobility applications, Ignacio Fernandez-Hernandez, from the Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Grow), spoke about how Galileo’s high accuracy can offer cost-effective support for autonomous vehicle applications.
Autonomous driving is a safety-critical application, as its failure may have serious consequences for people, property and the environment. Therefore autonomous cars need high-performance positioning engines that make optimal use of a complete set of sensors complementing each other in a tightly merged solution. "Galileo High Accuracy Service and authentication services can provide a cost-effective effective solution with very good performance and much needed redundancy in the positioning system of autonomous cars," he said.
Visitors to the joint Galileo-Copernicus stand at the exhibition were enthusiastic about the benefits that Galileo high accuracy has to offer. "Various equipment manufacturers and service providers showed a high level of interest in the Galileo high accuracy service and there is a clear trend towards the penetration of high precision towards the mass market, including autonomous cars," GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi said, adding that there was also a lot of interest in the possibilities offered by access to GNSS raw measurements in Android based smartphones and tablets.
Trends in surveying
Other GNSS-enabled trends highlighted at the exhibition include Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping (SLAM), seamless indoor/outdoor mapping, and building information modelling (BIM), particularly within the context of smart cities.
"Feedback from manufacturers indicates that Galileo has become standard in high-end receivers for surveying and is being requested by their customers," Blasi said, adding that several meetings were organised during the conference with GIS and surveying companies to support them in using EGNSS in their services.
The conference was also seen as an opportunity to receive feedback from UAV manufacturers and service providers on the added value of EGNSS, and to receive input in a User survey on GNSS requirements for RPAS/Drones and autonomous air systems. Information received in this survey will feed into discussions at the EGNSS User Consultation platform at the upcoming European Space Week in December.
CLGE Young Surveyors Prize
The award ceremony for the seventh edition of the Council of European Geodetic Surveyors’ (CLGE) Young Surveyors Prize, awarded in partnership with the GSA, was held as part of the InterGEO exhibition.
The Young Surveyor’s Prize invited students of topography, GIS, geodesy, mapping and related studies to submit unique and innovative ideas in their field of expertise leveraging Galileo, EGNOS and Copernicus. This year the prize in the Galileo section went to Iuliana Constantinov, from the Technical University of Moldova, who won with the paper "Adjustment of GNSS permanent stations network MOLDPOS".
"We need to look at what added value Galileo can bring to RTK network services, and Iuliana’s project is an excellent example of how to test and compare the performance of Galileo enhanced RTK networks," Blasi said.
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