Copernicus 100 Masters

Meet recent and past years winning solutions using Copernicus valuable geospatial information.

 

Meet the Copernicus 100 Masters

These success stories of the Copernicus Masters, ESA Space App Camp and Copernicus programme finalists and winners demonstrate how Copernicus Earth observation data can be used in a broad variety of application fields.

Get inspired by young entrepreneurs as well as startups and their solutions. Discover new success stories every month!

Europe’s Top 100 entrepreneurs tackling global challenges

Copernicus Masters, ESA Space App Camp Finalists and Winners and Copernicus Accelerator Participants

Innovative Solutions and Business Cases in many Application Fields

Success stories of Award Winning Applications tackling Global Challenges

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Mobile Application for Detecting Aedes Mosquito Risk Areas

2016 Finalist ESA App Challenge

Zika, dengue fever, and chikingunya are viral diseases transmitted by the same mosquito, the Aedes species. In recent years the spread of these diseases has become a worldwide public health issue. Dipteron has developed an application for detecting Aedes mosquito risk areas based on artificial intelligence that combines satellite and ground data.

The app uses heat maps to identify zones where there is a high, medium, or low risk of Aedes mosquitos. It supports sanitary risk surveillance GOs and NGOs that are willing to develop mitigation measures for Aedes-borne diseases; these include firms, companies, and organisations with staff operating in countries at risk. Sentinel-2A and Sentinel-3 data will make it possible to analyse spatial relationships among areas with high levels of mosquito infestation and the locations of sites that are susceptible to larval development. Dipteron is currently being incubated at ESA BIC Darmstadt, Germany.

Finalist’s Statement:

“Copernicus Masters offers a huge boost to your product’s visibility on the market.”


Contact:

Name: Ana Cristina Galhego Rosa
Email: anacristina.rosa@dipteron.com
URL: www.dipteron.com

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Flycom - GMS-GIS for Insurance and Flood Mapping Module

2018 Finalist Copernicus Masters CGI Big Data Big Business Challenge

Organisations are processing large amounts of data each day, and almost all of it has a geolocation component. Flycom wants to put advanced GIS and location-based functionalities at the fingertips of everyday business users. To fulfil this mission, they have developed GMS-GIS for Insurance.
Insurance has a strong geographical component. Geospatial data is critical in a variety of insurance segments. Some of the most devastating events addressed by our solution are floods. During the last five years, Europe has suffered over 100 major flood events, resulting in around EUR 6 billion in damage in 2016 alone. Using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2, they are helping insurance companies and communities manage flood risk, assess losses, and coordinate teams after flooding events by identifying waterlogged areas in relation to individual policy locations. Through geospatial algorithms, remote sensing data, and advanced algorithms, Flycom has brought state-of-the-art tools that were previously available only to experts to everyday business operations in the insurance sector. Finalist’s Statement: “Copernicus Masters gave us the opportunity to build relationships with industry mentors, which has proved most valuable” Contact: Name: Filip Rojs, Anže Žnidaršič, Nejc Dougan Email: nejc.dougan@flycom.si URL: shellfish-safety.eu

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BeeNebula – Bee Activity Monitoring Using Satellite Data

