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On 20-21 June, CREODIAS was presented to the honorary members of Copernicus, European Union, the EO industry as well as to the open public. Our participation involved presenting CREODIAS by means of an unique video, which provided information concering the platform, as well as provided guidelines for potential business to come.

CREODIAS was presented by members of the consortium: CloudFerro, Creotech Instruments SA, Sinergise, WIZIPISI, Eversis and Geomatys. Over 200 participants of the Baveno+20 event had the opportunity to discuss the CREODIAS platform with our representatives, many of whom found the EO Browser and EO Finder to be the tool capable of pushing their business forward.

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GEO-CRADLE organised the 3rd South-Eastern Europe GEO Workshop on the uptake of GEO and Copernicus, with emphasis on Climate Change, Food Security and Water Extremes, Raw Materials and Solar Energy which took place in Thessaloniki on 4 and 5 June 2018! The Workshop organised by the Interbalkan Environment Center [i-BEC] and the National Observatory of Athens [NOA],partners of GEO-CRADLE.

Attended by over 100 delegates representing research, private and public stakeholder from across the region, the workshop offered an opportunity for key actors across the Earth Observation [EO] value chain to share and exhange insights on the long-term actions that can help maximize the impact of EO and leverage EU investments. Your thought and inputs were very valuable to the GEO-CRADLE project team and their efforts to develop a roadmap for the improved implementation of GEO/GEOSS in the region.

GEO-CRADLE at the 3rd joint EARSeL/NASA LULC Workshop “Land-Use/Cover Change Drivers, Impacts and Sustainability within the Water-Energy-Food Nexus” on 11-12 July 2018 in Chania, Greece.

GEO-CRADLE partners from NOA, iBEC, CUT, TUBITAK, TAU and CEDARE participated the Mediterranean Regional Information Network (MedRIN) Kick-off Meeting in Chania, Greece, 13 & 14 July 2018. MedRIN will serve as a liaising network of remote sensing scientists working on land cover/land use change and stakeholders in the Mediterranean region.
GEO-CRADLE partners presented the the Soil Spectral Library which was created in the context of the GEO-CRADLE project in the region of Balkans, Middle East and North Africa, the SENSE system :Access to solar energy applications using EO data through GEO activities and THE “Photosynthetically active radiation climatology in Greece for optimal vineyard planning and exploitation”.

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In a recent press release of June 18, 2018, the EC has proposed to devote €16 billion to help maintain and further enhance the EU’s leadership in space between 2021-2027. Copernicus, the EU’s Earth Observation programme, will receive €5.8 billion. Space technology, data, and services have become indispensable in the daily lives of Europeans and play an essential role in preserving many strategic interests. The budget proposal builds on the Space Strategy for Europe of October 2016 and on the Industrial Policy Strategy presented by President Juncker in his 2017 State of the Union address. They are both a strategic vision for a smart, innovative and sustainable industry in response to growing global competition and major technological shifts.

It proves that Space is a key asset for Europe and has a growing importance for innovation in the European economy. To foster a globally competitive European space sector and ensure European autonomy in accessing and using space in a safe and secure environment, it is necessary to stimulate the integration of space into European economy and society. At the same time, the global space industry is experiencing profound developments due to new technologies and innovations. One of the main challenges for the sustainability of the European space industrial fabric and the delivery of cutting-edge scientific achievements is to maintain highly qualified scientists, engineers, and technicians including their lifelong learning. Recent EU projects and the study “Space market uptake in Europe” emphasized the fact that a lack of specialized skills in the EO/geospatial sector could be a barrier for the Copernicus space data market’s development. The EC’s Blueprint for cooperation on skills in the space data (geoinformation) sector (2017) aims at meeting these challenges. Following the EU Space strategy [COM 705 final], the Commission has launched, as part of the New Skills Agenda for Europe, a dedicated sector skills alliance for space/Earth observation gathering key stakeholders from industry, research, universities and public authorities to tackle new skills requirements in the sector. To this end, the Commission will strengthen activities and projects to promote space in education and sciences. In the longer term, the Commission will encourage the uptake of space solutions through standardization measures and roadmaps so that to open up space to non-space entrants and non-space industries.

