Satellite image at 30 cm resolution of Mischief Reef in South China Sea. 7/12/2017 | WorldView-4 | © 2018 DigitalGlobe – supplied by European Space Imaging
Images provided at 30cm resolution by DigitalGlobe satellite WorldView-3 refutes China’s promise to not militarise the artificial islands it has built in the South China Sea. Mischief Reef and Subi Reef are just some of the islands that show strong military construction.
From examining the satellite images of Mischief Reef we can identify a large deep-water port which also serves as a blue water naval base. There is a 2,700 meter runway on the Western quarter and since there are no passenger terminals or hotels visible, this airfield can only be described as a Joint Use naval airport, signifying its military connection.
Furthermore at the North-West quarter of the island, a combination deep-water port and blue-water naval base is clearly detectable. The quay is linear without warehousing however cargo is visible on the quay. Military barracks, communication antenna’s, underground POL storage tanks and control towers are all visible in the images collected.
“The overwhelming power of 30 cm resolution combined with the access and re-visit times over an Area of Interest (AOI) means change can be monitored safely from a distance. This is especially true in the case of the Spratly Islands, where the airspace around the islands is highly protected and airbreathing reconnaissance is difficult to get near/over the different AOIs. This makes the obtainable 30-cm high-resolution imagery and frequency to revisit so vital for world security” said Senior Advisor of Analytics, Randall Carlson of European Space Imaging.
Military bases require buildings for billeting and as a rule an athletic facility for the personnel. Across all the images supplied by European Space Imaging several buildings complete with basketball and tennis courts along with a full track and football fields can be seen. This can only mean that the Chinese military plan to populate these islands at some stage.
China boasts the largest military in the world with 2.2 million personnel and has one of the most technologically advanced air forces. Yesterday the Chinese air force made public for the first time a deployment of advanced fighter jets for a “joint combat patrol” over the South China Sea. With each of the satellite images supplied by European Space Imaging, aircraft hangars, airfield operations, refueling lorries and landing runways are clearly visible on the islands which leads to further speculation regarding the purpose of these islands and proposed combat patrol.
“The power of 30 cm resolution is undeniable for the defense and intelligence sector. In these images of the Spratly Islands we have been able to verify several identifying factors that could prove critical to a military operation without the risk of detection or on-ground personnel” said Managing Director Adrian Zevenbergen of European Space Imaging.
e-GEOS won an international bid for the supply of geo-information services to the AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority), the government body tasked with guaranteeing shipping safety and the protection of the country’s marine environment, as well as the coordination of emergency operations at sea. Services shall be provided by e-GEOS through their local partner Geospatial Intelligence Pty Limited.
In particular, e-GEOS will support the monitoring of oil spills thanks to the use of the COSMO-SkyMed radar constellation, which is capable of continuously controlling, in any visibility, the affected areas. The satellite data will allow for more detail in identifying illegal oil dumping in the seas and the ships causing pollution, allowing for timely intervention.
The agreement also includes the evaluation of future partnerships between e-GEOS and the AMSA, for the use the satellite data in other applications, such as search and rescue operations.
“The contract acquired with the AMSA and the partnership signed with Geospatial Intelligence Pty Limited constitute a milestone in the activities of our group in the Australian space market,” stated Massimo Claudio Comparini, Head of Business Line Geo-Information of Telespazio and Chief Executive Officer of e-GEOS. “This confirms yet again the validity of the services offered by e-GEOS in the Earth observation sector.”
COSMO-SkyMed is the only dual-use radar Earth observation constellation currently in existence worldwide and is used for civilian and military purposes. Ten years after the launch of the first satellite, in 2007, the system has captured over one million images from all over the world, monitoring the Earth 24 hours a day under any weather and visibility conditions and ensuring crucial information essential for security, land monitoring, and the sustainable management of resources, as well as dealing with natural events and emergencies, and combating the effects of climate change.
Financed by ASI, the Italian Defence Ministry and the Italian Education, University and Research Ministry, COSMO-SkyMed was created by the Italian space industry together with Leonardo and its joint venture, Thales Alenia Space and Telespazio. Data from COSMO-SkyMed are marketed throughout the world by e-GEOS.
