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  1. Could you tell us a bit about the EUSPA?;  how the agency started, its mission and role in the Galileo programme, some examples of actions that have been taken and some success stories?

Space services have had an impact on economy and society since quite some time across a broad spectrum of industries from aviation and agriculture to maritime and surveying just to name a few. With this in mind, the Commission and the co-legislators (Council and European Parliament) decided to bring the EU space assets under one roof with the creation of the first ever integrated EU Space Programme and the establishment of the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). EUSPA will become a pillar for Space Programme ensuring the implementation of the EU Space regulation to the fullest. This new agency has increased responsibilities in terms of the Galileo and EGNOS services but also undertakes tasks related to the promotion and commercialisation of the Copernicus data. EUSPA is also coordinating the development of GOVSATCOM, the EU’s secure telecommunications system for governmental users.

Since its inception, the Agency had been engaging with the EU space user community, designing, developing and implementing services that best meet their needs.

To stimulate space innovation in Europe and advance the market uptake of EGNSS we have been transmitting GNSS expertise and market development knowhow, leveraging grants, innovation competitions and R&D schemes to those wishing to make use of EU Space.

We have managed to create a blossoming ecosystem of SMEs, start-ups and academia using European Space technologies. Currently, thanks to our #MyGalileo series competitions, we have mobilized a network of 1000 start-ups, private inventors from all over Europe. This pushed the bar of innovation higher and yielded applications ranging from drone medical deliveries to beekeeping solutions and precision farming projects.

These competitions are part of our adoption strategy for Galileo and EGNOS.

Today, this led to some impressive results. Just to name you few:

  • currently more than 2 billion smartphones are using Galileo,
  • more than 3 million trucks use Galileo and EGNOS in Europe,
  • 15 million cars use EGNSS worldwide and 9 million of those cars are in Europe,
  • Already more than 100 car models on the market are fitted with Galileo and EGNOS solutions, which represents 29 car brands in total.
  • 30% of drones use Galileo
  • 30% of Maritime receivers are Galileo-enabled

Innovation and the support for entrepreneurship is at the heart of our strategy and we are planning to continue to support it for Copernicus downstream development.

  1. The EUSPA has been asked to take on an expanded role to help develop the uptake of Copernicus. How would you describe this new mission?

We’re very excited to have Copernicus onboard for this new EU Space journey. Copernicus is the world’s most advanced Earth Observation system offering a dearth of value-adding services to a growing group of users around the world. EUSPA is in charge of developing downstream commercial applications and markets for Copernicus, fostering innovation, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe. We are already working together with the Entrusted Entities of Copernicus to ensure that all the markets are reached and that commercialization of Copernicus data are bringing added value for European companies and ultimately the citizens.

  1. How does this mission benefit from the existing role in Galileo? How do you see the similarities, synergies and areas of distinction between your ongoing role for Galileo and the new role for Copernicus?

It is within EUSPA’s scope to forge synergies between the EU Space Programme components and therefore Copernicus. The synergies between EO services and GNSS services will help us develop a range of solutions for various business sectors but most importantly they allow us to respond to societal challenges such as preserving our ecosystem. Let’s look at maritime protection for example. Oceans produce over 50% of the oxygen we breathe and regulate the climate. They are vital for human and animal life which is why they require constant monitoring and protection. And that’s where the synergies of Copernicus and Galileo are essential. The high positioning accuracy offered by Galileo when combined with high-resolution imagery coming from the Copernicus Sentinel satellites can allow authorities to identify and reach an incident site easily such as an oil spill and thus, mitigate its negative impacts. Likewise, we can fight illegal fisheries. I see these synergies as a way to democratize the services from space and also to drive progress in EU space. There is a lot of potential to be explored.

  1. How does this mission relate to the European Commission DG DEFIS? Can you describe the governance of the agency and especially in relation to Copernicus?

Working together with the European Commission and more specifically DG DEFIS as programme manager, ESA, the Entrusted entities of Copernicus and the Member States,  EUSPA will be supporting the implemention of the the EU Space Programme regulation to the fullest. While the Commission remains the project manager of the EO programme, EUSPA is here to support its tasks and make sure Copernicus market share is increased the coming years. 

  1. There is some confusion concerning a second space agency in Europe, how do you perceive your future relationship with the European Space Agency?

