Newsletter 01/2011 distributed
The Newsletter contains interesting articles concerning the GNSS Symposia in 2010 and 2011, the co-operation of EUPOS and EGNOS, associated membership in EUPOS, the obituary for Prof. Fejes, the ASG-EUPOS network in Poland and the Latvian EUPOS-RIGA GNSS network.
United Nations/ Moldova/ United States of America Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems
The United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs organised a regional Workshop on GNSS and applications, hosted by and co-organised with the Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre of the Republic of Moldova in Chisinau, 17 - 21 May 2010. About 80 experts from 19 countries participated in the Workshop, make their presentations and discuss during five days particular on benefits, GNSS technique and applications. Eight presentation sessions on (1) Global Navigation Satellite Systems, (2) GNSS reference station systems and services, (3) corresponding national projects, (4) applications, (5) initiatives/ experiences of the use and implementation of GNSS technology, (6) education and training in the use and applications of GNSS technology, (7) international space weather initiative and (8) remote sensing with GNSS and case studies, and several discussion sessions were be held. Three working groups drafted recommendations of the Workshop on (1) capacity building and institutional strengthening, (2) geodetic reference networks and (3) specific GNSS applications.
The Workshop was excellent organised, UN and local organizers provided a pleasant atmosphere which quickened interest and promoted best results. Thanks to all organizers and participants for this fine Workshop!
When the report on the United Nations/ Moldova/ United States of America Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems will be finished you will find it at the Websites of the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs at the UN Index of Online Documents (http://www.oosa.unvienna.org/oosa/en/docsidx.html).
Recommendations of the Working Group 2 "Geodetic Reference Networks" (draft version):
Recognizing the present status of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and the prospects for continued development of a wide variety of applications critical to science, commerce, and infrastructure the working group participants recommend the continuation of forums such as this one; bringing together system providers, geodetic infrastructure providers, end users, industry and academia.
Furthermore, these forums should be encouraged to discuss and propose specific recommendations for consideration by the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) and its Providers Forum.
Recognizing the densification of the ground-based GNSS infrastructure by the EUPOS initiative on the basis of IAG services and Sub-Commissions, considering the varied degree of GNSS ground-based reference infrastructure development among different regions of the world the working group recommend that the ICG support the development of GNSS ground-based infrastructure in all regions of the world, taking into account the unique conditions present in each region and the need for tailored approaches to implementation.
The working group discussed ways and means of following up the geodetic framework project, based on continuous observation, an analysis of GNSS data that could support many geospatial applications across the region. The working group agreed that GNSS training courses and workshops should be organized for interested countries in the region with no currently operating permanent reference stations. In that respect, tutorials should be made available to improve understanding of concepts related to terrestrial reference systems and frameworks. Therefore collaborations between States in the region and reference station networks such as a EUPOS and the International Association of Geodesy Reference Frame Sub-commission for Europe (EUREF) was encouraged.
The working group gratefully recognized that EUPOS represents a regional augmentation system with high precision positioning and navigation,
The working group noted that countries can benefit as a partner in EUPOS by
Economical and technical advantages, which are offered by a “full-scale accuracy” ground-based DGNSS augmentation infrastructure with unified standards, suitable for any application based on GNSS, which covers large regions of the continental plates, e.g. reduced costs;
Implementation and provision of the DGNSS infrastructure in the country to enable the use of key-technologies for different kinds of applications;
Gaining influence with regard to technical improvements and standardizations invented as a partner in EUPOS;
Exchange and distribution of knowledge and expertise of the EUPOS community;
Transfer of applications which are tested and introduced in other EUPOS countries; and
Cross-border use of reference stations of neighbouring countries.
The working group indicated the importance of the high precision geoid models to be used for scientific exploration.
The workshop´s opening session
International Symposium on Global Navigation Satellite Systems,
Space-Based and Ground-Based Augmentation Systems and Applications 2009
Berlin, Germany, 30 November – 2 December 2009
The Berlin GNSS Symposium 2009 was one of a number of high-level events which started with the Berlin GNSS Symposium in November 2008, and that was followed by the UN/Azerbaijan/USA/ESA Workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Baku, Azerbaijan, 11–15 May 2009, all dealing with the promotion of the peaceful uses of modern GNSS technology. The Berlin GNSS Symposium 2009 was specially dedicated to the information exchange between the EUPOS countries and their neighbours as well as to spread the experiences of the EUPOS community to countries of the Eurasian region as recommended by the participants of the Baku-Workshop. EUPOS colleagues participated at the Symposium as well as GNSS experts from Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Montenegro and Uzbekistan. Representatives of companies producing GNSS equipment were welcome also.