General societal/technical trends

Following O’Sullivan et a al. (2018) the existing interdependence of data economy and the GI/EO sector are based on a variety of aspects. The key drivers of change in the data economy impacting the EO market include:

-Rise of the platforms: leveraging cloud computing infrastructure and stimulating applications development.

-Data as a Service: user manages the application, everything else is delivered as a service.

-Open data policies: demand from users and government policies changing towards improved access to data and tools.

-New business models: people can easily gain access to and use a multitude of data analysis services quickly.

-Sensor use growing: IoT and sensors intelligently working at the edge of networks, the complementarity of spaceborne and terrestrial data.

-Crowdsourcing: citizen science platforms and their commercial capability.

-Disruptive innovation: introduces a new value proposition. They either create new markets or reshape existing ones.

The evolution of the market shows the following trends: more commercial satellites will be launched (over 400 satellites from 35 countries), including lots small satellites using COTS components, over 50 countries investing in Earth observation technology with environmental monitoring, food security and climate change are global top political priorities; the market for commercial EO data will rise until 2025 to over $3 billion, for value-added services to $5,3 billion, in particular, the Asian market, as well as African strong growth (ibid.).

“EO development is closely linked to the worldwide digitalization of our societies, with an endless appetite for information, increasing number of data sources and need for interoperability, finance and economics, interconnected ecosystems (governments, industry, commerce) and last but not least security issues, national prestige, and soft power. “ (Denis et al. 2017, p 424)

In the communication on “Rethinking education” [COM 669 final], the European Commission stresses that investment in education and training for skills development is essential to boost growth and competitiveness. In the long-term, skills can trigger innovation and growth, move production up the value chain, stimulate the concentration of higher level skills in the EU and shape the future labor market. And it concludes that the skills mismatches are a growing concern for European industry’s competitiveness.

Copernicus workforce future scenarios

The Space sector in Europe has been boosted by the Copernicus programme, bringing significant socio-economic and environmental benefits to the public sector, businesses, and citizens. For the maximization of the impact of Copernicus effective user uptake activities are required. The provision of free, open and full-access to Copernicus data & information certainly is a paradigm change, but can only have an impact if the potential benefit in thematic and economic terms has been communicated and understood.

The evolution of Copernicus services – an improvement of Core Services and the development of Downstream Services in particular – requires the continuous innovative input and constructive feedback from academia. Service provision remains the domain of industry; research and development for innovation and adaptation to meet user requirements originates predominantly from academic institutions. Embedded in local networks, universities and research organizations are often the first point-of-contact for local and regional administrations or institutions needing solutions tailored to their specific workflows. The vision of a Copernicus ‘ecosystem’ entails technology transfer, translating between space-based information technology and local needs, and build on the existing capacity. For Copernicus to make an impact and to run on a sustainable level, requires, a demand & service culture to be built between all actors involved.

Stakeholders in this context comprise the EC, the European Entrusted Entities, numerous large companies from the EO domain, national delegates, national EO institutions, universities as well as national to local authorities, NGOs, initiatives, and SMEs dealing with EO data and geoinformation.

From our perspective, the ultimate aim is to facilitate the emergence of a new generation of young scientists and technicians with a service-oriented entrepreneurial mindset, who are exposed to the best practices in EO/Copernicus related research and advanced technologies. All Copernicus-related activities are to be designed to inspire and motivate next generation of scientists and technologists, as well as to catalyze the development of an entrepreneurial culture among researchers in the Copernicus space application sector.

The EO4GEO mission

EO4GEO is an Erasmus+ Sector Skills Alliance gathering 26 partners from 12 countries from academia, private and public sector activity in the education/training and space/geospatial sectors. EO4GEO aims to help to bridge the skills gap between supply and demand of education and training in space/geospatial sector by reinforcing the existing ecosystem and fostering the uptake and integration of space/geospatial data and services in end-user applications. The project will define a long-term and sustainable strategy to fill the gap between the supply of and demand for space/geospatial education and training. The strategy will be implemented by: creating and maintaining an ontology-based Body of Knowledge for the space/geospatial sector based on previous efforts; developing and integrating a dynamic collaborative platform with associated tools; designing and developing a series of curricula and a rich portfolio of training modules directly usable in the context of Copernicus and other relevant programs.

