PR-GSA-10-01 Galileo Application Days (3) (2).doc
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Brussels, 2 February 2010
See, touch and learn at major satellite navigation event
Live demonstrations of cutting-edge satellite navigation applications and a three-day
conference in Brussels promoting the use of EGNOS and Galileo will be part of the launch
of this year’s European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC).
Galileo Application Days, 3-5 March, kicks off the competition with a conference and an
‘Application Village’, where the demonstrations will occur. The annual ESNC competition, or
‘Galileo Masters’ as it is also known, is designed to stimulate commercial applications using
Europe’s satellite navigation programmes.
The event is being organised by the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), and the
Application Centre for Satellite Navigation in Oberpfaffenhofen (the ‘Galileo Masters’), and is
sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA) Technology Transfer Programme. The aim is
to promote the competition in conjunction with other investments the European Union and ESA
make in satellite navigation research.
The challenge of being a world leader
“With EGNOS in operation, and the development of Galileo progressing, Europe has
demonstrated it can build advanced satellite-based infrastructures,” says Michel Bosco, Deputy
Head of the satellite navigation applications unit in the European Commission. “Only when
industry develops a wide variety of applications based on that infrastructure will Europe have met
the challenge of being a world leader in global navigation satellite systems (GNSS).”
“This conference signals Europe's take-off in that direction," Bosco says. “All the ingredients are
there for the conference to be a true forum. Delegates are coming with ideas to discuss and
opinions to be challenged in the sessions. They will also come with demonstrators and real-life
applications to show and to be tested in the Application Village.”
The event focuses on six main industry areas for development: location-based services, road
applications, aviation, high precision applications (such as precision agriculture), social and public
services, and application technologies like secure technologies and receivers.
About 40 demonstrations of innovative satellite navigation applications will be on public view in a
unique ‘Application Village’ outside the Berlaymont building, the headquarters of the European
Commission. Entry to the Application Village demonstrations is free and open to the public.
“The goal of Galileo Application Days is simple – to not only talk about the range of cutting-edge
applications being developed in Europe, but to show them,” says GSA Executive Director Pedro
Pedreira. “Preparing for Galileo requires both establishing the infrastructure in space and
preparing for it on the ground, through fostering the development of new products and services
that harness the many benefits offered by increasingly more accurate and reliable location and
Visitors to the live demonstrations will get a chance to see new satellite navigation applications
developed through the EU’s 7th Framework Programme for Research, the Galileo Masters
Competition, the ESA Technology Transfer Programme, and national and regional initiatives.
The demonstrations will take place areas of the Village designed to represent the use of satellite
navigation under various scenarios. The relevant location-based service, maritime, road
transport, leisure, health and agriculture-related demonstrations will occur in the ‘neighbourhood’,
the ‘city’, the ‘port’, the ‘road’ and the ‘countryside’.
About 40 projects will be on display. For example, the IEGLO project, which has developed a
hand-held GNSS tracking device for the elderly and those affected by Alzheimer’s, will be shown
in the neighbourhood area. ImaGeo, an application to geo-tag photos through mobile EGNOS-
enabled devices, will be in the city area. The ‘Galapagos’ project will demonstrate a positioning
system for container tracking in the road and port areas.
Networking for GNSS development
The main conference, which will take place across the street from the Application Village,
features speakers from around the world working in a variety of disciplines relating to satellite
navigation applications. Networking sessions, speed business meetings and a workshop for
SMEs place an emphasis on the commercial development of innovative satellite navigation-
powered products and services.
Presentations by the EU officials and a round-table debate on the future of satellite navigation
applications will begin the conference in the afternoon of 3 March. On 4 March, the 2010 Galileo
Masters competition will be launched. The GSA, a European Community Agency, co-sponsors
the Galileo Masters Prize, as well as awards an annual ‘special topic prize’ which targets
entrepreneurs with a commercial plan to use EGNOS.
Several special topic prizes are sponsored by organisations such as the GSA and ESA, and
companies such as T-Systems and Navteq. Regional awards will be awarded by competition
partner regions from Europe and around the world.
Prizes for innovative commercial proposals
Thorsten Rudolph, Managing Director of the Application Centre for Satellite Navigation
Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO), the competition’s organiser, says this year’s Galileo Masters will feature
additional regional prizes.
The goal is to have about 20 partner regions from across Europe involved in the competition.
Joining the European Network of Living Labs has given the competition a wider reach in
academia and among younger researchers. Rudolph expects to achieve more than 300 entries to
the competition as a result.
The concept for the launch in Brussels allows the work of many projects to be shown to the public
and conference delegates, he says. “Showing the outcomes of research projects and allowing the
public to have a look at the successful results is an important step forward for the competition.”
The afternoon of 4 March features three parallel sessions. One session will feature the use of
satellite navigation in the social and public sector. The second session will focus on applications
in the leisure, tourism and location-based sectors. The third will feature the aviation sector. The
final morning session on 5 March continues with sessions on the road, high-precision applications
and application technologies.
More investment needed
European companies already have about a one-third share of the global satellite-navigation
market. Europe is also at the forefront of innovation in many application areas. In the road sector,
Europe is pioneering traffic management via satellite-based systems. Mobile location-based
services, such as many of the popular iPhone and Android applications, were created in Europe.
Europe’s satellite navigation programmes, EGNOS and Galileo, are expected to give a further
boost to these commercial ventures. However, Bosco warns that Europe risks falling behind in
satellite navigation development due to the current low investment in research.
“Europe is investing very little in satellite navigation application research, whilst all other GNSS
'providers' are moving hundreds of millions – from civilian and military budgets - into such
ventures,” he says. “Such investments will lead to ubiquitous, civilian applications that reach
maturity long before Europe is ready to build on the infrastructure of the Galileo programme,
unless the trend is reversed and a substantial European budget is granted for research on
applications and for the end-user segment.”
Galileo Application Days provides a unique opportunity for GNSS veterans and novices alike to
see, touch, learn and experience the first great strides that have been achieved in this exciting
emerging and technological area.
The European Satellite Navigation Competition is an international competition that awards the
best ideas for innovative applications in satellite navigation. It has been held annually since 2004
under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport,
Go to www.application-days.eu for more information and to register for the event.
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For more information:
Head of Information and Outreach, European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA)
Rue de la Loi, 56 (L-56, 08/81), B-1049 Brussels, Belgium
Tel: +32 2 298 52 10, Fax: +32 2 296 72 38, Mobile: + 32 498 98 52 10
European Satellite Navigation Competition:
Oberpfaffenhofen, Friedrichshafener Str. 1
Tel: +49 (0)8105 7727714, Fax: +49 (0)8105 7727755, Mobile: +49 (0)162 2748570