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BELS+ - Building European Links toward South East Asia in the field of EGNSS (PLUS)

BELS-PLUS

This coordination and support action implements a set of activities to promote EGNSS technologies in South East Asia (SEA), a fast growing GNSS application market of potentially more than 600 million people. Actions focus around a showroom, the European GNSS Demo Centre, exhibiting some of Europe's latest GNSS technology applications right in the centre of Hanoi at the NAVIS Centre based at Hanoi University of Science and Technology (HUST). The exhibition is surrounded by a network of events, conferences and workshops, both in Europe and SEA. Measures for capacity building like e.g. GNSS Professional Trainings or surveys on the job situation for GNSS experts in Europe, supplement the activities.

BELS-PLUS builds on top of its predecessor, BELS, which covered the 3-year period from 2015 to 2018, the Galileo constellation reached its IOC Phase and moved towards its full configuration. These years were fundamental to pave the way for the introduction of Galileo services in SEA, both for European companies that can enter a new growing market and for the SEA countries that discover the potential of the EGNSS technology. Both projects, BELS-PLUS and BELS, are funded by the European Union within the Horizon 2020 programme, the EU Framework Programme for Research and Innovation, under grant agreements numbers 776369 (and 636853). The H2020 projects related to Galileo are managed by the European GNSS Agency–GSA.


BELS

The main objective of the BELS project was to facilitate the breakthrough of EGNSS technology, with a particular focus on South East Asia (SEA), conducting a set of coordinated activities for awareness raising and capacity building which were cooperatively implemented by different European and Asia-Oceania actors such as universities, research and technology transfer centres, governmental agencies, companies and industries. The project had a strong focus on industrial partnership and support to enterprises. It aimed at consolidating the results achieved in past years by two previous EU-funded projects so as to maximise their outcomes: Within the first project “SEAGAL” the NAVIS Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam was build up, which has the mission to act as linking entities between Europe and SEA in the field of GNSS aiming to ease cross-links between EU and SEA actors, to promote European Global Navigation Satellite System technology, and reinforce international collaboration among players. The second project “Growing NAVIS” has contributed to the growth of the NAVIS, enhancing its technical capabilities and strengthening its cooperation with Europe, while starting a fruitful cooperation with important actors in the region. The Region around the NAVIS Centre has the highest multi-GNSS coverage and is therefore the natural place where performance and opportunities offered by the different GNSSs are compared and tested:Important ionospheric scintillation phenomena affecting GNSS systems take place in subtropical regions and can be observed in SEA. Mitigation of the consequences of these scintillations is crucial for ensuring better equipment and services that are key factors for gaining larger market shares. BELS contributed to facilitate the exploitation of the NAVIS Centre by European companies. Its peculiar geographic position (excellent visibility of all the GNSS systems today available in the world, the so-called Multi-GNSS environment, and high ionospheric activity) makes it a perfect site to test GNSS solutions of European companies so as to make them ready for the global markets.