Using hyber-precision for addressing societal challenges


How will the ability to obtain an accurate position of a few centimeters throughout a city affect services, products and business models and basically the way our cities function? Let us hear your ideas on how accurate and dynamic positioning data from the TAPAS platform can play a part Smart Cities of the future and help address societal challenges, such as congestion a growing population, scarce resources, pollution and climate change.

Keywords: Accurate positioning, TAPAS, GNSS

Industry: Industry 4.0, Automatization

Focus area

The TAPAS Challenge is an open invitation for exploring the potentials of using dynamic and accurate positioning data in a city by getting access to real time accurate positioning data from the TAPAS platform (see below for more on TAPAS). The challenge aims at increasing the level of knowledge regarding the technical requirements for using TAPAS and/or give you an opportunity to develop innovative products and solutions based on hyper-precision in real-time. The use of hyper-positioning will be an integrated part of our future society’s technological development. By using TAPAS data you can make objects navigate autonomously, track elements very accurately and create new kinds of data types. Only the imagination sets the limits with TAPAS delivering the open platform for innovation.

Denmark is facing urban challenges with regard to congestion, resource use and pollution and with the new Government setting a goal of 70% CO2 reduction we believe that by exploiting centimeter accurate positioning it will be possible to create and enhance sustainable solutions that meet these urban and societal challenges.The TAPAS platform is unique as it offers test facilities in a real life scenario.

ESA BIC is Denmark’s new incubator for the use of space technology in collaboration with the European Space Agency (ESA). TAPAS is one tool for research and development that uses data from European space infrastructure where Denmark has made major investments.

What is TAPAS?

Testbed for Precision Positioning and Autonomous Systems (TAPAS) is a research and development platform for hyper-positioning. Through TAPAS you get access to centimeter accurate positioning data in a real time. TAPAS does not have a commercial purpose in its self, but serves as a tool where businesses, research institutions and public authorities can develop new areas of activity by trying, testing and documenting new applications.

The TAPAS platform consists of a network of 11 GNSS reference stations that corrects errors in data from global satellite-based navigation systems like GPS and Galileo (commonly designated as GNSS). With TAPAS, the user can achieve a real-time accuracy of around 1cm3, even for moving objects. TAPAS is located throughout the city of Aarhus, making it possible for citizens to test products and solutions in a real-life scenario in various urban environments. Access to TAPAS data adjusted for local geographical conditions will be available during the TAPAS Challenge.

The Agency for Data Supply and Efficiency (SDFE) who is the initiator behind TAPAS and the TAPAS Challenge encourages relevant actors and the scientific environment to propose ideas for products and solutions at two Hackathons making use of real-time hyper-precision data from TAPAS.

The challenge

How can hyper-precision address societal challenges and create a more efficient, sustainable and liveable cities?

We invite students, entrepreneurs and start-ups to participate in TAPAS Challenge and create new innovative solutions or products, using the possibilities of real-time hyper-precise positioning data from the Testbed for Precision Positioning and Autonomous Systems (TAPAS).

We are looking for ideas and solutions driven by user needs, which provide:

New product ideas that use real-time hyper-precision data from TAPAS showing a potential for being commercialized.
New ideas for products or solutions based upon user needs that can be tested and developed for a commercial purpose using hyper-precision data from TAPAS.
New ideas that use TAPAS data combined with other sources of data that can create more effective work processes, helping to solve urban challenges. Eventually in combination with existing open public data.
The TAPAS Challenge is in collaboration with the Danish ESA BIC.

The best ideas at the hackathon are awarded 20.000 kr. and will in addition be offered business incubation and coaching at the new Danish ESA BIC. Here experts will coach the winner in developing and maturing the proposal idea in both technical and business terms. The ESA BIC incubation process includes 50.000 euros for developing their ideas and products.


Accessing GNSS and TAPAS data is not feasible for indoor use, why combinations with other positioning data is needed, in case the products needs to function other places than outdoor areas. As positioning data expands into a broader use in our society the risks of manipulation and interference of signals increases. In this perspective, the product could consider the security aspect.

Issues of privacy should also be taken into conbsideration.

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