The LandSense Innovation Challenge, based on a Hackathon concept, supports knowledge sharing through a one-day event where participants can present and share their technical capabilities, innovation and creativity.
The challenge focuses on using data streams coming from the LandSense Citizen Observatory, the Sentinel Hub Service or other relevant EO data sources to design novel Land Use/Land Cover solutions for a range of applications within the selected domains.
Four LandSense Challenge finalists will have the opportunity to pitch their ideas at the Second International ECSA Conference 2018 on 3 June 2018 in Geneva, Switzerland.
Each of the finalists will receive:
- A travel voucher in the amount of 250 EUR per team for attending the event in Geneva
- One ticket per team at a discounted rate to attend the Second International ECSA Conference 2018 (Cost: 50 EUR)
- Business coaching and mentorship services at the challenge
- Matchmaking and networking opportunities with leading experts in EO and citizen science
- Promotional services by LandSense
- Presentation about the LandSense Engagement Platform at the Conference in Geneva
The team with the best pitch in Geneva will receive:
- A grand prize of 1,500 EUR (in the form of a check presented at the event)
- A 1-year subscription to Sentinel Hub Enterprise, worth 5,000 EUR, provided by SINERGISE
- Online business coaching and mentorship services provided by the LandSense team
The 30 cm resolution image of the temple at Ain Dara was captured by DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 satellite on January 29th, and the American Schools of Oriental Research Cultural Heritage Initiatives (ASOR) analyzed the data to confirm the extent of the damage. By comparing it with on-the-ground reports they were able to verify that an incident had taken place, and the exact parts of the temple that were damaged.
“Interestingly, we captured a 50 cm resolution image on the very same day, but the 30 cm picture shows the destruction much more clearly,” said Adrian Zevenbergen, Managing Director of European Space Imaging. “This highlights how critical that extra resolution is for gaining a proper understanding of what happened here.”
By comparing satellite imagery collected over recent weeks the ASOR invesigators were able to conclude that the incident most likely took place between January 20 and January 22.
The Ain Dara temple complex is more than 3,000 years old, and contains intricate stone sculptures of lions and sphinxes. It is famous for its striking resemblance to the Temple of Solomon, as described in the Bible’s book of Kings. The destruction of its artefacts represents a devastating loss of cultural history to Syria, and the world.
In a similar case, very high resolution satellite imagery was used to ascertain the timeline and extent of damage to Iraqi heritage sites by ISIS in 2015, at Hatra and Nimrud. You can learn more about that investigation in a European Space Imaging case study.
Satellite image at 30 cm resolution showing the ancient temple near Afrin that has been severely damaged in the Syrian conflict. The high quality of the data makes it possible to identify the extent of the damage. 99/1/2018 by WorldView-3 @ 30 cm resolution © 2018 DigitalGlobe – supplied by European Space Imaging
Under the agreement, Descartes Labs and Planetek Italia will develop new remote sensing applications in areas such as precision farming and sustainable development. This partnership follows the paradigm shift of Earth observation services, moving from a project-based model to an information-as-a-service model.
Thanks to the automatic analysis of satellite big data in the cloud, the creation of analytics with a spatial dimension becomes dynamic. This is possible by combining the capabilities of Descartes Labs’ artificial intelligence, machine learning, and cloud computing, with Planetek Italia’s more than twenty years of experience and activity in the design and development of Earth observation services related to Copernicus, the European Union flagship program for Space.
“I have no doubt that our partnership with Descartes Labs will boost the value of our Rheticus® platform tremendously. Thanks to this partnership, our customers will benefit from the improvement in our geoanalytics production, offering superior value to our customers worldwide,” said Planetek Italia Chief Executive Officer, Giovanni Sylos Labini. “This agreement also gives us the ability to follow the path toward an information-as-a-service model, drown by Europe with the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS). The European Space Agency has been far-sighted in favoring the meeting between European companies and companies like Descartes Labs at the last Future EO conference in May 2017.”
“We are very pleased to partner with Planetek, a company that is aligned with our business and acts as a compliment to the work we’re doing in geospatial science,” said Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Descartes Labs, Mark Johnson. “Planetek’s team is using Copernicus and ESA’s state-of-the art imagery to raise the standard in mapping, change detection, and applications of remote sensing to agriculture. Our goal is that by working together, we can more quickly and accurately diagnose some of the world’s most plaguing forecasting problems.”
