Showcasing the benefits of Copernicus data for society and economy

How does a farmer benefit from the use of Copernicus Sentinel data? How much can a shipping company save from using this data when navigating the Baltic? Can civil protection agencies using satellite-based maps reduce the damages incurred by extensive floods? What are the associated environmental benefits and how do all these cases extrapolate on a Europe-wide basis? These are the questions we try to answer in the 4-year long Sentinel Economic Benefits Study funded by ESA.

Led by EARSC, the study involves the analysis of operational cases across Europe and beyond, whereby Sentinel data is used to support the actions of private or public actors. Each case study underlines the causal relationship between the use of Copernicus Sentinel satellite data and benefits resulting from their use, including increased productivity, more efficient and environmentally-friendly operations, economic gains, improved quality of life, etc. The results of this work are shared with policy makers, the Earth Observation industry and the general public.

Our role is to support EARSC in the execution of multiple activities in the project. This includes:

  • Leading or supporting the identification, filtering and in-depth analysis of operational cases. To do that we regularly exchange with service providers and users across Europe
  • Drafting the associated reports and supporting dissemination of the results
  • Leading the execution of other ad hoc analyses. This is done by our Director Dimitri Papadakis who acts as the Sentinel Benefits Assessment Analyst. In this role, Dimitri carries out detailed studies of other areas benefitting from the Sentinels, such as the start-up ecosystem or the research community.

Promoting the uptake of the Copernicus Service in Support to EU External Action

The Copernicus Service in Support to EU External Action (SEA) constitutes a valuable decision support tool for actors dealing with crisis management and security abroad. The service is managed by the European Union Satellite Centre (SatCen) and has been fully operational since 2016. It provides users with rapid, on-demand geospatial information for the detection and monitoring of events or activities outside the European borders that may have implications for European and global security. In this context, SatCen is looking to raise the awareness of current users of the service, as well as promote the benefits of the service to new potential users. Evenflow is leading the corresponding User Uptake contract, helping SatCen by producing and executing a comprehensive communication strategy.

Our role is to support SatCen in its efforts to engage existing and potential users towards an increased adoption of the service. Specifically, our role is to:

  • Develop a comprehensive communication strategy and action plan, supporting the systematic engagement of existing and potential users
  • Design and deliver the new dedicate website of the service as well as a host of innovative communication materials and tools
  • Organise several workshops to engage potential users from across the continent

Raising awareness of the Copernicus “in-situ” component

Copernicus provides a wealth of data collected by satellites orbiting the Earth and complemented by “in-situ” observations on the ground, in the sea and in the air. This combination not only enables to collect ground truth to complement satellite data; it also enables the development of applications offering reliable information for the benefit of multiple sectors such as agriculture, forestry, coastal water quality monitoring etc. In this context, the European Environment Agency (EEA) plays a coordinating role in the Copernicus in situ component, helping the Copernicus services and the European Commission to manage an ecosystem of data providers and maintain an overview of the state of play in relation to in situ observations. This effort is supported by Awareness raising activities, led by Evenflow in the context of 4-year framework contract. The main aim of these activities is to spread the word to a large audience of potential users across Europe and promote uptake.

Our role is to lead communication and dissemination activities in the project:

  • Develop a communication strategy
  • Produce a series of communication materials: a new Copernicus In Situ component website, newsletter, a series of fact sheets on in situ data requirements for each Copernicus service component, etc.
  • Support user uptake workshops

Supporting market development activities for the European Satellite Navigation Programmes

From construction sites to vineyards, from highways to narrow city streets, and from offshore surveying sites to the skies, satellite navigation signals provide precise positioning and accurate timing that help users optimise or secure their operations. Thus, with the overall market for satellite navigation services growing over the past decade at a double-digit rate, it is imperative to further develop their use and bring a multitude of benefits to economy, society and the environment. This is precisely the role of the European GNSS Agency (GSA), who oversees market development activities around Galileo and EGNOS. These two European flagship programmes not only secure Europe’s independence in such a crucial domain; they also have unique value proposition compared to other systems allowing them to enable new or more advanced applications.

