Eurisy publishes reports and analysis based on its work with end-user communities.
Satellite-based services in the public sector
1 June, 2016 |
European national, regional and local public authorities are using satellite data and signals for a range of different purposes. They rely on satellites to monitor the environment, improve the efficiency of agricultural practices, better prevent and manage natural hazards, ensure the reliability of transport networks, and for urban planning purposes, among others.
The new Eurisy publication “Satellites for Society: Reporting on operational uses of satellite-based services in the public sector” analyses more than 100 replies submitted to the Eurisy survey for public authorities in 2015.
Public managers were asked why they started using satellite-based services, how much the services cost and how the uptake was financed, which challenges they face, and how the satellite solutions help them saving time and resources while improving the quality of public services.
This publication is disseminated by Eurisy with the aim of contributing to building a knowledge base on the uses of satellite-based services in the public sector. By taking into account the direct feedback of public managers, the report offers a distinctive insight into the work of European public administrations, which will be useful to policy and decision-makers to increase the potential benefits of satellites for society.
The Eurisy survey for public authorities remains open and accessible in nine languages at this LINK.
You can download “Satellites for Society”, as well as the reports describing the results of the case-study analysis that preceded the Eurisy survey, by clicking on the links on the right.
Satellites Going Local 2014 - Digital Society Edition
8 July, 2014 |
The 2014 edition of Eurisy's "Satellites going local" publication collects operational examples in which satellite information and services have been used to provide new products and applications in the fields of media, education, arts and culture, leisure, tourism, marketing and sustainable urban development.
Its main objective is to raise awareness of how public authorities and SMEs can use satellite applications to improve their services and engage people. Moreover, the publication is also intended to promote the “Digital Agenda for Europe”, the first of the seven Europe 2020 flagship initiatives, which aims to support citizens and businesses in getting the most out of digital technologies.
Satellites Going Local 2013 - Water Edition
15 October, 2013 | Good Practice Handbook
The 3rd issue of “Satellites Going Local” presents operational examples of local and regional administrations and companies who use geospatial information, satellite navigation and satellite communications to improve water management locally, regionally and cross-border. It touches on sectors as diverse as water supply and management, agriculture, risk management, environmental protection and energy.
Local and regional administrators and private companies who use or manage water sources can draw ideas and inspiration from these good practices so as to improve water management, and thus contribute to the sustainability of this vital resource on the long run.
Monitoring and valuing the European geological heritage: operational uses of satellite applications
7 September, 2013 | Conference Paper
Geological and landscape diversity is an essential part of the European culture. It characterises our rural and urban environments and offers the resources needed to sustain human communities. To monitor and protect geological heritage, back in 2003 the European Parliament stressed the importance of harmonising analytical methods to obtain comparable soil data and of increasing the exchange of information among Member States on soil, topography, structure and natural form of the land in Europe (European Parliament, 2003).
Today, satellites offer the opportunity to collect and access geological and biological information covering large areas, including urban, rural and natural environments at the micro and macro regional levels. On their own initiative, or within European and national schemes, local and regional managers are already using satellite services to monitor, protect and promote geological, landscape and biological diversity. To disseminate the results of these initiatives is fundamental to capitalise on experience to develop new services adapted to local needs, and to set the basis for the establishment of an integrated coherent system to manage geodiversity in Europe. Eurisy, a non-profit association of space agencies, works to foster awareness of operational uses of satellite applications in this and other sectors. Paper presented at the 12th European Geoparks Conference, Cilento and Vallo di Diano Geopark, Italy, 4-6 September 2013.
Achieving Europe 2020: Policy coordination in support for Cities, Regions and SMEs
21 November, 2012 | Position Paper
Eurisy’s Position Paper 2012 recommends that operational satellite solutions whose benefits are proven through end-users’ experience, and which help fulfil European policy obligations, should be referenced in European Directives and Regulations, as well as in European transversal funding schemes.
Eurisy's Position Papers are published every two years. Their are based on Eurisy's grassroots with user communities. Their objective is to provide decision-makers with feedback on facilitating factors and obstacles to the take-up of operational applications by professional end-users from various sectors.
