Smart Gate – A Modern Time Measurement System

Marcin Wilk, Konrad Miekus, Piotr Cieslinski

Smart Gate is a system that will be able to measure time precisely during sport activities.
Precise times on ski/snowboard runs are used to improve skills and techniques during every training run. However, today’s solutions are very expensive and many sport schools cannot afford professional equipment. Smart Gate is based on satellite signals which, thanks to an atomic clock, can provide timing at a level of precision not available in any consumer electronics. This makes time measurements not only much more accurate, but cheaper, as well.
In addition, Smart Gate uses RFID technology to identify athletes using the solution. Combining all this data in one system offers the unique opportunity to create an online service for people passionate about sport.


HIVE – A Highly Accurate GNSS Navigation Solution

Semen Litvinov, Dmitry Kislenko

HIVE is a cloud-based solution for highly accurate GNSS positioning and navigation that helps position, navigate, and track drones, robots, and other autonomous GNSS-equipped machines with up to centimetre-level precision.
In order to improve their positioning accuracy, autonomous vehicles like these need to be connected to a ground-based, continuously operating reference station (CORS) that uses GNSS. With thousands of CORS facilities operating as local networks or single stations around the world, the challenge lies in obtaining easy access to all the CORS correction data available.
HIVE’s cloud-based software combines unlimited numbers of fragmented GNSS CORS facilities in a single solution and provides easy access to all of them. It thus serves as an instrument for creating a united European GNSS CORS infrastructure and enabling next-generation autonomous machines to build a better future for us all.



Nowadays, the need for positioning and timing information is still expected to progress rapidly, with ever more stringent positioning requirements in terms of robustness and reliability, and consequently security and integrity, extended seamless availability (e.g. for cities and constrained environments, through to indoors), increased accuracy, and so on. At the same time, user equipment often needs to be miniaturised, and its power consumption and cost decreased. At the level of the application, EGNSS will also have to be combined with other GNSSs, use several frequencies, be hybridised with many other sensors from inertial sensors and magnetometers to radars and cameras, and prepared to use signals of opportunity.

When and where? – Exact timing and positioning matters!

Within the challenge, we are looking for ideas for innovative EGNSS downstream applications with clear market uptake perspectives that will leverage EGNSS differentiators, such as:

  • Multiple-frequencies E1, E5 and E6
  • Galileo-specific signal modulation, e.g. AltBOC
  • Galileo Search and Rescue Service
  • High precision and authentication services that will be provided by Galileo, i.e. within the Commercial Service and within the Open Service authentication (OS NMA)

The ideas could be related (but are not limited) to all market segments, including solutions for location-based services (LBS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility and smart cities, aviation and drones, waterborne applications, search and rescue and crisis management.


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PRIZE 2018

The GSA will award the three best ideas. The prizes are:

  • 1st place: EUR 7,000
  • 2nd place: EUR 5,000
  • 3rd place: EUR 3,000

In addition, the winning idea will benefit from extensive promotion through the GSA’s many marketing channels and at relevant industry events and can get access to tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible).

An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize will be allocated to the ESNC 2018 Overall Winner.


The GSA is looking for the brightest ideas that use European GNSS (Galileo and EGNOS) to help foster innovative applications in different market segments. In line with European ideals, potential applications could address, for example, solutions for location-based services (LBS) and the Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility and smart cities, aviation and drones, waterborne applications, search and rescue and crisis management.

All proposals must use European GNSS as the primary means of positioning. Moreover, all ideas should be technically operational, innovative, demonstrate market potential and contribute to the adoption of Galileo. Proposals will be evaluated according to the following criteria:

  • Innovative approach over existing solutions
  • Commercial feasibility
  • Use of European GNSS differentiators
  • Contribution to the market uptake of Galileo
  • Technical/operational feasibility, including maturity of the idea
  • Demonstrations/market trials for technology validation


  • Organised by
    Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO)

    AZO has established a global network for innovation and entrepreneurship.

    AZO supports product innovation and company foundations in the field of commercial space applications along the entire value chain – from the idea all the way to market entry. The company has extensive experience in organising innovation competitions such as the European Satellite Navigation Competition, the Copernicus Masters (Earth observation), the StartupWorld Awards (laser photonics and robotics), as well as the INNOspace Masters (New Space Economy), app developer camps and conferences, and manages ESA BIC Bavaria. www.space-of-innovation.com

  • Supported by
    European GNSS Agency (GSA)

    The GSA is linking space to user needs.

    The European GNSS Agency (GSA), a European Union agency, is working with the European Commission on a range of activities aimed at helping European entrepreneurs and businesses – especially high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutes and related networks – build their applications using the positioning, navigation and timing data delivered by Galileo and EGNOS. www.gsa.europa.eu


European GNSS Agency (GSA)
Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska
+42 (0) 23 47 66 607