Tertiary students invited to develop wearable monitoring solution using high precision satellite positioning system to benefit the elderly and persons with special needs
The Singapore Land Authority (SLA) and Singapore Space & Technology Ltd (SSTL) are launching the Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) Innovation Challenge on 25 February 2021 to offer college and tertiary students an opportunity to use high precision satellite positioning system in the creation of a wearable location tracking solution to assist in the care of the elderly, individuals with special needs, and even pets.
GNSS encompasses different types of satellite navigation systems including the commonly known Global Positioning System (GPS). GNSS is commonly used for location positioning applications via our mobile devices and offers an accuracy range of between 2 to 10 metres. To achieve higher precision, navigation and real-time monitoring, GNSS is augmented with Differential GNSS (DGNSS) and Real-Time Kinematics (RTK) for positioning accuracy to the centimetre.
SLA manages the Singapore Satellite Positioning Reference Network (SiReNT), which supports both DGNSS and RTK services, as well as the Post Process On-Demand (PP On-Demand) for millimetre accuracy post processing service. SiReNT is used across multiple fields which require high precision positioning including the development of self-mobility vehicles and platforms, construction automation, surveying and mapping, and intelligent transportation systems. The GNSS Innovation Challenge presents an opportunity for SiReNT to be leveraged beyond its current uses. “Singapore is facing an increasingly greying population and we want to encourage the development of solutions to assist caregivers in caring for the elderly, as well as people with special needs. This challenge is intended to engage young minds to overcome limitations in the development of wearable solutions to solve real life problems to benefit the community. Through this initiative, we also hope to build interest in the use of satellite positioning reference technology to power real-time, high precision positioning applications,” said SLA Acting Chief Executive Simon Ong.
The inaugural GNSS Innovation Challenge brief is available at space.org.sg/GNSS_Challenge. Students studying in a Singapore-based institution are invited to register in teams of three to five by 5 March 2021. A review panel will select five teams to participate in the event, culminating in a final pitch to GNSS leaders and an awards ceremony at the Global Space and Technology Convention in June 2021.
Student participants will get a chance to jump-start and build their ability to innovate in a real-world context and receive valuable mentoring and interaction with experts in the field, along with the chance to win cash prizes of up to S$3,000. In conjunction with the programme, SLA will invite participants for a possible internship position. “We are pleased to co-organise this challenge with SLA to seek ground-up solutions to address community problems that are dear to us. The global pandemic has especially brought to attention the importance of monitoring of our loved ones especially in times of social distancing. It has accelerated the use of tracking devices and there is no better time to tap into the doers and innovators of Singapore,” said Lynette Tan, Chief Executive of SSTL.
The GNSS Innovation Challenge is one of the youth challenges hosted by SSTL this year. SSTL believes in talent development, engaging and inspiring youths to find a career in space. With experience in hosting youth engagements in this new digital environment, SSTL looks forward to providing the students with ways to share, collaborate and connect; materials, research and industry exchange sessions to help create pathways to opportunities and solutions.
Registration is now open
A ‘GNSS Innovation Challenge Introductory Workshop’ will be held on 25 February 2021 and all are welcomed to register and attend the workshop, with or without teammates.
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15 February 2021
About Singapore Space & Technology Ltd (SSTL)
Singapore Space & Technology Ltd (SSTL), previously Singapore Space and Technology Limited (SSTL), is a leading space organisation in Southeast Asia. As a resource for government and business community, SSTL serves as an advocate and thought leader, spearheading the adoption of space-related technologies, and fostering partnerships between various stakeholders to promote and grow the regional space ecosystem. SSTL hosts global meets that involve consumers, space research organisations, leading and emerging technology companies, venture capitalists and space agencies from around the world. To encourage technology developments, it facilitate the development, manufacturing and adoption of the latest space & satellite technologies through venture building programmes. As part of talent development for the future, SSTL creates opportunities through educational and outreach, and continuous learning programmes to encourage and support careers in space and high-technology fields.
About Singapore Land Authority (SLA)
Singapore Land Authority (SLA) is a statutory board with the Ministry of Law. Its mission is to optimise land resources for the social and economic development of Singapore. SLA manages some 11,000 hectares of State land and about 5,000 State buildings, which have largely been tenanted out for a variety of uses. It also manages land sales, leases, acquisitions and allocation, developing and marketing land-related information, and maintaining the national land information database through digitised land information services. Being the national land registration authority for property transactions, SLA issues and guarantees land titles in Singapore. It also manages and maintains the national land survey system, where boundaries or legal limits of properties are defined, based on a coordinated cadastre survey system. The use of geospatial information is also spearheaded by SLA through a national collaborative environment where geospatial data, policies and technologies are established and defined, thereby fostering innovation, knowledge and value creation for the Government, enterprises and community.
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The Singapore Satellite Positioning Reference Network (SiReNT) is a national reference network infrastructure, developed to support real-tiem precision Positioning, Navigation and Tracking (PNT). An initiative by SLA, SiReNT supports GNSS systems and provides DGNSS services which improve the accuracy and reliability of PNT. The network consists of 9 GNSS reference stations operating 24/7. SiReNT utilises Differential GNSS (DGNSS) technique to enhance the accuracy of standalone GNSS positioning to provide precise and accurate data for your positioning needs. The technique involves the simultaneous operation of two GNSS receivers, one that is stationary with known coordinates (reference station) and another that’s roving around making position measurements (roving user). At the reference stations, DGNSS correction data is calculated and transmitted to the roving user. The autonomous GNSS positioning accuracy of 5 to 10 meters can be greatly improved to mere centimeters in real-time using the DGNSS technique.