A challenge for technology using hyper-precision
How will the ability to obtain a position of a few centimeters affect our future cities, products and business models? Let us hear your ideas on how accurate and dynamic positioning data from the TAPAS platform can be part of the future Smart City and help answer urban challenges, such as a growing aging population, scarce resources, pollution and climate changes
Our modern space infrastructure open opportunities for technological innovation within positioning. Placed in the city of Aarhus, Denmark has a unique research and development platform using space data for hyper-precision called ‘Testbed in Aarhus for Precision positioning and Autonomous Systems’ (TAPAS). The TAPAS platform makes it possible to track or navigate moving objects in an urban environment on a city-wide centimeter-level hyper accuracy. What innovative product or solution, addressing societal needs, using accurate and dynamic positioning data from our TAPAS platform, can you envision?
We invite all bright minds and innovators to take part in this Challenge by making use of TAPAS to create technological solutions addressing societal needs. As a participant in the TAPAS Challenge you will be eligible for technological support and advice from experts in hackathons, where you can pitch and frame your ideas towards commercialization. One hackathon takes place in DTU Skylab in October and one takes place at Aarhus University in November. Each hackathon will produce one winner – register for the hackathons here:
In Copenhagen: https://openinnovationx.dk/registration/
In Aarhus: https://aarhushacks.dk/tapashackathon/
The best ideas will be rewarded 20.000kr on a project account that will be earmarked into developing the proposal towards a commercial product. The winners will receive a pre-incubation training from Danish European Space Agency Business Incubator Center (ESA BIC), where experts will coach in order to develop and mature the proposal idea in both technical and business aspects. A successful maturation of the proposal could bring big opportunities for being included into the formal ESA BIC incubation process where the start-up will receive 50.000 euros.
Open for registration for the two hackathons
Hackathon at DTU
Winner of hackathon at DTU announced: The best ideas will be rewarded 20.000kr on a project account that will be earmarked into developing the proposal towards a commercial product. The winners will receive a pre-incubation training from Danish European Space Agency Business Incubator Center (ESA BIC), where experts will coach in order to develop and mature the proposal idea in both technical and business aspects. A successful maturation of the proposal could bring big opportunities for being included into the formal ESA BIC incubation process where the start-up will receive 50.000 euros.
Hackathon at Aarhus University
Winner of hackathon at Aarhus University announced: The best ideas will be rewarded 20.000kr on a project account that will be earmarked into developing the proposal towards a commercial product. The winners will receive a pre-incubation training from Danish European Space Agency Business Incubator Center (ESA BIC), where experts will coach in order to develop and mature the proposal idea in both technical and business aspects. A successful maturation of the proposal could bring big opportunities for being included into the formal ESA BIC incubation process where the start-up will receive 50.000 euros.
What is the TAPAS Challenge?
TAPAS Challenge is an open possibility to get a technical boost regarding the potentials of using dynamic and accurate positioning data. The challenge aims at increasing the level of knowledge regarding the technical requirements for using TAPAS and/or give you an opportunity to develop innovative products and solutions based on hyper-precision in real-time. Using hyper-positioning of these approaches will be an integrated part of our future society’s technological development. By using TAPAS data, you can make objects steer autonomously, track elements very accurately and create new kinds of data types. Only the imagination sets the limits with TAPAS delivering the open platform for innovation.
We invite students, entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate in TAPAS Challenge and create new innovative solutions or products, using the possibilities of real-time hyper-precise positioning data from the TAPAS.
Researchers state that we move towards “the fourth industrial revolution” where the digital world and the physical sphere blend. The use of centimeter-level positioning data is quickly transitioning from a niche market to the mass market. Exciting technologies such as self-steering cars and robots as well as smart city solutions will increasingly be dependent on this centimeter-level positioning. TAPAS deliver open access to real-time data providing 1 cm3 accuracy, in a real-life test scenario based in the City and port of Aarhus.
We are looking for ideas and solutions driven by user needs, which provide:
- New product ideas that is using real-time hyper-precision data from TAPAS, with the potential for being commercialized.
- New ideas for products or solutions based upon user needs that can be tested and developed using hyper-precision data from TAPAS.
- New ideas that use TAPAS data combined with other sources of data that can create more effective work processes, helping to solve urban challenges. Eventually in combination with existing open public data.
TAPAS challenge provides unique possibilities for solving urban challenges:
By exploiting centimeter-level positioning, we believe it will be possible to create and enhance solutions that addresses urban challenges, such as a growing aging population, scarce resources, pollution and climate changes, to create more efficient, sustainable and livable cities. TAPAS deliver corrections of signals navigation satellites, which is broadcasted through the internet. The high accuracy (1cm3 ) and real-time data format can be included into many different applications.
Examples of use range from designing solutions including self-steering elements that among other things can deliver goods, efficient public trash collection or help blind people navigating. The data can also be used to broader networks of intelligent monitoring such as traffic or utility tracking. Obvious applications can be observed in the field of navigating/steering different elements in our society. The high accuracy itself can also create new forms of data, such as high-speed photos and digital map creation from e.g. drones, or in Augmented Reality, where the hyper-precision enhances the data quality.