Companies’ assets and agreement highlights
Descartes Labs has created a cloud-based supercomputing platform for the application of machine intelligence to massive data sets. Capitalizing on the confluence of advances in AI and high-performance cloud computing — along with the rapid increase of sensors capturing information all over the globe — Descartes Labs has created an enterprise data refinery. Today, Descartes Labs uses satellite imagery to model complex systems on the planet, like forestry and agriculture. The company processes data flows from all the major satellite constellations at scale to provide instant access to analysis-ready images of the entire world in a massive, searchable, on-demand interface.
Planetek has created Rheticus®, an automatic cloud-based geo-information service platform, designed to provide fresh and accurate data and information on our changing world. Rheticus® provides timely information that fits the needs of a growing number of business applications. The information is provided as a service and includes maps, reports and geospatial indexes, designed to monitor several phenomena: territorial changes, urban dynamics and land use changes, ground displacements (landslide and subsidence), infrastructure stability, new infrastructure and construction areas, wildfire burned areas or coastal seawater quality.
Thanks to this agreement, Planetek Italia will expand the range of monitoring services and geoanalytics provided by Rheticus® on the web on a global scale through an international network of Rheticus® partners. Descartes Labs will find potential new applications and research areas, positioning both partners to fully unlock the value of big satellite data from Space and create significant new value for customers.
In addition to this advanced reactivity, the 24/7 Service gives customers easy, immediate and round-the-clock access to a dedicated team of satellite experts who provide timely support in case of unplanned events.
“When facing crises, time is critical. With our 24/7 Emergency Service, offering an image delivery time averaging two hours after acquisition, emergency situations can be treated with an even higher priority and our customers and partners will receive their mission critical satellite images much faster,” said François Lombard, Head of the Intelligence Business at Airbus Defence and Space.
The 24/7 Emergency Image Delivery Service, relying on advanced Near-Real Time capability, was developed to answer customers’ specific requirements when facing unplanned events, geopolitical crises, natural or man-made disasters. It provides timely, reliable and accurate satellite images to assess damage and help mitigate the impact on those affected. The service ensures that satellite resources, such as the wide-swath SPOT or very high-resolution Pléiades constellations, are booked with the highest tasking priority, guaranteeing accelerated access to data worldwide. The service is also designed to be flexible, providing the possibility of last-minute modifications or cancellations. With this improved performance and capability, Airbus further enhances its ability to deliver timely and accurate satellite images using its smart and complete optical and radar constellations consisting of Pléiades & SPOT 6/7 satellites, DMC Constellation as well as TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X radar satellites.
For more information on the 24/7 Emergency Service please visit: http://www.intelligence-airbusds.com/en/8001-247-emergency-service
In 2015, countries adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and its 17 Sustainable Development Goals. These include a broad range of sustainable development issues; ending poverty and hunger, improving health and education, making cities more sustainable, combating climate change, and protecting oceans and forests. The SDGs are being launched with an emphasis on collecting data that will be extensive and specific enough to serve these needs. They are designed to balance the three dimensions of sustainable development: the economic, social and environmental. European EO industry can help achieve the SDGs by providing critical information on natural resources, government operations, public services, and population demographics.
As last year’s award recognised a product helping to support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national, regional and/or local levels, and the monitoring and reporting against the global indicator framework, EARSC has decided to align this year award with one of the strategic engagement priorities that addresses key global policy mandates such as the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development.
Private sector is invited to submit entries on products supporting sustainable development and concretely SDGs.
The competition will run over a 3 month period (February 2018- April 2018) during which candidate companies may adapt an existing product, develop a new product or simply promote one they have already in their catalogue. Companies will be asked to provide a short summary of the results (report should not exceed 2 pages and a template will be facilitated) which will be used as statement for the jury.
This is your opportunity to follow in the steps of previous award winners and benefit from the prestige of winning an EARSC award!Criteria: eligibility requirements & metrics
o Any commercial product which will support sustainable development
o Report on the findings (not exceed 2 pages):
- Explain what type of product the company offers
- Describe the challenge: What problem this product will solve/what solution will this provide? How will this product contribute to sustainable development?
