EO and GMES
The EO (Earth Observation) world is complex. As well as helping us monitor our planet’s environment and weather systems, EO can also be used for decision making and to locate resources. This means that the satellite data is used by all sorts of people and for all sorts of purposes. Developing, deploying and updating the information systems that use EO data is a huge challenge.
One of the main EO constellations in Europe is called GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). It is a joint programme between the European Space Agency and the EC , which is aimed at linking the data with the information providers, and the users so they understand each others’ shared needs. This will allow environmental and security related information to be available to the people who need it through enhanced or new services. It uses existing assets (satellites, sensors and ground facilities) and these are being supplemented by five new satellites called Sentinels.
The Sentinels are being designed and built now, but that’s only part of the EO challenge. There’s also the entire systems architecture underpinning it to be created, and a consistent set of data formats and interfaces to be agreed that will work for its diverse set of users.
We’re defining ESA’s standards for EO data calibration, and implementing the infrastructure that will manage calibration of EO data from ESA and other satellites.ESA chose us to define the entire data security policy and implementation plan for GMES (we’re the top provider of secure data systems to government in UK and Netherlands). We looked at everything from the security of the sensors on the satellites, to how the information flows to the end user.
Advanced Product Generation
For over 25 years, since the very first European weather satellites, Europe’s meteorologists have relied on Logica software to extract weather information from satellite images. Building on this experience we delivered the image processing systems for Japan’s weather satellite series (MTSAT).
EO Ground Segment Systems
We are one of the leading providers of operational support for ESA’s EO data processing activities, leading the verification and validation of their systems and providing support to their daily operations. We’re also developing a new facility for ESA to process instrument data from Japan’s Advanced Land Observing Satellite (ALOS).
Earth Imagery and GIS
We don’t just implement GIS technology for space. We also do it for telecommunications (to help network planning), utilities (for asset management), and also for central and local government, transport, insurance and defence. We use GIS technologies to combine EO imagery with environmental, socio-economic, tactical and topographic data.
We pride ourselves on having a special position in the EO world, because we cover the complete chain including the upstream side on board the satellites, the ground segment which receives and processes the data, and the downstream which turns the data into valuable, usable information.
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