EUSPA is an operational user-oriented EU Agency contributing to sustainable growth, security and safety of the European Union. We are aiming at fostering the market uptake of the different space components (Galileo, EGNOS, Copernicus and GOVSATCOM) and is thus linking space to user needs.

EUSPA and ESA are complementary bodies with different responsibilities and different nature. EUSPA is an EU Agency although ESA is not an EU body but an intergovernmental body.

We will continue to work with our partner ESA because they are an essential partner to implement the EUSP.

  1. The political decision has only just been taken, how have you been preparing the agency for this new role?

Indeed, the political decision was made official only weeks ago by the European Parliament. Knowing earlier on -from December’s political agreement- that this is the direction we are heading to, we had started devising our new EUSPA strategy at many levels to ensure a smooth transition to our new responsibilities. I am proud that our teams at the Prague HQ but also in, Paris (Galileo Security Monitoring Centre, GSMC), Madrid (GSMC, European GNSS Service Centre, GSC), Toulouse (EGNOS) and Noordwijk (Galileo Reference Centre) helped rollout a new agency in a tight deadline. It’s a result of great teamwork and contributions from all EUSPA departments.

  1. What will be the main elements of the programme which you will put in place?

Our role regarding Copernicus is to promote and ensure the commercial market uptake of Copernicus data.

Under the new Space Regulation, however, EUSPA’s mandate will now include:

  • increased responsibilities in Galileo and EGNOS, including enhanced management responsibilities for the operations and service provision;
  • the security accreditation of all the components of the EU Space Programme, the operation of the Galileo Security Monitoring Centre, together with operational security;
  • the coordination of the user-related aspects of European Union Governmental Satellite Communications (GOVSATCOM), in close collaboration with the Member States and other involved entities;
  • the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo and EGNOS, and now including also Copernicus, leveraging funding mechanisms such as Fundamental Elements and Horizon Europe.

The European Commission (EC) may also decide to entrust the Agency with other tasks in the future.

  1. In your opinion, what will be the best mechanism to build a strong partnership with the EO services industry and how can EARSC help? / At the end of the interview, here is the opportunity for your final thoughts and how your activities could contribute to the future development of the EO geo-information service sector?

Knowledge and information about the EU Space Programme and the possibilities it offers are key to further reinforcing the EO downstream sector in Europe. As the agency’s scope has been enlarged, we will be looking forward to introduce ourselves to the EO industry and communities by participating in industry-relevant events as well as promoting EUSPA’s contribution to the commercialization of Copernicus through various online and offline channels. Already last year, during EU Space Week, we hosted a great number of EO companies in our virtual exhibition. I look forward to seeing these integration actions for EU Space grow.  

What’s more, to stimulate the market update of Copernicus, we will be establishing partnerships and continue initiatives like hackathons and innovations competitions. I am sure EARSC, as representative for remote sensing companies will give us great support in our new ventures.

Lastly, I would like to highlight the fact that the EU Space Programme was conceived with the core aim of benefitting the lives of Europeans. I understand that the knowhow of EO and GNSS is not equally spread across the Union members. This is one of the challenges we will overcome the coming years and we have the tools and talents to do so. By working closely with all the EU Member States, EUSPA will give SMEs, start-ups, innovators the means to make their first venture into the world of EO or satellite navigation.

Thank you for your contribution to the Interview and for sharing your thoughts and comments with the EOmag readers.

Aerospacelab

  1. Tell us a bit more about your Company

Aerospacelab was founded in late 2017 near Louvain-La-Neuve in Belgium by Benoit Deper and recruited its first employees in 2018.

From the very beginning, Aerospacelab has set itself the goal of becoming the European leader in actionable intelligence based on satellite data and other sources. Seizing the market opportunity offering lower costs in satellite manufacture, launch and data storage with larger server capacity for data, Aerospacelab based its business model on a fully vertically integrated intelligence solutions. Its overall mission is to enhance efficiency across markets by making geospatial intelligence both actionable and affordable.

To match its ambition, the company now employs around 70 people from 17 different nationalities with a distinct focus on the future through our many young employees.

  • What makes your services and products unique?

Aerospacelab follows a vertically integrated strategy, developing expertise both in upstream and downstream. We design and manufacture standardized microsatellites with flexible payload, operate constellations of satellites to generate data, and develop processing toolchains to extract and deliver actionable insights to end-users across various sectors.

