The SISTER - “Satcoms in Support of Transport on European Roads” - project will promote the integration of satellite and terrestrial communication with Galileo, the European satellite navigation system. The project’s goal is to enable mass-market take-up by road transport applications.
Satellite navigation services have already proved their value in a large range of road transport applications. Many of these applications require one or two-way communications services in order to function. In many cases to date, terrestrial communication systems such as GSM and GPRS have been employed. However, there are numerous circumstances in which these technologies may not be sufficient to meet the communications requirements. These include:
Although satellite communications do not replace the need for terrestrial services in many of these applications, they do serve to complement them and thus lead to an overall superior solution.
To validate the project’s results, five application demonstrations will be carried out at test sites across Europe:
Duration and funding
November 2006 - November 2009, funding through the EC DG Enterprise and Industry.
Coordinator: Avanti Communications
Partners: ERTICO - ITS Europe, ARS Traffic and Transport Technology, Autoliv Electronics, ComSine, Efkon, Institute for Project Management and Information Technology, Jan de Rijk Logistics, JAST, Luxspace, Navigon, Navteq, Nottingham University, Nottingham Scientific, Surrey Satellite Technology, Teledata, Telematix Services, Volvo Technology, WirelessCar