The EO4GEO consortium believes that by working together with all the relevant partners, the alliance can help to bridge and resolve the observed gaps and mismatches. By doing so, the uptake of Copernicus data and services, as well as geospatial data, will be stimulated in various fields through a more systematic, qualitative and innovative training offer.

Demand survey – first insights

A survey currently carried out by EO4GEO on demand on skills and occupation requirements. This so-called demand survey aims at retrieving information about the skills and tasks relevant in organizations as well as demanded occupational profiles. The description of occupational profiles based on a rating of relevant skills sets is one of the core objectives of the survey.

The preliminary results, which are based on about 120 responses from more than countries received until May 2018, showed that most employees with a master or Ph.D. degree are needed in organizations. This finding is backed up by interviews carried out by representatives from SMEs and industry. The labels of the specified profiles indicate that highly specialized workers in the EO/GI sector are demanded: e.g., remote sensing technician, GIS developer, remote sensing expert, data Analyst and scientist, EO/GI applications developer, GIS analyst, etc. The use of these labels is heterogeneous with regards to the skills indicated as important for the profiles and further analyses are required to identify high priority profiles based on the available relevance ratings of skills. In addition to the overview on the EO/GI related skills requested on the market, survey results concerning transversal skills and training in organizations were presented. The most frequently requested transversal skills are: 1) has independent and proactive working attitude; 2) is motivated to enter new thematic fields and 3) has foreign language skills. Skills referring to entrepreneurial skills were among the least requested ones. Training is widespread across all types of organizations with the most common types of training being in-house training, external workshops and distance learning.

These first insights gained on the demand of EO/GI workforce are currently further analyzed both quantitatively and qualitatively, while at this stage it highlights the absence of occupational profiles for the workforce with vocational training, the specific nature of training measures in organizations as well as emerging future workforce demands.

The observation that respondents stressed their preference for academics may also be attributed to the fact that a skilled worker on lower EQF levels is currently absent. As a vision, trans-level Copernicus education may take place leading to an emerging workforce with adapted Copernicus skills profile. Thus, the gap between the demand and the current offer can be overcome, expected profiles of the future workforce better matched and diversified, and new skills achieved by an innovative training and educational programmes.

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The National Geographic Society has announced the winners of its Marine Protection Prize – as part of celebrations for World Ocean Day on June 8.

The purpose of the Prize is to attract a range of solutions that offer low-cost and easy-to-maintain technologies and that are relevant to the needs of local stakeholders. Three winners were chosen from a pool of 156 teams, and each will be awarded $150,000 to implement their plans:

Paul Ferber of Marine Conservation Cambodia

Marine Conservation Cambodia, led by Paul Ferber, created a project which counters destructive and illegal fishing practices in Kep province, Cambodia, by deploying anti-trawling structures and delimiting boundaries of a marine fisheries management area. They developed a simple, interlocking design and high strength construction techniques that can deliver effective, robust and affordable devices on an industrial scale or at the village level.

A full structure is made of 21 concrete blocks (each 1.25-meter long and weighing 150-kilograms), built separately and assembled underwater. The structures can be built to different heights at various depths, thus avoiding impacts on regular and legal navigation, while enabling restoration of small-scale fisheries. They are designed to be easily movable without heavy machines and aim to provide a strong deterrent to illegal trawling as bottom-dragged nets get caught on them. They also act as an artificial reef. Each structure will be seeded with 1,000 locally grown oyster spats. This enhances water filtration and creates a wild bivalve aquaculture commerce, providing new economic opportunities for communities.

“Conservation doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive; often the simplest solutions offer the most effective outcomes,” said Ferber. “Giving nature a break from anthropogenic stresses is all that is needed to allow nature to do what it does best, self-restoration. As a species, we need to reassess our priorities and remove ourselves from the consumer lifestyles we have adopted and return to a more balanced approach where we give nature the respect it so desperately needs.”

Badr Idrissi of ATLAN Space

Based in Morocco, Badr Idrissi of ATLAN Space created the FishGuard pilot, which aims to identify and reduce illegal fisheries in the Republic of Seychelles. FishGuard, a partnership between ATLAN Space, Grid-Arendal and Trygg Mat Tracking, strengthens fisheries enforcement by monitoring large marine areas using fully autonomous drones, guided by artificial intelligence and supported by expert analysis, to identify and tackle illegal, unreported, unregulated (IUU) fishing operations.