- Explanation of the circumstances surrounding the development of this product and the identification of the SDG which will support or the monitoring and reporting against the global indicator framework.
- Expected impact to address
- Expression of Interest: by 15th March 2018
- Dead-line entries: 1st May 2018
- Selection: the files will be judged by the jury to select the overall product winner (1st May- 31st May)
- Announcement: EARSC annual cocktail June 2018 in Brussels where the winner of the EARSC “European Earth Observation company of the year” is also revealed.
The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies hosted an info day related to the eINFRAEOSC-01-2018 call (DG-CONNECT) aiming to provide access to commercial services researchers through the EOSC hub.
Download the presentations presented at the event:
- EC DG-CONNECT – Implementing the European Open Science Cloud
- EC DG-GROW – The Copernicus consolidated DIAS platforms
- EARSC – Connecting commercial EO services in Research
- Open Clouds for Research Environments
For more information contact: email@example.com
The e-GEOS long standing leading experience in Earth observation by both optical and radar remote sensing, clearly met the needs of the JSI for their customer.
A dedicated ground station (CUT: Commercial User Terminal) has been installed in Japan, enabling the management of all operations, from the images planning and acquisition, fully exploiting the systems operating modes and image resolutions, to their processing and delivering in Near Real Time.
Being at the forefront of technology, COSMO-SkyMed – the only high revisit radar constellation fully perational since years – offers unmatchable capabilities to the users, advanced features well appreciated by the Japanese partner and Institutions. The constellation of four satellites, funded by the Italian Space Agency (ASI) and the Italian Ministry of Defence, is capable to capture high esolution images with all weather and light conditions, thanks to the advanced radar sensors.
COSMO-SkyMed constellation, manufactured by Thales Alenia Space, is controlled from the Fucino Space Centre of Telespazio (that built the system’s entire ground segment), and is managed by e-GEOS from the Matera Space Centre, which acquire, process and distribute worldwide the satellite data for civil applications.
IDEEO is funded under the COSME Cluster Go International action and will run over fifteen months, starting from 1st January 2018. The consortium is coordinated by the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies – EARSC and composed of 2 sectorial clusters Pôle Mer Bretagne Atlantique (France) and Cluster Lucano di Bioeconomia (Italy). The NEREUS network is also involved as partners for dissemination and contact with the regions.
The overarching objective of the IDEEO project is the creation of a new European partnership which will promote internationally the use of European Earth Observation capability in different sectors such as marine, agriculture, energy etc. In order to meet the expected impacts specified by the Call, IDEEO has defined four specific objectives that will govern the respective activities carried out in the project to:
- Analyse international market and policy aspects in order to define sectors with the highest export potential for the European Earth Observation based solution companies
- Develop a joint cross-cluster and cross-sectorial internationalisation strategy in order to internationally promote the European Earth Observation sector in the selected sectors
- Propose an implementation roadmap facilitating the internationalisation of the European SMEs
- Maximise the impact of the activities through well-defined communication, dissemination, stakeholder engagement and exploitation strategies.
Picture of the Kick-off meeting
The project kicked-off on January 10th, 2018 at EARSC’s premises in Brussels. Two thematic workshops will be organised around the agriculture sector in Matera, Italy (end of April) and maritime sector in Brest, France (beginning of October) in order to create sinergies with the EO sector and better define internationalisation priorities.
The 10th EU Space Policy Conference in Brussels has provided a suitable framework for this ceremony.
The arrangement, signed by ESA Director of Earth Observation Programmes Josef Aschbacher, on behalf of ESA Director General JD Woerner, and SatCen Director Pascal Legai will provide a stable foundation for further collaboration between the two organisations, in order to improve synergies between space and security activities and to further develop operational capabilities.
Hyderabad, 16th January 2018: The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) and the Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI), signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on the 16th of January 2018, on the sidelines of the Geospatial World Forum in Hyderabad. Representatives from the EARSC member companies Airbus, Deimos Imaging, e-geos and Planet as well as our project partner from Caselex attended the ceremony.
