Satellite
Seventh Framework Programme Europa GSA

The SCUTUM project is managed by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) through EU 7FP funds

Welcome to SCUTUM

SCUTUM (SeCUring the EU GNSS adopTion in the dangeroUs Material transport) is the European best practice for the operational adoption of commercial services based on EGNOS.

The European Satellite Navigation system EGNOS (European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service) is operational and provides services since October 2009. EGNOS services added value, compared to GPS, relies on its ability to provide enhanced accuracy and confidence in the position, suitable for applications requiring precise and reliable localisation. The availability of EGNOS over Europe enables tracking & tracing services based on guaranteed positioning, suitable for applications requiring precise and reliable localisation. In the dangerous goods transports, EGNOS has evident opportunities in the short term in Europe, and in addition prepares the global market for Galileo.

The market shows clear needs and requirements and is mature to use EGNOS-based services.

EGNOS services added value, compared to GPS, relies on its ability to provide enhanced accuracy and confidence in the position, through the signal coming from the satellite (i.e. the EGNOS OS - Open Service) and the distribution of EGNOS data via EDAS (i.e. the EGNOS CS – Commercial Service).

The SCUTUM project succeeded in a wide adoption of EGNOS in Europe for tracking & tracing of dangerous goods transported by road.

eni, a leading oil company, adopted EGNOS to monitor its operational fleet transporting dangerous goods throughout Europe, and to benefit from EGNOS proven enhanced accuracy and position guarantee. About 300 trucks are presently equipped with GPS/EGNOS tracking & tracing devices. Their location and information on the cargo are sent to the Transport Integrated Platform for being visualized and sent to the company’s emergency management centre. The use of EGNOS enables a robust positioning, thanks to a more accurate information on the position of the vehicle and to the related level of confidence. This is linked to the guarantee of the position, ensuring higher safety and giving the possibility to exchange reliable information with authorities and transport operators.

SCUTUM leads to the development of EGNOS CS products and services ready for the commercial market. It proves EGNOS benefits for road applications and exploits the value of EGNOS position accuracy and guarantee for tracking & tracing of dangerous goods.

SCUTUM also specifies the standard for the implementation of EGNOS commercial services in Intelligent Transport Systems and mobility applications (CEN Workshop Agreement SCUTUM). Italy’s and France’s Ministries of Transport validated the technical standard for the implementation of EGNOS commercial services, as part of a shared vision for EGNOS adoption.

SCUTUM achievements are in line with the European policies and Action Plans in support of the telematics applied to the freight transport and the use of EGNOS/Galileo, such as the the European Directive for the deployment of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS Directive), the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Applications Action Plan, the Freight Logistics Action Plan and related eFreight initiatives.

 

The SCUTUM team is composed of 11 members, from 4 European countries.