The European Commission (EC) is the executive body of the European Union responsible for proposing legislation, implementing decisions, upholding the EU treaties and managing the day-to-day business of the EU. Commissioners swear an oath at the European Court of Justice in Luxembourg, pledging to respect the treaties and to be completely independent in carrying out their duties during their mandate.
The Galileo programme is Europe’s initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate global positioning service under civilian control. The fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure. Galileo will provide Europe with independence in satellite navigation but will also be inter-operable with GPS and GLONASS, the two other global satellite navigation systems.
The European Commission launched the AALECS project in January 2014 and it was awarded to a consortium led by GMV including CGI, Qascom, IFEN, Veripos and KU Leuven.
European GNSS Agency
The European Global Navigation Satellite Systems Agency is the agency of the European Union (EU) that aims to ensure that essential public interests are properly defended and represented in connection with satellite navigation programmes of the union: Galileo and European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS). The aim of the former is provide a modern European alternative to the established American system, GPS. Established in 2004 and based in Prague, Czech Republic, the agency is responsible for managing and monitoring the use of the program funds. It will help the European Commission deal with any matters relating to satellite radio-navigation.
European Space Agency
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.
ESA is an international organisation with 22 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country.
GMV is a privately owned technological business group with an international presence. Founded in 1984, GMV offers its solutions, services and products in very diverse sectors: Aeronautics, Banking and Finances, Space, Defense, Health, Security, Transportation, Telecommunications, and Information Technology for Public Administration and large corporations. The leadership position that GMV has attained in these sectors is based on an in-depth knowledge of client needs, which allows them to deliver solutions specifically tailored to their individual requirements. GMV offers clients the best solution, fully adapted to their own requirements and including all the support necessary to achieve optimum results at a suitable price.
Founded in 1976, CGI is a leading IT and business process services provider. With a presence in 400 locations in 40 countries, strong industry expertise and end-to-end IT services, CGI is able to meet its clients’ business needs anywhere, anytime. It continues to strive to be recognized by clients, members and shareholders as a world class IT and business process services (BPS) leader. While remaining true to its Constitution, CGI continues to adapt to best respond to changes in the IT market, the local and global business climate of clients, and to its professionals’ and shareholders’ expectations.
Qascom is an engineering company offering security solutions in satellite navigation and space cybersecurity. Started in 2004 by three young engineers ,Qascom competences have grown steadily in the years, positioning itself as one of the European key player in GNSS authentication and security. Qascom is committed to grow its worldwide leadership in GNSS authentication and it heavily invests in research and innovation. Its success is based on a powerful combination of talented employees, solutions and support that exceeds the customers’ expectations. Qascom covers 100% of your GNSS security needs for assessing the risks, performing your security test campaigns, analysing the results, implementing the security strategies as well as the detection and mitigation systems.
IFEN’s core mission is to achieve excellence in satellite navigation for all working results, whether products or services. Therefore, IFEN is working at the edge of satellite navigation and is committed to push the boundary for leading edge scientific GNSS products and solutions beyond the current state-of-the-art. One result of this mission objective is its involvement to GALILEO since the very beginnings of the project.
Situated in Belgium, in the heart of Western Europe, KU Leuven has been a centre of learning for nearly six centuries. Today, it is Belgium’s largest university and, founded in 1425, one of the oldest and most renowned universities in Europe. As a leading European research university and co-founder of the League of European Research Universities (LERU), KU Leuven offers a wide variety of international master’s programmes, all supported by high-quality, innovative, interdisciplinary research.
Veripos delivers superior Precise Point Positioning (PPP) correction services and support to the marine industry as well as to land-based applications through the TerraStar brand. With its own global network, Veripos delivers an exceptionally reliable, robust 5 centimeter multi constellation PPP solution that is delivered world-wide via seven L-Band geostationary satellites. Veripos and TerraStar are recognized as the most adopted correction services by the most important GNSS manufacturers and integrators, and are used across a wide array of applications in addition to marine, including agriculture, autonomous vehicles, unmanned aerial vehicles and many more. The reliability and integrity of its services make it the preferred choice for safety of life applications. Part of Hexagon, a Sweden-based leader in precision measurement technologies, Veripos has a global presence with offices in Europe, the USA, South America, Singapore and Australia.
Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona
The Universitat Autònoma of Barcelona is a public university mostly located in Cerdanyola del Vallès, near the city of Barcelona in Catalonia, Spain. As of 2012, it consists of 57 departments in the experimental, life, social and human sciences, spread among 13 faculties/schools. All these centers together award a total of 85 qualifications in the form of first degrees, diplomas, and engineering degrees. Moreover, almost 80 doctoral programs, and more than 80 other postgraduate programs are offered. UAB has more than 40,000 students and more than 3,600 academic and research staff. The UAB is a pioneering institution in terms of fostering research. The UAB is considered to be the best University in Spain by the 2012 QS World University Rankings, which ranked the university 176th overall in the world. Its subject rankings were: 144th in Life Sciences & Biomedicine, 92nd in Arts & Humanities, 106th in Natural Sciences, 95th in Social Sciences and 203rd in Engineering & IT.