BELS workshops in South East Asia

BELS, a project leaded by NavSAS (ISMB side), carried on a round of one-day workshops in South East Asia aiming to promote the European GNSS technology - EGNSS. The workshops were a success with more than 200 participants among local GNSS communities! During the workshops the BELS team established new links while local GNSS stakeholders and researchers were put in contact with the European GNSS environment.

The first three workshops took place in:

  • Bandung (Indonesia), 18th April 2016
  • Manila (The Philippines), 20th April 2016
  • Vientiane (Laos), 22nd April 2016

The BELS workshops presented the status of satellite navigation technology and the project’s activities in South East Asia and in Europe. In particular:

- European and Asian researchers provided a short overview on the available Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) and on the most promising applications, with a focus on South East Asian needs and on the European system Galileo.

- Local researchers introduced the national GNSS experience.

- European GNSS companies involved in BELS presented their activities.

- The NAVIS Centre in Vietnam presented its most important research products.

Building European Links toward South-East Asia in the field of EGNSS - BELS implements a set of coordinated actions to promote EGNSS technologies in South East Asia (SEA). BELS activities span a 3-year period (2015-2018) in which the Galileo constellation is expected to reach its IOC Phase and to move forward towards the final full configuration. These years will be fundamental to pave the way for the introduction of Galileo services in SEA, both for European companies that can enter a new growing market and for the South East Asian countries that can discover the potentialities of the EGNSS technology. BELS is funded by the European Union within Horizon 2020, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreement no 636853. The H2020 calls related to Galileo are managed by the European GNSS Agency – GSA. The project is led by Istituto Superiore Mario Boella (Italy) with partners from various European Union countries, from South East Asia and Australia.

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