2017 Copernicus Masters Copernicus Sustainable Development Challenge Winner

The company’s main product offers precise agricultural recommendations (for subscribers) and detailed statistical analysis of specific areas in terms of the production efficiency of select crops. An important element of the system is the meteorological layer and the layer that provides information on the local activity of bees (in the BeeNebulaApp™).
The multi-module application uses a variety of data to achieve higher spatial and temporal resolutions and provide accurate, reliable agricultural recommendations. The base data includes satellite images (MSG data, Landsat, and all generations of Sentinel) and a continuous signal acquired by ground sensors. Real-time processing gives subscribers access to up-to-date information about the condition of crops whenever they need it. The application is designed to help build a collaborative network among the many entities involved in shaping the space in which we live. It is geared mainly towards farmers, foresters, beekeepers, ecologists, local government officials, politicians, and the general public. Winner’s Statement: “The Copernicus Masters 2017 Award was a confirmation of the quality of our solution. Since winning it, we have noted an increase in interest in the results of our team’s work. The victory in the Sustainable Development Challenge gave us peace of mind and the basic financial resources we needed to continue our development and purchase the necessary materials. Thanks to our participation in the App Camp, we have become a member of a large European family that is creating business solutions based on the potential of Copernicus data. We met many interesting people and made some important contacts. Networking activities are particularly important in the world of innovation because they allow direct, immediate access to the results produced by other innovators. In 2018, we won the Gold Medal at the innovation fair Innova Valencia 2018. Our solution is still being developed, and we are currently in the process of creating a company. We’re looking ahead with hope and optimism!” Contact: Name: Mariusz Kacprzak, Institute of Aviation, Poland Email: mariusz.kacprzak@ilot.edu.pl URL: https://ilot.edu.pl/

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ASIGN – Crowdsourced, In-Situ Visual Copernicus Validation

2012 ESA App Challenge Winner

Designed for use in disaster management and mission-critical operations, the ASIGN app is probably the most bandwidth-efficient solution for collecting and communicating high-precision geo-spatial photos and videos.

AnsuR entered Copernicus Masters with ASIGN, a product consisting of a web-based assessment and decision portal for geo-spatial visual data from drones, professionals and reliable crowdsourcing. Associated data collection and communication apps provide high-precision, geo-tagged in-situ photos and videos that are quickly available and merged with live mappings of Earth observation data. ASIGN is particularly optimised for very low bandwidth when communicating information, which means mobile satellite networks can also be used efficiently.

During the Thailand flooding of 2011, the apps ASIGN Crowd and ASIGN Pro improved flood assessments based on Sentinel radar images by using crowdsourced in-situ validation. The UAV version of ASIGN adds support for aerial observations.

Since being created within the FP7 project GEO-PICTURES in collaboration with the United Nations (UNOSAT), ASIGN has undergone further evolution. The solution is now used by the UN and other entities involved in disaster and security management, specifically in connection with UAVs and satcom. The apps are available for iOS and Android.

Winner’s Statement:

“Winning the Copernicus Masters and having our idea evaluated by third-party experts really boosted our confidence in the work we are doing. The win also paved the way for attracting further public investors and our application for H2020 funding.”


Contact:

Name: Harald Skinnemoen, Ansur Technologies AS, Norway
Email: contact@ansur.no
URL: www.ansur.no

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EO-Compass

2017 Finalist University Challenge

Varying data availability and quality is an obstacle to producing reliable information from images – especially for new users. Current image search engines return images as a list, which is difficult to comprehend if several hundreds or thousands of images are included. EO-Compass is a Web application that aims to provide spatially-explicit information about the image archive for any location on Earth in a visually appealing manner.

The use cases for EO-Compass include creating thematic maps of acquired images or cloud cover, obtaining descriptive statistics for a certain location, and determining the status of the Sentinel-2A and -2B satellites (e.g. their current position and predicted orbit). EO-Compass is a meta-tool that helps users better understand the data available in image archives (including spatio-temporal characteristics) and fosters the uptake of Earth observation data in new domains. Finalist’s Statement: “Copernicus Masters helped us get more international visibility for our project and shape the development of our app for our target market.” Contact: Name: Martin Sudmanns and Hannah Augustin, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, University of Salzburg, Austria Email: martin.sudmanns@sbg.ac.at URL: eo-compass.zgis.at

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ICEKING

2016 Finalist DLR Environment, Energy and Health Challenge

IceKing has developed an app for sustainable tourism on glaciers that can also be used to crowd-source photos from tourists for glacier research. Our vision is to combine the power of the community with space technology to produce valuable data on resource utilisation and distribution that can help protect planet Earth.

We will achieve this by creating a virtuous cycle between sustainable tourism and scientific research on glaciers. Glaciers are among the most reliable indicators of climate change, as well as important ecosystems that provide fresh water and hydroelectric power. The IceKing app offers an all-round experience that includes useful information for organising trips, from the accommodations available to local glacier guides. Tourists can join a global scientific expedition by uploading their geo-referenced photos of different glacier spots. These photos are useful to researchers who validate the accuracy of satellite-based data models. When combined with SAR and optical imagery from the Copernicus Sentinels, they can also improve water runoff models. This approach can be extended to other ecosystems in the future.

