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Worldwide opportunities

GALILEO services will 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 potential.

Useful applications 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.

last update: 10-02-2009