Indoor Navigation Smartphone App wins 2012 Galileo Masters Prize

Presentation of the 2012 €20,000 Galileo Master prize: (L to R)) Thorsten Rudolph, head of AZO, the contest organizers; Carlo des Dorides, head of the European GNSS Agency; winner Dirk Elias, Fraunhofer Portigal and Ulrike Daniels, AZO business development. (photo: Simone Hörmann/AZO).
The 2012 ESNC awards ceremony at der Residenz, Munich (AZO photo)

Finding your way will be even easier with a new smartphone app from two
Portuguese research institutes that augments GNSS with ultra-low
magnetic field communication (ULF-MC) for reliable navigation in office buildings, airports, underground parking garages and other indoor
locations.

The Fraunhofer Portugal and the University of Porto’s Faculty of
Engineering received the €20,000 Galileo Master’s prize for their
innovation on October 25 at Der Residenz in Munich in this year’s
European Satellite Navigation Competition awards ceremony.

Finding your way will be even easier with a new smartphone app from two
Portuguese research institutes that augments GNSS with ultra-low
magnetic field communication (ULF-MC) for reliable navigation in office buildings, airports, underground parking garages and other indoor
locations.

The Fraunhofer Portugal and the University of Porto’s Faculty of
Engineering received the €20,000 Galileo Master’s prize for their
innovation on October 25 at Der Residenz in Munich in this year’s
European Satellite Navigation Competition awards ceremony.

The app has been tested and is under development, with patents pending in Europe and the United States.

Jonathan Durant from France won another major award in this year’s
competition, the European Space Agency Innovation Prize, for "Project
Citizen First Aid."  The smartphone app enables people in distress to
call for assistance to others in nearby locations.


400 Ideas Compete for 2012 Galileo Masters Prize

Winners of the ESNC 2012, the international GNSS applications contest, will be announced at Der Residenz in Munich, Germany on October 25. This year, more 400 ideas were submitted for a number of regional, special topic and prototyping prizes. The top award winner, the Galileo Master, will be selected from the top vote-getters in all of the categories.

Visit the European Satellite Navigation Competition website to vote for the ESNC Audience Award until November 15.


The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) opens for business — and business ideas — on April 1, 2012

Now in its ninth year, the annual event seeks the best GNSS and location-based applications from around the world with the enticement of one million euros (US$1.3 million) in cash awards and business assistance for the winners.

Organized by the Anwendungszentrum Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) with the backing of the European Commission (EC) and the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the competition invites companies, start-ups, research institutions, universities, and even individuals to enter their innovative ideas in the contest.

The online "ideas database" opens April 1. Through the web interface, competitors register and submit materials supporting their product or service concepts for the overall Galileo Master prize and a series of 20 regional prizes and special topic prizes sponsored by the European Space Agency (ESA), EC/GSA, and the German Space Agency (DLR). The entry formed can be accessed beginning Monday by following the registration link at <www.galileo-masters.eu>.

A separate ESNC competition for prototyping prizes, introduced in 2011, focuses on satellite navigation applications for which prototypes already exist. This year, AZO is cooperating with the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL) to recognize the best services and applications enabled by GNSS technologies.

Submissions are evaluated by expert teams of the prototyping prize partners, with the finalists then being invited to demonstrate their prototypes to the respective jury. The overall winner — the Galileo Pro — will be selected from among the prototyping prize winners. However, the Galileo Pro is not eligible to become the Galileo Master.

ITRI is offering €18,500 in cash prizes for the top eight entries for prototypes design that implement innovative technology and applications for connected vehicles by integrating next-generation GNSS into WAVE/DSRC technology.

The GNSS Living Lab Prize calls for developers and users to submit proposals for GNSS-related products and services ready to be tested and ideally implemented in a suitable Living Lab. Consequently, a prerequisite for participation in the competition is the availability of a prototype that can be demonstrated by finalists to a panel of experts.

Living Labs are “user-driven open innovation platforms” where stakeholders have formed a public-private-people-partnership (PPPP) of firms, public agencies, universities, institutes, and users “collaborating for creating, prototyping, and validating new service-products and societal infrastructures in real-life contexts.” Winners of the Living Lab prize will get the opportunity to conduct a "reality check trial" in a suitable Living Lab with the involvement of relevant user communities and potential future customers.

Over the years, the ENC has served as an incubator and energizer for many start-up companies.

“Winning Galileo Masters in 2011 has been a total game-changer for us,” says Juliana Clegg, chief operating officer for last year’s winner, MVS-California LLC. “We’re now into collaboration with ESA and major auto makers who want 3D Head Up Display for the masses and commercial aviation. . . . [I]t took the press and prestige of the Galileo Masters to rocket us to notoriety. I think that our Galileo win demonstrates what an amazingly international and open-minded competition this is.”

MVS-California’s winning entry was featured in the November/December 2012 issue of Inside GNSS.

This year, the competition is working with 20 partner regions in Europe, Brazil, the Middle East and North Africa.  You do not have to be a resident of the partner regions in order to enter, however you must anticipate basing your business in one of them.

The 2012 ESNC winners will be announced on October 25 in Munich, Germany.

 

 


 2011

(Inside GNSS cover feature, November-December 2011)

(October 20) USA Challenge Winner, an Augmented Reality System, Wins Top Prizes in 2011 European Satellite Navigation Competion

(September 30) Historical Monument App Winns USA Challenge "People’s Choice" Award at ION GNSS 2011

(August 31) 2010 USA Challenge Winner to Test Mobile Voting App at ION GNSS in September

(August 16) See the USA Challenge Final Five at Institute of Navigation GNSS Conference

(July 29) GNSS Experts to Judge 2011 USA Challenge Applications Ideas

(June 30) 2011 USA Challenge Competition Seeks Satellite Navigation Apps

(April 4) European Satellite Navigation Competition Opens 2011 Contest


2010 European Satellite Navigation Competition and USA Challenge

(November-December 2010 Inside GNSS) eVOTZ: Mobilizing Voters

(October 18) Mobilizy Nabs 2010 Galileo Master Award

(October 18) Mobile Voting Application Wins USA Challenge

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