Entrepreneurs with a commercial plan to use the EGNOS satellite navigation signal have a chance to make their vision a reality by applying for the Special Topic Prize for the most promising EGNOS application idea, which the GSA offers as part of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010.
The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS), the EU’s satellite-based augmentation system, provides Europe’s industry with the ability to create new applications or modify existing ones using its enhanced precision and other features. EGNOS corrects the GPS signal, making it more accurate while also sending an integrity message as to whether it is performing at standards suitable for use in situations where lives could be at stake.
As part of this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) again calls for entrepreneurs to submit their most promising EGNOS application idea for its Special Topic Prize. Last year a proposal for leisure navigation software for smartphones won the prize. A maritime personal rescue tracker application won in 2008.
The GSA is looking for promising satellite navigation applications that make use of EGNOS signals or services and meet the following criteria:- The application should deliver end-to-end functionality to customers using new or existing equipment and systems.
The award will provide the winner with access to an incubation centre of his or her choice within the EU for up to six months. The winner will also have the option of extending their incubation period for an additional six months. The prize is worth up to €20,000 per sixmonth period.
Pedro Pedreira, the GSA’s Executive Director, states that the agency’s engagement in ESNC is part of the GSA’s overall task to foster new applications for EGNOS, and, later on, Galileo. “The applications must provide economic and social benefit to Europeans and to European industry. Don’t be shy to explore new avenues,” Pedreira says “That is what we are looking for.”
The winner of the 2008 EGNOS Special Topic Prize, UK-based Sci-Tech, has since built a working prototype of their real-time tracking and retrieval system for persons who have fallen overboard at sea. The prototype was demonstrated at Galileo Application Days in Brussels earlier this year.
Nogago, the GSA’s winner in 2009 has just been accepted for the Business Incubation Programme of the European Space Agency (ESA). The company has already moved into the premises of the ESA Business Incubation Centre in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany, where they will receive support to further developing their mobile navigation companion for outdoor activities.More information
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EGNOS’ Open Service was launched on 1 October 2009 and is available to anyone with a GPS receiver compatible with satellite-based augmentation systems. For more information on the GSA’s Special Topic Prize and to submit ideas for innovative EGNOS applications please go to: http://galileo-masters.eu/index.php?anzeige=special_prizes_gsa.html before 31 July.Press contacts:
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http://www.gsa.europa.euAbout the European Satellite Navigation Competition
Having begun with three partner regions, this year’s ESNC will be held in 22 high-tech regions all over the world: Baden-Württemberg, Bavaria, Hesse, Lower Saxony, North Rhine-Westphalia, Nice / Sophia Antipolis, Prague, South Holland, Madrid, Lombardy, Australia, Taiwan, Great Britain, Øresund, Gipuzkoa, Valencia, Switzerland, and Israel as well as newcomers Aquitaine, USA, Brazil and the Arab Middle East & North Africa (MENA).The ESNC intends to further strengthen international collaboration among these regions, particular with regard to the development of applications and services made possible by Galileo, Europe’s satellite navigation system. The competition is held under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and is supported by the European BIC Network (EBN). The main winners of the ESNC – the GALILEO Master, the special topic prize winners, and the 22 regional winners – will be recognised at a state reception to be held at the Munich Residenz on 18 October 2010.
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