Modern digital societies are increasingly dependent on secure positioning and timing solutions. The Public Regulated Service (PRS) offered by GALILEO, the European Satellite Navigation System, is the first encrypted navigation signal under civilian control, ensuring maximum protection against spoofing and advanced resistance against jamming. Scheduled to be operable by 2019, the PRS assures continuous availability even when access to other services may be denied.

While the use of the GALILEO PRS by governments and security authorities as well as emergency and rescue services in EU Member States is evident, the full potential of the signal in today’s connected and digital society with an elevated need for secure and robust services is yet to be explored. Digital security will be a fundamental element of modern societies. Therefore, the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is strongly committed to driving innovative applications making use of the PRS which enhance not only public safety but also people’s lives.

Under the auspices of BMVI, the PRS Special Prize* is looking for pioneering and inspiring solutions specifically integrating the GALILEO PRS and generating a substantial and/or unique added-value to society. This year’s Prize aims to stimulate pilot applications in the following areas:

1. Security and safety applications, such as:

  • Reliable support applications, in particular for police and other emergency services
  • Safety-critical applications including remotely piloted aircrafts (RPA)
  • Applications securing critical infrastructure

2. Applications beyond the conventional concept of the GALILEO PRS, such as:

  • Enhanced protection of data privacy
  • Remote authentication
  • Next-generation traffic management

PRIZE 2017

The winner will receive a voucher for EUR 5,000 to support the further development of the idea. While all contestants will be given the opportunity to demonstrate their expertise simply by participating in the competition, the winner will also enjoy the added benefit of having the German government promote their idea.

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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 to the GALILEO PRS
  • Maturity of the idea
  • Practical feasibility
  • Commercial benefits and market potential
  • Degree of innovation and added value in comparison to existing solutions
  • Contribution to the adoption of PRS


Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)
Division DG 23, Telematics in Transport / Competent PRS Authority

Kai Herrmann
+49 (0) 30 18 300 6233

Lukas Schmid
+49 (0) 30 18 300 6234