Galileo 5G IoT Challenge

Galileo 5G IoT Challenge

The “Galileo 5G IoT Challenge” aimed to identify innovative applications, services and business cases for the 5G IoT market based on the Galileo satellite system.


Those are the TOP 3 submissions to the Galileo 5G IoT Challenge. Congratulations to the winning solution!

EasyTrack – GNSS IoT Tracking System
EasyTrack is a very simple, affordable, and user-friendly tracking system that is perfect for remote, real-time localisation. Along with tracking pets (cats and dogs), family members (children and seniors), and personal belongings, it can serve as an excellent theft protection system for vehicles, bicycles, and motorcycles. EasyTrack is conveniently operated via an app on your smartphone and a web interface. It is the only consumer tracking system which works without a subscription or recurring fees. In other words: It will always be free to use. The only cost to be incurred in locating your animals, family members, and mobile goods is the small price of the device. This tracking device is miniaturised so that it can even be worn by very small pets like cats. Its lithium battery ensures several days of continuous operation without recharging thanks to utilisation of low-power IoT networks. EasyTrack will set new standards in the growing market for consumer tracking systems. It is one of the few trackers that is fully based on the European GNSS Galileo positioning system, and it takes advantage of this advanced performance under all operating conditions.
Submitted by Francesco Cataldi

SmartSpace Hub – 5G-Backed Satcom for Distributed IoT Endpoints
The existing cellular network infrastructure is not sufficient for the widespread use of Internet of Things (IoT) applications outside metropolitan areas. A functional data connection forms part of the core of any IoT application. Currently, transmitting data to IoT devices via satellites is uneconomical and complex because the terrestrial devices currently used are designed with a small form factor (i.e. small antennas) which facilitates low-power consumption and minimal data throughput, but has a limiting effect on satellite link communications.
SmartSpace Hub introduces a new hardware product that is available for purchase or a monthly subscription as a cloud solution that includes 10 sensors at a given data reporting frequency. Additional sensors or increased data frequency will come with additional fees. The user experience will be similar to that of other consumer-grade IoT hardware.
Submitted by Christian Kendi

WAIBRObelt – Making Independent Outdoor Sports Accessible to the Blind and Visually Impaired
Visually impaired people are highly dependent on guides when it comes to participating in outdoor sports. When the guides drop out, so do the hobbies and activities of the partially sighted. The startup WAIBROsports is developing a navigation belt – the WAIBRObelt – which enables visually impaired and blind people to do sports without guides. The WAIBRObelt detects tracks and obstacles and guides the blind through running training. The supportive platform, which includes a route database and smartphone application, will offer detailed tracking data and training programs. While using the belt, the visually impaired athlete is guided by vibrational impulses that provide information about the directions he or she needs to go, inclinations, and potential obstacles ahead. The WAIBRObelt is meant to serve as a guide when no personal guide is available.
Submitted by Katerina Sedlackova


The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the world’s largest application markets for Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS). The European satellite navigation system Galileo, which will reach global coverage by 2020, will play an important role in this emerging market. Real-time geolocation and timing information are crucial for IoT applications to connect physical objects to the network and improve the lifecycle in a sustainable, efficient way. With the Galileo Commercial Service (CS), IoT users will benefit from a high-accuracy service of less than one decimetre worldwide, allowing for increased robustness of professional applications.

By 2020, 8 billion navigation devices around the world will benefit from this unique service, which differentiates itself from other GNSS systems. Depending on the definition of IoT, the overall market is expected to generate up to EUR 7 trillion in revenue in 2020. “Manufacturing and Supply Chain” and “Smart Cities” are still set to be the most sizable markets with revenue of EUR 2.5 trillion and EUR 1.3 trillion in 2020, whereby “Healthcare” will be the market with the highest growth rate. Located at the crossroads of 4 global industries in information technology, telecommunications, automotive and microelectronics, an innovation boom in applications and new products using satellite navigation in IoT will be key to future development.

The “Galileo 5G IoT Challenge” aims to identify innovative applications, services and business cases for the 5G IoT market based on the Galileo satellite system. The challenge mainly targets start-up teams from all over the world as well as innovative companies wanting to enter the Galileo application market. In order to identify disruptive innovations at an early stage and speed up the implementation of emerging IoT business cases, the challenge calls for inspiring submissions in the following categories: Buildings, Energy, Consumer & Home, Healthcare & Life Science, Industrial, Transportation, Retail, Security & Public Safety, IT & Networks.


E-GNSS Accelerator Incubation

E-GNSS Accelerator Incubation

Chance to win one of three tailored E-GNSS Accelerator incubation prizes worth EUR 62,000 (if eligible)

E-GNSS Accelerator Crowdfunding

E-GNSS Accelerator Crowdfunding

Chance to win an E-GNSS Accelerator crowdfunding prize worth EUR 35,000 (if eligible)
Extra Prize Money
An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize will be
allocated if your idea gets selected as
Galileo Masters 2019 Overall Winner
Overall Winner Only


The proposed submission will be carefully assessed as to its innovation and market potential as well as its success with regard to the Galileo application market.

The ranking will be conducted based on the maturity of the application, its commercial benefits and added value in comparison to current solutions.

About AZO

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen

AZO has established a global network for innovation and entrepreneurship.

AZO supports product innovation and company foundations in the field of commercial space applications along the entire value chain – from the idea all the way to market entry. The company has extensive experience in organising innovation competitions such as the Galileo Masters, the Copernicus Masters (Earth observation), the StartupWorld Awards (laser photonics and robotics), as well as the INNOspace Masters (New Space Economy), app developer camps and conferences, and manages ESA BIC Bavaria.


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