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HAITEC and ITRI Awarded With World Champion and Taiwan Winner in Galileo Pro 2012


November 15, 2012 - Hsinchu, Taiwan

"European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) 2012" announced today that the team formed by Taiwan's HAITEC and ITRI with their entry of D.S.R.C (Driving with Safety, Responsiveness, and Courtesy) has won the Grand Prize for the Prototyping Competition which was organized by Taiwan and the global champion "Galileo Pro" of the ESNC 2012 as well.

The ESNC has been held by the European Union since 2004, and the overall champion is selected from 24 regional contest and special prize winning teams. In 2012, a total of 406 entries were submitted to the competition over 40 countries across the globe. Among 25 entries from all over the world submitted to Taiwan for Prototyping Competition, the HAITEC/ITRI team's D.S.R.C. is not only the winner of Taiwan region, but also presented with the title of "Galileo Pro," the world champion.

The prototyping competition organized by Taiwan, with a theme of "Connected Vehicle," required all entries to be in compliance with the Wireless Access in Vehicular Environments/Dedicated Short Range Communications (WAVE/DSRC) specifications and current global positioning technology in order to provide and demonstrate useful and innovative applications.

The D.S.R.C., the champion of all entries, has integrated automobile and communication technology. The D.S.R.C. will allow drivers to send warning or thank you signals to the surrounding vehicles just by pressing a key while the drivers are used to rely on the car honk and gestures in traditional driving communication. In addition, through component control technology inside the car, the system can use the WAVE/DSRC technology to timely emit warnings to other car drivers when the driver wants to open the car door or use high beam without causing any danger or uncomfortable feeling. The team has skillfully applied the WAVE/DSRC technology to create an intuitive brand-new driver's communication system by integrating vehicle's precise positioning and automobile component control network technologies. Compared with the traditional unidirectional communication (such as honking), this system provides a safer, more interactive, and polite driving experience.

About ITRI
Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) is one of the world's leading technology R&D institutions aiming to innovate a better future for society. Founded in 1973, ITRI has played a vital role in transforming Taiwan's economy from labor-intensive industry to a leader in high technology. Over the years, ITRI has accumulated over 17,000 patents, cultivated more than 70 CEOs, and incubated 174 innovative companies, including numerous well-known global semiconductor leaders such as TSMC and UMC.

ITRI focuses on the fields of Information and Communications; Electronics and Optoelectronics; Material Chemical and Nanotechnology; Medical Device and Biomedical; Mechanical and Systems; and Green Energy and Environment. In recognition of its forward-looking and multi-disciplinary R&D innovation, ITRI has been honored with prestigious international awards, such as the Wall Street Journal's Technology Innovation Awards and R&D 100 Awards since 2008. In addition to its headquarters in Taiwan, ITRI has branch offices in Silicon Valley, Tokyo, Berlin and Moscow in an effort to extend its R&D scope and promote opportunities for international cooperation around the world. For more information please visit http://www.itri.org.tw/eng

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