An idea to help vision impaired people navigate using sound cues and augmented satellite navigation signals has won the GSA Special Topic Prize at the ninth European Satellite Navigation Competition that took place in Munich on 25 October. The technology could also help the emergency services cope with low visibility environments.
Today the European GNSS Agency (GSA) officially opened its new Headquarters Office in Prague. The ceremony, presided by Antonio Tajani, Vice President of the European Commission and Pavel Dobeš, Czech Minister of Transport, follows several years of coordinated efforts by the Czech government, the European Commission and the GSA to establish the official seat of the Agency - the future focal point of Galileo programme management - in the fourteenth largest city of the European Union.
Today the European GNSS Agency (GSA) published a contract notice in the Official Journal of the European Union inviting operators to bid for the provision of EGNOS services over the 2014-2021 period. This contract will consist in operating, maintaining and upgrading the EGNOS system infrastructure, and ensuring the continuous and safe provision of the three services offered by EGNOS.
The Commercial Service, which potentially addresses the authentication and high-precision market segments, will deliver innovative services with improved performance and greater added-value than those obtained through the Open Service.
This year's European Satellite Navigation Competition "GSA Special Topic Prize" for EGNOS goes to CATUAV, a small company in Catalonia that is developing a Mini-UAV Traffic Collision Avoidance System, harnessing the power of EGNOS to bring mini-UAVs into their own in civil aviation.
The European Commission has introduced free, downloadable and ready-to-use Toolkits to help anyone develop enhanced location and timing applications that harness the power of Europe’s EGNOS satellite-based augmentation system.
Satellite navigation is already changing our lives. The search is on for new ideas that could use the European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) to improve life further. The GSA is offering a prize for the best proposal that uses the new EGNOS ‘Safety-of-Life Service’.
The new Executive Director of the GSA, Carlo des Dorides, is confident that Europe’s satellite sector is entering an exciting era. Having spent almost seven years directly involved with the Galileo and EGNOS programmes, three years in the air traffic management and thirteen years in the private aerospace sector, the Italian brings with him a wealth of experience and an understanding of the complexities involved.