Seminar China 2016

International Forum on GNSS Applications - ­­GNSS Serve the World

Organisers:, GLAC, parallel with GLAC Annual Conference and Exhibition

Time: 09:00 to 13:00, Date: September 29th, 2015

Venue: Jingjiang Room, 5th Floor, Century City International Convention Centre, Chengdu


Summary of Event

September 29th, witnessed the China successfully co-hosted the International Forum on GNSS Applications - ­­GNSS Connects the World with GNSS & LBS Association of China at Century City International Convention Centre, Chengdu. The Forum, parallel with the GLAC’s annual conference an exhibition with around 100 participants from EU and Chinese industry, has addressed the topics of automatous driving, high-precise applications of GNSS, GNSS SoC, and CORS.

President of GNSS & LBS Association of China, Rongjiu Zhang; Board of European Union Chamber of Commerce in China, Robin Niethammer gave the opening remarks for the conference, during which they welcomed greater information exchanges and future cooperation between Europe and China.  

Mr Zhang briefly introduced that the total output of GNSS and LBS industry in China was 173.5 BN CNY with an annual growth of 30% in 2015, and the market penetration of Beidou System has reached around 20%. Mr Zhang believed that the compatibility and interoperability among all GNSS systems is an inevitable trends, for it has been proved that Beidou, Galileo, GPS and GLONASS has its own advantages comparatively, however, the usage of multi-constellations will improve the positioning accuracy and increase reliability and maintainability. And the market already witnessed that single-system terminals is gradually being replaced by multi-constellation terminals. He emphasized that it was very important to facilitate cooperation between EU and China in various forms and multi-levels, which will promote not only the EU-China industry collaboration, but also the development of new technologies of GNSS.

Mr Robin welcomed the audiences on behalf of and European Chamber. He briefly introduced the project and the partnership with GLAC in past few years. He acknowledged that China has been moving quickly away from manufacturing of low-end goods and services to a knowledge-based economy, and the construction of Beidou System has taken Chinese GNSS market into a booming era, which also brings opportunities for the cooperation between EU and China. However, the market still relies on the government public procurement. Barriers still exit, such as requirements of certifications, local standards, technical specifications, national security, as well as company shares. Moreover, there are market access problems when it comes to the sectors of railway, aviation, and surveying. As for other sectors offer many opportunities, especially, European companies can help Chinese SMEs to go out to compete in global market, and joint ventures can cut the operation costs down.

Minister Counsellor of Delegation of the European Union to China and Mongolia, Dr Laurent Bochereau started his presentation by introduction on the Horizon 2020 Programme, the Research and Innovation Cooperation between Europe and China. Then he gave an update on European Galileo and EGNOS Programmes, and introduced the new European regulation of E-call on vehicles. 21.15% of all the cars in the world are in the EU, and 60 million units of GNSS devices for road applications were shipped in 2015. He introduced that emergency call device mandatory in all new model of cars in Europe from 2018, and digital tacograph device mandatory in all new trucks in Europe from 2019. Besides, the eCall device will send the position to the emergency services in case of accident, with multi-GNSS solution that must include Galileo. A survey on GNSS in autonomous vehicles among 14 car maker groups,4 brands already confirmed readiness for Galileo. Dr Laurent finished his speech by introducing the new co-funding mechanism between EU and China, which offers border opportunities for Chinese companies and researchers to access to H2020 funding.

The President of Singapore Space & Technology Association (SSTA), Jonathan Hung introduced the Singaporean main space programmes and the association itself. SSTA is a neutral platform to facilitate information and communication for government, industry and academia. It spearheads major trade and business-focused initiatives with the aim of advancing Singapore’s space ecosystem. 

Followed, Mr Rainer Horn, Global Coordinator, gave a review of project, and introduced how project works to in Asia and Europe to support cross-continents industry collaboration. He mentioned the close cooperation between GLAC and the project, and emphasised that acts as a platform with the objective to improve the industrial collaboration between Europe and China. Especially, he introduced the Asia Challenge, which is organised by to help the start-ups and researchers to commercialise their ideas. Then he briefly introduced the reason why Europe started to develop autonomous driving, and strengthened that the project team was willing to promote the cooperation in this field. is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 641615.