We are also unique in the way that all of our services are designed to leverage data fusion and synergies between constellations. One example of this would be our ability to detect an event and task our satellites to zoom in on it with various instruments collecting different types of data. Our rationale is that we don’t base our solutions on just one type of data but we plan on combining the different sources. It would be like piecing a puzzle together : only once complete, can we fully understand the whole picture. 

  • What are your future plans for the company?

We have an exciting milestone just ahead of us : We’re preparing for the launch of our very first satellite by the end of June ! Our Risk Reduction Flight (RRF) mission will aim at de-risking and testing the technologies and operational processes developed in-house. We’re also making a bit of history with this satellite because it is the first 100% Belgian privately developed, funded and operated satellite that goes into orbit. And it’s going to be quite a show as it will be launched on a Falcon 9 rocket for SpaceX’s Transporter-2 mission !

We have yet another thrilling launch coming up at a later date with our Proba-V Companion Cubesat (PVCC) in its production phase at ESA. Meanwhile, we’re also working on our satellite constellations and our Versatile Satellite Platform (VSP) production site in Louvain-La-Neuve scheduled to drastically ramp up production starting next year.

On the downstream side, we’re partnering up with a number of different private companies to develop solutions in the form of a tailored dashboard that equips them with actionable insights. We’re offering these solutions in a vast array of sectors such as economic intelligence, insurance, environmental monitoring, support to operations, ESG and defense.

We also have a few more very interesting projects up our sleeves for a not so distant future…

  • Sounds exciting ! Can we join you ?

Of course ! We’re scheduled to recruit at least twice as many people as we currently are in the next couple of years ! We’re looking for all kinds of profiles : from engineering (hardware/software) to business. Check out the different opportunities on our website : https://www.aerospacelab.be/join-our-team/ and don’t forget to follow us on our social media to witness our path to ever bigger things :

Linkedin : https://www.linkedin.com/company/aerospacelab

Twitter : https://twitter.com/aerospacelab_be

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/aerospacelab.be

Editorial by EARSC's Secretary General Emmanuel Pajot

2021 New horizons for the EO downstream sector!

After several quarters without any update, we are delighted to revive eoMAG, EARSC’s newsletter, to keep you updated on the EU EO downstream sector.

2021 first semester was marked by several moments which will drive the future of our dynamic sector. In March, Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation since 2016, was appointed ESA Director-General. The following month, the European Council adopted the European Space Programme 2021-2027 budget of 14,88 billion. In May, the European Commission created the new European Union Agency for the Space Programme “EUSPA”. EUSPA’s mandate includes increased responsibilities in managing the exploitation of Galileo and EGNOS and is also responsible for the development of downstream markets and fostering of innovation based on Galileo, EGNOS and the commercial users of Copernicus.  

EU companies will get access to a set of actions such as the European Commission’s new initiative Cassini to support innovative entrepreneurs, start-ups and SMEs in the space industry (first information on EARSC Youtube channel – link) and Horizon Europe programme. With a total budget of 95.5 billion, Horizon Europe is the EU’s key funding programme for research to tackle climate change, help to achieve the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals and boost the EU’s competitiveness and growth. It includes an ambitious partnerships approach with industry in support of EU policy objectives. Many opportunities make references to Copernicus and EO at large.  First calls opened end of June. EARSC can play a role to support your consortium, helping you to find a partner.

In June, the EARSC annual event “ExpandEO” took place, attracting 830+ people. During 2 days and 13 sessions, attendees had the opportunity to interact with the 70 speakers, explore the 40 virtual stands, and network. This year, ExpandEO attendees could have a concrete impact on the DG RTD Strategic Roadmap design during the 1st Fire Forum, pinpointing opportunities for EO uptake in six sectors: agriculture, wind energy, infrastructure, marine, raw material and urban development. Explore the ExpandEO website to get access to videos and discover the winners of the awards.

