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

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

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

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

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

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jeobrowser is a consultancy and software development SME specializing in geographical information systems and Earth Observation field. It was founded in 2010 by Jérôme Gasperi and it is based in Toulouse, France.

For years jeobrowser has been developing cutting edge applications in the EO domain. It’s open source EO catalog and semantic search engine (resto) is at the core of several projects including the French Sentinel Data Processing Center (PEPS), the THEIA Land Data Center and the CREODIAS catalog. On the client side, the rocket web application won the 2016 “European EO product of the year” award from EARSC.

jeobrowser is involved in the development of the 2016 Copernicus Masters ESA App Challenge winner – SnapPlanet. SnapPlanet offers citizens and storytellers a new medium to educate and communicate about the social, economic and environmental issues that we face today on a global in a more impactful and trustworthy way by providing a social mobile app to easily access, process and share Earth Observation imagery.

Applications

iTag

Semantic enhancement of Earth Observation data

iTag is a web service for the semantic enhancement of Earth Observation products, i.e. the tagging of products with additional information about the covered area, regarding for example geology, water bodies, land use, population, countries, administrative units or names of major settlements.

resto

REST search engine for geOspatialized data

resto is a metadata catalogue and a search engine dedicated to geospatialized data.

Originally, it’s main purpose it to handle Earth Observation satellite imagery but it can be used to store any kind of metadata localized in time and space. resto search API is compliant with the CEOS OpenSearch Best Practice Document and is mentioned in ESA’s « Exploitation Platform Common Core Components » as the closest implementation of a catalogue component according to the requirements specified in ESA's Exploitation Platform Open Architecture.

resto have been used in several projects including:

• CREODIAS

• Rocket - The Earth in your pocket

• The French Sentinel Data Processing center, PEPS

• The French Space Agency, THEIA land data center

• The Polish EO Data finder

• Remote Sensor Technology Center of Japan, EPIC project

• Sentinel Australia Regional Access

• Sinergise sentinel-hub OpenSearch API

• ESA's Food Security Thematic Exploitation Platform

• ESA's Forestry Thematic Exploitation Platform

rocket

The Earth in your pocket

rocket is a Web application that provides a unique entry point to search, visualize and download Earth Observation products from various catalogs.

SnapPlanet
An app for everyone to create and share pictures of the Earth from Space
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« As the very first Earth observation social network, SnapPlanet brings EO data to the mass market in a fashionable and easy to use way. Amongst other benefits, the application provides its users the opportunity to explore, post, share and print the latest and best Sentinel-2 imagery. SnapPlanet combines the ever-increasing availability of Earth observation images with the advantages of a social network for everyone. »

Dr Thomas Beer
Copernicus Policy Coordinator
European Space Agency (ESA)

SnapPlanet is a social network with the aim to harness the use of Earth observation data to address individual, societal, environmental and economic needs through user- and community-oriented services. SnapPlanet is a mobile application in which users can choose a location around the world at a given time, “snap” it, and share the precise pictures of places taken from satellites with their followers. SnapPlanet provides this service for free, using Sentinel-2 imagery. The medium-term objective is to extend this service to include commercial sub metric imagery. Combined with high user demand and the increasing acquisition capabilities of satellites and drones, this will make selfies from space possible at the cost of a few euros. By providing citizens with access to EO images, SnapPlanet will be a catalyst of innovation and the creation of new EO databased services.

In April 2019 Wasat launched Jupyteo.com service: IDE environment, based on the popular Jupyter Notebooks technology, focused on processing of EO data in the cloud. Users gain access both to data sets and to functions useful for their processing, visualization and sharing. The main advantage that distinguishes this product from other tools is, apart from using ready-made algorithms, the ability to quickly and easily create users’ own algorithms or scripts. As a result, the data processing can be controlled strictly at every stage and in a formula adapted to any user needs. Although the basic programming language in Jupyteo is Python, it is possible to create code in other languages by launching additional engines offered by the integrated Jupyter Notebooks functionality. Jupyteo by default also offers the ability to create scripts in R, Scilab, Bash and indirectly - by launching the "magic cells" technology – it gives access to JavaScript programming capabilities.