Finalist’s Statement:

“Participating in Copernicus Masters was an important milestone in IceKing’s development. It gave us the confidence that our solution was understood and appreciated in the space sector and encouraged us to continue developing the idea. Following the competition, we received funding from Climate-KIC, along with a two-year funding and incubation grant with the ESA-BIC Accent Gründerservice in Lower Austria.”

Contact:

Name: Paola Belingheri, Fabiana Milza and Gabriele Mamoli, IceKing GmbH, Austria
Email: paola@icekingapp.com
URL: icekingapp.com

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Agricolus – A Remote-Sensing Component for Agricultural Management

Agricolus s.r.l. is an Italian start-up which develops solutions for Smart Agriculture. The company’s mission is to support farmers, agronomists, and other agricultural operators in optimising the work on field by using cutting-edge technologies of data collection and analysis.

The core project of the company is a cloud platform composed of precision farming applications. Also named Agricolus, the platform can be accessed easily by briefly creating an account: it enables farmers to make targeted decisions regarding the specific needs of their individual crops. These decisions reduce costs, improve yield quality and quantity, and also minimise the environmental impacts of farming. Such decision support systems, forecast models, smart pest and disease control tools in combination with remote sensing provide completely new solutions and production procedures for farmers and technicians.
Earth observation data from Copernicus Sentinel 2 are processed in the Agricolus application and can be accessed by the user by means of the imagery feature. The Earth observation data help farmers to identify homogeneous management zones at a farm level by considering crop status regarding, for example, irrigation needs or plant protection interventions. It compares the plant vigour and water stress values for several fields (NDVI and NDMI indices). It is also possible to analyse time variation for the entire farmland or single crops.

Contact:

Name: Andrea Cruciani, Agricolus
URL: www.agricolus.com

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Building Radar: A Satellite-Supported Search Engine for Construction Projects

2015 Overall Winner of the Copernicus Masters and Winner European Space Imaging High-Res Urban Challenge
2016 ESA Space App Camp Winner

Building Radar finds construction sites around the world at the earliest possible time and presents them on one data analytics platform. It has introduced an integrated solution for Sentinel-2 and VHR satellite imagery as part of a solid business model.

The solution demonstrates the potential of satellite imagery for market-oriented products and services in a wide range of sectors. By combining satellite data, machine learning, and datamining, Building Radar provides an all-new monitoring and detection service for the construction industry. The Building Radar online platform, which provides 16,000 new construction leads every day, uses a custom-developed algorithm to identify new building projects around the world. The database provided by Building Radar is always up to date because the research is done in real-time, 24 hours a day. Users don’t have to wait for a research analyst to stumble across the information. The platform’s customers include companies active in the new construction and maintenance sectors. Building Radar makes it possible to verify online search results and track changes in projects by means of satellite imagery. The platform thus enables its users to monitor much different construction endeavors while providing much greater cost-efficiency than its competitors thanks to its innovative data research methods. In recent years, Building Radar has developed its computer vision algorithms and trained artificial neural networks in order to automate its analysis of building sites and the detection of related changes. Building Radar’s analysis of satellite images has great potential for further applications and services, as well: The Bavaria-based start-up is experimenting with possibilities in detecting road damage and analysing surfaces, infrastructures, and demography in pre-defined areas. This solution may open new doors to the use of precision satellite imagery in a worldwide context.
Building Radar entered the incubation programme at ESA BIC Bavaria in early 2015; it was the overall winner of Copernicus Masters in 2015 and won the 2016 edition of the Space App Camp in Barcelona. Following these successes and several further awards, the Munich start-up has grown to 35 employees from 13 nations. Building Radar has already successfully led to over EUR 100 million in sales for more than 150 customers. Today, the solution is used by Fortune 500 firms and renowned companies such as Viessmann and Vitra.

