Speeding up Copernicus Innovation for the BSR Environment and Security
Space technologies, data and services have become indispensable in the daily lives of European citizens: when using mobile phones and car navigation systems, watching satellite TV or withdrawing cash. Satellites provide immediate information when disasters, such as earthquakes, forest fires or floods strike, allowing emergency and rescue teams to better coordinate their efforts. Agriculture benefits from improved land use. Transportation and energy infrastructure is safer and can be more efficiently managed thanks to satellite technologies. Global challenges due to growing populations, increased demand for resources and climate change require information about our planet which space based solution can provide more easily.
In the last 30 years, substantial R&D efforts in the field of Earth Observation (EO) have been made globally. The overall ecosystem connects not only satellite data, but also sensor data from various in situ sensors. The wealth of data generated will lead to new services and business models in a variety of sectors. At EU level, EO activities are coordinated with the Copernicus program, managed by the EC and maintained by the European Space Agency (ESA). Copernicus is one of the leading providers of Earth observation data. However, technical barriers currently prevent users from fully exploiting the data and information Copernicus delivers and the ultimate goal is to overcome several gaps in order to fully realize the market potential of Copernicus program throughout the EU.
The combination of space data with digital technologies and other sources of data open up many business opportunities for all Member States. Stronger links with the commercial downstream sector are essential to develop tailor-made applications, reach out to new users and connect space with other sectors. The BalticSatApps project aims at speeding up the market uptake of Earth observation (EO) satellite data in the Baltic Sea Region by utilizing societal challenges and needs, and the developer community as innovation drivers. As a result of the project, awareness and access to the data provided by Copernicus Program will be improved, and demand and innovation will be stimulated by applying co-creation methodologies and iterative development. Regional science and technology parks will have also learned how to support SMEs in the emerging EO market by running tailored acceleration programs.
Start: 1.10.2017End: 30.9.2020
Partners: UT Tartu Observatory, Cracow University of Technology, Finnish Meteorological Institute, Institute of Geodesy and Cartography, Krakow Technology Park, Non‐commercial Partnership 'European‐Russian InnoPartnership', St. Petersburg State Unitary Enterprise St.Petersburg Information and Analytical Centre, Swedish National Space Board, Turku Science Park Ltd, University of Turku
Budget: 138 281 €ERDF financing: 117 539 €