NAVISP opens a Thematic Window to unfold the capabilities of imaging sensors and 3D city models to assist GNSS in mobility applications

NAVISP is opening a Thematic Window dedicated to “Assisted GNSS with Imaging Sensors and 3-D models for Mobility Applications” calling for proof-of-concept demonstration projects or national test-beds to facilitate the introduction of this technology into commercial products. The activities will be funded under the Element 2 or Element 3 of the programme, aimed at supporting industrial competitiveness and national strategic initiatives respectively.
The use cases to be addressed in this Thematic Window shall revolve around private or public autonomous transportation in cities, and other satellite-visibility constrained environments where the use of the technology subject of this Thematic Window is more effective to augment GNSS. The use cases include cars, trams, scooters, bikes, urban ferries, harbours, narrow waterways navigation or even passenger drones.
The wide-spread availability of high-quality imaging sensor and high-fidelity 3D city maps is opening the opportunity to new ways of augmenting GNSS in areas of poor satellite visibility, like cities. This will allow to meet the positioning requirements of the coming mobility applications which demand ubiquity, reliability and resilience.
Imaging sensors can be used to map the surrounding of the vehicle and may also be used to identify features of the environment recorded in 3-D maps. This complementary positioning capability will augment GNSS in areas of poor satellite visibility or when the satellite signals
are distorted by multipath or interference effects. High fidelity 3-D city models can also be used to predict satellite position and enhance signal reception conditions to improve the user position. Some of the techniques require processing of vast amount of data however this can be surmounted with artificial intelligence algorithms and performing the heavy-computations in the cloud. Commercial products exploiting these capabilities are already being introduced and with this Thematic Window, the Agency aims to further support this potentially high- growth application area.
The Thematic Window opened on the 10 th of June and will close on the 31 st October 2021. During the duration of the Thematic Window, the Agency is offering dedicated support to the companies interested in participating in the projects and submitting outline proposals.
On July 6th, the Agency organizes a workshop with interested stakeholders in order to raise general awareness about the initiative and clarify any issues the interested companies may have. At the Webinar, the Agency will present the requirements of this Thematic Window as well as the application process. The Webinar will include presentations from high-level experts covering market perspectives, the various techniques involved in the use of 3-D models and imaging sensors, the state of the art of these technologies and latest advances in visual navigation and artificial intelligence applied to mobility applications.

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The agenda of the workshop can be found here.