ALG is leading the implementation of EGNOS-based navigation in maritime and inland waterways

The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is the first pan-European navigation system that augments global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) and enable safety critical applications. EGNOS is widely recognised as a key enabler and a game changer for multiple sector applications.

The European GNSS Agency (GSA) is committed to promote the benefits of EGNOS and facilitate its integration into the business as usual of all European markets. In this context, ALG is the key consultancy company providing support to the GSA in developing pilot trials and economic analysis for the implementation of an EGNOS based navigation in maritime and inland waterways.

Traditionally, navigation aids have been provided by DGNSS signals transmitted through IALA beacons or AIS stations. These stations are expensive and their corrections degrade quickly with distance. In this regard, EGNOS provides a significant advantages and has already brought the attention of many European authorities, which are interested in its potential to complement/replace their DGNSS radio beacon networks.

The results of the study concluded that EGNOS does not only provide operational benefits, but can also represent important savings for the authorities. On one hand, EGNOS increases the integrity of the signal at system level, improves availability of the system and can enhance the positioning of the vessels at meter level. On the other hand, EGNOS allows the rationalisation of infrastructure and the creation of virtual stations that provide enhanced performance to the users without the need of deploying DGNSS stations.

The results and recommendations of the project were presented at IALA who will assess them to further enable and facilitate the implementation of EGNOS in maritime and inland waterways.

ALG is also supporting the GSA with the promotion of the results. ALG assisted to the European Space Week to promulgate the project activities and results, besides publishing a paper in ION, and transnav. ALG also created a video and a website that GSA will use a pillar for their divulgation strategy.

This project has been possible thanks to the joint efforts of the consortium led by ALG and formed by Indra, ESSP and Alberding GmbH

For more information, please refer to GSA website

About the author

About the authors
Rubén Martínez is MSc in Aeronautical Engineering and Director at ALG
Mario Cano is MSc in Aeronautical Engineering and Consultant at ALG
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