The European GNSS Agency (GSA) announced on July 29, 2014, that a recent 10-day test has successfully tracked and demodulated data from encrypted signals of the Commercial Service (CS) from available Galileo satellites.
The tests verified the CS encryption functionalities, with the data received containing authentication and high-accuracy information previously generated outside the Galileo system.
The proposed Galileo Commercial Service, with early service expected to start in 2016, would deliver a range of added-value features, including positioning accurate to decimeter-level and an authentication element, which could support professional or commercial applications.
According to Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the GSA, the Commercial Service had the potential to improve the performance of existing location services for all user communities and therefore will be a key element of Galileo’s service provision.
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