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1. About our company

FUJITSU CLOUD TECHNOLOGIES LIMITED is a Japanese private company that provides services in public cloud and other digital business solutions (i.e. machine learning). 

2. About our products

Satellite images are a prime example of big data. However, it is extremely difficult to extract data from satellite images. Therefore, we have started providing "Starflake".

It is a service that analyzes images taken by Earth observation satellites and processes the sizes and changes of various objects on the earth's surface into table data.

We deliver three key services 1) "Starflake nightview" to provide urban nighttime lighting, 2) "Starflake forest" to provide forest and vegetation index, and 3) "Starflake water" to provide water quantity. Our clients can get table data simply by selecting the area, period, and service they need.

3. Potential Users

  • Real estate agencies can analyze the feature of the area and use it to assess land prices and assets.
  • Retail companies can analyze local economic vitality and reflect it in their strategies and store plans
  • Institutional investors can leverage “Starflake” for novel investment opportunities and data-driven portfolio management.

For any interest in collaborations, feel free to reach out to us to the contact below.

Contact Us: datadesign@list.fjct.fujitsu.com


Ryo Kaneoka – Planner, Data Design Department, Business Design Division

Tell us a bit more about your Company

TerraScan offers a new generation of remote sensing services. We specialise in discovering, finding and exploring natural resources in an ecologically sensitive process. We combine extensive use of remote sensing technologies combined with proprietary approaches of signal processing, statistics and machine learning.

Our service offerings address governments, investors and operators. Experienced inhouse geologists interprete our findings.

We are operating globally out of Berlin, Germany.

What makes your services and products unique?

TerraScan is capable of identifying targeted resources (hydrocarbons, water, minerals, geothermal sources) on- and offshore down to 10.000 m below ground. TerraScan is capable to work very discretely without having to physically access the territory of interest. Wildlife and nature are preserved.

TerraScan uses a proprietary algorithm called gScan® that allows to identify surface patterns in standard satellite pictures. 

gScan® uses the radiation emitted by Earth to detect reservoirs and geological faults in satellite imagery. The findings are refined by taking fingerprints of already discovered natural resources and integrated into the model. We create a 3D subsurface data cube applying KI and statistics. Our models can reach accuracies of up to 50 cm offset in the depth distribution of natural resources.

The resulting subsurface maps, cross sections and 3D models can be analysed and compared with traditional seismic tools allowing traditional seismic to focus and verify findings and therefore save risk, time, money and ecological impacts.  

What are your future plans for the company?

TerraScan continues international rollout and creates references beyond the existing 60 projects in numerous industries.

TerraScan welcomes industrial players to benefit from our search capabilities for strategic materials such as in the e-mobility megatrend. Our reference case of finding Lithium for Volkswagen is a very strong proof of concept.

TerraScan offers additional services addressing its existing client base as well as addressing new fields such as Water supply, Ground Water Services and applications for agriculture.

What would you advice to someone who wishes to start their own EO company?

TerraScan believes in understanding the client´s day to day tasks, challenges and restraints. Anyone setting up their own EO company should build its services coordinated closely with future first customers for testing and reference. 

Don´t be stopped by: “This can impossibly work!” statements, especially not from your competitors or default technology users.

We still benefit strongly from working with Serial Seismic- and Oil-exploration entrepreneurs and geological opinion leaders. Transforming believers in traditional technologies into serial customers is the best proof of concept and a strong signal to future new customers.



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Brussels, Belgium, 16 October 2019

On the 20th of September 2019, the PARSEC Accelerator launched its first Open Call for applications,“Call for ideas” . The Accelerator invites all SMEs, start-ups and aspiring founders keen to develop Earth Observation[1]-based innovations for the Food, Energy or Environment sectors to apply. Applications should be submitted before the 20th of December 2019 at 17:00 CET. Winners of this Open Call will receive €10.000 equity-free funding and access the PARSEC Accelerator business ecosystem and support services. It is worth noting that they will also get a chance to compete for €100.000 and further support in the second Open Call.

1. Emmanuel, can you tell us more about the application process?

It is very easy! All you have to do is make a 3 minute video where you present:

  1. Your skills and experience
  2. Your idea for innovation on Food, Energy or Environment
  3. In which way your idea is addressing the issues or needs of the sector(s)

Simply put, tell us your idea and why you are qualified to make this idea a reality.

It is worth noting that you do not have to share your business solution, just upload the video and apply before 20th of December 2019 at 17:00 CET on the PARSEC platform.

