Periodic Reporting for period 1 - POINT.IoT (Stimulating the fusion of IoT and GNSS technologies)
Reporting period: 2019-12-01 to 2021-05-31
The objectives of the programme are to:
-Drive GNSS & IoT innovation projects into technically feasible and commercially viable businesses
-Develop business innovation tools for the GNSS and IoT community
-Facilitate access to finance for GNSS & IoT technology fusion projects
-Foster partnerships between GNSS/IoT teams, start-ups, SMEs, corporates, and other community stakeholders
The importance for society revolves in part around the programme being conceptualised as an initiative that could have a lasting and sustainable effect. Specific measures have been taken to ensure the sustainability of the components of the Point.IoT programme after project closure. The programme will make publicly available its output regarding Massive Open Online Courses, Playbooks, Inspiration stories and will support wherever possible the access to its network and facilitate any engagement with industrial and institutional actors. All these elements will have a lasting, tangible and sustainable impact beyond the project duration.
Our Point.Cheetah programme has scouted and selected 20 innovative IoT applications using GNSS technologies. Half of these teams have already undertaken a complete mentoring sprint. This means that they have been able to engage our multidisciplinary team of GNSS, IoT and business experts/mentors. We have witnessed tangible output from the mentoring sprints thus far, including new design of logos and mascots, new hardware enclosure prototypes for IoT devices, improved UI/UX designs for interface applications, and support with many business strategies.
In order to support these teams, we have also developed business innovation tools which are equally accessible to the wider GNSS/IoT community. Under our Point.Kangeroo programme we have published our Entrepreneur's Playbook, a training tool that guides teams with canvases, morphological maps, and customized chapters tackling pertinent GNSS and IoT questions. We have also recorded and delivered our Massive Open Online Course, which offers video lessons for 14 different technical and business topics. You may access all of these through our Point.IoT website.
An equally important part of our mission is to focus on fostering partnerships between EGNSS/IoT teams, start-ups, SMEs, corporates, and other community stakeholders. Our Success & Inspiration Stories we have written and published have served as a basis for our discussion with stakeholders, and in addition serve as a general outreach tool which showcases successful GNSS/IoT solutions. Over the past year we have been able to involve over a dozen industrial, promotional, technical and investor partners to support the programme.
The culmination of each Point IoT mentoring sprint is our closing Demonstration and Investor event. The teams get the chance to pitch their business to a panel of investors and corporates, as well as the public. Follow our social media channels if interested in attending our showcase events.