The internationally recognized satellite navigation systems among the innovations of transport and communications sector


2019 03 27


As the international seminar “Satellite navigation systems Galileo and EGNOS. How are they benefiting Lithuania?” is conducted in Vilnius, Mr. Rokas Masiulis, Minister of Transport and Communications discussed the questions relevant for the transport sector in the bilateral meeting with Mr. Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency GSA.

According to the minister, Lithuania shows active interest in the experience of the GSA Agency, especially related to autonomous driving and synergy of 5G connection with the programme Galileo.

“The sector of transport and communications is going to be one of the main users of Galileo services. There are no doubts that the EU industry of self-driving cars will be based on the European satellite navigation. As the aviation is moving rapidly towards the systems Galileo and EGNOS, it is probable that traffic control systems will also be installed on the ground of Galileo. It is very important for us to get the accumulated knowledge and experience. Application of advance technologies and cooperation with GSA will induce innovations in the sector of transport and communications and will ensure expansion of modern transport system,” – says Minister of transport and Communications.

GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides highlighted benefit of the systems Galileo and EGNOS for the sectors of transport, telecommunications, and agriculture, introduced different services and their application possibilities. He noted that Galileo is the only civil system of global navigation that may ensure strategic autonomy and technological independence to the EU Member States. 

At present smart phones supporting the Galileo system are used by more than 600 million world residents. Galileo was chosen as a standard time guarantee in the telecommunication systems. 

During the bilateral meeting, the Lithuanian possibilities to use the technologies operating on the ground of Galileo and EGNOS more widely in the domestic economic sectors were discussed. The e-Tolling system installed using GSP is especially relevant for Lithuania. GSA has big experience in this area, so as Lithuania is installing the e-Tolling system, it is important for the country to get familiar with experience of the Agency and other countries, to evaluate advantages and disadvantages of the systems operating on the ground of Galileo and GPS.

The European Union puts big efforts to create the independent European civil satellite navigation system and to provide free access to the space data, so quality of services provided to ordinary users and business, reliability of data, positioning accuracy and other parameters are improving.

The EGNOS signal will be applied in the aviation area in Lithuania soon. Last autumn SE “Air Navigation” signed the working agreement with the company ESSP established by air navigation service providers from seven European countries. The agreement will allow using an especially precise satellite signal for the procedures of planes approaching to land and thus to increase safety of flights. It is planned to start applying the EGNOS service in the international Lithuanian airports this year already.

The specialists from the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA), the European Commission, Emergency Response Centre, Agency for Science, Innovation and Technology (MITA), Lithuanian Space Science and Technology Institute and from the State enterprise “Air Navigation” are discussing the satellite navigation systems Galileo and EGNOS used in Europe more and more actively and their technological revolution today in Vilnius.