USP to host Global Navigation Satellite Systems workshop
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USP will host the Global Navigation Satellite Systems workshop at the Laucala Campus.
A workshop on the Applications of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) will be held at The University of the South Pacific’s (USP) Laucala Campus from 24-28 June 2019.
The event will officially be opened by Honourable Jone Usamate, Fiji’s Minister for Employment Opportunities, Productivity and Industrial Relations.
Hosted by the USP in partnership with the UN Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA), the workshop is geared towards addressing the use of GNSS for various applications that can provide sustainable social and economic benefits, in particular for developing countries.
Co-sponsored by The International Committee on Global Navigation Satellite Systems, (ICG) the event will be attended by 112 participants working in different fields that use GNSS.
There will also be representatives from at least 20 countries in the Asia, African, European and Oceania regions.
This initiative is part of UNOOSA’s aim to promote the use of GNSS on applications and capacity-building activities across the world.
The workshop’s main objective will be to reinforce the exchange of information between countries and scale up the capacities in the region pursuing the application of GNSS solutions.
Six sessions have been planned for the week-long event which will focus on Current and planned GNSS and Satellite-Based Augmentation Systems; GNSS-based applications focusing on a wide range of personal and professional use of GNSS technologies; GNSS Spectrum protection and interference detection and mitigation; GNSS for disaster management; GNSS Reference Frames/Systems and Reference Station Networks; and Capacity-building, training and education in the GNSS field.
At the end of the workshop, the three main expected outcomes are:
• recommendations and findings on discussed topics to be adopted by the workshop participants;
• preliminary agreement of cooperation between countries in the region and Continuously Operating Reference Stations (CORS) networks; and
• action plan addressing identified issues/concerns
Focusing on the importance and need for cooperation to apply GNSS solutions, through the exchange of information and the scaling up of capacities among countries in the region is the main objective of the workshop.
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