Today an agreement on the functioning of the main Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) located at St. Germain-en-Laye, near Paris was signed.
Today, Vice-President of the European Commission Antonio Tajani, responsible for Enterprise and Industry, the French Minister for European Affairs Thierry Repentin and the Executive Director of the European GNSS Agency Carlo Des Dorides, signed an agreement on the functioning of the main Galileo Security Monitoring Centre (GSMC) located at St. Germain-en-Laye, near Paris.
The role of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre is to supervise the security of the system established under the Galileo programme and the satellite navigation services provided worldwide by that system. It also plays an important role in the management of the access to the public regulated service, one of the five services to be provided by Galileo which will be used by authorised secured users (police, customs, defence applications, civil protection, etc.).
Vice-President Tajani said: “The Security Monitoring Centre is a vital
component of the Galileo infrastructure as it will ensure the security of
Europe’s navigation system. Today’s agreement with France is a further
milestone towards the launch of early services next year.”
The GSMC will be operated by the European GNSS Agency which co-signed the agreement. Under the terms of the agreement, France will provide the facilities to host the main GSMC and take measures to ensure its functioning and the continuity of its mission. A back-up centre is being put in place in Swanwick, in the United Kingdom.