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Earth Observation in Portugal

Since 1994, the highly specialised Portuguese software engineering company EDISOFT has proven itself as the right partner for the development of important Earth Observation–related programmes, such as LSA SAF or Ocean Eye, a initiative framed by ESA’s Earth Observation GMES effort.

Established in 1988, EDISOFT is a specialised Portuguese software engineering company that leads the national market in military command and control systems, in naval platforms’ information integration and in military logistics systems. EDISOFT also holds unique technical and technological skills for the integration of strategic collective security systems, dedicated to the emergency and civil protection sector, as well as a broad experience in international research and development projects in the Space domain.
Since 1994, EDISOFT has earned a solid reputation in the Space industry, offering software engineering expertise for the Satellite Navigation and Earth Observation fields. Partnering with the world leaders in this area, EDISOFT has thus made significant contributions to Earth Observation related programmes:
Sponsored by EUMETSAT, project LSA SAF refers to the meteorological satellite applications facility for land surface analysis and the biospheric parameters. Currently at the initial operations phase, the project has the goal to increase the benefits of the Meteosat Second Generation and the EUMETSAT Polar System data gathering of land, land-atmosphere interaction and biosphere applications. EDISOFT has the responsibility of LSA SAF’s Engineering part.
The EUMETSAT Polar System Infrared Sounding Interferometer Level 2 Product Processing Facility project is one stage in the processing chain converting telemetry data (NOAA and Metop) into products that can be interpreted by end-users. For this project, EDISOFT was responsible for the development of the test tools and the PPF testing and validation activities.
Ocean Eye
Ocean Eye is a feasibility study addressing the development of a multi-purpose oceanic observation, monitoring and surveillance system over the Portuguese Coast, using remote sensing techniques. The study addresses projects and techniques derived from the synergetic use of multi-spectral Envisat data for ocean monitoring and identifies their respective limitations. A thorough analysis highlights algorithms/techniques to be applied in Remote Sensing data processing for ocean monitoring. Similarly, the Ocean Eye’s architecture considers relevant non-Earth Observation systems that may interface with the system. Thus, Ocean Eye encloses a potential contribution to the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative of ESA’s Earth Observation optional programme.
In fact, EDISOFT has dedicated special attention to the GMES effort, namely its Emergency priority guideline, with the development of strategic collective security systems:
Under an EC contract, EDISOFT developed an application to reinforce cooperation in civil protection assistance interventions, by ensuring the interconnection of the 25 EU member states’ National Authorities with the responsibility to protect citizens from natural and technological hazards. The network facilitates communication, mutual assistance, and information and experience exchange between those Authorities in emergencies.
SCORE offers an operational 112 Emergency Assistance system, using EGNOS and, later on, Galileo, to deliver excellent performance in geo-location accuracy, real-time integrity and availability. This first operational 112 assistance service is a two-folded architecture (emergency call assistance and coordinated search and rescue operations’ management) that serves both the public and the civil protection professionals. EDISOFT’s expertise led to the responsibility in the user needs’ analysis, in the service’s platform and in the implementation of field trials.
The OASIS project defines a crisis management system to support response and rescue operations for large-scale disasters. It enables a common and interoperable infrastructure across the EU that provides effective integration and operation of command, control and communications and intelligence and decision support services, supported by a communications middleware interfacing with heterogeneous communication technologies. EDISOFT contributes to this international project implementing GIS services and the operational monitoring and resources management system.
(Credits Edisoft)