The first GSC workshop took place on 14 September 2010 in Brussels. Open to all the workshop aimed to promote the openness interoperability and cooperativeness of GNSS by shaping the GSC architecture and technical details ensuring a project that reflects and contributes to stakeholder needs.

The GSC project that started in March 2009 and will end in June 2011 is funded through the GNSS Supervisory Authority 7th Framework Programme. GSC is making a series of key contributions to unlock the potential of the service infrastructures being rolled out at European level. This way it can fully leverage and exploit the value that GALILEO and EGNOS bring.  The GSC project specifically aims at demonstrating that GNSS in particular EGNOS and GALILEO can play a role as enablers for mass market Intelligent Transport. GSC will test EGNOS and EDAS in several countries over Europe to assess two aspects: on one side the reception of GNSS signals over Europe and the impact for thecapability profile of the ‘positioning’ service primitive and on the other side the behaviour of a commercial-off-the-shelve GNSS receiver over Europe as reference for the multi-signal positioning.

Eva Schelin the project Steering Committee vice chair opened the event thanking all the participants. She then highlighted the main objectives of the day: on the one hand disseminate and validate the results of the project up to now and on the other hand foster a discussion tackling specific issues of the project as put forward by attendees. 

The first to take the floor was Fiammetta Diani Market Development Officer for GSA the European GNSS Supervisory Authority and Project Officer of GSC. The GNSS market is growing as is the need for better road infrastructure. EGNOS (The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) is a key stepping stone as it offers integrity of signal and increased accuracy. “EGNOS is there. Use it” was the main message of her speech echoing the slogan on the website. Her last words were about the current EGNOS Galileo FP7 calls and the Growing Galileo Information Day on 22 September in Brussels.

The morning session of the workshop was mostly dedicated to the presentation of the project itself. Rasmus Lindholm (ERTICO ITS EUROPE) opened with a short introduction followed by Thomas Stranner (Kapsch) and Paul van Koningsbruggen (Technolution) who focused on the two different approaches of the architecture the progress of GSC beyond the state of the art the roles and responsibilities and the Service Primitives. Klaus Jaschke (DLR) closed the session with the overview of testing and field trials reminding that all the results will be shown at the last GSC workshop to be held the 12 and 13 April 2011 in Malmö Sweden. The participants of the workshop have shown since the beginning a lively interest testified by all the comments remarks and questions raised up to the consortium to better understand the how GSC has been developed until now.

In the second part of the event Ulrik Janusson (SWECO) went through the different Business Models the legal framework and introduced the methodology behind the Deployment Roadmap. Several inputs proposed on the GSC Market and Service Goals started an open and active discussion on the targeted topics: the Business Model and Roadmap. What emerged from the comments was that the Deployment plan as presented was too ambitious: opinions and suggestions were given in order to reconsider some positions and the attention was drawn to issues that had not been considered before.

The day concluded with the announcement of the next steps of GSC in particular the setting up of the trail tests and the incorporation of all the inputs gathered today in the project.

For all the documentation on the GSC first workshop and for more information on the project please click here.





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Original Publication Date: Fri 15 Oct 2010