Galileo changes the future of navigation
Budapest, 18/10/2017 – The GALILEO European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) has lived up to the expectations in the first year of its operation. Despite the fact that the project will only be finished in 2020, satellites above the continent broadcast a stronger sign than their Russian or US counterparts, hence provide more information to their users. While international logistics companies consider this period as the new era of telematics the best professionals has just started to discover new fields for the processing of GNSS related data.
GNSS was not accidentally named after one of the most influential European physicists and astronomers. Galileo is well-known for his accurate measurement and experimenting techniques. „The ordinary precision of horizontal and vertical position measurements was around 3-4 meters. Due to the technological innovations and the network consisting of 30 satellites, GNSS has reduced this precision to an almost perfect 1 meter” – tells Károly Deszpot, Managing Director of WebEye Telematics Group.
The aim for Galileo program is to fully replace the previously used American GPS and Russian GLONASS satellites, thus reducing the dependence in case of an incidental emergency situation. The last brick in the wall, the 30th satellite will be put into operation in 2020. Until that time the total cost will reach approximately €10 billion. Such amount predetermines high pressure on the profitability. Due to this pressure the stakeholders are constantly trying to take advantage of the opportunities laying within the project.
The system will affect the life of regular European people as well, for example by facilitating much shorter reaction times in emergency calls. GNSS will reduce travel times and create a more enjoyable experience by improving the efficiency of portable and built-in navigation devices. Thanks to the higher-precision capabilities the system will be able to distinguish parallel but different roads like motorways or riverbanks and recalculate the track before covering greater distances unnecessarily. Better positioning services will gain importance in the European toll road network as well.
Another underrated opportunity is to have a better accuracy in cargo tracking through the whole supply chain. Much lower costs and higher level of security can be provided between the two endpoints. Galileo system creates better coverage and signal strength in cities packed with tall buildings and indoor or underground areas without signal interruptions. „Similarly to the largest logistics related companies of Europe, WebEye’s R&D division examines the uncharted possibilities of GNSS. Our goal is to be amongst the first privileged testers by the time the system will be complete” – added Károly Deszpot.