European Satellite Navigation Competition 2011
A smartphone application helping to reduce the consequences of earthquake disasters is announced as the Nice‐Sophia Antipolis regional winner.
It is now possible to be alerted the very second an earthquake starts, using mobile technologies and smartphones with Quakeup, a French solution invented by experts in emergency management and a group at the forefront of innovative technologies.
Nice-Sophia Antipolis, 26th October 2011 - Team Côte d’Azur and the Paca-Est Incubator, with the support of the Sophia Antipolis Foundation, congratulate Quakeup, the 2011 Regional Galileo Masters Nice‐Sophia Antipolis Challenge winner. The result of a partnership between CoRisk International, SmartSystem and Prévention2000, this French innovation was acknowledged by the international scientific community on 20th October inMunich,when it was awarded the 2011 Galileo Masters regional prize.
QuakeUp: an innovative mobile application developed at Sophia Antipolis
Earthquakes such as the one that took place recently in Turkey, cause thousands of deaths (700,000 overthe last 10 years), often because victims do not react, not having understood in the first few seconds, that an earthquake is taking place.
With QuakeUp, the warning is given in the first seconds of the earth tremor. The smartphone then automatically becomes a GPS distress beacon that can be used to guide rescuers.
The result of a partnership between CoRisk International, SmartSystem and Prévention2000, this French innovation is a little technological jewel that could save tens of thousands of lives across the world.
The project was developed and supported in Sophia Antipolis and has already attracted the attention of the UN, the WORLD BANK and the RED CROSS.
A competition that strengthens the region's excellence in the "mobility" sector
The European Satellite Navigation Competition, better known as the Galileo Masters, was held for the 8th consecutive year. Businesses, entrepreneurs, research institutes, universities and individuals from over 20 regions in Europe and the rest of the world take part in this competition. It rewards the most innovative ideas and projects in the field of satellite applications related to Safety, Intelligent Transportation Systems (ITS) and Mobile Telephones.
The Nice-Sophia Antipolis region is one of two gateways for the selection of national projects.
Together, Team Côte d’Azur and Incubateur PACA-EST (who for the first time have combined forces for the competition), with the support of Foundation Sophia Antipolis, have coordinated the Nice-Sophia Antipolis Challenge, which selected QuakeUp as the 2011 Galileo Masters Regional Winner.
The Conseil Général des Alpes-Maritimes, a historic supporter of Nice-Sophia Antipolis' participation in this competition, awards the regional winner with:
- the use of CICA's premises in Sophia Antipolis for 6 months free of charge
- 10 days of consultations to transform their idea into a business plan
Please note: for this 2011 event, the Nice-Sophia Antipolis regional winner will also receive one year's free membership to the SCS competitive cluster.
Previous Nice-Sophia Antipolis Galileo Masters winners:
Robocortex, winner of the Nice-Sophia Antipolis Regional Award in 2010
An Inria spin‐off and part of Incubateur Paca-Est, Robocortex develops and markets visual localisation software solutions. In response to difficulties finding parking spaces in built-up areas, Robocortex has developed a simple, innovative solution: linked GNSS and visual systems.
"Our software is designed to meet key interactivity requirements in mobile contexts, for both smartphone users and robots with built-in mobile systems. Information technology is constantly evolving towards mobility, and we gear our developments in this direction by marketing solutions that can be used to create new applications which meet increasingly tougher constraints in terms of mobility," says Manual Asselot, VP Sales and Marketing at Robocortex.
Atmosphère, winner of the Nice-Sophia Antipolis Regional Award in 2009
Created in September 2008 by Jean-Marc Gaubert, Atmosphère, a spin-off from the Thalès Group, was awarded for its COMET project, a solution that develops the sharing of in-flight data for general aviation.
Specialised in technologies and applications for air traffic, Atmosphère wishes to develop a collaborative network using in-flight data exchange by on-board boxes on business jets and helicopters. Such a system can be used to signal phenomenon noticed by pilots in flight and to relay information in real time to control centres, weather centres, etc.
The young company is now based in the heart of Aerospace Valley and works in collaboration with the aerospace industry's major players (Thalès, Airbus, CNES, ESA).