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Winner of the Hesse Challenge within the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2016

On 25th October the festive Awards Ceremony of the 13th European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) and Copernicus Masters 2016 took place in Madrid.
The regional winner of the ESNC Hesse Challenge is: Matthias Siegel and Wolfgang Armbruster with "ISOCollect ECO+"

“Intelligent Waste Management with ISOCollect ECO+”
Matthias Siegel and Wolfgang Armbruster, Isofleet GmbH, Alumnus of the ESA BIC Darmstadt managed by cesah

“Collecting waste and recyclable materials such as paper, glass and textiles is a process, where big trucks generate large amounts of carbon dioxide, nitrogen oxide, respirable dust, noise and add to congestion in urban areas. These emissions can be measured and reduced through the use of ISOCollect ECO+ for predictive waste management. ISOCollect ECO+ measures the fill level of each georeferenced container and forecasts the best time for emptying to ensure profitability and cleanliness at the same time using live sensor data, history and context information. ISOCollect ECO+ calculates automatically the optimized collection routes and navigates the driver with GNSS during his journey. ISOCollect ECO+ provides a smarter way to collect waste and enables recycling companies to reduce their logistic costs by up to 50% and achieve a ROI within 2 years.” Isofleet will be presenting today as winner of Hesse within the frame of the Satellite Masters Conference in Madrid.

Hessen participates in this competition since 2006 and many of the participants are now incubated in the ESA BIC Darmstadt managed by cesah. In 2016 more than 30 participants submitted their contribution to the Hesse challenge organized by cesah and Hessen-IT. The winner will receive a cash prize of 3.000 EUR by Hessen-IT.

The overall winner is GUAPO with Dr. Carmine Clemente, Domenico Gaglione and Christos Ilioudis: A GNSS based UAV monitoring system for Airfields using Passive radar Observations. The team's cutting-edge civilian UAV system based on GNSS aims at monitoring sensitive areas and also major public events in terms of security. Please find more information about all the winners of the ESNC: http://www.esnc.info/index.php?anzeige=winner2016.html

2nd of the Hesse Challenge within the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2016:
“Reflected GNSS signals for Observation and Monitoring of Earth surface (ROME)” by Domenico Schiavulli“

The idea is based on the exploitation of GNSS signals reflected off Earth's surface for remote sensing purposes. The so-called GNSS-Reflectometry tool can be seen as a bistatic radar system, where existing GNSS satellites act as transmitters and only a simple and low cost receiver is needed in order to provide a high spatial-temporal coverage. It can be used for several remote sensing applications such as measuring soil moisture, sea surface observation, altimetry, snow cover and sea ice detection. This low cost technology could improve/implement the already existing remote sensing sensors and serve a large market with great economical potential.”

3rd of the Hesse Challenge within the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2016:
“WINGCOPTER - A game changing long range, long endurance and high speed hybrid UAV” by Tom Plümmer

“WINGCOPTER is a GNSS-guided hybrid drone combining a quadrocopter for hovering, vertical take-off and landing with a fixed wing aircraft for cruising over a long range up to 100 km with a cruising speed of around 80 km/h. Thanks to the patented tilt rotor mechanism, the system is stable at all times. It is built for demanding applications such as crisis management, environmental protection, inspections, geographical research, security, monitoring and mapping. It will also serve the film industry and is perfect for logistics and delivery.”