MEDUSA belongs to the Euromed GNSS framework, part of the Euromed Transport Programme, whose objective is to extend/exploit the use of E-GNSS (the European Global Navigation Satellite Systems, primarily EGNOS - the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service, and in view of Galileo) in the Euromed countries.
MEDUSA is the second stage of the Euromed GNSS programme (Euromed GNSS II), the first being the Euromed GNSS I/METIS project.
Led by Telespazio (Italy) and involving a team composed by EU and Euromed partners, MEDUSA runs from mid 2012 up to the end of 2014.
GNSS services concern different user domains and markets, namely aviation, road, maritime, rail, freight transport and logistics, geodesy, survey and mapping, research applications.
In parallel with the development of the infrastructures necessary for the E-GNSS availability in the Euromed area, MEDUSA aims at preparing the Euromed countries towards the optimal use and adoption of the relevant provided services in aviation and other transport and non-transport domains, by implementing a series of actions focused on EGNOS also in the perspective of Galileo.
In line with its mission and concepts, and following the strategy elaborated in METIS and shared with the Euromed countries, MEDUSA implements a programme of assistance actions designed to:
– Address local needs, at national/sub-regional/regional level;
– Fit the countries’ maturity in terms of market readiness and EGNOS service availability perspective;
– Share best practices;
– Support technological transfer and capacity building;
– Help the countries to set up the basis for the proper feasibility assessment/decision making process.
MEDUSA actions are:
– Support and cooperation actions;
– Technical assistance actions such as dedicated meetings/workshops, concrete demonstrations aimed at EGNOS’ benefits validation.
On the basis of the specific needs, MEDUSA proposes an assistance action, that is shared with the target country(ies) and then implemented.
Through these assistance actions, MEDUSA is aimed at bringing some of the Euromed countries (i.e. the North African countries where the EGNOS service coverage will be available in the next years) near to the operational use/adoption of EGNOS today and in view of Galileo, in the priority applications/markets identified in METIS, namely aviation and freight transport. In these applications, MEDUSA implements two service demonstrations, one focused on EGNOS for aviation in Tunisia and one focused on EGNOS for freight transport in Jordan. In parallel, MEDUSA also organizes national and regional workshops, training sessions targeted on the two priority applications/markets.
Moreover, MEDUSA also sets up a long term cooperation and operation structure named GEMCO, with an associated Work Plan ensuring the proper regional participation of the beneficiary countries.
Located in Tunis (Tunisia) and operated by MEDUSA, GEMCO acts as a point of reference for all Euromed countries and towards Europe. Through GEMCO, MEDUSA catalyses and fosters initiatives related to E-GNSS in the Euromed region, and contributes to the implementation of the assistance actions put in place by the project.
Further details on GEMCO are available at this link.