Objectives of the service
The project, which is part of ESA's "Newcomers" initiative of the ARTES 3-4 Programme, is aimed at developing, integrating and validating a set of mobile applications onboard of vehicles such as cars, coaches and trucks, using the S-Band delivery platform of Solaris on the Eutelsat W2A satellite.
The mobile applications will allow the reception of geo-localised contents such as traffic information, weather alerts, route planning and tourism related content, in association with specific news broadcasting.
The set of applications will be complemented by an Automatic Carbon Footprint Calculator to assess the environmental impact of the journey of the vehicle.
The objectives of the project are:
- Provide real-time content to mobile users through an efficient delivery mechanism;
- Stimulate a new market for mobile applications;
- Integrate different technologies in an end-to-end demonstrator which is as close as possible to an operational service;
- Develop a portfolio of enhanced mobile services.
Phase 1 of the project has been successfully completed with the acceptance of the design documents and of the commercial feasibility analysis.
Phase 2 was successfully completed with the development of the applications integrated into the Solaris Mobile delivery platform at one end, and in the Quantum S-Band receivers on the other end.
All applications were tested and validated in the laboratory, in Dublin on 19 July, 2012. Then, they were tested and validated in field, in Noordwijk, on 25 July, 2012.