The purpose of this section is to: “Identify key industry players in Europe whose technology (GNSS) has, or may have, an impact in GEEO and GEOSS; as well as those whose major market area is Global Environmental EO, and could benefit from the inclusion of GNSS technology in their services.”

The GNSS landscape is changing rapidly as new constellations (GLONASS, Galileo and Compass) are making an impact on the availability and reliability of satellite navigation signals to all areas of daily life and across all sectors of industry. 

The variety of GNSS receiver platforms is increasing and the cost of chipsets is reducing, making satellite positioning and monitoring a practical option in many more applications. The accuracy and precision of GNSS time systems allows global synchronisation of time to nanosecond accuracy, an important feature in applications such as communication, seismic monitoring or power grids.

The increase in awareness of GNSS is driving an increase in the number of companies who are involved in the technology.  The focus of this section is on industry; although it should be recognised that universities and research institutions are leaders in driving forward the technology and creating spin-out companies, but they have not been included, unless they have made a significant contribution that is available beyond the research community. 

Gfg2 is a European Union funded project that is promoting the European GNSS constellation (Galileo and EGNOS) to a wider community of users.  So the industrial players listed are those who are based in Europe or have a significant presence in Europe, and will play a major part in increasing the availability and use Galileo and EGNOS to the GEEO and GEOSS communities. 

The key players have been categorised according to the following taxonomy:

Governance:  European and national bodies who create policy and oversee the development of the European Space programme, including GNSS.

Producers:Hardware manufacturers producing the infrastructure and receivers, including developing new types of receiver.