What was started in the Free State of Bavaria in 2004 has since matured into a global network for high-tech regions and international technical experts. The ESNC community now encompasses 23 regions, with more about to sign up in the weeks to come before the start of round seven.
The ESNC network is strongly geared towards the requirements of the industry and, together with the partner regions, has supported rapid implementation of the numerous product and service innovations generated in the past few years. The initiative also prides itself on having the support of the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA) in stimulating innovation and entrepreneurship in Europe’s GNSS markets.
Under the patronage of the Bavarian State Ministry for Economics, Infrastructure, Transport and Technology, the Application Center for Satellite Navigation „Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen“ (AZO) planted the seed of this international ideas competition in 2004, aiming to trigger early development of applications based on satellite navigation systems available today (GPS, for example) that should gain a significant enhancement from Galileo. With the special topic prizes sponsored by industrial and institutional partners, the ESNC has also established itself as a think tank for industryspecific needs: On average, 80% of all participants take the opportunity to submit their ideas for both regional evaluation and consideration for a special topic prize.
In 2010, the concept is continuing with challenges presented by the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA); T-Systems; the European Space Agency (ESA); the German Aerospace Center (DLR); the world’s leading provider of digital maps, NAVTEQ, and the Forum SatNav MIT BW.
All the information about the European Satellite Navigation Competition is available on the website of the Competition www.galileo-masters.eu.