Galileo, Europe’s answer to GPS, to go online

Galileo is finally ready to be used. It should be more accurate than GPS.


  1. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Europe’s Galileo navigation satellite system goes live with phone support

    After years and years of waiting, Europe’s long awaited Galileo navigation satellite system went live earlier this week. The system currently has 18 satellites in orbit, with more to be added over the next few years. Smartphones with Qualcomm’s 400, 600 and 800 series processors are either able to access the Galileo system now, or can be updated with new firmware to add that support.

    Users who can access the free navigation service from the Galileo satellites will be able to determine a specific position by a metre (3.3 feet). An upcoming paid service will offer even more accurate positional info, down to just centimetres.

    The system currently works with the Huawei Mate 9, the Mate 9 Pro and the Mate 9 Porsche Edition, along with the BQ Aquaris X5 Plus.

  2. Tomi Engdahl says:

    Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo! Galileo fit to go: Europe’s GPS-like network switches on
    More accurate than American system and open to all

    After a long and much-delayed 17-year gestation, Europe’s answer to America’s GPS system has been switched on.

    The Galileo network will offer a free service with an accuracy of one metre, and can pinpoint locations down to a few centimetres for paying customers. The service has 18 satellites in orbit, with 30 projected by 2020 at the latest.

    “Geo-localisation is at the heart of the ongoing digital revolution with new services that transform our daily lives,” said Maroš Šefčovič, vice-president of the European Commission.

    “Galileo will increase geo-location precision ten-fold and enable the next generation of location-based technologies; such as autonomous cars, connected devices, or smart city services. Today I call on European entrepreneurs and say: imagine what you can do with Galileo – don’t wait, innovate.”

  3. Tomi Engdahl says:

    The European Galileo positioning system was officially launched just before Christmas. Satellites have already started to send the time and location information to recipients.

    Galileo will bring new services that other satellite systems do not offer. One of these is robust and encrypted positioning, which is intended for administrative use.

    Encryption means that the Galileo location data can not be copied. Current open the GPS signal is relatively easy to counterfeit. In experiments, for example, the ship has managed to deceive their path counterfeit spatial form.

    In addition to the open Galileo positioning services also offers the international Cospas-Sarsat emergency services to locate, among other things, the lost hikers in the wilderness or in distress at sea ships.

    A complete, the entire planet at all times to comprehensive services needed 24 satellites. This will take place only a couple of years.

    So far Galileo operates 14 satellites.



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