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Galileo: Applications for individual handsets and mobile phones (LBS)

The location based services sector (LBS), including GNSS-enabled mobile phones, smartphones and services, represents 52% (in revenues) of the global GNSS market. This sector is growing steadily with an expected 65% of mobile phones sold in 2020 to be satellite navigation enabled.

To name but a few, concrete examples of applications are:

  • guiding the user/tourist in an unknown city,
  • guidance for the blind or poorly sighted and for people with reduced mobility,
  • monitoring of children and people with Alzheimer's and memory loss,
  • providing location-based advertising as well as real-time information on local public transport.

The possibilities are endless.

To foster the development of applications for individual handset and smartphones using EGNOS and/or Galileo, the European Commission promotes Galileo- and EGNOS-enabled chips and handsets through industrial cooperation with GNSS countries and with receiver manufacturers or through funding of R&D projects to reduce the cost of the receivers.

It will soon provide a toolkit to smartphone application developers aimed at easing their work when proposing location-based applications using EGNOS/EDAS.

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