EGNSS perspectives at InterGEO Stuttgart

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16 October 2019
Joint use of EGNSS and Earth observation enables applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities.
Joint use of EGNSS and Earth observation enables applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities.

The InterGEO conference and trade show continues to be a positive occasion to highlight Europe's GNSS services in the fields of geodesy, geo-information, land management and related areas.

With over half a million event website users and over 16,000 visitors from 92 countries at the conference and trade show, InterGEO is one of the key platforms for industry dialogue around the world. The event covers a wide variety of fields, ranging from surveying, geo-information, remote sensing and photogrammetry to complementary solutions and technologies. 

Shared space with Copernicus

As such, InterGEO is the ideal platform for highlighting both of Europe's flagship space programmes, Galileo and Copernicus. Speaking at the shared Galileo and Copernicus stand at InterGEO 2019, GSA Market Development Officer Reinhard Blasi said: "This is now the third time that we have shared a common space with Copernicus at this event. The GNSS community of course knows about Galileo, but we really have a lot to gain by looking more closely at Copernicus." Copernicus is Europe's space-based earth observation and monitoring programme. Like Galileo, it delivers data openly and freely in a wide range of application areas, with both operational data and information services.

"The joint use of EGNSS, Galileo and EGNOS, and Earth observation data enables a number of applications of great interest to the mapping and surveying communities. There are a big number of potential value-added applications for the agriculture sector, for smart cities, road transport, maritime navigation, emergency and crisis management, in addition to utilities and many others,” Blasi said.

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"These synergies exist in many market segments," he said, "for example in biomass monitoring, hydrographical offshore surveying or border surveillance. There are other examples in the area of precision agriculture, where Copernicus can deliver very detailed information about soil humidity and composition, which you can then use to generate metre- and centimetre-level maps of soil parameters." Farmers can then overlay Galileo- and EGNOS-generated location maps to guide targeted irrigation and other operations in their fields. In another vital area, that of environmental management, Copernicus delivers key information on the state of forests, water quality and snow cover, while again Galileo and EGNOS can provide precise guidance to specific areas of interest.

Based on the level of interest shown by the numerous visitors at the Galileo and Copernicus display, the EU space programmes are likely to remain a fixture at the event. The next InterGEO will take place in Berlin, 2020!

CLGE winner

InterGEO was also the scene of the 8th CLGE Students’ Contest award ceremony, including the GSA special prize encouraging innovative ideas leveraging the use of EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus. This year’s winner of the GSA category was Pablo Pinto Santos, from Universitat Politècnica de València, with his paper titled “GNSS Open Service Case Study: Development of SW Tools for Assessing GPS and GALILEO Positioning Performances by Means of Post-Processing Single-Frequency Pseudorange Observations”.

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Updated: Oct 16, 2019