This MoU has the objective to establish a formal cooperation initiative between EARSC, responsible for promoting the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and supporting companies in Europe which offer EO-related products and services, and AGI which is responsible for addressing common concerns and for promotion of the interests of the geospatial industry in India. The concrete objectives of the MoU include:
1. Regular exchange of information and answering requests
2. Production of a joint roadmap for increased future cooperation
3. Cross-promotion of mutual opportunities and interest to export technologies
4. Cooperation in the marketing of showcase applications of mutual interest
5. Organisation of joint meetings/events on an appropriate basis to support and implement the objectives
The main beneficiaries of this MoU would be organisations and firms located in the EU and India that are willing to develop partnerships and joint projects, and are interested in benefitting from the sharing of best practices and exchange of experience, information, people and technologies related to EO which are not available in their home locations.
Commenting on the MoU, Sandeep Srivastava – Executive Director of AGI expressed, “The MoU acts as a foundation of growth and development between the European Union and India and not just EARSC and AGI. This will provide a much-required impetus to the geospatial companies in both geographies to explore mutually beneficial growth opportunities.”
“We’re delighted to have entered in a MoU with AGI. This for us embarks the beginning of a relationship which will greatly benefit the geospatial and EO companies in both EU and India. We’re certain that the conjoined efforts from both organisations will yield great results for our members”, stated Geoff Sawyer – Secretary General of EARSC.
About the Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI)
The Association of Geospatial Industries (AGI) is a non-profit, non-Government, industry body, representing the common and collective interest of the Geospatial Industry in India. Geospatial Technologies encompass a wide range of technologies such as Remote Sensing, Surveying, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS), Geographical Information System (GIS), Photogrammetry, Image Processing and other emerging technologies that assist the user in the collection, analysis and interpretation of spatial data with reference to geographic information.
AGI members draw representation from the entire workflow of geospatial technologies from spatial data acquisition to spatial data processing, enterprise wide application development, integration, maintenance and update. AGI members are providers of products, applications, solutions and services including hardware, software, platforms, etc.
About the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)
EARSC is a non-profit organisation aimed to promote the use of Earth-observation (EO) and European companies which offer EO-related products and services. Formed in 1989, the organisation has over 100-member companies from throughout Europe with a secretariat office in Brussels. EARSC is actively involved in coordinating and strengthening the EO chain and promoting the European geo-information industry, and also providing a unified voice on wider European and global issues of importance to the industrial sector.
The new commercial constellation – which the company announced is called Vivid-i – will be the first of its kind to provide full-colour video; and the first European-owned constellation able to provide both video and still images.
The multiple satellites within the Vivid-i Constellation will significantly increase the ability of companies and institutions to monitor, track and analyse activities, patterns of life and changes at any location on earth.
Dr Graham Turnock, Chief Executive of the UK Space Agency, said: “Today’s launch is a significant moment for the UK and global space industries with Earth-i’s progress being tracked across the world. Earth-i is an exciting and innovative British company and is a fine example of our thriving space sector.
“The Government’s recently published Industrial Strategy set out a clear vision for the UK to become the world’s most innovative nation and we are working with industry to capture 10% of the global space market by 2030.”
The prototype satellite, designated CARBONITE-2 by manufacturer Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL), was launched on the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle from the Sriharikota rocket launch centre operated by the Indian Space Research Organisation, located in South East India.
CARBONITE-2 is a technology demonstration mission, operated by SSTL, and will be referred to as VividX2 by the Earth-i team.
It will demonstrate and prove technology and processes for Earth-i’s forthcoming constellation including tasking, data downlinks to ground stations, image quality and the complex motion control systems that enable the spacecraft to capture video from space.
The satellite weighs 100kg and will orbit at 505km above the earth travelling at approximately 7km a second. At the heart of the new satellite is an Ultra High Definition (UHD) camera which will capture high-resolution images for any location on Earth – and film up to two minutes at a time of video which can show moving objects such as vehicles, vessels and aircraft.
Earth-i is at the forefront of an era known as New Space which is being driven by commercial and governmental organisations that want to use high-quality, timely images and video from space to improve investment and trading decisions, monitor and track their assets more cost effectively, track changes or activities in critical locations – and predict future events with more certainty.
