As part of a week-long training in the Training Institute of the Bavarian Police in Ainring, officials of the Special Forces Operations Command from the Police South Bavaria visited the Galileo Test and Development Environment (GATE) in Berchtesgaden.
One of the main tasks of the unit is the covert data collection, including the use of technical means. In order to determine, control and surveillance of site locations, such as in containers with dangerous goods, among with others the Global Navigation Satellite System GPS is used. According to visitor statement it is politically scheduled, depending on the successful deployment of the Galileo navigation system, to use the Galileo system in case of application in future. Against this background, information about Galileo, as well as a visit to the world's unique Galileo terrestrial open air testing environment 'GATE' was meaningful and purposeful for the experts.
GATE service engineer of the operating company IFEN GmbH Mr. Kern explained at the beginning of his speech the general principles and functions of satellite-based positioning and explained and presented in a second step the differences from the test environment GATE in a comprehensible way. The lecture was concluded with some user examples for a better illustration. In the end it was possible to show the visitors all eight GATE transmitting stations on the mountains around Berchtesgaden.
The participants thanked for a very informative and insightful talk which included some interesting information, despite their daily tech-savvy work so not known.