The World Geospatial Industry Council (WGIC) and The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency – (European GNSS Agency – GSA), signed a memorandum to collectively work towards bringing forward composite value and utility of geospatial technology and satellite navigation systems in the success of projects across a wide range of activities, from sustainable development to innovative opportunities that benefit citizens, enterprises, and for the attainment of the global development agendas.

WGIC, as a global geospatial industry association, is committed to amplifying the contribution of geospatial value to the world economy, society and the environment.  By fostering alliances within the industry and with associated organizations, multi-laterals, industry associations and user communities, WGIC aims to build an integrated platform for the ecosystem of geospatial industry to support perspectives on policies and open pathways for strategic collaborations for innovations between apex global institutions and commercial sector, and for strengthening sustainable economic growth.

The European Global Navigation Satellite System Agency – (European GNSS Agency – GSA) is an official European Union Regulatory Agency responsible for managing operations and service provision of Galileo and EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service).  GSA works together with institutions, industry, service providers, SMEs, entrepreneurs, and research institutions to respond to users’ needs and provides a satellite navigation service for broad range of applications to serve user communities worldwide.

GNSS plays a critical role in driving innovations for future economic growth, sustainability for businesses as well as public services. Space is a tangible service, provided by an invisible yet significant infrastructure in addressing the need for apps for growing smartphone user communities, navigation systems for smart transports, accuracy for position and timing for flight landings, and much more.  

GSA notes, this association with WGIC will be instrumental in leveraging collective technical capabilities of geospatial information and space technology across different sectors, professional services and applications.

The association between the GSA and WGIC will assist the development of collective technical capabilities of GNSS and geospatial.  Both organizations will be working closely to develop joint programs and knowledge summits to further distinct frameworks that will encourage wider adoption of geospatial and GNSS capabilities for commercial as well as public institutions, towards the attainment of the ultimate goal of larger public good, the agencies’ noted.