Japan is building its own satellite-based positioning system – entitled Quasi Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) - with currently one satellite in geostationary orbit (with some orbital inclinations) and ultimately three to seven satellites covering East Asia and Oceania. Meanwhile Japan is promoting a multi-GNSS platform for Asia-Oceania -“Multi-GNSS Asia” (MGA).
Satellite positioning has a wide variety of applications within Japan starting with car navigation, personal navigation and map making; also present in R&D in various fields such as precise agriculture, aero surveillance, construction, logistics, traffic, tourism, security, environmental protection, disaster prevention and e-commerce.
Combining the GNSS infrustructure of Japan with the high penetration of GNSS downstream applications, it is clear that the potential for industrial cooperation is high. The EU-Japan Centre for Industrial Cooperation (EUJC) will be coordinating the activities of the GNSS.asia project in Japan, bringing its own experience, network and industrial cooperation expertise to make the project a sustainable success.
More information on the GNSS background of Japan and the local activities related to the GNSS.asia project can be found at http://japan.gnss.asia .
GNSS.asia project is funded by the European Union within the Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no 287244.