The European Global Navigation Satellite System (EGNSS) encompasses the satellite navigation system established under the Galileo programme and the European Geostationary Overlay System (EGNOS). The Galileo system will provide position, navigation and timing services and increase availability and reliability of other GNSS, while ensuring the European non-dependence from other GNSS. The EGNOS system improves the accuracy and provides information on the reliability of the GPS system, and in the future also of the Galileo system.

Satellite navigation technology is an increasingly common component of innovative applications in different market segment. Over the years satellite navigation has become more affordable and more reliable. GNSS is used all around the globe, with 2.8 billion GNSS devices in use in 2013. By 2019, this is forecasted to increase to over 7 billion – on average one device per person. This large base of satellite navigation powered devices opens a huge opportunity for innovation in terms of applications in transport, consumer and professional markets. In addition, the new generation of GNSS, such as Galileo, brings new specific features and increased performance that can trigger innovation and enable more accurate and robust applications.

Development of downstream applications is key to maximise adoption of Galileo and EGNOS and also to stimulate the EU GNSS downstream industry competitiveness, while capturing public benefits. Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) are key players for innovation in the sector of GNSS applications for their capacity of innovating quickly, adapting to this fast growing and changing domain. While EGNOS is already fully operational, Galileo is still in deployment phase and will gradually start to deliver services from 2016 onwards up to a full capability in 2020. The use of the available Galileo initial services and test beds in the course of the proposed projects is encouraged if and when necessary and beneficial for the project.