European Commission

Commission Challenge – Space for Infrastructure and Building Monitoring

The European Commission is looking for submissions that demonstrate the added value that both Copernicus and Galileo data can bring to monitoring systems.

The Finalists

Discover the TOP submissions to the Commission Challenge – Space for Infrastructure and Building Monitoring below. Please note, that finalists are presented in an alphabetically order of their submission title.

EyeRADAR – Bringing Satellite Data to Decision-Making

Team: Candela Sancho, Alfredo Fernandez, Miguel Marchamalo, Ruben Martinez, Adrian Garcia, Jaime Sanchez, Carlos Garcia

The lack of preventive maintenance and early detection of failures in infrastructure leads to large economic losses that can ultimately endanger human lives. This is why Detektia has developed EyeRADAR, an infrastructure-monitoring tool that provides early warnings of deformation based on the latest satellite radar technologies, Sentinel-1 data, and AI.
DInSAR technology is used to measure historical and up-to-date movements in infrastructure with millimetre precision without the need for ground instrumentation. The AI layer detects anomalous deformations in near-real time and is able to generate corresponding alerts.
With EyeRADAR, Detektia aims to transform the enormous volume of satellite information into easy-to-interpret data that supports decision-making in all the digital processes of infrastructure management. Providing early warnings in client information systems will revolutionise the preventive management of assets.
EyeRADAR will therefore provide not just data, but early warnings for advanced safety and economy efficiency, as well.

Pando2 – The App That Makes Your Air Quality Visible

Team: Jean-Gabriel Winkler, Guy-Charles Kouame, Rudy Menduni
Pando2 is the first app fully dedicated to air quality management and analysis. It provides customers with real-time and tailor-made monitoring of both indoor and outdoor air quality by harvesting official open data and managing micro-sensors installed directly on-site. This enables detailed analysis and diagnosis of the user’s exposure to pollutants like particulate matter, CO2, and nitrogen dioxide, as well as different pollen types and many other parameters. Pando2 also supports the implementation and management of remediation solutions, real-time alerts, and other services. Its objective is to offer a global understanding of air quality’s impacts on health, comfort, and cognitive functions with best-in-class features in analysis and reporting.

Saint James CAMINITO

Team: Pablo Chedas, Manuel Diz Folgar, Pedro Manuel Carro Parafita
Saint James CAMINITO is a tool that was developed to study the evolution of a collection of pilgrimage routes throughout Europe that lead to the resting place of the Apostle Saint James in Galicia. These routes are some of the most popular in Europe and an important source of income for the surrounding population. The CAMINITO tool uses SAR and multispectral imagery from the Copernicus satellites to identify sections along these routes that have been affected by vegetation overgrowth, landslides, and floods. This will enable the authorities responsible to dispatch maintenance units promptly to the precise locations in question.

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The Challenge

Around the world, the amount of major infrastructure such as bridges, dams, highways, and buildings that shows signs of climate- or material-based deterioration is rapidly increasing. In most cases, the dangerous impacts of this development are not visible or difficult to localise with traditional methods.  Unfortunately, the damage is often only recognised when it results in major accidents. This is why efficient, continuous monitoring of infrastructure and the detection of damage have been identified as priorities in the context of the new European R&I programme “Horizon Europe”.

Against this background, this Commission Challenge encourages the submission of concrete solutions that use both Copernicus and EGNSS to enable smart monitoring of infrastructures and buildings. The key requirements are that these innovative solutions demonstrate added value in the use of Copernicus and Galileo/EGNOS data and signals for their development. The use of Artificial Intelligence, Data Analytics, the Internet of Things, Machine Learning, and Cloud Computing as supporting technologies is recommended. Where applicable, augmented or mixed reality, special mapping solutions for making digital twins of infrastructure, sensors for smart monitoring, drones with thermal cameras for detecting leaks or cracks, wearable solutions, and other innovations are also welcome.

Rewards 2021

Cash Prize
The winner of the Commission Challenge will be awarded a cash prize of EUR 10,000.
Satellite Data
Possibility to access EUR 10,000 worth of commercial datasets from the Copernicus Contributing Missions in the Copernicus Data Warehouse (financial support by COM).

Additional Reward for the Overall Winner 2021

Cash Prize

EUR 10,000 if your concept gets selected as Copernicus Masters 2022 Overall Winner

Evaluation Criteria

The submitted proposals will be evaluated based on the following criteria and should thus take care to address the questions/points in the project description.

Use of EU Space Data

What Copernicus data do you use, and how do you combine the use with other EO data and Galileo signals? Explain the added value of the use of EU Space Data for your solution.

Data Technologies

Please explain how you use AI, Data Analytics, the IoT, Machine Learning, and/or Cloud Computing.


What is the innovative aspect of your solution also compared to existing competitive solutions? How do you make innovative use of EU space data or combine it in new and technically feasible ways?

Market Uptake/Business Plan

Describe the potential market uptake of your solution or your first experiences on the market, your solutions future users, as well as your business model.


Describe the technical and business expertise each team member brings along to make the project successful.


To participate in those, any applicant must be a natural or a legal person of an EU Member State or European Economic Area (EEA), European Neighbouring Countries (ENP), South/East countries or other countries with which the EU has space dialogues and cooperation: USA, Canada, Latin America, Africa, Gulf Cooperation Countries, Kazahstan, Japan, Korea, Australia, New Zealand.

About the European Commission (COM)

The European Commission is supporting start-ups under the two Space Programmes, Copernicus (Earth observation) and Galileo (Navigation) and through a number of initiatives to stimulate the development of innovative products or solutions based on EU Space data. This Commission Challenge is set up by the Directorate General for Defence Industry and Space.

European Commission


European Commission

Martina Sindelar
Policy Officer DG DEFIS

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