core1Standards ensure interoperability while preventing proliferation of proprietary solutions. Specifically in the field of telematics, standards lay the foundation for market exploitation, by allowing companies to turn prototypes into products and to move from demonstrations to market implementation.


In the frame of the European project CORE (Consistently Optimised Resilient Secure Global Supply-Chains,, addressing the security of the freight transport/logistics, a standardisation activity has been undertaken with the objective of reviewing the CEN1 Workshop Agreement CWA 163902 previously elaborated and published in 2012 (


Carried out under the umbrella of CEN and with the contribution of UNI3 (the Italian CEN member), the standardisation activity has been deployed through a CEN Workshop (the CEN/WS CORE).


CWA 16390 is the technical specification for the development of products and applications based on the services provided by the European GNSS4 EGNOS5 , namely EGNOS OS6 and EDAS7 , for tracking and tracing the transport of goods. Following its publication, CWA 16390 was adopted by several European industries, and used by Italy’s and France’s Ministry of Transport in their national/regional systems for the management of dangerous goods transport.


CEN/WS CORE has made the revision of CWA 16390 to consider the obsolescence due to the evolution of the EGNOS services, to include the configuration of the chipsets for enabling them to use EGNOS/EDAS/multi-GNSS (GPS, EGNOS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou) and to take into account the utilisation of the authentication feature of the Galileo Open Service.


Launched in January 2017, CEN/WS CORE took 9 months for its completion and, under UNI secretariat, it went through all the foreseen procedures, including public inquiries and open consultations.


CWA 16390 revision “Interface control document for provision of EGNOS/EDAS/multi-GNSS based services for tracking and tracing the transport of goods” was finally approved in September 2017 by the CEN/WS CORE experts. It has been published by CEN, and it is freely available for its utilisation and adoption on CEN Web Site at the link (CWA 16390 - CEN/WS CORE January 2018).


The UNECE (United Nations Economic Commission for Europe) Working Group that periodically updates the regulations for the international transport of dangerous goods8 , is presently defining the introduction of the use of telematics also taking into account CWA 16390:2018.




1  Comité Européen de Normalisation/European Committee for Standardization

2  CWA 16390:2012

3  Ente Italiano di Normazione

4  Global Navigation Satellite System

5  European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service

6  EGNOS Open Service

7  EGNOS Data Access Service

8  ADR (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Road)/RID (Regulations concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Rail )/ADN (European Agreement concerning the International Carriage of Dangerous Goods by Inland Waterways)