The coming of 5G promises much more than simply better-than-wi-fi smartphone connectivity; it should enable a wide range of novel services, including asset tracking, autonomous driving and drone flying as well as the internet of things. Highly precise localisation is needed to make such innovations feasible however. ESA has led a major project assessing the potential of 5G and satellite navigation in combination and next month a webinar will make its initial findings public.
GINTO5G has been supported through ESA’s European GNSS Evolution Programme (EGEP), as an Agency contribution to the worldwide 3rd Generation Partnership Project, 3GPP, standardisation effort.
For the field tests, ESA and GMV set up a collaboration with Deutsche Telekom (Germany), which provided information about its telecommunication network, and Hexagon | NovAtel (Canada), which provided state-of-the-art GNSS equipment and access to modern corrections services.