LogicaCMG has been awarded a multi-million pound contract to develop a data messaging service centre for Galileo, Europe's 3bn euro (£2.1bn) satellite navigation programme.
Galileo is a public/private partnership project backed by the European Union and the European Space Agency (ESA), and will provide the first satellite positioning and navigation system specifically for civil purposes
Steve Smart, director of space and satellite communications at LogicaCMG, said, “LogicaCMG is recognised as a world leader in mobile telephony applications, a critical market for Galileo’s positioning services.
“The service centre will be at the heart of integrating Galileo's services into mass-market applications such as road pricing, traffic information, local shopping details or child location systems.”
“The service centre will provide the interface to Galileo users and service providers, in particular in relation to commercial issues,” said Eric Gellée, director of FDC (France Developpement Conseil), a major player in the Galileo project.
“The service centre is therefore a crucial element in ensuring wide commercial uptake of the Galileo services and those of the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), Galileo's precursor,” said Gellée.