The integration of accurate hand-held positioning signal receivers, possibly within smartphones, personal digital assistants (PDAs), mp3 players, portable computers, digital cameras and video devices, will bring Galileo services directly to individuals, making possible a fundamental transformation of the way we work and play.
The term Location Based Services (LBS) covers a broad range of applications that are triggered according to the location of the end user, or are otherwise dependent on the location of the users or objects being tracked. LBS has been identified as the main initial market for Galileo, in terms of number of users and potential revenues.
To start with, LBS will include ‘Mobile Yellow Pages' or ‘Proximity Services' providing users, wherever they are, with the locations of nearest businesses. This can be linked to new advertising services, providing proximity-based information on available products and services.
Dedicated positioning devices will be available for tourists or hikers, for amusement park and museum visitors, even shoppers within large shopping centres. Such devices will also provide a new dimension of security, allowing the location of stolen property, or lost pets or individuals, by third parties and security authorities.
Along these lines, Galileo will, for example, provide a global Search and Rescue (SAR) function, based on the operational Cospas-Sarsat system. Galileo satellites will be equipped with a transponder, able to transfer distress signals from user transmitters to a rescue coordination centre, which will then initiate rescue operations.
GNSS.asia project is funded by the European Union within the Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no 287244.