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Company: Punchbyte

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The German company 'Punchbyte' develops software for public administration and industrial customers.

The main focus is on software systems for control, maintenance and quality management.

The unique features of these solutions are

  • software that runs on standard laptops or PDAs
  • software that is easy to use, without computer literacy
  • data that can be synchronized between different devices and via the internet. Every user can have has access to the latest data at any time, in the office as well as on mobile devices.

Project: Punchbyte g-diag

The Punchbyte g-diag system is a satellite based navigation software system which helps in the activity to inspect and maintain parts of buildings, bridges, industrial and chemical plants, playgrounds equipment which are technically complex and need regular maintenance and inspection.

Typical installations and objects for regular maintenance where g-diag can support include:

  • trees or playground control,
  • maintenance of road lighting and traffic engineering,
  • bridges and other traffic constructions
  • inspection of buildings, facilities and industrial plants
  • waste management sites (sewages, rain storage basins, water reservoirs)
  • industry sites (production facilities)
  • pipeline networks

With g-diag, inspections will be carried out by using a commercial Tablet PC, a database software and a satellite receiver. G-diag includes several substantial components of satellite navigation:

  • finding and recognition of equipment: Galileo will show the help indicate the way to each single equipment
  • tracking and documentation of date, time, duration and spatial amount: Galileo records each step of a inspection
  • active equipment which is combined with a Galileo-receiver and which activates a inspection in case of exceeding a default location
  • display of inspections and their documentation during and/or after an inspection in a directing centre or at the final customer via Internet with the Galileo-based data used for a broad enduring illustration of former inspections.

G-diag has been available in two prototype modules for playground control and rain storage basins since 2004 and is already used by the first customers.

From space to industry

The g-diag system builds on satellite-based navigation technology. Satellite positioning services such as tracking and tracing of work steps will soon become a namable economic factor.

Currently g-diag is in a prototype phase with several aspects still to be completed and refined. The system initially makes use of the GPS signal for outdoor use and of barcodes and RFID-transponders for indoor use. An integration of the Galileo signal into g-diag will improve its accuracy and will generate new applications and customers.

ESA Business Incubation

Punchbyte is supported by the ESA Business Incubation Initiative with funding, as well as support in the product’s technical and market development.

Incubation period and location

Punchbyte is hosted at the Centre for Satellite Navigation Hessen, partner of the ESA Business Incubation Initiative, in Darmstadt from November 2007 to November 2009.


Patrick Kempf, CEO of PunchByte


Patrick Kempf

Head Office
Am Sportfeld 3
D - 35510 Butzbach

Tel: +49 6033 925950
Fax: +49 6033 925956

Darmstadt Office at
ESA BIC Darmstadt
Robert-Bosch-Straße 7
D - 64293 Darmstadt


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