business applications

Food & Agriculture

Food production and agriculture continues to be a key sector worldwide. The combination and integration of space-based systems and terrestrial resources provides an increasing potential for customized solutions and innovative service. Are as of interest include yield optimisation while minimising the impact on the environment based on precision farming and enhanced irrigation management. Services may also include crop monitoring and evaluation for agricultural statistics and regulatory aspects.

UKSRI

Status date: 06 November 2018

More detailed long-term weather predictions empower growers to make better-informed decisions in their fields. More reliable outlooks of summer water demand improve planning for irrigation, better select crop varieties and mixes for drought / floods or climate-linked pathogens that thrive in humid conditions. UKSRI delivers seasonal climate forecasts to UK growers to improve their crop performance.

SFCS

Status date: 06 November 2018

Satellite Fruit Control System (SFCS) based on the use of smartphone, image processing and EGNSS technology combined in developed application will allow to estimate the quantity, physical and qualitative parameters of fruits planned for harvest.

TELEKAIROS®

Status date: 29 October 2018

TELEKAIROS® Fintech is a tool for financial and (re)insurance contracts that derive value from an underlying asset such a traditional stock, a bond or stock index. TELEKAIROS is capable to manage different kinds of risks, for example by increasing the efficiency of the underlying market because they lower unforeseen costs of purchasing an asset outright.

HiVaCroM

Status date: 11 October 2018

HiVaCroM uses a time series of Sentinel-1 SAR observations as the basis for generating field-level canopy cover measurements for high value potato crops on a national scale. The canopy cover measurements are required frequently, throughout the growing season, as input to yield models and to inform crop performance metrics. The yield model and crop performance metrics provided important information that growers use to manage crop-related risk during the growing season. 

GroWise

Status date: 02 October 2018

This demonstration project builds on previous work with radar carried out in the UK to develop crop growth models for a variety of arable crops. GroWise will see new models built which will give credit providers an accurate view of the crops in the ground.  It will also allow them to deliver agronomic advice, via a new app, to farmers – something which is currently lacking with small/subsistence farmers. By improving the crops of small-scale farmers it is hoped that credit providers have their loans repaid and they feel more confident in loaning greater sums, to more farmers than currently. 

SIITAg

Status date: 17 September 2018

Agriculture is the most important core industry in the world. With feeding 9.5 billion people globally by 2050, it faces a tremendous challenge. Food production must increase by 75%. To that end, Spacenus develops sustainable operational services which addresses agricultural plant nutrient deficiency (PND) with an Artificial Intelligence (AI) system connected with earth observation, navigation and IoT.

Ag|knowledge 4.0

Status date: 12 September 2018

Ag|knowledge 4.0 is a kick-start food security project. The feasibility study aims to improve the agricultural risk management for the stakeholders of the agri-supply chain in emerging economies. The services provided will exploit various EO-technologies from remote sensing, weather to GNSS to close a big information gap on operational crop monitoring in support of small holders. The initial project focus is on India. 

COHABIT

Status date: 12 September 2018

COHABIT monitors and assesses in real-time the whereabouts of large wild animals and dynamically generates geo-fenced alerts for visitors to avoid dangerous encounters and for farmers to protects their crops and livestock. Wildlife – human cohabitation is made possible through the use of data analytics, image-recognition, animal tracking and space technology.

SolumScire (SC)

Status date: 31 August 2018

SolumScire makes soil data more valuable and useful. This service is based on better referenced and new spatial soil data and combines this with plant condition data to get better information on soils and plants as well as their important interactions. The data base improves modelling for precision farming to increase yield and to lower emissions.

Ibisa

Status date: 31 August 2018

Crop protection for smallholder farmers with low fees and fast payments

TransparentSea

Status date: 22 August 2018

TransparentSea develop an innovative fishery monitoring system.

AMBROSIA

Status date: 14 August 2018

The ESA-Ambrosia food safety and traceability platform combines Blockchain technology, IoT, Satellite Earth Observation (SatEO) and GNSS Satellite Navigation to achieve maximum automation, security, and transparency of the food supply chains.

