On October, 23rd, the city of Berlin hosted the awards ceremony of the European Satellite Navigation Competition (Galileo Masters) 2014. It is an international competition for innovation looking for the best applications, services and products using satellite navigation in daily life. A total of 26 regions, mostly European, took part in the competition. The Valencian Community had a very important participation (35 submitted proposals) and it was the third region in number of submitted proposals.
The project “System for the investigation of forest fire origin and causes (FOCUS)”, presented by the company GEKO Navsat, was the winner of the Valencian Community. Rafel Olmedo, from GEKO Navsat, introduced the FOCUS project which makes use of satellite positioning for better studying the causes of forest fires. The second winner of the Valencian Communnity was the project “Ultra low power tracking system and device (PLAZALO)“, presented by José A. Carrasco and José A. Maestre, which also achieved the third place in the ESA Special Prize competition. The PLAZALO project proposes the use of satellite navigation for tracking vehicles, pets, bicycles, etc. using very low size, cost and consumption devices, and making use of the wireless network SigFox for transmitting information. Finally, the third winner in the Valencian Community was the project “Coordination System for Teams and Resources for Disasters (CSTRD)”, which proposes an advanced tool for efficient coordination of intervention teams and distribution of information in emergency situations (fires, floods, natural disasters, etc.). The system allows visual information of the location of the participating resources and shows routes for better and more efficient management of the situation.
The winner of the Valencian Community gets access to an incubation program for 12 months in any of the Science Parks of the Valencian Community, incluiding access to facilities, patents consulting, intellectual property experts, marketing, etc. The second and the third runners up will also get access to the incubation program for 6 months.
In the Valencian Community, the Galileo Masters competition is organized by Val Space Consortium in collaboration with the the five Valencian Science Parks: Ciudad Politécnica de la Innovación (Universitat Politècnica de València), Parc Científic (Universitat de València), Espaitec – Parc Científic, Tecnològic i Empresarial (Universitat Jaume I de Castelló), Parque Científico – Empresarial (Universidad Miguel Hernández de Elche) and Parque Científico de Alicante (Universitat d’Alacant), and it is sponsored by EMXYS, TISSAT, INAER, KERAJET and TRINOS VACUUM PROJECTS.