Record Participation in the 2007 European Satellite Navigation Competition
Reaching 258 registrants from throughout Europe, this year’s participation numbers nearly doubled from the previous year. Sixty percent of the participants submitted their applications for one of the special prizes sponsored for the first time this year by T-Systems, the DHL Innovation Center, and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) – proof positive of the competition’s industry focus and marketability. These prizes will be awarded to those innovations that best meet specific industrial requirements, with the intention of fostering joint implementation of the winning idea between the innovator and sponsor. T-Systems called for innovative approaches to seamless navigation and localization; DHL Technology and Innovation Management, for intelligent traffic control systems; and the DLR, for the best ideas for the European satellite navigation system of tomorrow – Galileo – which will then be tested in cooperation at the world’s first test environment for the system, GATE.
Winners to be announced on October 23 in Munich
The applications that win over this year’s jury will be announced on October 23, 2007 as part of an official state reception at the Munich Residenz.
The overall winner of the 2007 competition will receive €10,000, as well as extensive support from well-known industry partners and the participating economic regions. From October 23 – 26, the winners, sponsors, and regions will also present their innovations in the Navigation World Area of the SYSTEMS 2007 trade show.
As part of the popular area of communications and networking, the topic of navigation is located in Hall B1 this year, right in the entry area of the trade show. Close cooperation with Communication World (ICM), the top mobile solutions conference in Europe, will also ensure additional visitors, providing the winners with an ideal environment for making B2B contacts.
Expertise from 11 European regions
In addition to its close industry integration, the European Satellite Navigation Competition is unique in its concentrated network of 11 high-tech European regions. The coming two months will feature this network in particular: Until the end of September, around 70 specialists from research and industry will evaluate the submitted applications in terms of their technical feasibility and market potential. In mid-September, they will meet in London at an international evaluation conference, where they will both select the winners and discuss current trends in satellite navigation and the international expansion of the network.
Along with the founding regions of Nice / Sophia Antipolis, Gothenburg, and Bavaria, this year’s competition also included South Holland, Prague, Madrid, Wallonia, Hesse, Baden-Württemberg, Great Britain, and Ireland. Just before the end of the competition, Lombardy, Italy’s leading economic region, also joined as a participating region.
Innovation by combination
In years past, many exciting applications were created by combining various technologies with satellite navigation signals. The nominees have included a coupling of GSM and microwaves in a toll- and fleet management device and a combination of movement sensors, GSM, and satellite navigation meant to facilitate localization in indoor locations. An idea implementing RFID in the field of container tracking was also recognized.
Facts and data on the European Satellite Navigation Competition
The European Satellite Navigation Competition is an international competition that recognizes the best ideas for innovative applications in the field of satellite navigation. It has been organized by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen and SYSTEMS since 2004 and is oriented toward companies, entrepreneurs, research institutes, universities, and private individuals. Having started with three partner regions, this year’s competition took place in 11 high-tech European regions: Bavaria, Nice / Sophia Antipolis, Great Britain & Ireland, Gothenburg, South Holland, Prague, Madrid, Wallonia, and Hesse, as well as the newcomer regions Baden-Württemberg and Lombardy.
The competition is meant to further strengthen these regions’ cooperation at the European level, particularly in developing applications and services in support of the European satellite navigation system Galileo. The European Satellite Navigation Competition is carried out under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry of Economic Affairs, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology and is also supported by the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and the DHL Innovation Center. The competition’s title sponsor is T-Systems.
Application ideas related to satellite navigation can be submitted on the Internet at www.galileo-masters.com between May 1 and July 31 every year.
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Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpaffenhofen
AZO was founded as an incubator to expand Oberpfaffenhofen, an important aerospace location, into a cluster focusing on European satellite navigation. The Free State of Bavaria has subsidized this project with €3.57 million, which included the foundation of the incubator and the construction of a building used by the Application Center for Satellite Navigation.
AZO focuses on providing companies with optimal conditions for establishing innovative products and services based on GPS – and, in the future, the Galileo satellite navigation system – more quickly in the market. The incubator gives start-ups six months to develop their business ideas into tangible business plans and provides extensive office space at the Oberpfaffenhofen airfield, in direct proximity to the German Aerospace Center e.V. (DLR) and the future Galileo control center.
Since the creation of AZO, 31 company founders have completed the start-up phase, leading to the creation of over 450 jobs.