ARIADNA, a European project to promote the use of GALILEO applied to urban mobility

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CIT UPC participated as a leading member in the kick-off meeting for the ARIADNA project, held on 7 and 8 January in Prague.

The aim of ARIADNA is to promote the use of GALILEO or the European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS) for urban mobility and public transport applications and services.

The GALILEO system was launched at the end of 2016, as a result of collaboration between the European Union and the European Space Agency. By the end of 2020, it will have 30 satellites in orbit (27 in operation and 3 in reserve) and will be fully running. Unlike the United States GPS and the Russian GLONASS, GALILEO is created, managed and used for non-military purposes only.

The constant evolution of urban mobility, due mainly to social, economic and technological changes (including shared transport and the adoption of autonomous vehicles) has produced a need for change in the behaviour of urban mobility operators, industrial suppliers and public transport operators. The change will promote the use of tools to manage future mobility services more flexibly and efficiently.

ARIADNA includes a strategic plan with actions that support the use of GALILEO in various sectors, through the creation of application opportunities and raising awareness about the benefits of the European satellite navigation system. GALILEO has the potential to improve the quality of public transport, reduce the cost of journeys, the volume of traffic, the time invested and the fuel. This will also lead to cuts in CO2 emissions.

Some of the actions that will be undertaken during the project are identification of the main challenges of GALILEO in the urban mobility market, a white paper on technology and innovation in this field, a complete database of European SMEs and start-ups that could use this navigation system in their applications and products, hackathons, a City Forum of activities, and training and communication materials, among other actions.

The ARIADNA project, which is coordinated by the Spanish company Factual Consulting, has a consortium of five members in three European countries. Other participants include the International Association of Public Transport (UITP), Pildo Consulting and Auxilia.

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