Oxford Innovation Space Incubator programme

In partnership with the UK Space Agency and Oxford Innovation, we hosted a workshop for the Oxford Innovation Space Incubator programme earlier this year. This involved inviting the next generation of thinkers at the forefront of technological innovation to come up with “ground breaking ideas with the potential to change the world”.

The challenge they chose to accept was to develop new business ideas using raw GNSS signals from the Android mobile operating system.

Today, the people behind the shortlisted ideas will go through a Geovation-style process. They will refine and present their ideas to a panel including OS’s Mark Stileman and Stephen Hancock who must decide which ideas will be successful.

So, let’s find out about the ideas that have been shortlisted.

Adopting Android devices for precise remote surveys by drone and ROV (remotely operated vehicle). This will enable mobile devices to incorporate GNSS position data from drones or ROVs directly into survey software in real time, eliminating many of the errors which are currently only revealed during post processing. This could help offshore wind energy companies, port operators, Highways England and other infrastructure owners increase safety and reduce operating costs.

Crisis Management via EventMan Cloud. Adding drone technology and geospatial data to existing proprietary software could offer a powerful solution for crisis management and help save lives. Drones could be despatched for initial inspection, deployment of sensors and gathering of evidence for potential criminal prosecution.

Digital Cows in a Digital Landscape. This project aims to prove that it is possible to predict lameness (and possibly other ailments) in dairy cows. It requires accurate geolocation data for each cow in a herd. This has the potential to help farmers use less antibiotics as well as reduce the veterinary costs and financial losses associated with sickness in dairy cows.

Farm Robot Guidance System – Agrinav. To obtain high yields, currently farmers often overuse fertiliser which can impact river ecosystems. Farm robots can apply variable quantities of fertiliser to crops according to their needs. By reducing the volume of fertiliser used, both the farmer and the environment can benefit.

Fotspot. This app lets users leave photos and messages in places for others to find. These would float virtually in a 15-metre radius of the place they were made (and only there) for visitors who enter the area. Pinpoint accuracy can improve the functionality and value of this app.

INTENSE – GNSS Interference sensing. This focuses on using crowd-sourced GNSS measurements to help address the challenge of GNSS interference detection, monitoring, localisation and mitigation. INTENSE aims to help deliver robustness and resilience to GNSS applications.

Park&Pay. This will offer drivers the ability to use location information to benefit from a range of improved parking services.  These include receiving notifications of available parking spaces and waiting times, the ability to find their cars in a parked location as well as view them through security cameras.

Production and Endorsement of Guidelines for the use of Smartphones for GIS Asset Collection and Mapping. This project will create an accepted and approved methodology for using smartphones for survey purposes. These would be relevant to the planning, inspection and maintenance of utilities, infrastructure monitoring and the surveying of public and private spaces. There is potential to reduce reliance on high-cost equipment and specialist operators.

Spatial Intelligence. Users will be able to register the relationship between their old and new locations to notify organisations (e.g. financial institutions, local government, utilities and counter-fraud agencies) that records stored on their application databases are no longer valid with that location. This will help organisations keep their customer data current, accurate and fit for use.

Wherefirst? This is an app to provide visitor information and guided tours of named destinations. Users will follow a route to various points of interest using their mobile devices. Information and facts related to local points of interest are relayed to the user together with other useful visitor information, competitions and challenges.

Yotspot Connect. This is about helping people in highly mobile industries, such as yachting, to stay in touch with colleagues and friends as they move around. The technology will make use of GNSS positioning to enable yacht crews to tag themselves to the vessels they work on. From this, they will be able to connect and communicate with each other enhanced with location and proximity information.


Winners announced!

As well as the participants from our challenge, the Downstream Space General Innovation programme was involved too. Five of their initiatives made it through as well as five of ours.

See our winners below. Are you happy with the top 10? Did your favourite win? Watch this space as we follow their progress over the next handful of months!

Constructex Ltd
Adopting android devices for precise remote surveys by drone and ROV

ESL Group
Crisis Management via EventMan Cloud

Agritherm Ltd
Digital Cows in a Digital Landscape

CB Media Group Ltd
Yotspot Connect

Pinpoint Satellite Navigation Ltd
Farm Robot Guidance System – Agrinav


Winners from the Downstream Space General Innovation programme

KOIOS Master Data Limited
barter for things ltd
Psion Consulting Ltd
Chemical Design
Aerohydro Consulting Ltd


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