2. What kind of activities can successful applicants expect to participate in?

Besides, the 10.000€ equity-free funding provided per beneficiary, the PARSEC activities where designed to address the key challenges entrepreneurs face when trying to convert their idea into a business such as gaining a competitive advantage, having their vision validated by experts or just finding the capital to launch the business or in their scale-up process.

In the first stage beneficiaries will network in a 3-day bootcamp, receive mentorship by the PARSEC team and other selected experts and receive tailor made coaching.

There will also be dedicated matchmaking events to enable them to form cross-border and cross-sectoral consortia. These activities will empower them with knowledge and capacity to see their visions transforming into solid business cases and help them to gain a competitive advantage.

3. Why do you ask applicants to be part of cross-sectoral and/or cross-border consortium?

We identified the key challenges for SMEs to scale up. One of them is finding clients outside of their home country. Therefore, having a cross-border partnership can really help small companies scale-up fast.

As for the cross-sectoral aspect, we believe that bringing together people with different backgrounds but who share the same ambition for innovation is an opportunity to develop mutually enriching partnerships and to reach new markets. These new teams, if they decide to apply for the Open Call 2, can be supported with  the 100.000 € funding and further business services.

I would like to take this opportunity to clarify that first stage beneficiaries will have to create a consortium but not necessarily with their competitors. They could use this as an opportunity to team up with their costumers or potential business partner.

4. Any tips for our readers that wish to apply?

Go for it! You have nothing to lose!

Regardless of your background or experience, if you have an innovative idea we want to hear it! Our goal is really to boost innovation and your business.

Just upload your 3 minute video and apply before 20th of December 2019 at 17:00 CET on the PARSEC platform. Find useful tips here.


More information about the PARSEC Accelerator Open Call 1 application can be found on the attached overview or our website: www.parsec-accelerator.eu.

For questions you can read our FAQs or contact us directly at info@parsec-accelerator.com.

EARSC – the leading business network representing companies creating EO-based value across Europe – has partnered with leading clusters (AVAESEN, bwcon), accelerator experts (BIOSENSE), and innovative SMEs (Rasdaman, Geomatrix, DRAXIS, Eversis, Evenflow) to bring the PARSEC vision to life.

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[1] Earth Observation is the collection, analysis and presentation of information about various features of the Earth via remote sensing technologies such as satellites.

The problem of drought in the changing climate of Poland is increasingly affecting the local farmers. This season, nearly 4 million hectares of crops fell short of rainfall. Poland’s Agency for Restructuring and Modernization of Agriculture is providing public aid to combat this, however many useful tools that are currently available for farmers to foresee and act in advance of problems, are still not used as they should.

Information from satellites can help in increasing agricultural productivity, despite difficult conditions

The world is on the verge of the third modern revolution in agribusiness related to precision farming. The first revolution caused by the mechanization of agriculture at the beginning of the 20th century enabled one farmer to create resources for 26 people. The second - "green" - took place in the 90s and was associated with obtaining genetically modified plant species resistant to pests and requiring less water. It resulted in an increase in the number of people possible for one farmer to 155. Thanks to the third, which is based on increasing analytical capabilities and the development of new technologies, each farmer can produce food for 256 people.

Increase in Power

As population increase and shrink as a result of climate change, fertile cropland resources face the challenge of increasing production efficiency per hectare. This is related to soil type, irrigation, application of fertilization or atmospheric conditions. Thanks to big data analysis, which provides information from Earth observation, all these elements can be examined for optimal results.

One of the largest sources of information about conditions on our planet are pictures from satellites. They create new technologies, applications and services that optimize various processes and facilitate human functioning on Earth.

"Every day, the CREODIAS platform receives a huge amount of valuable information from satellites orbiting the Earth. Companies and startups interested in using them, which need high computing power to analyze larger data repositories, can use our ready cloud infrastructure. This significantly reduces their cost of entering the market" - says Urszula Mielcarz from CloudFerro, the operator of DIAS platforms - CREODIAS and WEkEO, sharing satellite imagery implemented as part of the European Earth observation program Copernicus.

The market for products and services using information from space is growing dynamically. As for Europe and the Copernicus program, according to a recent report (Copernicus Market Report 2018), the use of Earth observation data in agriculture alone generates over EUR 18 million in revenue annually. And in the coming years, this value will grow by over 20% annually. This market has huge development potential and a field for operation also for Polish companies from the IT sector.

