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EARSC, under a contract to the European Space Agency (ESA), is investigating the impact of Copernicus Sentinel data on innovation and entrepreneurship, with the aim of improving understanding about emerging applications and business models, their technological and market maturity and the obstacles and challenges encountered by entrepreneurs who want to create businesses based on Copernicus Sentinel data.

The survey is addressed at business or individuals who are (or have been) involved in commercialising a product or a service based on Copernicus Sentinel data.

Participants will benefit from a free 6-months trial EARSC membership, as well as a number of other benefits, including potentially being featured as a “success story” within the upcoming report (after follow-up interview)

The survey is comprised of 13 questions and should take less than 10 minutes to complete.

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Through a series of studies, EARSC aims to gather quantitative evidence that the usage of Copernius Sentinel data provides an effective and convenient support to various market application.

These sudies are in the frame of the study “Assessing the detailed economic benefits derived from Copernicus Earth Observation (EO) data within selected value chains”, under an assignment from the European Space Agency (ESA). website

The EO4GEO project is inviting experts in the Earth Observation / Geographic Information sectors to participate in the process of developing a Body of Knowledge (BoK) for GI and EO. We are looking for professionals ready to support the description of the particular concepts (topics) in different inter-related knowledge areas, by commenting and contributing to the elaboration of the relevant texts.

EO4GEO – Towards an innovative strategy for skills development and capacity building in the space geo-information sector supporting Copernicus user uptake is an Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance that started January 2018.. EO4GEO aims to help bridging the skills gap in the Earth Observation / Geographic Information sector by creating a strong alliance of players from the sector/community. Its main objective is to reinforce the existing EO/GI training and education ecosystem and fostering the uptake and integration of space/geospatial data and services in end-user applications.

One of the first fields of the Project’s activity is the development and operationalization of a Body of Knowledge (BoK) for GI and EO. The existing Geographic Information Science and Technology Body of Knowledge (GI S&T BoK), developed by the GI-N2K project on the basis of the University Consortium for Geographic Information Science, will be the basis for further development. We assume that describing the Geographic Information and Earth Observation domain should be done by defining the underpinning inter-related concepts (theories, methods, technologies, etc.) that should be covered in education and training curricula. The process of developing the BoK for GI and EO will be carried out by the network of experts covering both fields.

We would appreciate your support in the development of the BoK for GI and EO join the Network of GI/EO Experts. Therefore we invite you to fill the form available at the link http://bit.ly/openEO4GEOexpert.
All personal data of the involved experts will be processed in compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). More information can be found in the form.

The candidate experts will be selected by the EO4GEO BoK for GI & EO Editorial Team based on the provided information and will receive upon selection another invitation, followed by the relevant materials and more precise guidance. EO4GEO has no dedicated budget for this type of work, but is currently developing a rewarding mechanism which will include, among others: acknowledgement and visibility of the contributing experts in the BoK and the EO4GEO platform; the joint preparation of scientific and other publications, etc. More information on how this would work and how you can benefit from it will be released together with guidelines for editing the BoK.

Thank you in advance for your readiness to support the elaboration of the Body of Knowledge (BoK) for GI and EO, which will be available for development of the curricula within the Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance and beyond.

More about EO4GEO Project: www.eo4geo.eu

The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) is the European organisation which promotes the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and represents the interests of the geo-information services sector in Europe. We have 101 members from 23 countries covering the full EO services value chain including commercial operators of EO satellites, data resellers, value-adding companies, geospatial information suppliers, consultancies and system/software providers.

As such, EARSC is deeply concerned about the potential impact upon the Copernicus programme should the United Kingdom cease to be a full participant and contributor to the programme. This brief statement sets out our views on the subject and articulates our desired outcome, which is to see the UK continue to contribute and participate fully in the programme.

The key arguments in support of this are as follows:

• Firstly, the UK government has invested significantly in Copernicus since the start of the programme, both via European Space Agency and European Commission programmes. This investment has benefited the programme substantially and has in part enabled its achievements to date. The Copernicus programme will benefit if this were to continue, as it will be able to exploit a larger financial envelope with the UK as a contributor.

• Secondly, the UK EO industry has contributed strongly with technical skills and capability since the start of the programme, making a significant contribution to its overall success. Copernicus would be able to achieve more with continued UK participation than without it, and the UK EO industry has the technical skills and industrial capacity to continue supporting the programme strongly.

• Thirdly, there are many successful pan-European partnerships and collaborations between EU and UK organisations in both the upstream and downstream elements of the Copernicus programme. Customers in the UK and the EU could lose access to specialist suppliers for both UK companies in the EU and EU companies in the UK. Partnerships developed in the business, in research and in scientific exploitation would suffer significant disruption and setbacks if the UK is no longer able to participate. UK research expertise in climate change has been extremely valuable to Copernicus.

