business applications

Health

Health is a very broad theme involving a wide range of actors spanning across almost all types of institutions, all contributing towards maintaining and improving health of the citizen. A surprisingly large number of services can potentially be improved or newly created by introducing space-based systems to applications like disease prevention, to early warning, diagnostics, and treatment.
Services, infrastructure and facilities provided by satellite communications, satellite navigation, earth observations, or human spaceflight can be utilized for new applications and solutions to health-related problems. "Combining different space-based systems and integrating them with terrestrial systems creates capabilities that are greater than the sum of their part", forms the cardinal rule of IAP. It enables and enhances a broad range of viable services that are sustainable in the long term, providing benefits to the individual and to society as a whole.

aircheckr

Status date: 17 July 2018

aircheckr provides detailed outside air quality information and tools needed to effectively reduce your exposure to air pollution. It empowers people to actively or passively make better decisions and take actions in order to breathe better air. People are no longer defenceless. Improving the air at home/office or car, or reducing your exposure during biking or exercising is now possible. Together with its partners, aircheckr is working hard to integrate air quality information into a wide range of services, applications or devices.

Sun4Health

Status date: 05 July 2018

The Sun4Health demonstration project develops a ready-to-market solution by providing a comprehensive, integrated revolutionary system for the best exploitation of solar radiation benefits avoiding the healthrelated risks, according to any environmental scenario and targeted for any kind of end-user, especially for children.

VECMAP

Status date: 05 July 2018

VECMAP® is an award-winning one-stop-shop for the area-wide mapping of the distribution and abundance of pests that transmit diseases. The software includes tools for (1) geo-located field survey planning, (2) collection, storage & management of geo-referenced data, and (3) spatial analysis and spatial modelling of observed presence and absence data using earth observation data sets as predictor data.

SmartSenZ

Status date: 04 July 2018

SmartSenZ® is a spin-off service from VECMAP® that aims at delivering eco-friendly integrated pest management services to public and private customers in the tropics. The service was demonstrated and is currently being deployed in the luxury hospitality sector in South Africa.

SmartVEC

Status date: 04 July 2018

SmartVEC® is a spin-off platform from VECMAP® to monitor vector population dynamics and the spread of vector-borne diseases in urban settings in the tropics. It is used by Avia-GIS to support its contract research activities with the pharmaceutical industry in disease hotspots globally. 

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.

AgeSpot

Status date: 18 May 2018

AgeSpot provides THE starting point for any innovative technological solution addressing ageing populations. It enables efficient targeting of the silver economy and offers precise demographic data on WHERE and HOW MANY age specific classes currently live and will likely live in the FUTURE. With AgeSpot a new Earth Observation (EO) supported business intelligence service is offered.

TILQ-AP

Status date: 03 May 2018

TILQ-AP is an integrated application designed to help cities in impact management of climate variables on elderly population life quality. It integrates satellite data (EO and meteorological) with medical and demographic data to monitor and send alerts on upcoming heat waves in cities (including the “Urban Heat Island” effect) that might be dangerous for elderly people.

SAQM

Status date: 19 April 2018

The project aims to test the feasibility of providing accurate and high resolution global air quality modelling services using vehicles extracted from very high-resolution earth observation imagery.  Providing detailed air quality modelling for a large number of cities will improve decision making, enable efficient and cost effective urban growth and reduce the air pollution impact on human health.

VIRTUAL CLINIC DIRECT

Status date: 14 March 2018

Trauma to the tibia or other bones leave patients needing extensive rehabilitation over many months. However, a combination of too few hospital beds and the patient’s preference to recover at home means that monthly trips to the hospital predominate the rehabilitation pathway. The frequency of the visit is suboptimal from a care perspective with the risk of complication and readmission a constant issue. The journey is likely to be inconvenient and expensive for the patient. The need for a service that provides daily, remote measurement of rehabilitation variables is needed for the benefit of all stakeholders. Hospitals, Insurance companies, employers, communities, patients and their families want more effective and efficient rehabilitation which is available to everyone, no matter where they live. Virtual Clinic Direct leverages the integration of Satellite Assets (Satcom and GNSS) with an intelligent medical device architecture (sensors, microprocessors, smart phones, machine learning, Bluetooth Low energy, 3G&4G etc.) to create a ubiquitous service that measures and tracks:  Healing rate of fractured boneLevel of behavioral compliancePatient progress against benchmarkRisk of complication and readmission

Cycle route planning tool

Status date: 07 March 2018

Imagine yourself dumped in the middle of the Alps with your mountain bike. Now try and find a route that gives you 3 hours ride-time, 1200 meter elevation gain and a gnarly descent with epic scenery. Easy? Thought not. Beinn Bike delivers this capability quickly and efficiently allowing you to spend more time riding and less time planning.

