Background & Objectives
NAVIS is a collaboration centre with EGNSS, set up through the SEAGAL project (2009-2010), an FP7 initiative funded by the European Union. Indeed, the establishment of NAVIS aims to fulfil the guidelines of the Co-Chair's Statement of the 18th ASEAN-EU Ministerial Meeting - Madrid, 26 May 2010 - that reports: “The Ministers welcomed the setting-up of a co-operation framework in the field of civilian use of satellite navigation systems, and expressed their willingness to promote the involvement of their relevant institutions and organizations. They encouraged in particular the establishment of a permanent EU-ASEAN collaboration centre on civilian use of satellite navigation systems.”
NAVIS is acting as a linking entity between Europe and SEA in the field of GNSS by:
- promoting the collaboration between the two regions in terms of joint activities in research, training, technology transfer and education;
- contributing to the distribution of knowledge about the European initiatives in the field of GNSS in SEA through awareness and dissemination activities;
- providing support to enterprises, public bodies, institutions and policy makers.
NAVIS has already begun a number of collaborations with top European GNSS players, such as the European Space Agency – ESA and the Joint Research Centre – JRC of the European Commission.
Growing NAVIS began from the achievements of the former SEAGAL project, in order to exploit the potential of the NAVIS centre.
Why this project is important for EGNOS/GSA/SatNav?
Growing NAVIS is steadily growing and is building new links for researchers and companies between Europe and South East Asia - SEA, a region with a growing population of more than 600 million people, and a population which is keen to use and exploit the latest ICT technologies. The project is carrying out both research and awareness activities exploiting the potential of NAVIS which is a key asset for the promotion of the European GNSS technology in the whole SEA region.
G-NAVIS supports the growth of the NAVIS Collaboration Centre enhancing its technical and research capabilities and extending its links in South East Asia and Europe. The Growing NAVIS activities:
G-NAVIS aims to boost joint EU-SEA scientific activities exploiting some peculiarities of the NAVIS Centre due to its geographical location: (i) Multi-GNSS environment, since in SEA it is already possible to receive signals from all GNSS systems ; (ii) fast economic growth, that is leading to an unprecedented urbanization and a constant need for efficient infrastructures. For this reason the G-NAVIS project is carrying on the following research activities:
- Innovative algorithms for Multi-GNSS Receivers;
- Algorithms for Precise Point Positioning in a Multi-GNSS environment; and
- Solutions for Intelligent Transportation Systems.
• Education and Training
A one-week Summer School entitled “Multi-GNSS environment for sustainable development” has been organized by G-NAVIS in Vietnam from 9th to 13th September, 2013 (see Figure 1), with participants from many South East Asian countries. Lectures and hands-on sessions have been provided by experts from the G-NAVIS Consortium, as well as from other relevant agencies and companies. In addition, the G-NAVIS project is supporting the mobility of a number of Asian researchers towards EU.
The G-NAVIS awareness actions aim to present to decision makers, stakeholders, technicians and researchers in SEA the opportunities opened by the European system, Galileo. The project foresees three international workshops in South East Asia: in Malaysia, in Vietnam and in Thailand. To increase their impact, the workshops have been merged with the AOR workshops and have been consequently co-organized with an important regional actor, Multi-GNSS Asia – MGA, an organization whose aim is to promote Multi-GNSS exploitation in the Asia-Oceania Region. In 2012 and 2013, the workshops were attended by more than 100 people for each event (see Figure 2 and Figure 3). In particular, the 2013 edition was hosted and locally organized by NAVIS Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam. The 2014 edition will take place in Autumn 2014.
How does it work?
Project activities are organized in three parallel lines:
- Research on three topics: (i) study of ionosphere characteristics for Precise Positioning algorithms, (ii) analysis of algorithms for software for multi-GNSS receivers, (iii) ITS related applications.
- Education and Training, to promote the availability in the region of GNSS researchers and technicians.
- Dissemination and Networking, to extend cooperation to new actors in the region and to strengthen cooperation with the EU.
The Growing NAVIS consortium will continue to support the NAVIS centre through specific actions focused on the exploitation of EGNSS in SEA for the benefit of European researchers, public bodies and enterprises. In particular:
- dissemination of the project results after the end of the project;
- participation to Horizon 2020 calls;
- increasing involvement of European companies and industries focused on EGNSS and related applications; and
- support to scientific activities of NAVIS.
Work performed & results
Growing NAVIS will provide:
- A Summer School on satellite navigation technology with European and other international experts. The focus will be on ASEAN countries and on how sat-nav technology will have an impact on their development.
- Three international workshops hosted in Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam. The workshops will focus on awareness actions and they will be an opportunity to gather together academics and policy makers from the region with an interest in satellite navigation. The first workshop was held in Malaysia in December 2012.
- Training programs and seminars on GNSS topics and related technologies open to ASEAN researchers.
- Scientific results from scientific research activities on: (i) Multi-GNSS receivers, (ii) Precise Positioning, (iii) Intelligent Transportation Systems. The results will be shared at the final workshop in Hanoi.