Potential applications for European satellite navigation: seminar - Brussels, 12 September

August 14, 2006

Brussels, 11 August 2006

Seminar on Satellite Navigation Regulated Application
Brussels Marriott Hotel, 12th September 2006
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The Finnish Presidency and the European Commission are pleased to invite the representatives of the EU Member States, the industry, users and representatives of the non-EU Member States to an event jointly organised by the Galileo Joint Undertaking and the GNSS Supervisory Authority, on regulated satellite navigation applications. The conference will be opened by Mr. Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission and Mr. Puro, the Finnish State Secretary of Transport and Communications. Various satellite navigation markets and their development will be addressed: mobile telephony, road, maritime, aviation, rail, fisheries, agriculture etc.

Europe is developing a satellite navigation infrastructure which will be ready for use in a couple of years. Therefore, attention has to be given to potential applications that will make use of this infrastructure. Market analysis shows that the global annual turnover for satellite navigation services and equipment in 2025 will reach at least € 400 billion. In light of this, the Commission intends to present a Green Paper on satellite navigation applications towards the end of 2006.

Many sectors of the economy are likely to derive benefits from the existence of the services provided by the system. It is therefore of paramount importance that these sectors gain understanding of what satellite navigation can be used for. Some of the potential sectors might require specific public sector action in order to properly frame the use of positioning and navigation technologies.

The aim of the conference is to instigate discussion on the creation of an appropriate framework for the use of satellite navigation technologies. The attention will focus on the required public sector actions for the smooth development and use of satellite navigation applications. Four services of the European GNSS infrastructure will be investigated: the open service, commercial service, Safety of Life and the Search and Rescue services. Examples that would benefit from public sector actions are: transport of dangerous goods, animal transport, electronic fee collection (road tolling), emergency services, road and maritime use etc.

The outcome and findings of the conference will form the basis of the Green Paper on Regulated Applications. This document will allow further expansive consultations with all interested actors.

The conference will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Rue A. Ort 3-7, Grande Place, Brussels. Registration will start at 10.00am and the conference is expected to finish at 17.00pm. Further details on the conference, in addition to the registration procedure will soon be available on www.galileoju.com

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