KosmoMed

Status date: 19 December 2017

KosmoMed realized a solution for an integrated system of e-Health applications and services supporting the Health Institutions in order to have extensive access to healthiness data exchange and create a multidisciplinary platform to provide professional e-Healthcare services. 

B-LiFE

Status date: 18 December 2017

The ESA IAP-ARTES 20 “Biological Light Fieldable Laboratory for Emergencies” (B-LiFE) Demonstration Project is the follow-on of the B-LiFE Feasibility Study and deals with a new service providing biological analytical capabilities with integrated space assets for emergency response during health crises and epidemics.

SatCare

Status date: 13 July 2017

SatCare aims to demonstrate two systems of remote diagnostics using a broadband managed communication system to include satcom.  The SatCare activity will allow for video rich data to transmit scans to an hospital from a vehicle on the scene of the emergency and en-route to the hospital. Enabling a robust clinical decision support system for prehospital patients has an impact on the health outcomes for patients and can improve the productivity and efficiency of the ambulance service. Through the addition of satcom we can broaden the coverage of this service to include areas where terrestrial broadband communication (LTE) is unavailable or over-subscribed. 

CyMonS

Status date: 22 June 2017

CyMonS offers spatial and high-frequency water quality monitoring of inland surface waters, combined with a 1 to 5 days forecast for cyanobacteria scums. The service integrates Sentinel-2 imagery, hand held monitors (EcoSpot & WISP-3) and fixed position monitors (EcoWatch) to monitor cyanobacteria with a high spatial scale. The algae forecasting model allows water authorities to timely issue warnings and take mitigation measures.

Amazon

Status date: 12 May 2017

The objective of this project is the development and validation of a tele-assistance service, using multiple space assets, for professional clinical users in remote locations using a compact device for vital-sign monitoring and remote diagnosis. It is based on a previous ESA-backed project, which resulted in the deployment of a telemedicine system for commercial aviation applications (TEMPUS)

LymeMAP

Status date: 02 December 2016

Lyme Borreliosis (LB) is a rapidly growing health problem in the Highlands of Scotland.  This disease, carried by ticks, is difficult to prevent because there is little information available about the risk of disease, and how to reduce it.  LymeMAP integrates data from the Scottish National Lyme Borreliosis Testing Laboratory and local doctors’ surgeries with environmental data from Earth Observation satellites, to produce interactive risk maps providing information on ticks, LB and disease hot spots. For the first time in the Highlands, visitors and the local population will have access to accurate information enabling them to reduce their risk of tick bites and LB, whilst still enjoying the countryside.

Intelligent sensor and satellite network (ISSN)

Status date: 02 December 2016

The project is a feasibility study in order to establish whether there are sufficient market opportunities, and the technological maturity for developing a flexible and reliable intelligent sensor network where satellites are among the nodes in the network (ISSN). ISSN has a number of potential application areas in connection with Offshore Oil & Gas exploration and production, environmental surveillance in general, safety, search and rescue, transportation etc. 

AIR-Portal

Status date: 02 November 2016

The economic and technical feasibility of AIR-Portal, an air quality dashboard for European cities, was shown in this study. The consortium developed in a demand driven development the requirements of three major European cities into a working proof of concept. With this proof of concept the technical feasibility was proven, furthermore a business case was developed proving the economic feasibility.

SmartCARE

Status date: 01 November 2016

SmartCAREisan ICT platform of advanced e-health services where physicians and patients meet and manage daily activities, within a therapeutic process, in a collaborative way enabling an optimization of healthcare rehabilitation at home. SmartCARE IHC (Integrated Home Care) services will assure a constant verification of the therapeutic process without requiring the on-site presence of medical staff.

VGTropics

Status date: 22 April 2016

In many African countries, livestock farming is an important source of revenue that improves the quality of life and strengthens the development of the economy. Animal health not only has an impact on animal production and its economic consequences, but zoonoses may also have an important impact on public health.  Real time surveillance and prompt actions are paramount in diminishing the impact of epizootics on livestock. For this reason, early detection and shortening the time between detection, reporting and providing measures to contain an outbreak is crucial.VGTropics is the result of the “Predict” feasibility study which was successfully concluded in 2012. 

