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Point.IoT 2021 is here – Get ready for another exhilarating year of empowered IoT innovations using Galileo technologies!

Shape the future of IoT solutions using advanced satellite positioning!

Point.IoT is a fast-paced programme that fosters the growth of next-generation IoT solutions using Galileo technologies. Now in our second year, Point.IoT aims to spark creativity and problem-solving among Europe’s most innovative IoT developers and entrepreneurs.

The rapid growth we continue to see with IoT is a testament to its limitless potential. By extracting valuable data from our personal and professional lives, this powerful system of interconnected devices can generate an unprecedented number of insights, while improving reactions and responses to the ever-changing competitive landscape. Combined with the enhanced accuracy and coverage that Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System Galileo provides, these IoT solutions can truly propel the industry forward.

Solve real-life corporate challenges!

Imagine what you could accomplish with access to leading industry experts, customised training, and optimised advice. Point.IoT is a bold new programme that offers teams of innovators and entrepreneurs the opportunity to roll up their sleeves and tackle important challenges that real companies face using IoT and Galileo. We are proud to announce this year’s challenges, which speak to the changing needs of industries we rely on every day:

Transportation & logistics in a connected world

Efficient transportation services for both people and goods are essential to maintain effective cross-border trade and fuel economic activity throughout Europe. However, the process of moving individuals and products from Point A to Point B is never simple. In this challenge, you’ll be asked to design and develop the next generation of IoT products serving the transport & logistics industries. We encourage participants to think about transportation across rail, road, sea and air.

Many sectors rely on the transportation of goods, the largest of which include medical, pharmaceutical, manufacturing, e-commerce, construction, and seasonal industries. Whether you feel inspired by one of the industries we’ve included here or motivated to suggest another, please let us know your choice in your application.

Mobile robotics & automation as a competitive edge

The integration of IoT, together with automation and robotics, is one way companies can leverage technology to remain competitive. In this challenge, your task is to design and develop an IoT solution that uses robotics to improve precision and efficiencies in the manufacturing and delivery of everyday products. We welcome ground-based or airborne robotics and automation solutions. 

Many industries benefit from using these technologies, such as inspection & maintenance, entertainment, security & surveillance, agriculture & forestry, outdoor logistics & warehousing, and construction & mining. Whether you feel inspired by one of the industries we’ve included here or motivated to suggest another, please let us know your choice in your application.

Here’s what to expect:

Each year, ten teams of ambitious entrepreneurs are selected to develop the next generation of IoT solutions. This three-month entrepreneurial experience includes:

  1. An action-packed, two-day virtual bootcamp designed to kick-start IoT innovation.  By the end of these combined training sessions, teams will feel prepared and energised for their three-month virtual sprints.
  2. Three months of technical and business sprints with access to leading industry experts for continuous guidance and support. These two tracks occur simultaneously, ensuring your team’s solutions are both technically robust and strategically positioned for market success.
  3. A Point.IoT demo day to celebrate your hard work and success. All teams will pitch their solutions to the jury, which includes the programme’s challenge partners. The jury will evaluate each team’s solution and decide on the overall winner and €20,000 cash prize recipient.

Introducing Galileo

Galileo is Europe’s Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS). It provides positioning, navigation and timing information to users under a civilian controlled programme. While it’s completely autonomous, Galileo is also interoperable with GPS and GLONASS, allowing for enhanced accuracy, availability and faster time-to-first-fix. The Galileo system currently includes 28 satellites, and its performance will gradually improve as additional satellites are added to the constellation. Galileo will play a key role in IoT, providing advanced positioning, velocity and timing information required by the ever-growing number of connected devices, particularly in urban environments.

Ready. Set. Solve. With Galileo and IoT!

Think you have what it takes to design the ultimate industry solution? Point.IoT wants to hear from you. The application process is simple: choose an industry challenge, apply on the platform and wait for confirmation. The online platform provides step-by-step guidance on what is required, as well as hints to ensure the best chance of success. Don’t miss out on this exciting opportunity to network, engage and innovate. Open call for applications runs from 1 February to 30 April 2021.

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