Berlin congratulates Novel PRS Receiver as 2014 Masters Champion

Published: 
27 October 2014

On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award prizes to this year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

On 23 October, the international satellite navigation industry gathered in Berlin to award prizes to this The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver.year's best innovations in the commercial use of satellite navigation technology. The big winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2014 was Airbus Defence & Space, which won over the jury of global experts with its ground-breaking and cost-effective receiver for the Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS).

The 2014 Galileo Masters award-winners Dr Wolfgang Kogler and Dr Jan Wendel from Airbus Defence & Space have taken a cutting-edge approach to designing a low-cost receiver that will enable police departments, fire brigades, emergency medical services, and other public entities to make use of the Galileo PRS system.

Its core innovation involves the development of a special network architecture that combines the receiver with an assistance server. The concept accounts for all the necessary security aspects required for accessing the encrypted PRS service and significantly reduces the costs and complexity of user receivers. This will facilitate the much broader use of PRS in the realm of public security.
In addition to the € 20 000 grand prize, this inventive design also took home Bavaria's regional prize and the ESNC's special PRS prize, which was awarded by Germany's Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) and Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi).

"This special prize reflects our effort to further examine possibilities for the use of PRS applications," said BMVI Head of Digital Society Dr Tobias Miethaner. "I am delighted to see that the ESNC is already providing an important impetus to the promotion and development of innovative applications of the future Galileo PRS in its first year."

PRS – unique to Galileo

The Galileo Public Regulated Service (PRS) is an encrypted navigation service designed to be more resistant to jamming, involuntary interference, and spoofing. It combines the characteristics of a military GNSS signal with the potential of a civilian-controlled Global Navigation Satellite System. While access to PRS will be restricted to government-authorised users in accordance with EU and national government decisions, the service ensures continuity even when access to other navigation services may be denied. In cases of malicious interference, PRS increases the likelihood of continuous availability of the signal from space and, furthermore, it provides an authenticated position-velocity-timing service.

“The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo,” said GSA Executive Director, Carlos des Dorides. “This secure signal will prove invaluable to civil authorities across Europe and innovations like that proposed by the winners of the 2014 Galileo Masters will help ensure its widespread uptake and use.”

“The GSA is convinced that the ESNC is an excellent platform for promoting European GNSS,” concluded des Dorides. “It has helped establish a thriving European Galileo user community in anticipation of full deployment of the satellite constellation and provides the gateway to a wide range of unique business applications for the GNSS programmes.”

ESNC apps

Over the past decade, the ESNC has brought forth numerous new applications in the field of satellite navigation. The 2014 edition was shaped in particular by the imminent launch of the first Galileo services, with more than 40% of the 434 submissions received from more than 40 countries seeking to employ Galileo/EGNOS in their own products and services.

"Thanks to our international network, we're in an excellent position to take advantage of Galileo's operational launch," affirmed ESNC organiser Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen Managing Director Thorsten Rudolph. "We believe the ESNC's function as a leading innovation framework in its field will grant it an equally important role in Europe's new satellite navigation system."

Along with the overall winner, the some 240 experts in the ESNC's renowned network selected more than 30 other winners in the competition's regional and special-prize challenges. Under the patronage of Germany's Federal Minister of Transport, prizes worth a total of around EUR 1 million were presented during the awards ceremony. The winners illustrated the fundamental importance of robust, reliable, and secure time and positioning signals for Europe's digital society through innovations in areas such as transport, health, and the environment.

For the first time, this year's awards ceremony was held in parallel with the Satellite Masters Conference, which gave the winners a chance to present their ideas to a global audience and discuss innovations in space-based technologies and services.

ESNC 2014 partners

This year's competition was supported by the European Commission and the European Patent Office. Along with the ESNC's 25 regions around the world, special sponsored prizes for 2014 were provided by the European GNSS Agency (GSA); the European Space Agency (ESA); the German Aerospace Center (DLR); and the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) in cooperation with the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy (BMWi). Prototype submissions were accepted as entrants for the GNSS Living Lab Prize and the University Challenge, which are geared toward students and research assistants.

Now in its 11th year, the ESNC rewards innovative services, products and business innovations that use European satellite navigation technology in everyday life. Since 2011, the European Earth Monitoring competition, the Copernicus Masters, has also awarded ideas and innovative solutions at the ceremony.

For the seventh year, the GSA offered a special topic prize for the most innovative application.

For an overview of all the winners by category, please visit the ESNC website.

“The encrypted PRS signal is a unique feature of Galileo.”
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GSA Executive Director, Carlo Des Dorides


 

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Updated: Nov 12, 2014