business applications

Maritime and Aquatic

Maritime services based on the integrated utilisation of space-based systems are of interest to a wide range of user communities and classes: Fisheries, Coast Guards, Port Authorities, Military Bodies, Shipping Companies, Commercial Operators, International, National and European Institutions. The IAP, SATCOM-APPS and SAT-AIS programmes are engaging with several national and international end-user organisations who expressed interest in satellite based services to complement and enhance their current capabilities related to their daily tasks.

IceCast

Status date: 06 November 2018

IceCast demo project aims to develop and demonstrate a service based on IoT based capabilities combined with space assets, to help navigation planning in ice covered water areas. The solution fetches data from different data sources, stores the data, analyses it and provides output via graphical UI. There are three pilot customers who are piloting the solution in Baltic Sea and are giving input for solution development during the creation phase. 

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.

SYMPA

Status date: 18 October 2018

Sympa: “All-around solution for the sustainable monitoring and control of Marine protected Areas”.Vitrociset Belgium, le Centre Spatial de Liège, and LaMMA joined in Consortium, developed a system for the supervision of the touristic and commercial traffic for the benefit of the Marine Protected Area and maritime authorities, by mean of providing added value location based services to tourists and integrating this information with AIS data.Sympa service offering is completed by the “Vessel Detection” facility that exploits the Sentinel images for target detection; and the “Water quality” monitoring which integrates earth observation into innovative biogeochemical and hydrodynamic models as support the for a sustainable and competitive tourism.

SatCBRN

Status date: 19 September 2018

SatCBRN explores the use of satellite services for surveillance and hazard management of incidents involving release of chemical, biological, radiological or nuclear threat agents.  

Blue SIROS

Status date: 04 September 2018

The project investigates the technical feasibility and commercial viability of an operational system for marine route optimisation, which integrates modelling/forecasts of ocean currents based on near-real time satellite altimetry data services. The service supports commercial users in the maritime community with respect to fuel savings, competiveness and port logistics as well as ship safety.

OAPM

Status date: 28 August 2018

Being developed by CGG’s NPA Satellite Mapping business unit, with support from ESA, OAPM aims to provide regular, cost effective, satellite-derived information over offshore assets to establish a baseline, and a programme of routine pollution monitoring. The emphasis of the OAPM service is not Near-Real-Time delivery of satellite imagery, but regular delivery of high-quality slick interpretation to enhance situational awareness.

LUMEN

Status date: 28 August 2018

LUMEN provides a fully integrated end-to-end solution for real time monitoring and critical situation management with medium sized RPAS that can operate beyond line of sight.The service is demonstrated with two specific use cases representative for the target market: flood extend mapping and maritime coastal monitoring.

JERICHO VDE

Status date: 23 July 2018

Feasibility study, performed by a Polish team, providing a comprehensive overview of the VDES technology future maritime applications potential. Analysis regards two of the most interesting services, i.e. MSI (Maritime Safety Information) exchange, with particular emphasis on polar regions, and SAR (Search and Rescue) operation coordination – on-scene search patterns exchange.

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.

SENSE

Status date: 17 June 2018

The preservation of safety and information distribution in the maritime transport market is currently enabled by systems, which already show signs of overload, such as AIS. SENSE is a feasibility study to analyse and assess the use of space assets, and in particular VDES, for maritime navigation systems. The project aims at developing a viable system services concept closing the information gap between ship and shore. SENSE’s core value is information exchange using worldwide standardized dataflows and thus ensure easy scalability and integration of new vessels.

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.

SeaSearch

Status date: 11 May 2018

Based on mobile phone detectors and data correlation from other sources such as satellite, maritime and radar systems, SeaSearch focuses on the detection of small vessels at sea and generates Maritime Situation Awareness Pictures.

Profumo

Status date: 15 February 2018

Profumo proposes novel weather-based services for the Mediterranean navigation with the aim of granting fuel saving, pollution reduction and improving safety for passengers, crew, goods and ships’ instruments.The idea is to establish a cooperative schema (between commercial vessels) where meteo-marine data is collected from standard and non-standard on-board instrumentation.Acquired data is used in the Profumo service center to produce reliable high resolution meteo-marine forecasts and nearly real time information, allowing the provision of helpful route optimization and navigation services also in a complex and constrained basin as the Mediterranean one.To satisfy the demand of commercial customers, Profumo has conceived innovative services expressly for the middle short routes.Dynamic Routing at Mediterranean scale.The service provides pre-voyage route planning and updated information for optimal re-routing for vessels. This is possible due to the Profumo’s integrated approach involving weather observations, forecasts and optimal route computation through the modeling of ship’s characteristics, for predicting the vessel’s specific response to weather phenomena, in terms of seakeeping and fuel consumption.Moreover, the system provides frequently refreshed meteo information allowing in-route corrections, therefore optimizing speed and course.Navigation assistanceBy using the navigation assistance service, the crew is fully supported in the route decision and planning. Profumo, integrating real time meteo-marine conditions, increases the safety and the navigation comfort through the application of the most recent guidelines for avoiding dangerous situations in adverse weather and sea conditions.High definition weather productsThanks to the cooperative meteo data injected in high resolution, local-scale forecasts, Profumo provides detailed predictions with a native (not rescaled) resolution of few kilometers.

