Civil GPS Service Interface Committee
International Information Subcommittee
The International Information Subcommittee (IISC) of the Civil GPS Service Interface Committee (CGSIC) convened in Frankfurt, Germany, on March 10-11, 1994.
The original meeting minutes are below.
CIVIL GPS SERVICE INTERFACE COMMITTEE ( CGSIC ) INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUB-COMMITTEE ( IISC ) RECORD OF MINI - MEETING 1Oth/11th MARCH 1994 1. Attendees George Preiss - ( Statens Kartverk ) - IISC Chairman Mike Savill - ( UKCSG ) - IISC Secretary Georg Weber - ( IFAG ) - IISC Vice - Chairman Hans van der Wal - ( Netherlands Ministry of Transport ) 2. Meeting Agenda located Annex A Item 1 - 14th meeting - Salt Lake City - Matters arising The meeting record was accepted and the revised IISC Charter requires adoption by the CGSIC Co - Chairmen. Paragraph 16 should read UK Department of Trade and Industry vice Department of Transport. Item 2 - 15th meeting - Edinburgh - Matters arising The draft meeting record was edited and will be presented for acceptance at the next full IISC meeting. George Preiss undertook to arrange distribution of the 14th and 15th meeting records, plus the Mini - Meeting record. Item 3 - Civil GNSS Office Establishment - Paris Oct 93 meeting The meeting decided that for the time being, no action was required and the further update by Walter Blanchard to the DSNS 94 conference would be important. Item 4 - European Radionavigation Plan - Brussels 93 meeting The Secretary attended this meeting and delivered a brief verbal report about it. The IISC representatives decided the US authorities should again be requested to approve the draft EC letter submitted to the Co - Chairmen during December 1993. Item 5 - US DOD/DOT Task Force Report - Discussion Extensive discussion occurred on this report. The meeting reviewed the issues, taking into account previous IISC meeting comments. The meeting debated the Task Force Options and Recommendations and decided that on Issues concerning Management, Augmentation and International Acceptance, IISC could sensibly comment. These observations would be forwarded in a letter to the Co - Chairmen. See Annex B. Item 6 - US DOD/DOT Task Force Report - IISC Response Initial response as per letter referred in Item 5. However, the meeting anticipated much more information concerning TFR implementation would be made available at the next CGSIC meeting. Therefore, IISC reserved its position, particularly concerning the legislative effect of applying the Federal Advisory Committee Act to CGSIC. Item 7 - Integrity Monitor/DGPS systems register The meeting believed it was unrealistic to compile a list of every Integrity Monitor/DGPS system installation known to IISC delegates. The main function of IISC is to exchange information and therefore delegates to full meetings should if possible describe Integrity Monitor System applications and developments both for GPS and DGPS within their own countries. Significantly, IALA are preparing a list of all affiliated marine DGPS systems worldwide. Item 8 - Housekeeping a. Point of Contact List - In future, George Preiss will maintain this list and also request formal publication approval from the POC's. Both Hans van der Wal and the Secretary to provide the Chairman with the latest information, currently available to them. The guidelines for report distribution received further discussion and clarification. See 14th meeting report. b. Information Package - George Preiss emphasized the need to update this document which is available from Statens Kartverk. Bulletin Boards are now separately listed in the British Admiralty List to Radio Signals Volume 2. c. Semi-active Distribution - The meeting agreed the necessity to bring this protracted issue to a satisfactory conclusion. Hans van der Wal committed the Netherlands to pay for the establishment of a suitable Electronic Mail Box in the United States; Georg Weber committed IFAG to do any necessary redistribution within Europe; and the Secretary undertook to write to the US GPS Industry Council, seeking their help to identify a suitable service provider. See Annex C d. DSNS 94 - London - Decision reached to cancel the proposed IISC meeting as neither of the CGSIC Co-Chairmen would be attending. e. 16th Meeting - Washington DC - Preliminary meeting agenda discussion for the June 3rd meeting. The final agenda will be circulated by George Preiss. f. GPSIC visit - The proposed visit by IISC members to GPSIC is arranged for wednesday 1.6.1994. Item 9 - Any other business i. If asked, the CEC will give consideration to hosting a European IISC Mini - meeting after each CGSIC meeting. Furthermore, the current schedule of two CGSIC meetings per year was considered satisfactory. ii. George Preiss and Georg Weber to consult and create a letterhead and faxhead for IISC. In turn, these items to be made available on Word Perfect and Word compatible source files. iii. Norway has drafted provisional rules for PPS applications. iv. The issues related to Bulletin Board content, technical operation and financing requires to be revisited by the Subcommittee. Also Bulletin Board operators should be encouraged to hold IISC meeting record file and the associated draft charter. v. Secretary/Chairman yet to prepare IISC achievement list. ANNEX A CIVIL GPS SERVICE INTERFACE COMMITTEE INTERNATIONAL INFORMATION SUB-COMMITTEE MINI MEETING - FRANKFURT - 10TH/11TH MARCH 1994 AGENDA Item 1 - 14th meeting - Salt Lake City - Matters arising Item 2 - 15th meeting - Edinburgh - Matters arising Item 3 - Civil GNSS Office Establishment - Paris Oct 93 meeting Item 4 - European Radionavigation Plan - Brussels Dec 93 meeting Item 5 - US DOD/DOT Task