The European Commission, Galileo and EGNOS were present at ION GNSS+ 2013 Conference (Tennessee, USA)
The ION GNSS 2013 conference took place in Nashville from 16-20 September. This big annual event attracted more than a thousand participants. Major stakeholders of the satellite navigation sector ranging from ground, space and receiver manufacturing industrial actors, governmental representatives, research institutes and universities were present.
The European satellite navigation programmes (Galileo and EGNOS) were represented through the joint participation of the European Commission, the European Space Agency, the GNSS Agency (GSA) and the Joint Research Centre.
This event was a unique opportunity to provide insight to the major achievements of the Galileo programme during the past year. The EU presented the recent technical highlights:
- the first Galileo position-fix successfully obtained in March 2013;
- the first commissioning of search and rescue transponders;
- the first computation of GPS-Galileo time offset.
Positive news could also be reported for the long term governance aspects and the secured funding for European satellite navigation programmes.
Presentations on the preparations for the upcoming Galileo early service provision were given and attracted much interest.
On top of that, face-to-face meetings with application developers and receiver manufacturers to address the market introduction of Galileo-enabled products were possible.
The EC-host stand in the exhibition hall saw a significant increase in the number of visitors when compared to the past years, clearly confirming that the European satnav programmes raise a lot of expectations on the receiver/antenna manufacturer community.
Some of them, the so called first-movers, inform that they adopted a clear commercial and investment strategy by already developing market ready GPS-Galileo combined chipset.
The panel discussions added to the fact that all service providers, world-wide, intend to continue improving their system capabilities in an interoperable fashion - this to enable end-users to reap the full benefits of multi-constellation solutions in the future.