Using the Jupyteo environment comes down to logging in to a Jupyteo account and automatically launching the web service. A user gains access to his own separate virtual environment based on Docker virtualization technology. There is a fully functional application at the user’s disposal along with the disk space for data storage. Work can be started by opening one of many provided scripts that are called notebooks in this system or by creating one’s own script from scratch. Regardless of the chosen programming language, an algorithm can be divided into parts called cells, each of which can be run separately. The created script source code contained in a single cell can be run online by issuing the "run cell" command or pressing the Ctrl-Enter combination. It is also possible to run all cells at once as the entire programme, depending on the user's preferences. The result of processing from each cell is visible directly below it and is presented in a text or graphic form, depending on what value is given as an output. The programme created this way can be saved as a script in a *.ipynb file, whose internal format is JSON. It will be saved to a user's account and can be launched at any time or downloaded to a home computer.

The map component is a feature that distinguishes Jupyteo and adapts it to the needs of community interested in processing EO data. The side panel on the right side of the screen is divided into tabs. One of them provides a map, which allows to search EO data and to automatically present the results of the processing. Its functionality has been taken from popular GIS systems. Thus, any result of the algorithm in a form of spatial data can be added to a map on an ongoing basis. These can be raster data formats like PNG, JPG, BMP, vector formats such as GeoJSON or services like TMS or WMS. A user has an option to create, launch and share his own WPS service that processes data and sends results to a specific location or to use the results of data processing services from other providers.

Another useful feature of Jupyteo is the ability to create code snippets that can be reused at any time after saving. A user can find a set of ready-made snippets in the "Snippets" tab on the side panel.

Jupyteo also provides the ability to search spatial data services by using functions placed in the side panel toolbar. After indicating the area and entering search parameters, a user will get a result in the form of ranges of found materials visualized as a graphic layer on the map. Each object representing the single range has attributes that allow to read metadata of the material and download or connect it to one’s own algorithm.

As already mentioned, a user of Jupyteo gets his own virtual environment, which gives the possibility of quite extensive interference and control over the installed software components. It is possible to switch to terminal view at any time, which gives direct access to the virtual system shell. One then can add or remove libraries on which Jupyteo is based and customize the system's functionality to suit user's needs. A user can also make other changes within the installed applications or additions of the system platform itself and configure it for strictly defined needs. Jupyteo has a built-in text editor through which a user can make changes to any file saved on his account. All files can be freely downloaded, placed on the server or shared with other users.

Jupyteo is intended for advanced users since, due to the programming-based approach, it offers immense opportunities to work with data, to process and modify it. Thanks to an access to the shell it is also highly flexible, allowing free configuration. Although it is an online tool placed in a virtual operating system and accessible via a web browser, working with it is similar to working with a desktop application.

If you want to use the service, please go to www.jupyteo.com and register using your Github account. As part of the Jupyteo offer, a user can get free trial access to a fully functional platform. In near future a paid version will be available allowing unlimited use of the Jupyteo environment.

TerraScan examines raw material deposits such as Lithium- and Kobalt for strategic analyses of offer and demand for the E-mobility Industry and next generation car battery developments. TerraScan applies its proprietary gScan Technology, a satellite pictures based analytic tool for global raw material sourcing. TerraScan's approach enables rapid, environmentally friendly and discrete exploration of new and existing deposits around the world without prior licensing in the context of geological exploration.

TerraScan could convince Volkswagen as one of the first industrial customers about its innovative technology. Volkswagen recognises the opportunity to localise quickly relevant raw material deposits such as Lithium and Kobald for e-mobility as a chance to secure its raw material demand in the long term.

The first exploration took place by processing very big territories down to 500 meters and beyond within a timeframe of only a few weeks. Details are not going to get disclosed.

The goal for Volkswagen is to secure the covering of its demand from sustainable sources at longterm projectable conditions. Volkswagen is therefore in close contact with all partners along its value chain. The analyses of barely tapped deposits is for Volkswagen an innovative addition to their current strategic activities.

"This project demonstrates our ability to provide investors and strategic decision makers with detailed knowledge, options and decision support for securing raw material sources quickly and early in the decision-making process, without having to undertake extensive on-site investigations." Jörg Enge, Managing Director and Founder, TerraScan GmbH.

TerraScan GmbH is a Berlin-based NewSpace service company that specializes in the efficient and sustainable discovery of mineral resources. The proprietary gScan process uses satellite images applying geological expertise, specially developed algorithms and artificial intelligence to identify all types of natural resources. It has been successfully applied to oil, gas, water, lithium, precious metals, and even water and geothermal energy sources. Detailed data is generated on location, depth, distribution and quantity both at sea and on land, even in the mountains. By nature, gScan is much faster and cheaper than conventional methods. In contrast to seismic, blast testing or drilling previously used, gScan is non-invasive, totally discreet and sustainable. It is also highly efficient to scan entire regions or countries for target resources.