As a termination of this editorial, I want to share with you two opportunities:

  • to develop your business in agriculture or maritime market in Chile or Australia: get support with the EARSC lead project ConnectEO:  Call for participation in trade mission (https://fr.surveymonkey.com/r/TBYLK5N )
  • to be part of EUROGEO’s flagship project in developing new services in alignment with the three main priorities of GEO (the Sustainable Development Goals, the Paris Agreement and Sendaï Framework): The second e-shape onboarding call is open up to September 3 (https://e-shape.eu/index.php/on-boarding-call )

I wish you a lovely summer and see you in 3 months for the future eoMAG!

2019 ended very successfully for PARSEC, with two-weeks-long extension of the first Open Call, and 348 applications from 38 countries! If you have already applied, you would like to join or you are still considering how to benefit from PARSEC ecosystem, stay tuned for what is happening in 2020.

After the closing of the application period, more than three hundred applicants are currently taking part in peer-2-peer evaluation. On the 10th of February the evaluation will close, points will be counted, and 100 beneficiaries will be selected.

The selected beneficiaries will meet with PARSEC consortium on the 27th of March in Stuttgart, Germany, to start working on their ideas and on creation of cross-border and/or cross-sectoral consortia. During the three-day-long Bootcamp, beneficiaries will take part in workshops, lectures, coaching sessions, and most importantly, in matchmaking event.

Beneficiaries of Open Call 1 will be looking for partners to form cross-border and/or cross-sectoral consortia throughout the spring. Apart from Bootcamp, accessible only for beneficiaries, five matchmaking events will be organized. To facilitate the access to the events, two of them will be hosted online, while three others will be organized in different regions of Europe. Matchmaking events will invite SMEs, entrepreneurs, innovators, and researchers to cooperate in creating of new Earth Observation-based product or service. Events will be open for representatives from Food, Energy, Environment and Earth Observation sectors, interested in joining the consortia.

The consortia will present their ideas and compete for further funding during two-day-long Demo Day, which will take place on the 3rd and 4th of July in Brussels, Belgium. Interested investors will have a chance to meet innovative teams and to discuss their further development.

To learn more about what PARSEC is up to in 2020 follow us on social media and check our website to learn more about upcoming events (more details soon!). To make sure you don’t miss any date, sign up for PARSEC email updates (subscription available through the website).

e-shape fostering and bridging the European Earth Observation ecosystem

EARSC is one of the leading partners of the 54 members consortium of e-shape (EuroGEO Showcases: Applications Powered by Europe), a 48-month project, lead by ARMINES, and constituted by a pan-European team of academic, industrial, institutional and user communities. Driven by the need to develop operational EO services with and for the users, e-shape is federating communities to increase the knowledge and the awareness on European EO capabilities and new approaches.

e-shape currently includes 27 cloud-based pilot applications under 7 thematic areas to address societal challenges, foster entrepreneurship and support sustainable development, in alignment to the three main priorities of GEO, namely the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), the Paris Agreement and Sendai Framework.

e-shape allows Europe to position itself as a global force in Earth observation through leveraging Copernicus, opening new opportunities and expand its use, through the existing European capacities, as well as developing research to business activities.

One of the objectives of EARSC is to invest and promote the users’ uptake of pilots at national and international scale, across vertical markets (private and public) and among key users’ communities; as well as support their sustainability.

e-shape boosts a rich portfolio of innovative key pilots participating in the project.

The seven showcases are:

The food Security and Sustainable Agriculture showcase: largely contribute to SDG 2, it consists of four pilots, which all display Copernicus data sets combined with the necessary in-situ data, weather and soil data that can deliver improved information at global, national and local scale, exploiting the processing infrastructures offered by Copernicus DIAS.

The health Surveillance showcase: will contribute to SDG 3. The three pilots are dedicated to surveillance of pollutants in the environment and their impact on public health through in-situ and space-based environmental observations. They can improve the policy making process and support the assessment of the effectiveness of measures undertaken by nations to achieve the goals of international conventions such as the Minamata convention.

The Renewable Energy showcase:  through its 3 pilots, will engage collaborations between research centres, data providers and end users both in the private and public energy sector. It focuses on SDG 7 and will provide from different European EO sources, innovative and technology mature products and services for renewable energy development and management.

The myEcosystem showcase: will serve focal user groups such as research, environmental assessment, reporting and management by offering seamless access to consistently scaled environmental information on ecosystems from various sources. It will serve SDG 11, 14 and 15. It is formed by three highly complementary pilots, developed to maximize services to user groups both in their specific topical areas, but specifically through integrating and jointly using information from remote sensing (mySPACE), in-situ observation (mySITE) and high-level indicators verification and testing with an exemplary focus on biodiversity (myVARIABLE).

