Asia, and in particular the area covered by GNSS.asia, represents a region of unique interest for industrial opportunities connected to GNSS. The main reasons for that are:
Penetration of GNSS in road sector for different markets (Source GSA’s GNSS Market Report)
Based on these reasons, the GNSS.asia team and in particular the industrial relations intermediaries share the overall objective to create business opportunities, promote trade and implement industrial GNSS cooperation projects in favour of European and Asian companies, with a particular emphasis on Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs).
There are several projects or platforms opening up opportunities for researchers, entrepreneurs and small and medium enterprises (SMEs) on GNSS in Asia. The GNSS.asia consortium is actively or indirectly involved in most of them, thus being in contact with various GNSS actors in G5 region.
The European Satellite Navigation Competition (“Galileo Masters”), a competition that provides an excellent platform to promote the awareness and use of satellite navigation, as well as offer a creative spark for a wide range of unique applications for the European GNSS programmes is already present in Asia and in particular in Taiwan. Considerations of expanding the competition in other Asian countries are under way, thus opening one more possibility of boosting the development of GNSS applications in the region.
J-Bilat is a project coordinated by EU-Japan Centre, supporting the enhancement and development of science and technology partnerships. J-BILAT is broadly covering all the areas of FP7, which will lead to enhancement of the acceptance among Japanese science and technology communities for future FP8 Galileo Infodays in 2013. Lessons learnt can be transferred to the other Asian economies of interest.
The IPR SME Helpdesk in China is co-managed by EUCCC. It introduces European SMEs to the knowledge and business tools required to develop the value of their intellectual property rights and to manage related risks. The Helpdesk provides information, first-line advice and training support to European SMEs to protect and enforce their IPR in China. The expectation is to apply experience in addressing SME level concerns and handling IPR issues, which are a key concern also for GNSS.
In Korea the EUCCK has launched the SME Support Centre, which enables EU and Korean SMEs to benefit from EUCCK’s market knowledge through a diverse range of business support services. The inclusion of the SME Support Centre into the European Enterprise Network (EEN) provides EUCCK with an important outlet to directly disseminate market information, FTA briefs and potential business opportunities to EU SMEs.
This list of projects should serve as an example and is by no means exhaustive. Moreover, based on all the reasons that make the area covered by GNSS.asia unique for GNSS cooperation, the trend for further opportunities is very positive.