Infrastructure & Smart Cities

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.

GridWatch

Status date: 08 August 2017

The present project is intended to equip owners of High Voltage power infrastructures with: a) a continuous monitoring and alarming system to support the inspection and maintenance procedures, and b) a management system providing crucial information to support the dispatching of electrical energy (cfr. Dynamic Line Rating).

PLIMM

Status date: 07 August 2017

The PLIMM service provides ground motion mapping across the Greater London area by combining multiple datasets such as GNSS and InSAR using ‘big data’ pattern analysis. The output is presented through a custom API enabling a better understanding of infrastructural assets, increasing the efficiency of the service and implementing a condition-based maintenance which reduces costs to the asset owner. 

EFFORS

Status date: 20 July 2017

The aim of the present demonstration project is to develop an Enhanced Flood Forecasting System for Critical Infrastructure Protection in medium size Alpine catchments. The service is designed to address infrastructure located either on the river itself (e.g. bridge) or in the floodplain (e.g. a building).

Curio Canopy

Status date: 13 July 2017

Combining analysis of satellite imagery with crowdsourced data, this urban tree montioring platform connects communities and urban forestry professionals. It provides an open data service that drives improved understanding of urban trees and access to better information in order to: i) increase tree planting and tree care; ii) improve environmental conservation management and planning; iii) support educational and communication resources for learning and knowledge-sharing.

WONDER

Status date: 30 June 2017

The project aims at developing an automated, cloud-based digital service for environmental monitoring which could be utilized globally. The solution builds on earth observation, global positioning, crowd sourcing, internet of things (IoT) and predictive analysis.

RailSAT

Status date: 22 June 2017

The objective of the RailSAT project is to assess both the technical feasibility and commercial viability of sustainable operational services that enhance the current practices of monitoring railway track geometry and the surrounding environment by using satellite data. Earth observation, Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (InSAR) and satellite navigation data are used to achieve this objective. 

ASTROCAST

Status date: 20 June 2017

ASTROCAST is a global communication service designed for M2M (Machine to Machine) and IoT (Internet of Things). A service that can provide coverage not only in remote areas on land, oceans, and sky but also is optimized for mobility applications globally.

DAMMINGS

Status date: 24 May 2017

Design, development and pre-operation of a service platform providing an automated and continuous monitoring service of dam infrastructure and its surroundings by integrating GNSS and InSAR space capabilities.

SMART

Status date: 22 March 2017

SMART is a system that aims to provide a decision support service targeting the “early warning" of a disaster or critical event (specifically hydro-geological events) and to improve the "first response" intervention capability. The system has the advantage of strengthening the procedures used today by the Civil Protection to collect and manage the data "monitored" without interfering with the current practice.

International Satellite Derived Shallow Water Bathymetry Service

Status date: 15 March 2017

A web-based service to provide immediate, off-the-shelf, online access to shallow water depth data derived from very high resolution satellite imagery.

STC

Status date: 15 March 2017

Space-Tech for Cycling investigates the technical feasibility and commercial viability of a bike-benefit model with associated GNSS-data analyses as a means to increase the modal share of cycling in cities. The approach rewards cycling by offering tempting benefits to the cyclists. The cyclists’ GNSS-track-data are further processed to offer a foundation for traffic planning projects, public health measures, and marketing and sales campaigns.

COMBO-SBB

Status date: 23 February 2017

COMBINED CONNECTION SAT and DSL for SMART BALANCING and BACK UP project aims to develop a complete and innovative end to end platform to combine dynamically traffic between a SAT connection and a xDSL connection available in the user premises to guarantee improved overall link capacity and link continuity 

aircheckr

Status date: 07 December 2016

aircheckr creates & opens up the best available air quality info at an astonishing detail and quality. aircheckr is real-time, location based and easy to interpret.But really game changing is its potential to be integrated into other services like ventilation. This way, aircheckr can positively alter our daily decisions and actions in many domains, truly improving our health.

aircheckr

Status date: 07 December 2016

Aircheckr creates & opens up the best available air quality data in the EU. Aircheckr translates the air quality data to the specific needs of a broad range of applications like real estate, health or sports. The data is enhanced by the power of the crowd, and it is easily interpretable & include personal recommendations.

