the client

Directorate General for Enterprise and Industry (DG ENTR) of the European Commission.
The DG ENTR aims at strengthening the European industry sectors with the help of international cooperation and innovation as means to foster creation and growth of small businesses and to promote entrepreneurship.
Moreover, it supports the European presence in various fields: the European Space Policy, Space Research and Development and projects related to GMES technologies.

the need

The European Commission seeks to evaluate whether the Ukrainian market’s potential and future exploitation of EGNOS justify investments needed for deployment of the EGNOS RIMS (Ranging and Integrity Monitoring Stations) and efforts related to the installation project.
The study engaged various Ukrainian public entities and market players, with the aim to:

  • evaluate the current GNSS infrastructure and needs of the users
  • assess the benefits of the EGNOS extension
  • raise awareness and disseminate the knowledge on the GNSS technologies and potential applications of EGNOS.

details

VVA supported the European Commission in the analysis and preparation needed for the possible extension of the EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) coverage to Ukraine. The VVA team assessed the feasibility and benefits of such extension through a 2 months study based on in-depth interviews with the key Ukrainian stakeholders along with cost-benefit analysis of some prioritized sectors. The project included a workshop with the main key stakeholders and market players.

The study considered a wide range of segments (aviation, agriculture, inland waterways, road, railways, mapping & other segments) and potential EGNOS applications with the scope to identify high priority segments.
During the first phase of the project, VVA gathered and analyzed the data on the current status of the GNSS networks in Ukraine and GNSS applications in each selected domain. Moreover, actual and previous projects of the Ukrainian entities in collaboration with the European Union and European companies were investigated.
To further define the Ukrainian user needs with regards to GNSS applications, VVA conducted about 30 on-field interviews with Ukrainian public entities – Ministry of Infrastructure, Civil Aviation Authority, State Space Agency, etc. – and private market players.
The outcome of this phase allowed to define the user needs which are currently not satisfied and to prioritize the domains in relation to eventual interest towards the EGNOS introduction.

The most relevant, high-priority segments – aviation, agriculture and inland waterways – have been further investigated through the cost-benefit analysis.
A model that considers the main costs and benefits related to the adoption of GNSS-based applications by various players, was created for each market segments in accordance with long-term perspective of future evolution of the latter.

In order to share preliminary outcomes of the project and to raise awareness among the Ukrainian operators, VVA organized a workshop at which around 60 representatives of the considered markets, in particular of aviation and space industries, participated. The workshop included also a round-table in order to share opinions of public stakeholders, international experts and representatives of the EC.

The last assignment consisted in elaboration of a detailed Action Plan for implementation and diffusion of EGNOS in Ukraine from 2012 to 2016, that was integrated with the Technical Plan provided directly by the EC. The scope of the Action Plan, based on the results of the previous study, was to define the path indicating the action levers and the main guidelines to support the adoption of EGNOS-based solutions by the key market players within each identified segment.