Specialist Task Force 474:
Interoperability and Integration of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS)
with Telecommunications Systems for the provision of location-based services
Who we are:
Team Leader: Robert Mort, Systek Consulting, firstname.lastname@example.org
Team Members: Marco Pini, ISMB, email@example.com
Paolo Crosta, ESA, firstname.lastname@example.org
What we do:
The work responds to a need for standards relating to fundamental system
architectures combining telecommunication networks with Global Navigation
Satellite Systems (GNSS - e.g. Galileo) and other navigation technologies for
the delivery of location-based services. A standardisation framework will be
developed for many domains of application of GNSS in cooperation with other
systems, such as Next Generation Networks (NGN), Mobile Satellite Systems (MSS),
Fixed Satellite Systems (FSS) and Earth Observation, and which may contribute to
a "System of Systems" environment.
The focus of the standards will be on the main features of GNSS including:
- Location system architecture
- Operational environment
- Test procedures
For more details, see our
Terms of Reference
Why we do it:
There is growing use of complex location systems to satisfy the expansion of
location-based applications in the mass-market. A location-based application
delivers a service to a user or external entity, based on the location of one or
more mobile targets, and to do this the application makes a request to an
associated location system.
The type of integrated system needed to deliver location-based services consists
of a GNSS location system combined with communication systems and with external
service providers supporting location-based services.
No single standards body is responsible for this type of GNSS standardisation,
but several standards bodies have generated standards for some of these types of
applications and systems within their brief. Hence up to now, location-based
technologies have been specified partially and independently in these bodies.
This work aims to establish a firm basis for fundamental GNSS system standards
which would also offer support to other standardisation groups/bodies in GNSS
The work is also a response to EC mandate M/496, specifically to dossiers linked
with the programmes Galileo and GMES which are represented as GNSS in the STF
How we do it:
We work in close cooperation with the SES SCN WG.
Cooperation will be sought with other standards bodies such as ITU, 3GPP, RTCA,
RTCM and the Open Mobile Alliance (OMA) who have already generated relevant
standards in this domain, in order to obtain consensus on the results of the
work.Progress will also be reported to CEN/CENELEC TC5 for the coordination of any
related activity as well as with the ESO M/496 Coordination Group.
- ETSI TS 103 246-2: Reference Architecture (published)
- ETSI TS 103 246-3: Performance Requirements (published)
- ETSI TS 103 246-4: Requirements for Location Data Exchange Protocols
- ETSI TS 103 246-5: Performance Test Specification
The work will be completed by January 2016
How to contact us:
Robert Mort: email@example.com
This information is based upon STF working assumptions.
The views expressed do not necessarily represent the position of ETSI in this
Last updated: 2014-02-25 15:24:41