EGNOS, Europe’s regional satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS), improves the accuracy and reliability of GPS positioning information, while also providing a crucial integrity message regarding the continuity and availability of a signal. The European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Space Agency (ESA) are currently working on the development of the next generation of EGNOS. When operational, the multi-frequency/multi-constellation EGNOS Version 3 will improve the accuracy and reliability of the positioning information provided not only by GPS, but also Galileo.
With its dual-frequency capability, EGNOS V3 will provide Precise Point Positioning (PPP), or positioning at the centimetre to decimetre level. The availability of PPP techniques creates an opportunity for EGNOS to deliver high accuracy positioning to a range of application types, including agriculture, road, mapping/surveying, construction, offshore mining and maritime – among others.
Invitation to Tender
An EGNOS High Accuracy (HA) service has the potential to provide users with centimetre level accuracy, a fast convergence time and timely warning of any compromise to the integrity of the positioning service. To better understand user needs for such a service, the European Commission, Directorate-General for Internal Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROWTH), has published an Invitation to Tender (ITT). The objective of the ITT is to determine under what condition(s) it would be beneficial to implement an EGNOS HA service within the 2020-2035 timeframe.
The analysis is to focus on identifying user requirements and on the EGNOS service provision, bearing in mind the foreseen availability of a Galileo Commercial Service. The ITT does not cover the technical implementation of the service at the system level.
The study will be fully financed by the European Commission under the Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation, within the budget allocated to the evolution of the EGNOS mission. The European Commission has charged the GSA with the technical supervision of the project.
More information about the ITT can be found here.
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