What is TAPAS

Testbed for Precision Positioning and Autonomous Systems (TAPAS) is a research and development platform for precise positioning. TAPAS does not have a commercial purpose, but will provide an opportunity to test future needs for accurate and dynamic positioning data.

The TAPAS platform consists of a network of 11 reference stations that prepare data from global satellite-based navigation systems like GPS and Galileo, among others (GNSS). With TAPAS, the user can achieve a real-time accuracy of few centimetres, even for moving objects. TAPAS offers the largest possible flexibility for research and development of the next generation of networks for positioning technology.

The use of accurate, centimetre-level positioning data is quickly transitioning from a niche market to the mass market. Exciting technologies like self-driving cars and smart-city solutions will often be dependent on centimetre-level positioning. The TAPAS platform came into being partly because of Denmark’s National Space Strategy, which pointed to the new technological development within positioning, as well as possibilities for use of Europe’s Global Satellite-based Navigation System (GNSS), Galileo, aiming to benefit as many citizens as possible.

The purpose of TAPAS is to provide businesses, research institutions and public authorities with the chance to develop new areas of activity by trying, testing and documenting new applications, which require centimetre-level positioning – even when speaking of moving objects. TAPAS offers a platform for testing and developing the positioning technologies of the future – as well as solutions for a more digitalised and intelligent city environment through smart-city initiatives.

The test location is in a dense area in the town of Aarhus, making it possible for citizens to test products and solutions in a real-life scenario.


18 FEBRUARY 2019