The first of the European navigation system Galileo’s satellites was launched in 2011. Other satellites followed and there are currently eighteen such devices in orbit. In the near future, their number will be further expanded and, once fully operational, Galileo will offer a range of functions and services for transport, logistics and supply chain security. The Galileo system is managed by the European GSA agency based in Prague, Czech Republic.
“Galileo will be put into full operation in 2020. Installation of the necessary infrastructure is in line with the plan – 18 satellites are currently in orbit,” said Daniel Lopour, GSA’s Market Development Officer in Prague. “Since last year’s December, initialization services have been started. This will significantly speed up the deployment of chips and devices for receiving Galileo’s navigation signal and its use in the field of transport and logistics. The next four satellites will be launched according to the plan by mid-December this year.”
Daniel Lopour emphasizes, that in comparison with existing navigation systems GPS and Glonass, Galileo will give in real time localizing position accuracy up to one meter, which is more better than the accuracy of GPS system. Unlike GPS, Galileo system will also be put under the civilian administration. In addition, because it will be completely interoperable with GPS system, it will expand the total number of navigational satellites. This will move the border of navigation technology and make better the quality and reliability navigation signal for users worldwide.
Already now, European air navigation system helps to the air transport to which it provides services for safe navigation for landing at some airports. Likewise, Galileo will be used in the field of maritime and rail transport where it may support the deployment of the European Train Protection System ETCS.
However, Galileo will also find use in areas such as fleet tracking and management or shipment tracking particularly thanks to the authentication of location information that GPS or GLONASS does not allow for now. Further use of Galileo is also expected in the field of monitoring and transport of dangerous goods, efficient road maintenance or for road users safety through eCall, which will be compulsorily installed into all new passenger cars produced after March 2018.
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