Coming from Belgium and all of Europe, a substantial number of indoor or outdoor "hands-on demonstrations" will give more detailed insight to potential customers or end-users.

The demos will be constantly updated. Stay tuned!

The demos are divided into 3 different categories:

Air

Omniscientis

The project team has taken the unprecedented approach of involving citizens, industry and public authorities to come up with effective solutions to combat undesirable odours. In order to support it, OMNISCIENTIS works as an earth observation comprehensive solution with a web-oriented service platform integrating citizens’ observations collected in real time through a mobile application. Data are combined with atmospheric models and sensors network data (meteorological, emissions…) to offer validated monitoring statistics and impact levels. This information will help supporting local authorities in their environmental decision making, offering to the industrials a diagnosis of the odour annoyance and giving citizens a feedback on their complaints, thus leading to a better cooperation among potentially conflicting parties.

SkyLiberty

SkyLiberty is a new concept of EFB (Electronic Flight Bag) for the pilots of general civil aviation. It runs on all Apple tablets, Android tablets and web browsers.  The SkyLiberty includes: 

-All tools and data necessary for the preparation, realization and management of flights and licenses
-New concepts of navigation: flight scenario, state aircraft in real time ... 
-Permanent backup and synchronization of all user data 
-Sharing information in real time and access to an aeronautical community 
-An intuitive, ergonomic and safe interface.

Earth

ADASCIS

A user interface prototype has been developed to assess agricultural damage and risk information. This system allows quantifying and visualizing different damage indicators and risk factors on maps at municipality level. This information is based on Earth Observation, reliable meteorological databases and agrometeorological models. This service could make it possible to define the requirements for the development of new insurance products which meet private sector (insurers, farmers) and public administrations' needs.

B-Life

The B-LiFE project integrates a biological light fieldable laboratory with space assets (satellite communication, Earth observation and satellite navigation and positioning) to provide rapidly deployable capacities to identify pathogenic agents in the field and provide evidence based assessment of biological threats.

The B-LiFE project is a partnership between Belgium and Luxemburg. The Center for Applied Molecular Technologies of the Université catholique de Louvain is providing the mobile laboratory and is coordinating the project. SES TechCom, from Luxemburg, is providing the satellite communication capacities for field deployment. Three belgian SMEs, Aurea Imaging, Eonix and Nazka Mapps, are providing the Earth observation capacities, satellite positioning and data integration services.

B-LiFE will be able to provide operational services to bring rapid disease identification for fast response to medical emergencies and humanitarian crisis.

Big Data from Space: are you ready to take advantage of the increased availability of EO data?

We entered into a new era. Next to the European Sentinels fleet of satellites soon offering free and open access to high resolution optical data among others, a number of Earth Observation startups and the CubeSats are also changing the space industry. These new and future constellations of satellites are likely to greatly impact the availability of EO data in the coming years with several hundreds of imaging satellites to be launched in the next decade.

In order to seize the opportunity of this increased data access and manage this deluge of data from space, new strategies have to be developed and deployed. In this context, GIM leverages its in-depth expertise in Object-Based Image Analysis to automate to the best possible extent advanced image processing chains and unlock the value contained within high resolution imagery.

In the framework of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative, GIM has thus demonstrated this capacity by processing in less than 6 months 100.000 km² of Pléiades data at 50 cm of resolution covering a very diverse territory in Northern Nigeria. Thanks to a robust and transferable information extraction process, various landscape features (e.g. individual buildings, settlements, roads, rivers, etc) were identified and mapped so as to support immunization campaigns. This unique resulting data set currently allows for reaching and vaccinating every last child and thereby contributes to stopping this terrible disease. Similarly this methodology can be applied to efficiently and consistently map “small landscape elements” or any other features of interest over an entire territory.

e-Trackair

The steady growth of air traffic has resulted in an increase in the number of air surface movement related accidents. In some circumstances (such as poor weather conditions), surface movements generate security and efficiency issues (congestion, runway incursions). For many years now, Eurocontrol, with support from M3 Systems, has been defining new standards and procedures to improve the safety of airport operations. Thanks to this extensive experience acquired in operational concepts, M3 Systems has come out with e-TrackAir®, a new version of its navigation solution for airport vehicles. e-TrackAir® is an integrated location based solution for airport ground operations and reporting.
e-TrackAir® is the ideal solution for airports committed to providing better safety and efficiency. This product enables safe navigation of airport vehicles in any visibility conditions, improved situational awareness for drivers, reduced incursion and collision risks, automatic generation of mission reports and formal proof of completion of maintenance operations for the airport operator and the air traffic control authorities (ATC).

Earth observation and remote sensing

CSL developed a recognized expertise in the frame of Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) interferometry (InSAR), differential interferometry (DInSAR), coherence tracking, SAR polarimetry and polarimetric interferometry (PolSAR & PolInSAR), split band interferometry (SBInSAR) and spectral coherence. For each of these techniques, CSL developed and validated its own tools. Main applications are generation of high resolution Digital Elevation Models (DEM) and local displacement monitoring in the frame of risk assessment studies. 
Collaborations through applicative projects allows enhancing our expertise, improving existing tools and developing new techniques.

Emergency LU

This demo will be organised  by SES ASTRA.

Galil-EU

With railGATE a novel test bed at Wegberg-Wildenrath, Germany, has been installed to allow for testing of GNSS-based vehicular systems and functions – targeting especially rail applications. There, real physical Galileo signals are available, too, transmitted by terrestrial pseudolites. The test bed allows for an early development and adoption of any kind of EGNSS rail systems in real time operation.

