Winner of 2021: All about sustainability

Galileo Masters Baden-Württemberg Challenge 2021

1st place: Reduction of herbicide use through precise spot - spraying supported by drone-based mapping technology
by Dr. Robin Mink, SAM-DIMENSION UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

Project: Developement of a drone camera system to map weeds in the early growth stage and an AI weed scouting tool to distinguish weeds from other crops.
Seedlings are thus left uncontaminated and herbicides are minimized through targeted weed control application. Satellite imagery is used to assess the field, including potential launch and landing sites, prior to drone flight. GNSS signals are used to guide the drone along the predefined flight plan. This signal allows the camera system to store the appropriate geocoordination for each image, which in turn allows the system to produce stable photogrammetric results and accurately locate weed locations.

Dr. Robin Mink from SAM-DIMENSION explains his project. Image: Markus Ulmer


2nd place: Covadonga - Towards robust maritime safety
by Florian Schiegg, Covadonga (i.G.)

Project: The team around Florian Schiegg is concerned with the security of shipping, which depends to a large extent on the localization of ships via GNSS signals and on the visual orientation of the crew through nautical signs (navigation marks). However, this GNSS localization is not reliable enough and is repeatedly the target of jamming and spoofing attacks. Covadonga develops a radar-based ship localization and guidance system that makes use of the radar beams already present on ships. These are linked to low-cost, offshore sensor networks to determine position. The system detects the signal from the ship's radar beams and creates a fingerprint based on the radar characteristics.


Image: Florian Schiegg from Covadonga awarded for the 2nd Place of Galileo Masters. Image: Markus Ulmer


3rd place: Match Rider Mobility DIY for new crowd-sourced demand responsive transportation services  
by Dr. Benedikt Krams, Match Rider UG (haftungsbeschränkt)

Project: Match Rider UG develops a crowd-sourced web platform with which communities and companies can develop their own transportation and logistics systems. Own routes can be designed and users can be connected with each other. With this ridesharing concept, communities can define busy routes and pay drivers to give rides to others. Combined with existing public transportation, this solution creates a comprehensive mobility concept that connects urban and rural regions.

Handover of certificate from jury member Prof. Dr. Volker Coors to Dr. Benedikt Krams. Image: Markus Ulmer


Copernicus Masters Baden-Württemberg Challenge 2021

1st place: ScinRGY
by Dr. Karl-Kiên Cao, DLR (Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt)

Project: Development of a data platform for environmental-social governance assessments for investment decisions. For investors, the consideration of these soft criteria is increasingly coming into focus when it comes to evaluating business models. Of importance will be what access companies have to green power generators and renewable energy sources such as wind and solar cells to generate their own electricity. Compared to existing databases of green power generators and power grid providers, the solution of ScinRGY provides high spatial resolution earth observation imagery and establishes information of green power access to company sites. Based on this Earth observation data, analysis on companies with production sites around the world are possible.

Image: Dr. Karl-Kiên Cao receives the certification from Prof. Dr. Volker Coors who is in the jury of the regional competition. Source: Markus Ulmer


2nd place: EO-Based Carbon Monitoring for Restoring Degraded Environments
by Jakob Levin, Seqana GmbH

Project: Measurement of companies' individual carbon footprint as a Software-as-a-service solution based on earth observation data and artificial intelligence. Companies are increasingly facing the regulatory burden of monitoring, reporting and verifying their carbon footprint, which accounts for about 25% of their operating costs and is the biggest bottleneck in scaling contemplated carbon projects. The developed product 'CQuest.Earth' is managed as a web app on the Google cloud platform and is connected to satellite imagery and geolocated data. The platform provides its clients with direct access to various global datasets such as soil composition, moisture, nutrients, climate and weather, and vegetation states from the red and near-infrared spectral regions to record Earth observations and biomass. By combining these datasets with various Earth observation data, they can provide spatially precise and highly accurate quantification of carbons at various scales and distances and provide companies with their individual carbon footprint.