The 60 participants from 27 countries were satisfied with the reports and the results of the Symposium. Therefore they adopted several recommendations, e.g. that Eurasian countries are encouraged to join EUPOS and EUREF activities in an appropriate way. [Recommendations]
In case you are interested in the Symposium’s Proceedings please contact
. The power point presentations are already available as download. [Presentations]
Montenegro becomes a member of EUPOS
At the 16th conference, that was held in Berlin/Germany on 30 November, the EUPOS ISC agreed unanimously that Montenegro, represented by the Real Estate Administration, becomes a member of the EUPOS. The Real Estate Administration operates since 2005 the GNSS reference station service MontePOS. The cross border data exchange with Serbia and Croatia is already realised. Montenegro is the 18th country that joined the EUPOS cooperation.
Bulgarian network BULiPOS full operational
Since 1 May 2009 the Bulgarian network BULiPOS is full operational, providing correction data in four services for the whole country. For more information please go to www.bulipos.eu/.
Republic of Kazakhstan becomes a member of the EUPOS
At the 15th conference, that was held in Tallinn/Estonia from 28 to 29 April, the EUPOS ISC agreed unanimously that the Republic of Kazakhstan, represented by the Joint Stock Company „National Company Kazakhstan Gharysh Sapary“, becomes a member of the EUPOS.
The JSC is one of the companies of the National Space Agency of Kazakhstan. One of the company’s projects is the creation of ground-based infrastructure of DGNSS in Kazakhstan. It is planned to build up 500 DGNSS reference stations to cover the whole territory.
Simbay Dyussenev, Vice President of Kazakh JSC and Gerd Rosenthal, Head of the EUPOS ISCO
Conference proceedings of the International GNSS Symposium available now
After the International GNSS Symposium, which was organised by the Senate Department for Urban Development Berlin together with the International EUPOS Steering Committee (EUPOS ISC), the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG) and the Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) in November 2008, the conference proceedings were published now in English language. The book contains the greetings, the lectures, the posters, the participant list, photos of the event as well as a CD with the presentations. In addition all official documents of the ICG, which were available until the copy deadline, are printed in the proceedings at the request of the UNOOSA. By this the papers are published for the first time completely and coherently. [more]
GNSS, DGNSS and Applications Symposium
The International Symposium on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, Space-Based and Ground-Based Augmentation Systems and Applications took place in
Berlin, Germany, 11 - 14 November 2008.
The Symposium was initiated as a platform for the knowledge and experience exchange between experts as well as an information feasibility for users and other interested parties in order to inform them about the possibilities, the potential, the benefits as well as the current state and future developments of the satellite navigation technology. The topic “GNSS” is a very important one all over the world. Recently it became a permanent agenda item of the conferences of the UN Committee for the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS). The Berlin Symposium is a contribution to that item.
The approx. 200 participants from Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, France, FYRO Macedonia, Germany, Ghana, Great Britain, Hungary, Iceland, Japan, Kazakhstan, Latvia, Lithuania, Malawi, Malaysia, Moldavia, Netherlands, Nigeria, Poland, Russian Federation, Serbia, Slowak Republic, South Africa, Switzerland, Ukraine, and the USA showed very satisfied both with the quality and topic abundance of the lectures and with the organisational frame. The symposium offered an excellent platform for the exchange and the discussion of information, knowledge and experiences on the field of the navigation satellite technology and those one application. The broad lecture spectrum gave a comprehensive overview of the worldwide activities on the field of the civilian use of the satellite navigation. In addition companies used the possibility to represent own perspectives and to present developmentsof the technical equipment and data processing.
The participants decided on recommendations which are supposed to be published and to be passed on to different international organisations as the International Committee on GNSS (ICG) and the UN Committee for the Peaceful Use of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) with the request to take note of. It is recommended among other things to continue the organisation from forums as the GNSS Symposium on which system providers, providers of geodetic infrastructures, users and the industry come together. In addition the ICG is recommended to support the development of GNSS ground-based infrastructures.
The recommendations of the symposium participants, the presentations as well as photos of the event are available on the internet pagesof the senate administration for city development. The conference proceedings that contains the lectures, the posters, a CD with the presentations and supplementary information on the activities of the space authority of the United Nations and the ICG can be ordered from the Berlin Senate Department, Ms Anette Blaser,
Republic of Moldova becomes a member of the EUPOS
At the 13th conference the EUPOS ISC agrees unanimously that the Republic of Moldova, represented by the Agency for Land Relations and Cadastre, becomes a member of the EUPOS. The Agency is a governmental authority responsible for the coordinating activities in the fields of land management, surveying, mapping and cadastre. Also, the ALRC is an active member of the European Association of Mapping and Cadastre Agencies EuroGeographics and highly cooperates with a great number of international organisations. In 2007 the Agency, in collaboration with Bundesamt für Cartography und Geodasie, EUREF and EuroGeographics, has installed and jointly operate the first Moldavian GNSS permanent station IGEO in Chisinau. Now the activities for the establishment of MOLDPOS have started.
