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European scheme aims to boost reliability of GPS

27 июля 2012

The European Commission has taken the wraps off a project aimed at improving the reliability of GPS data, by making it available via the Internet.

The European Commission Vice-President Antonio Tajani, responsible for industry and entrepreneurship, launched the new European Data Access Service (EDAS) in Brussels on Thursday.

EDAS is designed to improve the reliability of GPS navigation in Europe by making data accessible over the Web, even if it isn't available via satellite signal -- for example, due to signal obstruction in urban areas.

By improving its reliability, the EC is aiming to make it more effective for use in commercial applications in difficult surroundings.

The EDAS is a commercial service Europe's European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). EGNOS gives precise GPS data for "safety-critical applications", and can improve the accuracy of GPS position measurements from five down to two meters, inform a user of errors in their position and warn of satellite signal disruptions within six seconds.

The EDAS will also support new services including fleet management, automatic road-tolling, high-precision fertiliser spraying, inland waterway navigation and dangerous goods transportation.

Tajani said: "This third EGNOS service once again proves the European Commission's commitment to delivering improved services to the EU's businesses and citizens. So much of our day-to-day private and business lives are dependent on satellite navigation technology. With EDAS, we have a reliable performance level which can in turn support the creation of new and innovative products and thus help to overcome the current economic crisis."

Источник: CNet

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