Facilitating EU-Asia industrial cooperation on satellite navigation applications


Facilitating EU-Asia cooperation on satellite navigation applications

The GNSS.asia project, financed under the EU 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development, has the objective to develop and implement GNSS industrial cooperation activities between the European Union and Asia-Pacific focusing on the downstream sector (applications and receivers).

India, the 10th largest economy by nominal GDP in the world, has maintained a strong economic growth during last few years (+7%), today one of the most attractive destinations for business and investment opportunity.

India a GNSS hotspot

  • India has an internet user base of about 243.2 million as of January 2014, Despite being third largest user base in world and  adding around 6 million new entrants every month.
  • Substantial information technology sector in India with Indian companies serving the world with software engineering, geo data processing etc.
  • “Make In India” campaign to boost technological collaboration, driving more investments to India.
  • Indian industry has the capability to produce multi-GNSS receivers (e.g. GPS/Galileo/GLONASS/GAGAN).
  • Several software companies are engaged in software development for embedded systems and its certification (domestic and export, mainly US). 
  • The market for vehicle navigation systems shows steady growth and The Indian auto industry is one of the largest in the world. The industry accounts for 22 per cent of the country's manufacturing gross domestic product (GDP).
  • Management of civic amenities spatial (GIS-based) capture of existing assets with their location, status and other information.
  • About 70% of India's e-commerce market is travel related. According to Google India, there were 35 million online shoppers in India in 2014 Q1 and is expected to cross 100 million mark by end of year 2016.


 GNSS.asia platform.

Industrial collaboration in the international context of the GNSS downstream sector is becoming increasingly important, as Galileo moves towards operational readiness and services oriented towards global applications are being tested. To facilitate industrial cooperation between Europe and India, GNSS.asia provides a comprehensive range of free-of-charge, hands-on support services. GNSS.asia has the following objectives: 

  • Support industrial collaboration between EU and Indian companies
  • Promote EGNSS differentiators in upcoming multi-GNSS solutions
  • Raise awareness on EGNSS applications and their benefits

The GNSS.asia platform aims to stimulate the creation of industrial partnerships through a series of activities, including workshops, industry seminars, thematic events and round tables.            

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GNSS.asia project is funded by the European Union within the Seventh Framework Programme under grant agreement no 287244.