EU GNSS in LATAM Introduction

Latin America is a key region for the development of GNSS based collaborations, applications and markets for a number of reasons. The diversity and extension of its people and lands, together with their emerging economies constitute an excellent framework for the whole GNSS applications lifecycle. From development, to production market, going through analysis, testing, etc. across different industry and research sectors.

The European Comission is aware of this and, since the inception of GALILEO, has being promoting sinergies in the region so that local players can benefit from its services. This includes governments, industry, research institutions, the general public, etc.

In the first place the EU seeks to build awareness on the existance and the possibilities of GALILEO, conveying the message that GALILEO is a new reality with satellites being deployed during these years, and reaching a first operational capability by end 2014. This also includes, together with the American GPS, the multiple GNSS systems that are being made available to the public, such as the Russian GLONASS or the Chinese Compass, but also the EGNOS SBAS system, whose satellite footprint covers a large part of Brazil.

Then, the EU is encouraging and funding projects and initiatives in the region to either promote or develop GNSS applications. This GALILEO Information Center is one such initiative, and you can find other flagship ones here.

Finally, the EU is also aware of the particularities of Latin America and that each country and region requires solutions adapted to its reality, but also offers specific opportunities for GNSS collaborations. A series of negotiations are undergoing to reach bilateral agreements in different countries to further enable and foster collaboration and jointly tackle both opportunities and issues for GNSS in the region.