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GREAT Consortium to showcase advanced technologies for Galileo mass market receivers – PA Consulting Group workshop

9 May 2008

As part of a major series of programmes funded by the European GNSS Supervisory Authority, a Consortium of six European organisations - GREAT (Galileo REceiver for the mAss markeT) – will showcase research and development of enabling technologies for Mass Market Receivers for Galileo services through a PA Consulting Group one day workshop on Friday, 9 May 2008

Galileo is Europe’s equivalent of the US GPS navigation system. It will ensure Europe’s strategic independence, enabling European companies to be involved in a growing sector of industry whose annual market could be over €200 billion in 2020 with 3 billion receivers in service.

GREAT has been set up and led by PA Consulting – the leading international management, systems and technology consultancy – from its Global Innovation and Technology Centre in Cambridge, UK. The Consortium comprises five other satellite navigation organisations from across Europe: ACORDE, DLR - The German Aerospace Center, Qualcomm CDMA Technologies GmbH, Tampere University of Technology and u-blox AG.

The two year project, which is approaching completion, has been co-funded by the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) with funding from the 6th Framework Programme of the European community for research and technological development.

Industry workshop on Friday, 9 May

The industry workshop on Friday, 9 May, to be held at PA’s Global Innovation and Technology Centre, will showcase the outputs of the GREAT project including novel front-end radio designs, as well as algorithms and technology to improve the reliability and accuracy of Galileo, allowing navigation technologies to be successfully used in indoor locations.

PA’s Project Manager, Graham Bell, comments:

"Within the new Galileo environment high volume Mass Market Receivers are key to opening up the market for precision location services and to helping a number of suppliers move quickly towards volume supply. The GREAT Consortium has investigated technologies to exploit the characteristics of the Galileo signal to deliver real benefit to Europe’s consumer and location based services market.”

Notes to editors

GREAT Consortium members

PA Consulting Group – Consortium leader  
PA is a leading management, systems and technology consulting firm. Operating worldwide in more than 35 countries, PA draws on the knowledge and experience of 3,000 people, whose skills extend from the initial generation of ideas, insights, solutions and new technology, all the way through to detailed implementation.

Through its wireless technology expertise PA Consulting Group is the leading supplier of end -to -end solutions for the wireless industry. PA’s technology-led consultancy solutions for 3G operators range from strategy development and business planning through to services creation, network design and roll-out management.  PA supports vendors directly through the provision of contract design of infrastructure and handset products, marketing and bidding support and infrastructure element design.

ACORDE is a Spanish SME, whose main activities are system engineering, industrial prototype development and manufacturing of small and medium series. It is a very fast growing start-up, with activities in telecommunication, space and defence sectors. ACORDE staff is composed primarily of 23 electronic and telecommunication engineers, and 15 laboratory technicians and administrative personnel. In the electronic defence sector ACORDE has become one of the leaders for satellite communications.

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