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Kinexon Wins 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition with Athlete Tracking Analysis

November 11, 2013  - By

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Online analysis of athletes’ tactical, technical, and physical capability is the focus of this year’s newly named Galileo Master, Kinexon GmbH.

The 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) recognized the best products, services, and innovations that facilitate the use of satellite navigation in everyday life. At the 2013 awards ceremony, prizes worth a total of about EUR 1 million were presented in 32 categories. The ceremony helped kick off the European Space Solutions conference, which is taking place November 5-7 at Alte Kongresshalle München.

ESNC 2013 gave participants from all around the world the chance to vie for any one of 25 regional prizes. In addition, topic-specific special prizes were sponsored by the following partners: the European GNSS Agency (GSA), the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and — for the first time this year — the European Patent Office (EPO) and Metaio GmbH. Students and research assistants were also encouraged to submit their ideas to the ESNC University Challenge.

Athletic analysis 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 analyzing and visualizing training data on mobile devices.

Kinexon’s 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 analyze performance parameters and tactical movements down to the centimeter 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. 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 localization 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.

Gerd Gruppe, member of the Executive Board, German Aerospace Center (DLR), conferred the EUR 20,000 grand prize on Kinexon GmbH founders Oliver Trinchera and Alexander Hüttenbrink.

“DLR sets great store in technology transfer,” Gruppe said. “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.”

Winners of the 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition

In addition to the overall winner, the Galileo Master, the 10th European Satellite Navigation Competition 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 :: JOHAN: the Digital Oracle for Field Sports, Including GNSS Player Tracking in Real Time
Keywords: Mobile Location Based Services, sports,  real-time tracking, health
ESA Innovation Prize & 2nd in Overall Ranking
Jan Walter Schroeder and team, SenSovo, Germany :: Sensovo Navipal: A New Way to Feel Directions
Keywords: tactile navigation, wearable technology, tourism, outdoor sports, visually impaired
DLR :: Robust GNSS – Safety for Success
Bastiaan Ober and John Wilde, Integricom, DW International, The Netherlands :: Galileo-Based Ionospheric and Interference Monitoring for Aviation
Keywords: signal security, real-time monitoring, aviation,  interference
EPO :: Best Patented Innovation
Gaël Scot and team, CNES, France :: Two Patents for Improved Galileo System Performance
Keywords: signal security, patents, high-end GNSS receivers
Metaio :: The most innovative location-based Augmented Reality application
Steve Lee and team, Stevenson Astrosat, United Kingdom :: WinterVision: Augmented Reality for Winter Road Safety
Keywords: augmented reality, road safety, driver assistance system, emergency response
University Challenge & Portugal
Luis Gomes and Filipe Sousa, Outcapsa, Portugal :: GeoAgenda: Innovative Geo-located Agenda Concept
Keywords: LBS, smart personal organiser, meeting tool
GNSS Living LabPrize & North Rhine-Westphalia / Germany & 3rd in Overall Ranking
Adalbert Rajca and Yasotharan Pakasathanan , ampido GmbH, Germany :: Ampido: The Car Park in Your Pocket
Keywords: Location Based Services, smart city application, park-sharing, share economy


Regional Prize Winners 2013
Romain Desplats and team, CNES, France :: Physiotrack: Track Your Physical Progress
Keywords: sports tracking, health, performance monitoring, physical exercise forecast
 Arab Middle East & North Africa (MENA)
Hussain Saleh, Ghent University, Belgium :: A Generic GNSS Network for Disaster MonitoringKeywords: emergency management, disaster monitoring, big data, artificial intelligence
Dr Clemens Strauß and Gernot Hollinger, Strauß & Hollinger : GeoIT OG, Austria :: ENViGUARD: The App That Helps Keep Your City Clean
Keywords: smart waste management, crowdsourcing, LBS, public health, pollution control, environmental protection
Baden-Württemberg / Germany
Erich Franke and team,  AFUSOFT Kommunikationstechnik GmbH, Germany :: SaltHawk: Innovative Winter Road Safety System
Keywords:  road safety, environmental protection, road service management
Bavaria / Germany & Overall Winner
Dr Oliver Trinchera and Dr Alexander Hüttenbrink , KINEXON GmbH, Germany :: KINEXON: Precise Localisation and Sports Monitoring
Keywords: precise tracking, wearable technology, sports, health, logistics
Nikolay Staykov and team, Mobilly, Bulgaria :: Mobilly: A Next-Generation Travel Planner
Keywords: LBS, travel planner, local discount campaigns, couponing
Catalonia / Spain
Rafael Olmedo and Carlos Barreto, GEKO NAVSAT, SpainNAVMATE: The Low-Cost Safety Solution for the Great Outdoors
Keywords: wearable technology, emergency management, outdoor navigation, outdoor sports
Czech Republic
Jiří Mikoláš and team, Be interactive, Czech Republic :: Augmented Prague: The Innovative Sight Seeing App
Keywords: Augmented Reality, AR, LBS, tourism, city guide


