Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) conference & APRSAF-23

The Southeast Asia Industry Seminar was a key element of the MGA conference. The industry session “Opportunities for multi-GNSS industrial cooperation across continents” was dedicated to GNSS applications with the potential to impact industry and the daily lives of individuals. Speakers from European and Asian industry were given the chance to present their services and solutions in the areas of mass-market applications, professional applications & enabling technologies for Multi-GNSS.

GNSS ASIA activities

The industry session organised together with BELS, featured presentations by European and Asian players from the established and burgeoning GNSS industry on Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS), Smart Cities and other hot GNSS topics. A total of 80 participants attended the four-hour industry session that was conducted in parallel with the academic session.

The industrial session was kicked-off by Justyna Redelkiewicz from the European GNSS Agency (GSA). After providing an overview of the responsibilities of the European GNSS Agency, Mrs. Redelkiewicz proceeded to discuss the general market trends in LBS and statistics on the development of the industry as given in the most recent GSA market report. The presentation also provided examples of how the integration of technologies like earth observation, GNSS and cloud computing are driving the revolution in IoT. 

Following Ms. Redelkiewicz, Toru Yamashita, the Chief Corporate Advisor of NTT Data corporation proceeded to introduce recent activities of the QZSS Business Innovation Council (QBIC). Mr. Yamashita highlighted the importance of profiting from the GSA’s experience in exploitation subjects. After the two keynote speeches, Mark Lützner, the Project Manager and Gabriella Povero introduced the and the BELS programmes. Both H2020 initiatives are aimed at fostering collaboration opportunities between Asia and Europe and offer a different range of activities to interested businesses. The subsequent sessions, “Mass-Market Applications”, “Professional Applications” and “Enabling Technologies for Multi-GNSS” featured a range of European and Asian businesses and institutions that are already engaged in the cooperation schemes.

The winning participant to the Challenge, Frank Tsai was given the unique opportunity to present his business idea at the industry session. Dr. Tsai introduced his concept for drone video capturing with social networking and thus succeeded in drawing attention to the opportunities in combining GNSS technologies and new social communication methods. The industry session was concluded with a networking reception on the shores of the Manila bay at the Sofitel Hotel.

In the evening of the 15th of November, the second day of the conference, the MGA reception set the perfect stage for the Challenge award ceremony 2016. The MGA reception was a networking dinner that enabled the participants to meet and discuss business opportunities in a relaxed atmosphere. Held in the community area of the main event venue the national folk music group of the Philippines complemented the gala setting.

After the welcome, the ceremony, moderated by Rainer Horn from and Bärbel Deisting from BELS kicked-off. On behalf of the second winner from India Pranav Agarwal, India representative Varadarajan Krish accepted the award and presented a quick overview of the winning concept. Finally, the winner of the Challenge 2016 was announced as Frank Tsai from Taiwan with his concept “Drone Video Capturing -as-a-Service”. Mr. Tsai and Mr. Agarwal were honoured with an official award certificate from Justyna Redelkiewicz of the European GNSS Agency. is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 641615.