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Cooperation between GAF AG and BKG: Provision of very high-resolution satellite data, products and services to more than 400 federal authorities

  • GAF web portal enables cross-authority provision of very high-
    resolution satellite data via the Remote Sensing Service Centre at
    the German Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy (BKG)
  • GAF to present the state-of-the-art GAFportal at Intergeo 2022:
    Hall 2, Stand A2.006

The signing of a comprehensive framework agreement has expanded the
successful cooperation between GAF and the German Federal Agency for
Cartography and Geodesy (BKG Bund). The state-of-the-art web portal
developed by GAF runs with guaranteed availability on the Open Telekom
Cloud (OTC). It offers comprehensive access to the capacities of
numerous very high-resolution, commercial earth observation optical and
RADAR satellites. The core functionality of the GAFportal includes
searching for data, submitting requests for new image acquisitions,
processing orders, and data provision and visualisation. Simple AI-based
analysis tools are also available. More than 400 federal authorities in
Germany have had access to the portal since early July 2022. With the
GAFportal, the BKG has added a modern new element to its range of
services in the field of geodata, products and services for federal
authorities. The GAFportal will be presented on the GAF AG stand at
Intergeo 22 (Hall 2, Stand A2.006).

Thomas Wiatr, the responsible departmental head of the Satellite-Based Crisis
and Spatial Information Service (SKD) at the BKG, explains: “It is particularly
important for us to be able to comprehensively meet the specific needs and
requirements of federal authorities by providing a modern range of services.
Very high-resolution satellite data, derived products and services from all the
relevant commercial earth observation satellites have now become an
indispensable element in this regard. We want to promote the use of earth observation data by federal authorities, so we therefore also provide associated
consulting services in addition to the data.”

The framework agreement for the GAFportal offers access to key components
of the GAF geodata, product and service portfolio. Dr Sebastian Carl, GAF
CEO, emphasises: “GAF is an excellent partner for the application-oriented use
of satellite-based earth observation data by public authorities. As a result of
having long-standing sales contracts and close partnerships with all the main
satellite operators, we offer exceptional and efficient access to global earth
observation capacities. Targeted innovation based on many years of experience
enables us to provide comprehensive consulting services, tailored development
and the efficient implementation of geographic information services in the fields
of environment, security and nutrition. We are very pleased to be contributing to
the further digitisation of the federal administration with our earth observation