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Interview with Thales Alenia Space

EARSC had the excellent opportunity of including a short interview with Mr. Hervé Buret, the Solutions & Applications Director from the Navigation & Integrated Communications Business Unit of Thales Alenia Space to talk about some aspects relevant for the European and International Navigation/LBS sector and possible links with geo-information.


Please tell us something generic about your company development on navigation and LBS Thales Alenia Space is leading the Assisted-based infrastructures based on EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) and is providing advanced GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite Systems) solutions to the whole Thales group for transport, defence and security


What expectations do you think customers have on navigation products?

Simplicity, high level of performances (TTFF (Time to First Fix), light indoor coverage, good behaviour in urban canyon)


In your opinion, how is the market reacting to merging technologies?

The PND (Portable Navigation Device) market in Europe should decrease in the coming years to let the room to mix GSM/GNSS market (Global System for Mobile Communications/Global Navigation Satellite Systems). Also, new markets will develop on Transport, Security and Defence

What countries are showing the most growth potential on these technologies?

US, Japan, France, UK


What trends your foreseen for the wider availability of low-cost and easy to base LBS and geo-information?

-Mobile operators with their strong custormer based assets should push for use of LBS services
-Institutionnal entities should push for the use of EGNOS/Galileo through regulation (dangerous goods, road-tolling, multimodal, precise e112)

How are technologies like Galileo having an impact on the geo-information market?

Galileo introduction should offer improved GNSS performances such as data integrity


As we see on A-GPS, standard adoption was a pre-requisite to market development. Same should happened and be encouraged on other segments, particurlaly to prepare the introduction of Galileo (to be used as a differentiator vs GPS).

Coming to the interoperability issues how do you compare your products with others?

Terminal vendors are performing full inter-operability testing with TAS products to assure a high level of performances. It is a key issue for them

Mr. Buret, thank you for your time, and for sharing your thoughts and comments with the EOmag readers

Interview Contact
Hervé Buret
Solutions & Applications Director
Navigation &Integrated Communications Business Unit
Thales Alenia Space
Tel: +33 (0)5 34 35 7035