Today, South-East Asia is considered to be one of the most dynamic growth engines of the world’s economy. This will increase in the future, along with its commercial and political interaction with the European Union. With regard to the GNSS field specifically, South East Asia will greatly benefit from the GNSS multi-constellation that will become available during the next few years. In this context, a constantly increasing demand for better services and logistics, which are crucial for sustaining the economical growth, is going to require more and more GNSS-based solutions. The aim of the SEAGAL project was to set up a Collaboration Centre which will establish a new link between Europe and South East Asia in the framework of satellite navigation and related applications, in particular focusing on technology transfer, research and education activities. The project relied heavily on the commitment of two Asian universities: Hanoi University of Technology (Vietnam) and the Asian Institute of Technology (Thailand). The Centre should be considered as a focal point to create new opportunities to develop the markets for European GNSS applications, both for consumers and manufacturers.
The main goal of this project was to set up conditions and structures enabling future co-operation between South-East Asian and European institutions in technology transfer, research and training, and providing support to public/private decision-makers in the field of GNSS, in particular of Galileo/EGNOS.
SEAGAL set up a European GNSS Collaboration Centre in Hanoi, Vietnam, which aimed to cover the entire South-East Asian region. The Centre relies on two main activities: those related to laboratory activities focused on research, training and technology transfer, and those related to networking and support for political and strategic actions to which the Centre can contribute with its expertise, international links and vision.
The first phase of the project consisted of researching the local context in order to understand the current situation so as to be able to design the future activities of the Centre efficiently. The second phase is devoted to the definition of the implementation plan for the Collaboration Centre and its final set up. The final phase was intended to prepare a synthesis of all the results achieved and a possible scenario for the follow-up to the project.
The SEAGAL project had different levels of expected impact. The Centre facilitates the cross links between EU and South-East Asian partners in order to promote European GNSS, facilitating its long-term market uptake and reinforcing international collaboration between players. Due to the fact that the South-East Asia Region will be serviced by different GNSS systems, the Centre’s activities could represent a remarkable competitive advantage for European companies, universities and research centres operating in the field. The long-term impact of the project will change considerably over the following years which will hopefully continue to widen the Centre’s proposed activities.
Indeed, the main outcome of the SEAGAL project is the NAVIS Collaboration Centre, officially opened in October 2010.