 

Winner’s statement:

“Winning the European Space Imaging High-Res Urban Challenge and the Copernicus Masters grand prize was a huge honour for us. It showed that the international jury of experts believed in our technology’s potential to become something great. Many companies became aware of us, as well, which gave us the chance to develop our product and contributed to the success of our business in the past few years.” (Paul Indinger)

 

Contact:

Name: Paul Indinger, Leopold Neumann, Raoul Friedrich & Team
Email: info@buildingradar.com
URL: www.buildingradar.com

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DriveMark® - Navigation using Landmarks with Radar Fixed Points from Satellites

2013 Overall Winner of the Copernicus Masters and Winner BMW Connected Drive Challenge

From Earth observation (EO) to autonomous driving. The DLR-developed DriveMark® technology makes the creation of high-resolution digital road maps from space possible. When Hartmut Runge, scientist from the DLR Remote Sensing Technology Institute in Oberpfaffenhofen, identified the points of light in the radar image as traffic-related objects, the idea for DriveMark® was born: Navigation using landmarks. Using vehicle sensors and a network of landmarks creates a globally available, highly accurate and reliable navigation system, independent of GNSS. With the TerraSAR-X radar satellite and a special geodetic processing chain, the x-, y- and z-coordinates of landmarks can be pinpointed to a few centimetres without being in that exact spot. This makes it possible to record large or difficult-to-access areas very efficiently. With DriveMark®, satellite remote sensing technology and methods for navigation applications are used. The system creates reference points and road maps that are particularly useful for driver assistance systems and automated vehicles.
Winning the Copernicus Masters 2013 as well as the BMW Connected Drive Challenge pushed the project accordingly. In recent years, Hartmut Runge presented his application idea to key industry representatives in a host of presentations and pitches – and they showed a great deal of interest. The Copernicus Masters BMW prize included consultation sessions with the Munich-based car manufacturer, allowing him to define the requirements for modern maps for autonomous driving and to further develop his idea in a targeted way. The patented DriveMark® system thus emerged as the theme of an innovation project with DLR Technology Marketing and support from the Helmholtz Validation Fund. DriveMark® serves as a bridge between age-old measuring techniques and the very latest cutting-edge technology, opening up new horizons for future applications. Runge’s team has developed a three-part automated processing chain that converts remote sensing data into digital road maps with an absolute accuracy of 10 centimetres. As such, DriveMark® also meets the requirements for use within the autonomous mobility sector. The Ground Control Points (GCPs) obtained can be used individually as reference points as well as in the overall view of the navigation map. As such, they can be used as anchoring points for ‘mobile mapping’ and the ego-localisation of autonomous vehicles. Since the GCPs are digitalised, they can be fed into existing assistance systems, so that a vehicle equipped with an on-board camera, for instance, can aim for these control points and thus determine its own position. Drivers know exactly where they are at any given time or place regardless of GNSS and other such systems. This makes automated driving with clear lane guidance and complex driving manoeuvres, such as changing lanes and making a turn, possible. The automated digitalisation of the control points and the map as a whole are essential features of and prerequisites for the marketability of DriveMark®. Hartmut Runge and his team have already developed the next process and applied for a patent. With DriveLine®, crash barriers and noise barriers on the edge of the road can be used to position the vehicle accurately within the lane. With the help of remote sensing, it is therefore possible to not only map the street itself, but also the “whole picture” with buildings and infrastructures in the surrounding area. Distance sensors in the vehicles continuously determine the lateral distance to the ‘DriveLines’ and constantly compare these measurements with the map. This lane-keeping method serves also as redundancy, for example, when back light causes glare in conventional camera-based systems and ambiguities occur. Today, the technology transfer process has been fulfilled. The innovation project has been successfully completed and the results have been validated. The requirements have been met in full. In some areas the level of precision is even better than expected. So marketing has started in order to present the technology to potential users. The initial orders for sample data show that there is real interest out there. The aim is to transfer the DriveMark® solution in such a way that commercial licensees can independently enhance or validate their highly accurate mapping products. Trademarking DriveMark® and DriveLine® as registered DLR trademarks raises the profile of the technology with a focus on its key application. DriveMark® has become an international brand with recognition value within DLR and beyond. After all, innovation is what matters to the outside world for market execution. Contact: Name: Hartmut Runge, German Space Agency at DLR Email: hartmut.runge@dlr.de URL: www.drivemark.de

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BestBeaches

2018 ESA Space App Camp

Are you looking for the perfect surfing or snorkeling location, the most popular beach area near city life, or that rare unknown beach where the only sign of life is your footsteps in the sand?

