The European GNSS Agency – GSA dedicated an entire news “Exporting Galileo – developing EGNSS markets outside Europe” to the session on the Galileo adoption outside Europe hosted at the Munich Satellite Summit 2018. The session brought together experts from EU institutions, EU GNSS companies and GNSS experts from South East Asia and USA.
The discussion highlighted how relevant are projects like BELS in this never-stop-evolving scenario where the competition between satellite navigation providers is increasing at a global level. Many EU GNSS companies are small-medium sized and they can lack in knowledge and competence to enter in new emergent markets. Indeed, this is a great moment for the European GNSS technology because the launch of Galileo Initial Services is paving the way for the adoption of Galileo also outside Europe.
Here an extract of the news from the GSA website:
The launch of Galileo Initial Services last year has paved the way for new services and applications that can foster the adoption of Galileo in markets outside Europe. Participants at the Munich Satellite Navigation Conference on March 6 discussed support available to European GNSS companies to develop these markets.
Speaking at the Summit, Pieter de Smet, a policy officer with the European Commission’s Directorate-General for Growth, Internal market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG GROW), outlined some of the ways in which the European Commission, in strong cooperation with the European GNSS Agency (GSA), is supporting Galileo uptake outside of Europe.
These include multilateral cooperation, through various organisations such as the International Maritime Organisation (IMO), the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO), COSPAS SARSAT and others. Bilateral cooperation also plays an important role and there are a number of GNSS cooperation agreements and memoranda of understanding in place with countries such as the US, Korea and Ukraine. De Smet also noted the importance of R&D projects under Horizon 2020 and the European GNSS programmes.
Getting a foothold in Asia
One project – BELS – was highlighted in particular by Prof Ta Hai Tung, Director of the NAVIS Centre in Vietnam. The goal of BELS – Building European Links towards Southeast Asia – and its successor BELS+, is to help EU GNSS applications gain a foothold in South East Asia and to develop GNSS markets for EU companies.
The project has had a significant impact. Mark Dumville, Director of the UK-based Nottingham Scientific Limited said that BELS and GNSS Asia were excellent help in getting into the Asian market. “We received even more support than we asked for and achieved levels of dialogue with industry and government that would not have been possible through any other mechanisms,” he said.