3rd place: Carbon Monitoring using earth observation satellites
by Patrick Ken Kalonde, Student

Project: Use of forestation as a marketplace for carbon monitoring. Institutions and companies with high carbon consumption should invest in reforestation as compensation. Specific measurement methods, reporting requirements, and assessment systems are needed to measure carbon consumption. Remote sensing using sensors mounted on drones and aircraft is envisioned as a viable solution for this purpose. The specially collected data will be combined with those of the
Copernicus Land Monitoring Program (i.e., data on land cover, land use, vegetation condition) and will serve as an assessment basis.



Images: Markus Ulmer

Winner of 2020: Safety first

1st place: vialytics - effective road maintenance using artificial intelligence
by Patrick Glaser, vialytics GmbH

2nd place: Vioonic - Secure digital communication platform for doctors
by Barry Fogarty, Vioonic GmbH

3rd place: Traffic Life Safety Guard  - V2XBox as warning system for dangerous situations
by Gerhard Großberger

Winner of 2019: Geolocalisation meets AI

1st place: Tocsen
by Andreas Botsch, Rafael Kaschuba, Frank Mutter, Alexander Schumacher, Tocsen GmbH

2nd place: GNSS/MEMS based Object Georeferencing - Developments for contactless precise and robust 3D Georeferencing by the camera or laser of Smartphones
by Mohammed Almagoul, Julia Diekert, Shweta Janugade, Guru Prashanth Sridhae (Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences)

3rd place: Swarm Logistics
by Damir Dulovic, Harry Trautmann, Swarm Logistics GmbH

3rd place: A new mobility solution supported by GNSS in multiple functions
by Ulrich Füllemann, Luca Füllemann, Ulrich Wetzel, Alb Radmanufaktur GmbH

Winner of 2018: Smart Infrastructure

1st place: SafeRoute - Safe Pedestrain Routing for People with Blindness
by Prof. Dr. Sebastian Ritterbusch and Stefan Siebert, iXpoint Informationssysteme GmbH

2nd place: Tired of chasing your parcels? – With Teleportr, your parcels appears when you’re at home!
by Linus Linder, Teleportr GmbH

3rd place: ARtist
by Tobias Kehrein, Dr. Somakanthan Somalingam and Angela Warnecke, ARtist UG (haftungsgeschränkt)

Winner of 2017: CubeSats

Track small satellites:

The Stuttgart-based engineer Andres Hornig won the first place with his project “Disturbed Ground Station Network”. With his self-developed ground station, he can track small CubeSats so they are not lost in space. The small, inexpensive backpack-satellites are not much bigger than a shoebox and are taken into space by conventional space rockets. Once they are in orbit, they must be found as quickly as possible. Thanks to the ground stations of Andreas Hornig, in the future it is going to be: No mission will be lost in space!

The other award winners:

The second place was made by the company White Sands Earth Observation with its project “LiveEO”. The team around Sven P. developed a software, which made it possible to make a data analysis from image recordings between a flying object and satellites. With the hybrid aircraft of the company “Hybrid Airplane” the company can take incredible earth-observation images and elevate those, like it was never possible before.

A “new tool for craftsmen” was the name given to the third place this year: the two Konstanz-based companies Bernot IT-technology and vaireco GmbH have developed a thermal imaging camera which when attached to a flying object or a long telescopic rod, can detect faults in buildings and installations.

Winner of 2016: 3D engineering
© susanne-lencinas
© susanne-lencinas

Paperless, but not unplanned

The construction site of the future is paperless, but by no means unplanned. This is ensured be the “Guidance for civil engineering 3D plus” of the company MTS Maschienentechnik Schrode AG from Hayingen. The project was awarded first prize at the national competition of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2016 (ESNC). Using satellite positioning, the MTS Guide improves the workflow of civil engineering projects. The advantage: processes and plans are electronically reconciled. You can find out more in the press release and the film about a pilot construction site, both see below. By the way, the production of this image film is part of the prize.

