Publication date: 
2018/12/12
Following the facelift of the 15T ForCity tram, scientists from the Faculty of Electrical Engineering conducted a pilot test of the availability of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), GPS, Galileo and Glonass. This technology could be used, for example, in ongoing projects of the Prague Public Transportation Company: an anti-collision system, an electronic map of Prague, online information for passengers on the movement of individual trams in Prague or the central control system of Prague's public transport.

Team from the Department of Radioelectronics of the Faculty of Electrical Engineering, headed by prof. František Vejražka, deals with the issue of satellite and integrated navigation. In cooperation with Czech companies, within the project of the Integrated Satellite and Terrestrial Navigation Technologies Centre, it develops its own high-precision positioning solution, especially for areas with difficult reception of satellite signals.

The transportation company has allowed scientists to test their own experimental system along with several commercially available receivers in real-world traffic conditions. With the opportunity to use the tram, experts can quickly track the satellite signal, for example, its reflections from nearby buildings and other disturbinces, and see how effectively it is possible to overcome the mistakes that arise.

 

The measured and processed data will be used for internal purposes and will be provided to other partners, and possibilities of their use will be analyzed, for example, to ensure a higher level of safety and reliability of the tram. The test was also attended by representatives of Geoobchod s.r.o and Mensuro s.r.o. The technician of Škoda Transportation a.s. was present during the test. The Ministry of Transportation of the Czech Republic, together with the European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA), has been involved in the preparation of the project, which has been supporting the deployment of new applications of satellite navigation not only in transportation technology. Prague is the seat of the Galileo system, rapidly approaching full operability scheduled in 2020.  

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