In a recent UK government white paper , the UK indicates its interest to continue partnerships with the EU in space, including in particular the Copernicus programme. EARSC strongly supports this. There is precedent for this as Norway and Iceland have similarly negotiated participation to Copernicus despite being outside the EU. Financially, it should be attractive for the EU to maintain the UK financial and technical contributions, whilst the UK would continue to benefit from the data and information streams which Copernicus and its Sentinels generate, and from continued participation in Copernicus projects and contracts. We appreciate that relationships with the agencies, not all of which are under EU governance, entrusted with the responsibility to deliver Copernicus Services would need to be negotiated by the UK on a case by case basis.

EARSC would welcome the continued participation of the UK in the Copernicus programme following the withdrawal of the UK from the European Union, with the UK continuing to make a financial contribution to the programme and with UK industry continuing to be able to participate fully in EU-funded Copernicus projects and contracts. We would strongly encourage the UK Government and European Commission representatives to negotiate and reach agreement on such an arrangement as a high priority. Urgent clarification on the intended future arrangement would help to avoid disruption to current business arrangements.

Brussels, September 2018.

EARSC Statement on Brexit

European Association of Remote Sensing Companies – EARSC:

EARSC represents the Earth Observation geo-information services sector in Europe with today 101 members (92 full members and 9 observers), coming from 23 countries covering the full EO services value chain including commercial operators of EO satellites, resellers of data, value-adding companies, geospatial information suppliers, consultancies and system/software providers. The sector plays a key role in providing value-added, geo-spatial information to its customers in Europe and the world. In 2016, the sector revenue in Europe was over €1.2b giving work to 7700 highly skilled employees; The sector is dominated by SME’s with over 95% of the companies having less than 50 and over 60% less than 10 persons employed.
This paper has been prepared and issued by the EARSC board of directors on behalf of the members of EARSC which are commercial companies, coming from Member States of the EU or ESA, providing services (including consultancy) or supplying equipment in the field of remote sensing or using EO data.

EARSC has confirmed as Supporting Partner of Geospatial World Forum 2019. The Forum is a collaborative and interactive platform, which demonstrates collective and shared vision of the global geospatial community. It is an annual gathering of 1500+ geospatial professionals and leaders representing the entire geospatial ecosystem. Coming to its 11th edition, Geospatial World Forum has become the most talked about geospatial event, best-known for its futuristic themes, engaging content, and top-level attendees.

The 2019 Forum will carry the theme ‘#geospatialbydefault – Empowering billions!’ to demonstrate geospatial technology as ubiquitous, pervasive, and ‘default’ in our daily lives. Some of the topics to be discussed, includes sustainable development goals, smart cities, geointelligence, location analytics & business intelligence, environment; and emerging technologies such as AI, IoT, big data, cloud, blockchain and others.

We encourage EARSC members to contribute your expertise and participate at the Forum. Call for speakers are open until 30 September 2018. More details are available at www.geospatialworldforum.org

On the 26th June 2018, Sinergise was presented with the EARSC Company Achievement Award during the Association’s Annual cocktail, held in Brussels.

Nominations for the award were collected from EARSC members who then vote and the winner has been selected by an international, independent jury of EO sector representatives.

Sinergise demonstrated successful development of EO services for a target market (sector or geographic), a strong contribution to a defining European programme (Copernicus and ESA projects) and has exhibited 54% revenue and 27% employment growth in the last year.

EARSC and a prestige jury have thereby recognised Sinergise as one of the company’s that has made the most significant contribution to the development of the Earth Observation sector in Europe.

Grega Milcinski, CEO of Sinergise, stated “We could not have been happier about how things are evolving. We have entered the space market two years ago by demonstrating a novel way to manage petabytes of EO data in the cloud and today Sentinel Hub users process almost two million requests every day. This award is an important external affirmation of our business case, which would not have been possible without superb Sentinel data and its free and open policy. We are looking eagerly into the future, with DIAS platforms and even more data! EARSC and its members have already proven to be a valuable support in our activities and we hope to continue great cooperation in coming years as well.”

About Sinergise:

Sinergise is a SME from Slovenia with extensive expertise in developing advanced geospatial information systems based on web technology. The team has successfully completed several country scale projects related to support in agriculture and land administration in Europe and Africa. In 2016 Sinergise established satellite imagery processing engine in the cloud, Sentinel Hub, which won Copernicus Masters award the same year. It now powers several tens of earth observation applications in Europe, Africa, US and Australia and at this moment processes two million requests every day, crunching more than quadrillion satellite imagery pixels from Sentinel, Landsat, MODIS and other missions.

In 12 years of operations Sinergise built solutions for large governmental clients in Europe (United Kingdom, France, Slovenia, Croatia, Turkey, Macedonia, Montenegro, Czech Republic, Azerbaijan, Moldova) and Africa (Nigeria, Ghana, Tanzania, Mauritius), almost all of them still being supported nowadays. Altogether there are more than 2 million people annually using Sinergise’s tools and its technology helps to manage more than 50 million property records and more than 500 million EUR of transactions annually.

The EARSC competition “European EO product of the year” rewarded a company which has developed a product which will support the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at national, regional and/or local levels, and the monitoring and reporting against the global indicator framework.

