CTC presents GreenPatrol advances in Japan

The CTC Technology Centre has been selected by the European Galileo Global Navigation Satellite System Agency (GSA) to represent the European satellite navigation industry at an international summit in Tokyo. The Cantabrian centre and other players in this field have presented their capabilities in a meeting with Japanese companies and research centres. The participation of the only technology centre in the region in this commercial expedition promoted by the European Commission represents CTC’s first approach to the demanding Japanese market and an ideal way to explore possible avenues of collaboration with organisations in this Asian country.


María Campo-Cossío, responsible for the Navigation and Robotics area of CTC, is part of this mission driven by the European industry of the sector, which includes meetings with Japanese companies in the automotive, agriculture or drone’s arena, among others. CTC’s representative also took the time to explain what the Green Patrol Project consists of during the “4th public-private round table on satellite positioning in the EU and Japan”. A symposium offering EU and Japanese companies the opportunity to explore possibilities for commercial cooperation in the application of GNSS technologies.

The public exhibition of the advances achieved in this research, whose objective is to develop an innovative and efficient robotic solution that allows the early detection and integrated control of pests in greenhouses autonomously opens the doors to a new commercial scenario for the CTC Technological Centre. This project, partially financed within the GALILEO call of the GSA (GNSS Supervisory Authority), is the first approach of the Cantabrian centre to a market with relationship models different from the European standards. The presentation and subsequent networking session will allow overcoming the “cold door” barrier when engaging relationships with Japanese companies.

The mission includes an exhaustive plan of visits to large companies and meetings with research centres. Nissan, Isuzu, Iseki o Mitsubishi Electric will be some of the firms with which the European expedition will meet. The Japanese government has also presented a series of calls that will permit establishing collaborations between different players to enhance the Japan Space Programme.

As increasingly more services depend on satellite positioning, there is a greater need for additional satellites. Japan is no stranger to this situation. Hence its interest in enhancing technological cooperation with western organisations; especially with solutions around Galileo, Europe’s global satellite navigation system. Galileo is an innovative system manufactured in Europe that provides guaranteed and very precise global positioning and accurate time synchronisation.

This trade mission is a step forward in the agreement signed between the European Commission and the Japanese government to share the benefits and progress made on GNSS knowledge and developments. This collaboration agreement aims to improve political cooperation between the two, to prioritise industrial sectors to use satellite positioning and create new business services.