Synergies between Galileo/EGNOS and Copernicus open up new horizons for commercial and societal benefits by stimulating the development of innovative digital services and thus economic growth. Copernicus offers information services based on satellite Earth observation (EO) data and modelling for atmosphere, marine, land, climate change and emergency monitoring. Combined with Galileo/EGNOS georeferenced data, information with high temporal and spatial resolution, high availability and quality can be produced. Monitoring and tracking assets, goods, transport, and energy on a global level will thus be even more accurate and informative. This reflects the demands of a digital industry and society worldwide.
Today, ships, cars, tractors, drones and aeroplanes are “running, floating, moving and flying sensor systems” that collect vast amounts of location-based information about themselves and their surroundings. EO data and services in combination with this location-based information will generate terabytes of new data, which needs to be evaluated and combined intelligently and as efficiently as possible. Services based on such data should lead to more secure, faster and cost-effective planning and decision-making.
Participants (e.g. startups, research centres, universities) are encouraged to submit solutions related to all market segments, including location-based services (LBS), the Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility and smart cities, aviation, drones, waterborne applications, renewable energy, digital farming, search and rescue, and disaster management.
Submissions to the GSA & EC Galileo.Copernicus Challenge will be assessed using the following criteria:
Innovation: Innovative approach over existing technical solutions and commercial services
Relevance: Use of Copernicus and Galileo data & services
Market potential: Considerable contribution to uptake in one of the various satellite downstream market segments
Benefit: Commercial and societal benefits along the entire value chains for market players and end users
The European GNSS Agency (GSA), a European Union agency, is working with the European Commission on a range of activities aimed at helping European entrepreneurs and businesses – especially high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutes and related networks – build their applications using the positioning, navigation and timing data delivered by Galileo and EGNOS. www.gsa.europa.eu
The European Commission is one of the main institutions of the European Union. It proposes and implements the policies, laws, and treaties of the European Union. In particular, the European Commission manages several Space Programmes, including Galileo, the constellation of GNSS satellites, and Copernicus, which provides full free and open access to Earth observation data and services for environment and security. The European Commission, Directorate- General for Growth, is responsible for the implementation and the user up-take of the Copernicus and Galileo Programme.