European Commission

Commission Challenge – Space for Smart Mobility

The European Commission is looking for market-oriented proposals that use both Copernicus and Galileo/EGNOS data and signals in the field of smart mobility. 

The Finalists

Discover the TOP 3 submissions to the Commission Challenge – Space for Smart Mobility below. Please note, that finalists are presented in an alphabetically order of their submission title.

Ready-Time Railway Disruption Management Solution

Team: Nikola Obrenović, Sanja Brdar, Vladimir Crnojević, Nastasija Grujić, Maksim Lalić

Railway disruptions are mostly caused by disasters and result in delays or cancellations of trains. Over time, this has a negative impact on passengers’ satisfaction and how they perceive the reliability of railways. To prevent such outcomes, railway operators aim to provide the best and fastest restoration of service when a disruption occurs.

Ready-Time Railway Disruption Management determines the extent of disruptions in railway systems and provides optimised recovery scenarios to passengers in real time using the Copernicus Emergency Management Service (CEMS) and in-situ railway operator data. These scenarios may include delaying, adding, or rerouting trains in ways that minimise both passenger inconvenience and additional costs for the operator.

The solution is designed to provide a tailored response to a given disruption and advance operators’ current disruption management practices.

Tunnll: A Sustainable Urban Bus Service for Struggling Small Towns

Kirill Blazhko

Tunnll is a next-generation mass transportation system for small towns. Hundreds of small towns around the world cannot afford public transportation, and if they are able to offer it at all, the waiting times are very long. This leads to a growing dependence on personal cars, which are one of the main contributors of greenhouse gas emissions, air pollution, and traffic congestion.

Tunnll specifically targets small towns (with populations between 3,000 and 25,000 people) where local public transport is not financially viable and private bus operators cannot operate at a profit. Powered by a cyber-physical system that uses Big Data from Copernicus Sentinel-2, OpenStreetMap maps, and GNSS real-time location data, Tunnll replaces bus routing with real-time pedestrian routing of passengers. This makes it more efficient than fixed-timetable bus services and on-demand minibus services.

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The Challenge

In the European Green Deal, the European Commission set the ambitious goal of making Europe a frontrunner in environmental protection, carbon neutrality, societal resilience, and the implementation of the global Sustainable Development Goals. Mobility is one of the key areas where innovative solutions, applications, and services can foster the transformation towards a resource-efficient and environmentally friendly society.

This Commission Challenge encourages the submission of proposals using Copernicus data and Galileo/EGNOS signals that propose concrete, market-oriented solutions in the area of smart mobility, including smart solutions, applications, and services for environmental friendly mobility in urban areas, traffic management and related safety and security issues, mobile apps for citizens, and sharing solutions. These innovative solutions must demonstrate added value in the use of Copernicus and Galileo/EGNOS data and signals. The use of AI, Data Analytics, the IoT, Machine Learning, and Cloud Computing as supporting technologies is recommended.

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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