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Industry does not view Galileo as alternative to GPS

Brad Koziey

Brad Koziey
Sales Director
Applanix Corporation

Applanix is one of the industry leaders in the development and manufacture of integrated inertial/GPS technology. What is the USP that gives Applanix an edge over others?

Applanix is actually the industry leader in the development and manufacture of integrated inertial/GPS systems. Having first pioneered the technology for commercial applications during the early 1990s, our systems have evolved to become the industry standards.

At Applanix, investment in innovation and product improvement is a high priority. In addition to our core Position and Orientation System (POS) business, Applanix has leveraged its expertise in inertial/GPS technology to bring innovative solutions such as the Digital Sensor System (DSS) to the marketplace.

There are a number of unique selling points which set our systems apart from others in the industry, such as excellent customer support and an understanding of customer needs. We have an enormous resource in geomatics industry; we have technical expertise, with photogrammetrists, surveyors, engineers and aerospace and defense industry experts. We possess in-depth understanding of inertial/GPS technology and its specific applications, our products offer a superior range of features and a complete range of models to suit various accuracy levels and customer requirements. Our solutions are field-proven, turnkey, and are easily integrated with our customers’ workflow. As a wholly-owned subsidiary of Trimble, we also have access to the latest in GPS systems development. The product upgrade paths we offer our customers enable them to keep up-to-date with the most recent technological improvements. This allows customers to apply the latest technology to their projects and applications and ensures that they get the most from their investment.

How do you see the future of positioning and navigational technologies in terms of growth of applications, technology and user market? Where will the GPS industry head in coming years?

The technology is continually improving with new applications being introduced all the time. There is a constant need for geospatial data but the trend towards “immediacy” means that data is now time-dependent. Current information is a key component in many applications today. Time is an important factor; people want latest information now. The on-going developments in inertial/GPS technology is geared towards addressing this issue.

How would you react to Galileo as an alternative to the US GPS? Do you foresee the emergence of more such service providres and new users’ base?

I don’t think the geospatial industry views Galileo as an alternative to the current GPS system. Rather it is seen as a service that can be utilized in addition to GPS, in the same way what GLONASS is used. With an additional 30 satellites available, the compatibility and interoperability of both systems will enable users worldwide to gain increased accuracy and efficiency. There are several countries currently looking at the feasibility of initiating their own satellite systems, such as India with the, Geostationary Earth Orbit Augmented Navigation program (GAGAN) and Japan with the Quazi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS). Even though Galileo is a European initiative, it has gained a lot of interest from countries outside the European Union.

With positioning technology’s continued expansion into diverse industries, as mineral exploration, transportation administration, and agricultural production management, the role of satellite positioning is gaining wider accep- tance and is becoming an important component in the world of information technology.