May 29, 2020


Friday 29 May, Jean-Yves Le Gall, CNES President and Chair of the Executive Board of GSA, the European GNSS Agency, visited a French-Swiss border control post at Delle-Boncourt with Christophe Grudler MEP. GSA, in collaboration with the European Commission, has developed a mobile application called Galileo Green Lane to facilitate the free movement of freight, reduce waiting times at EU borders and prioritize essential goods during the current COVID-19 pandemic response. The app uses Galileo positioning services and is designed to address the needs of border control authorities and transport firms with two intuitive user interfaces.

For border control authorities, the app provides a real-time picture of the situation at border crossings along with regular traffic flow updates. At the same time, it gives EU member states a website where they can generate reports automatically, making it easier for them to comply with EU recommendations.

For transport firms, the app provides a real-time picture of borders through an EU-wide map indicating crossing times. This enables logistics companies and drivers to better prepare their routes, having advance knowledge of the waiting time at each border crossing. In addition, the member states can thus notify drivers via the app about the type of cargo that can access priority lanes. When drivers enter a geo-fenced area within a specified distance from a border, they receive a notification produced by the border officers on the current situation.

Their location is collected anonymously only when they are approaching the border and it is solely used to update the overall border picture. Crowdsourced information is aggregated, including data from the leading European real-time visibility platform Sixfold.
At the end of his visit, Jean-Yves Le Gall commented: “With the Galileo Green Lane app, GSA is showing once again its agility and responsiveness in addressing emerging challenges, and more specifically in response to the COVID-19 pandemic crisis.”

About the European GNSS Agency (GSA)
The European GNSS Agency (GSA), is the European Union Agency in charge of managing operations, security and service provision for Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS), Galileo and EGNOS. By working with stakeholders, industry, service providers and user communities, GSA ensures the highest return on European GNSS investment, multiplying the benefits of space applications for European citizens and business, boosting innovation and competitiveness, and securing sustainable economic growth.
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