Published July 03, 2012

The INTERREG SUDOE APSAT project (satellite applications for public policy and sustainable development) aims at demonstrating the efficiency of innovative satellite services for the general public and public bodies managing territories. The inter-regional cooperation reinforces the analysis and dissemination of good practices on criteria such as technical constraints, operational capabilities, business models and environmental impacts of the selected satellite applications.

Within the framework of APSAT, ASCAMM/CTAE is current involved in the development of a portable battery-powered on-board GNSS satellite navigation unit. This navigation unit consists of a GPS + EGNOSS receiver combined with a WiFi transceiver and a powerful processing unit built around an Intel multi-core processor.

APSAT on-board navigation unit.

17 of these units will be built and programmed. Later on these units will be placed on board 17 buses from the company AVANTGRUP. The 17 AVANTGRUP buses will run for roughly a period of 6 months in 2012 and possibly other 6 months in 2013, serving a transportation program aimed at taking a certain number of kids to summer camps around Barcelona.

The main objective of this pilot application is to provide and infrastructure that enables parents to get information related to their kids.

APSAT tracking system for buses.

This pilot project will also serve as experimental platform for a series of secondary objectives aimed at experimenting with bus-base services and positioning technology. Below you can find an example of a positioning accuracy comparison when GNSS technology is hybridized with INS (Inertial Navigation Sensor) technology, in order to achieve a much higher and more reliable accuracy. This improved accuracy is currently explored as enabler of other kinds of services.

APSAT Partners

APSAT Financing Bodies


APSAT Official Website

If you are interested in knowing more about the APSAT project, do not forget to check out the APSAT official website.