The other winners:

Visual impaired people are particular at risk in road traffic. The solutions of AFUSOFT Kommunikationstechnik GmbH from Königsbachstein, which is well known at ESNC, promises to remedy this. The company ensures accurate positioning and communicates this data to traffic lights and other road users. Managing Director Professor Erich Frankeer received second prize at the ESNC-BW Challenge 2016. In 2008, 2010 and 2013 he was already national champion.

Where are bicycles paths most needed? This question is answered by the application of the GeoNet.MRN.e.V. and SAP SE network, which won the third prize. It evaluates real movement data to show where cyclists are actually on the move. This way bicycle paths can be planned based on actual needs. In the woke of the e-bike boom, this option is just right – it makes it easier to set up an infrastructure independent of car traffic. Christiane Bauer of SAP and Hartmut Gündra of GeoNet.MRN accepted the award.

Those who love their bicycle rely on Biketecctor. This location solution forms the basis for modern urban Bike sharing concepts and also locates stolen bicycles. The useful application of TWT GmbH Science & Innovation from Stuttgart received the special award at this year’s ESNC. Criteria for the award were the international networking and the desire to cooperate with polish partners. The prize was linked to a travel grant to attend a SatNav or IT event in Poland, which Dr. Domink Guether used to visit the “Third International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and pattern recognition (AIPR2016)” in Lodz, Poland. He and his TWT colleague Dr. Jenny Malig were honored.

The group pictures (from top to bottom) show the national champion Reiner Schrode in the middle between Stefan Engelhard and Carsten Günther. Polish Consul General Andrzej Osiak, Dominik Grether and Jenny Malig (both TWT) in the middle. Hartmut Gündra (GeoNet. MRN) and Christiane Bauer (SAP SE) in the middle. Roswitha Franke and Erich Franke with the jury members Carsten Günther, Stefan Engelhard and Dieter Geiger. Reiner Schrode receiving the key for his new office in the Technology Park Tübingen Reutlingen TTR and with astronaut Ernst Messerschmid in the middle. In addition to the rent-free TTR office for two years, the MTS company chief received 1,000 euros and a YouTube video about the “Guideline for civil engineering 3Dplus.”

The YouTube video of the prize winner got its first clicks right away. The press response was very gratifying. For example, the SWR-Landesschau and the regional broadcaster RTF1 reported. Link: SWR/RTF1

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Winner of 2015: Observing animals

Walter Naumann from the Max Planck Institute for Ornithology in Radolfzell won first place with the tracking system “Icarus”: With previously unrivalled small mini transmitters, the smallest animals can be observed on their migrations in the future. The monitoring via the ISS space station can also be used for tracking all over the world, whether on land or in water, except for the polar regions. Second was a group of students from the University of Applied Sciences Heidenheim with the project “Impeditio”, an emergency call system for motorcyclists. The company MagicMaps GmbH from Pliezhausen took third place with “LiveMaps”, an app for coordination on large-scale construction sites. Congratulations to the winners! Youtube Video

Emergency call system for motorcyclists “Impeditio”, a student project of the University of Applied Sciences Heidenheim, takes second place. left Image: IHK | right Image: ESNC

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Winner of 2014: Precise real-time navigation

Really precise

Bild: GeoNet.MRN / Jan Kobel

The aim of the NAVKA project was to get the most out of commercially available sensors. PhD students Julia Diekert, Andreas Hoscislawski and Jan Zwiener and scientists Stephan Batke and Axel Lorenz developed a completely new platform for precise real-time navigation, called NAVKA for “Navigation Algorithms and Platforms Karlsruhe.” Together with their boss, Professor Reiner Jäger, they have now received the ESNC State Prize in Heidelberg. Second place went to the graduate of the German University of Applied Sciences in Jordan Sabine Zureikat for “Follow” me”. A team around 2007 winner Gerhard Bernot and Dr. Gerhard Lörcher of MagicMaps GmbH achieved the third place.

The international performance in 2014 was also a great success: One participant from Baden-Württemberg was accepted into the ESA programme and NAVKA became the third of a total of 434 submissions worldwide!

Winner of 2013: Less salt please!

