Karlsruhe, Germany: Experts attending the INTERGEO Round Table in Karlsruhe, Germany, made it clear that the European navigation satellite programme Galileo is essential for European countries. The unanimous conclusion was that Europe must be independent of other global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) such as America’s GPS and Russia’s GLONASS if it is to safeguard its future as a hub for research and business.
The patron of INTERGEO, DVW e.V. – the German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management and the event’s organizer HINTE GmbH invited a number of prominent speakers to the offices of HINTE GmbH to discuss “Unlimited Navigation – The Way Ahead?” Joining the debate were Ulrich Reinfried, consultant at the German Federal Ministry of Transport, Building and Urban Development (BMVBS), Prof. Reiner Jäger from the geomatics faculty of Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences, Dr. Frank Zimmermann, Managing Director of cesah GmbH Centrum für Satellitennavigation Hesse and Ulrich Hermanski, Senior Sales and Marketing Manager at TOPCON Europe.
“Satellite navigation and geoinformation are two areas that are increasingly converging. It is becoming ever clearer that interdisciplinary cooperation is crucial to enabling the development of new applications,” said Reinfried. As the BMVBS official responsible for the Germany-wide network in the Forum for Satellite Navigation, he anticipated valuable synergies from the Navigation Conference being staged by the BMVBS and BITKOM e.V. on the occasion of INTERGEO 2011. For the first time, the conference is being held in parallel with INTERGEO in Nuremberg from 27 to 29 September 2011.
“The sooner Galileo comes, the earlier we can tap into an even broader range of applications,” opined Ulrich Hermanski. The TOPCON executive listed areas such as agriculture, forestry and infrastructure as examples.
Host Hagen Graeff, Chief Representative of DVW GmbH, summed up the Round Table’s conclusions: “The result is always a coordinate. By answering the all-important question of ‘where?’, GNSS gives us the opportunity to make anything possible.” The participants agreed that if the entire spectrum of application fields is to be fully utilised, there will need to be more communication and cooperation, not least between satellite navigation and geoinformation.