PRS Applications - Reliable Services for a Secure Digital Europe

The specific focus is on innovative solutions that make use of the Galileo PRS time signal, which is key for critical infrastructure such as power grids and telecommunication networks as well as the functioning of the global financial system.


Stay tuned! One of these finalists will become the BMVI PRS Challenge winner!

A Robust, Powerful, and Affordable PVT Solution
GNSS services are fundamentally important in our evolving digital society. Securing positioning and timing is crucial to ensuring trust in GNSS services, especially in connection with critical infrastructures like energy, telecommunications, and banking.
The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) provides high-end protection against spoofing and jamming for government-authorised users. As in the case of other GNSS services, the accuracy of PRS can be significantly improved using Precise Point Positioning (PPP). PPP leverages carrier-phase measurements using more precise satellite orbit and clock data to reach sub-decimeter / sub-nanosecond accuracy. When using a PPP service for PRS, the most stringent accuracy and integrity requirements can be fulfilled. This project offers a combined PRS/PPP service to boost the accuracy and performance of GNSS-enabled applications.
Spaceopal and IABG have sound experience in dealing with PRS technology development and in operating and servicing the Galileo system. Spaceopal already offers a commercially available PPP service for open service signals (Navcast), including corresponding applications. By combining their expertise, these two companies have assembled the capabilities required to realise a PRS/PPP service.

Stefan Baumann

Secure Time and Frequency Synchronization from Space
Time synchronisation is a basic requirement in operating important infrastructures in many of the world’s strategic sectors, including energy, telecommunications, transportation, and finance. The high demands it places on the accuracy of time measurements (currently on the order of single-digit nanoseconds) represent an essential factor in enabling new technologies and innovations. Time synchronisation is traditionally achieved via cable protocols with internal network timing. However, the use of such dedicated networks is not always possible for financial or logistical reasons, especially for systems operating on different continents (finance), in densely populated urban areas (5G or IoT) or in highly decentralised ways (blockchain). Melior is working on a cost-effective alternative means of synchronising time based on a system that uses the well-known GNSS Common View (CV) technique. It proposes using CV in combination with the Galileo PRS to enhance the security of PRS systems, increase the security of the Galileo Open Service, and provide secure and robust synchronisation with nanosecond-level accuracy among Galileo receivers.

Cesar Prados


Space-based position, navigation and timing (PNT) signals have become critical to everyday life in modern digital societies. Almost every economic sector relies on them.

Galileo ensures the EU’s sovereign and reliable access to the key technology of satellite navigation. Its Public Regulated Service (PRS) is the first encrypted, robust navigation signal also available to government authorised civil users, for example police forces, critical infrastructure and others under the “security umbrella”. The PRS assures continuous availability even when access to other services may be denied.

Consequently, the Galileo PRS opens up a distinct innovation potential for improving security in the digital society.

In order to unleash this potential, the Galileo Competent PRS Authority (CPA) of Germany in the Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) awards the PRS Special Prize.

In general, the PRS Special Prize looks for pioneering and inspiring ideas that make use of Galileo PRS in the following areas:

  • Robust PNT applications for police forces, customs and frontier defence, emergency services
  • Robust PNT applications for critical infrastructure

As last year, the specific focus is on innovative solutions that make use of the Galileo PRS time signal, which is key for critical infrastructure such as power grids and telecommunication networks as well as the functioning of the global financial system.

Prizes 2020

Support Voucher

Support Voucher

The winner/winning team will receive a voucher for EUR 5,000 to support the further development of the idea.

Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity

The winner/winning team will also be given the prospect of comprehensive funding in the national support programme for Galileo PRS.
Extra EUR 10,000 Cash Prize if your concept gets selected as Galileo Masters 2020 Overall Winner
Additional Prize
Chance to win one of six tailored Galileo Incubation prizes worth up to EUR 62,000 each
Additional Prize


The proposed PRS application will be carefully assessed as to the respective balance between security, user needs, and innovation potential, and ranked based on the following criteria:

Relevance for Galileo PRS and security

Degree of innovation

Practical feasibility

Maturity of the idea

About BMVI

The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is one of the “Space Ministries” of the German government that is in charge of EU’s flagship programmes Galileo and Copernicus.

The Competent PRS Authority (CPA), the central national security entity in relation to PRS, is established within BMVI.

Germany hosts one of the leading space and PRS industries in the EU.



Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), Division DG 23

Kai Herrmann

+49 30 18300 6233

Telematics in Transport / Competent PRS Authority


Timo Hoffmann

+49 30 18 300 6235

Satellitennavigation (Galileo, EGNOS)

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