Ten percent of road salt can be saved in the future. Erich Franke from AFUSOFT GmbH was awarded first place for the expansion of its intelligent data acquisition for winter service. This swarm intelligence-based support for drivers is based on AFUSOFT’s existing operational data collection. It has been operating in Hesse since 2008 and reliably documents the salt scattered on the roadways.

For Franke, it was his third success. After 2009 and 2010 he also won 2013. Congratulations to Königsbach-Stein!

Hail and other storms cause damage – especially to crops. Together with the Vereinigte Hail Insurance VVaG, the company Heidelberg Mobil International GmbH developed an app for claims settlement. For this reason, the two companies now received second place in the Baden-Württemberg Challenge 2013. Tim Christoph Hahn accepted the award on behalf of the entire team. Third place was awarded to a new type of aircraft. It starts as a quadrocopter and then continues to fly as a double-decker. The landing or delivery of the cargo takes place again with pinpoint accuracy as a quadcopter. Advantage of the combination: The double-decker flight protects the battery significantly and reacts insensitive to gusts. The three brothers Michael, Simon and Tobias Weißenmayer and Matthias Enkelmann are taking the momentum of their garage development and are now looking for partners for their open source air robot project.

Winner of 2012: Measuring emotions


It is an art to design a shop window in such a way that it addresses the target audience. Emotions must be aroused so that a passerby becomes first a viewer and finally a customer. In the future, EmoCityMap, the winning entry Baden-Württemberg 2012 and fourth place in the international competition, will be able to help. The heart of the application is a bracelet developed by Dr. Georgios Papastefanou at the Leibniz Institute for Social Sciences in Mannheim (GESIS). His partner Hartmut Gündra from Heideberger geomer GmbH provides the positioning so that the emotions are assigned to the right shop window.

Conceivably close

Conceivably close with a 2:3 decision in the jury is the article “Distributed Ground Station Network – a global system for tracking and communication with small satellites as an open service” by Andreas Hornig underneath the bracelet. The student of aerospace engineering convinced with his concept for parasite satellites. The jury had to do a lot of research to make sure that this is not an idea without realisation potential. In the case of expensive space projects with very long lifetimes, cargo must usually be loaded at very short notice at launch. Then it’s time for the parasite satellites. With the latest technology they solve current problems without an expensive launch – and the Hornig Groundstation ensures that the celestial companions are also found.

Two third places

The 16 students of the MOTAVI-team of the Baden-Württemberg Heidenheim Cooperative University proved to be very happy about a third place in the ESNC. They developed two variants of their motorcycle helmet with integrated navigation function up to the prototype. The jury was particularly impressed by the early involvement of many industrial partners and the professional approach.

The 2007 winner was Gerhard Bernot. Its “EGNOS enabled ©M3 Geo Pointer & ©M3 Logbook” simplifies surveying and documentation on the construction site. For a simple road break, the necessary documentation is done via smartphone snapshot – thanks to EGNOS it is even court-proof.

Winner of 2011: Kite system for power generation

Eight students are the winners of the Baden-Württemberg Challenge 2011. Their power plant consisting of two dragons turns wind into electricity. The “SkyAmps”-Team of the University of Applied Sciences in Heidenheim is actively supported by more than 10 companies. They just missed the overall victory with this entry: They finished second behind the USA. Jens Rieder and his fellow students received cash and non-cash prizes of more than 10,000 euros at the award ceremony in Heidelberg.

The 2008 and 2010 winner Erich Franke took second place. Its security system for trucks detects cuts in the tarpaulin and alerts the security services. The third place went to employees of Astrium and DLR. Its control system ensures compliance with export regulations for crisis regions. Dr. Wolfgang Kogler of Astrium accepted the award as his representative.

The money and material prizes were provided by GIS specialist geomer, the training provider for geoinformation systems ESRI, the manufacturer of maps and navigation applications for cyclists MagicMaps, the manufacturer of driver information and assistance systems Krämer Automotive and the Technology Park TTR in Reutlingen and Tübingen.