 

Within the project Galil-EU these capabilities are even being expanded by a GNSS Reference and Calibration Field: along a terminal tracks loop six referenced observation poles are being set up carrying laser scanners or tachymeters in order to form a precise geodesic observation network. A special designed rail vehicle is being built as transportation platform to carry the measurement equipment as well as the devices under test (DUT). While the vehicle is driving along the geodetic surveyed tracks the entire system forms a quasi 3D-invariant in space.

With this reference configuration any kind of positioning unit like GNSS receivers, IMUs, etc. can be tested even dynamically at an adjustable constant speed up to 25 km/h or even under accelerations.

Precision Farming: Agribusiness meets Space Technologies

Precision farming is a rapidly evolving field that benefits from the evolution and convergence of several space-based technologies, including infield variability capture through Remote Sensing and Global Positioning System (GPS) allowing for automated machine guidance or variable rate application.

GIM supports its customers in taking advantage of the tools and techniques of precision agriculture in pursuit of both production and natural resource management goals.

GIM offers operational services based on advanced processing of a time series of satellite images and near real time delivery of actionable information. These end-to-end solutions have been tailored to the requirements of specific applications such as the optimization of seed production, tropical plantations development and management at the level of the individual tree or the management of irrigation in fruit orchards.

Thanks to the delivered services, GIM’s customers are gaining insight into their parcels and their crops and can hence take informed and targeted management and mitigation actions.

Taxisat

Mobility is a major challenge and the last-kilometre remains one of the bottlenecks for public transportation systems. Automatic driverless vehicles are considered among the best possible solutions to meet mobility needs, especially in urban area. In this context, M3 Systems and the TAXISAT project team have designed, developed and demonstrated an autonomous infrastructureless and driverless vehicle. The vehicle positioning relies on an innovative solution based on the hybridization of COTS proprioceptive sensors with computed vision and with augmented satellite-based system. Thanks to the hybridization of multiple sensor types, TAXISAT is capable to reach the level of performance and of reliability required for such vehicle being used on private sites.

Transportation visibility

A new era in Transportation Visibility began in 2014 when Locus Traxx Worldwide and Vitrociset Belgium joined forces with a Joint Venture partnership. Locus Traxx Worldwide, leader in real-time temperature, location, and security monitoring for perishable and high value shipments in transit, give customers access to critical data, at any time, and from any location. Vitrociset Belgium, specialized in the supply of turn-key services and management of complex ground infrastructures, real-time operations and engineering, develops and delivers added value services where the satellite tracking and tracing makes the difference.

Urbanzen

URBANZEN aims at developing a collaborative tool that provides carriers the capability to adapt in real-time their itineraries and their delivery rounds, taking into account the actual situation on the field. To do so, URBANZEN enables the real-time information exchanges between carriers and the local authorities (in both ways). Thanks to URBANZEN carriers are able to plan their itineraries and/or their delivery rounds taking into account the actual situation of the field (including local limitations and constraints). On the opposite way, carrier have the capability to inform, in real-time and from their trucks, the local authorities of any issues and/or blocking points on their itineraries. It is worth mentioning that URBANZEN relies on open standards (OpenGIS and TPEG) so that it can easily and widely be disseminated, and deployed out of the regional boundaries.

VECMAP

Avia-GIS is a Belgian SME specialized in the development of spatial information systems that bridge the gap between research and decision-making. Our Precision Pest Management Unit is developing tools that aim at managing the risk of contracting vector-borne diseases such as dengue, Chikungunya, malaria or Lyme disease. One of these is VECMAP(TM), a ‘one-stop-shop' integrating cost-efficient sampling planning, spatial modeling and risk assessment into a single package. VECMAP(TM) is adapted to the needs of a wide range of practitioners including research groups, public health institutes and the industry. It is available in three modes: As a standalone software package; With on demand support from Avia-GIS experts; As a full service delivering tailored outputs.

VITO_SIGMA

SIGMA is part of Europe’s contribution to GEOGLAM, it is an international partnership of expert organizations, to compare results based on disparate sources of data over a variety of cropping systems. The project intends to develop remote sensing based methods for agricultural monitoring and its impact on the environment. (http://geoglam-sigma.info )

PROBA-V 100m are used to evaluate its use and utility for agricultural monitoring. The data sets are used over study areas in Vietnam, Argentina, Africa, Ukraine, Europe, Russia and China to evaluate their applicability for assessing agriculture and mapping. The SPIRTIS (http://spirits.jrc.ec.europa.eu) software is used to analyse the time series of data.

Sea

Cosmemos

The availability of meteo sensors on board almost all ships and vessels constitutes an unique opportunity for the meteorological community to retrieve meteo-marine data on the sea surface, which at present is difficult and expensive. Cosmemos project (Co-funded by the European GNSS Agency in the context of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission) realizes a cooperative schema for retrieving meteo data from collaborative vessels in near real time. These data can be used for obtaining a realistic picture of the current meteo situation (nowcast) and for improving the local scale short term meteo-marine forecast by means of data assimilation within the forecast models. The cooperative schema opens the door to the provision of a series of innovative services, such as route planning and dynamic ship route optimization for the minimization of fuel consumption and for ensuring navigation safety in adverse meteo conditions to professional customers and leisure boats.

Meduse

All marine protected areas managers suffer the lack of capability of duly monitoring the behavior of leisure users and commercial operators daily exploiting the high valuable environmental resources of their protected heritages. This lack implies an economical damage for those areas which access is subject to payment, for the high number of non-paying users, as well as important environmental damages led by frequent misuse of the resources and park rules violations (e.g. access violations, illegal fishing). Meduse project (Co-funded by the European GNSS Agency in the context of the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission) realizes a system for monitoring users access and activities within restricted areas through the tracing of users locations within the park. In exchange, the system proposes the delivery of a large number of value added services to the users (e.g. on board catering, buoys reservation) in order to realize a win-win situation between the administrations and the users of the protected marine environment. 

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