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Workshop on EGNOS Performance and Applications

27 – 28 October, Gdynia, Poland

The EGNOS Workshop is an international, annual conference completely devoted to the satellite based augmentation system EGNOS.

The aim of the seminar organized on 27 - 28 October in Gdynia was to bring together the European EGNOS community, review the present situation and status of the system, and foster international cooperation in the development of the EGNOS applications.

“Workshop on EGNOS Performance and Applications” was organized by the European Space Agency, Polish Galileo Information Point at the Space Research Centre of the Polish Academy of Sciences and Institute of Navigation and Hydrography of the Naval University of Gdynia.

The two-day seminar was divided into 6 sessions: two devoted to general information about EGNOS (historical background, general concept, legal aspects, system status and performance, system operation and planned evolutions), two devoted to applications and tools (overview of ESA and other projects, SISNeT, GATE, some examples of applications) and the last ones devoted to applications in navigation (road, rail and maritime transport, aviation, agriculture and others). The Programme Committee awarded the authors of the best papers of each session; Mr. Michael Optiz received “The Best Paper of the Conference Award” for his presentation about development of a SISNeT – simulation software.

Over 120 participants from 18 countries had a unique opportunity to exchange information and experience connected to the use of EGNOS signal after the successful Operational Readiness Review of the system by ESA in June this year and its entry into the Initial Operations Phase in July.

The organization of EGNOS Workshop and great interest it raised among Polish R&D institutions, public administration and business sector confirms Poland’s active interest in the development of satellite navigation – Mr. Wojciech Hałka, Undersecretary of State for Telecommunications in the Ministry of Infrastructure, stated during the opening ceremony.

Participation of numerous representatives of GNSS community from other European countries proves their willingness to exchange information and pool the European potential to develop EGNOS and in the future Galileo applications in order to better meet the needs of European citizens.

The EGNOS Workshop took place in Gdynia, which is one of the most important port cities in Poland. Its strong relation with maritime economy has been visible since its beginnings. Moreover, Gdynia is a seat of many important institutions of maritime administration, nautical sciences and education. Therefore it was a proper location for a discussion regarding the employment of EGNOS and in the future Galileo systems for the development of this maritime region.

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