FishGuard’s technical approach includes three steps: Detection, Identification and Intervention. For Detection of IUU Fishing vessels over large marine areas and beyond horizon, it uses short-range (40-100 kilometer) and long-range (250-700 kilometer) commercial drones, which can take-off from land or boats and are equipped with ATLAN Space artificial intelligence. The drones determine optimal flight paths autonomously, using all available data from Earth Observation, AIS and local fishers’ reports. The artificial intelligence allows the drones to understand what they are seeing using cognitive vision algorithms to detect suspect vessels.

Melissa Garren of Pelagic Data Systems

Melissa Garren and her team at Pelagic Data Systems will work to alleviate all three aspects of IUU fishing in the Kui Buri district (Prachuap Khiri Khan Province), Thailand. They will use solar-powered vessel tracking technology and innovative analytics to support a fisher-driven initiative, in collaboration with local authorities, to implement sustainable fisheries management and combat IUU fishing.

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The process of using remote sensing techniques for gathering data about the physical, chemical, and biological aspects of the planet earth is known as satellite based earth observation (EO). With the help of satellite based earth observation we can measure the geophysical parameters of the earth from the orbit by making use of sensors as well as cameras. With the information generated there from, we can determine cloud cover, climate patterns, prepare for any natural calamities, the water resources available, agricultural uses, tsunamis, petroleum and mineral deposits. It also helps us in managing the natural resources in a much better way. Satellite based earth observation industry is currently seeing noticeable growth and it is predicted that there will be around 260 Satellites launched by the next ten years.

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Factors Expected to Aid Growth of Global Satellite-based Earth Observation Market:

- The constant improvements in the satellite imagery is one of the major drivers of the satellite based earth observation industry.

- Today, because of the existence of high resolution cameras that provide in depth as well as detailed photos, as well as the improved remote sensing technologies have completely enhanced the quality of satellite based earth observation photos and made them better.

- The information which is gathered from many satellites are then accordingly transferred to the science, research and development organisations, private users, as well as for defence use.

- Today, most researchers make use of satellite based earth observation in Maritime surveillance as it has the capability to quickly determine situations in times of wars as well as harsh weathers.

- People like farmers, miners, fishers, engineers, information servers, as well as other decision makers need information derived of earth observation as it helps them in their business goals, and this technology is also predicted to bolster the EO market even to different areas like natural disaster response, land management, real estate and tourism industry, as well as insurance.

-Plus, the growing need for earth observation data from both private as well as public entities like the Google, Inc for the purpose of services related to location as well as mapping is predicted to bolster the earth observations market even more.

- The government has taken strict rules for the protection of Earth observations, and the coming together of many operators for expanding their capabilities by means of technology transfer are expected to be the primary reasons that will carry forward the satellite-based earth observation market.

Why Europe and North America are Deemed Biggest Contributors to the Growth of Market:

- The United States based earth observation satellite operators GeoEye and DigitalGlobe, along with Europe-based SPOT Image are the top contributors in this market as they contribute more than 60% of the total income generated from the commercial data sales.

- It is predicted that, there will be a great demand for satellite-based earth observation market from the emerging economies like Malaysia, Vietnam, South Africa, and Kazakhstan in the years to come.

- Apart from the countries listed, the United States, India, China, as well as the Europe are important operators of remote sensing satellites. Top operators and service providers in these countries are joining hands with geographic information system companies as well as smartphone companies for providing the customers with up to date knowledge about the services.

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On the afternoon of May 22, a sudden light filled the sky and the SpaceX rocket carrying the NASA/German Research Centre for Geosciences Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment Follow-On mission, or GRACE-FO, soared into orbit on a mission to continue the legacy of the original GRACE spacecraft duo.

Illustration of GRACE-FO on orbit. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech

Their goal: help to address global transformation by monitoring changes in the distribution of Earth’s mass, in particular in the form of water.

Fundamental to the measurement is a pair of JPL Microwave Ranging Instruments with transceiver assembly components built by SSL. With one on each of the two GRACE-FO satellites, they together measure micron level changes in the distance between the satellites caused by small variations in the gravitational field resulting from mass variations on Earth.

