STUTTGART – GERMANY, OCTOBER 17, 2019 - The World Geospatial Industry Council [WGIC] and The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency – (European GNSS Agency - GSA), signed a memorandum to collectively work towards bringing forward composite value and utility of geospatial technology and satellite navigation systems in the success of projects across a wide range of activities, from sustainable development to innovative opportunities that benefit citizens, enterprises and for the attainment of the global development agendas, including the SDGs.

WGIC, as a global geospatial industry association, is committed to amplify contribution of geospatial value to the world economy, society and the environment. By fostering alliances within the industry and with associated organisations, multilaterals, industry associations and user communities, WGIC aims to build an integrated platform for the ecosystem of geospatial industry to support perspectives on policies and open pathwaysfor strategic collaborations for innovations between apex global institutions and commercial sector, and for strengthening sustainable economic growth.

The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency – (European GNSS Agency - GSA) is an official European Union Regulatory Agency responsible for managing operations and service provision of Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service). GSA works together with institutions, industry, service providers, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and research institutions to respond to users’ needs and provides a satellite navigation service for broad range of applications to serve user communities worldwide.

Speaking on the occasion, Mr. Claudel Pascal – COO of GSA said that, “The benefits of global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) are everywhere.GNSS plays a critical role in driving innovations for future economic growth, sustainability for businesses as well as public services. Space is a tangible service, provided by an invisible yet significant infrastructure in addressing needs for apps for growing smartphones user communities, navigation system for smart transports, accuracy for position and timing for flight landings and much more. This association with WGIC will be instrumental in leveraging collective technical capabilities of geospatial information and space technology across different sectors, professional services and applications.”

Mr. Sanjay KumarSecretary General and CEO of WGIC, highlighted that, “GNSS and positioning technologies enable positional accuracy, time and precision for strategic insights, using geospatial information for location based services, smart transportation (air, road, maritime), mapping & surveying, facilitate development of innovative applications across various sector of the economy. WGIC with its member network from entire ecosystem of the industry is the single largest industry association worldwide to bring together all the stakeholders and partners to work in tandem towards successfully leveraging the potential of such technology collaborations.”

This association between the European GNSS Agency (GSA) and World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) will set forth new paradigms for dialogues on harnessing collective technical capabilities of GNSS and geospatial. Both the organisations will be closely working to develop joint programs and knowledge summits to facilitate strategic dialogues on development of distinct frameworks that will encourage wider adoption of geospatial and GNSS capabilities for commercial as well as public institutions - towards attainment of ultimate goal of larger public good.

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