The Water resources management showcase: reflects its multidisciplinary by presenting five pilot activities that focus on its different elements, going from inland waters to coastal areas and the ocean, providing a link to most of the European Directives and Policies and the SDG 6, 7, 13 and 14. These pilot activities will be coordinated by leading institutions and companies of their respective areas, based on work developed in the scope of previous projects and bringing onboard a significant user base to co-design, test and validate the provided services. The pilots will be integrated in NextGEOSS.

The Disasters Resilience showcase: deals with a portfolio of services focusing on natural and human induced disasters (geo-hazards, extreme weather, fires, floods, etc.) aiming at protecting citizens, economies and ecosystems. It is in line with the priorities and the goals set by the Sendai Framework on Disaster Risk Reduction and SDG2 and SDG11. The focus of the showcase, of which the pilots are formed, is to build an effective strategy for successful innovative products leading towards commercialization of EO services that is being composed of the active participation/involvement of both private and public sector (co-designers).

The Climate showcase: is contributing to SDG 13 and to the Paris Agreement. Through its pilots, it will exhibit services to public, private and academia users having a variety of cases from local city scale to global focus. The factor uniting most of these efforts will be seasonal forecast information from the Copernicus Climate Change Services C3S.

Acknowledgment.
The e-shape project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement 820852

Discover more about each pilot here: https://e-shape.eu/index.php/showcases

For more information, you can follow e-shape and EARSC to stay up to date.

On Wednesday March 18, we welcome all students at the Eurosense & Esri BeLux headquarters in Wemmel (Belgium) to discover remote sensing and GIS in practice !

What can you expect ?

  • Meet GIS and remote sensing experts
  • Practical cases – success stories – demo’s
  • Information on internships and careers at Eurosense and Esri BeLux

The Students’ Day is a must for everyone who wants to learn the full potential of remote sensing and GIS in practice.

You come in contact with other students and you can ask your questions to Eurosense & Esri BeLux experts. You will also hear testimonials and see use cases and demos.

Participation is free but registration in advance is required, via the Esri BeLux website.

Why did you found ExoLabs and what is the goal of the company?

Our planet is everchanging. Timely information about these environmental changes are valuable but not always readily available. ExoLabs’ mission is to quantify global changes by providing novel and user-friendly Earth Observation products and services. We use machine learning algorithms in a scalable cloud computing environment to process Earth Observation data on local to global scales. Hereby, we specialized on combining data from multiple EO constellations to provide near-real time products in a high spatial and temporal resolution. We strive to be the leading company in Switzerland for high-quality products and services based on EO. In addition, we also develop in-house solutions for data processing and advanced analysis.

Can you tell us more about your products and services? What makes them unique?  

Being based in Switzerland, monitoring snow is an obvious choice to start with. Our snow products are highly advanced as they combine multiple innovations under one hood. We monitor global snow cover changes on a daily basis in near-real time. Our product is based on a novel snow classification algorithm and features seamless snow cover gap free of cloud gaps. For selected mountain ranges (Alps, Rockies, Himalaya) we additionally provide snow cover in a high 20 m pixel resolution. Everyone can check out these products on our mobile app “ExoSnow”. On top, we developed a novel snow depth algorithm, that provides snow depth estimates in a 20 m resolution on a daily basis. Our PARSEC video further details our approach, which combines a high temporal resolution AND a high spatial resolution AND a very high thematic quality in a fully operational process. Next to the app, we provide direct data access (e.g. APIs, WMTS) based on our customer’s needs. Further state-of-the-art developments include a land cover and land use classification system based on deep machine learning algorithms using multimodal data inputs in a cm-scale spatial resolution for the area of Switzerland. Crucial to the success of this federal project were innovative, ready-to-use solutions for processing multiple TBs of geodata, highlighting our capabilities to extract meaningful information from diverse and extensive datasets.

What challenges did you face when starting your company? What is the biggest challenge as a young European company in the EO sector today?

