Galileo Reference Centre Officially Opened

The Galileo Reference Centre was officially inaugurated on May 16 in Noordwijk, the Netherlands. The centre will support Galileo end-user needs by monitoring the accuracy and availability of data and disseminating the information free of charge.

The official opening of the Galileo Reference Centre (GRC) took place on May 16, 2018.  GSA Executive Director Carlo des Dorides, Dutch Minister for Infrastructure and Water Management Cora van Nieuwenhuizen, and DG GROW Deputy Director-General Pierre Delsaux were present at the inauguration.

Galileo Reference Centre

The GRC is to play an exceptionally important role in the monitoring and assessment of Galileo and of the Galileo Service Operator (GSOp) in an independent manner.  In doing so, it shall provide confidence in the system as a whole while reporting to stakeholders that Galileo is fulfilling the obligations and objectives that it set out to achieve.

Galileo is operated and maintained by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). One of the GSA's most vital tasks is to work to keep end-user needs at the centre of the Galileo Programme, and the new GRC will be an important part of that process, monitoring the additional accuracy and availability delivered by Galileo and the disseminating this information free of charge.

Among GRC deliverables are regular reports about the performance of Galileo. Speaking at the GRC inauguration event, GRC Manager Peter Buist said: "The first quarterly report is already available, and it reveals excellent performance by Galileo, much better than the 7m accuracy target, even though the full system is not yet deployed."

The event saw a series of lectures, informative presentations, and question and answer sessions given to the invitees over the course of the day. Amsterdam-based interactive design studio Moniker created the collaborative art piece Painted Earth for the opening. The app uses a GNSS-equipped smartphone that allows participants to 'paint' virtually on canvas Earth. The result is cumulative over time, so one day participants may see the entire world 'painted' on their screen

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