T4MOD

Status date: 30 November 2015

T4MOD project aims at developing and validating a user-friendly Telemedicine system, through an interoperable IP overlay satellite network associated to an intelligent end-to-end communication service, capable to support different medical specialities. This solution, to be validated in a military environment, could be also extended for future exploitations in civilian field for organisations (for example national health systems) operating in underserved and/or geographically isolated areas, such as in case of natural disasters or humanitarian crises. The system can be instrumental to develop new medical protocols for a cooperative medical work of diagnosis and therapies. T4MOD involves as users the health Department of four Ministries of Defence: France, Germany, Italy and Spain.

iVOICE

Status date: 17 September 2015

This study evaluates improvements to existing voice analysis technology. It is coupled with high fidelity communications signal and GNSS data, aiming to detect situations of mental strain and fatigue in operators. With the aim of offering a new technology – iVOICE, integrated VOIce analysis via satellite Communications Embedded in time and safety-critical environment. It also investigates the potential to develop services linked to high-risk and high-stress environments or dislocated domains, including heavy equipment operation, ground and air transportation for private and commercial use, as well as applications for future use in distributed health care for remotely living populations and peace-keeping communication and navigation services.

CyMonS FS

Status date: 02 February 2015

The consortium, led by surface water quality specialist BlueLeg Monitor (BLM) from Sneek, the Netherlands, has executed a contract with the European Space Agency (ESA) under the Integrated Application Promotion (IAP) program to develop services for the monitoring of blue green algae or cyanobacteria under the project acronym CyMonS: cyanobacteria monitoring services.  

eHSA, Study on Sustainability, Liability & Business Aspects

Status date: 29 January 2015

Sub-Saharan Africa, characterized by its extensive rural populations with little or no access to conventional healthcare, renders eHealth a potentially effective solution for the provision of healthcare. The goal of the eHealth for Sub-Saharan Africa (eHSA) programme is the development of pan-African eHealth services, enabled by satellite telecommunications, to expand healthcare access for rural African populations.

ISAES

Status date: 01 December 2014

The proposed project is to conduct a feasibility study focused mainly on interoperability aspects derived from to design, implement and operate a pan-African eHealth platform based on a satellite communications system.

Mercury

Status date: 21 October 2014

Project Mercury aims to establish and prove the commercial viability of a new satellite based communications service that will end the isolation of Mobile Breast Screening Units deployed across the UK as part of the National Health Services (NHS) breast cancer prevention and detection programme.

PREDICT

Status date: 10 April 2014

The objective of the PREDICT (Prevent and Respond to Epidemics and Demonstrate Information and Communication Technologies) feasibility study was to define sustainable new services for animal health surveillance and early warning. The combination of Earth Observation and state-of-the-art Information and Communication Technology enables to improve early reporting and rapid response and contributes to limit the spread of epidemics.

ASSIST

Status date: 26 March 2013

Healthcare is facing increasing quality and resource challenges, which telemedicine services hope to solve. But will this make healthcare more efficient or safe? Can satellite communications add value to such services? A newly launched study - ASSIST - will aim to answer these and other questions.

eHSA Regulatory

Status date: 20 February 2013

Partnering with Africa to help strengthen health service delivery is a key driver of this project. The goal of the eHSA programme is to develop pan-African eHealth services enabled by satellite to benefit the sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) region. These services focus on providing various types of eHealth services to benefit citizens and health workers.

VECMAP Feasibility Study

Status date: 30 July 2012

Hitchhiking on international trade and travel, foreign species that act as vectors of disease (e.g. mosquitoes, ticks) may establish themselves in new environments world-wide if conditions are favourable. VECMAP aims at assessing the feasibility of developing a tool and associated service for automated mosquito mapping and forecasting.

Gulliver

Status date: 03 July 2012

The GULLIVER feasibility study aims at assessing the added value of space assets in securing the delivery of pharmaceutical goods. For that purpose, Novacom Services has fostered the creation of a wide community of experienced users covering the end-to-end distribution chain.

eHSA Governance

Status date: 25 May 2012

The governance study is the first in a series of four horizontal studies performed in the eHSA programme.  The goal of the overall eHSA programme is to develop pan-African eHealth services, enabled by satellite, to benefit the sub-Saharan Africa region. The governance study will examine the basic conditions for implementing eHealth and telemedicine services in sub-Saharan Africa, whether imposed by the governments or by private parties.

TESHEALTH

Status date: 31 March 2012

The TESHEALTH project is dedicated to developing, implementing, qualifying and validating a telemedicine system promoting the use of satellite communications aimed at reducing the impacts of chronic diseases, improving life styles and empowering citizens to adopt a healthier behaviour.