Best Beach enables you to easily locate optimal beach areas based on your preferences. Once the desired beach is found, nearby hotel and flight deals can be purchased directly from the app through a range of travel agencies.

Advanced machine learning is used to detect and categorize beaches along coastlines and lakes. For every beach area, several parameters are stored and updated live as more data becomes available. Beach rankings are calculated based on user preferences such as temperature, wind, undercurrents, and contamination. The user can choose a small search area or perform a complete custom scan of all the best-ranking beaches in the world. Earth observation statistics are used to predict yearly beach patterns, and forecasts are used to predict weather conditions for the upcoming weeks and seasons.

 

Statement:
“Taking part in the ESA Space App Camp has been a great experience for the whole team. This very intensive and focused event has made it possible for us to succeed in developing our prototype app even without prior knowledge of Earth observation. Access to EO information, resources and staff has been crucial to our success. The camp has also opened many doors in the field of Earth observation and given us many new contacts and potential partners. An MVP version of our app is close to completion, and we are now joining several other start-up companies in the preliminary stages of a new ESA BIC that will go live in Denmark in early 2020. We advise everyone to apply to the Space App Camp whenever the opportunity arises.”

 

Contact:
Name: Thomas Nielsen, SoftSingularity
Email: thomas@softsingularity.com
URL: softsingularity.com

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CyanoLakes

2014 Winner Copernicus Masters Idea Challenge

Monitoring large, remote bodies of water is logistically challenging, time consuming and expensive. Responding quickly to events that pose a risk to human health has been almost impossible, given the size of some lakes and seas. CyanoLakes’ innovative satellite data service is a game changer for monitoring.

Based on satellite remote-sensing, CyanoLakes monitors toxin-producing cyanobacteria blooms in Earth’s waterbodies from satellite remote sensing. The online service also enables water utilities with limited resource to become more efficient and responsive by supplementing their monitoring programs. Besides, the online monitoring and mapping service significantly improve water and health authorities’ ability to monitor, respond to and manage cyanobacteria, algal blooms and water weeds in both fresh and salt waters. Cyanobacteria blooms pose a serious health threat to humans and animals and are increasingly common due to pollution and global warming. Eutrophication can devastate natural ecosystems and increases the cost of water treatment. Additionally, CyanoLakes assists water treatment technology companies to increase sales, save money and easily track success stories, and non-profit lake user organisations safeguard recreational water users with daily health risk levels and recreational advisories.

In 2014, Dr Mark Matthews won the Copernicus Masters Ideas Challenge for applications using satellite data. Winning the Copernicus Masters Ideas Challenge raised awareness of both the problem and the solution, while the expert jury’s approval of the potential and feasibility of CyanoLakes further boosted the concept’s credibility: Dr Matthews had developed an algorithm during his PhD that was able to distinguish between cyanobacteria and algae. The algorithm was recognised as a breakthrough in research and innovation, and also solved many of the challenges associated with using satellite data for routine monitoring applications.
Using the open-source algorithm, the online information service provides daily warnings on the health risks from cyanobacteria blooms. This allows water and health authorities an unprecedented ability to monitor in near-real time for cyanobacteria and algal blooms, ultimately protecting the general public from negative health impacts.

