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09/24/2021 | News release | Distributed by Public on 09/24/2021 09:58

Precise Point Positioning, Galileo High Accuracy and smart cities, trending topics at INTERGEO 2021

INTERGEO, one of the major live events for the geospatial community, wrapped up yesterday at Hannover. Participating companies showcased their innovations and solutions in the fields of geodesy, geo-IT, Building Information Modelling (BIM), drones and Smart Cities. was there to introduce its new mission to the geomatics community and highlight the importance of the forthcoming High Accuracy Service of Galileo.

In line with the moto ''inspiration for a smarter world'' and with sessions such as ''Green Data for All'', the three-day event approached questions on sustainability with a particular focus on smart cities and urban planning. Machine Learning, Autonomous Driving and Virtual Reality were also trending topics among the participants together with the new possibilities that Precise Point Positioning () services are opening up to the geomatics user community.

Galileo High Accuracy Service HAS target markets include geomatics, precision agriculture and consumer solutions.

For the first time since its creation, EUSPA was present with Eduard Escalona, Space Downstream Market Officer, presenting the agency's new mission, current funding opportunities as well as highlighting what the Galileo High Accuracy Service (HAS) will bring to the geospatial industry.

Standard high-accuracy services allow users to achieve sub-decimetre level positioning accuracy. In recent years, such services and their associated market are experiencing a massive uptick in interest thanks to the evolution of receivers and the rapid emergence of new applications requiring accurate location, which is making both equipment and services more affordable. Currently, high accuracy is mainly used in professional applications such as surveying, precision agriculture, civil engineering and geodesy, and is provided by the main GNSS augmentation service providers. However, new and emerging applications such as autonomous driving, unmanned vehicles (aerial, terrestrial and maritime), location-based services () or robotics are future markets.

With HAS, Galileo will be the first constellation able to provide a high-accuracy PPP service globally directly through the Signal in Space. Typically, high-accuracy services are based on the provision of accurate satellite data (clocks, orbits and biases) and atmospheric data (mainly ionospheric and tropospheric corrections) on a regional level. For Galileo, high-accuracy data will be transmitted using an open format in the Galileo E6-B signal and via the internet.

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In synergy with Copernicus, the Galileo HAS will open up new market possibilities and help design new services.

We are excited because the first ever Galileo HAS signal was broadcasted earlier this year and several external entities are already participating in a testing campaign. With this campaign, we wanted to work close with receiver manufacturers to ensure market readiness as soon as the initial services will be declared".

In March 2021, EUSPA together with the European Commission published an Information Note on the Galileo High Accuracy Service, providing an overview of the main characteristics of the service, along with information on features such as service levels, target performance, an implementation roadmap, and an overview of the target markets for the service. You can find the info note here.

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