ISMB at the ESCN Awards Ceremony 2016

28 October 2016

On October 25th Gabriella Povero, from the Navigation Technologies Reserach Area, participated in the European Satellite Navigation Competition Awards Ceremony, held in Madrid, where she awarded the winner of the BELS Special Prize.

The European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) is a leading global network of innovation and expertise in the field of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) that, each year, seeks services, products, and business innovations that use satellite navigation in everyday life. In 2016, the ESNC once again recorded a remarkable result with 413 innovations submitted by entrepreneurs from more than 40 countries.

This year, the BELS project promoted a special prize addressed to smart young entrepreneurs and researchers from South East Asia (Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, The Philippines, Laos, Cambodia, Myanmar, Brunei, Singapore): the winning team comes from Malesya and developed a solution that uses GNSS-enabled devices tailored to the needs of autistic children who have a propensity to wander: ATTracT - Autism Trigger, Tracking and Trace.

BELS - Building European Links toward South-East Asia in the field of EGNSS - is a project coordinated by the Navigation Technologies  Reserach Area, funded by the European GNSS Agency (GSA) under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme, that involves twelve partners from Europe, Asia and Australia (universities, research centers, companies and industries) and aims to raise awareness on European Satellite Navigation (EGNSS) technology in South-East Asia.

BELS will exploit the potentialities of NAVIS, an R&D centre focused on EGNSS located in Hanoi (Vietnam) that is setup and funded by previous FP7 projects. Its peculiar geographic position (excellent visibility of all the GNSS systems today available in the world and high ionospheric activity) makes it a perfect site to test GNSS solutions of European companies.