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Sensors 2016, 16(1), 111; doi:10.3390/s16010111

Galileo: The Added Value for Integrity in Harsh Environments

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European Commission, Joint Research Centre (JRC), Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (IPSC), Security Technology Assessment Unit, Via Enrico Fermi 2749, 21027 Ispra (VA), Italy
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Piksel Ltd Italian Branch, Via Ernesto Breda 176, 20126 Milano (MI), Italy
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Academic Editor: Ha Duong Ngo
Received: 18 November 2015 / Revised: 11 January 2016 / Accepted: 13 January 2016 / Published: 16 January 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Sensors for Harsh Environments)

Abstract

A global navigation satellite system (GNSS)-based navigation is a challenging task in a signal-degraded environments where GNSS signals are distorted by multipath and attenuated by fading effects: the navigation solution may be inaccurate or unavailable. A possible approach to improve accuracy and availability is the joint use of measurements from different GNSSs and quality check algorithms; this approach is investigated here using live GPS and Galileo signals. A modified receiver autonomous integrity monitoring (RAIM) algorithm, including geometry and separability checks, is proposed to detect and exclude erroneous measurements: the multi-constellation approach provides redundant measurements, and RAIM exploits them to exclude distorted observations. The synergy between combined GPS/Galileo navigation and RAIM is analyzed using live data; the performance is compared to the accuracy and availability of a GPS-only solution. The tests performed demonstrate that the methods developed are effective techniques for GNSS-based navigation in signal-degraded environments. The joint use of the multi-constellation approach and of modified RAIM algorithms improves the performance of the navigation system in terms of both accuracy and availability. View Full-Text
Keywords: Galileo; multi-constellation; RAIM; protection levels; integrity Galileo; multi-constellation; RAIM; protection levels; integrity
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Borio, D.; Gioia, C. Galileo: The Added Value for Integrity in Harsh Environments. Sensors 2016, 16, 111.

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