The award was presented by Peter Hofelich, the State Government’s Commissioner for Small and Medium-Sized Entertainments at the Print Media Academy in Heidelberg as part of the Geoinformation exchange.

Winner of 2010: Detecting Bats

Bats are worth protecting. How many there are where, it is so far difficult to determine. Even more difficult is the study of their nightly routes, because the usual GPS transmitter collars are more suitable for larger animals. Knowledge of the exact number and behavior of bats provides conclusions on the condition of fields, meadows and lakes. Buildings and roads could also be better planned and built with this information. Erich H. Franke from the Remchinger AFUSOFT Kommunikationstechnik GmbH, already winner of the 2008 award, has found the right solution for the nocturnal animals. The system of noise analysis and precise location determination based on four ground stations was the best contribution of 2010.

The award ceremony took place in the White Hall of the New Palace in Stuttgart, also known as the “Good Room of the State.” The winner of the second place was also an old acquaintance. The first national winner of the competition Gerhard Bernot from BERNOT Information Technology in Konstanz was awarded for his application idea “M3 Media – Discover the World – in the footsteps of Alexander von Humboldt.” The young team led by Matthias Rosenberger from Treems GmbH won third place and immediately proved its business sense: Not only a precisely defined rainforest tree was sold to the participants at the standing reception. Wolfgang Inninger from the Fraunhofer Institute for Material Flow and Logistics was the winner of the special prize of the Baden-Württemberg Forum for Application-Related Satellite Navigation and Mobile IT. The award-winning application idea “DAGObert – satellite-based coordination of Transport of Dangerous Goods” will make the transport of dangerous goods safer in the future.

Winner of 2009: Goggles with GPS receiver wins

Frank Schubert is the national winner of the European Satellite Navigation Competition 2009. The student from Rottweil received the prize endowed with 5,000 euros for his swimming goggles with GPS receiver. The performance of special prices from a national perspective is also pleasing: Dr. Raphael Volz from Loffenau was awarded for his outdoor navigation system nogago for smartphones. A second place in the ESA Special Prize was won by the Baden-Württemberg 2007 winner Gerhard Bernot for his © Galileo M3 Logbook for a mobile machine management.

The winning idea for the goggles comes from the passionate swimmer Schubert. The elaboration of the implementation was carried out in an international student workshop. Schubert’s team included students from Denmark, India, Austria and Switzerland. Not only the annoying orientation on the shore will be a thing of the past with the “Guides Goggles”, but also visually impaired athletes will be able to swim in open waters.

The two second places in the national competition went to Michael Hubschneider and Andreas Schellmann from Karlsruhe PTV AG.

They received the award for the PTV safety guide for trucks. Dr. Jörg Föller, from the engineering office of the same name in Straubenhardt, was honoured for his contribution to supporting logistics in forestry.

Winner of 2008: The combination does it

The combination does it: Afusoft Kommunikationstechnik GmbH from Remchingen connects the signals of satellite navigation, mobile communications and radio labels to a dense monitoring network for warehouses and transports. The system protects valuable cargo and dangerous goods from theft and prevents improper loading. Managing Director Erich H. Franke of the North Baden-based company received the Baden-Württemberg Regional Prize in the international satellite navigation competition for the idea, which had already been patented.

Peter Hall and Christin Edwards received the total award of 20,000 euros in 2009 for their use in life-saving at sea. Georg Broxtermann and Jörn Rehse from Karlsruhe Company Orbster GmbH won second place in the Special Prize for Games with their concept Unholy Places.

Winner of 2007: Galileo Postman

The national winner in 2007 is Gerhard Bernot with his Galileo Postman. The application supports the postman on his tour. Additional information may be deposited for each consignment, which the postman takes into account when delivering. Thanks to the prize, Bernot was able to enter into a promising cooperation with a large company.

The overall winner and therefore Galileo Master 2007 is Zhaharia Dragos from France. With his idea, he contributes to improving financial transactions. He skilfully uses the time and position signal for an encryption mechanism. The current prime number system is steadily losing its security due to the rapidly developing counter technology. With his idea, Dragos expands the existing system to a much safer method.