The aim of the ARGOS project is to implement the new OS-NMA and I/NAV Galileo features and to develop an innovative board/device to become a reference low-cost solution achieving high level anti-theft protection functions and to develop an innovative technology in vehicle tracking, addressing a wide list of target applications and market verticals including:

  • Leisure Vessels
  • Green & Urban mobility
  • Earthmoving Machines
  • Motorbikes
  • Trucks

Funded by EUSPA with grant agreement number GSA/GRANT/03/2019/01

EUSPA Mission Statement

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The EUSPA’s mission is to support European Union objectives and achieve the highest return on European GNSS investment, in terms of benefits to users and economic growth and competitiveness, by:

  • Designing and enabling services that fully respond to user needs, while continuously improving the European GNSS services and Infrastructure;
  • Managing the provision of quality services that ensure user satisfaction in the most cost-efficient manner;
  • Engaging market stakeholders to develop innovative and effective applications, value-added services and user technology that promote the achievement of full European GNSS adoption;
  • Ensuring that European GNSS services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible.

Fundamental Elements

Fundamental Elements is a new EU R&D funding mechanism supporting the development of EGNSS-enabled chipsets, receivers and antennas. The Fundamental Elements projects are part of the overall European GNSS strategy for market uptake, led by EUSPA. The objectives of the Fundamental Elements can be summarised as following:

  • Facilitate the adoption of the European GNSS Systems, building on their innovative services and differentiators;
  • Improve the competitiveness of EU industry;
  • Address user needs in priority market segments;
  • Maximise benefits to European citizens.

The total budget for all the projects, to be carried out from 2015 – 2020, is EUR 101 million.

Galileo positioning system

The Galileo positioning system is a civil satellite positioning and navigation system (in English GNSS – Global Navigation Satellite System), developed in Europe as an alternative to the Global Positioning System (NAVSTAR GPS), controlled instead by the United States Department of Defense.

Its entry into service scheduled for the end of 2019 [1] has been brought forward to 15 December 2016 [2]. Once completed, the system will be able to count on 30 artificial orbiting satellites (24 operational plus 6 spare) [3] on 3 inclined planes with respect to the Earth’s equatorial plane of about 56 ° and at an altitude of about 23,925 km [3]. The orbits that will be followed by the satellites are those MEO (Medium earth orbit). As of February 2020, the system consists of 22 operational satellites, 2 used only for tests, 2 non-operational and 2 withdrawn from service. Once in service the system will provide a degree of accuracy of a few centimeters in the three directions.