There is a good overview on www.terra-scan.com including cases on https://terra-scan.de/projects

TerraScan/oh/ Berlin, Feb. 4. 2019

Rückfragen/ For questions please contact:

Oliver Haeggberg, Managing Director

oh@terra-scan.com

phone: +49-30-233 945 27 +49-170-45 42 586

TerraScan GmbH: Allee der Kosmonauten 32c, 12681 Berlin, (Germany) https://www.terra-scan.com

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Volkswagen nutzt Terra Scan zur Sicherung von Lithium und Kobalt

TerraScan untersucht Rohstoffvorkommen wie Lithium- und Kobalt für die strategische Angebots- und Nachfrage Analyse der E-Mobility Industrie für die Entwicklung der nächsten Generation von Autobatterien. Dafür nutzt TerraScan seine gScan Technologie zur Satellitenbilder gestützten Analyse weltweiter Rohstoff Beschaffung. TerraScan’s Ansatz ermöglicht die umweltfreundliche Untersuchung von neuen und bestehenden, globalen Lagerstätten ohne vorherige aufwendige Lizenzierungsprozesse im Rahmen einer geologischen Exploration.

Als einen der ersten Kunden konnte TerraScan Volkswagen von seiner innovativen Technologie überzeugen. Die Möglichkeit schnell relevante Rohstoffvorkommen wie Lithium und Kobalt für die E- Mobilität zu lokalisieren ist eine Chance für Volkswagen, seinen Rohstoffbedarf langfristig abzusichern.

Die erste Untersuchung erfolgte durch Verarbeitung sehr großer Territorien bis zu einer Tiefe von mehr als 500 Metern in einem Zeitfenster von wenigen Wochen. Details werden nicht veröffentlicht.

Volkswagens Ziel ist die sichere Deckung ihres Bedarfes aus nachhaltigen Quellen und zu langfristig planbaren Konditionen. Zu diesem Zweck steht Volkswagen im engen Austausch mit allen Partnern entlang ihrer Wertschöpfungsketten. Die Analyse bisher nicht erschlossener Vorkommen stellt für Volkswagen eine innovative Ergänzung ihrer aktuellen strategischen Aktivitäten dar.

„Dieses Projekt ist stellvertretend für unsere Fähigkeit, Investoren und strategischen Entscheidern Detailkenntnisse, Optionen und Entscheidungsgrundlagen für die Sicherung von Rohstoffquellen innerhalb nützlicher Frist und sehr früh in der Entscheidungsfindung zu beschaffen, ohne sogleich aufwendige Untersuchungen vor Ort durchführen zu müssen.“ Jörg Enge, Geschäftsführer und Gründer, TerraScan GmbH.

TerraScan GmbH ist ein Berliner New Space Dienstleistungs Unternehmen, das sich auf das effiziente und nachhaltige Auffinden von Bodenschätzen spezialisiert hat und verfügt über eine weltweit führende Technologie: Das proprietäre gScan-Verfahren identifiziert auf Grundlage von Satelliten- Bildern unter Verwendung von geologischem Fachwissen, speziell entwickelter Algorithmen und künstlicher Intelligenz Bodenschätze jeder Art. Es wurde bereits erfolgreich angewendet auf Öl, Gas, Wasser, Lithium, Edelmetalle uvm., sogar Wasser und Geo-Thermie. Es werden detaillierte Daten erzeugt über Ort, Tiefe, Verteilung und Menge sowohl auf See als auch auf Land, sogar im Gebirge. gScan ist naturgemäß sehr viel schneller und kostengünstiger als die konventionellen Verfahren. Im Gegensatz zur früher verwendeten Seismik, Sprengversuchen oder Bohrungen ist gScan nicht-invasiv, völlig diskret und nachhaltig. Auch ist es möglich hoch-effizient ganze Regionen oder Länder nach Bodenschätzen zu scannen.

Auf www.terra-scan.com gibt es einen guten Überblick und einige Fallstudien unter https://terra- scan.de/projects.

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Datacubes are trending, and with the rasdaman datacube engine they can even be federated across data centers. Users benefit from location transparency and planetary-scale fusion services. Now public and private datacubes get federated – which, however, raises new technical challenges in terms of security and billing.

The BigDataCube project, supported by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, aims at advancing the innovative datacube paradigm – i.e., analysis-ready spatio-temporal raster data – from scientific into commercial data centers. To this end rasdaman, “the worldwide leading” (ESA, 2017) datacube technology, is getting installed on the public Sentinel hub CODE-DE as well as in the commercial cloud environment of cloudeo AG. A specific new challenge on which BigDataCube focuses is versatile role-based access control on datacubes, configurable down to the level of single pixels.

