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Integrating Satellite DAB, terrestrial cellular technology and EGNOS capabilities to demonstrate real-time wireless navigation and fleet-management services

Objective

The overall objective of the proposed project is to demonstrate the technical feasibility of using DAB satellite, terrestrial cellular communications (GSM, GPRS) and EGNOS capabilities for the provision of integrated navigation and fleet-management services. To achieve this, the project will integrate satellite audio and data broadcast, cellular technologies, EGNOS and Wireless Navigation technology capabilities into one prototype receiver. This prototype will then be tested in France and Germany with turn-by-turn navigation, traffic information and fleet-management services. The work will include a definition of the user needs, a recommendation for a system architecture, development of terminal and service prototypes and demonstrations. The project also intends to disseminate widely its results and to link with other initiatives related to the satellite technologies. More specifically, the project would like to validate architecture concept which will pave the way towards the deployment of Galileo and Satellite DAB.

Objectives:
Specific sub-objectives are:
- To validate a fully integrated EGNOS and Satellite Digital Broadcast (S-DB) hardware and services in an in-vehicle environment;
- To integrate S-DB, GSM and EGNOS features into one platform suitable for the provision of navigation and fleet services;
- To provide new means for improving data reception compared to current systems to ensure better service availability especially in urban canyons, tunnels;
- To demonstrate wireless navigation and fleet-management services provided via S-DB and integrating EGNOS positioning;
- To assess commercial viability of the service concept for the European market;
- To pave the way towards the deployment of Galileo and to propose an EGNOS-GALILEO roadmap;
- The pave the way towards the deployment of S-DB.

Work description:
The project will address the following tasks:
- identify the requirements of users, car manufacturers, fleet owners;
- define specifications for technical elements, including an overall system architecture and specifications for the interfaces between vehicles and the infrastructure elements;
- test the system in a selection of vehicles and terminal platforms in different scenarios and locations across Europe;
- establish the technical, organisational and commercial feasibility of the service concept and propose first business plans for each of the organisation involved in the service delivery and operation.

7 workpackages are proposed:
WP 1 assures the project management;
WP 2 will lead to a clear definition of the user needs and system requirements;
WP 3 deals with the actual specification of the complete system architecture. The architecture will address the following elements: S-DB infrastructure; EGNOS infrastructure; Ground infrastructure; Terminal; Service delivery chain;
WP 4 will be dedicated to system implementation. This involves the development of prototype terminals and services;
WP 5 The project approach will be implemented and trailed in 2 different sites across Europe, France and Germany, leading to validation of prototype systems installed in vehicles;
WP 6 is concerned with the evaluation of the trial results. In a first task the evaluation methodology and the key common indicators will be defined. Each site will then gather the evaluation data. These data will be processed to compile evaluation conclusions;
WP 7 This WP concerns dissemination actions, which represent a background activity running practically all along the project.

Dissemination is considered as a key objective of this project. Indeed the awareness among a very wide range of organisations related to the satellite business and service providers of the benefits of the project approach is crucial to the take-up of its proposed solutions. The project intends to organise a live demonstrations at the next World Congress on ITS in Europe, in Madrid 2003.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

ALCATEL SPACE
Address
12 Rue De La Baume
75008 Paris 08
France

Participants (9)

ALCATEL MOBICOM EUROPE
France
Address
5, Rue Noel Pons
92734 Nanterre
BAYERISCHE MOTOREN WERKE AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Petuelring 130
80788 Muenchen
BORG INSTRUMENTS AKTIENGESELLSCHAFT
Germany
Address
Benzstrasse 6
75196 Remchingen
DAIMLERCHRYSLER AG
Germany
Address
Epplestrasse 225
70567 Stuttgart
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany
Address
Hansastrasse 27C
80686 Muenchen
INTELLICAST S.A.
Luxembourg
Address
35, Rue J.f. Kennedy
7327 Steinsel
VOLVO TECHNOLOGY AB
Sweden
Address
Goeteverksgatan 10
405 08 Goeteborg
WEBRASKA MOBILE TECHNOLOGIES
France
Address
22 Rue Guynemer
78600 Maisons Laffitte
WORLDSPACE FRANCE
France
Address
13 Rue Michel Labrousse
31100 Toulouse