Forum for Science, Industry and Business

Sponsored by:     3M 
Search our Site:

 

Wanted: the Best Application Idea for EGNOS

14.05.2012
Since its certification for use in managing air traffic and other security-critical applications in 2011, EGNOS - Europe's augmentation system for GPS - now enables new applications for precise and reliable satellite navigation.

To promote EGNOS, the European GNSS Agency (GSA) is offering a special prize for the most promising idea using the system. The prize is part of this year's European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). The winner will receive the support they need to realise their project at a European incubation centre.

EGNOS enhances global navigation satellite systems (GNSS) like GPS by providing accurate and reliable data on the performance and integrity of the global navigation satellite system. This facilitates the use of satellite navigation in many areas of the economy, such as agriculture, mapping and surveying, sea navigation, transport, and - since 2011 - civilian air traffic. The GSA is encouraging the development of new and innovative GNSS applications in an effort to tap into the vast economic and social potential they hold for Europe.

"Having supported the European Satellite Navigation Competition for five years now, we're now planning to recognise the best application that utilises the unique possibilities EGNOS offers in 2012. We believe the European Satellite Navigation Competition is the ideal platform for raising European citizens' awareness of the benefits of Europe's GNSS programmes - and for providing the spark that leads to new, creative ideas for applications," explains Carlo des Dorides, Executive Director of the GSA.

The ideas submitted by past winners of the GSA prize show how diverse the potential applications of EGNOS can be:

• In 2008, the British company Sci-Tech took home the EGNOS special prize with a person-over-board (POB) system which aims to exploit a recognised gap in the commercial and marine leisure markets, by combining a crew overboard alarm and a real-time tracking and retrieval system. This team was also named the ESNC's overall winner. Sci-Tech was recently accepted into the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Harwell, where it is now receiving assistance in the further development of its GNSS-based rescue system.

• Nogago, the GSA prize winner from 2009, successfully completed its own incubation programme at ESA BIC Bavaria (Oberpfaffenhofen) in April 2011. Designed specifically for pedestrians and cyclists, this team's winning app transforms smartphones into outdoor navigation devices. It is also capable of displaying maps both on- and offline, which makes usage possible even in low-reception areas without incurring roaming fees.

• In 2010, the GSA winner once again named the ESNC's overall winner - the Galileo Master. The Austrian start-up Wikitude swept the awards with Wikitude Drive, the world's first navigation system with augmented reality functions for smartphones. The app is now commercially available for Android devices in Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Italy, and Switzerland, as well as in Canada, Mexico, and the United States.

• The project of last year's winner, Jordi Santacuana from the Spanish company CATUAV, is expanding horizons in the safe use of civilian drones (mini UAVs). It is based on an innovative localisation module that includes a GPS/EGNOS receiver capable of locating other aircraft and automatically initiating evasive manoeuvres. In doing so, the system constantly transmits the position of mini UVAs to ground control. Test operations with the system are scheduled to begin in mid-2012.

Meanwhile, this year's ESNC participants also have access to the European Commission's new EGNOS developer toolkits at http://egnos-portal.gsa.europa.eu/developer-platform/egnos-toolkits. These allow developers to integrate ready-to-use source code directly into their mobile applications in order to take advantage of EGNOS.

Ideas for the most promising EGNOS applications can be submitted for consideration for GSA's Special Prize in ESNC 2012 until 30 June at www.galileo-masters.eu.

About the European GNSS Agency (GSA)
The GSA is an agency of the European Union. Along with the European Commission, it is involved in numerous activities meant to aid the continent's businesses - in particular, small and midsize high-tech companies, business incubators, and associated networks - in tapping into the market potential of EGNOS and Galileo. Marketing activities like the ESNC ensure the ability of European industry to hold its own in the global market for satellite navigation.

For more information, please visit www.gsa.europa.eu.

About the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC)
The ESNC is an international competition that recognises the best ideas in the field of satellite navigation every year. From companies and research institutes to students and other independent individuals, anyone is free to enter. The only thing that matters is your idea! Innovation proposals can be submitted at www.galileo-masters.eu from 1 April to 30 June.
The ESNC was inaugurated in three regions under the patronage of the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs in 2004. Since then, the competition has transformed into a network that embodies innovation and expertise. Supporting the ESNC this year as new regional partners are Austria, Bulgaria, Finland, Ireland, North America, Poland, and Portugal. This brings the number of regions now competing for the distinction of having produced the overall winner - the Galileo Master - to more than 20.