It’s a necessity to focus on describing ideas of how data from TAPAS can be part of user-driven solutions. Users can be companies, municipalities or other public authorities, but in the end: the citizens. Urban challenges are often complex and interconnected and may depend upon a more detailed picture of urban life. As such, the future smart solutions can also make use of connecting different types of technology and data, such as open public data, sensor data or Artificial Intelligence (AI).
Accessing TAPAS data is not feasible for indoor use, why combinations with other positioning data is needed, in case the products needs to function other places than outdoor areas. As positioning data looks to a broader use in our society the risks of manipulation and interference of signals increases. In this perspective, the product could consider the security aspect.
How can you participate?
The TAPAS Challenge will in collaboration with the Danish ESA BIC be hosting two workshops/hackathons, lasting from Friday to Sunday.
- Hackathon in Eastern Denmark at DTU Skylab from 25-27 October.
- Hackathon in Western Denmark at Aarhus University from 22-24 November.
During the hackathons participants will be introduced to how TAPAS data works, its limits and to requirements for receiving the data. There will be experts and companies that can help participants shape their ideas to benefit most from TAPAS.
There will be access to GNSS receivers, which students can use for training with TAPAS data.
ESA BIC will be hosting the workshops and will be briefing participants about the possibilities for joining ESA BIC from 2020.
Please note that the full potential of TAPAS data only is functioning in practice in Aarhus, however, it should be possible to get access less data with lower accuracy everywhere in Denmark. If you need the full benefit, you should participate in the workshop at Aarhus University.
Each hackathon will produce its own winner.
Guidelines for proposals and evaluation criteria:
To participate in TAPAS Challenge you need to register for the hackathons.
Register for the hackathons here:
- Hackathon in Eastern Denmark at DTU Skylab. https://openinnovationx.dk/registration/
- Hackathon in Western Denmark at Aarhus University. https://aarhushacks.dk/tapashackathon/
- Frame your ideas at the hackathon, make a great proposal at the end and upload it to challenges.dk.
The proposal will be evaluated after these criteria:
- TAPAS: Is it using TAPAS data in an innovative way?
- Problem-solving: Is it able to contribute to solving a specific urban challenge or the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals?
- Value: How does it create value for users’ communities; e.g. effectivity, sustainability, and livability for business, public authorities and citizens?
- Other data streams: is the proposal using other data streams in an innovative fashion? Other open data combinations will be a plus.
- Novelty: Is it original and innovative; how and to what extent does it differ from existing ideas and solutions?
- Desirability: Is it relevant to users; e.g. for business, public or private customers?
- Feasibility: Can it function in the intended environment; Is there, for example, reflections about indoor/outdoor data and security issues?
- Viability: Is it economically sustainable and can a business be built around it?
- Public data infrastructure and data ethics: Is there though about the relation to existing public data infrastructure (e.g. data principals and data distribution), privacy and ethical use of data?
The TAPAS challenge will have a jury representing the full value chain for innovation of products and solutions. ESA BIC is a partner and will host a jury seat in both hackathons.
TAPAS challenge is based on the fact that Danish actors and scientific environments have got free data access to research and development within accurate positioning in real-time. The platform is unique as it offers test facilities in a reality scenario within positioning that has greatly increasing value in our society. ESA BIC is Denmark's new incubator for the use of space technology. TAPAS is one tool for research and development that use data from our space infrastructure where Denmark has made major investments.
At the same time, Denmark is facing certain urban challenges, such as a growing aging population, scarce resources, pollution, and climate changes. By exploiting centimeter positioning, we believe it will be possible to create and enhance solutions that meet these urban challenges, to create more efficient, sustainable and livable cities.
What is TAPAS?
Testbed for Precision Positioning and Autonomous Systems (TAPAS) is a research and development platform for hyper-positioning. At TAPAS relevant actors have an open access to centimeter accurate positioning data in a real-life test scenario. TAPAS do not have a commercial purpose, but serves as a tool where businesses, research institutions and public authorities has a chance to develop new areas of activity by trying, testing and documenting new applications.
The TAPAS platform consists of a network of 11 reference stations that prepare and correct errors in data from global satellite-based navigation systems like GPS and Galileo, among others (GNSS). With TAPAS, the user can achieve a real-time accuracy of 1cm3, even for moving objects. The test location is in a dense area in the town of Aarhus, making it possible for citizens to test products and solutions in a real-life scenario.
The TAPAS platform came into being partly because of Denmark’s National Space Strategy, which pointed to the new technological development within positioning, as well as possibilities for use of Europe’s Global Satellite-based Navigation System (GNSS), Galileo, aiming to benefit as many citizens as possible.
To make the research and development platform maximize its potential it is the aim for TAPAS Challenge to ask relevant actors and the scientific environments to propose ideas for products and solutions making use of real-time hyper-precision data. The winners would also be seen as ideal future members of the Danish ESA BIC.