Challenge Promotes Galileo in Asia-Pacific

06 January 2016
The winners demonstrate how GNSS services can help create a safer, more efficient region. (Pictured: Mr. Sakurai from SPAC, Ms. Redelkiewicz from GSA, Mr. Horn from, Mr. Varadarajan from EBG and the GeoKey winner)

Winners of the Challenge, an award supported by the European GNSS Agency, recognized innovative applications that use European GNSS to provide global benefits., a project supported by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), and the   European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) recently awarded the Challenge 2015. The Challenge offered participants an opportunity to share their innovative GNSS-based services, products and business ideas for the Asia-Pacific market.

Fifty GNSS innovations from 15 different countries were completed for the competition, and a winner and two runners-up presented during the award ceremony, held on December 9th in Brunei Darussalam.

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GeoKey, a locking system that incorporates geographic location as an additional security measure, was chosen as the overall winner by an international jury of GNSS experts, including GSA Market Development Officer Justyna Redelkiewicz, Mr. Sakurai from the Space Application Centre of Japan and Mr. Vadarajaran from European Business Group India. The lock uses a dual security mechanism so it can only be unlocked in a predefined location with a set security code. Using Galileo’s OS Authentication function and a user-friendly mobile configuration application, the lock offers a reliable and affordable solution for cargo theft, which is a widespread issue across India and other countries in the Asia-Pacific region. 

A solution to avoid queuing, another issue in several Asia-Pacific economies, won first runner-up. HappyQ uses a combination of GNSS services and live data to calculate the estimated waiting time and propose alternate activities for users, such as visiting nearby shops or suggesting exercise opportunities. Based on customer statistics, it targets potential customers with personalised advertising and suggestions.

“If you implement HappyQ in an administrative place, people can go, apply to get in the line and instead of just waiting there for say, 45 minutes, go somewhere else,” says HappyQ co-founder Jordan Vannitsen. “It is very easy to just put a simple generic tablet with the system in place, and if the premises already have a queue ticket system, the application can interface with the existing system.”

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Rapid Emergency Medical System (REMS) took home the prize for second runner-up for its GNSS-based emergency management system that integrates tracking and tracing capability with comprehensive emergency medical care for registered patients. REMS provides an emergency notification to the EMS using a personal locator, mobile device, or fixed line, as well as a precise incident location of the patient using GNSS. It also offers advanced patient information for paramedics and an emergency vehicle tracking system for navigation guidance.

The three winners, as well as the other innovative solutions presented, clearly demonstrate how GNSS services – and in particular Galileo – can help create a safer, more efficient region. Next year the GSA is funding a similar award via the GSA-supported BELS project. The award will focus on EU cooperation with South-East Asia.

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