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GALileo-bAsed seamless and robust Positioning Applications for loGistics Optimization proceSses (GALAPAGOS) 

Development of a sophisticated hybrid positioning, communication, and information system tailored to logistics applications such as container tracking 

Brief Description
The positioning system is based on high sensitivity GNSS receivers augmented by EGNOS/EDAS and assisted data. Additional positioning technologies such as GSM and WLAN are incorporated to improve continuity and availability of the positioning information in complex environments. The system further uses redundant communication methods in order to provide robust and seamless use as part of special operational logistic systems.

Ad hoc networks are used to establish short and fast connections between containers, which are occasionally part of the network. For example if containers are stacked in a storage area, they can establish communication links to other containers or to fixed locations.

The GALAPAGOS system ensures provision of a seamless supply chain for a complete logistic action. It provides among other features displaying precise position, data factory and warehouse floor plans. The development of hard- and software is refined by technology specialists and is accompanied by scientific studies. The use within operational logistics systems is the main advantage for the associated partner and launch customer of the project, the logistics department of the Volkswagen Group (Volkswagen Logistics).

Project Partners
    OECON GmbH, Germany (lead)
    TeleConsult Austria GmbH, Austria
    Dynatronics AG, Switzerland
    Poznan University of Technology, Poland
    Tele+ Italia SAS, Italy
    Associated Partner: Volkswagen Logistics, Germany

    European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), under FP7 of the European Union

    Successfully completed in 2010