SatBAMS

Status date: 29 November 2016

The Battery Array Management System automates the storage and distribution of power. Unlike existing battery arrays, the BAMS will maintain better Security of Supply, ensure that the reserve does not loose capacity over time and extends operation of batteries by 50%-100%.

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.

GeoSHM Demo Project

Status date: 17 October 2016

The objective of the GeoSHM Demo Project is to improve the safe operation of long span bridges by providing reliable Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) data through the integration of GNSS positioning, Earth Observation techniques and in-situ sensors.  It is planned to demonstrate the GeoSHM service for three of the longest bridges in the UK and China: the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland (a testbed for GeoSHM Feasibility Study) and two Yangtze River bridges in China.

URGED

Status date: 05 August 2016

URGED addresses an increasing global requirement for the provision of better predictive decision support tools for urban infrastructure managers to enable cities to become more resilient to environmental threats. Through the evolution of Rezatec’s geospatial data analytics and the incorporation of new satellite data sources, e.g. Sentinel 1 and 2, these tools will be accessed through the URGED online platform. 

SatApps

Status date: 05 August 2016

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 the requirements analysis of 2 focus user groups:  railway transportation and container/waste management.

TRISS

Status date: 20 July 2016

Humans spend energy and money to plant and manage trees in their habitat. Tree information is essential to enable rational management: Tree numbers, their position, height, crown size, health, habitat condition and species are relevant to professionals managing both urban and rural environments. This feasibility study focused on satellite based services providing or updating tree information. 

HAMS

Status date: 01 July 2016

Using Satellite applications in conjunction with terrestrial sensors to better monitor and understand heritage assets. The nature of maintaining a large portfolio of heritage assets provides a large opportunity to use remote sensing techniques to deliver a more efficient method for monitoring distributed assets.

ThermCERT

Status date: 26 May 2016

The European Commission established a long-term objective of decreasing the CO2-emission levels for the building sector by 27% by 2030.Every third building in Europe is in need of deep renovation (older that sixty years). People in these houses are overpaying for the heating many times. That is both economically and environmentally harmful. Buildings account for 40% of the EU's energy consumption, 36% of its CO2 emissions. Current annual building renovation rate in Europe is below 2%.The actual thermal performance of building stock is the critical element for situation awareness, impacting progress on energy efficiency measure uptake. Utilising Earth observation, satellite navigation and ground level data, ThermCERT represents a crucial aid in helping to understand the true thermal performance of the city built environment, highlighting the energy efficiency problematic areas and issues. 

LiveLand

Status date: 19 May 2016

Transport operators across the UK face significant challenges in monitoring and detecting landslides and subsidence across their networks.  LiveLand will help asset owners and operators to assess and monitor high-risk areas of their transport networkproviding improved geological hazard information at regional, network and local levels using integrated data from Earth observation satellites and GNSS.

SATLAS

Status date: 18 April 2016

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).

GridWatch FS

Status date: 22 March 2016

The solution intends to provide owners of High Voltage power infrastructures with useful information for supporting the management of both procedures for inspection and maintenance, and dispatching of electrical energy.

OWASIS-UK

Status date: 02 October 2015

OWASIS – UK is a Feasibility Study aiming at developing a sustainable service line improving the monitoring of water availability, quality and distribution by integrating satellite images and innovative terrestrial sensors and information technologies.This study focuses on the UK market and it targets all types of user groups such as industrial users, public water authorities or regulatory organisms. 

