From 2021, all Prague trams will be equipped with a multi-installation receiver of satellite navigation systems, which will help to significantly improve the location of trams in the streets. On the basis of more than two years of cooperation of Prague’s Public Transit Company (‘Dopravní podnik hl. m. Prahy‘), the Ministry of Transport, the European agency GSA, which ensures the operation and is responsible for expanding the application of satellite navigation Galileo, the Faculty of Electrical Engineering CTU in Prague and the City of Prague.
“Space technology applications have huge potential for increasing efficiency and safety in a wide range of sectors, and transportation is undoubtedly one of the largest. The involvement of Galileo in Prague’s trams is an excellent example of how the European satellite navigation solution can be used in practice,”said Minister of Transport Karel Havlíček.
The City of Prague has decided to acquire 838 receivers capable of receiving signals from the Galileo, GPS, GLONASS and BeiDou satellite navigation systems. This will dramatically increase the accuracy and reliability of determining the position of vehicles, especially in the so-called street canyons, where the view of the open sky and thus the possibility of receiving a quality navigation signal is very limited. Prague will thus become one of the first large cities in Europe to gradually switch to the widespread deployment of the Galileo system in both tram and bus transport.
Passengers and residents of Prague will also benefit from the newly acquired data. The obtained data will enable online monitoring of the position of trams, automatic announcement of stops, ensure automatic speed limitation when trams enter turnouts or automatic lubrication of tracks, thanks to which noise from tram traffic will be reduced.
The Ministry of Transport, which is responsible for the Czech Republic’s participation in the Galileo program, has long supported the use of data from satellite systems through participation in European space programs and also in the form of expert consultations. The proximity of the professional background of the European agency GSA, which is based in Holešovice, Prague, is also a significant benefit.