This article illustrates how space-enabled solutions contribute their share in the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, and shows what satellite data tell us about this extraordinary crisis situation.
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.
The Sat4Envi initiative is a national operating system for gathering, sharing and promotion of digital satellite information about the environment in Poland. By providing civil servants with better tools to manage stallite-based services, it contributes to the public administration’s transition towards a digital economy.
Over the past year, Eurisy has celebrated its 30 years anniversary. Since its inception, it has relentlessly accomplished its mission and proved to be a highly effective tool for “bridging space and society” through various channels, including the organisation of events. Everyone will agree that the recipe for a successful event is about allowing for networking opportunities or letting discussions sometimes go a little “off-piste”. This is the spirit of the series of articles that we initiate today on “Satellites for Sports”, aiming at promoting satellite applications for the sports sector in a kind of informal setting.
Last October, Eurisy participated in the United Nations/International Astronautical Federation Workshop on Space Technology for Socio-Economic Benefits: "Ensuring Inclusiveness through Space-based Applications and Space Exploration". The workshop- organised in conjunction with the International Astronautical Congress (IAC) taking place in Washington DC this year, had as a main objective the idea of providing insights on how space applications contribute to empowering people and ensuring inclusiveness and equality, demonstrating that space applications can help achieve the SDGs.
The use of Earth Observation (EO) data in civil engineering is not common. Yet, something is changing. Italian SME Survey Lab with its expertise in development, distribution and promotion of EO data and geomatics based monitoring systems, took the opportunity of H2020 project I.MODI, to demonstrate the importance of integrating different data streams into the map-based products used by civil engineers.
e-shape (EuroGEOSS Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe) - a new project funded under the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Programme gathering 54 consortium members kicked off to deliver a suite of Earth Observation services to EU citizens, researchers, businesses and policy makers through the implementation of 27 pilot projects spanning 7 thematic areas aligned with UN Sustainable Development Goals.
Better diagnostics, prevention, care, coordination and information – can satellites play a role in mitigating Europe’s healthcare sector challenges? Together with our members at CNES and the European Space Agency and our partners from ECHAlliance and MEDES we joined the first edition of the Pro Digital Heath Congress to share hands-on examples on how space can make e-health services accessible to all.
To grow the island nation’s fledgling space industry, Eurisy member, the Malta Council for Science and Technology (MCST) partnered with the European Space Agency to set-up a new Earth Observation R&D grant scheme, the first of its kind in Malta, to stimulate and support the competitiveness of the Maltese downstream satellite-based services sector.
According to the 2018 Annual Economic Report on EU Blue Economy, it comprises all the economic activities related to oceans, seas and coasts, that cover of established sectors (eg.: Aquaculture, fisheries, etc.) and new ones (eg. Blue bio-economy and biotechnology, etc.). It is important to define what “blue economy” means in order to better explain its relevance to social and economic development and why satellite technologies can be a game-changer in this sense.
Every year Eurisy Members gather for a full day to learn more about what Eurisy achieved during the year and to discuss future activities. The Members’ Day represents also an opportunity for the members to network and exchange views on space applications and initiatives around Europe. This year it was hosted by the Moroccan Centre Royal de Télédétection Spatiale (CRTS) which welcomed the team and member representatives on 7 December in the charming city of Rabat.
After attending the European Emergency Number Alliance’s 2018 EENA Conference & Exhibition in April, Eurisy took its “Sat4Alps” project and recommendations further to another key user segment – mountain rescuers.
Europe is particularly rich in diverse cultural heritage sites. However, access to funding represents one of the major barriers to the efficient preservation of such sites and the sustainable development of the socio-economic potential of culture and creativity. To address this need, we've put together for you a list of potential EU Horizon2020 funding opportunities
Data visualisation: A beautiful and powerful communication tool. An interview with Hans Hack
In June Eurisy team spent a full, intense and enriching week in Vienna where we attended two anniversaries: the Space Generation Forum 2.0 organised by the Space Generation Advisory Council (SGAC) and the UNISPACE+50 Conference organised by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA). Here is what we learned and our impressions of the two events.
Eurisy attended the European Emergency Number Alliance's 2018 EENA Conference & Exhibition in Ljubljana, Slovenia. On the agenda – new technologies and innovation. Or rather how new technologies can benefit and/or support emergency and crisis response services. Here's what we're learned about the challenges and uses of satellite-based services in this sector.
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.
You’ve assembled a great team. You’ve created a great satellite based product and the pilot results are great. Now what? How do you convince investors to put money into your business?
One of the ideas recently discussed in the Eurisy conference in Berchtesgaden was that aggregating demand, introducing standards, and coordinating procurement would benefit various Alpine stakeholders as well as the regional economy.
We’ve interviewed Daniel Seybold—Head of Operations at TeleOrbit GmbH—on why getting their clients to talk to their peers is more efficient than a business pitch, and on the main challenges companies face on the satellite applications market.
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.
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?
Satellite applications met the great outdoors in Bayonne for Eurisy’s conference Outdoor Sports: surfing avant-garde satellite solutions. You don’t see what one has to do with the other? Quite a few things actually! Notably in the Pyrénées-Atlantiques Département, a haven for outdoor sports of all kinds, which boasts a strong outdoor industry.
To keep you up-to-date with the latest news and innovation around satellites, we’re counting down our month’s top highlights!
"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!
"[…] 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."
To keep you up-to-date with the latest news and innovation around satellites, we’re counting down our month’s top highlights!
Companies, governments, and individuals recognise Big Data and Open Data policies as drivers of innovation and growth. Satellite data is undoubtedly part of this Big Picture. But where does it stand? The EC, SMEs and civil society shared with us their views and expectations on Big Data.
With Big Data and Open Data policies on everybody’s lips, 2015 confirmed that these trends are here to stay. Companies, governments, and individuals recognise them as drivers of innovation and growth. Satellite data is undoubtedly part of this Big Picture. But where does it stand?
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…
Many obvious geographic data user networks need, access, manipulate and use Big Data, but satellite data still lags behind in the mix. Hopefully, some things are about to change! We showed some examples during the latest round table organised in cooperation with ROSA, ESA and the EC.
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.
Laudatio by ESA DG Jean-Jacques Dordain, given on the occasion of the Eurisy General Assembly 2015 on 17 June 2015 - the last to be presided by President Colin Hicks.
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 )
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
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.
GNSS is a game-changer in precision agriculture, with an excellent market penetration rate in the Netherlands and Germany. Why aren't there more farms in Europe benefitting from it?
[...] 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?... [...]
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.
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.
As everyone who attends conferences knows, going to a conference is not (only) about sitting through PowerPoint presentations. One learns some of the most interesting things at the coffee break, or during a round table that has gone a little off-script (in a good way).