Code Blue – Life-Saving, Affordable, Simple to Use

Jennifer Gammond, Mary Gammond, Claudia Choc, Javier Choc

Code Blue is an automated, affordable, and reliable CPR/AED stretcher equipped with GNSS/GSM/GPRS that saves lives if used within the first five minutes of a medical emergency. Heart disease accounts for one in three deaths in the U.S., and 95% of people in sudden cardiac arrest die before reaching the hospital. While quick bystander action can double the survival rate if CPR is applied and the victim is rushed to the hospital, there is one (twofold) problem: Bystanders typically lack CPR training and an awareness of where they currently are.
Code Blue is intuitive enough to be used by a bystander who has never seen it before. It incorporates robotics and life-saving systems that perform critical functions on their own. Code Blue’s combined GNSS/GSM/GPRS system autonomously signals for rapid assistance, offers reliability, and increases the accuracy of the victim’s location. The robust features of Galileo PRS will lower the risk of jamming and spoofing, which in turn will increase the victim’s chances of surviving.


Fixed-Wing UAV for Vertical Take-Off and Landing

Florian Seibel, Armin Busse, Dr Michael Kriegel, Tobias Kloss

Trinity and Tron are innovative, electric-powered, fixed-wing UAVs with vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) capability, developed and produced in Bavaria. Thanks to a sophisticated autopilot component, the propellers can be rotated 90 degrees from a vertical position for take-off and landing to achieve efficient forward boost for horizontal flight. Thus, Trinity and Tron combine the advantages of multicopter systems and traditional fixed-wing options without adopting their negative aspects. Today they are ranked as the world’s most compact fixed-wing UAVs with VTOL ability. In comparison to other commercial UAVs on the market, Tron is capable of covering an area about 96 times larger and flying for around four times longer. Thanks to their modular construction, these UAVs can be stored and transported in a handy case and assembled on-site just as easily, making them ready to fly within a few minutes.

Due to its customised payload compartment, these UAVs can carry a wide range of cameras for use in various fields (e.g. agriculture, surveying and mapping, forestry, and mining).


QR-Proof – Verifying Products All Around the World

Carlos Cunha, Luís Azevedo, José Jesus, Sara Marques

There is no standard measure for guaranteeing the authenticity of branded products. According to EUIPO, counterfeiting is a real issue that is estimated to have cost over 300,000 jobs and 5% of GDP in Europe alone. The team behind QR-Proof wants to address this with a new solution that will enable every person to see whether a product is authentic in real time. When a given item/lot is manufactured, a QR code is created containing information regarding its authenticity, place of origin, and the region where it is expected to be sold (as well as expiry dates, warranties, etc) through the use of GNSS data. All of this is built on top of an ESA patent and based on the use of Galileo satellites to ascertain the location of production and register every place an item goes through.
QR-Proof’s target market comprises brands and companies that struggle with counterfeiting and constant forgeries. This pertains in particular to high-end goods, since these appear to be the products that suffer the most. Pharmaceuticals are another area of focus, as it is extremely important that such items reach the final consumer in a specific time and altered medicine can have terrible consequences.



Space-based position, navigation and timing (PNT) signals have become critical to everyday life in modern digital societies. Almost every economic sector relies on them.

Galileo ensures the EU’s sovereign and reliable access to the key technology of satellite navigation. Its Public Regulated Service (PRS) is the first encrypted, robust navigation signal also available to government authorised civil users, for example police forces, critical infrastructure and others under the “security umbrella”. Scheduled to be operational by 2020, the PRS assures continuous availability even when access to other services may be denied.

Consequently, the Galileo PRS opens up brand new innovation potential for improving security in the digital society. In order to unleash this potential, the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) awards the PRS Special Prize.

In general, the PRS Special Prize looks for pioneering and inspiring ideas that make use of Galileo PRS in the following areas:

  • Robust PNT applications for police forces, customs and frontier defence, emergency services,
  • Robust PNT applications for critical infrastructure.

This year, the specific focus is on innovative solutions that make use of the Galileo PRS time signal, which is key for critical infrastructure such as power grids and telecommunication networks as well as the functioning of the global financial system.


The winner/winning team will receive a voucher for EUR 5,000 to support the further development of the idea. The winner/winning team will also be given the prospect of comprehensive funding by one of our national support programmes.

An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize will be allocated if your idea gets selected as ESNC 2018 Overall Winner


The proposed PRS application will be carefully assessed as to the respective balance between security, user needs, and innovation potential, and ranked based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance for Galileo PRS and security,
  • Degree of innovation,
  • Practical feasibility,
  • Maturity of the idea.


The Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) is one of the “Space Ministries” of the German government that is in charge of EU’s flagship programmes Galileo and Copernicus.

The Competent PRS Authority (CPA), the central national security entity in relation to PRS, is established within BMVI.

Germany hosts one of the leading space and PRS industries in the EU.


Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI)
Division DG 23, Telematics in Transport / Competent PRS Authority

Kai Herrmann
+49 30 18300 6233

Lukas Schmid
+49 30 18300 6234