Syria to host EGNOS and Galileo workshop

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16 April 2010


Registration closes on 31 March for a workshop in Syria on EGNOS and Galileo and their main applications for civil aviation, road, rail, maritime and freight transport.

At the event on 8 April in Damascus, speakers will also present the on-going activities of the EU in support of the extension of the EGNOS signal to Arab countries. Discussions will focus on how such an extension can lead to many opportunities and commercial benefits though the development of applications based on the EGNOS signal.

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is Europe’s first venture into satellite navigation. The satellite-based augmentation system (SBAS) improves the accuracy of current GPS signal by up to one metre and provides integrity information, making it suitable for applications requiring very accurate and guaranteed positioning.

Currently, the edge of the range of the augmentation information provided by EGNOS’ three geo-stationary satellites extends into parts of North Africa and the Middle East. Additional EGNOS ranging and integrity monitoring stations (RIMS) are being built in the region to extend coverage further.

Three more RIMS are scheduled to be deployed in Morocco at Agadir, in Egypt at Alexandria and in Greece at Athens. The deployments are designed to extend EGNOS signal coverage to other parts of northern Africa.

The RIMS measure the positions of each EGNOS satellite and compare accurate measurements of the positions of each GPS satellite with measurements obtained from the satellites’ signals. The RIMS then send this data to the master control centres, via a purpose built communications network.

The event in Syria will be conducted in English and Arabic. The event is organised by the Syrian Arab Republic Ministry of Transport. Speakers from the European Commission and EuropeAid will be participating in the one-day workshop.

For information on how to register contact the METIS Project: Mrs. Antonella Di Fazio: You can also download the registration form here.

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Updated: Apr 07, 2015