Our role is to support GSA with the design, implementation and assessment of market development activities. As part of a previous and a recently started framework contract we are

  • Leading the analysis of GNSS user requirements in the context of professional markets and in particular agriculture and surveying, and helping to organise dedicated sessions in UCP
  • Drafting the chapters on agriculture and surveying in the upcoming GNSS User Technology Report – a flagship publication of GSA
  • Supporting the execution of market analyses, value chain studies, and competitive landscape mapping across different sectors but with primary focus on agriculture, surveying and rail
  • Helping in the development of adoption roadmaps and market entry strategies for Galileo and EGNOS in the aforementioned sectors

Business Plan for a Solar Farm powering the new Aswan Heart Centre

Getting off a skype call with Sir Magdi Yacoub – the world renowned cardio surgeon, we knew that this was going to be one of the most pleasant and meaningful assignments of our working career. As part of its inspired vision, the Magdi Yacoub Foundation has overseen the establishment of the New Aswan Heart Centre – a centre of excellence to combat heart disease in Egypt. The extension of the hospital would be ideally completely “green”, that is powered only by renewable energy. To that end, Sir Magdi asked us to develop a business plan for the development of a solar farm in the adjacent area of the hospital. Teaming up with solar energy experts, we developed an advanced economic modelling tool that can run different investment scenarios – based on the exact location and associated solar radiation potential, the use of different technologies (PVs or CSPs) and the expected consumption.

Our role was to develop different scenarios for the development of a solar farm powering the New Aswan Heart Centre. This involved:

  • Working closely together with Solea to assess the solar energy potential of the site
  • Constructing a robust, scalable and flexible economic modelling tool, that allowed us to run different scenarios and project the return on investment
  • Develop a fully-fledged business plan based on the outputs of the modelling
  • We are now in close contact with other actors in Egypt to follow up on this work

Using satellites to make Europe’s small farms more profitable

It’s not easy being a farmer. This is especially the case on Europe’s nearly 10 million small farms facing a number of growing challenges, including climate change and higher fuel prices. The APOLLO project has recognised that satellite data can be used to address many of these challenges and is developing an app to help farmers increase their efficiency – saving money and protecting the environment. FARMORE, as the app is called, is being developed together with farmers in Greece, Serbia and Spain to make sure it is tailored to their needs and habits.

APOLLO is financed by the European Union through the Horizon2020 programme.

Our role is to lead the communication activities of APOLLO, and to ensure the commercial sustainability of the FARMORE platform. Specifically, we are:

  • Developing the communication strategy, and producing all communication materials (see project website, newsletter, brochure, leaflet, etc.)
  • Developing a business plan and marketing strategy for post project commercialisation of results. This entails building a strong brand for the commercial platform and launching tailored marketing activities to reach the various target groups

Effectively monitoring the complex systems of inland water bodies

Water is vital to life – and thus to society, the economy and the environment. As a precious resource, we must responsibly manage our lakes. Practically, it is a challenge to monitor and understand these complex ecological systems. To address these challenges, the EOMORES project is drawing on Copernicus data and developing innovative optical on-site sensors to measure, model and forecast water quality. The project will result in a commercial service.

EOMORES is financed by the European Union through the Horizon2020 programme.

Our role is leading the dissemination and service evolution work package. Specifically, we are:

  • Developing the communication and dissemination strategy
  • Producing communication materials, including the website, leaflets, brochures, etc.
  • Conducting market research to understand the target market, and developing a business plan to guide post-project commercialisation

Developing an app that helps tourists and citizens to enjoy outdoor activities

Wouldn’t it be great if you had an app that informs you on the current and future air quality conditions, UV index, pollen at your exact location? How about offering you also personalised advice on when its best to visit a major sight in a new city, go out for a bike trip or simply stroll outdoors? This is exactly what DiscovAIR does, a new app developed by the National Observatory of Athens with the support of Evenflow and the Academy of Athens. DiscovAIR, recognised already as a success story, is powered by the Copernicus Atmosphere Monitoring Service (CAMS) data to identify atmospheric hazards (Saharan dust, air pollution, sun radiation strength, allergens and heat waves) and help tourists to optimise their plans and avoid discomfort. Currently tested in Greece and Cyprus, DiscovAIR aspires to become the go-to app for tourists and citizens around Europe!

DiscovAIR is being developed as a use case of CAMS – which is implemented by ECMWF.

Our role is to ensure that DiscovAIR will be a commercially sustainable app after the end of the project. We accomplish this by:

  • Leading the market trial task
  • Testing the service with target users to guide iterative developments
  • Producing promotion materials targeting tourists, tourism operators, businesses, local authorities and others
  • Developing a visual identity and brand for the mobile application
  • Drafting a business plan for post-project commercialisation

Using Big Data to boost Preparedness and Response to Migration

The number of displaced people in the world has never been higher. In turn, growing migration has led to increased pressure on civil protection and humanitarian organisations. It is very hard to predict migration numbers and to adequately prepare and respond. The Big Data for Migration project – funded by the European Space Agency – has explored how satellite, mobile, social media and other kinds of data could be used to support the operational needs of actors such as Frontex, SatCen, EASO, IOM and SOS Children Villages. It has resulted in the definition of different services that will be further tested in subsequent a demonstration project.