BioDiv Checker

Status date: 01 August 2018

The BioDiv Checker is a service to acquire and analyze remote sensing images for supply chain integrity within ecological farming.

Soft-Alpha

Status date: 25 July 2018

Soft commodities, such as coffee and sugar, and their related financial derivatives, are widely traded on exchanges worldwide. At present, production data is only made available at fixed points through the year (usually after the growing season). The Soft-Alpha project provides predictive analysis on soft commodity crop performance, in a sector that is currently dependent on historical data. The project uses EO derived data products and analytics, to monitor performance on a dynamic basis, offering unique insights that not only provide competitive advantage to commodity traders, but also improve food security and increase transparency in regard to sustainability issues in the various supply chains.

DFMS4i

Status date: 18 July 2018

The project investigated how drought and flood prediction and monitoring services derived from in-situ and space-based Earth Observation data - in from the Sentinel satellites - could support the uptake of agriculture insurance in developing countries, with an initial focus on Uganda.

GFaaS

Status date: 17 July 2018

Geospatial Framework as a Service (GFaaS) aims to bridge the gap between the geospatial data providers, service providers and the intermediate/end-users to ensure painless access to processed geospatial data for addressing agricultural productivity concerns.

Pi-Link

Status date: 13 July 2018

Collection and transmission of ocean water column data opens up new data-based revenue streams across a range of industrial sectors and stakeholders. The Pi-Link activity explores the market and technical feasibility around sustainably gathering and supplying such data using a sensor-equipped version of SNTech’s Pisces device, called Pi-Sense.

SiPeCon

Status date: 12 July 2018

SiPeCon offers information services based on a fully operational sensor information supply chain to support crop protection agents and their clients (farmers) who want to increase crop production yield by reducing yield losses caused by pests and embrace Integrated Pest Management (IPM) innovations to reduce reliance of chemical pesticides, which is a novel business approach for crop protection.

DSE IOT Project

Status date: 11 July 2018

DryGro is commercializing a novel method of agriculture that produces a soy-alternative crop in areas where land is water-scarce, arid, or otherwise non-arable. This project aims to determine the suitability of satellite-enabled IOT, earth observation, and numerical weather prediction technologies for facilitating the application of DryGro’s horticultural approach in such remote, inhospitable climates.

GREENSPIN Agri Planet

Status date: 11 July 2018

GREENSPIN AGRI PLANET: a global service for field-level agricultural insights based on Earth Observation, crowd information and artificial intelligence.

EO-li

Status date: 28 June 2018

EO-li (Earth Observation based location identifier) is an open source web-based,global platform matching demand and supply of identifying, selecting and reporting in the land restoration context. It has four components, namely the (i) identification of a location area to be restored, the (ii) selection of an area and the actors involved in the restoration activity, the (iii) monitoring and reporting on the progress of the project using earth observation and geospatial data and (iv) a learning component providing guidance and capacity strengthening.

Saturnalia

Status date: 28 June 2018

Saturnalia leverages on Earth Observation Data to predict wine quality before bottling. Copernicus data and tailored in-situ sensors keep vineyards constantly monitored from both space and ground. Saturnalia unlocks best practices of vine management and supplies early information on next season’s fine wine. Tech-savvy wine investors and distributors rely on Saturnalia to access the most promising sales before their competitors.

MYFoodS

Status date: 25 June 2018

EO-based information service based on monitoring Micro Yields for assessing Food Security and Malnutrition (MYFoodS) in rural subsistence farming areas in Burkina Faso

Hawking

Status date: 20 June 2018

Hawking is a machine learning based solution for commercial growers analysing satellite imagery for better management of their crops.

SenZitall

Status date: 15 June 2018

The SenZitall integrated solution is envisaged as a one-stop-shop for smart IPM and horticulture management. It will operate as a fully independent, low power WSN providing high resolution, near real-time environmental data as input to an integrated Spatial Decision Support System (SDSS). The sensors will run with a multi-constellation GNSS and a dual uplink SATCOM system.