The original GRACE spacecraft duo launched in 2002 and worked to track and monitor these movements to understand the fluctuations in how water travels and is stored throughout the planet. Similar to the original GRACE mission, GRACE-FO relies on the Microwave Ranging Instrument with SSL-built components to accurately measure their separation as they circle Earth approximately 137 miles apart, but also will demonstrate an experimental Laser Ranging Interferometer that should cut down the noise and more accurately assess the separation changes between the two spacecraft.

By measuring variations in gravity over Earth’s surface and producing a new map of Earth’s gravity field every 30 days, GRACE-FO will bring clarity to how the planet’s mass distribution changes from month to month which is primarily due to water moving from one place on Earth to another. With these precise measurements of water migration, the mission provides a global perspective on transformations in groundwater storage and loss for use in water management, especially in the largest ground water reservoirs that are relied upon by much of the world’s population for reliable and predictable water resources. I commend NASA and NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for their commitment to maintaining data continuity from GRACE, enabling researchers around the world to continue providing valuable insights into the nature of our planet.

This image shows the land water storage anomalies in July 2017, as observed with the GRACE satellites. Blue colors indicate below-average terrestrial water amounts, while red colors show above-average water amounts. Image: NASA/JPL-Caltech.

SSL and the other Maxar Technologies businesses, DigitalGlobe, MDA and Radiant Solutions all have a commercial mindset that drives our success in contributing next-generation space solutions to enable global transformation. Our collaboration with NASA and JPL is closely aligned with Maxar Technologies’ and SSL’s purpose of building a better world and enables us to continually demonstrate our unparalleled capacity to provide commercial technologies that enable Earth science missions such as GRACE-FO.

The results of the original GRACE mission were revolutionary to Earth systems research. Now the gravity field data gathered by GRACE-FO will improve lives through better predictions of water availability and higher-quality information on how to use and manage our planet’s valuable resources. It is always an honor to partner with NASA and JPL to expand our knowledge of the universe and protect our planet.

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Airbus, Orange Business Services and Capgemini launch the collaborative platform sobloo to pave the way to a new era of exploitation of Earth Observation (EO) data

To citizens, businesses and organisations from all over the world, sobloo allows easy access to all Copernicus data/information and to additional EO and Non-EO data collections

Baveno, 21/06/2018 – At the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the European Union’s Earth Observation programme Copernicus in Baveno (Italy), Airbus and its partners Orange Business Services and Capgemini officially launched sobloo, a Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (DIAS).

Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth Observation programme to date providing accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change and ensure civil security.

To foster data dissemination and address a strong need for simplification, the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA) decided to launch DIAS in order to offer users the capability to exploit Copernicus data and information without having to manage transfer and storage on their own computer systems.

sobloo: a highly experienced consortium led by Airbus, Orange Business Services and Capgemini

sobloo is designed to broaden and diversify the Earth Observation ecosystem by providing easy access to all Copernicus data and information to the scientific community, general public, entrepreneurs and start-ups who wish to process the data to provide their own Copernicus based services. As a collaborative platform, sobloo aims to expand and diversify the data collection (Earth Observation commercial imagery, thematic layers, mobile, IoT, etc.), foster interactions and innovation, establish a sustainable economy and further develop the European cloud.

The sobloo platform has been designed to suit all types of users’ profiles with different entry points and capabilities. It is an open geospatial community for people looking for data and related services, as well as developers looking for a dedicated environment to create new applications. Truly collaborative and innovative, sobloo offers the opportunity to co-create and mutually enrich the platform. Early adopters have already started to use sobloo and give their feedback in order to improve the overall user experience for the future community. Today’s platform opens to first functionalities and datasets; in the coming months, it will evolve to integrate more Earth Observation and geo-information layers, analytics and a full offer of services.

The services of sobloo already include APIs (Application Programming Interface) and connectors to smoothly access a rich data catalogue, cloud-based resources with large storage and impressive computation power, generic cloud managed services, dedicated EO tools and platform toolbox to set up a convenient development environment.

sobloo was created with the aspiration to improve data access and facilitate data sharing. Its services are based on a cross-fertilization principle. The platform allows users to benefit from a large services catalogue on several activities domains. sobloo gives access to a development environment offering both the simplicity and the performance of today’s cloud technologies.

sobloo’s easy-to-use marketplace provides a high visibility for users’ solutions and supports commercialisation through a variety of managed services and convenient billing.

