IALA is a non-profit, international technical association founded in 1957. In the association, Marine Aids to Navigation authorities, manufacturers, consultants, and, scientific and training institutes exchange experiences and achievements. One of IALA’s objectives is, through international cooperation, to ensure that navigation is conducted in a safe, cost-efficient and sustainable way.
Within the structure followed by IALA are the committees, which are responsible for discussing, clarifying and studying those issues that the organization considers relevant to its purposes. These committees are established for a period of 4 years and in the current period (2018-2022) the proposed committees are: Aids to Navigation Requirements and Management (ARM), Engineering and Sustainability (ENG), e-Navigation Information Services and Communications (ENAV) and Vessel Traffic Services (VTS).
This year, from February 28, 2022 to March 17, 2022, the ENG15 committee meetings are held. This committee deals with very interesting topics for maritime navigation, with the participation of international experts in fields such as Radionavigation Services, Light & Vision Physics, Sustainability, Heritage and culture among others.
From the ASGARD project we wanted to take the opportunity to introduce ourselves to this community to present the benefits that an advanced based MSR (IMO 401) approach of GNSS receiver brings to the maritime navigation. Therefore, on March 7, 2022, we have made a presentation within the activities organized for the ENG15 committee.
The presentation began by giving a context on the current needs in the maritime field and how the project begins thanks to the fundamental elements program of EUSPA through the GSA/GRANT/02/2019.
Then, the consortium made up of GMV and SAAB, which is in charge of developing the Galileo multi-frequency and multi-constellation receiver, was presented, as well as the laboratories that have been identified to carry out the verification and validation tasks.
Next, the objectives of ASGARD were detailed and the current state of progress was shown, highlighting that the design phase has already been completed and the implementation of the equipment has begun.
Finally, the main characteristics that provide added value to maritime navigation were highlighted, such as greater robustness thanks to having multi-frequency and multi-constellation including Galileo and GPS, having an OSNMA implementation and having integrity functionality, among many others.
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