Earth-i is working with the space industry’s most innovative and dynamic companies. It has already ordered the next five satellites for its Vivid-i constellation from SSTL; appointed Norway’s KSAT (Kongsberg Satellite Services) to provide ground network services; and commissioned software from Swedish photogrammetry and imagery specialist, Spacemetric, to manage, catalogue and geometrically correct images and video from its new prototype satellite.
Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at the European Space Agency (ESA) said: “The launch of VividX2 is a significant next development of Earth-i’s constellation, and welcomed by ESA. The Vivid-i Constellation will provide capabilities we haven’t seen before including full-colour video, and an assured stream of high-quality data from space to help improve both our planet and our lives on Earth. ESA looks forward to working with Earth-i to assess the benefits of Vivid-i observations as part of a renewed effort of ESA to engage with commercial companies to support European Earth Observation ventures.”
Earth-i’s Vivid-i Constellation will be a major leap forward for the Earth Observation industry providing a number of innovative capabilities including:
- The provision of high-frame rate images with resolutions better than one metre for any location on Earth.
- The ability to film moving objects such as vehicles, vessels and aircraft in Ultra High Definition colour video.
- Revisiting the same location multiple times per day with agile satellites that can be pointed to image specific areas of interest.
- Rapid tasking of satellites to take images or video, and fast data download within minutes of acquisition.
Footage will be available for analysis within minutes of being captured and will improve decision-making and response times in a wide variety of scenarios from change detection to object identification, from disaster response to infrastructure monitoring.
Richard Blain, CEO of Earth-i, said: “Today is a significant milestone for Earth-i and for the global space industry. It’s the culmination of much hard work by the teams at Earth-i and SSTL. We are now researching and testing the technology and data services for the Vivid-i Constellation using the still and video imagery from this prototype – and showing our customers what will be possible in the future from new capabilities such as colour video from space.”
EARSC – the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies – is a non-profit trade association working on behalf of the geospatial information services industry in Europe; in particular the EO services sector which comprises companies generating information using satellite imagery. Established 27 years ago, today, EARSC has 100 members from throughout Europe.
The Analyst/Project Manager will work in a small team of people, responsible to the EARSC secretary general and ultimately to the EARSC Board of Directors. The job will involve working with the various stakeholders of Copernicus, of developing a strategic picture of the relationships amongst the key players and of developing relationships with those players.
More information about the position can be found here
If you are interested, please send a letter of motivation (in English) and a CV to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The conference SATELLITE RUSSIA & CIS is the only event in Russia focusing on satellite communications and broadcasting, manufacturing spacecrafts, rockets and space equipment, spacecraft launch services, space funding and insurance. SATELLITE RUSSIA & CIS is annually attended by the representatives of all competitive companies from each market segment: from spacecraft development, manufacturing and launch services to fixed and mobile communication services and Earth remote sensing. For more information please visit http://www.comnews-conferences.ru/en/conference/satellite2018
Topics to be discussed during the conference:
- Overview of satellite services market in Russia, Europe and the world
- Satellite communication networks in the era of the new industrial revolution (Industry 4.0)
- Practical coexistence and cooperation of national and international players in the Russian market
- Joint manufacturing of space equipment in Russia: aspects of partners’ teamwork
- National production of spacecrafts, carrier rockets and related devices/components/modules
- Development of VSAT market and new opportunities for satellite broadband
- Direct-to-Home (DTH) satellite broadcasting: on the way to Ultra HD 4K and 8K
- Funding for space programs: loans, insurance, legal issues
- Satellite communications for socially and politically important regions of Russia
- Internetworking of mobile satellite networks and landline cellular networks
- Private investment into space: low Earth orbit satellite communication systems, new launch vehicles
- Practical application of Earth remote sensing systems and geo-information systems in Russia
The conference SATELLITE RUSSIA & CIS 2018 will be joined by regulatory authorities, CEOs of the Russian and foreign satellite operators, television and radio companies, broadcast network operators, satellite and space equipment manufacturers, launch service providers, financial and insurance companies, consultants, industry-specialized and business journalists, as well as corporate customers using satellite communication services.
