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GNSS.asia Applications Night

On 21 October 2015, the GNSS Applications Night was hosted by the GNSS.asia project and the ECCT. The evening was held immediately after the GNSS Asia Seminar, a half-day event, which brought together 40 key industrial and institutional GNSS players from the EU and Taiwan to discuss the potential for "smart" applications and services, as well as offer the opportunity for direct B2B matchmaking. The GNSS Applications Night provided an opportunity for guests to interact in an informal setting for networking among key stakeholders from Taiwan and Europe to learn more about GNSS applications and business opportunities, and share innovative ideas. The event featured a series of short presentations of innovative ideas for the use of GNSS technology.

The evening was kicked off by introduction to GNSS.asia by Rainer Horn, GNSS.asia Coordinator. Horn gave an overview of the GNSS Asia Challenge contest and mentioned some of the innovative ideas that had been awarded prizes. The contest was organised in cooperation with the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), and offered participants from across the Asia-Pacific region the opportunity to share their innovative (multi-)GNSS-based service, product or business innovation, and compete for a share of an impressive prize pool. The winning prize was awarded to a company from India that developed an innovative GNSS lock, which will help, for example, to prevent the theft of fuel from vehicles, which is a major problem in India.

The second place prize went to a company based in Taiwan, which developed the HappyQ queueing system. The HappyQ developers, Quentin Correa and Jordan Vannitsen were on hand to give an introduction to their system. The system combines live data and GNSS services to allow users to calculate how much time they will have to wait in line for various services (such as hospitals), provides information on activities they can do to pass the time, how long various activities would take and connects them to service providers that offer the various activities available in the immediate vicinity. The App also provides real time information on the progress of the queue and notifications to the user when they need to prepare to return in order to be on time for their appointment. In summary, it is an innovative solution for users to avoid wasting time in queues, professionals to get statistics and third party businesses to do targeted advertising.

Augustine Tsai introduced his idea for augmented reality LBS devices that provide video and audio that would be suitable for glasses or motorcycle helmets.

Corne van Puijenbroeck, CEO and Founder of TraceWave, a high-tech startup based in Berlin, presented his solution for calculating location indoors to within 10 centimetres. The solution works indoors and outdoors, is small, has a long range, a long battery life and is cheap. It can be used, for example, in ocean containers and cargo trucks.

Andy Jeng, Deputy Technical Manager for the Information and Communication Laboratories at the Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) introduced his iRoadSafe idea, which provides traffic signal status reports to the visually impaired and warning signals to alert the user of approaching vehicles.

Dr Chi Ting-yun Chi from National Taiwan University and III Project Cooperation Projects Office presented his solution to the problem of signals used to control drones being interrupted by objects.

Hsu Wei-chen (Ian), General Manager of LiDAR Technology Company presented his solution for determining the optimal location for solar panels and geothermal energy by using accurate 3D building models derived from direct geo-referencing by GNSS, aerial photographs and LiDAR, a remote sensing technology that measures distance by illuminating a target with a laser and analyzing the reflected light. The solution pinpoints places that receive the most direct sunlight or have geothermal springs close to the earth's surface.

Dr Thomas Cheng (Chin-tung), Disaster Prevention Technology Research Center at Sinotech introduced a GPS/LBS-based warning system for hazard mitigation. The solution analyses terrain for its sensitivity to landslides and predicts the likelihood of floods based on the intensity of rainfall.

Dr Lo Cheng-fang, CEO of Geosat Aerospace & Technology introduced his company's intelligent unmanned aircraft systems which provide customized products and services for a variety of missions. For example, the company provided aerial images and orthophotos of the gas explosion in Kaohsiung within 24 hours of the disaster. The company also has a car mobile mapping system, which uses GNSS to create maps.

Dr Liu Chia-kai talked about ways to make data useful, such as using data to work out which hospitals were being over or under-utilised during the Kaohsiung gas explosion. He stressed the need for open data systems to provide social benefits.

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