Initially, we had to acquire new projects with industry partners and federal institutions to earn a reputation and co-finance our product developments. This path is not finished yet. But now, we further focus on extending our network, winning over new customers, and exploring new market opportunities. Our biggest challenge might be to make potential customers aware of the added value we can provide for them. Starting a company is a daring adventure, which we really enjoy. We consider these challenges along this path as opportunities to grow.

What are your plans for the future? Do you want to stay in the snow and ice domain or are you planning to serve also other markets?

Over the next 2-3 years, we plan to increase sales, acquire new projects and expand our EO-product offerings. Further snow products will include snow properties, forecasts, and long-term trends. In previous projects, we already provided products on global crop monitoring as well as regional land cover and land use changes. In addition, we plan to diversify our product pallet on further environmental changes based on customer needs. Transferring our processing chain with the same product characteristics of high spatial and temporal resolution to other thematic EO-products, such as forests, can be readily done. If you are interested to learn more about our products, services and capabilities, you are very welcome to contact us.

Air pollution causes many premature deaths, and has a negative impact on the economy, and even on biological equilibrium. Thanks to the European Earth observation program Copernicus, we have access to up-to-date information on air quality, which powers a number of tools that make life easier, such as applications for planning physical activity in the city.

According to the World Health Organization, 9 per 10 inhabitants of the Earth breathe polluted air, which causes the deaths of as many as seven million people per year. The European Earth observation project has made it possible to develop the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS), which monitors, reports and forecasts air quality. The service can help us minimize the impact of pollution and adapt to the changes that we are witnessing. For example, CAMS uses data generated by Sentinel-5P, the first satellite launched by the European Space Agency (ESA), dedicated to atmosphere monitoring.

Low air quality causes heart diseases, stroke, tumors and digestive conditions. It is the cause of many premature deaths. WHO estimates that air pollution by 2050 will be the biggest threat to the environment that we have ever experienced.

An application for people who exercise in the city

We all know that regular sports activity helps us improve our fitness and stay healthy for years, but for many people, not only those with heart or lung conditions, exercising in the city can be risky when there is a high level of pollution, as cities are where air quality is the worst.

Scientists at the University of Leicester are currently working on a mobile application that uses satellite data to map the level of air pollution in cities. The app not only alerts users to the conditions outside, but also suggests the best possible route for a long walk or run.

“Chronically ill patients, also those suffering from heart and lung conditions, are recommended physical activity, but doctors often have doubts and concerns about which exercises exactly they can recommend,” says Prof. Andre Ng, University of Leicester, UK. “The mobile application on which we are working will focus on the patient. The user will receive individual, accurate exercise recommendations based on their health condition and abilities, additionally taking into account up-to-date satellite data on air quality in a given location. This kind of model can encourage doctors to recommend physical activity more often, and at the same time motivate patients to exercise,” explains Prof. Andre Ng.

The application will use data from the Sentinel-5P satellite, which is equipped with a specialized sensor called Tropomi that detects chemical compounds such as nitrogen oxide, ozone, methane, or carbon monoxide.

Satellites for special missions

“Satellites are currently driving the growth of the space industry, representing two thirds of its total revenue,” says Przemysław Mujta, Technical Sales Manager at CloudFerro, a Polish company that delivers cloud solutions for the European CREODIAS and WEkEO platforms, which share satellite images as part of the Copernicus Earth observation project. “In addition to acquiring high-resolution data, Sentinel-5P can monitor an area as wide as 2,600 km, which enables precise mapping of the entire planet every 24 hours. 5P, which can detect volcanic ash, is also used to monitor active volcanoes,” explains Przemysław Mujta.

As low air quality is the cause of many premature deaths, using tools that can monitor air accurately is more important than ever before. Sentinel-5P will certainly contribute to popularizing the subject of atmosphere pollution, especially because air pollution data is increasingly the object of interest of not only professional researchers but also the public administration and local governments, as well as individuals. For example, it is used by urban planners, who manage urban traffic based on pollution level data to avoid exceeding a specific pollution emissions level. When pollution in the city becomes too high, the local government may decide to close educational facilities for the youngest children. Information on the level of air pollution is also useful to people who exercise outside, because it lets them avoid breathing in harmful substances when the level becomes too high.

According to Copernicus Market Report, the air quality monitoring services market will grow by 4.6 percent annually to reach EUR 430 billion by 2022. 

  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".

night lighting visualization in central Tokyo

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