Traffic signal innovation from Oulu wins international prize

Published 27.10.2015

The European Satellite Navigation Competition granted a special prize for a system using satellite-based PRS (Public Regulated Service). The awarded Traffic Signal Preemption System (HALI) developed in Oulu gives automatically green traffic signals for emergency vehicles which improves safety and efficiency. In Finland, the responsible PRS authority is FICORA.

The international satellite navigation competition sought ideas and solutions for applications of the PRS, which is a restricted navigation service providing position and timing data based on the Galileo satellite system. As the HALI system developed by the City of Oulu in cooperation with several organisations received this international award in Berlin on 20 October 2015, it is a candidate for being one of the first applications to use the PRS.

The development of satellite navigation systems and related applications creates new expanding business opportunities for Finnish companies. The European Galileo satellite system provides, among other services, the encrypted PRS which is intended for mainly authorities and for supporting the strategic and critical applications of the society. PRS applications are typically used by emergency services, police, defence forces, border guard and customs, as well as parties responsible for energy management, telecommunications or banking.

FICORA promotes the introduction of the PRS in Finland. FICORA sees to that the service is launched and available for authorised users in Finland once the service is introduced globally. First tests are expected to be carried out in 2016.

Further information:

Matti Kesäläinen, Senior Specialist, tel. +358 295 390 647

FICORA's PRS duties

Press release by the City of Oulu (in Finnish)

Video about the HALI system on YouTube


Key words: Information security , Spectrum , Cyber security , Public regulated service , PRS , Satellite positioning , News

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