"Applications using data on precipitation, temperature, soil moisture, fertilization, etc. are already supporting farmers in managing crops. They can help reduce the use of pesticides and other fertilizers, plan optimal irrigation or detect plant diseases. A great example of the possibilities offered by information is the observation of bee activity. Current data from satellites allows you to plan spraying so as not to harm insects. There are infinitely many situations in which the potential of observation from space can be used "- explains Urszula Mielcarz.

Dutch global database

Monitoring of crop condition, soil condition and properties, and mapping of cultivation activities are key to harvest prediction. Satellite data can also be used to monitor changes in agricultural and crop production efficiency due to drought. What's more, satellites enable monitoring of soil degradation trends and a decrease in land productivity as a result of excessive grazing, improper irrigation or farming.

In response to the projected population growth and increasingly demanding growing conditions, the Dutch organization Waterwatch Cooperative is developing a global database on weather, water supply and growing conditions. It aims to help farmers produce food more efficiently, profitably and sustainably. Using a wide range of sources, including satellite data, the organization wants to record and analyze crop data for the entire globe.

"Thanks to our solutions, the farmer will no longer be lonely in making decisions on which not only his profit depends, but also the situation on local food markets," says Ad Bastiaansen, the creator of the company. - "Our application allows you to reduce cases of plant diseases by up to 40 percent and reduce the use of pesticides by 15 percent. We estimate that by the end of the year up to one million farmers around the world can use our application," he adds.

Understanding the images

Today, access to data from space is open - for more than a year, anyone with access to the Internet can enter one of the DIAS platforms, e.g. CREODIAS, generate information of interest to him and analyze it, from any angle. The biggest challenge associated with the use of satellite images is the need for specialists who will deal with their analysis and "translation", or processing, so that everyone interested can use them. However, the informational value of space data is priceless and timeless.

Today, over 16 petabytes of data are stored under CREODIAS. For more, please access www.creodias.eu

ARCTUS Inc. (CA), a subsidiary of ACRI-ST, is pleased to announce that its project "earth observation solutions addressing coastal erosion issue, their impacts on ecosystems and the risks to infrastructure assets" has been selected in the Climate Change Impacts and Ecosystem Resilience (CCIER) programme of the Canadian Space Agency (CSA). The project was prepared with Argans Ltd of Plymouth (UK), another subsidiary of ACRI-ST, Hatfield Consultants of Vancouver (CA), and the Chair of coastal geoscience at the University of Québec in Rimouski /UQAR (CA). It shall extend the work of the ESA-funded ‘Coastal Erosion’ project monitored by Olivier Arino at ESA/ESRIN in Frascati (IT), which is led by the aforementioned  Argans Ltd (UK), and involves national institutes such as BGS (UK), GSI (IR), and IHCantabria (SP), or their commercial delegates such as IGN-FI (FR), as well as companies such as isardSat (SP), the aforementioned ARCTUS (CA), and adwäisEO (LU), another ACRI-ST subsidiary.

New Earth Observation (EO) products, specifically designed to help monitor the impact of climate change on coastal zones with ice presence, shall be tested for their usefulness in policy planning and coastal management decision-making. These new EO products, and related novel tools, if adopted, would be used as part of local policy implementation to help mitigate vulnerabilities. It is the first step in the implementation of an effective monitoring system capable of providing up-to-date information on coastal areas, including shore-ice width and thickness in winter time, suspended sediment transport, shoreline erosion or accretion, and the status of coastal vegetated habitats, whose dynamics may allow the forecast of changes to-come.

Arctus Inc. is a private R&D company providing research, development and applications in remote sensing, Earth Observation and Geographical Information System (GIS) technologies for governmental agencies, scientific communities and the general public. Our company is specialized optical remote sensing of aquatic environments, from lakes to oceans.

Website: https://www.acri-st.fr/fr/ ; http://arctus.ca ; https://argans.co.uk/

Contact ACRI-ST: pierre.leonard@acri-st.fr ; craig.jacobs@acri-st.fr

Every year, the innovation award is a highlight of the TechConnect event in Boston, USA. This year, the rasdaman datacube technology received the prestigious award from the industry prospectors looking for breakthrough technologies.

The TechConnect Innovation Awards identify the top 15% of submitted technologies as ranked by the TechConnect Corporate & Investment Partner Committee. Innovation rankings are based on the impact the submitted technology will have on a specific industry sector. Innovations are submitted globally, ranging from academia over government and corporate research laboratories to small and large industry.