Satellite applications take-up in Europe: an analysis of three cases with regional authorities
15 October, 2012 | Conference Paper
Case study observations confirm that the merits of the technology alone, and a technology-driven approach does not necessarily convince the user to adopt this new technology. Similarly, top-down measures to stimulate take-up are not sufficient unless they are accompanied by grassroots support to the potential end-users in their appropriation of these tools. Such support should be based on a better understanding of their operational needs and the economic realities on the field. Cooperation between early adopters and potential end-users on a peer-to-peer level, relationships between potential end-users and technologists that are based on a real business case for service use as opposed to service development, as well as political drive on all levels, including sub-national, are all crucial factors in bringing about the kind of social change that translates an effective penetration of the satellite services within society. Paper presented at the International Astronautical Congress 2012.
Space Applications for Urban Mobility
1 June, 2012 | Conference Paper
This paper presented at the 2012 Toulouse Space Show, France aims at underlining, through concrete examples, how European cities make the most of satellite information and services, and satellite navigation in particular, to achieve sustainable urban mobility and create viable alternatives to owning a private vehicle. Without being exhaustive, the operational examples described also show how the integration of satellite information and services in urban mobility strategies benefits other policy areas of increasing importance, like health and social inclusion.
Coast Alive! Project
1 October, 2011 | Eurisy Report
COAST ALIVE (CA!) is a project between several North Sea coastal regions concerned with promoting healthy living and mitigating climate change in coastal areas.
Eurisy has worked with Norfolk County Council, one of the project partners, in producing a tailored report on the County needs and challenges, with experts' recommendations on using satellite applications to meet them. Norfolk is currently looking at how to include satellite data in their current geographical information system, following some of these recommendations.
Satellite Broadband for Hampshire
1 February, 2011 | Eurisy Report
This report evaluates the added value of satellite broadband in achieving 100% broadband coverage of the territory of Hampshire County. It is the outcome of a Eurisy case-study workshop hosted by the Hampshire County Council in Winchester, early 2011. The event brought together stakeholders from Hampshire County Council and satellite broadband experts from the European Satellite Operators Association (ESOA).
Eurisy MORE4NRG report: a practical introduction to satellite applications for forest and biomass professionals
15 January, 2011 | Eurisy Report
Eurisy, with the support of remote sensing and forestry experts, has produced an introduction highlighting the added value of satellite applications for forestry inventories and biomass assessments as part of sustainable energy strategies on a local and regional level. The report provides new ideas to local and regional authorities actively seeking to leverage innovation in their projects related to forestry and biomass. It includes recommendations for local and regional authorities considering such solutions.
The report is Eurisy’s contribution to a toolkit on innovative approaches and tools for improving local energy strategies – the final output of the INTERREG project MORE4NRG
Creating Sufficient User Pull to Secure the Benefits of Satellite Services for Society
15 October, 2010 | Position Paper
There is currently a great opportunity for the diffusion of the use of satellite information and services. Potential users are keen to innovate and innovation is recognised as the key to economic recovery. Pioneering public and private organisations have already adopted satellite information and services. Rapid and sustainable measures are necessary to incentivise and support more end-users to follow suit. This will allow the formation of a well-developed core user pool with a critical size to trigger the emergence of a market for satellite services, and ensure Galileo and GMES services fully deliver the expected benefits to society.
Current Barriers and Factors of Success in the Diffusion of Satellite Services in Europe
4 November, 2009 | Journal Paper
Article published Space Policy Magazine, Vol. 25 Issue 4, November 2009. Go to Science Direct Website for Article. Copyright 2009 Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Satellite services benefit civil society by helping tackle challenges such as climate change, the digital divide, etc. They have the potential to deliver concrete benefits to European society through innovative services supporting economic, societal and environmental policies. However, this potential has yet to be achieved. The paper argues that technological bias, the diversity of interests and initiatives among stakeholders and their individual actions do not always serve their collective objective to ensure wide diffusion of satellite services.
For a Facilitated Access of Local and Regional Authorities to Satellite Services
15 November, 2008 | Position Paper
This Paper argues that it is necessary to make efficient use of public investment in research and development by supporting the transition of the results into the final operational service/product.Recommended measures include ensuring a better transition between the 7th Framework Programmes and European Regional Policy Funds, by designing calls that take into consideration the R&D stage but also the operational use of the resulting services as an objective in itself. Such calls would make it compulsory to include end-users from the R&D stage, and a business case for these to use the resulting services.
Eurisy User Programme: A Grassroots Approach To Anchoring Space in Society
1 November, 2008 | Conference Paper
The Paper outlined Eurisy's User Programme objectives, methodology and results. It was presented at the IAF 2008 IAC conference in Glasgow (IAC-08-D1.1.01.)