European Commission selects CGI to support the Galileo program's Commercial
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JULY 8, 2014
European Commission selects CGI to support the Galileo program's
Commercial Service initiative
CGI will develop the Galileo Commercial Service Demonstrator core platform as
part of a Pan-European consortium
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM--(Marketwired - July 8, 2014) - CGI (NYSE:GIB)
(TSX:GIB.A) has been awarded a contract to build the core infrastructure for
the first demonstrator for the Galileo Commercial Service, part of the emerging
European Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). The contract was awarded by
the European Commission Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry (DG
ENTR). When operational, Galileo satellites will take satellite navigation to a
whole new level. Users will be able to rely on the service for their most
critical positioning applications, especially when used in conjunction with
other systems, such as GPS. It will be especially useful in urban areas, on
mountains and at high latitudes where GPS-only coverage can be intermittent.
The demonstrator application will show how Galileo can provide positioning
services that are accurate to the centimeter, as well as its innovative
position-authentication services that could lead to further commercial uses.
Once complete, the demonstrator will be made available to other GNSS service
providers to test across vertical markets, including transport, insurance and
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. It provides added value to the Galileo Open Service with
the expectation that new services will be based on its encrypted and guaranteed
signal, which delivers a higher data throughput rate and increased positioning
"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. "It will maximise the program's ability to provide the best
navigation services possible to the public and commercial sectors, and will
create economic value for the EU in general. We are proud to say we are playing
a key role in this innovative process."
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. The objective is to provide the operational Commercial Service, and its
associated exploitation model, in the following years. CGI has a long track
record of supporting the European space industry, which includes having
delivered the Constellation Control Facility that controls Galileo's 30
satellites, as well as developing software that underpins the missions of more
than 200 individual satellites.
Founded in 1976, CGI Group Inc. is the fifth largest independent information
technology and business process services firm in the world. Approximately
68,000 professionals serve thousands of global clients from offices and
delivery centers across the Americas, Europe and Asia Pacific, leveraging a
comprehensive portfolio of services including high-end business and IT
consulting, systems integration, application development and maintenance,
infrastructure management as well as a wide range of proprietary solutions.
With annual revenue in excess of C$10 billion and an order backlog exceeding
C$19 billion, CGI shares are listed on the TSX (GIB.A) and the NYSE (GIB).
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