For the second year running, the GMES Masters competition called upon entrants to submit their innovative products and business ideas for the European Earth observation programme GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security). More than 100 entries from over 20 European countries were submitted for the innovation competition, which was initiated by the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Center (DLR), T-Systems, and the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs with support of the European Commission. This year’s competition’s prize pool – and participant access to satellite data in particular – considerably expanded to a total value of EUR 335,000. The GMES Masters 2012 was able to bring two additional industry partners on board in Astrium GEO-Information Services and European Space Imaging GmbH. The European Commission contributed substantial satellite data packages (a total value of EUR 100,000). The best submissions involving the use of GMES were awarded on the evening of 25 October at the prestigious Munich Residenz.
Overall Winner & European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge Winner
The Idea: CERBERUS – CROWDSOURCING AND E-LEARNING PLATFORM
Hans Van ‘t Woud & Team, The Netherlands
The crowdsourcing and e-learning platform is presented as a “serious game” in which participants can mark cracks in ice, damaged power cables, areas of drought, and other anomalies on the satellite images they receive. Following verification, user input is converted into digital maps that can then be employed by governments and other interest groups. The crowdsourcing aspect of Cerberus, meanwhile, is what facilitates rapid, targeted processing of large amounts of data from Earth observation satellites. This is highly beneficial in assessing natural disasters and supporting rescue operations, for example, where fast responses and constantly up-to-date information are key.
An international panel of experts selected the company BlackShore-creative and its project Cerberus as this year’s overall winner – the GMES Master – from among all the winners of the competition’s various challenges.
This project also came in first in the European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge. “Cerberus provides a novel approach to using very high resolution (VHR) satellite data that reaches a broader user community. The platform uses crowdsourcing to reduce the time and costs involved in analysing satellite data in an entertaining way. This is exactly the type of innovative application ideas we had expected from our participation in the GMES Masters – and are more than happy, that our winner also was chosen as the overall winner.” declared Adrian Zevenbergen, Managing Director of the European Space Imaging GmbH, who awarded the prize for the European Space Imaging High-Res Challenge.
The Cerberus project is currently undergoing further development in the incubation programme at ESA BIC Noordwijk (the Netherlands). More
Ideas Challenge – The Winners
The Idea: MOSP-RIOS – OFF-SHORE OIL SPILL & FLARING MONITORING
Serco SpA, Italy
Daniele Di Erasmo & Team
ESA App Challenge – The Winners
The Idea: ASIGN / GEO-PICTURES – CROWDSOURCED, IN-SITU GMES VALIDATION
AnsuR Technologies AS, Norway
Dr Harald Skinnemoen & Team
DLR Environmental Challenge – The Winner
The Idea: THERMCERT – THERMAL + CARBON EFFICIENCY REPORTING TOOL
Stevenson Astrosat Ltd., United Kingdom
T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge – The Winners
The Idea: WAMSAPS – WIDE-AREA MONITORING USING SPACEBORNE & AIRBORNE PLATFORMS
iGeotec Technologies Ltd., Ireland
Dr Tim McCarthy & Team
Astrium Radar Challenge – The Winners
The Idea: BALIST – THE NEARSHORE BATHYMETRY SERVICE FROM SPACE USING SENTINELS -1 AND -2
Dr Virginie Lafon & Team
Best Service Challenge – The Winners
The Service: SNOWMONIT – MONITORING SNOW AND WATER EQUIVALENT
Geobeyond Srl, Italy
Francesco Bartoli & Team
For further information about the GMES Masters and a publication of all results, please visit www.gmes-masters.com
Discover more applications at the European Space Solutions conference in London
European Space Solutions – a major three-day conference, exhibition, and business support event – will take place from 3 to 5 December 2012 in London. It will bring together business and the public sector with users and developers of space-based solutions to explore how space can make a real difference in the lives, and livelihoods, of people across Europe. www.space-solutions.eu