GIRP

Status date: 25 August 2015

Subsidence due to clay shrinkage is the largest ground instability issue affecting residential property in the UK (75% of all valid insurance claims) with rectification costs averaging £250m (295m Euro) p.a.  Research by the insurance sector (Swiss RE and Lloyds of London) indicates that the extent of subsidence both in the UK and Europe will worsen in line with climate change forecast.  The insurance sector equally recognizes the need for significantly improved profiling and predictive tools to identify and target risk mitigation management.The Ground Instability Risk Profiler (GIRP) service is planned to enable an accurate and predictive ground stability risk profiling service to the insurance industry in a range of flexible formats through the integration of property data sources and satellite information.

EFFORS-FS

Status date: 25 August 2015

The aim of the present feasibility study is to develop an Enhanced Flood Forecasting System for Critical Infrastructures Protection in medium size Alpine catchments.The service is designed to address infrastructure located either on the river itself (e.g. bridge) or in the flood plan (e.g. a building).

Forsway S2

Status date: 18 August 2015

The objective of this project is to develop a Satellite modem for Internet access in rural areas using DVB-S2 technology. The product is intended to complement existing ADSL terrestrial based solutions. Where it is too expensive and /or too time consuming to get a terrestrial infrastructure for broadband, the Forsway modem offers a cost effective, easy to use solution to access the Internet based on satellite DVBS2 distribution associated with a multi-standard terrestrial return link.

PloughStars

Status date: 04 August 2015

Plough Stars is a feasibility study and part ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme. The industrial team led by Berner & Mattner investigates new services and applications for improving winter road maintenance. Existing, mainly terrestrial, systems are enhanced with space-based technologies. Users and stakeholders involved in winter road maintenance benefit from this system through increased performance and a simplified routine.

TIM

Status date: 16 June 2015

Efficient asset management is required to meet increasingly stringent demands on safety and reliable performance of new and ageing infrastructure under varying and sometimes hazardous environments.  The Transport Infrastructure Management (TIM) Service is planned as a new generation of asset monitoring services that can be deployed across multinational organizations. The concept is based on the integration of location and mapping capabilities of space assets and ground local point sensor networks - delivering data in the most efficient manner.

SafeRail

Status date: 14 January 2015

The objective of SafeRail is to improve the safety at Rail Level Crossings (RLC). In terms of accident prevention, RLC are demanding spots since two disparate transportation systems are intersecting (road, rail respectively) and neither of them completely controls the situation. In response to this, SafeRail provides a flexible and secure solution at a moderate price, using latest advancements in satellite technology.

Lift Off

Status date: 08 September 2014

Internet penetration growth curve is still on the steeper side: people require more and more affordable and fast connection to the Internet, independently from where they are. The key characteristics of what is expected by an Internet connection are speed, affordability and reliability. In this sense the Lift Off Project tries to bring further the innovation brought by the recent satellites investigating on how DPI (Deep Packet Inspection) can be introduced by a Satellite Service Provider. The scope of this innovative “next step” on top of the KA-SAT is to optimize the existing services and to generate innovative market offers for satellite internet connectivity maximizing the user experience while improving the ratio cost/performances.

SHM Telecom Towers

Status date: 02 July 2014

The project “SHM for Telecom Towers” aims at developing a remote monitoring service to support the assessment of the structural integrity of assets, as the towers for Radio-TV Broadcasting or other metal infrastructures, in order to increase safety and optimize the maintenance procedures and promote the transition from a time-based maintenance to a condition-based one.

Live Land

Status date: 29 November 2013

The objective of Live Land is to provide users with a suite of services that enables the management of hazards and the exposure of national transport infrastructure assets to landslide and subsidence events. During the feasibility stage, the Live Land consortium assessed the viability of developing a suite of services driven by the needs and requirements of end user organisations. Live Land proposed a ‘catalogue’ concept, to incorporate a suite of enabling technologies (including Space-borne, in-situ and geological datasets) that could improve the forecasting, monitoring and alerting of landslides and subsidence.