The European GNSS Agency (GSA), together with the European Commission and the Directorate-General for Market, Industry, Entrepreneurship and SMEs (DG Growth) DG Enterprise, provides users with free access to the EDAS server and free use of EDAS data for research and development purposes. With this service, users get:
- Connection to the EDAS server via the internet or dedicated lines;
- Support for set-up of users’ individual point-to-point access lines;
- Access to the EDAS helpdesk, user manual, documentation, client software and support facility;
In order to use EDAS, one must be a private, public or semi-public organisation based in any country recognised by the UE and be able to provide a detailed contact address and the full details for a dedicated reference person. If you satisfy these requirements, to get started you must:
The GSA approves applications on a case-by-case basis, and may withhold applications due to the capacity of the communication link to the EDAS server. Any application failing to meet any of the above conditions will be rejected and the applicant will be informed by email that their application has not qualified. However, all applications meeting the above basic conditions will be carefully assessed, with participation being granted or rejected based on the assessment of the application, without any guarantee that an application will be approved. Due to the limited capacity of the network connectivity such a procedure is necessary.
If approved, users must agree to be a part of the EDAS User Focus Group and to provide information to the GSA regarding data quality, service quality, and suggestions for future service improvements – along with other requested information.
Although access is free, the development of software by the users to process EDAS data is at the users’ expense.
Connecting to EDAS
You can connect to EDAS either via the internet or a point-to-point line. For internet connections:
- Users should refrain from being connected on a 24/7 basis;
- Due to the unpredictable latency of the network, the streaming of data in real-time cannot be guaranteed;
- Internet connections should be used mainly for preview, testing and development purposes, whereas a dedicated line provides a more solid basis for commercial purposes (see below).
- Please be aware that for the reception of the EDAS data you will need to configure your firewall or PC to receive user datagram protocol (UDP) packets. This may be considered a security risk. It is good practice to separate such an experimental network or PC from your main production system.
For point-to-point connections:
- Users are free to set up their own access lines between their premises and the EDAS server; in this case they may stay connected on a 24/7 basis;
- These lines should allow real-time data streaming with minimum latency. However, until further notice, despite its best efforts, the quality of service is not guaranteed;
- Any costs associated with point-to-point client access lines shall be borne by the users.
The fine print
Disclaimer of liability
With respect to the EDAS data and any information contained in the documentation and software, neither the GSA, the European Commission, the copyright holders nor the generator of such information makes any warranty, express or implied, including the warranty of fitness for a particular purpose, or assumes any legal liability or responsibility for the accuracy, completeness, or usefulness of any information hereby disclosed or for any product developed based on this information, or represents that the use of this information would not cause damages or would not infringe any intellectual property rights.
No liability is hereby assumed for any direct, indirect, incidental, special or consequential damages, including but not limited to, damages for interruption of business, loss of profits, goodwill or other intangible losses, resulting from the use of the data, documentation or of the information contained herein.
The usage of EDAS does not entitle the participants from other EGNOS or EDAS test or commercial programmes.
Right to use
The EDAS data, documentation, software and other information are proprietary and the user will respect all related proprietary rights. The publication or provision of the EDAS data, documentation, software or the information contained in the EDAS data or related to EDAS shall not be construed as granting any implied Intellectual Property Rights (IPR) licence other than to the purpose of using EDAS. No failure or delay in exercising any right in relation to the data, documentation or the information contained herein shall operate as a waiver thereof, nor shall any single or partial exercise preclude any other or further exercise of such rights. The disclaimers contained in this document apply to the extent permitted by applicable law.
Modifications and updates
The EDAS data, documentation, software or information is subject to modification, updates and variations. The publication of updates will be subject to the same terms as stated herein unless otherwise evidenced.
Although efforts to give notice to the public for further updates of the data and documentation are deployed, it does not assume any obligation to advise on further developments and updates, nor to take into account any inputs or comments proposed by interested persons or entities involved in the updating process.