i-FishSAT

Status date: 17 January 2018

Intelligent Integrated Information System for Sustainable Fisheries Management via Satellite (iFishSAT) has developed a range of solutions that exploit space assets (Communication, Earth observation and GNSS satellites) to streamline the fresh seafood value chain by allowing fishermen to sell produce to customers whilst still at sea thus, providing direct linkage to a broader customer base and without geographical limitations as well as reducing waste through discard of produce that is desirable in the local market. This new model for the seafood industry transforms it from a local or regional activity to a Europe-wide open marketplace where profit for fishermen is enhanced whilst also ensuring that retailers and consumers get the best quality produce at prices that are not unduly inflated by agents’ fees. 

International Satellite Derived Shallow Water Bathymetry Service

Status date: 15 January 2018

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

POINTSAT

Status date: 21 December 2017

POINTSAT enables professional remote collaboration services of support, instruction and training in challenging conditions for the maritime, offshore, and energy industry sectors. The project integrates satellite infrastructure and augmented reality technology into a smart and reliable solution for all technical collaboration needs.

BLUE DISCOVERY

Status date: 18 December 2017

BlueDiscovery is an innovative and powerful technology platform designed to provide an efficient and low-cost Access Control and Visitor Information System to Marine Protected Areas (MPAs)and Tourist Ports, and at the same time to provide to them the capability to efficiently offer a rich set of added-value services to visitors.

MAPP-DEMO

Status date: 11 December 2017

Following a pirates' attack, onboard communication equipments are destroyed: the vessel’s track is lost, the research area grows as time passes, making it harder to deploy rescue assets efficiently.The challenge is to answer to the question: “Where is my ship?”The ‘Keep in sight’ service combines a hidden tracker installed onboard and EO acquisitions to provide this critical information.

Big data for migration study

Status date: 04 December 2017

“Big Data” refers to new computational capabilities, that warehouse huge set of data, technologies and analytics in order to extract added value from “bulky information” in a reasonable amount of time. The increasing possibilities offered by satellite technologies integrates with collateral data can support the ample range of activities of in assisting the whole complex of migration phenomena.

ASTROCAST

Status date: 28 November 2017

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

SIMONA

Status date: 17 November 2017

The aim of SIMONA project is to provide an information platform that based on the integration of satellite and terrestrial data can both complement and enhance existing Maritime situation awareness services operated by Italian Coast Guard and Navy over a wide area of the Mediterranean Sea and at the same time provide space-based services bringing functional advantages to private stakeholders like Merchant ships Insurance Companies and leisure boat users.The technological key is represented by the integration of services from Earth Observation sensors (mainly Cosmo SkyMed Copernicus Landsat and WorldView) Satellite Communications (Orbcom or Iridium) Satellite Navigation (GPS EGNOS Galileo in the future) along with information andor operational services coming from other Institutional (AIS Cadastral Data) andor Private assets (Merchant Ship databases Port Info databases).

MARVELOWS

Status date: 18 October 2017

The project objective is to identify and specify new services using VDES (VHF Data Exchange System), so leveraging robust ship-to-ship, ship-to-shore and shore-to-ship communications that this technology makes available. Starting from e-navigation Maritime Service Portfolio (MSP) as defined by IMO e-navigation strategic implementation plan, two services have been identified that mostly match the Contractor business opportunities: dematerialisation and towage. 

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.

SUMO

Status date: 05 September 2017

SUMO is a service to assist in the planning and monitoring of marine operations for offshore wind farms. The service integrates diverse information to allow the monitoring and forecasting of metoceanic conditions and track the locations of vessels and personnel involved.This improves the management and coordination of the construction, operations and maintenance activities and leads to increased efficiency and safety. 

Uam®

Status date: 27 July 2017

e2E intends to offer more affordable data communication services into niche markets currently underserved from existing infrastructure or where traditional satellite delivery is too expensive. The core of the service concept builds on two key technologies that have been developed with small airborne IDP networks in mind that incudes RPAS, HAPS and small satellites.

MULDIARCOS

Status date: 21 July 2017

The MULDIARCOS project will implement and demonstrate a cohesive end-to-end delivery chain of satellite and metocean data. The focus is on maritime operations in harsh Arctic regions. Such operations often have a need of fast and regular Earth Observation and weather information. Streamlined and effective ordering, delivery procedures and user-interfaces are a necessity in the operations due to limited and expensive communication channels to the vessels.

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.

Com4Offshore

Status date: 27 June 2017

The Com4Offshore services enable communication and information exchange between offshore and onshore supporting logistics processes and construction workflow with the aim to significantly reduce the time and costs of the costly offshore construction projects. It offers:- Satellite based public service supporting the communication needs of the different user groups in offshore wind farm areas.- Technically and economically optimal solution to the users irrespective of their location by combining wireless, mobile and satellite network technologies.- Access communications services, sensor devices & software applications for offshore construction activities

DeSIRE II

Status date: 27 June 2017

DeSIRE II, Second Element of the ESA EDA RPAS Demonstration Roadmap, aims at developing and demonstrating a service based on a Remotely Piloted Aircraft (RPA) flying in Beyond Radio Line of Sight (BRLOS) using a dual satcom link supporting Command and Control  (C2) and Air Traffic Control (ATC) functions.The project aims also at demonstrating to the users the potential of RPAS complemented by satellite applications (Satcom, Satnav and Earth Observation) for developing new services for operations.Project objectives are pursued by means of a real flight campaign using Piaggio Aerospace P.1HH RPAS, and complemented by simulation and emulation activities.

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

STEAM

Status date: 04 May 2017

The objective of this study is to investigate the technical feasibility, financial/non-financial viability and sustainability of a future service aiming at measuring the amounts of sulphur oxides components ejected by vessels travelling inside the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) as defined by the International Maritime Organization (IMO). 

ISSWIND Demo

Status date: 15 March 2017

ISSWIND provides value-adding services to wind power industry in the areas of planning and operations, with financial and organizational benefits, to a wide range of wind power stakeholders. More accurate wind resource assessments and power production estimations are just two of the range of services available that shall benefit the client’s business.

JACKSON (AMAZON CCN#1) Temp

Status date: 23 February 2017

This project is based on several ESA-backed projects, which resulted in the successful development of a set of telemedicine systems for civilian, military and commercial aviation applications. Since they were launched onto the market, the Tempus IC and Tempus Pro patient monitoring systems have been commercially successful in a range of pre-hospital care applications in Europe and North America. This new project targets the development a range of products to allow wider implementation of telemedicine and patient data sharing through easily to install technology and to access larger market segments through cardiac electro-therapy solutions.

RAPSODY

Status date: 19 December 2016

RAPSODY, a project led by TEKEVER, will demonstrate the use of remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) in a wide area maritime context, through the execution of search & rescue and pollution monitoring missions. The missions will be executed in near-real scenarios over the Atlantic Ocean, the North Sea and the Mediterranean Sea. The Satcom-enabled RPAS will be fully prepared and customized to perform these maritime missions, including the integration of specific payloads, like a miniaturized Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR), and the usage of specially tailored mission-oriented data fusion, data compression and automatic feature recognition and identification algorithms. 

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. 

PROTECT

Status date: 28 September 2016

The PROTECT project aims to exploit existing systems and infrastructure in conjunction with applicable space based assets to provide cost-effective added-value technology centred services that provide improved situational awareness to both on-board and shore based stakeholders, based on real-time innovative integration of piracy and sensor information/data.

Profumo FS

Status date: 02 September 2016

Profumo proposes novel weather-based services for the Mediterranean navigation with the aim of granting fuel saving, pollution reduction and improving safety for passengers, crew, goods and ships’ instruments. The idea is to establish a cooperative schema (between commercial vessels) where meteo-marine data is collected from standard and non-standard on-board instrumentation and used to  produce innovative high resolution meteo-marine products, and to provide route optimization and navigation services.

ARCTICSAT

Status date: 22 March 2016

The objective of this feasibility study is to assess and validate the requirements for space technologies in support of optimising situational awareness in the Arctic. The major focus is on two application areas – shipping (e-Navigation in the Arctic) and oil & gas (Arctic oil spills).

EO Crowd

Status date: 22 February 2016

Over 90% of our seas are unsurveyed. EO Crowd uses crowd sourcing, EO data and open data to fill this data gap.

SaMoLoSa FS

Status date: 28 January 2016

The Ovinto SaMoLoSa study addresses the use of satellite technology for the reduction of transport risk, security enhancement and optimisation of logistic operations by the tracking and monitoring of extremely dangerous goods in unpowered, mobile transport units such as rail tank cars and intermodal tank containers.

SEA SEARCH

Status date: 26 January 2016

SeaSearch provides detection and identification capabilities of small vessels, agnostic to vessels’ size.  Based on the mobile phone detectors and other sensors such as radars, AIS and SAR, SeaSearch builds Maritime Situational Awareness Pictures.  Sensors are using SeaSearch own developed technology based on Software Defined Radio (SDR). 

PLASMA

Status date: 04 December 2015

This project covers the specification, design, implementation and pre-operational demonstration of a ‘Platform for Advanced SAT-AIS Maritime Applications’ (PLASMA) at the UK’s Satellite Applications Catapult facility in Harwell. 

EUROPORT Demo Project

Status date: 25 August 2015

Ports are fundamental and main part of inter-modal global transport in the world. The growth in freight transport stresses the existing infrastructure to its limits. There are already considerable signs of congestion in the European transport system, e.g. on the roads and in harbors. Congestion will have a negative impact on the costs and time of transportation, which affects the prices and the quality of products. 

ICWM for MED

Status date: 04 June 2015

ICWM for MED solution provides water quality monitoring and surveillance of coastal areas by integrating information from: Earth Observation, Navigation and Communication satellite assets; in situ measurements; crowdsourcing information. It intends to address the current limitations from both Earth Observation based and traditional at sea measurements methods in order to support the duties of environmental agencies and coastguard authorities.

SASS@Sea

Status date: 25 March 2015

The objective of the project is the development and validation of a system for the provisioning of an integrated maritime communications service.

METSAR

Status date: 09 September 2014

The METSAR project will investigate the feasibility of developing and demonstrating a new concept to the Search and Rescue (SAR) community.

ISABELIA

Status date: 27 June 2014

The ISABELIA Feasibility Study specified and validated the sustainability of services and that would provide users at sea with near real time information on dangerous ice situations, indicators of collision risk and on risk of grounding, thereby improving the safety of vessels in the Baltic Sea. 

CAESAR

Status date: 02 May 2014

The CAESAR feasibility study, finished in March 2014, focused on a service able to provide detailed and timely information on the weather and marine conditions to the maritime Search and Rescue (SAR) coordination centres, with the aim of reducing the risks and improving the efficiency of SAR operations.

SAMBA

Status date: 07 April 2014

The objective of SAMBA is to establish feasibility of space-based services for maritime emission monitoring. SAMBA will achieve its objective by combining AIS/GPS-based maritime emissions with remote sensing-based atmospheric pollution monitoring into maritime emission compliance monitoring and information provision service.

iFish North Sea

Status date: 03 March 2014

I-fish North Sea aims to provide an integrated information and communications system that will utilise a combination of satellite communications and satellite navigation to enable unified timely and accurate collection, management, and use of marine fisheries data to provide value added services to fisheries stakeholders for improved sustainability of our fast depleting fisheries resources.

FISHSAT

Status date: 27 September 2013

FISHSAT is conceived as a system of systems employing space assets (Earth Observation, Satellite Navigation and Satellite Communication) to improve collaboration between markets, fisheries and enforcement authorities. The intended benefit of FISHSAT is to increase the efficiency of fishing activities, match better the market demand, improve catch traceability and strengthen enforcement.

SEMAFORS

Status date: 22 April 2013

SEMAFORS, the Ship Efficiency Monitoring, weAther Forecasting and Optimised Routing Service is a user focused project in support of the shipping industry.SEMAFORS will investigate, establish and demonstrate through sea trials a concept to improve ship fuel efficiency by providing the means to better planning, avoiding of adverse weather and by making better use of ocean currents. 

EASY Feasibility Study

Status date: 12 December 2012

The objective of the EASY feasibility study has been to carry out an analysis of the technical feasibility and commercial viability of "one-stop-shop" services to the high value leisure yachting market mainly but not limited to the Mediterranean Sea, integrating various space assets (Satellite Communications, Satellite Navigation, Earth Observation). The integrated system and associated services shall provide enhanced services in order to render yachting more reliable, safe and "easy", thereby attracting a wider spectrum of potential users.

Blue Belt

Status date: 01 November 2012

Embedded into the SAT-AIS context, this IAP Demonstration Project aims to support the EMSA Blue Belt project. Providing space-based AIS data, it seeks to complement the terrestrial AIS data and provide an added-value source of information for Customs Authorities interested in maritime situational awarenees for vessels and geographical focus areas.