European Commission selects CGI to support the Galileo program's Commercial Service initiative

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) -- 07/08/14 --  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 personal mobility. 
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 accuracy.  
"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.  
About CGI  
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). Website:
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Jenny Thorpe
UK external communications
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Jenny.thorpe@cgi.com
 
 
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