Benefiting many sectors


Galileo Initial Services have a significant impact on an array of important market sectors:

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Road transportation

Satellites support in-vehicle navigation, fleet management, road tolling and speed monitoring. Today, Galileo ensures the authenticity of the satellite signals these services depend on. In the near future, Galileo will help enable autonomous driving and connected vehicles. 

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Mapping and surveying

With Galileo satellites working together with GPS, there are more satellites in the sky, meaning more accurate positioning – of particular importance to surveyors operating in such challenging environments as cities, dense forests or at sea.

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Officially recognised by the International Maritime Organisation as part of its Worldwide Radio Navigation System, Galileo plays an important role in maritime navigation. Whether it’s at sea, in a busy port or through a narrow canal, Galileo helps ensure the safe navigation of the maritime sector.

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 Thanks to precision farming, powered in part by Galileo, European farmers are maximising yields, increasing productivity, optimising the use of fertilisers and herbicides and lowering their environmental impact.

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Location based services (LBS)

With Galileo, the positioning information provided by smartphones is more accurate and reliable – particularly useful in urban environments where narrow streets and tall buildings often block satellite signals and limit the usefulness of many mobile services.

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Galileo will soon deliver improved availability and enhanced accuracy for numerous safety-critical rail applications – of particular interest for Europe’s many low density lines.

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With global air traffic increasing, there is growing pressure to better utilise Europe’s airspace. EGNOS - the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service - helps accomplish this by enabling more accurate routes, optimising airport access and improving flight safety. In the future, Galileo will support aviation operators, while receivers for Unmanned Autonomous Systems (UAS) are already using Galileo.

Updated: Dec 15, 2016