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Kinexon GmbH wins 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition(ESNC)

KinexonOnline analysis of athletes’ tactical, technical, and physical capability is playing an increasingly important role in modern sport training. The underlying idea – known as the Hawthorne effect – is simple: if you can measure your performance, you can also improve it. Following this principle, two research assistants from Technische Universität München (Germany) founded the company Kinexon GmbH at the ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria and developed a cloud-based solution for analysing and visualising training data on mobile devices. The solution kits athletes out with a small, portable location sensor and feeds the resulting data into the cloud by means of a stationary base antenna. This enables users to track and analyse performance parameters and tactical movements down to the centimetre – all in real time. In particular, however, it was the solution’s user-friendliness during training and relatively low cost (compared to the camera-based systems commonly seen today) that won over the international jury of experts in the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC). So far, the high price of such systems has limited their use to professional sport; Kinexon’s system will now give amateur clubs the chance to benefit from adding online analysis to their training activities, as well.

Along with the sport sector, this flexible satellite-based localisation system also exhibits huge potential in tapping into further markets, including healthcare, logistics, and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). “We’re pleased to be supporting Kinexon at ESA BIC Bavaria,” affirms Thorsten Rudolph, CEO of Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen. The Kinexon system, the first version of which is set for market launch in November 2013, managed to edge out more than 400 other ESNC entries from nearly 50 countries.

Dr Gerd Gruppe, Member of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR), conferred the EUR 20,000 grand prize on Kinexon GmbH founders Dr Oliver Trinchera and Dr Alexander Hüttenbrink. “DLR sets great store in technology transfer,” Dr Gruppe states. “After all, innovations form the basis of economic success and hold considerable potential for society. The ESNC has developed into a driving force behind the innovative use of satellite navigation technologies and a starting point for numerous successful start-ups in Germany, Europe, and the rest of the world.”

In addition to the overall winner – the Galileo Master – the 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) rewarded Special Prizes in seven different categories and 25 prizes to regional winners. Special Prize Winners 2013

GSA: The most promising EGNOS application idea
Jelle Reichert, JOHAN, The Netherlands

ESA Innovation Prize & 2nd in Overall Ranking
Jan Walter Schroeder and team, SenSovo, Germany

DLR Robust GNSS – Safety for Success
Bastiaan Ober and John Wilde, Integricom, DW International, The Netherlands

EPO Best Patented Innovation
Gaël Scot and team, CNES, France

Metaio The most innovative location-based Augmented Reality application
Steve Lee and team, Stevenson Astrosat, United Kingdom

University Challenge & Portugal
Luis Gomes and Filipe Sousa, Outcapsa, Portugal

GNSS Living LabPrize & North Rhine-Westphalia / Germany & 3rd in Overall Ranking
Adalbert Rajca and Yasotharan Pakasathanan , ampido GmbH, Germany

Regional Prize Winners 2013

Aquitaine/France
Romain Desplats and team, CNES, France :: Physiotrack: Track Your Physical Progress

Arab Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
Hussain Saleh, Ghent University, Belgium :: A Generic GNSS Network for Disaster Monitoring

Austria
Dr Clemens Strauß and Gernot Hollinger, Strauß & Hollinger : GeoIT OG, Austria :: ENViGUARD: The App That Helps Keep Your City Clean

Baden-Württemberg / Germany
Erich Franke and team,  AFUSOFT Kommunikationstechnik GmbH, Germany :: SaltHawk: Innovative Winter Road Safety System

Bavaria / Germany & Overall Winner
Dr Oliver Trinchera and Dr Alexander Hüttenbrink , KINEXON GmbH, Germany :: KINEXON: Precise Localisation and Sports Monitoring

Bulgaria
Nikolay Staykov and team, Mobilly, Bulgaria :: Mobilly: A Next-Generation Travel Planner

Catalonia / Spain
Rafael Olmedo and Carlos Barreto, GEKO NAVSAT, Spain NAVMATE: The Low-Cost Safety Solution for the Great Outdoors

Czech Republic
Ji?í Mikoláš and team, Be interactive, Czech Republic :: Augmented Prague: The Innovative Sight Seeing App

Estonia
Mari Loorman, Estonia :: LASIK: Optimising Children’s Physical Activity

Flanders / Belgium
Joeri Spitaels and team, QraQon, Belgium :: Winnetou: Improved Security for Freight Wagons

Gipuzkoa / Spain
Jon Sánchez Ugarte, OnSiteBIM, Spain :: BimOn! Making Building Smarter with AR

Hesse / Germany & 3rd in Overall Ranking
Lukas Wagner and team, Notificatio UG, Germany:: AlarmApp: Location-based Emergency Notification System

Ireland
Paula Kelleher and James Mannix, Geomanics Ltd, Ireland :: CarSafari: Every Trip an Adventure

Japan
Hitomi Inaba and team, University of Tokyo, Japan :: TrustSync: Secure Time and Frequency Synchronisation

Lithuania
Saulius Rudys and Mantautas Rudys, Lithuania :: Improved Indoor and Underground Navigation Accuracy

Lombardy / Italy
Mirko Antonini and Alessandro Di Felice, SpaceEXE Srl, Italy :: COPPI: Monitoring and Tracking of Cyclists

Mexico
Victor Jose Gatica-Acevedo and team, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico :: AMBER Alert: Recovering Lost Children Through GNSS Integration

The Netherlands
Willem Folkers, Folkline, The Netherlands :: The Anti-Spoofing GNSS Receiver

Nice-Sophia Antipolis / France
Yann Hervouet and team, Instant System, France :: Real-Time Solutions for Public Transport Passengers Keywords: real-time trip planner, smart public transport, real-time schedule information

North Rhine-Westphalia / Germany & GNSS Living Lab Prize & 3rd in Overall Ranking
Adalbert Rajca and Yasotharan Pakasathanan , ampido GmbH, Germany :: Ampido: The Car Park in Your Pocket

Norway
Harald Skinnemoen and team, AnsuR, Norway :: GNSS-Enabled Do-It-Yourself Insurance Claims

Øresund / Denmark & Sweden
Andreas Ekengren and team, PingPal AB, Sweden :: Pingpal: Privacy-Protected Positioning for Your App

Portugal & University Challenge
Luis Gomes and Filipe Sousa, Outcapsa, Portugal :: GeoAgenda: Innovative Geo-located Agenda Concept Keywords: LBS, smart personal organiser, meeting tool

Switzerland
Che-Tsung Lin and team, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan :: See Through: Driving as You’ve Never Seen Before

United Kingdom
Georgios Michalakidis and team, ManagePlaces Limited, United Kingdom :: ManagePlaces: Location-Based Project Management

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