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  • ACTIVITYDemonstration Project
  • STATUSOngoing
  • THEMATIC AREAInfrastructure & Smart Cities

Objectives of the service

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With the rise of digital tools that can effectively alter imagery or make up images to a degree where we cannot tell whether it is real or not, having a way to verify the source and integrity of an image will become an increasingly important step in the way we deal with data. 
The HeManEO project aims to transform Earth Observation (EO) data into a reliable product for diverse business clients, ensuring trustworthiness and compliance with auditing and legal standards. It targets organizations in big corporations, financial sectors, and risk management, addressing evolving environmental, social, and governance (ESG) regulations. Leveraging in-house algorithms and apps like FloodSENS and FireSENS, the project integrates with the Digital Authentication and Traceability Services engine (DATS) to provide End-to-end authentication, ensuring data security, compliance, immutability, and nonrepudiation, and offering unprecedented value to EO data.

Users and their needs

Target customer segments are companies using analytical data applications around health improvement, risk assessment, disaster prevention, ESG measurement & reporting. They benefit from authentication of data and sources either as they require authentication by regulation, or to enhance public perception and trust in contributing to the achievement of e.g., the United Nations (UN) SDGs.
One such example is the re-insurance sector. Our partners Swiss-Re (CH) and WTW (UK)  are already using EO as innovation accelerator in some of their portfolio solutions, for example in the case of floods and wildfires. However, they often find EO-apps are hard to trust, especially when based on free and low-resolution data, and therefore difficult to be regulatory compliant. Instead, they would like to use authenticated, trustworthy applications from EO, where authentication is both technically as well as legally compliant 

Service/ system concept


The HeManEO architecture comprises three interconnected technical blocks. Block 1, managed by RSS-Hydro, extracts flood and fire data from Sentinel mission EO data via ML algorithms on a cloud platform, producing GIS map layers. These layers are integrated into Block 2's Digital Authentication and Traceability System (DATS), generating JSON or XML files. Block 3 integrates theses files into a legal frameworks and ESG compliance. The final output is a GIS map product with authenticated data and process history, aligning with legal frameworks and ESG requirements, enhancing customer value. Existing EO apps by RSS-Hydro will be streamlined and integrated into HeManEO, tested against customer KPIs, and linked to DATS, legal, and ESG compliance frameworks.

Space Added Value

The Space technology and assets used for HeManEO are listed below:

  • S-1 SAR interferometry: it generates frequent high-precision, high-resolution groundwater storage change maps

  • S3 , S3-SLSTR and S-5P: utilized for combining fire smoke intensity, Fire Rapid Power (FRP), and toxic gases for health applications in an existing app (FireSENS)

  • S-2: Provides flood maps for climate change hazard prediction in an existing app (FloodSENS)

Our EO apps, FloodSENS and FireSENS, are still in the commercial development phase using the feedback of customers-to-be, where the HeManEO-developed authentication workflow will implement a very significant value-added feature that will substantially in further differentiating and valuing our products and distinguishing them from currently available solutions in the market.

Current Status

We are currently in requirement gathering phase, having held a workshop with one of our top stakeholders to better understand their workflow and needs to ensure the HeManEO product can both be truly useful and integrated as seamlessly as possible in any of their procedures. We will continue drafting the first complete set of requirements along with the proposed concept for the HeManEO solution with the goal of presenting all in the first milestone of the project, the Baseline Design Review (BDR). 

Prime Contractor(s)


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Status Date

Updated: 01 March 2024