From space to society. And back.

From space to society. And back.

This blog is about all matters concerning the diffusion of innovation within society, with an obvious soft spot for satellite applications.

Disrupt with space! 31 March, 2017 | | tags: Disrupt with space!

When it comes to space -- and specifically, to the downstream sector -- can service providers using satellite data be just as agile and user-centric? Space is slow, it is generally assumed. That may be a limiting factor. But we argue that it is not. To the contrary, we believe satellite data-based services can be just as user-centric as any other digital services.

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Eurisy's Monthly Faves 3 October, 2016 | | tags: Eurisy's Monthly Faves

Eurisy's Monthly Faves: September
Each month Eurisy comes across several new examples on how space and satellite technology can be used to improve life on Earth. Here are some of our favourites from September.

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The App Trap...and how to avoid it 1 July, 2016 | Author: @Eurisy | | tags: The App Trap...and how to avoid it@Eurisy

Most of us remember the first Snake game Nokia had put on their phone in the nineties. We have come a long way. Nowadays there’s an app for everything and our smartphones are bustling with new tech solutions. From mobile apps crowdsourcing data for disaster management, to apps that send flu alerts, to traffic congestion management, there is no shortage of ideas. The app can be easily built and tested. But what's next? 

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Organising the first satellite App Challenge in Malta, and ten lessons we learnt from it 8 April, 2016 | Author: Alexander Borg | | tags: Satellite Data, SatApps Organising the first satellite App Challenge in Malta, and ten lessons we learnt from it

"Ideation is sometimes a mix of recklessness and ingenuity"  Alexander Borg, Research and Innovation Consultant, Malta Innovation Technology Agency tells us.  The Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) and The Malta Environment and Planning Authority (MEPA) organised their first Satellite data based App Challenge earlier this year. The result: 8 startups pitched their business ideas on how they would use satellite-data to develop their innovative idea into a testable, deployable and demonstrable solution.

Here are Alexander's TOP 10 take aways! 

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Why make it simple when you can make it complicated (about end-user needs) 25 March, 2016 | | tags: Why make it simple when you can make it complicated  (about end-user needs)© apinan

"[…] more effort should be carried out, on the ground, to talk to end-users and get new ideas from them.
The fact that we can do that, in Europe, is perhaps our biggest competitive advantage in the face of much decried (by some) American competition, of the likes of Google and the rest. We – both public and private providers – can create European value-added services because we can talk to the end-users on the ground. We can find out what they need. And they need stuff. So we can insist on going beyond research, to create highly personalised solutions that rely both on Europe’s impressive satellite infrastructure and on field knowledge."

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Free and open satellite data: private companies join in the game 9 December, 2015 | Author: Massimo Zotti | | tags: Copernicus, Big Data, Open Data, Open Access, Satellite Data Free and open satellite data: private companies join in the game© 2015 PLANET LABS INC

When it comes to satellite data, open data policies have come to be expected and welcome from public entities. However, a private satellite data provider going for the same policy will make some noise and raise some eyebrows. Surely the very point of such companies is to make money from selling such data, not giving them away for free. And yet…

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The Climate Change Data Challenge – open innovation for the COP21 28 August, 2015 | | tags: Copernicus, Sentinels, climate change, COP21, Big Data, Open Innovation The Climate Change Data Challenge – open innovation for the COP21

2015 is the year France will host the 21st Session of the Conference of the Parties to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (COP21). The expected results of the C3 initiative – that is, innovative applications relying on data and emerging from the collective intelligence of citizens, companies, start-ups, civil society, students – will feed into the COP21. As far as initiatives of this kind go, C3 is exemplary in making climate change, but also innovation, everyone’s business.

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EO uptake: the Holy Grail? 27 March, 2015 | | tags: EO, users uptake EO uptake: the Holy Grail?Dr. Ian Thomas: reviewing ice typing in Antarctica

We’ve interviewed Dr Ian Thomas for some tips to advance EO Uptake based on his three-decade plus career as an Earth Observation (EO) specialist and supporter to end-users. This has been within various local, central and pan-government programmes in the United Kingdom, Western Europe, SE Asia, USA, Australia, Antarctica and New Zealand. (More on his current work at www.eoci.info )

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The Committee of the Regions – a receptive ear when it comes to satellite services. An opportunity not to be left at that. 7 January, 2015 | | tags: Committee of the Regions, EU consultation The Committee of the Regions – a receptive ear when it comes to satellite services. An opportunity not to be left at that.© Peter Hermes Furian - Fotolia.com

The Committee of the Regions was among the first user organisations to pick on the potential of satellite services and their use in the Regions. (working notably with Eurisy since 2007). End 2014, the organisation produced another opinion on an EC consultation on the importance of the use of satellite services in the Blue Economy. But for the CoR to go further in its recommendations, industry and SMEs should be more present

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Sentinels & SMEs: threats and opportunities 19 September, 2014 | | tags: Copernicus, SMEs, governance, Sentinel, downstream services Sentinels & SMEs: threats and opportunities©Vaitkus

Dr. Gediminas Vaitkus is the owner of Geomatrix UAB, a small Lithuanian company that has successfully participated in the development of Copernicus core services. It specialises in automated geospatial data processing. Now that the Sentinels are being launched, we asked Dr. Vaitkus about his point of view on the prospects the Sentinels bring for small and medium businesses.

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Sentinels launch: what next? 10 June, 2014 | | tags: Copernicus, Sentinels, users Sentinels launch: what next?

[...] And so the real challenge ahead lies not in launching the additional Sentinel satellites – though that is a feat in itself of course. The real challenge is in how well connected and “irrigated” the downstream value-added chain is. Is everyone in place for the chain to work out?... [...]

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Innovation is not really the problem in Europe 8 April, 2014 | | tags: innovation, Europe, Airbus, satellite services, Horizon2020 Innovation is not really the problem in EuropePhoto: ©Melvin

Europe doesn’t invent anything anymore, at a time when the EU has just decided to inject €80 billion into Horizon2020, Europe’s research and innovation programme. This was the deliberately controversial premise of a recent documentary on whether Europeans have lost their mojo when it comes to innovation and technology. It is easy to fall for the American pitch on why the US is a champion. But there is more to the story, and plenty of scope for European success, including in the aerospace sector.

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SMEs in the Puglian space 7 March, 2014 | | tags: SMEs, governance, pioneering regions SMEs in the Puglian space©Nereus

The much-debated topic of how to ensure SMEs make the most of public investments in space, along big industry, has been a hot one for both countries with an established space industry who aim to promote their SMEs, and for "new entrants". Arguably, the latter stand to gain most from the development of satellite services, provided they also look after demand. Puglia's model may provide some useful lessons for both.

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