Munich, Germany: A Salzburg, Austria–based company, Mobilizy, won GBP 20,000 grand prize in the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2010 (ESNC 2010) for its revolutionary navigation system Wikitude Drive, which uses augmented reality (AR) to superimpose driving directions over live street video on smartphones.
Wikitude Drive also won the prize for the best application leveraging EGNOS, the European satellite-based augmentation system that aims to add even more speed, precision, and reliability to GPS. The innovation had previously won the NAVTEQ Global LBS Challenge.
“By integrating EGNOS – the European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service – Wikitude Drive will really take off with improved accuracy, faster positioning signals and more accurate altitude detection,” said Heike Wieland, Acting Executive Director of the European GNSS Supervisory Authority (GSA), who presented the prize for the best EGNOS application to Mobilizy. “I am curious to see how augmented reality will revolutionise the market for pedestrian and in-car navigation,” Wieland added, believing in the commercial success of the application scheduled to launch for Android smartphones in the coming weeks.
Second place in the overall running went to Helmut Drewes of the Agrista company (Oberpfaffenhofen), for an online platform that uses remote sensing data to help farmers gain access to investors and increase food production levels. Meanwhile, Patrick Henkel and Patryk Jurkowski of the Technische Universität München won third place for a carrier phase receiver system that features extremely reliable integer ambiguity resolution. Taking home fourth place were Jakob Jakobson and his team from the National Space Institute of the Technical University of Denmark for a system that facilitates fast access to defibrillators in cases of sudden cardiac arrest.
The most innovative GNSS application developers of the year along with 21 regional winners, six special topic prizes have been awarded by partners from industry and research for the best applications making use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). For the first time, this year’s competition also included accolades for students and the three best applications suitable for testing and realisation at one of the 220 nodes of the European Network of Living Labs (ENoLL). Detailed information about the award winners is available here.