Our role was to lead the sustainability aspects of the project by:

  • Supporting the identification and engagement of users
  • Conducting a sustainability analysis of the proposed services
  • Assisting in the formulation of tailored value proposition for each user
  • Drafting a roadmap detailing the next steps to be taken by members of the consortium
  • Creating and implementing a communication plan to reach target audience groups

Coordinating & supporting the EO sector across the Balkans and MENA

Europe’s investments in space can bring large benefits to its neighbouring countries in the Balkans, the Middle East and North Africa. They can be harnessed to improve the quality of life for the average citizen by informing plans to adapt to climate change, access to safe and nutritious food, safer extraction of raw materials, support for wider use of renewable energies, and other uses. The GEO-CRADLE project, led by NOA, brings together 25 partners from 3 continents to support and coordinate the Earth Observation community across the region and help it achieve its potential to support advancement.

To accomplish its mission, the project includes a range of activities. It surveyed the status and assessed the maturity of Earth Observation in 13 countries, creating an open regional data hub to include data sets identified through the survey. It organised workshops with academics, key government personnel, innovative companies and Earth Observation experts from across the region and created an online portal to enhance regional networking. In addition, the project is currently organising international pilots to demonstrate Earth Observation and its benefits in action.

GEO-CRADLE is funded by the European Union through the Horizon2020 programme.

Our team members have or are taking part in the project under other organisational arrangements.

  • Evenflow director, Lefteris Mamais, is the technical manager of the project and the key author of the GEO-CRADLE roadmap, ensuring post-project sustainability and high impact
  • Evenflow consultant, Igor Milosavljevic, has acted as work package leader and lead author of the GEO-CRADLE Gap Analysis

Spreading the word on the many applications powered by European Space Programmes

The European Space Expo was a travelling exhibition organised by the European Commission to raise awareness of European Space programmes amongst the general public. Active between 2012 and 2016, it showcased the space-based services and applications made possible by the EU flagship programmes EGNOS, Galileo and Copernicus in 33 cities across Europe. The exhibition had over one million visitors in these four years.

Our directors have been involved in the European Space Expo since its inception and further supported it once Evenflow was founded. This included

  • The end-to-end organisation of Space Expo Athens, with over 100,000 visitors for one week
  • Operational and strategic contributions to the deployment of the Expo in several countries across Europe
  • The delivery of several presentations on Copernicus, Galileo and space exploration to schoolchildren, university students and specialised groups
  • Contributions to the design and content of the communication material presented in the Expo


Monitoring coastal water quality in the Mediterranean

We teamed up with Planetek Italia to carry out an awareness-raising demonstration of a Copernicus Marine Service downstream application called CMEMS Rheticus. The result was Rheticus™ Marine, an innovative service for monitoring coastal water-quality in the Mediterranean. The service was enriched with Copernicus Marine Service data and made operational in Greece and Italy.

Our role was leading promotion and communication for the project:

  • Developing the communication strategy and brand identity
  • Producing communication and training materials

Observing the Copernicus ecosystem

The Copernicus Observer is the Copernicus programme’s official e-magazine. Starting in 2013 as a quarterly newsletter, it now releases one highlight article every Friday afternoon. Aimed primarily at the general public, the Observer offers insights on the Copernicus ecosystem, reporting on new research, service upgrades, business support schemes and other major developments, as well as promoting workshops and conferences relevant to Copernicus.

Our role:

  • Evenflow’s Dimitri Papadakis is a regular contributor to the Copernicus Observer, both as an author and copy editor. A list of articles he has contributed to can be found here. Fun fact: Dimitri came up with the name “Copernicus Observer”, in his previous role working for the European Commission’s contractor.

Contributing to key studies in the European Earth Observation Sector

Evenflow has been supporting the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies to perform strategic studies looking into the current state of play and the evolution of the European EO Sector. These studies have helped to promote the dialogue between different actors in the EO value chain and contribute to the realisation of benefits stemming from Copernicus for service providers and users alike.

Our Director, Lefteris Mamais, has been providing strategic advice and performing in-depth analyses on various topics, including

  • Acting as the lead consultant and author – on behalf of EARSC – for an EC-funded study on the “Assessment of the role and participation of the European services industry in the EU Earth observation research and innovation actions
  • Contributing to the conceptualisation of eoMALL (fun fact, Lefteris came up with the name!) and to the development a roadmap for its implementation. In that context, an in-depth analysis of PPP schemes was also performed.
  • Executing a survey into the Public Sector Bodies in Europe using EO data and services