“Airbus has been a strong partner of the Copernicus programme from the very beginning and I am glad to see our adventure continues with sobloo, the Copernicus DIAS platform we are launching with our partners Orange Business Services and Capgemini. As prime contractor, we are committed to providing a reliable tool to simplify the data access for European citizens and boost the creation of new business models based on Earth Observation,” said Mathilde Royer- Germain, head of Earth Observation, Navigation and Science at Airbus.

“Orange Business Services is proud to provide its global public cloud solution based on Flexible Engine for sobloo. This platform will allow to create new services and applications around the Copernicus information and push the Earth Observation further,” said Stefan Kanis, Chief Executive Officer of Orange Cloud for Business, Orange Business Services’ cloud entity.

“Industry is increasingly starting to recognize the benefits of Earth Observation data. Satellite imagery can be used across all industry verticals. It is a fully-fledged component of the data revolution for all our customers,” says Denis Dallez, Space Segment Manager within Capgemini. “Capgemini’s role in sobloo is to support industry and the public sector to harness and apply the power of Earth Observation data and beyond. We will be leveraging Group’s extensive digital capabilities to help our customers expand their business and unleash further innovation.”

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Paris, 21 June 2018 – Atos, a global leader in digital transformation, today announces that its new Earth Observation (EO) Platform, officially named Mundi Web Services, is now live and being used by several clients. This platform is supported by a newly-created consortium, composed of DLR, e-Geos, EOX, GAF, Sinergise, Spacemetric, Thales Alenia Space and T-Systems, which is led by Atos, on behalf of the European Commission and ESA (European Space Agency).

Mundi gives users and companies unlimited, free and complete access to real-time geo Copernicus satellite data and enables them to combine it with their own data and tools, to build new innovative products and services that integrate accurate and real-time information from satellites. It can be used across a broad range of sectors and markets such as manufacturing, insurance, utilities, agriculture, forestry, urbanism and emergency services. The platform additionally provides access to sophisticated processing tools, resources and infrastructure, thus offering companies a single Cloud-based one-stop shop to bring added-value services to market quicker.

“The launch of the Mundi Web Services platform marks a significant milestone in Atos’ investment in Big Data, analytics and AI platforms for Space applications, through our Atos Codex offerings” says Stéphane Janichewski, Head of Defence & Aerospace Market at Atos. “These platforms will enable companies to deliver new services for the digital economy, which will provide value for society in order to address some of the greatest challenges we face today such as climate change and resource scarcity.”

Mundi is one of the five DIAS (Copernicus Data and Information Access Services) cloud-based platforms, which are officially launched today by the European Commission to EU institutions, ESA and representatives from the industry at the ‘Baveno+20 – From GMES to Copernicus and Beyond’ in Baveno, Italy today, on the 20th anniversary of the Copernicus Programme, the world’s largest single Earth Observation program.

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The European Space Agency (ESA) invites 20 committed developers to its Space App Camp,
a free event scheduled for 17-24 September 2018 at ESRIN, ESA’s Centre for Earth
observation (EO), in Frascati, Italy.

Oberpfaffenhofen, 21 June 2018 – Big data from space – such as the EO programme Copernicus and its Sentinel satellites – provides tremendous amounts of data to many industry sectors. This big data from space offers countless opportunities in connection with mobile apps: From space, our planet’s atmosphere, land, and water can be continuously monitored for multiple application fields.

To make EO data and services accessible to a wide range of citizens, ESA’s Space App Camp from 17-24 September 2018 in Frascati, Italy, invites developers from across Europe to exchange new ideas with like-minded people and tackle some of the world’s greatest challenges. There’s a special treat to boot, with ESA taking care of food & beverage, hotel and flight expenses. Interested developers are able to register online as individuals or teams (of up to four people) at www.app-camp.eu/frascati until 30 July 2018. The selection criteria will include the applicants’ previous programming work. The winner or winning teams will receive a EUR 2,500 cash prize and the opportunity to apply for further incubation at one of the ESA Business Incubation Centres (BIC’s).

The ESA App Camp objective is to introduce app developers to Copernicus, creating awareness for the numerous possibilities EO data offers to enrich mobile apps. Participants learn about the many ways how big data from space can be utilised in mobile apps, using a dedicated API for EO data. Additionally, they will make contacts all over Europe and gain insights into how ESA operates.

