from the October 2016 issue

New system gives pinpoint navigation in Israel

Precision in GPS navigation will improve from ten meters to one meter.

The precision of GPS systems in Israel is expected to improve dramatically from an accuracy of ten meters to only one meter, after an European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) navigational station was stationed in the Technion Israel Institute of Technology this week. The new station is designed to benefit aviation in Israel, where airspace is among the most congested in the Middle East, and it will also improve the navigation app used by many drivers.

The system which has been deployed at 50 stations around the world, consists of three satellites and a network of ground stations. The station's satellites broadcast signals enabling users to receive precise locations in real time. Placing the stations is part of cooperation between the European Space Agency (ESA), the Technion Faculty of Civil and Environmental Engineering Mapping and Geo-Information Department, and Israel Aerospace Industries Ltd.'s (IAI) (TASE: ARSP.B1) MLM division.

EGNOS will add to the information obtained from US and Russian navigation satellites. In the future, it is expected to be added to the Galileo System navigation - a European system of navigation satellites that will include 30 satellites, and will improve locational data for the entire world.

Reprinted from the Israel High-Tech & Investment Report October 2016

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