For more information, please visit www.galileo-masters.eu.

Press Contact:
Anwendungszentrum GmbH
Lena Klemm
Friedrichshafener Str. 1
82205 Gilching
Germany
+49(0)8105-7727717
klemm@anwendungszentrum.de

Lena Klemm | Anwendungszentrum GmbH
Further information:
http://www.anwendungszentrum.de

More articles from Information Technology:

nachricht UT professor develops algorithm to improve online mapping of disaster areas
29.11.2016 | University of Tennessee at Knoxville

nachricht New standard helps optical trackers follow moving objects precisely
23.11.2016 | National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

All articles from Information Technology >>>

The most recent press releases about innovation >>>

Die letzten 5 Focus-News des innovations-reports im Überblick:

Im Focus: Novel silicon etching technique crafts 3-D gradient refractive index micro-optics

A multi-institutional research collaboration has created a novel approach for fabricating three-dimensional micro-optics through the shape-defined formation of porous silicon (PSi), with broad impacts in integrated optoelectronics, imaging, and photovoltaics.

Working with colleagues at Stanford and The Dow Chemical Company, researchers at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign fabricated 3-D birefringent...

Im Focus: Quantum Particles Form Droplets

In experiments with magnetic atoms conducted at extremely low temperatures, scientists have demonstrated a unique phase of matter: The atoms form a new type of quantum liquid or quantum droplet state. These so called quantum droplets may preserve their form in absence of external confinement because of quantum effects. The joint team of experimental physicists from Innsbruck and theoretical physicists from Hannover report on their findings in the journal Physical Review X.

“Our Quantum droplets are in the gas phase but they still drop like a rock,” explains experimental physicist Francesca Ferlaino when talking about the...

Im Focus: MADMAX: Max Planck Institute for Physics takes up axion research

The Max Planck Institute for Physics (MPP) is opening up a new research field. A workshop from November 21 - 22, 2016 will mark the start of activities for an innovative axion experiment. Axions are still only purely hypothetical particles. Their detection could solve two fundamental problems in particle physics: What dark matter consists of and why it has not yet been possible to directly observe a CP violation for the strong interaction.

The “MADMAX” project is the MPP’s commitment to axion research. Axions are so far only a theoretical prediction and are difficult to detect: on the one hand,...

Im Focus: Molecules change shape when wet

Broadband rotational spectroscopy unravels structural reshaping of isolated molecules in the gas phase to accommodate water

In two recent publications in the Journal of Chemical Physics and in the Journal of Physical Chemistry Letters, researchers around Melanie Schnell from the Max...

Im Focus: Fraunhofer ISE Develops Highly Compact, High Frequency DC/DC Converter for Aviation

The efficiency of power electronic systems is not solely dependent on electrical efficiency but also on weight, for example, in mobile systems. When the weight of relevant components and devices in airplanes, for instance, is reduced, fuel savings can be achieved and correspondingly greenhouse gas emissions decreased. New materials and components based on gallium nitride (GaN) can help to reduce weight and increase the efficiency. With these new materials, power electronic switches can be operated at higher switching frequency, resulting in higher power density and lower material costs.

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Solar Energy Systems ISE together with partners have investigated how these materials can be used to make power...

All Focus news of the innovation-report >>>

Anzeige

Anzeige

Event News

ICTM Conference 2017: Production technology for turbomachine manufacturing of the future

16.11.2016 | Event News

Innovation Day Laser Technology – Laser Additive Manufacturing

01.11.2016 | Event News

#IC2S2: When Social Science meets Computer Science - GESIS will host the IC2S2 conference 2017

14.10.2016 | Event News

 
Latest News

UTSA study describes new minimally invasive device to treat cancer and other illnesses

02.12.2016 | Medical Engineering

Plasma-zapping process could yield trans fat-free soybean oil product

02.12.2016 | Agricultural and Forestry Science

What do Netflix, Google and planetary systems have in common?

02.12.2016 | Physics and Astronomy

VideoLinks
B2B-VideoLinks
More VideoLinks >>>