Here’s a preview:
Geospatial value and impact in world economy: Market trends and business directions
The session will focus on key driving factors such as location-based analytics, Internet of things, and seamless integration of indoor spatial analytics with outdoor spatial analytics.
Geo-enabling 4IR (IOT, Cloud, AI, 3D printing, Big data)
The session objective will be to uncover how the fourth industrial revolution is set to revolutionize the geospatial and location industry by bringing in dynamic changes through the development of new applications, business models and revenue models.
System integration and business process embedment extending geospatial value chain
This session will deliberate upon how geospatial solutions are no longer stand-alone systems. In keeping with the demand of users of a ‘complete’ geospatial solution, the industry has made a radical move towards offering seamless business- wide integrated solutions and its optimal embedment in the business processes.
Reorienting National Geospatial Agencies: Fostering infrastructure and policy imperatives
The focus of the session will be to discuss how National Geospatial Agencies are reorienting themselves to take cognizance of the advancing digital ecosystem to promote democratization of geographic data, defining standards, endorsing active industry participation, and playing an advisory role in formulation of policy imperatives for economic development.
NewSpace revolution: Democratization, commercialization and monetization
The highlights of this sessions will be on trends in the Earth Observation industry that are bringing fresh impetus to the commercialization and monetization in the earth observation industry, and more.
Location analytics and business intelligence: Leveraging mainstreams IT and financial market
This session will focus on how Innovative technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine learning, big data, blockchain, drones, virtual reality, etc., are ensuring a rapid innovation cycle for the players in the financial domain.
Digital engineering and reality mesh:
The session will weave discussions around how with unprecedented convergence of data and technologies, digital engineering is opening new frontiers by bringing together critical information in ‘virtual’ models for forecasting problems and improving performance.
Collaborative approach: Business model renaissance
The session will explore about ‘collaborations’ that are long-lasting, scalable, and are bringing in transformative renaissance in the geospatial industry.
Witness thought-provoking sessions and insightful discussions on various topics and hear firsthand accounts from business leaders !
The four-year contract will involve Serco developing a cloud-based online platform offering a simple, user-friendly way for anyone to access Copernicus data and geospatial information via secure web services. The platform is set to launch in the first half of 2018, following a six-month build and testing process.
The Copernicus program continuously collects satellite imagery from around the world updated on a near real-time basis, as well as a host of environmental and meteorological data covering everything from atmospheric composition to air quality, precipitation and sea levels. A set of dedicated satellites — the Sentinel family — collects the data, as well as a range of public satellites and a multitude of in-situ sensors on the ground, at sea and in the air around the globe.
By helping developers and entrepreneurs to more easily access and exploit the enormous volume of Copernicus data, the project aims to stimulate a wave of innovation, resulting in the creation of a range of new data-based applications and services. ESA expects the project to bring a range of economic, environmental and social benefits by enabling the development of new business models and valuable new uses for the data.
“We are very proud to have chosen by the European Space Agency as their partner on this ground-breaking initiative. The Earth observation data collected through the Copernicus program is incredibly rich and the potential range of uses is enormous. Facilitating open access to the data is a very exciting project and we are very much looking forward to seeing what innovative products and services will be developed as a result,” said Guido Vingione, Serco’s director of Copernicus services.
Atos has been selected by the European Commission and European Space Agency to deliver Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) in a broad European consortium with T-Systems, Thalès Alénia Space, DLR German Aerospace Center, EOX IT Services, Sinergise, Spacemetric, e‑GEOS, and GAF. This will make the integration of Copernicus data and information into flexible value chains easier and simpler – no need to download or invest in heavy processing and storage facilities.
Spacemetric will provide a range of functions available to all DIAS users for cloud detection and geometry metadata services as well as orthorectification, mosaicking and datacube processing services.
The agreement was signed at the “Big Data in Space Sector” workshop, which took place on December 6 at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Rome. The day, dedicated by the Embassy to the theme of Space, also hosted a bilateral Italy-Poland meeting with the aim of sealing the cooperation among companies in the Space sector.
During the meeting the representatives of the three companies signed a letter of intent in the presence of Marta Zielińska – Śliwka, Chargé d’affaires a.i. at the Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Italy.