The TechConnect Innovation Award, highlighting top industry vetted technologies, attests that rasdaman heralds a new generation of services on massive, distributed spatio-temporal data standing out through its flexibility, performance and scalability, security, and open standards.

"We are proud about this leadership acknowledgement expressed by TechConnect Boston", says Peter Baumann, Principal Architect of rasdaman and CEO. "The continuous line of innovation awards, such as the NITEC Innovation Award 2018, is a strong incentive for the team to maintain its strong pace of innovation."

For over 20 years the TechConnect World Innovation Conference and Expo has connected top applied research and early-stage innovations from universities, labs, and startups with industry end-users and prospectors. TechConnect has published over 10,000 technical papers, connected over 20,000 innovations with industry partners, provided prospecting to most all Fortune 500 technology companies, and supported most every U.S. Science and Technology agency since its inception.

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Difficulty in scaling up. Can’t reach the researchers that want to use my EO services. Public procurement for research data services is really bureaucratic.

Any Earth Observation company executive may have said this at one point or another.

Niche markets can be challenging to navigate. It’s clear that the market for digital Earth Observation solutions is still developing. What your organisation needs is a little boost. This is exactly what the OCRE, the Open Clouds for Research Environments project, provides. 

Opportunities in the EOSC

The European Open Science Cloud (EOSC) is expected to become the European digital marketplace and virtual environment for 1.7 million researchers and 70 million professional users of research data. It will allow researchers and science and technology professionals to access to a variety of data services and solutions, many of them free, at least from the users side. 

€400 million have already been poured by the European Commission to make it into a reality since 2017, and an alpha-stage prototype of what it could look like exists, as seen in the EOSC Portal (www.eosc-portal.eu). By 2021, a more operational EOSC is expected to be launched. 

Multiple projects have been funded to make the EOSC a reality. One of these projects is OCRE. In this current early stage of the EOSC’s development, OCRE provides a clear route for commercial service providers of cloud and digital Earth Observation solutions to be involved with the EOSC early on.

How to get involved

As of September, OCRE has been gathering the requirements of researchers and is pooling and grouping demand from various universities and research institutions into buyer groups. To-date. institutions from up to 39 countries have already expressed interest to be part of the tender. This represents a clear demand for commercial services. 

Aside from the commitment to procure in OCRE’s tenders, the European Commission has allotted more than €3.2 million in adoption funding to OCRE which will be used by these buyer groups and institutions specifically for Earth Observation services.

OCRE’s Earth Observation Tender is expected to be published within 2019. Once it’s published and the commercial Earth Observation services have been selected, consumption will begin starting next year, 2020.

OCRE will support the succeeding Earth Observation service providers to onboard their services into the European Open Science Cloud. This will be achieved through the active collaboration between OCRE and EOSC-hub, another EOSC initiative tasked with onboarding services for the EOSC. 

The tender is expected to select more than one succeeding supplier. This provides better chances for suppliers that will respond to the tender.

Next Steps

A Prior Information Notice will be provided by OCRE to interested Earth Observation suppliers allowing feedback to be provided to the OCRE Earth Observation Tender. Feedback will be accepted for a limited time only. Following this, the OCRE Earth Observation Tender will be published.

All interested suppliers are invited to join the OCRE Community Network as Earth Observation companies to be informed of the latest important tender developments: ocre-project.eu/join.

EO4GEO is an Erasmus+ Sectoral Skills Alliance aiming to bridge the skills gap between supply and demand of education and training in the EO/GI sector. Started in January 2018, the project will run for 4 years: almost at half of its duration, it is showing significant step forwards in the development of its results, which will be of interest for education within the space/geospatial community.

One of the project outcomes is the realisation of a Body of Knowledge for the space/geospatial domain. Thanks to a network of experts, the BoK will contain the definition of more than 1000 concepts of the sector. Up to now, the concepts have been identified: the experts are now starting to elaborate on them. More information on the development of the BoK are described in this article.

EO4GEO is also designing a series of curricula cleverly linked to the occupational profiles of the sector, with particular attention to the tasks and duties needed by the workforce. The clear identification of the skills needed will permit future workers to approach the labour market adequately prepared. How the occupational profiles are being identified is explained here.

EO4GEO’s curricula will also be based on the studies on the business processes in the EO/GI field. This innovative approach gives strong consideration of market requirements: the idea behind is that business processes show tasks that the workforce deal with during their work. Studying them will enable to understand which skills are needed. The design of curricula will also be the focus of the next EO4GEO workshop, scheduled in Warsaw on the 27th of November.