Cerberus

Status date: 11 June 2018

BlackShore’s crowdsourcing platform Cerberus reinforces developing country economies by employing satellite imagery to support sustainable food production while preserving the environment. This is achieved through socially conscious gaming and the power of the crowd.

agriloc

Status date: 22 May 2018

agriloc targets significant improvements in agriculture through automation supported by satellites. For this purpose, a thorough market analysis and numerous user surveys have been carried out to identify current problems and needs of farmers. Projected agriloc systems and services have been validated through requirements definition, design, and field demonstrations in various user workshops and public forums at agricultural fairs. The solutions are aimed at supporting farming processes through integration of highly accurate Guidance, Navigation, and Control, with reliable connectivity utilising telecommunication satellites, and supported by new test systems and services to support farmers in their purchasing decisions. 

SISMA

Status date: 12 March 2018

SISMA is a low-cost solution to monitor domestic and wild herds that includes regional analysis to help dependent populations and state agencies to manage animal safety and welfare and mitigate climate change. It combines IoT and satellite technologies to track the movement, activities and biometrics of the animals. It enables data sharing between herders, veterinaries, local – state authorities, scientists, consultants…

GrazingSpace

Status date: 19 January 2018

GrazingSpace is a satellite based information service that supports dairy farmers that want to keep their cows grazing in pastures instead of indoor feeding.The service supports optimizing the grazing management by delivering timely information to the farmer on where to graze his cows and when to move them to another field. Biomass information determines the estimated size of the strip/field, and the cow movement tracks, translated into grazing behaviour data indicate if cows are still efficiently grazing or have to be moved.

KORE

Status date: 19 December 2017

KORE improves UK and international agronomists’ and farmers’ crop management by exploiting new precision agriculture techniques to target inputs and increase crop yields.KORE utilises remote sensing and satellite navigation techniques to survey fields easily and cost-effectively.KORE provides simple interpretations of complex information on crop growth and crop health.KORE replaces a successful, proven on-line agronomy service, EssentialsMap. 

SolumScire

Status date: 14 December 2017

SolumScire makes use of latest satellite- and positioning technologies to better understand soil and soil conditions in crop production. The project collects and combines high resolution satellite and soil analysis data to provide soil spatial information and to create a service for farmers to feed spatial soil information automatically into their farm management system (FMS) to then improve field related precision farming activities.

FertiSat

Status date: 11 December 2017

The aim of FertiSat project is to provide farmers with site-specific application maps for nitrogen fertilization of cereal crops. Since absorption of nitrogen by plants is influenced by weather and moisture conditions, those variables are taken into account when determining precise doses of the fertilizer. The service is based mainly on multispectral, high resolution satellite imagery.

SAR crop index

Status date: 11 December 2017

This demonstration project is a progression of a number of feasibility studies conducted by AgSpace Agriculture and The Satellite Applications Catapult into the application of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data for agriculture. The project demonstrates the new crop growth index on 20 UK farms throughout the 2016 and 2017 growing seasons. 

ASTROCAST

Status date: 28 November 2017

Astrocast is developing an advanced Nanosatellite network for the Internet of things (IoT). 

SOLAR3

Status date: 19 October 2017

SOLAR3 leverages core space assets including navigation, earth observation and satellite communication, as well as the recent advances in solar-powered unmanned flight and hyperspectral imaging technologies towards the realization of large-scale diagnostics of vegetation for precision farming. The project delivers high-precision diagnostics of widely experienced biotic and abiotic crop stresses to facilitate farmers’ decisions in applying appropriate treatments.  

SatApps

Status date: 19 September 2017

Internet of Things/IoT – M2M – industry 4.0 – these headlines are representing large user groups which have an urgent need of a globally available, low-cost, secure data service, dedicated to very small data volumes per sensor and for use also in remote areas. The objective of the study is to perform an in depth  requirements analysis on 2 focus pilot user groups:  railway transportation and container/waste management.

MarIA

Status date: 15 September 2017

This project has developed a cloud-based system to support more efficient management of sustainability standards in commercial fishing and processing operations. The system developed allows for the inputting of information manually into smartphones/tablets and the capture of information from sensors on-board fishing vessels (including GPS position), whilst at sea, which is sent via satellites to a central database. This database is viewable by prospective customers before the catch is landed.

