The seventh Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) Conference was successfully held with about 190 participants from 17 countries in Brunei Darussalam, 7-9 December 2015, jointly organized by GNSS.asia with many international partners. The main theme of the conference was "GeoSpatial Challenges in the Asia-Pacific Region", thus focussing on GNSS-related technologies and applications, remote sensing and big data analysis relevant for South East Asian countries. Examples of geospatial applications for disaster prevention and emergency management and their potential in addressing challenges specific to the Asia-Pacific region were showcased.
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In the Industrial session on the first day, GNSS.asia organized an Industry seminar, since MGA focussed more on industry participants this year. The seminar encompassed presentations by key industry players and institutional actors from both the EU and Asia‐Pacific and provided participants to develop mutually beneficial commercial activities and to establish concrete industrial collaboration. In the context of the MGA conference, GNSS.asia and the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) awarded the GNSS.asia 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.
Brunei Darussalam – The Abode of Peace - is located in the heart of South East Asia. Equipped with rich natural resources, the country ranks 5th in per capita GDP. Beyond its traditional industry in petrochemicals, Brunei Darussalam has been promoting a diversification of its economy. Through the use of GNSS and Geospatial solutions, the country aims to increase productivity and efficiency in several vital domains, offering unique opportunities for international cooperation.
GNSS.asia, financed under the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, provides a comprehensive range of hands-on support services to industry in Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, assisting them to develop mutually beneficial commercial activities and establish concrete industrial collaboration. GNSS.asia and its partners are present at several crucial GNSS events across Europe and the Asia-Pacific region, representing the platform and the GNSS industry. The GNSS.asia consortium brings together key European and Asian organisations, which have long-standing experiences in fostering EU-Asia industrial cooperation and have a proven track record in supporting GNSS activities.
Multi GNSS Asia is an international organisation, endorsed by the United Nation International Committee on GNSS (ICG), with the goal of promoting the development of multi-GNSS applications in the Asia-Pacific region. MGA leads the Asia-Oceania Multi-GNSS Demonstration Campaign, which looks to create a forum for GNSS stakeholders and facilitate the sharing of innovative technologies for multi-GNSS utilisation.Multi-GNSS Asia currently has 47 members and has rapidly become the prime international platform to advance the uptake of multi-GNSS solutions, bringing together GNSS signal and service providers as well as end users.
GNSS.asia is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 641615.