GNSS workshop on unmanned traffic management

19 January, 2021 arranged an EU-Taiwan online workshop on GNSS for unmanned traffic management. Read the full event report here.

The purpose of the workshop was to exchange information on regulations and talk about the added value of GNSS. Participants included 30+ GNSS experts and enthusiasts from both Europe and Asia to discuss the potential opportunities for the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) industry in Taiwan provided by Galileo, the European GNSS with a focus on the development of the upcoming Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) systems. The list of speakers was diverse and included representatives from EU and Taiwanese institutions, academia, and industry, which engaged in a fruitful discussion.

Opening remarks were made by Rainer Horn, Coordinator and Angela Hsiao, Manager – Taiwan, after which presentations were given by experts from Europe and Taiwan.

In her presentation, Carmen Aguilera Rios, the Head of Section Operational Market Development for Aviation at the European GNSS Agency (GSA), presented the current state of the European GNSS (EGNSS), namely the operational capabilities of Galileo and EGNOS stretching across a wide range services that enable a multitude of applications.

Hwa Keng, Senior Analyst at the Civil Aeronautics Administration, Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MOTC) gave an outline of the present regulatory conditions of the UAV industry in Taiwan.

Huang Yu-che, an associate researcher at the Institute of Transportation, in the MOTC, provided an outlook of the Taiwanese drone industry.

In the panel discussion, Dr Chin-E Lin from Chang Jung Christian University, showcased the results of the preliminary test of UTM in Taiwan, namely the Hierarchical UTM.

Koen Meuleman, the Founder of Belgium-based Unifly, gave insights into his company’s vision for the creation of the European UTM system with the key goal is to leverage the full potential of the EGNSS.

Dr Li Ke-she, the COO of Taiwan-based Drone Cloud Service and Management, Earthbook Inc, presented his company’s 4D DaaS Platform.

André Bauerhin, the COO of Germany-based Navcast for Drones, SpaceOpal, shed light on his firm’s global GNSS Precise Point Positioning (PPP).

In conclusion, it is still not fully clear how the UTM system landscape will evolve and which ultimate shape they will take, especially considering the differences in approaches employed by various involved European and Asian parties. What could be said for certain, however, is that Galileo with its unique differentiators has the potential to become the key powering technology for the future of unmanned air mobility.

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