Using current satellite data in combination with in-situ data has become an essential information source in meeting today’s mobility challenges. Europe’s economic growth is contingent on the further development of its transport infrastructure to ensure smooth mobility of both people and goods. In road planning and railway infrastructure, up to date and precise satellite imagery has become an essential information source, e.g. to determine the best routes, calculate the cubic volumes of earth to be excavated or filled in, locate structures and evaluate costs. Earth observation satellite imagery is also an important source of information to maritime transport e.g. for ship detection and tracking or to ensure effective ship routing in ice-infested waters.
The new Transport and Logistic Challenge invites anyone to create new innovative applications and/or services which exploit satellite Earth observation imagery within the transport logistics domain. This challenge has been created to utilise the forthcoming unprecedented quantity of Earth observation data derived from the European Earth observation and monitoring programme Copernicus and to maximise its up-take within the transport community.
Participants are encouraged to explore the integration of Earth observation with in-situ data to create a higher level product or service. Applicants need to submit an informative plan of the idea, the required data and how it could be implemented. Although prototypes are not mandatory they may be used to demonstrate the application.
The winning proposal will be awarded a Satellite Applications Catapult support package, worth £10,000. This will be a tailor-made package to support the requirement of the proposal. In addition the winner qualifies for the overall prize of the Copernicus Masters competition – a cash prize of EUR 20,000 along with a satellite data package worth an additional EUR 60,000 (provided with financial support of the European Commission).
In 2014, for the first time, the Copernicus Masters is carried out on a worldwide basis. Geared primarily toward start-ups and other companies, researchers, and students, the competition will require entrants to submit their applications from 15 April to 13 July 2014 at www.copernicus-masters.com.
For more details on the Transport and Logistics Challenge by Satellite Applications Catapult please go to www.catapult.copernicus-masters.com
Copernicus (previously known as GMES) is the most ambitious Earth observation programme to date. It will provide accurate, timely, and easily accessible information to improve the management of the environment, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security. The programme became available with the launch of Sentinel-1A, the first dedicated satellite, earlier this year. The data it emits from space will open doors to countless potential applications along the entire value chain. This opens the door to fantastic opportunities, particularly benefitting innovative start-ups and SMEs.
About the Copernicus Masters
Since 2011, the Copernicus Masters competition has showcased the most innovative solutions for business and society based on Earth observation data. Its purpose is to drive the development of market-oriented applications for utilising data generated through Europe’s Copernicus programme. In the Copernicus Masters 2014, an impressive list of partners will feature topic-specific challenges, including: the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), European Space Imaging GmbH & Skybox Imaging Inc., CloudEO AG, Airbus Defence and Space & Hisdesat S.A., and Satellite Applications Catapult Ltd.
All of the winners will be announced and recognised during a festive awards ceremony, taking place at Deutsche Telekom’s Hauptstadtrepräsentanz in Berlin on 23 October 2014.
Copernicus Masters is organised and carried out by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen.