The European GNSS Agency (GSA) has released updates to its Reports on User Needs and Requirements. This series of reports is compiled following a systematic process of consultation with the community of users of position, navigation, and time services and technologies. Thanks to these consultations it is possible to take users’ needs and requirements into account in the short and long-term evolution of European GNSS.
The current round of updates to the reports was compiled based on feedback received from the user community at the latest European GNSS User Consultation Platform, held during EU Space Week in Marseille in December 2018. You can find the updated reports here.*
To make it easier for readers to see what has changed, all the updated information in the reports has been highlighted. What’s more, a detailed change log has been included as an annex to each of the reports and is available for download. The new reports have been designated Version 2.0.
A taste of what’s new
Agriculture: the policy and regulatory framework has been updated to reflect the new CAP update which opens novel opportunities for EGNSS solutions. What’s more, a specific mention has been made regarding repeatability and integrity in connection with the applications that these mainly apply to and there has been a clarification around the quoted values of accuracy. To read the updated report in full, click here.
Location-based Services: accuracy and coverage parameters have been refined and the corresponding users’ requirements quantification has been updated. The Augmented Reality category has also been refined and new applications have been added (Augmented Reality for leisure, Augmented Reality for professional applications, Robotics), along with their user requirements. To read the updated report in full, click here.
Rail: Definition of GNSS use in rail safety relevant applications is still ongoing, so the user requirements for rail have to be considered as a work in progress. That said, several recommendations were made by the Rail panel during UCP 2018 for consideration in the future versions of the report. In particular: some applications were removed for redundancy reasons (such as train warning or ATP) and some applications have been modified from safety-relevant to non-safety. To read the updated report in full, click here.
Road: previously unreferenced requirements have been validated and other requirements have been revised. Furthermore, the regulatory context has been updated to take into account the latest EU Regulation. To read the updated report in full, click here.
Surveying: sections of the text were optimised and updated to reflect additions and clarifications on topics along with technology developments (open and proprietary formats for PPP, RTK and PPP-RTK; Open Sky vs. harsh environment; requirements table; Galileo HAS for surveying; raw measurements on Android; and software-based GNSS and Positioning-as-a-Service techniques). A further analysis on specific requirements for the integration of GNSS with LiDAR, RPAS, AR and other emerging technologies has also been included. To read the updated report in full, click here.
Time & Synchronisation: the increasing demand for calibration of hardware equipment delays for both scientific and industrial applications has been included as a new driver. Moreover, there is a more precise characterisation of robustness against spoofing, along with an introduction of the potential T&S needs for 5G networks and an updated regulatory context. To read the updated report in full, click here.
The User Consultation Platform
The User Consultation Platform (UCP) is a biennial forum, organised by the European Commission and the GSA, involving end users, user associations and representatives of the value chain, such as receiver and chipset manufacturers, application developers and the organisations and institutions dealing, directly and indirectly, with Galileo and EGNOS. The event is a part of the process developed at the GSA to collect user needs and requirements and take them as inputs for the provision of user-driven Galileo and EGNOS services.
The next UCP will take place in 2020. In the meantime, on 3-5 December 2019, European Space Week will take place in Helsinki. This event will include an “E-GNSS User Assembly” where the latest trends in services and technologies will be discussed.
Join us in the ongoing discussion and ensure that future European space programme evolutions meet your needs and requirements by registering to attend European Space Week here.
*Updates to the Aviation and Maritime reports are still pending at this point.
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