In cooperation with the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), GNSS.asia organised the GNSS.asia Challenge, an exciting new GNSS prize challenge. The Challenge was open to participants with an innovative service, product or business case based on GNSS. The winners of the Challenge presented their winning ideas during the GNSS.asia Challenge Award Ceremony.
With a total of fifty completed GNSS innovations originating from 15 different countries, the GNSS.asia Challenge closed its successful first edition. One overall winner and two runners-up presented their innovative business ideas during the official GNSS.asia Challenge Award Ceremony, which was held on December 9th in Brunei Darussalam as part of the Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference.
Mr. Rainer Horn (GNSS.asia)
Mr. Suresh Babu Mandalanka was chosen as the overall winner by an international jury of GNSS experts, including Market Development Officer Justyna Redelkiewicz (GSA), Mr. Yasushi Sakurai (SPAC) and Mr. Varadarajan Krish (IIRA). The winning idea, called GeoKey, encomoppases a locking system that incorporates geographic location as an additional security measure. 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.
From left to right: Mr. Sakurai (SPAC), Ms. Redelkiewicz (GSA), Mr. Horn (GNSS.asia), Mr. Krish (IIRA) and Mr. Mandalanka (Geokey).
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.” The presentation of HappyQ did not go unnoticed, as the ambitious team also got local coverage in the Brunei Times.
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 clearly demonstrated how GNSS services – and in particular Galileo – can help create a safer, more efficient region.
GNSS.asia is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 641615.