– tracking the rapid uptake of Galileo Initial Services

30 July 2019
Galileo Initial Services have seen rapid market uptake and the number of Galileo-enabled smartphones is fast approaching 1 billion users.
Galileo Initial Services have seen rapid market uptake and the number of Galileo-enabled smartphones is fast approaching 1 billion users.

As the number of Galileo-enabled smartphones in use rapidly approaches 1 billion, now is a good time to take a look at the other devices and applications where Galileo is adding accuracy – in the air, on the farm and in the world all around us. Over the past two years, the portal has tracked Galileo’s market development – and the figures from the site are very encouraging!

The first and most visible statistic from the site is the fact that the number of Galileo-enabled smartphones in use is rapidly approaching the 1-billion mark. This milestone should be reached later in the autumn and we will be sure to keep you informed when we get there!

But it’s not all about smartphones; there are many other devices on the market where Galileo initial services are already contributing additional accuracy, resilience and robustness in a range of sectors – from road, maritime, rail and air transport to mapping and surveying, timing and synchronisation and location-based services. Two new areas have been added to this list recently, with new devices providing solutions for Space Applications and the Internet of Things.

Some exciting new developments

Some of the exciting recent additions to the growing list of Galileo-enabled devices include the Aceinna INS1000 high performance integrated navigation system. This system offers dual frequency RTK and tight coupling between its built-in GNSS and inertial sensors, to provide cm-level accuracy, enhanced reliability, and superior performance.

Another addition is the Furuno GT-88 Single-band Multi-Constellation GNSS receiver, which is targeted at users requiring UTC time-synchronised signals to meet new 5G requirements. The receiver only requires the L1/E1 GNSS signal to obtain extremely high stability of 4.5 ns (1 sigma), which is better than that of even a rubidium atomic clock. What’s more, with its new Dynamic Satellite Selection algorithm, the GT/GF-88 series provides outstanding multipath mitigation, especially in urban canyons.

The Tersus Oscar GNSS receiver is a new generation multi-constellation and multi-frequency GNSS RTK system that can provide high accuracy and stable signal detection. The receiver supports Galileo E1 and E5b bands and targets a variety of applications including surveying and mapping, construction engineering, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAVs), and precision agriculture.

Also targeting precision agriculture, among other applications, the Allystar TAU1303-0707 comes with built-in support for standard RTCM Protocol (MSM), supporting multi-band multi-system high-precision raw data output, including pseudo range, phase range, Doppler, SNR for third party integration and application. The tiny multi-constellation, multi-frequency module is compatible with the Galileo E1 and E5a bands.

.eu Web Awards

While tracking Galileo’s rapid and successful market uptake, the site has also been noticed for its own success in closing the gap between space technology and users and raising public awareness of the benefits of Galileo.

We are happy to announce that the portal is a candidate for this year’s .eu Web Awards, which aim to acknowledge the best websites using the .eu or .ею extensions. Of course we think is a great tool (but we may be a little impartial) – but if you agree with us, why not lend us your support by voting for us here. It only takes one click!

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Updated: Jul 30, 2019