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CHELYS Satellite Rapid Response System Elected as the Winner of the GMES Masters Best Service Challenge 2011

In emergency situations it is necessary to provide a response as quickly as possible. When the type of emergency depends on the use of satellite data, it then becomes necessary to plan their acquisition, processing and distribution, having teams ready 24 hours per day, 7 days a week, to respond to this type of situation.

The Satellite Rapid Response System was created by CHELYS precisely with the intent of making satellite data available as quickly as possible, as images and value-added products.

The constellation of satellites known as GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) that will be launched starting in 2013, thanks to low revisiting times and the planning of the whole mission already present on board the satellite, will allow monitoring of our planet as never seen before.

SRRS has participated in the GMES Masters Competition and was awarded the Best Service Challenge 2011 prize from an audience of web users asked to express their preferences on most innovative and useful GMES services and applications.
SRRS is a system able to perform real-time processing of most satellite data from ESA and NASA missions in order to make the data received from Earth immediately available (two minutes after acquisition), transforming them into products that can be analyzed instantly.
The strength of SRRS lies in its ability to process raw data without having to wait for them to become higher level products. This means that the system does not have to rely on the processing time for the data in the reception centers, and provides images and data that are ready to be studied to users and researchers.

The portal in which the products are brought together is made to be capable of functioning on any type of client (mobile, PC, tablet, etc.) and takes advantage of the latest web technologies (AJAX, Google Earth, Flash), giving the user the impression of utilizing a standalone application instead of a webpage.

GMES represents an important milestone in terms of availability and product quality. This, along with very low revisiting times, will make it possible to have coverage of the Earth in a way never possible before. SRRS will thus allow us to have a “truly” real-time vision of our planet. All of this, along with the system’s capacity to generate value-added products, such as FAPAR, Ship Detection and Mosaics, will make it possible for a high number of users to have access to a quantity and quality of images never before seen.

European citizens in particular (thanks to the greater number of acquisition stations present in Europe), but also users from other parts of the planet, will be able to access the portal in order to download the latest meteorological images, a high resolution photograph of a particular zone on Earth acquired just a few minutes prior. It will be possible to monitor in real-time the evolution of phytoplankton in the North Sea, observe the latest Etna eruption or monitor the vegetation absorption index (FAPAR). The ship detection realized in every Radar image will allow the port authorities to continuously monitor not only coastal areas but also ships in mid ocean. The quantity of data processed will make it possible to generate up-to-date mosaics of almost any type (high resolution optics, multi-spectral, radar, etc.).

SRRS service will remain publicly available until end of October. After this date you will be requested to register to access the service.

You can visit SRRS at the following link Chelys
More information about Satellite Rapid Response System
An overview of the SRRS usage
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