Space-based position, navigation and timing (PNT) signals have become critical to everyday life in modern digital societies. Almost every economic sector relies on them.
Galileo ensures the EU’s sovereign and reliable access to the key technology of satellite navigation. Its Public Regulated Service (PRS) is the first encrypted, robust navigation signal also available to government authorised civil users, for example police forces, critical infrastructure and others under the “security umbrella”. Scheduled to be operational by 2020, the PRS assures continuous availability even when access to other services may be denied.
Consequently, the Galileo PRS opens up brand new innovation potential for improving security in the digital society.
In order to unleash this potential, the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) awards the PRS Special Prize.
In general, the PRS Special Prize looks for pioneering and inspiring ideas that make use of Galileo PRS in the following areas:
This year, the specific focus is on innovative solutions that make use of the Galileo PRS time signal, which is key for critical infrastructure such as power grids and telecommunication networks as well as the functioning of the global financial system.
The proposed PRS application will be carefully assessed as to the respective balance between security, user needs, and innovation potential, and ranked based on the following criteria:
Relevance for Galileo PRS and security
Degree of innovation
Maturity of the idea
The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is one of the “Space Ministries” of the German government that is in charge of EU’s flagship programmes Galileo and Copernicus.
The Competent PRS Authority (CPA), the central national security entity in relation to PRS, is established within BMVI.
Germany hosts one of the leading space and PRS industries in the EU.