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ITRI: the next wave of Sky industry links Taiwan to the global business opportunity through GGIA


Owing to the increasingly mature development of global satellite positioning system, this year, EU Galileo satellite first issues that the position error is less than 10cm. Regarded as the most accurate satellite positioning system in the world, it not only advances satellite-related industries but also innovates the new industrial revolution through the related applications, which has been forecasted to reach Taiwan’s trillion dollar industry next year. In order to improve the competitiveness of Taiwan’s satellite communication, Dr. Johnsee Lee, President of Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI), and Mr. Thorsten Rudolph, Chairman of European Union ESNC, will sign the agreement of Global Galileo Industry Alliance (GGIA) to lead the telecommunication companies of Taiwan as well as global 1,500 companies to co-promote the “new opportunity of aerospace industry”.

Dr. Johnsee Lee, President of ITRI, shows that in response to the challenges and conflicts on R & D technology affected by globalization, the rapidly growing demand for renewal techniques and the development and applications of EU Galileo global satellite positioning system, ITRI specializes in the overall layout of the applied equipment industrial systems in Taiwan, such as GPS modules and peripheral components. Meanwhile, rich in the experiences of technology innovation, global licensing, high-tech industrialization, international exchange & cooperation etc., ITRI brings up an idea of “aerospace industry” to make Taiwan’s satellite applications connect with the world and enter prior the cooperation opportunity of global satellite navigation industry managed by EU.

Mr. Thorsten Rudolph, Chairman of GGIA, represents that for the first time EU invites Galileo-related industry representatives large-scalely to join the alliance, looking forward to applying Galileo satellite positioning system to the future technical consumer products. Through the key technical R & D invested by EU enterprises and the cooperation of Taiwan’s complete telecommunications industry structure, there is going to be a new business opportunity in assistance of inspiring next new worldwide industry. First invited VP of NAVTEQ, the biggest digital map company, Mr. Marc Naddell participates in the “aerospace industry forum” and deliveries a speech about the future trends of satellite positioning system to encourage that both Taiwan’s and global satellite positioning systems are capable of being applied generally to innovative technology products and expand the trade markets of satellite positioning industrial technology and its application services toward Asia, America, and Europe.

Witnessing the signature, Mr. Jia Yu, Ling, Director of Technology Department of Industrial Technology Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA), demonstrates that MOEA proactive promotes the cooperation between corporate research institutions & private enterprises, facilitate the international technical exchanges & international investment, and master the development of key technology & intellectual property energy to raise the competitiveness of the satellite telecommunication industry in Taiwan. To benefit the early selling of EC Galileo and US GPS products, including chips, modules, systems, terminal products, etc. and win the market openings, it is expected to make use of Taiwan’s experiences of vertical-integrated high tech industries again to help Taiwan’s satellite industry link up with the universe.

ITRI: Over NT$ 1,500 Million Invested Worldwide for “2009 ESNC Galileo Masters”

The European Satellite Navigation Competition 2009 (ESNC) has formally begun on April 21st, 2009. In 2008, Taiwan has contributed with outstanding performance in the very first ESNC. Now, the curtain of 2009 ESNC was rose by honorable guests including MOEA Technology Dept. Vice Minister Jia-Yu Ling, ITRI President Johnsee Lee, European Economic and Trade Office Minister Guy Ledoux, and EU ESNC chairman Thorsten Rudolph. Industrial experts have been invited as advisors in 2009 ESNC, such as Japan’s AIST President Hiroyuki Yoshikawa, India’s Infosys Technologies Chairman N.R. Narayana Murthy, Thailand’s NSTDA President Sakarindr Bhumiratana, and U.S.A.’s SRI Chairman Dr. Curt Carlson. What’s more, through over 1,500 international brands in sponsorship for Galileo Satellite industry promotion Including T-systems (Germany), Siemens (Germany), DHL (Germany), NAVTEQ (US), Thales ATM (US), EADS Astrium (UK), Logica (UK), new moment is rising among industries related with Galileo Satellite system.

Participating regions have extended to 16 regions this year, with accumulative prize amount up to NT$ 1,500 million worldwide. Champion in Taiwan region will be awarded with Euro 10,000. To increase participation, more prizes are set up in order to elect the best representative for Global final contest, competing for prize of Euro 20,000 and global business opportunity. At the same time, through ITRI and international brands’ consulting in starting up business and related services, companies chosen for incubation are very likely to gain cooperation chances with billions of investment. (For more details, please visit

Over 1,200 global participants joined “2008 ESNC Galileo Masters”; participants from Taiwan even contributed 69% of the total works, suggesting the amazing innovation energy in Taiwan. “CITITOUR” was ITRI’s champion-winning work last year, employing having-fun technology ideas of WEB 2.0 and delicate application of Galileo’s positioning system; the work overthrew traditional travel forms. Necessary information can be easily accessed by travelers, transforming themselves into guidance and companion for others in the trip. As for Quanta Computer’s champion work ”YOU CAST”, multiple features including Galileo localization, timing & angle position technology are integrated together, establishing a sharing platform for instant global issues. These outstanding works are now under ITRI’s incubation for creating actual benefits once applied to industrial applications in the future.

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