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GRAMMAR — Result In Brief

Project ID: 227890
Funded under: FP7-TRANSPORT
Country: Germany

Positioning Galileo for a great reception

EU researchers worked to develop a receiver platform for Galileo, Europe's Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) that also supports the United States' Gobal Positioning System (GPS). It will bring key benefits to mobile phone users and manufacturers in Europe.
Positioning Galileo for a great reception
Navigation systems, with their many applications including route guidance, leisure, safety and security, and theft protection for cars, are increasingly important in our daily life. By 2020, several billion satellite navigation receivers are predicted to be in service worldwide. The early availability of a low-cost interoperable mass market receiver is therefore important for the success of Galileo.

Building on the success of the EU's related Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) projects, in particular the GREAT project, the 'Galileo ready advanced mass market receiver' (GRAMMAR) project was launched. This EU-funded project set out to extend current state-of-the-art technologies for use with applications in the mass market sector.

With a focus on receiver designs and navigation algorithms, the GRAMMAR project studied market growth expectations and promising future technologies. In addition, the project covered the limitations of currently used technologies for these applications and researched those that will be required in the near future.

GRAMMAR debugged and tested the newly developed radio frequency (RF) integrated circuit designs to solve many technical issues. Project members have designed a third development version in order to demonstrating a functional dual-frequency E1 and E5a dual-system GPS and Galileo hardware prototype for a novel mass market receiver.

Future work in the GRAMMAR project's area of actions includes developing multi-sensor navigation systems for low-cost and low-power devices. In addition, more research is needed to develop indoor positioning and navigation systems for mobile phone users for use in both indoor and outdoor environments.

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