Galileo ready to use

Picture of a Galileo satellite (courtesy of ESA)

2:30 pm
Torino, INRIM
Building M 

Valeria Catalano
European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency (GSA)



GSA, the European GNSS Agency, with the Declaration of Galileo Initial Services, following a six-month handover phase that began on January 1st 2018, from July 1st officially took responsibility for overseeing the operations and service provision for Galileo.

The performance of Galileo will gradually improve as additional satellites are added to the constellation. Once completed in 2020 the Full Operational Capability, users will benefit from its full first-class performance, reliability and coverage.

But already now, any mass-market device containing a Galileo-enabled chipset, such a smartphones and vehicle navigation devices, can use Galileo signals for positioning, navigation and timing. A core function of the GSA is to engage market stakeholders in the development of innovative and effective GNSS applications, value-added services and user technology. GSA extensively monitors the GNSS downstream market, offering forecasts and distilling intelligence for the benefit of European businesses and the global GNSS marketplace.

An important GNSS market segment is Timing & Synchronisation (T&S), crucial to a variety of critical infrastructures.

GNSS time determination capability is a feature of the current portfolio of Galileo services. Reducing the vulnerabilities of critical infrastructure and increasing their resilience is one of the major objectives of the European Union.

Last modified: 01/16/2019 - 16:02