In 2015, after being awarded with a research grant by the Water Research Commission, CyanoLakes began working on a prototype for South Africa. The South African Department of Water and Sanitation became the first user, utilising the information to fill gaps in their monitoring database and for reporting. In January 2017, following the public release of data from the Copernicus Sentinel-3A satellite, the prototype began providing near-real time updates. Sentinel-3 OLCI is the service backbone of the CyanoLakes application, supplemented by high resolution imagery from Sentinel-2. With the Launch of Sentinel-3B in 2018, the service now provides up to 6 updates per week for all waterbodies on Earth. The Ocean and Land Colour Instruments on the Sentinel-3A and B satellite platforms are currently the only sensors in space with the necessary spectral bands, radiometric sensitivity, spatial resolution and coverage for near real-time services related to the detection of cyanobacteria.

Dr Matthews, “Sentinel-3 is the backbone of the CyanoLakes service, given its unique instrument characteristics. Without it, we could not provide our service to the market. With two satellites in space, we are now able to provide daily updates to clients anywhere around the globe.”

Contact:
Name: Dr Mark Matthews, CyanoLakes Ltd, South Africa
Email: mark@cyanolakes.com
URL: www.cyanolakes.com

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EOMAP

2011 Winner Copernicus Masters ESA App Challenge
2013 Winner T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge

EOMAP has a long history with ESA: The development of this spin-off of the German Aerospace Center (DLR) was initially supported by the ESA Business Incubation Centre (BIC) Bavaria.

In 2011, Dr Thomas Heege (CEO of EOMAP GmbH & Co. KG) and his team won the ESA App Challenge in the Copernicus Masters competition for AquaMap – a near-real-time water quality service for mobile phones. Two years later, EOMAP’s satellite service for mapping global seafloor topography won the competition’s T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge. Today, EOMAP is the world’s leading company in optical remote sensing for marine and freshwater aquatic environments. It is also an expert in satellite-derived bathymetry (SDB), seafloor classification, and water quality monitoring. EOMAP’s technologies are based on 30 years of research and development with an experienced, multidisciplinary team of physicists, mathematicians, geo-information scientists, geographers, and geo-ecologists. Since 2006, EOMAP has been supplying professional services to industrial and governmental organisations around the world.

Ever since its wins in Copernicus Masters, EOMAP has been offering efficient and user-friendly access to its results and services through a range of delivery mechanisms, including the eoApp® web application for visualising water quality data.

One of the projects that involves these mechanisms is SPACE-O (Space-Assisted Water Quality Forecasting Platform for Optimised Decision-Making in Water Supply Services), which is funded by the EU H2020 Research and Innovation Programme. It integrates satellite technology and in-situ monitoring with advanced hydrological and water quality models and ICT tools. The result is a powerful decision support system capable of generating real-time, short- to medium-term forecasts of water flows and quality data in reservoirs, which can be used to optimise water treatment plant operations and establish a complete service line from the realm of science to the water business sector.

Within the SPACE-O project, the provision of satellite data is handled by EOMAP. The raw data generated by Sentinel-2 is processed in a fully automated way by EOMAP tools and delivered into the decision support tool. At the core of this technology are state-of-the-art, physics-based algorithms for extracting quantitative information about aquatic environments from remote sensing data acquired by satellites.

EOMAPs algorithms:

  • Allow for coupled atmospheric and in-water parameter retrieval that corrects for the terrestrial adjacency effect, which is critical to the accurate remote sensing of any coastal or inland body of water
  • Contain a physically accurate implementation of the bi-directional effect inside the water column, on the surface of water, and in the atmosphere
  • Take into account the full range of reflecting, absorbing, and scattering properties of water bodies and the points where they meet the atmosphere
  • Uncertainties in Earth observation products can arise from a number of environmental factors

The algorithms within EOMAP’s processing chain include mechanisms for quantifying these uncertainties and flagging relative reliabilities. As result of the project, a set of newly developed or improved operational products have been incorporated into the Space-O water information system. They include high-resolution indices of chlorophyll (a, harmful algae bloom indicator), surface water temperatures, evaporation rates, and trophic states. These products all deliver very valuable information in connection with sustainable water management in reservoirs and depict further details on the environmental conditions present in lakes.

This new water information platform and toolset have been successfully demonstrated during several workshops in The Hague, Brussels, and Vienna with the active participation of major European drinking-water stakeholders.

