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GNSS-Finland developed by the NLS selected in the innovation barometer

The 2022 innovation barometer published by the Ministry of Finance demonstrates innovation adopted in the public sector. The most recent innovation barometer includes GNSS-Finland, a quality control service for satellite positioning developed by the Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI) of the National Land Survey of Finland (NLS).

A picture of the GNSS Finland service.

GNSS-Finland helps its users evaluate the quality and reliability of the satellite positioning signal. With GNSS-Finland, users can monitor the positioning signal received through Finnish base stations in the FinnRef base station network and its quality. The online service allows users to identify any disturbances in the satellite positioning signal to determine whether the position and time data it provides are unreliable and, for example, to switch to backup systems or interrupt their operations while the disturbances persist.

GNSS-Finland produces significant societal benefits, as several functions critical to society, including rescue services, power grids and data communications, require satellite positioning to operate.  

The service has been developed by FGI as assigned by the Finnish Transport and Communications Agency (Traficom), and its development is based on previous research of the quality of the GNSS signal funded by the European Space Agency (ESA) and Traficom.  

‘Our GNSS-Finland service’s broad significance for society and businesses shows that there is a current and continuous need to study satellite positioning. We are happy that GNSS-Finland was also selected in the recent innovation barometer as an example of an innovation significant in the public sector,’ says Sanna Kaasalainen, Professor and Director of the Navigation and Positioning Department at FGI. 

FGI conducts continuous satellite positioning research and also studies any disturbances and protection measures for parties critical considering the security of supply. Similar research is also conducted elsewhere in Europe, and FGI’s researchers are engaged in European cooperation.

Read more about the public sector’s innovation barometer: 

GNSS-Finland online 

More information  

Sanna Kaasalainen, Professor, Finnish Geospatial Research Institute of the National Land Survey of Finland, Navigation and Positioning Department. 


Satellite positioning
Finnish Geospatial Research Institute (FGI)

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