On the 26 June 2018, during the EARSC Annual Cocktail, the Award this year went to Dust Frequency Maps (DFMs) by SILEX CLOUDS which provides an historical analysis of Dust storm occurrences over the last 12 years. It is focused mainly in MENA region and oriented to assist the management of PV Solar Parks under dust/sand conditions that daily affect the performance of solar panels energy projections and effective production.

The Dust Load Index use the base of historical/statistical analysis from the processing of thermal bands, evidencing an estimation of dust charge.

This product will support SDGs related to Energy (improving the efficiency in the management of the renewable energy infrastructures and best potential locations), Climate Change (identifying changing weather patterns and with the full DMS the real time monitoring of extreme dust storm events) and finally sustainable cities & communities (by helping to deal with challenges related to cities infrastructures and services, as transport system)

This innovative product seeks to support informed decisions leveraging EO, with analysis/models. Data for validation of nowcasts/forecasts contributing to measure and monitor progress in SDGs addressing developing countries.

Pablo Marzialetti “As a CEO of Silex Clouds S.R.L. I’m very glad and honoured that our solution on Dust Frequency Maps was recognized by EARSC and rewarded with the ‘European EO Product Award 2018’. I strongly believe that our service could support the accomplishment of the 2030 SDGs. I am convinced that this noticeable award will leverage our company, and that EARSC endorsement will enable us to bring our solution to its Final Users. Overall it is very innovative products for the MENA countries”

About SILEX Clouds:
The SILEX Clouds project is centered on the provision of valuable information derived from complex satellite image processing techniques and GIS procedures, in near real time (NRT) and in interoperable formats. More info at www.silexclouds.com

The overarching objective of the IDEEO project is the creation of a new European partnership which will promote internationally the use of European Earth Observation capability in different sectors such as marine, agriculture, energy etc. In order to meet the expected impacts specified by the Call.
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The European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) and the Eurochile Business Foundation, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), establishing a formal cooperation initiative between EARSC, responsible for promoting the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and supporting companies in Europe which offer EO-related products and services, and Eurochile, responsible for promoting economic, trade, and technological cooperation between the private sector and institutions in Chile and the European Union, through business promotion, and the transfer of technology and know-how.

The MoU aligns perfectly with the objective of strengthening and deepening the working relations between the two entities in areas of mutual interests related to earth observation. EARSC and Eurochile strive to support in connecting European companies with Chilean companies with the aim of incentivising new opportunities for business, transfer of technology and innovation, and possible joint ventures or other collaboration mechanisms. This is particularly relevant given two key factors: (1) In February 2018, Eurochile was assigned the important task of representing in Chile the European Earth Observation Programme – Copernicus – as a member of the Copernicus Relay Network; and (2) In March 2018, the European Commission and the Chilean Government signed a Copernicus Cooperation Agreement to promote the programme in Chile.

“Eurochile is extremely pleased to formalize working relations with EARSC that opens up endless opportunities to work together, promoting the creation of new businesses in the field of space observation data within the framework of the Copernicus Programme”, Mr. Vicente Caruz, President of Eurochile said during the signing of the MoU at the Chilean Embassy in Brussels.

Mr. Geoff Sawyer, Secretary General of EARSC indicated that “we are delighted to sign this agreement with Eurochile following the Copernicus agreement signed between the European Commission and Chile. We consider that this opens excellent opportunities for European companies and those from Chile to work closely together”.

During the signing of the MoU, in the Embassy of Chile in Belgium, the Chilean Ambassador to the Kingdom of Belgium and the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, Mr. Raúl Fernández Daza, highlighted the fact that “this agreement will foster the practical use of massive amounts of multi-source data and quality information through applications and platforms that will be designed by private companies for the benefit of Chile and Europe, in vast numbers of critical fields, such as land, ocean, emergency response, atmosphere, civil security and climate change”.

About the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC)
EARSC is a non-profit organisation aimed to promote the use of Earth-observation (EO) and European companies which offer EO-related products and services. Formed in 1989, the organisation has over 100-member companies from throughout Europe with a secretariat office in Brussels. EARSC is actively involved in coordinating and strengthening the EO chain and promoting the European geoinformation industry, and also providing a unified voice on wider European and global issues of importance to the industrial sector.

For more information contact Marion Bouvet: marion.bouvet@earsc.org
Website: www.earsc.org
Twitter: @earsc
LinkedIn: EARSC

About the Eurochile Business Foundation

The Eurochile Business Foundation is a pioneering initiative of the European Union and the State of Chile, established in 1993 as a non-profit organization. Eurochile’s mission is to promote economic, trade and technological cooperation between the private sector and institutions in Chile and the European Union, through business promotion, technology and know-how transfer. The foundation is meant to serve as a bridge between Chile and the member countries of the European Union; a bridge for entrepreneurship, technology partnerships and good practice exchange. The concept of mutual benefit is nowadays a key concept in the relations between the European Union and Latin America.

For more information contact Nina Morales: nmorales@eurochile.cl
Website: www.eurochile.cl Twitter: @eurochile_
LinkedIn: Fundación Eurochile