 

Contact:
Name: Thomas Heege and team, EOMAP GmbH & Co.KG, Germany
Email: info@eomap.de
URL: www.eomap.com

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ARICS - Artificial Intelligence Change Detection System for Land Use

2018 Finalist EC Copernicus Government Challenge

EU municipalities are missing out on millions of euros in revenue due to illegal construction. Right now, there is no easy or cost-effective way to detect (or even accurately measure) this activity.

ARICS (ARtificial Intelligence Change Detection System) is an AI-driven platform developed by GET and SIMULARITY that utilises Sentinel data to detect abnormal land use changes due to construction, deforestation, or other illegal activities. ARICS dramatically reduces the time and funds required for detection compared to traditional change detection tools used by human analysts. It can analyse a series of remote sensing images in order to detect areas where abnormal changes in land use have occurred. The results are presented in a web application where additional data (e.g. on protected areas, buildings with permits, or even VHR images acquired from drones) can be overlaid to increase the value of the information. Additional applications can be built on this platform in the future, which is expected to result in additional commercial applications for the government and private sector.

“Copernicus Masters was a unique opportunity for us to present ourselves to the international Earth observation community and meet and communicate with EO experts from all over the world.”

Contact:
Name: Gabriel Mavrellis, Geospatial Enabling Technologies, Greece
E-mail: fgmavrellis@getmap.gr

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ALMaS - An Automatic Landslide Mapping Service

2017 Finalist University Challenge

Landslides are a major threat in the world’s mountainous regions, as evidenced by the numerous deaths and significant damage they cause each year.

When triggering events occur, national and regional authorities and infrastructure providers have an urgent need for fast assessments that support them in taking immediate action, lanning repair and maintenance activities, and documenting events in affected areas.
This is why our team is currently developing an Automatic Landslide Mapping Service (ALMaS), an interactive web service that contains image processing tools capable of automatically identifying landslide-affected areas using the most recent Sentinel-1/-2 images for requested regions. ALMaS provides users with landslide information shortly after satellite images become available. The integration of external data enables them to identify potentially affected populations and infrastructure and start planning actions in response.

“The Copernicus Masters competition and the Accelerator programme were excellent opportunities for our team to elaborate our service concept in detail and advance its development towards live operations.”

Contact:
Name: Florian Albrecht, University of Salzburg, Department of Geoinformatics – Z_GIS, Austria
E-mail: florian.albrecht@sbg.ac.a

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CybEarth – First-Person Visualisation of EO Data

2015 Winner NCMA Spatio-Temporal Data Visualisation Challenge

CybEarth is a mobile application that provides augmented first-person views of reality. By positioning a mobile device over an area of interest, layers of spatial data and EO imagery are projected on-screen, matching dynamically to the camera’s tilted field of view.

Imagine you could turn your tablet/smartphone camera towards any area on Earth and get dynamic Earth observation (EO) images on your screen. Imagine you could apply multispectral, multitemporal, multi-thematic data overlays to
the real world, like an x-ray of Earth or even the oceans. You could travel through time and attributes, become a special kind of scientist, and make decisions regarding the Earth’s systems.
Our app, Cybearth, embraces most EO data and applications related to the sea, land, air, environment, civil security, natural disasters, and more. It supports a wide range of uses and market potential: Inspection agencies can investigate and tag urban or environmental violations, farmers can personally monitor crop conditions and decide when to harvest, and simple users can navigate through time to see how their birthplace has changed over the years.

Cybearth is a dynamic, in-situ, augmented reality GIS that is being designed and marketed as a service or stand-alone software for any entity that needs to incorporate EO data into its logging, monitoring, recording, or decision-making activities.

“CybEarth is a horizontal platform that can serve many diverse markets, from tourism and education to farming and science. As an application, it is compatible with our ‘smartdrone’ prototype, which is a smartphone-equipped UAV that was first introduced internationally in Copernicus Masters. After that, Copernicus Masters was the vehicle we used to
transform our academic technology into a business case. It also became the foundation on which we gained wide visibility, business coaching, and access to networking channels.”

