Munich Summit Charts Progress of GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou GNSSes

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On 13-15 March 2012 high-ranking worldwide speakers from industry, science and governments dealing with satellite navigation came together for the Munich Satellite Navigation Summit. The summit included plenary discussions among invited speakers and presentations on the main activities in worldwide satellite navigation systems. Emphasizing a future trend in satellite navigation, this year's summit focused on GNSS and security in the user segment. The discussions were held on the long term plans to provide increased benefits from multiple constellations and alternate position navigation and time sources.

Over the past decade, the summit has established itself as the premier European venue for high-level discussion of the world's GNSS programs and policies. During that time the conference in Germany, which concluded its most recent iteration on March 15, has reflected the relative fortunes of the various systems in often dramatic form, such as the foreshadowing of Galileo's abandonment of the public-private partnership model in 2007. This was the tenth annual Munich Satellite Navigation Summit, where representatives of various Satellite Navigation Systems discuss budgets, launches, and modernization.