Mari Loorman, Estonia :: LASIK: Optimising Children’s Physical Activity
Keywords: children’s health, physical activity, computer addiction
Flanders / Belgium
Joeri Spitaels and team, QraQon, Belgium :: Winnetou: Improved Security for Freight Wagons
Keywords: freight tracking, transport security, solar-powered
Gipuzkoa / Spain
Jon Sánchez Ugarte, OnSiteBIM, Spain :: BimOn! Making Building Smarter with AR
Keywords: Augmented Reality, AR, construction sites, building models, LBS
Hesse / Germany & 3rd in Overall Ranking
Lukas Wagner and team, Notificatio UG, Germany:: AlarmApp: Location-based Emergency Notification System
Keywords: emergency management, volunteer fire fighters, LBS
Paula Kelleher and James Mannix, Geomanics Ltd, Ireland :: CarSafari: Every Trip an Adventure
Keywords: in-car entertainment, tourism, education, location-based advertising
Hitomi Inaba and team, University of Tokyo, Japan :: TrustSync: Secure Time and Frequency Synchronisation
Keywords: high precision, signal security, synchronisation, GNSS receivers, financial networks
Saulius Rudys and Mantautas Rudys, Lithuania :: Improved Indoor and Underground Navigation Accuracy
Keywords: indoor navigation, GNSS repeater, precise navigation
Lombardy / Italy
Mirko Antonini and Alessandro Di Felice, SpaceEXE Srl, Italy :: COPPI: Monitoring and Tracking of Cyclists
Keywords: professional cycling teams, sports tracking, health, real-time performance monitoring
Victor Jose Gatica-Acevedo and team, National Polytechnic Institute, Mexico :: AMBER Alert: Recovering Lost Children Through GNSS Integration
Keywords: seach and rescue, LBS, notification, tracking
The Netherlands
Willem Folkers, Folkline, The Netherlands :: The Anti-Spoofing GNSS Receiver
Keywords: signal security, safety critical applications, Galileo PRS (public regulated service)
Nice-Sophia Antipolis / France
Yann Hervouet and team, Instant System, France :: Real-Time Solutions for Public Transport PassengersKeywords: 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
Keywords: Location Based Services, smart city application, park-sharing, share economy
NorwayHarald Skinnemoen and team, AnsuR, Norway :: GNSS-Enabled Do-It-Yourself Insurance Claims                 
Keywords: LBS, insurance claims, geo-tagged images, crowdsourcing
Øresund / Denmark & Sweden
Andreas Ekengren and team, PingPal AB, Sweden :: Pingpal: Privacy-Protected Positioning for Your App
Keywords: social networking, cloud solution, privacy protection
Portugal & University Challenge
Luis Gomes and Filipe Sousa, Outcapsa, Portugal :: GeoAgenda: Innovative Geo-located Agenda Concept
Keywords: LBS, smart personal organiser, meeting tool
Che-Tsung Lin and team, Industrial Technology Research Institute, Taiwan :: See Through: Driving as You’ve Never Seen Before
Keywords: driver assistance, V2V communication, road saftey
United Kingdom
Georgios Michalakidis and team, ManagePlaces Limited, United Kingdom :: ManagePlaces: Location-Based Project Management
Keywords: field staff management, LBS, mobile workflow management, cloud solution



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