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CELSIUS - Adaptation to Climate Change with a Focus on Reducing Temperature Effects in Cities

2018 Finalist Copernicus Masters EC Copernicus Government Challenge

Cities around the world are facing two important problems: overpopulation and rising temperatures due to climate change.

Urban temperatures are influenced by each city’s spatial and material heterogeneity, but also by other factors, such as soil impermeability, vegetation, the typology of buildings and urban patterns, wind, humidity, and air pollution. All of these influence the formation of urban microclimates that affect environmental quality and citizens’ quality of life. Green Urban Data’s software makes it possible to locate vulnerable areas and prioritise areas for related measures. This enables public administrations to develop more accurate environmental strategies and allocate budgets in the most
objective way. The ability to quantify the results has a significant impact in terms of how cities and their citizens benefit.

To this end, we use images from the Sentinel-2 satellite (which provides a very good spatial resolution for managing cities’ green areas) and Landsat 8 (which has a thermal band that facilitates temperature monitoring).

“Green Urban Data has garnered interest on an international scale thanks to Copernicus Masters. We are now in conversations to join other European companies in introducing our tool in other countries.”

Contact:

Name: Alejandro Carbonell
Email: comunicacion@greenurbandata.com

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ACTAEON - Advancing Agricultural Insurance through Earth Observation Data and Weather Intelligence Services

2018 Finalist Copernicus Masters Airbus Multi-Data Challenge

Although it is a fast-growing sector, agricultural insurance (AgI) is suffering from low penetration and consistent underwriting losses due to factors ranging from high administrative costs to adverse selection.

AgroApps is addressing these sectoral issues with ACTAEON, a robust and cost-effective toolbox that allows insurance companies to alleviate the effects of weather uncertainty when estimating the risk involved in AgI products. It also reduces on-site visits for claim verification, lowers operational and administrative costs for contract monitoring/handling, and enables insurance companies to design more accurate and personalized contracts.

To deliver ACTAEON, AgroApps uses Copernicus EO data (as well as data derived from missions contributing to Copernicus) to provide the actionable information insurance companies need to efficiently design their products and assess natural disasters. In addition, it employs in-house climate services that combine data assimilation, numerical weather prediction, and ensemble seasonal forecasting to verify the occurrence of catastrophic weather events and predict future perils.


Contact:

Name: Gregory Mygdakos
Email: mygdakos@agroapps.gr

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Beyond 100 Masters

Over the past years of the Copernicus Masters competition, many innovative solutions using Copernicus data have been submitted and awarded. The Copernicus 100 Masters present only a selection of the numerous business cases and application fields enabled by Earth observation imagery.

Browse through the Copernicus Master Hall of Fame to discover even more use cases and visions of young entrepreneurs.

About Copernicus

Copernicus is the most ambitious Earth observation (EO) programme to date and is an integral component of Europe’s ambitious activities in space. It responds to the needs of its users and ultimately serves European citizens – both directly through its products and applications and indirectly through its social, economic and environmental benefits. By rising to the global challenges of climate change and responding to the ever-growing and diverse stress factors placed on the environment and civil security, Europe’s Copernicus programme has already taken significant steps forward in the way we care for our planet.

The Copernicus programme is under the overall leadership of the European Commission, which acts on behalf of the European Union (EU) and is responsible for the overall initiative, setting requirements and managing the services. The EU’s main partner in this endeavour is the European Space Agency (ESA), which coordinates the Space Component, the heart of Copernicus. In addition, the European Environment Agency (EEA) gathers data from a network of various in-situ sensors. Copernicus consists of a complex system that collects information from multiple sources, including more than 30 Earth observation satellites and the aforementioned in-situ sensors. The Space Component comprises two types of satellite missions: the dedicated Sentinel missions, developed by ESA specifically to meet the Earth observation needs of Copernicus users, and existing and planned missions from other space agencies, called Contributing Missions that also provide data to Copernicus.

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Ines Kühnert
Head of Galileo & Copernicus Competitions
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