EMAG - Feasibility study for an experimental platform for multi-modal applications of Galileo

The project EMAG includes technical and economical basic research and analysis regarding the feasibility to develop an experimental platform based on a software receiver for multi-modal applications of Galileo. Therefore, it is the objective to develop a detailed concept for a later realization.

Short Description

To achieve added value for satellite navigation by inferring from the Galileo project, it is necessary that interested companies and research institutes can get familiar with the elements and services of Galileo. This can be realized by a symbiosis of specific test equipment to be developed and a dedicated test environment. Therefore, the DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt) in Germany authorized a consortium to set up the test environment GATE (Galileo Test Environment). Among others, one of the GATE intentions is to be available to all interested international parties.

In a next step, the proper development of the experimental platform could be carried out. The platform could be made available for interested companies, organizations and research institutes in Austria to provide the possibility to deepen the knowledge about Galileo. Interested parties would be able to use the platform for extensive investigations in combination with GATE.

In addition, a functional demonstrator based on an integration of AIS (Automatic Identification System), GPS (Global Positioning System), and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) will be developed. Therefore, a combined GPS/EGNOS receiver will be used and integrated with a Nauticast AIS transponder. The EGNOS-improved GPS position solutions and an integrity message will be provided to the transponder in real-time.

The transponder will be capable to broadcast the position of the ship including a quality indicator (integrity flag) for the position solution to other ships and to the control facilities on shore.

Project Partners


TeleConsult Austria GmbH, Austria


  • Austrian Aerospace
  • Austria Nauticast Navigationssysteme GmbH
  • Austria Institute of Navigation and Satellite Geodesy of the Graz University of Technology
  • Austria Telematica, Germany

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