Under the lead of Jacobs University the team of rasdaman GmbH (datacube backend), cloudeo AG (commercial geo cloud), and DLR (weather and ocean analytics tool) collaborate on these services. On CODE-DE, the datacube service is going to complement the batch-oriented, Hadoop-based service of CODE-DE with interactive spatio-temporal viewing, fusion, and analytics services on Sentinel satellite imagery, based on the open OGC standards.

At this stage, the cloudeo datacube and the DLR analytics tool on top of rasdaman are operational, and so is the precursor version of the CODE-DE datacube service. This precursor has been established while CODE-DE is preparing the infrastructure for the datacube engine. Based on sample Sentinel 1 and 2 timeseries it offers a broad set of access, formatting, filtering, processing, and general analytics functionality through a variety of common Web clients.

Read more: BigDataCube.org

Contact: Dr. Peter Baumann, baumann@rasdaman.com.

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US: Trimble has launched a new version of its smart water management software — Trimble Unity 3.8. A cloud-based, GIS-centric Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) solution — Trimble Unity — offers a suite of applications and tools for the water, wastewater, storm water and environmental water industry.

Trimble Unity enables customers to monitor real-time operations, deploy smart meters, assess the condition of assets, reduce leakage and non-revenue water (NRW), and locate and map critical infrastructure using Trimble high-accuracy GNSS mapping technologies.

Version 3.8 extends the platform’s capabilities to include proactive asset performance monitoring with the integration of Trimble Telog wireless Internet of Things (IoT) remote monitoring instruments and data.

A significant benefit of Trimble Unity version 3.8 is the ability to pair it with Trimble Telog wireless, battery-powered remote monitoring instruments.

Used together, Trimble Unity with Trimble Telog instruments offers a comprehensive suite of water, wastewater and storm water asset performance management solutions that include monitoring and management of water level, flow, pressure, water hammer, rainfall, water quality, pump stations and many others items and parameters on remote water and wastewater networks.

This new version provides customers with situational awareness of water and wastewater utility asset performance—offering a single view of remote monitoring data, performance measurement reports, GIS, operational data, asset conditions and events. Trimble Unity’s mobile application can be used to automate and simplify wireless monitoring instrument site deployments.

Telog wireless remote monitoring instruments may be configured to measure and report data and alarms as often as needed. The new version includes rich GIS visualization tools to view and analyze wireless remote monitoring data for a single site or aggregated data from multiple sites.

These new capabilities enable water utilities to enhance asset performance and customer response as well as collect timely data from the field to support decision making and regulatory compliance.

“Utilities are looking for ways to proactively manage their networks but are faced with challenges around the lack of data on distribution and collection network performance and asset condition,” said Rami Naber, product manager for Trimble Water.

“Trimble Telog wireless remote monitoring instruments are used by over 3,000 customers throughout North America and now Trimble Unity 3.8 can collect authoritative data from these instruments. The power of this combined solution is that it provides customers with situational awareness of network operations, empowering users with advanced workflows and tools to measure and improve network performance so they can shift to a proactive smart water management operating model.”

Trimble Unity Version 3.8 is available now through the Trimble Water Division and its authorized distribution partners. For additional information on Trimble Unity, visit.

MARKET DEVELOPMENT

Our first market development priority this year is focused on International Financial Institutions and on April 12th, our secretary general visited the World Bank along with a delegation of 25 European service providers led by ESA. The goal was to initiate 12 projects selected under the ESA EOMD programme where service providers are engaged directly in WB projects and for EARSC to show how it could help in developing stronger links in the future. The World Bank welcomed the participation of EARSC and encouraged us with the idea that we can act as a neutral facilitator to help broker future opportunities.

Meanwhile, Eopages is nearing the point where it will go live and an early version was shown to the World Bank. This new brokerage platform will help potential customers find suppliers whilst service providers will be able to promote their products. Watch out for a mail that invites you to enter your own product promotional material. Some entries are already being made. In conjunction with the World Bank visit we gathered 12 examples of products that could be used in development projects and these are all being converted into an eopages form.

Our second priority for 2011 is the oil and gas industry and improving links with the EO service provider Community. The OGEO working group, where EARSC provides the secretariat, is guiding the initiative under the chairmanship of Richard Eyers at Shell. As well as developing stronger links between the two industry sectors (through meetings and workshops) we are putting in place a Community tool and seeking to establish a joint industry project. The OGEO web-portal will be available later this summer.

