The Korean GNSS Society is the main GNSS association in Korea and their annual conference is the most prestigious GNSS summit actively participated by over 200 experts from industry, academia, research institutions, and the government as well as international GNSS leaders. The main topic of the 2016 KGS conference was “PNT systems - GPS interference and mitigation technologies.”. The conference aimed to discuss shared advanced technology, regulations, applications on jamming, SBAS, eCall, drones, indoor navigation, autonomous driving and GNSS receivers. The conference was sponsored by the Ministry of ICP, Strategy and Future Planning, the Ministry of Road, Infrastructure and Transportation, the Ministry of Oceans and Fisheries and the Ministry of National Defence as well as the EU delegation to Korea. Many European GNSS leaders such as Thales Alenia Space, UK Satellite Application Catapult, Syntony, Spirent, Labsat, Actidyn, OpenRTLS, Telit and IFEN presented their solutions and met with government officials and industry leaders.
Due to the recent domestic and foreign situation, Korea needs to develop positioning and navigation systems, such as GNSS, with a more systematic plan than before. During the conference, there were discussions on countermeasures against various threats to the national PNT systems in terms of systems, policies, and technologies with experts from industry, academia, and European technology leaders.
The conference commenced with a greeting by Mr. Paolo Caridi, the First Counsellor of the Delegation of the European Union to Korea followed by Dr. Mathias Van Den Bossche of Thales Aerospace presenting „SBAS technology and application“ and Dr. Steve Hill from Catapult presenting „European GNSS Interference Detection localization and mitigation“. During the Invited Session, GNSS.asia arranged the program to highlight the firm partnership between EU and Korea in the GNSS field and the leading knowledge of European industry players. During the VIP lunch of the first day of the conference, GNSS.asia introduced Syntony, Catapult and Thales to the chief office of MOISP, MOF and KARI. GNSS.asia also hosted a GNSS.asia international session where Mr. Paolo Caridi presented the EU-Korea strategic partnership, the European strategy of GNSS and Horizon 2020 around GNSS, Mr. Thierry Torlotin from Syntony shared solutions and products. Finally Mr. Lee Young Un from ETRI presented the status of eCall implementation in the EU and Korea.
The conference enabled GNSS.asia to build a network with the European participants, providing access to potential partners in Korea.
The booth of GNSS.asia was not only the place to collect the GSA report but also the place to hold B2B meetings. Most participants stopped by the GNSS.asia booth to ask questions, get advice on how to collaborate with Europe for Horizon 2020, on government collaboration and business partnerships.
GNSS.asia is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 641615.