Following a successful expression of interest submitted by Luxinnovation, Luxembourg has been selected as one of three European regions to receive expert support from the European Mobile and Mobility Industries Alliance to develop new, innovative services based on Earth monitoring and satellite navigation data.
The European Union is currently investing massively in the fields of Earth monitoring and satellite navigation through Copernicus, the European Earth monitoring programme, and the Galileo programme, Europe's initiative for a state-of-the-art global satellite navigation system, providing a highly accurate, guaranteed global positioning service (GPS). The European Mobile and Mobility Alliance (EMMIA) has been established to promote the further use of data and information produced by these activities to address specific societal challenges or to establish new services, companies or industries.
EMMIA brings together policy-makers and business support practitioners from all over Europe including European organisations such as the European Commission, the European Space Agency ESA, the European Telecommunications Standards Institute ETSI and the European GNSS (Global Satellite Navigation Systems) Agency GSA. The platform as so far developed a first set of preliminary recommendations for regions that wish to support the development of mobile and mobility services. In order to test these recommendations in a concrete context, EMMIA launched a call for regions that would be willing to act as test cases.
Following a successful expression of interest by Luxinnovation, Luxembourg was selected as one of the three most promising regions committed to supporting the development of new, innovative mobile and mobility services, together with the Kyustendil province in Bulgaria and the country of Ireland. The Grand Duchy will now be visited by experts in the field who will assess pre-requisites and infrastructures available, help define priorities and identify institutions and initiatives which could be involved in this regional innovation support process to develop mobile services.
"Developing new services in this field is of great interest to the members of the Luxembourg ICT and Space Clusters that are managed by Luxinnovation," says Dr Younis Hijazi, one of the Agency’s experts in the fields of European funding programmes and ICT. "This summer, selected members of the Location-Based Services Working Group, which is run jointly by the two Clusters, as well as policy-makers and other relevant stakeholders will be invited to meet the European experts and provide their input on how such services can be promoted and what our national priorities should be." The programme will be a dynamic mix of expert and policy input, roundtable discussions and business case studies on the transformative power of service innovation in mobile and mobility industries.
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