GNSS and LORAN-C in Road and Rail Applications


Development of an integrated GNSS/ LORAN-C system for applications in road and rail transport.

Brief Description

GLORIA improves the market penetration of GNSS by combining it with the existing terrestrial LORAN-C position determination system. This combination improves the reliability and availability of the position determination and opens the door to new applications and to major improvements in application designs for road and rail transport.

For this, GLORIA tested the range of applicability and system performance of the combined system under typical situations of road and rail applications. GLORIA also developed and optimised receivers combining GNSS with LORAN-C and using the complementary attributes of both approaches. Furthermore, it identified market opportunities, assessed the potential and developed implementation strategies for the most promising applications, with special emphasis on safety critical applications. Finally, GLORIA investigated possible improvements of the GALILEO system implementation mainly considering best benefits resulting from combinations with terrestrial position determination.

Thus GLORIA was a major contribution to overcome technical limitations of GNSS based services for the European citizen in land-mobile applications.


Project Partners
  • MAN Technology, Germany (lead)
  • ASIT, Switzerland
  • DE-Consult, Germany
  • HiTec Marketing, Austria
  • Reelektronika, Netherlands
  • TeleConsult Austria, Austria
  • ZIV, Germany
  • IST, 5th Framework Programme (European Commission)
  • Successfully completed in 2003