be a primary component in future high-tech industries, comprising exciting new
markets and opportunities. With countries including China, Canada, the Ukraine
and India already expressing a concrete interest in GALILEO’s space-based
navigation technology products and services, the time is now to invest in what
will undoubtedly become a massive worldwide market.
The range of
potential applications is
extremely wide. Looking beyond the transport sector, where it will enhance
safety, efficiency and comfort, GALILEO’s advanced technological features and
its commercially oriented services will make it a valuable tool for nearly all
economic sectors. Integration with other technologies such as mobile
communication or traditional navigation aids will further increase its
will benefit both industrialised countries and the developing world. These will
include infrastructure and public works management, agricultural and livestock
management and tracking, coordination of external staffand even e-banking and
e-commerce authentication. But the value of GALILEO is not limited to the
economy and companies. GALILEO will also be a key asset for the provision of
public services. In addition to the use of the system for features such as
rescue operations and border control, specific user groups will greatly benefit.
For instance, it can guide the blind and people suffering from reduced mobility,
monitor Alzheimer's sufferers with memory loss, help protect the environment and
guide explorers, hikers or sailing enthusiasts.
The prospects are
clearly enormous and, as with the microcomputer 20 years ago or the Internet 10
years ago, we may well be seeing just the tip of an emerging iceberg. In the
same way that no one nowadays can ignore the time of day, in the future no one
will be able to do without knowing his or her precise location.