Satellite success stories
Pioneering local and regional authorities already use satellite information and services in a variety of fields...
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Water is a critical resource in South Africa, therefore farmers are keen to use irrigation water sparingly. Using satellite-based information, the Western Cape Department of Agriculture provides to farmers adequate information on the crop irrigation, growth and nutrient status, demonstrating the benefits of integrated satellite technologies for farm management.
The Regional Directorate for Environment Planning and Housing of Alsace uses geo-information to monitor the quality of the hamster’s vital habitats in the region.
Under the authority of the prefect of the region, the Alsace Regional Directorate for Environment, Planning and Housing (DREAL) is responsible for developing and implementing national policies in the areas of preservation of natural heritage and biodiversity, water management, construction, urban planning, housing, pollution and risk prevention, transport, climate and energy.
The Italian Lombardy Region experiments an advanced tracking system to monitor hazardous waste transnational transport.
Paris and the Île-de-France Region manage an electric vehicle rental service using an innovative satnav application
The Tourist Department of Porto developed mobile tourist guides using satellite navigation to geo-localise points of interest and make it easier to tourists to discover them autonomously.
Prague created an interactive map collecting and making available accurate and reliable information on all means of public transport in the city.
Vilnius has a population of approximately 560 000 inhabitants, half of whom use the city’s public transportation system on a regular basis.
In order to address urban congestion issues and reduce traffic levels in the city centre and the Old Town, included in the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1994, the municipality of Vilnius decided to offer environmental friendly alternatives to move around the city.
Dormagen is a German town of about 60 000 inhabitants living in the 16 districts of the state of North Rhine-Westphalia. The Municipality of Dormagen is responsible for ensuring the quality of the urban environment and of the public infrastructure (roads, bus stops etc).
The Department for Environmental Monitoring uses satellite images to monitor the effects of urbanisation on the evolution of natural habitats and soil sealing.
Potsdam is the capital city of the German federal state of Brandenburg and home to over 155.000 inhabitants and UNESCO – world heritage site. Bordering on Berlin, the city is part of the metropolitan region Berlin-Brandenburg that is characterised by highly urbanised areas (Berlin and Potsdam) surrounded by rural, natural landscapes.
”Nothing came up when I searched for a restaurant in North Tipperary on my GPS. I was sent to Limerick!” This anecdotal but significant experience prompted Bernie Leonard, Shannon Development Tourism Officer for North Tipperary & Offaly, to do something about making it easier for tourists to enjoy County Tipperary. “We wanted to get that extra people to the Centre of Ireland” she says.
The challenge: A long-term digital divide in the province meant that 20% of its population throughout 68% of its territory, especially in Alpine regions, could not benefit from broadband internet.
The challenge: the Agriculture Dpt. of the Campania Region observed that farmers' subjective and empirical assessment of irrigation needs led to an excessive use of water sources compared to the maximum values needed to guarantee optimal yield.
The challenge: Lorraine (FR), Rhineland-Palatinate (DE), Wallonia (BE) and Luxembourg needed to coordinate their management of flood and pollution risks, while complying with the European Water Framework Directive.