Taiwan's ITRI & Quanta Research Institute are Awarded Top Winners in ESNC, 2008

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For the first time, ESNC invited non-EU partners to participate in Galileo Satellite Project; Taiwan, winning out of hundreds of projects, was awarded the top prize with honors.

On November 12th, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) held the European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2008 Awards Ceremony at Taipei International Convention Center in Taiwan, inviting Dr. Johnsee Lee, the president of Industrial Technology Research Institute and chairman of the Organizing Committee ESNC, Lin Chia-Yu, the deputy director of Ministry of Economic Affairs, and Mr. Thorsten Rudolph, the ESNC's chairman to award 12 prizes for the ITRI special topic prize and the Taiwan regional prize to many winners and groups from countries such as Germany, Israel and Taiwan. For the first time, ESNC invited non-EU partners to participate in the Galileo project for ESNC's champion prize and offered opportunities for Taiwan's ITRI & Quanta Research Institute, which outstandingly won out of 293 projects around the world, leaping upward to the global stage.

This year, ITRI's top winner went to the project named "CITITOUR", which was in delicate application of Galileo's positioning and Web 2.0 having-fun technology. Overthrowing the traditional traveling style, this tool with positioning tech will provide each tourist his/her own "city tourmate" during the travels, and allow the travelers to not only obtain the personalized real-time releases or immediate messages in anytime but to have the chance to become others' tour guides and company during the trips. Through the system developed by the CITIWEB platform, the CITITOUR device can give tourists fun during the trips as well as interactive opportunities to exchange comments and feedback with other travelers. In addition, the top winner of Taiwan's Quanta Research Institute went to the project called "YOU CAST", which is multi-integrated with Galileo localization, timing and angle positioning technology, will be able to offer users a platform to share the global issues and real-time releases or video. "YOU CAST", equipped with a GNSS mobile device with satellite navigation and video camera, will broadcast various life leads from different people or races. In anytime, users of "YOU CAST" can evaluate every important issue categorized by the precise-positioning from the platform, and invite more people to discuss the life leads on time for solving certain life issue together. "YOU CAST" indeed will enrich users' life experiences.

For the first time in this competition, the projects submitted from Taiwan were estimated up to 55% among the sum, top of the world, said the ESNC's chairman, Mr. Thorsten Rudolph. By the vertical industrial experiences in science and technology industries, Taiwan aims to lead the creative ideas of satellite services from its own industries to connect the countries, becoming an important source of global competition; moreover, building up the major partnership with EU in global satellite navigation industry.

ESNC 2008 Awards Ceremony in Taiwan has not only brought a great amount of innovative ideas with new application for Galileo's satellite industry, but also has held a conference of investment for the projects from the 12 awarded groups, ITRI's president Dr. Johnsee Lee declared. ESNC invited international experts with investment and industry background to present their evaluations and advices for these 12 awarded projects. For further steps, ESNC will provide professional counseling for investment and subsidy for any cooperation, promoting the new technology, new services, and new application from Galileo Satellite Project to be connected with both domestic and overseas companies by any potential chance.

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