EGNOS will augment and complement already existing satellite navigation systems and other related services. However, unlike these services, EGNOS will provide an unprecedented level of accuracy and reliability, including an integrity signal that will allow the development of completely new safety-critical applications.
EGNOS is designed to assist air navigation both en route as well as during landing. It will assist air traffic control in coping with increased traffic, thus improving safety and reducing the infrastructure needed on the ground.
Precision agriculture is a highly effective farming strategy that increases yield and productivity, while lowering costs and minimising environmental impacts.
With costs continually rising and environmental demands gaining ground by the day, efficient and sustainable farming solutions are needed more than ever.
Traditionally, the barrier to precision agriculture has been the substantial equipment investment needed and the costly ongoing subscriptions to a service. Now, EGNOS can change this equation by offering an affordable precision solution. For example, it will help farmers to better manage aerial crop spraying.
EGNOS used for maritime applications, especially for seaport operations and inland waterways, will help improve navigation, operations, traffic management and casualty analysis. EGNOS can also be used to improve offshore exploration and exploitation and for the improved management of fisheries.
EGNOS will be a key tool for better managing land transport in Europe, helping to increase both capacity and safety, whether by road or rail. Companies that transport goods need to know where their vehicles are at all times. By using EGNOS, goods managers will be able to know exactly when a consignment has been held up and its exact location. This will also improve customer service, as clients can be notified of delays and the reasons for them. Operators will also be able to dispatch breakdown crews to precisely defined locations at a moment's notice. Police, emergency services and taxi companies will also benefit from the increased precision gained by using EGNOS to track their vehicles in urban settings. Police services will be better able to dispatch patrols to monitor risky situations.
Computer and telecommunication networks around the world need extremely accurate time references. EGNOS will broadcast a reliable time standard with unprecedented accuracy.
EGNOS will have many other potential uses. It will make possible new surveying, mapping and geographic information systems.
EGNOS has already been tested for a variety of uses, including tracking cyclists during the Tour de France and helping to guide blind pedestrians.
Open Service: The Open Service is available free to anyone with an EGNOS-enabled receiver and for common user applications. The service has been available from 1 October 2009. The signal is provided without warranty as to its availability, continuity, accuracy and reliability. The EGNOS signal-in-space (SiS) should normally provide users with excellent accuracy and performance.
EGNOS Data Access Service (EDAS): The service is currently offered on a controlled access basis (for example, through the internet or mobile phones) to customers who require enhanced performance for professional use. Companies and developers have been able to sign-up to access EDAS for free since March 2009.
Safety-of-Life Service: The service is intended for safety-critical transport applications; in particular the civil aviation sector. This service provides enhanced and guaranteed performance and features an integrity warning system. The certification of the service for civil aviation is planned for 2010. Users of the Safety-of-Life Service will not be charged until further notice (after 2013 at the earliest).
Terms and Conditions of Use
The European Union, as the owner of the EGNOS system, and ESSP SAS, its operator, expressly disclaim all warranties of any kind (whether expressed or implied), including, but not limited to the warranties regarding availability, continuity, accuracy, reliability, fitness for a particular purpose, or meeting the users' requirements. No advice or information, whether oral or written, obtained by a user from the European Union or ESSP SAS shall create any such warranty.
By using the EGNOS SIS, the user agrees that neither European Union nor ESSP SAS shall be held responsible or liable for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, including but not limited to, damages for interruption of business, loss of profits, goodwill or other intangible losses, resulting from the use of, misuse of, or the inability to use the EGNOS SIS.
Commercial Assistance through the EGNOS Help Desk
In order to support companies that want to make use of EGNOS, the EGNOS Help Desk will provide advice on the commercials aspects of EGNOS.
Note for the civil aviation sector: The certification process of the EGNOS SIS for civil aviation use is still under development. Until further notice, the EGNOS SIS is broadcasting a Type 0 or the equivalent Type 0/2 (“Do Not Use”) message as specified in the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) SARPS. Civil aviation users should therefore not use the EGNOS SIS for safety critical purposes.
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