The specific support action aimed at the promotion of development and utilisation of Galileo applications in Poland and subsequently in other accession countries.
The project activities aimed to:
- Support research and commercial sectors in the development of Galileo-based applications;
- Provide background and support for the development of a national policy related to utilisation of Galileo services.
Some of the activities aimed at a number of accession countries, whereas others would be performed in Poland and only their results, gathered experience and proved models of support actions would be disseminated.
The work of the GP was focused on two priorities and was organised respectively in two work packages:
- WP 1 - Support research and commercial sectors in the development of Galileo-based applications.
- WP 2 - Assistance in the development of national policy related to utilisation of Galileo services.
In order to concentrate information, advisory and support activities related to Galileo in a single centre and thereby increase their efficiency and synergy, Galileo Point (GP) ;was established within the Polish Space Office. It is a part of Space Research Centre of Polish Academy of Sciences in Warsaw.
During two years of its existence, Galileo Information Point:
- facilitated exchange of information and establishment of contacts among representatives of different GNSS-related sectors from Poland and abroad;
- identified the existing Polish potential in the field of satellite navigation and endeavoured to present it to the European GNSS community;
- analysed European radio-navigation plan and possible effects of its introduction in Poland;
- broadened awareness among public authorities of Galileo programme and its potential benefits;
- provided public authorities with an independent information on the current state of the GNSS-related sectors in Poland;
- acted as an advisory and expert body to the government in issues concerning the development of Galileo system;
- increased the knowledge of general public about the benefits of satellite navigation and Galileo system in particular.
In order to achieve the objectives of the project Galileo point organised or co-organised several large international conferences (more than 100 participants each). The first one, 'National Information Day on European Satellite Navigation System Galileo' on 29 June 2004 in Warsaw, was addressed to the Polish sectors that are most interested in the development of satellite navigation - scientific centres, companies and public authorities. The next event, an international EGNOS workshop held in Cracow on 24 September 2004, was the first seminar in Poland completely devoted to satellite-based augmentation system EGNOS. The aim of the third conference, 'European Satellite Navigation Cooperation Day' on November 30 in Warsaw, was to foster cooperation between Polish and Western European industries (mostly Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs)) in the field of satellite navigation applications and to develop networking opportunities.European Galileo Information Days in Riga' (12 - 13 May 2005, Riga, Latvia) aimed at bringing together the European GNSS community and foster international cooperation in the development of Galileo applications. 'Workshop on EGNOS Performance and Applications', held in Gdynia on 27 - 28 October 2005, was an occasi