The three companies can be rated as an excellence at European level in the change of paradigm of Earth observation services, which today exploits Cloud computing and Big Satellite Data to provide geospatial information as a services.
Creotech Instruments, together with the company CloudFerro, has in fact created and successfully developed a unique satellite database combined with fast cloud computing: the Earth Observation Cloud (EO Cloud). Data and computing power are available to anyone interested in using them for both commercial and scientific purposes. The EO Cloud platform was created as part of a project implemented by a consortium for the European Space Agency. On EO Cloud servers there are constantly updated and archived data, among others, from Landsat, Sentinel and Envisat satellites.
In December 2017 Creotech signed biggest contract in polish space industry history. Company will build advanced cloud platform “EO DIAS” which give unlimited, free and complete access to Copernicus data and information for European Commission and ESA.
Planetek has created Rheticus®, a cloud-based platform that delivers automated geoinformation services designed to provide accurate and constantly updated data and information about our changing world. Rheticus® provides timely and detailed information for the needs of a growing number of businesses (applications). The information is provided as a service and includes thematic maps, reports and geospatial indexes, designed for the monitoring of various phenomena, such as urban dynamics and land use changes, ground surface movements, landslides and infrastructure stability, new infrastructures and areas under construction, burnt areas and quality of marine-coastal waters.
WIZIPISI has been collaborating since last year with Planetek Italia as an authorized distributor of Rheticus® services in Poland, and successfully markets Cloud services for the monitoring of land surface movements and the control of landslide and subsidence areas, and of the stability of infrastructures.
“The letters of intent signed in Rome is the basis for future cooperation between our three companies,” said Adam Iwaniak, President of WIZIPISI. “In this specific technological constellation, whose common denominator is satellite data, Creotech and Planetek focus on aggregating and sharing satellite data, with the Creotech’s EO Cloud and Planetek’s Rheticus® platform; in the meantime, WIZIPISI has specialized in the creation of specific applications based on this data and in the provision of final services to corporate customers “.
“Together with our Italian partner, we have decided to bring our cooperation to a higher and more strategic level. We will determine the basic skills of each of the parties in the field of Earth observation, in which specializations our company will develop and in which areas we want to build and strengthen skills, to compete successfully on the European market together,” said Grzegorz Brona, CEO of Creotech Instruments SA.
Giovanni Sylos Labini, CEO of Planetek Italia, adds “This trilateral cooperation agreement is in line with Planetek Italia’s strategy to benefit from the extraordinary contribution of Copernicus to the growth of our industry. Together with our partners we will be more competitive in our countries, in Europe, but above all in the rest of the world”.
Contacts for the Media:
- Creotech Instruments: Dawid Michnik, Tel. +48 603504709, Email: d.michnik @ attentionmarketing.pl
- WIZIPISI: Tomasz Berezowski, Tel. +48 717297819, Email: tomasz.berezowski @ wizipisi.pl
- Planetek Italia: Antonio Buonavoglia, Tel. +39 0809644200, Email: buonavoglia @ planetek.it
The eInfrastructure and Science Cloud unit of the European Commission is organising a new information session for proposers as a follow-up of the ICT Proposers’ Day 2017 and NCP sessions. The session will focus on the INFRAEOSC-01-2018 of our call for proposals (Horizon 2020 Work Programme 2018-2020 in the field of ‘European Research Infrastructures and eInfrastructures’). It will offer an additional opportunity to discuss the procurement action of Earth Observation commercial services and build quality partnerships with researchers, private stakeholders, SMEs and Earth Observation actors from all over Europe, especially in the area of Copernicus/DIAS services to be procured.
The info session hosted by EARSC will be held in Brussels on the morning of 25 January 2018 in the West Midlands office in Brussels (Avenue d’Auderghem 22, 1040 Bruxelles).
The draft agenda is as follows:
9.15-10.45: presentations (from the European Commission / EARSC /proposers)
10.45-11.00: coffee break
11.00-12.00: Interactive session (eInfrastructure organisations and the Earth Observation community)
To register, please send an email to CNECT-RI-EVENTS@ec.europa.eu with the following information:
- your name, surname, organisation, country and function;
- Why are you interested in participating to the info session?
- Specific topics or expectations for the interactive part of the session.