Galileo Falling Behind Schedule?
The two consortiums vying for the concession to run Europe's Galileo satellite navigation system are now presenting a joint bid for the contract. But problems remain. [...]
A consortium led by France's Sagem -- now part of the new group Safran alongside Snecma -- has just won a contract to manage Biodev, a program to design biometric visas that is being tested as a forerunner to VIS, the Schengen area's future visa system. [...]
The Galileo project for a European satellite navigation system to compete with Washington's GPS finds itself in the midst of a particularly sensitive phase. Two complicated issues are being dealt with, on the economic level and in the diplomatic sphere. [...]
In coming years the European Union countries can be expected to deploy computer architecture designed to see to the identification of persons by incorporating new factors like biometric elements (fingerprints, iris scans) or even biological data, such as DNA. National [...]