New Galileo Information Center Coming Soon to MexicoBy Sofía Hanna | Tue, 03/30/2021 - 17:59
Italian-French company Telespazio announced that the new Galileo Information Center (GIC) for Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean will be launched by the end of March. The center will be located in Mexico City and have further installations in Queretaro. GIC will operate for 36 months and will expand the ecosystem of Galileo Information Centers in Latin America.
The GIC in Mexico, according to El Economista, will be joining existing centers in Brazil and Chile. The new center aims to ensure visibility for the EU’s satellite navigation activities taking place in certain regions. It will also analyze satellite navigation initiatives and develop new applications, products and services based on the global navigation satellite system (GNSS). GIC will have a global satellite navigation system and act as an alternative to the US’s GPS. Finally, the center will allow for industrial and research cooperation between Latin America and the EU.
Having an alternative GPS, such as Galileo, brings Mexico the benefits of having a global navigation satellite system from the EU, which allows users to know their exact position with greater precision than that offered by other available systems. According to ANSA Latina, “The Galileo Information Center in Mexico will cover a region that includes Mexico, Central America and the Caribbean (Antigua and Barbuda, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Costa Rica, Cuba, Dominica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Nicaragua, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis, Saint Lucia, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines, Suriname, Trinidad and Tobago and Venezuela).”
GPS technology is used in day-to-day activities, from mobile networks to financial transactions. Having more variety of services could be highly beneficial for Mexico, as mentioned by ANSA Latina. To promote the center, the Directorate-General for Defense Industry and Space (DEFIS) of the European Commission carried out a series of webinars to present the initiative and introduce the EU’s satellite navigation systems and its potential uses in the region, reported by Red Clara. The webinars took place on March 22, 23 and 25.
As previously mentioned, Telespazio will lead the management of this new center under its branch Telespazio Ibérica. The company stated that the project “is intended to understand the specifications, needs and potential of the GNSS market and provide new opportunities for the EU’s space ecosystem in the region. The center will offer communication, promotion and training activities specifically adapted to regional particularities,” mentions Info Espacial. The new center will also contribute to space outreach activities in order to promote the EU’s space programs and encourage their use in Latin America.