Galileo Added Value

With regard to some of the key drivers for the commercial success of LBS and Galileo (and partly EGNOS), AGILE will provide efficient answers to the following points.

Coverage

Requirement

The service coverage shall be as close as possible to the coverage of the wireless communication media. This means that a good indoor coverage shall be ensured.

 What Galileo will bring

Better urban coverage will be achieved via Galileo’s additional satellites in the sky, assuming a fully interoperable approach, meaning that Galileo and GPS satellites will be considered as being fully equivalent. Better indoor coverage will be achieved by a more efficient signal waveform.

Interoperability

Requirement

Availability of terminals and services. Obviously, the success of LBS will depend on the availability of attractive terminals, as well as services. This requires a high level of interoperability between the services and the terminals.

What Galileo will bring

Better standardisation. Galileo will continue and reinforce the effort on standardisation initiated to ensure that exhaustive and accurate standards are available prior to Galileo operations. This will support operators in deploying commercially available terminals and services.

Accuracy

Requirement

Although enforcement for E112 legislation is highly diluted in Europe, the demand for high-precision LBS is of prime interest for safety and emergency.

What Galileo will bring

Better accuracy will be provided by Galileo (already available through EGNOS).

Privacy

Requirement

Users must feel confident that they are not being tracked without their knowledge or in contravention of their basic privacy rights.

What Galileo will bring

Special care is taken at the legal level to ensure that users are confident in the way their location is controlled and disseminated.

Response Time

Requirement

The end user is very sensitive to the time spent waiting for the location response, this should not exceed 10 seconds.

What Galileo will bring

A better response time will be achieved by avoiding multiple assistance data requests, which will be allowed if Galileo can provide so-called “long-term ephemeris”, that could be used in a 24-hour period, and be broadcasted rather than requested by the users.

Quality of service

Requirement

The end user is very sensitive to quality of service, which means that he can rely on the information he receives.

What Galileo will bring

A better quality of service will be provided by the prediction of the location accuracy, namely through the integrity and the SISA/UDRE concept.

Reliability

Requirement

The end user wants the service to be available when required, poor availability will result in low re-use and commercial decline.

What Galileo will bring

Improved reliability will by provided by Galileo with several levels of certified services.