GeoNumerics was invited to present the mapKITE project and technology at the Horizon 2020 International Space Information Day, held at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), in Prague, on 12 October 2018.
Castelldefels, 14 October 2018. GeoNumerics is proud to inform that its past Horizon 2020 project mapKITE was presented by Ismael Colomina, company’s CEO, on occasion of the Horizon 2020 International Space Information Day, organized and hosted by the European GNSS Agency (GSA), in Prague, on 12 October 2018. The GSA selected mapKITE together with two other projects, FOSTER ITS and GOEASY, to showcase past and ongoing R&D dealing with innovative applications of the satellite navigation systems Galileo and EGNOS.
MapKITE, an invention of GeoNumerics, is a new method for simultaneous aerial and terrestrial geodata acquisition for 3D mapping of corridors (highways, railways and waterways) and urban areas. In a mapKITE mission, geodata is acquired from the air –from a drone– and from the ground –from a van, with a mobile mapping system– where the drone follows the van at an approximate constant height above ground. The method goes beyond traditional mapping using drones; it is a new mapping concept as it introduces a new surveying paradigm, new mathematical models, new ways of fusing sensors and a new “map” product. MapKITE is protected by the Spanish patent 201231200 and U.S. patent no. 14/417,435, and with pending patents in Brazil and Europe.
“The European Union’s Horizon 2020 framework programme for research and innovation was instrumental in turning the mapKITE idea into a reality,” says Dr. Colomina, GeoNumerics’ CEO. “Thanks to the Horizon 2020 funding of an almost two years and a half project we were able to reach a Technology Readiness Level 7. We are thankful to the GSA for its support and advice along the project. We feel honoured for the invitation to present mapKITE and the recognition that conveys.”
Dr. Colomina further added that “being the mapKITE method highly dependent on GNSS and, to a large extent, on the accuracy and reliability of GNSS positioning accuracy on ground vehicles, the benefits of leveraging the Galileo E5 AltBOC (15,10) modulation were apparent. That’s why we decided to start the development of mapKITE under the umbrella of Galileo and the GSA. Last not least,” Dr. Colomina mentioned “we resorted to EGNOS for a safer drone navigation than just GPS.”
GeoNumerics (Castelldefels, Spain) is a research and development (R&D) intensive small-and-medium-enterprise (SME) company specialised in geomatics and accurate navigation.
The GSA (Prague, Czech Republic) is the European Union (EU) agency that promotes the use, adoption, application and market development of European GNSS services and that these services and operations are thoroughly secure, safe and accessible.
The Global Positioning System (GPS) is a U.S. satellite-based radionavigation system operated by the U.S. Air Force.
Galileo is the EU’s Global Satellite Navigation System (GNSS), worldwide providing timing and positioning services.
The European Geostationary Navigation Overlay Service (EGNOS) is EU's regional satellite-based augmentation system that improves the performance of, today, GPS and in the next future Galileo.
Horizon 2020 is EU’s research and innovation programme ever with nearly 80 B€ (billion of euros) of funding for the 7-year period, 2014 to 2020.