The European GNSS Agency, GSA, has released its first GNSS user technology report, designed to help users understand today’s receiver technology and the trends transforming the GNSS landscape.

Written with contributions from leading GNSS receiver and chipset manufacturers, the “GSA GNSS User Technology Report” can be used as a tool to support planning and decision-making in developing, purchasing and using GNSS user technology.

“Now more than ever, GNSS user technology is experiencing a rapid and exciting evolution, answering the needs of ubiquity, automation and secure positioning,” says Carlo des Dorides, GSA executive director. “This pioneering report explores these new developments in detail and examines how they will bring continuous location service, reliability and robustness to users.”

GNSS technology has advanced quickly on the side of global constellations and user receivers. With this development, EGNOS and Galileo are becoming standard features of GNSS receivers, providing enhanced performance to users across the globe. Even with the increased deployment of other positioning technologies, thanks to its widespread and cost-effective source of location information, GNSS is expected to remain at the core of all positioning technology.

“With changing user needs, in terms of expected positioning performance, the appearance of new and modernized GNSS signals, and advances in semiconductor technologies, we felt the need to take a closer look at the impact these changes will have on users and the role of GNSS in future positioning solutions,” Dorides says.

This is the Agency’s first foray into GNSS user technology analysis, following up from its “GNSS Market Report” series. The “GSA GNSS User Technology Report” zeros in on state-of-the-art GNSS receiver technology and analyzes trends to change the GNSS landscape.

The Report examines GNSS user technology related to most GNSS applications, grouped into three macrosegments: mass market solutions; transport safety and liability-critical solutions; and high-precision, timing and asset management solutions. It also gives a general overview of the latest GNSS receiver technology common to all application areas, along with a supplement on location technologies that examines the present and future of GNSS in the positioning landscape.