Force Report - Discussion Item 6 - US DOD/DOT Task Force Report - IISC Response Item 7 - Integrity Monitor/DGPS systems register Item 8 - Housekeeping a. Point of Contact List b. Information Package c. Semi-active Distribution d. DSNS 94 - London e. 16th Meeting - Washington DC e. GPSIC visit Item 9 - Any other business ANNEX B OBSERVATIONS ON THE JOINT DOD/DOT TASK FORCE REPORT (TFR) Introduction The International Information Sub-Committee (IISC) held a mini-meeting on 10/11 March 1994 at IFAG in Frankfurt. The meeting was attended by George Preiss, Georg Weber, Michael Savill and Hans van der Wal. Both Australia and Japan had been informed of the meeting and responded by submitting their comments. The meeting recognised and commended the excellent and comprehensive work which had been done by the Task Force members. The meeting discussed the seven Core Issues of the TFR and wished to make the following observations. Issue 1: GPS Management Structure The meeting noted the reference to the Interagency Advisory Council which was introduced in Diagram 1 of the Report. There was concern to clarify the role of this new Council as related to the CGSIC in its future Federal Advisory Committee form. The other concerns of the meeting, however, were:- * That membership of the CGSIC would continue to be open to the national representatives of other Nations; * That direct representation of international Civil Users' interests would continue; * That Civil Users without a natural international organisation to represent them, ie ICAO, IMO, IALA, etc, would be able to be represented; * That CGSIC meeting attendance would continue to be open, as at present, to concerned individuals and representatives of private sector companies, both national and international, and not just to national governmental representatives. Additionally, the meeting wondered if international membership of a Federal Advisory Committee would be supported/funded by US Authorities. Issue 5: Regulation of GPS Augmentations The meeting noted the recommendation on regulating private augmentations when they are used for navigation, and suggested that the statement given was perhaps open to misinterpretation. The meeting also felt that there are trends towards the privatisation of public infrastructure facilities in a number of nations in order to try and control the burden on national treasuries. The meeting believed that the regulation of private sector augmentations needs further attention. Issue 6: International Acceptance The meeting strongly welcomed the suggestion of arranging a Presidential Statement. The meeting believed that the IISC, with its international Civil User membership, can significantly contribute to improved international acceptance, in the sense of top-down information dissemination. Furthermore, the meeting thought that the Internal Standardisation Organisation (ISO) could be approached to assist with the development of internationally acceptable operational standards. Conclusion The IISC Officials are anxious to ensure that the necessary preparations can be properly made for the next CGSIC meeting. Therefore, it would be appreciated if any further internationally relevant TFR developments and information could be distributed to the IISC Secretary for onward dissemination. ANNEX C To: Mr Michael Swiek Executive Secretary United States GPS Industry Council Nomos Corporation 1100 Connecticut Ave.,NW Suite 535 Washington,D.C. 20036 Copy: George Preiss, IISC Chairman Georg Weber, IISC Vice Chairman Hans van der Wal, Dutch Ministry of Transport Dear Mike, Thankyou for your kind letter dated 21.12.1993 and I believe a most welcome dinner invitation prior to the June GPSIC meeting. As a result of the recent IISC Mini - meeting in Frankfurt, I wish to inquire if any USGIC member could assist IISC with the Active Distribution issue. As you are no doubt aware, there are many Electronic Bulletin Boards operating world wide, particularly within Europe. Although, of course many individuals and companies directly access GPSIC, if national Bulletin Boards could provide the latest GPS status information, their usage would perhaps increase, enlarging the local customer base and therefore further justifying finance and support for their operation. In particular, the Bulletin Boards ought to automatically receive notification of unscheduled GPS outages; the question is how to organise this function. The IISC understands that if a Electronic Mail Box is provided for their use in the United States which could in fact distribute incoming messages to a list of international Points of Contact ( maybe internal United States as well ), GPSIC would be prepared to route NANU's concerning unscheduled outages to this mailbox. The Netherlands have offered to pay for such a mailbox, provided someone else will identify and specify the requirement. Well, the UK, German and Norwegian BB's are capable of receiving information via certainly Internet and other E mail Service Providers. Therefore, do USGIC have a member who could assist IISC in identifying a suitable US Service Provider for the proposed mailbox, and perhaps liaise in its establishment. Although, the number of unscheduled GPS outages are minimal, for a Bulletin Board to be reliable, it must provide the latest available information. For reference, UKCSG meeting record from 1992 attached and also the formal Civil GPS Service Issue Response dated 18 September 1993. In conclusion, the IISC are anxious to conclude the matter of Active Distribution, optimistically in a successful manner. I look forward to seeing you in Washington and please refer any further enquiries on this subject to either Georg Weber or myself. Yours Faithfully,