Follow EO4GEO on the website and on Twitter to be updated on the outcomes, activities, news and events of the project.

I am really pleased to let you know that we have just completed and published our latest survey into the state and health of the European EO industry. It is our 4th survey which, up to now, has been conducted every 2 years. It is really interesting to do; although a large effort and quite a challenge! Each time, the results are eagerly awaited and sought after. Published in 2019, the data refers to companies performance figures in 2018.

This time around we have adapted our methodology. We did this for two reasons:

  • Firstly, to focus on the European market, we have not sought or included data coming from Canadian companies. There is already an annual survey, conducted in Canada by the space agency, which provides data on the space sector and, although less detailed on the EO downstream sector, does allow some comparative figures to be extracted.
  • Secondly, to prepare ourselves for the possibility to introduce a 2nd survey which will overlap our base survey every other year. This will lead to the publication of a survey each year where, whilst we do not expect the core data to change dramatically, it could help identify trends more quickly. But, more importantly, a second survey will enable us to gather data on new factors and indicators in the market.

Consequently, for this most recent survey, we have undertaken direct research on the over 500 companies in our database. For each one, we have looked at the relevant, national database for public information. This has been complemented by additional information coming from a commercial, company database. One of the advantages of this approach has been to allow us to tidy up our database by recognising where companies no longer exist. It is not easy to find new companies, but it is even harder to know when a company disappears!! They might have been acquired, they may have gone bankrupt or maybe have just changed names. With direct research, this is possible and provides us with better information on the creation rate of companies.

So, what are the key findings?

Perhaps the most important is the growth rate in the sector. Looking at all the three main parameters, the growth rate is around, or even over, 10%. Hence the growth in the sector is sustained and confirmed. Looking at the 3 key parameters:

  • The number of companies in Europe is found to be 515. With our new methodology this is almost certainly an under-estimate, but we prefer this to adding an uncertain percentage to our base figures. We believe that the discrepancy is not high and is less than 5%. The growth rate in the number of companies is 6% but this ignores the companies which have disappeared. Taking these into account, the creation rate of companies is running at around 12% per annum. We shall be able to refine this figure when we next complete the survey.
  • The number of employees is just under 8,400. These persons are employed in companies which are doing business in EO services (data or value-added) and does not include those employed within other companies to service that companies business needs ie in-sourcing; for example, those in some companies in the oil and gas sector. The employment in “Internal Service Departments” is a topic which we should dearly like to investigate.
  • The total revenues in the sector, in 2018, was €1.24b. This has grown at 10.6% per annum, from a level of just over €1b, since the previous survey. These numbers exclude Canada and are adjusted to account for the impact of one large contract known as WorldDem.

In markets, we find a growth in the part of the market linked to security, which is presumably driven largely by defence-related work. Even more important is the share of the market which is driven by the public sector. The sector revenues coming from governmental sources has stayed relatively stable at 65% for all 4 of the surveys which we have conducted. This includes R&D funding of around 14% and revenues coming from government-as-a-customer of around 50% - 51% in 2018. That this share remains relatively stable, demonstrates the importance of EO services for the public decision makers.

But even this understates the impact on the market as a part of the 14% R&D spend is made to improve the services which the public sector can procure; for example, research to improve the core Copernicus Services. If we conclude that 1/3rd of the R&D investment is there to support the public mission (with 2/3rds dedicated to supporting an industry mission), then 56% of the sector revenues are being driven by government-as-a-customer and 9% for industrial sponsorship.

These findings are extremely important, as I emphasised in a meeting with the Luxembourg parliament last week. Governments are being asked to invest €5.8b in the next phase of Copernicus from 2021 to 2028. Only around 20% of this will go on the services. But this is an investment of around €800m per annum which is supporting the generation of those services necessary for the government mission. It is a heavy investment in space assets; but is fully justified by the government role. Alongside this, by procuring services from the industry, the government investment can be made to yield double the results by enabling companies to do business in a market sector growing at 10% per annum; further justifying the public budget. We consider that a further programme of work should be considered (maybe by ESA Member States?), as was indeed the case during the preparations for GMES, to help prepare the services which shall be made possible from the new Copernicus missions.

There are a number of important findings from the industry survey, but few are as important as the numbers underpinning the message above. To find out more, download the full survey here.