CGI wins IT contract from Galileo Commercial Service

IT consulting firm CGI has won an IT infrastructure contract from Galileo Commercial Service, part of the emerging European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

Under the contract, CGI will build the core infrastructure for the first demonstrator for the Galileo Commercial Service.

The Galileo Commercial Service was introduced with the goal of creating a potential revenue source to support the future maintenance of EU satellite navigation services.

Galileo satellites are expected to improve navigation for the most critical positioning applications, especially those used in conjunction with other systems, such as GPS. The service will be useful on mountains and at high latitudes where GPS-only coverage can be intermittent.

“The Commercial Service has many added benefits beyond its original designation as a potential revenue source for the Galileo system,” said Steve Smart, vice president of Space, Defence and National Security at CGI in the UK.

The service will also create economic value for the EU in general, Smart added.

The European Commission DG ENTR is working in partnership with the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and the European Space Agency, in collaboration with member states.

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