The sixth edition of the CSNC, held 13-15 May in Xi’an, attracted over 3000 participants. Organised by the China Satellite Navigation Office (CSNO), with the support of numerous governmental organisations and local industry, the CSNC has quickly become one of the leading conference on GNSS. Sessions on ‘Industrialisation & Applications’ highlighted the growing potential of China’s GNSS industry, while presentation on policies, regulations, standards and IPR reflected the ambitions of both government and industry to increasingly start to market their products outside China. Attached to the conference, a large GNSS exhibition was held with over 120 exhibitors, including several international participants.
The EU-funded platform GNSS.asia was present with a dedicated exhibition booth, aimed at stimulating collaboration between European and Asian GNSS industry. The GNSS.asia stand, which was co-hosted by the China-Europe GNSS Technology Training and Cooperation Center (CENC), successfully promoted the EU’s GNSS flagship programmes (Galileo and EGNOS) and attracted the interest from countless exhibition visitors. Furthermore, the GNSS.asia team held a dedicated presentation for representatives from several prime industry parks and prominent industry attendees. Project representatives Rainer Horn and Davof Xu were also interviewed by local media, further confirming the interest of Chinese stakeholders in the GNSS.asia platform.
GNSS.asia Challenge launched at CSNC
GNSS.asia also made use of this exceptional occasion to launch the GNSS.asia Challenge. This unique prize competition, organised in cooperation with Multi-GNSS Asia (MGA) and the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), offers participants from across Asia-Pacific the opportunity to share their innovative (multi-)GNSS-based service, product or business innovation, and compete for a series of impressive prizes. The ESNC’s prize pool has a total value of about EUR 1 million, including cash awards, business incubation, business coaching, technical support, presentation opportunities and marketing support – presenting successful participants with an exceptional chance to launch their own GNSS business.
From left to right: Günter Heinrichs (IFEN GmbH), Davof Xu (EUCCC), Rainer Horn (SpaceTec Partners), Pieter De Smet (European Commission) and Günter Hein (University FAF Munich and former ESA Head of EGNOS and GNSS Evolution)
GNSS.asia is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 641615.