SATLAS

Status date: 05 September 2017

SATLAS is an Idea Incubator, developed for and offered to innovators who want to “Start, Integrate and Test” their SatCom related concepts in an easy, light and quick way, taking benefit from the support, mentoring, services and tools made available from the SATLAS consortium (SES Techcom, SatADSL, Newtec).

DateGIS Demo

Status date: 27 June 2017

DateGIS Demo is the follow-on demonstration project from the ARTES 20 DateGIS feasibility study completed in 2016.DateGIS is an integrated Geo-information System (GIS) for Date Palm precision agriculture. Objective of DateGIS is to provide information products and services on date farms and palm trees for:Government institutions, specifically for the following needs:Date farm and palm registration service;Regional / national Red Palm Weevil control management program;Date sector (farmers), specifically for the following needs:Increase yield, productivity and quality of date farming;Reduction of date farm losses due to Red Palm Weevil infestation.Currently the main threat for the global date sector is the Red Palm Weevil plague, so the first focus of DateGIS is on service items 1.b and 2.b (the most urgent needs), with a clear and sustainable long-term growth model for service items 1.a and 2.a.The key asset of the DateGIS is information supply chain management (“from big data to farm information”) which includes building a strong network of remote sensing data suppliers, aerial survey service providers, knowledge partners and local network / sales channels.

ASAP DP

Status date: 24 May 2017

The proposed Agricultural Service is designed as a ‘One-stop-shop’ Service for Farmers and Owners of Agriculture Production Companies (and other various Users) providing information during the growing season in order to increase the efficiency of the management of the fields, and to obtain the highest potential yield with the optimal doseage of fertilizers.

STAR-FISH Feasibility Study

Status date: 11 May 2017

STAR-FISH is a management system that will automatically monitor and record fishing activity and fish discarding, in order to verify compliance with discarding regulations. The STAR-FISH service will consist of:A Remote Monitoring System (RMS) (hardware and software) installed on board vessels to monitor, record, identify and transmit fish discard data On-shore software which monitors fishing and discarding data from vessels and can provide alerts to fishing regulators Interfacing with databases/platforms to support fish sustainability and traceability statistics

M3i

Status date: 12 April 2017

M3i is an end-to-end, one-stop service that reduces the fieldwork required to gather information on critical Landscapes of Interest.  Satellite imagery, analysed in conjunction with a minimal set of ground-based data, significantly reduces the time and money required to perform surveys, and thus greatly improves the potential for all forms of land use to be incorporated into sustainable management schemes.

PalmOilVision

Status date: 24 November 2016

PalmOilVision aims at providing the palm oil sector with innovative, reliable and cost efficient services for increasing production sustainability and efficiency, through the integration of Earth observation imagery and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

DateGIS -

Status date: 22 October 2016

DateGIS is an integrated Geo-information System (GIS) for Date Palm precision agriculture. Objective of DateGIS is to provide information products and services on date farms and palm trees for:a)   Provide date farm management information to increase date production, quality and yield;b)   Development and management of a national RPW control program;c)    Reduction of farm financial losses caused by RPW infestation;d)   Improve water use efficiency, irrigation and fertilizing management.

Saltwater

Status date: 05 October 2016

Saltwater is a service for aquaculture companies using Earth Observation and hyperspectral in situ instruments for the monitoring of harmful phytoplankton. Monitoring results are provided on a high spatial and temporal resolution. When combined with other environmental data the users can predict the movement of harmful phytoplankton, thereby reducing loss of stock and increasing feeding days.

DROMAS DP

Status date: 09 September 2016

DROMAS services aim at periodical full country monitoring of agricultural vegetation to serve decision makers on national level

agriloc FS

Status date: 24 August 2016

agriloc targets significant improvements in agriculture through automation. For this purpose a thorough user survey was carried out to identify current problems and needs of farmers. Projected agriloc systems and services were then validated in a user workshop. The solutions are aimed at supporting farming processes through integration of highly accurate Guidance, Navigation, and Control, reliable communications utilising communication satellites, weather and satellite data, and automation of farm management and process planning.

