International Symposium on Certification of GNSS Systems & Services

International Symposium on Certification of GNSS Systems & Services
Main gate of ESOC at Robert-Bosch-Straße in Darmstadt, Germany with the new building and the ESA member state flags. Wikimedia Commons photo by Christian Weickhmann.

Organized by the German Institute of Navigation, the CERGAL 2017 conference has been established as a cross-border information exchange and discussion platform for system and application developers, operators, approval authorities and many different users.

Organized by the German Institute of Navigation, the CERGAL 2017 conference has been established as a cross-border information exchange and discussion platform for system and application developers, operators, approval authorities and many different users.

The major milestones on the road to the successful operational rollout of satellite navigation systems like GPS/EGNOS, Galileo, GLONASS and BeiDou are the qualification and certification of mission and safety critical applications. To make the process of certification uneasy, there is no single standard against which it can be certified. Another challenge in the successful implementation and use of EGNOS and Galileo is the lengthy lead time for certification of mission and safety critical applications. Additionally, a reduction in lead time is of paramount importance for the timely certification of Galileo.

The User Communities’ safety regulation / certification authorities are in charge of certification and approval of operations and equipment to support these operations based on safety cases, specific to the individual application. Each of these user groups relies on their specific certification authorities that grant operational approval following different sets of rules, guidelines and interests. In this context CERGAL concentrates on the measures already established and on future activities which will demonstrate that we are well on the road to assure SATNAV systems certification and operational safety.

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