The Partners of the INTERREG III C project EUPOS-IRC met three times during the project period. The first meeting was held in Budapest/Hungary from 21 to 24 November 2006, the second meeting took place in Riga, Latvia from 27 to 30 March 2007 and the third and last meeting was organised in Vilnius, Lithuania from 18 to 21 September 2007.
Each time the EUPOS-IRC Steering Committee met as well as the working groups of the components. The Steering Committee members discussed mainly project related administrative questions. During the Component Working Group meetings details about the activities were agreed and the Partners reported their progress and results. At the end of the last meeting all Partners agreed to submit an application for a follow-up project to an INTERREG IV C call.
Results of Component 2 - EUPOS-IRC Know-how Offices Promoting Geoinformation in the Context of Regional Policy [more]
Results of Component 3 - Large-Scale Information Exchange and Training [more]
Results of Component 4 - Planning sustainable sulti-sectoral satellite-based geoinformation applications, user acquisition, investment preparation [more]
Beside the purely project-related meetings the consortium representatives also met with representatives from the EUPOS countries, which were not involved in EUPOS-IRC. Those colleagues were informed about the objectives and results of the project, further concerted actions were discussed and it was reported about the further development in the EUPOS countries. Also technical questions of the quality assurance were discussed by the working group on System Quality, Integrity and Interference Monitoring. [more]
Meeting with representatives from all EUPOS countries,
Vilnius, Lithuania, September 2007
EUPOS WG on System Quality, Integrity and Interference Monitoring
As the new Head of the EUPOSWG SQII Ms. Katarína Leitmannová from the Geodetic and Cartographic Institute of the Slovak Republic was appointed by the ISC, Mr. Janis Zvirgzds from the Latvian Geospatial Information Agency took over the function as secretary of the WG SQII. Such as planned, Dr. István Fejes, first head of the working group, retired from this function for concentrating in his other resposibilities.
International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG)
On the 1 and 2 November 2006 the Head of the International EUPOSSteering Committee Office (ISCO) participated in the first Meeting of the International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems (ICG). The meeting was held at the United Nations in Vienna, Austria. About 40 representatives of different countries and international organisations*) discussed the Global Navigation Satellite Systems and their potential applications e.g. in the sectors public security, economical development, efficiency and security of the traffic, rescue services, geodesy, land management and sustainable development. The ICG adopted its Terms of Reference as well as its work plan. Among other items, compatibility and interoperability of the GNSS, the space-based and regional ground-based augmentation systems, enhancements of performance of GNSS services, interaction with national and regional authorities and relevant international organizations, and integration of those services into national infrastructures shall be improved. A special focus is put on the developing countries.
The second Meeting of the ICG took place at the Indian Space Research Organization in Bangalore, India, from 5 to 7 September 2007. An informal preparatory meeting for the second Meeting of the ICG was scheduled on 21 February 2007 at the United Nations Vienna International Centre. EUPOS participated in both meetings, represented by the Head of the EUPOS ISCO.
Report of the Second Meeting of the International Committee on GNSS
Reports of the ICG Working Groups
Amended Terms of Reference
ICG brochure is available
Prof. Dr. Hans Haubold (UN Office for Outer Space Affairs/ ICG Secretariat) and Dr. Suresh V. Kibe
(Indian Space Research Organisation), Co-chair and Chair of the second ICG meeting.
Radio Technical Commission on Maritime Services (RTCM)
On 25 and 26 September 2006 the autumn meeting of the RTCM Special Committee 104 (SC 104) took place in Fort Worth, Texas, USA. The committee deals with the standardisation of Differential Global Navigation Satellite Systems (DGNSS) information. For the second time the EUPOS representative participated with the aim to introduce EUPOS requirements concerning relevant standards. An important topic is for EUPOS the encryption of DGNSS-information in order to protect them against manipulation and improper use. A first technical paper with the RTCM message types was presented to the RTCM SC 104.
Autumn 2006 a new RTCM version was agreed and published under:
RTCM STANDARD 10403.1 FOR DIFFERENTIAL GNSS (GLOBAL NAVIGATION SATELLITE SYSTEMS), SERVICES - VERSION 3.1
The next session of the SC-104 will be held at the office of Trimble GmbH, 7 to 8 February 2007, Raunheim, Germany. Main Themes will be among others discussions on proposals for new GPS Network Messages, new differential correction messages, a totally HTTP-compatible internet protocol standard, reviewing the proposed material for the Coordinate Transformation messages, as well as the discussion of the possibilities of establishing new Working Groups both to develop standards for the encryption of RTCM data and to develop standards for bi-directional data links.