BIOSCOPE FS

Status date: 05 July 2016

BIOSCOPE investigated the technical and economical viability of a vegetation monitoring system based on the integrated use of satellites and Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS).

BIOSCOPE

Status date: 05 July 2016

Agriculture is becoming more and more data driven and farmers are in demand of relevant, fresh information about their crops for location specific treatment. BIOSCOPE sets up a unique service based on satellite imagery when possible and drone imagery as backup when clouds prevent an undisturbed view.

Cerberus: Forest Falcon FS

Status date: 05 January 2016

If you care about the future, you also care about our planet. Greenhouse gas emissions caused by forest degradation and deforestation are one of the largest causes of global warming. Many organizations have a negative impact on the extent and quality of our forests. It is time we change that. We map what matters. Through our crowd — a big, global community of people who care about our planet just as much as we do — we build maps and information products of high quality and reliability. Our forest monitoring services can be adjusted to your specific needs, so you will get exactly the information you need.

LMS

Status date: 07 October 2015

In compliance with European and national regulations, the GNSS based livestock transport online monitoring system as well as the related service elements allow the online control of (especially long distance) livestock  transports as well as simplify livestock transport documentation. The solution can be integrated with other vehicle subsystems and transport information such as fuel consumption, temperature conditions, water level control, etc.

DROMAS

Status date: 05 August 2015

DROMAS services aim at periodical full country monitoring of agricultural vegetation to serve decision makers on national level and to provide historical and current year crop analysis to support farm management at agricultural parcel level.

IAP-Copernicus

Status date: 08 May 2015

The IAP-Copernicus study addresses the use of space assets, combined with terrestrial « web2mobile » technologies, in the provision of reliable, ad-hoc information to all stakeholders involved in the monitoring of risks and mitigation of hazards impacting people.  The study focuses on the development of an economically sustainable « Business Services Platform » for two use cases: public safety in Belgium and food security in Senegal. 

ASAP-FS

Status date: 16 April 2015

The ASAP service aims to deliver in a ‘one-stop-shop’ approach reliable information to actors in the Polish agricultural market to optimize the production, reduce input costs, and increase income. The service aims to deliver information on condition and status of vegetation, soil moisture and surface temperature, data for fertilization and amount of fertilizers, condition of vegetation before and after winter (frozen vegetation). 

FarmingTruth

Status date: 14 October 2014

FarmingTruth is a precision agriculture service that furnishes end users (e.g. farmers, growers, agronomists, agricultural consultants, etc.) with a web-based soil and crop information system to enable the optimisation of land production for increasing yield at reduced input cost.

SATMODO

Status date: 08 September 2014

The SATMODO project is aimed specifically at the round-wood timber harvesting market, by facilitating ”live” monitoring of harvest processes. To date the SATMODO project addressed current harvesting issues in remote areas by utilizing both cellular and satellite transmission technology as a means of providing data transmission pathways for the live harvest data from the Harvester Machine. 

TalkingFields

Status date: 09 May 2014

TalkingFields aims to increase the efficiency of agricultural production via precision farming by means of geo-information services. It integrates space and ground-based assets to achieve this target. The TalkingFields Demonstration Study is the result of a feasibility study which was successfully concluded in 2009.

FruitLook

Status date: 17 August 2012

Water is a critical resource in South Africa, which challenges the agricultural sector to reduce irrigation water consumption while keeping production sustainable. Adequate information on the crop water, growth and nutrient status is crucial to improve water management.The FruitLook pre-operational service demonstrates to Western Cape grape and deciduous fruit farmers the benefits of integrated satellite technologies in their daily water and farm management.

GrapeLook

Status date: 17 August 2011

This project focuses on the operational monitoring of crop water and nitrogen use of vineyards in the Western Cape province of South Africa. Based on the daily management of irrigation water resources and on-farm nitrogen by means of satellite remote sensing technologies, satellite communications and satellite positioning the project aims to assist various end-users.

TalkingFields Feasibility Study

Status date: 21 May 2009

TalkingFields is an initiative trying to increase the efficiency of agricultural production via precision farming by means of geo-information services integrating space and ground-based assets in an integrative way.