Galileo overview

MTTS provides a marine safety information system providing location based services to both leisure vessel users and marine rescue control centres (RCCs). The demonstrator system illustrates the potential benefits of Galileo infrastructure, and also considers the integration of existing space-based and terrestrial infrastructure to provide an increased range of information from a number of independent systems in a single product.
More specifically, the system envisions the integration of new capabilities into an existing, commercially available product. The resulting architecture based on GNSS positioning considers and offers the following location based services:

  • value added meteorological information and forecasts
  • standard marine safety information gathered from multiple sources
  • two-way communication with rescue services in the case of an emergency situation, using the foreseen capability of Galileo’s SAR return link message including extended available information and value added services for search and rescue
  • both terrestrial and space-based communications infrastructure

The system has been designed with existing marine safety information services as a baseline such that comparison of the extended capabilities identified can in many cases be made directly with other existing and planned systems.

The MTTS project is co-funded by the European GNSS Supervisory Authority with funds from the Sixth Framework Programme for research and technological development, EU's main instrument for funding research in Europe. The European GNSS Supervisory Authority is the European Commission agency assigned with the implementation of Galileo, Europe's future global navigation satellite system.