ARIADNA draws to a close: a European project to promote the use of GALILEO satellite technology applied to urban mobility

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The ARIADNA project ended formally with an event held on 18 November at the Tomorrow Mobility Congress, organised as part of the Smart City Expo World Congress.

ARIADNA was created to support the use of GALILEO, the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS), to promote applications and improve urban mobility services and public transport. The aim was also to ensure the accuracy, integrity and continuity of the geolocation signal, especially in dense urban settings.

As part of the project, several key reports have been published on EGNSS technologies and their applications and benefits, including the White Paper EGNSS technology in Urban Mobility and Public Transport. This is an in-depth analysis of how the incorporation of Galileo has a positive impact on all existing GNSS applications for urban mobility services and even enables new ones to be devised.

ARIADNA has collected specific experiences of actors in urban mobility, such as Transport Metropolità de Barcelona (TMB) on the integration of Galileo to improve their mobility services, particularly public transport, shared mobility and mobility on demand.

ARIADNA has developed the Galileo Demo Kit (GDK), a complete hardware and software solution that can be used to show in real time the difference in positioning performance between a multi-constellation receptor and a GPS-only receptor. The GDK is available for all interested parties to assess the increase in performance using receptors provided by Galileo for their specific applications.

During the two years of the project, several hackathons were carried out, as well as a City Forum of activities, webinars, and training and communication materials, among other actions.

The ARIADNA project lasted two years (December 2019 – December 2021). It received funding from the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). ARIADNA was coordinated by the Spanish company Factual Consulting. Its consortium had five members in three European countries. Other participants in addition to the CIT UPC were the Union Internationale des Transports Publics (UITP), Pildo Consulting and Auxilia.

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