POLICY DEVELOPMENT

We published a position paper on “Exploiting GMES Operational Services”. This has been widely distributed and well received. It raises three key issues for the future for which we plan to develop more detailed proposals. The first priority is linked to the implementation of a data policy for GMES and a workshop is being planned. Those interested to join the working group on this topic should inform the secretariat and keep June 17th in mind as a possible date on which a workshop could be held in Brussels.

INTERNAL ACTIONS

Quality Scheme: Please also note that we are anticipating with ESA the possibility to hold a workshop in the previous afternoon ie 29th June starting at around 16h00 on the topic of certification and standards. ESA has been carrying out some work on this topic and it is planned to present this to the workshop before seeking reaction and views through an open interaction.

Data licensing: Would members be interested in a workshop organised to discuss aspects of EO data licensing and distribution? It could help legal advisors become familiar with EO data issues and look/share at best practice across the various service providers. This wk could also be an exchange with US companies and legal specialists.

RELATIONSHIP

In April, meetings have been held with Eurogi, Nereus, ERRIN, ESOA and Eurospace. In a wider field, we also met with the US Alliance for Earth Observation and the Centre for Spatial Law (Kevin Pomfret). We are exploring ways to work more closely with all these groups and as an example we are invited to present the Association to the ERRIN transport group when they next meet in May and we are discussing with the CSL to organise a workshop to look at the legal aspects and share best practise across the atlantic on data licensing. For information, Nereus and ERRIN both bring together representatives of European regions; Nereus focused on space users and ERRIN on research and innovation.

EARSC has been invited to be a member of the Joint Advisory Board for two EC sponsored GMES networking projects Graal and Doris. Our Secretary General will participate to the first meeting on June 9th.

FORTHCOMING MEETINGS

AGM: 30th June Brussels

EARSC AGM will take place on 30th June in Brussels. This year EARSC will organize after the AGM, two separate seminars, the morning seminar is dedicated to the “Current status of operational GMES” while the afternoon seminar will be focus on the “EO service markets”. Key stakeholders will be invited to give an overview of these topics. There will also be a buffet reception giving an opportunity for more informal discussions with EARSC Members including the Executive Board. If for any reason you will not be able to attend the Annual General Meeting and want to have your position represented, please do not forget to give the power of representation by the mean of a proxy. EARSC is also opening an invitation to its members to participate by nominating candidates for Directors.

EARSC will be present at the following workshops:

When Event Role By Venue
09-11 May 2011 Global Space and Satellite Forum EARSC presentation Vice-Chairman Abu Dhabi, UAE
12-13 May 2011 Let’s embrace space – FP7 space conference 2011 EARSC presentation Secretary General Budapest, Hungary
24 May 2011 ERRIN Transport Group Meeting EARSC participation Secretary General tbc
26-27 May 2011 FP7 Space and GMES Initial Operations Symposium: opportunities and networking 2011-201 EARSC presentation Secretary General Lisbon, Portugal
30 May-02 June 2011 31st EARSeL Symposium: Remote Sensing and Geoinformation not only for Scientific Cooperation Key note Secretary General Prague, Czech Republic
09 June 2011 DORISNET-GRAAL Joint Advisory Board EARSC representation Secretary General Brussels, Belgium
12-14 June 2011 International conference, space security through the transatlantic partnership EARSC participation Prague, Czech Republic
29 June 2011 Seminar EO quality scheme EARSC members Members Brussels, Belgium
30 June 2011 EARSC AGM EARSC participation Members Brussels, Belgium

INFORMATION DISTRIBUTED

Email Ref. data Issue
20 March 2011 EC consultation on the preparation of a new Communication on an Industrial Policy for the Security Industry
4 April 2011 EC Communication “Towards a space strategy for the EU that benefits its citizens”
4 April 2011 EARSC Position Paper: Exploiting GMES Operational Services
4 April 2011 Towards a space specific industrial policy / food for thought paper from the European space industry
4 April 2011 Risk Assessment for Disaster Management
7 April 2011 Space in the EU / Eurospace newlsetter 1-2011
7 April 2011 SWIFT E-News n°16
8 April 2011 EC communication on space / ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
12 April 2011 EEAS on a Concept for Air Operations / Contribution of Space
12 April 2011 EU approach to the ITU WRC12 / issues relevant for space policy
14 April 2011 EOmag 25
20 April 2011 draft wp2012 FP7-Environment / Space related aspects

EDITORIAL
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