Italy’s largest industrial company, oil and gas giant ENI, has asked all its third-party transport operators to use the new EGNOS system, which allows more accurate tracking of dangerous goods in transit.
Satellite-based EGNOS improves the accuracy of existing GPS tracking systems, giving a vehicle’s position to an accuracy of one metre, compared to around four metres by GPS alone, said Telespazio’s Antonello Di Fazio at the World Congress yesterday. EGNOS can be installed via an overnight software upload.
Telespazio has been heavily involved in developing EGNOS, which uses the new Galileo constellation of navigational satellites. Among its responsibilities, Telespazio built one of the two control centres that will manage the Galileo constellation. It is also developing a range of Galileo-based applications.
Although the improvement in accuracy might seem small, said Di Fazio, it helped improve safety by giving better-quality information on ‘near-misses’ involving dangerous goods in transit, allowing companies and safety authorities to pinpoint potential dangers.