Get the most out of summer with Galileo

Published: 
27 July 2020
Check UseGalileo.eu to see if your sports wearable benefits from Galileo’s accuracy
Check UseGalileo.eu to see if your sports wearable benefits from Galileo’s accuracy

As Europe cautiously emerges from lockdown, people are eager to stretch their limbs and engage in summer activities – from running and hiking to biking and sailing. With Galileo as your training partner, you can improve your performance and get the most from all of these activities. What’s more, in the unlikely event that you have an accident while engaging in your chosen activity, Galileo will ensure that help reaches you as quickly as possible.

Galileo satellites may orbit the Earth at a distance of over 23,000 kilometres, but the European global navigation system is closer than you think. Galileo is now in your phone, your wearables or your tablet and it makes positioning more accurate and reliable, supporting thousands of applications including navigation, ride-sharing, gaming and even life-saving emergency response. To see if your device is Galileo-enabled, check UseGalileo.eu, or watch this video to see which applications use Galileo.

Galileo - a reliable partner for the summer

Thanks to Galileo, this summer your smartwatch or phone can help you find the best running route. Whether you want to dust off your bike or your running shoes, with Galileo you have access to enhanced precise positioning and navigation to keep you on track, especially in large cities with narrow streets and tall buildings so make sure you have Galileo’s added accuracy in your device. 

Watch this video to see how Galileo can help you navigate through urban canyons and select the optimal jogging route or tackle one of Europe’s major cycling routes.

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If you want to give more structure and purpose to your daily jog – you are still in time to sign up to take part in a virtual SuperHalf marathon, for which the GSA is a presenting partner. Initially conceived as a series of half marathons to be held at various locations throughout Europe, the event later changed to virtual format, allowing participants to run a half marathon in stages or in one go, by July 31, and to record and upload their performance.  

Keeping you safe

When enjoying outdoor activities and sports, Galileo not only helps you with your training, you can also count on Galileo’s accuracy for emergency situations, thanks to the E112 emergency response service.

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E112 is a location-enhanced version of the 112 service, where emergency responders receive the position of the person in distress, similar to the eCall system for cars, enabling them to locate the caller’s position quickly and accurately. 

The European Commission has adopted measures requiring all smartphones sold in the EU from 17 March 2022 to have GNSS capability, particularly Galileo capability, so that they can use GNSS to provide caller location information to the emergency services. Most smartphones already have this capability – you can check if yours does here.

So, whatever your activity of choice – running, biking or sailing – make sure to bring Galileo in your pocket to guide you and help keep you safe this summer.

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Updated: Aug 25, 2020

 

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