European investment in the Galileo system will present significant economic opportunities as new navigation applications come on stream. Innovations are already underway for controlling and planning transport. The mass mobile phone market alone promises huge potential for new location-based services. But where will the engineers and commercial managers come from to support this economic growth? Is there sufficient, targeted research underway? And what support is there for innovation, especially for small companies? Previous European workshops have highlighted the need for a detailed assessment of what should be done to keep Europe competitive in GNSS through a more effective transfer of knowledge, technology and innovation. The ERIG study is a response to that requirement.
- to assess the actions to be taken to develop education, research and innovation/technology transfer (ERI) in the field of GNSS in Europe;
- to better understand the specific dynamics between ERI and economic growth in the field of GNSS.
In order to achieve this, the project will:
- establish the current situation within education, research and innovation in GNSS (including priority applications in navigation);
- analyse the interactions between education, research and innovation in GNSS, and how they might be developed to deliver social and economic benefits;
- compare the situation with other technologies that have been through similar growth cycles;
- compare the situation with geographical areas outside of Europe;
- use the above information to derive recommendations to promote greater awareness and European competitiveness through education, research and innovation/technology transfer.
Initial recommendations for fostering education, research and innovation were available in November 2007. These provide useful input to EU and national policy-makers and practitioners looking to enhance the competitiveness of European GNSS. In addition to the three reports, a repository of data collected for ERIG was also be made available to the GSA. This represents a substantial Europe-wide information resource which may be made available for further expansion/updating where data is not commercially sensitive. An industry needs analysis was delivered to the GSA in September 2007. This provides data on the current and future needs of industry with respect to ERIG priorities.
An education kit, the NAVKIT, was delivered at the end of the project as a self-contained CD-ROM/web resource. It is aimed at developers who need a reasonable level of technical detail about GNSS in order to understand how it can be integrated in different applications. This version provides a technical module and an application-oriented course with exercises and feedback mechanisms. The kit is designed to be further expanded and customised outside of the ERIG project. For more information about the NAVKIT, please contact us at info(at)navsas.eu
Here some screenshot from the NAVKIT: