Different expertise on transverse project such as ESA and OGC projects.
Spot Image is playing an active role in the GMES programme, a European initiative to mobilize Earth observation assets to monitor the environment and enhance security. It is involved in a number of projects defining GMES services and organization.
BOSS4GMES (Building Operational Sustainable Services for GMES)
BOSS4GMES aims to lay the technical, contractual and financial foundations required for GMES to make the transition to operational status. The project is focusing on services for emergency management and monitoring of land surfaces and oceans.
Co-funded by the European Commission under the 6th Framework Research and Development Programme (FP6), BOSS4GMES is being led by a 45-member consortium headed by Infoterra UK.
Spot Image’s main contribution to the project is to analyse the technical, economic and organizational mechanisms to be put in place to exploit Earth observation (EO) data for hazard management and disaster response services.
LIMES (Land and Sea Monitoring for European Security)
LIMES aims to define and develop a prototype of an information system for managing security across Europe for humanitarian relief and reconstruction missions, terrestrial and maritime border control, and protection against emerging threats (terrorism, proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, etc.).
Co-funded by the European Commission under FP6, LIMES is being led by a 45-member consortium headed by Telespazio. It kicked off in December 2006 and will run for 4 years.
Spot Image is developing and prototyping innovative EO solutions for security applications
Spot Image is working with the European Space Agency (ESA) to design and implement new Earth observation (EO) data access infrastructures. These infrastructures will enable all satellites contributing to GMES to operate in a coordinated fashion, thereby ensuring true interoperability between space missions.
Spot Image will implement the technologies and standards developed by these projects in the ground segments of the SPOT and PLEIADES satellites.
The Heterogeneous Missions Accessibility (HMA) project aims to develop a portal for ESA to enable users to access data from the main European EO satellites (TerraSAR-X, SPOT, Pleiades, Cosmo, etc.) and provide standardized access for GMES service suppliers.
The portal will ensure interoperability of catalogue, mission planning and online data access systems.
Participation in the Open Geospatial Consortium(OGC). Spot Image has been actively involved with the OGC’s testbeds since 2002. These testbeds offer Spot Image a unique opportunity to develop and test new Web-based GIS technologies. Most developments on the testbeds have found applications in ESA projects. For example, WCTS was tested on the OWS2 testbed (OGC Web Services) and implemented in NSI, and more recently in SPS (Sensor Planning Service), which was tested on OWS4 and is set to become the standardized multi-mission tasking interface for the HMA project.
The next testbed (OWS5) scheduled to get underway is expected to focus on online data access and processing.