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NEWS RELEASE: Israeli European GNSS Info Centre Launched

 
PRESS RELEASE:

Israeli European GNSS Info Centre Launched: Boosting cooperation between EU and Israel on Satellite Navigation Technologies 
 
 
July 31, 2012 – Tel Aviv, Israel – MATIMOP, the Israeli Industry Centre for R&D, today announced the launch of the Israeli European GNSS (ISEG) Information Centre, a new initiative aimed at increasing the visibility of EU Satellite Navigation Programmes and activities in Israel. The centre is operated by MATIMOP – The Israeli Industry Centre for R&D, with the support of the European Union. MATIMOP is the executive agency of the Office of the Chief Scientist (OCS) of the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Labor of Israel (MOITAL). Marking the launch, Michel Hivert, MATIMOP Managing Director, said: “There is great potential for Israeli companies to develop applications and technologies that utilize European satellite systems, including the cutting-edge GALILEO programme. The Information Centre will foster technological cooperation and encourage innovation between Israel and Europe in this promising field.”
 
Sandra De Waele, Chargé d'affaires at the Delegation of the European Union to the State of Israel noted that, "The EU attaches great importance to GNSS cooperation with Israel. The Israeli European GNSS Information Centre will be instrumental for the practical implementation of many of the activities to be launched in this context and will certainly benefit both the EU and the Israeli satellite navigation industries."
 
The ISEG Information Centre is the fourth such centre to open, after those in China, the Mediterranean and Latin American regions. ISEG will represent a focal point for the promotion of European Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in Israel, including GALILEO and EGNOS services and applications. The Centre and its website (www.israel-gnss.co.il) serve as a platform for information, news, and funding in the field of satellite navigation and space technologies, focusing on opportunities for partner-matching and funding through frameworks like the Office of the Chief Scientist’s bilateral cooperation programs and the EU’S R&D Framework Programme (FP7).


For more information:


Hadas Kroitoru

Program Manager, Israeli European GNSS Info Centre (ISEG)
hadas@matimop.org.il | 03-517-7655


Background
 
The Galileo Program is Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service under civilian control. The fully deployed system will consist of 30 satellites and the associated ground infrastructure. The Galileo program is managed by the European Union and the European GNSS Agency (GSA) for a new Global Navigation Satellite System.
 
In addition to providing a satellite navigation system in Europe that is independent of military control, the Galileo program also opens the door to the development of an extensive range of new, innovative applications for transport, road management, law enforcement, border control, traffic, agriculture, personal security, maritime, rescue operations, and more.
 
As such, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receiver and equipment manufacturers, application providers and service operators from Europe and Israel can all benefit from new business opportunities and funding opportunities through the programme. The European Union currently supports a number of activities outside of Europe as they seek to deploy the satellite navigation system worldwide, encouraging international cooperation as a fundamental part of the Galileo programme.