“The ESA Space App Camp created the opportunity to get EO experts, developers and application experts in the same place working on a common idea. This is fantastic! Therefore, we strongly advise young innovators to join the Space App Camp, meet fellow visionaries and start developing their business ideas based on EO satellites,” explained Daniele De Vecchi, CTO, Ticinum Aerospace.

Ticinum Aerospace, with its app called Saturnalia, was the winner of the Space App Camp 2016, demonstrating how EO can play a foreground role in different fields. Ticinum was inspired by the landscape in Frascati and designed a system to monitor vine growth from space and from ground, based on key parameters like temperature, soil moisture and vegetation status. Recently Ticinum Aerospace signed a partnership agreement with Terre d’Oltrepò, a consortium of 800 grape growers, delivering around 43,000 tonnes of grapes turned into wine.

Since its inception seven years ago, about 420 developers from 30 countries have applied for the Space App Camps, and more than 45 apps have been developed. Working in teams, they will be tasked with developing innovative apps and feasible business models for one of five subject areas: smart farming, sustainable development, future living, smart cities and digital transport.

About AZO

AZO Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen is an international networking and branding company initiating the most important space-related innovation competitions with more than 15,000 participants, over 200 industrial & public – and 400 international stakeholders. The Masters Series, presented by AZO consists of European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC), Copernicus Masters, Space Exploration Masters, and INNOspace Masters. AZO has been supporting entrepreneurship with more than 130 company foundations to date and the creation of 1,800 high-tech jobs in Bavaria with an annual turnover of about EUR 150 million.

Additionally, AZO runs a very successful business angel network which invested more than EUR 130 million Venture Capital in 2016/17 as well as the ESA Incubation Centre (ESA BIC) Bavaria. For more information,
please visit www.azo-space.com.

NextGEOSS Beta Release
NextGEOSS is the European datahub and platform, providing access to EO data to the European users’ communities, together with Cloud resources, seamlessly connected to provide an integrated ecosystem for supporting applications contributing to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). NextGEOSS is a contribution from Europe to GEO System of Systems (GEOSS).

The Crop Monitoring Supporting Food Security pilot was successfully integrated in the NextGEOSS platform earlier this year. With this achievement (which had been defined a pre-requisite), the NextGEOSS Beta version of the datahub and platform was released in April 2018.

The Beta Release is now available to selected pilot services, and it is aiming at consolidating the NextGEOSS system with the integration of further technical components such as the Service Desk, Operation Analytics Dashboards, and the Single Sign-On User Management. Moreover, this version will enable us to refine the User Experience and to develop expertise to easily adapt to the different pilots’ needs.
During this release, 4 additional services from different EO-related areas will be integrated and experience NextGEOSS’ datahub and platform. One of those services is a new marine-related pilot, Oceanic Drift Models, developed by CLS, which was not originally part of NextGEOSS. The first Public Release will be launched later this year.

Building Earth Observation Applications with NextGEOSS

For the Public Release, NextGEOSS is welcoming expressions of interest from new pilot services supporting the Sustainable Development Goals. The selected new services will be integrated into our cloud platform and have privileged access to the European datahub fully customized to their data needs! The NextGEOSS team has a solid experience in integrating services from several EO-related areas, such as agriculture, biodiversity, energy, disaster risk reduction, marine, among others! Get the unique opportunity to be part of the NextGEOSS’ and benefit from a tailored integration process and dedicated support service for your operations! Send your application to join.us@nextgeoss.eu. You can also find more information on https://nextgeoss.eu/engage-with-nextgeoss.

To show EO users what NextGEOSS offers as a platform and give the opportunity to have a hands-on experience with NextGEOSS tools and services, a one-day Training event “Building EO Applications with NextGEOSS” will take place in Geneva (Switzerland), on the 11th September 2018. The Training will enable first-hand discussions with the NextGEOSS technical team developing and maintaining the platform, and for networking of the existing and new user community.

If you would like to know more about using NextGEOSS to discover, access and process EO data, this Training is ideal for you. Register through https://nextgeoss.eu/second-nextgeoss-training and let us know what are the topics that you would like to see prioritized at the Training!

For more information about NextGEOSS, check out our website. Follow us on Twitter (@NextGEOSS) to get more frequent updates on NextGEOSS activities.