The User Consultation Platform: Overview and First Outcomes

Omar Valdés, Antonio Danesi, Juan Pablo Boyero, Justyna Redelkiewicz, and Gian-Gherardo Calini

Abstract: The European Union intends that EGNOS and Galileo answer to the needs of its stakeholders and users. In order to do so, a systematic consultation process of the different market segments and the numerous application user communities that draw benefits from the services has been set by the European GNSS Agency (GSA). The process aims at gathering the information and expressing it in a language that facilitates its leveraging in the shaping of the GNSS services. At a high level, the process follows a logical sequence of steps: gather formal inputs from user satisfaction surveys, standards and regulations, and other interactions with market stakeholders; identify relevant applications per market segment; identify the user requirements and their drivers; build the user requirements specification proposal; and submit the specification proposal to the User Consultation Platform –the actual fora –for discussion and endorsement. Acknowledging the fact that the user requirements are not static, the GSA relaunches this process periodically. The process mentioned resulted in the documentation of Reports on User needs and Requirements (RUR) that were discussed with the different user communities during the User Consultation Platform, an event whose first edition was held in Madrid at the end of November 2017 at the first anniversary of the declaration of Galileo’s Initial Services. The objectives of the RUR are several: serve as a living reference of user needs with regards to position, velocity and time; guide the development of the European GNSS systems with both, short term improvements that can be easily implemented in the current baselines of the systems and long term ones that can be incorporated in their new versions via their evolution roadmaps; give priority to a user-driven approach for the development of the systems; justify future investments in the current and eventually new geo-location systems and technologies; and identify shortcomings of current solutions. The objective of this paper is twofold. On one hand, to present the overall consultation process which has been defined with an innovative user-pull approach and in particular the UCP. On the other hand, to present in a new and concise manner the results after the first UCP meeting. The results are aggregated in a single diagram showing all applications considered by the various user communities – the so called Joint Performance Accuracy Diagram (JPAD).
Published in: Proceedings of the 31st International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2018)
September 24 - 28, 2018
Hyatt Regency Miami
Miami, Florida
Pages: 1455 - 1467
Cite this article: Valdés, Omar, Danesi, Antonio, Boyero, Juan Pablo, Redelkiewicz, Justyna, Calini, Gian-Gherardo, "The User Consultation Platform: Overview and First Outcomes," Proceedings of the 31st International Technical Meeting of the Satellite Division of The Institute of Navigation (ION GNSS+ 2018), Miami, Florida, September 2018, pp. 1455-1467.
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