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Transport is essential to modern civilisation. Yet modern society has realised that the world’s continuing and growing demand for mobility cannot be met by simply expanding today’s means of transport. Indeed, transport systems are major contributors to congestion, death and injuries from accidents, climate change, and resource exhaustion, public health problems due to air pollution and noise and deterioration of ecosystems.
Space-based systems, notably the use of global navigation satellite systems and satellite telecommunications, may increasingly help meeting mobility challenges based on innovative services. The ability to accurately determine and communicate one’s position at any moment thanks to GNSS is starting to have a major impact on the management of ship and lorry fleets, road and rail traffic monitoring, the mobilisation of emergency services, the tracking of goods carried by multimodal transport and air traffic control.

International Satellite Derived Shallow Water Bathymetry Service

Status date: 15 March 2017

A web-based service to provide immediate, off-the-shelf, online access to shallow water depth data derived from very high resolution satellite imagery.

EMUSER

Status date: 03 February 2017

EMUSER is an innovative obstacle detection system integrated with a satellite Broad Band link for the safety of active level crossings.

EMUSER provides increased resilience in case of natural disasters or damages to the rail infrastructure. It can be installed in areas that are uncovered by conventional communication networks.

SatCom W-IFE

Status date: 23 January 2017

Airlines are embracing next generation connectivity in the cabin and cockpit. High capacity satellites are the key to meeting consumer demand for high speed, high quality and low cost connectivity in the air. Through this SatCom W-IFE ESA activity, ViaSat’s satellite-based in-flight connectivity with Arconics in cabin applications is to provide an evolving range of services to the airborne market.

INSUTRAX

Status date: 19 January 2017

The INSUTRAX feasibility study objective is to investigate the technical feasibility and commercial viability of integrated applications utilizing various satellite data sources (GNSS, EO and Satcom) for cargo tracking in support of IT insurance products focusing on Polish insurance market.

SAT-AIS DPC

Status date: 18 January 2017

The SAT-AIS Data Processing Centre (DPC) Demonstrator is a development co-funded by EMSA (European Maritime Safety Agency) and ESA. The DPC collects SAT-AIS messages, ancillary information for generating and distributing enhanced data services to the maritime community.

RTICM

Status date: 18 January 2017

LuxSpace (LU), in cooperation with the project partners arviem (CH), OHB teledata (D) and megatel (D), develop an innovative container/cargo monitoring device which offers cargo localisation and condition monitoring capabilities via a wireless sensor network and reporting using satellite communication means and AIS (Automatic Identification System) data.

Apart from the technical development, a comprehensive customer tailored real time cargo monitoring service is offered, including analytics and operational support.

European-wide Mobility, Safety and Efficiency Management for Logistics Enterprises

Status date: 16 January 2017

The objective of this project is to improve the energy efficiency and vehicle tracking capabilities of logistics and transport service providers in Europe. For this purpose, innovative ICT and climate protection technologies have been combined with space technologies, namely earth observation and satellite navigation, to offer a cost-efficient and flexible ‘one-stop-shop’ solution helping lorry drivers to achieve an eco-friendly driving style, while allowing fleet managers to monitor actual fleet fuel consumption and CO2 emission.

RPAS Intelligent Parcel Delivery

Status date: 11 January 2017

In the advent of the remotely piloted aircraft system (RPAS), the Unmanned Parcel Delivery (UPD) project seeks to utilise RPAS and satellite technology to establish a fast, safe and secure UPD service to customers in remote and hard-to-reach locations.

SaMoLoSa

Status date: 09 January 2017

The Ovinto SaMoLoSa demonstration project addresses the use of satellite technology for the reduction of transport risk, security enhancement and optimisation of logistic operations by the tracking and monitoring of extremely dangerous goods in unpowered, mobile transport units such as rail tank cars and intermodal tank containers.

STEAM

Status date: 09 January 2017

The objective of this study is to investigate the technical feasibility, financial/non-financial viability and sustainability of a future service aiming at measuring the amounts of sulphur oxides components rejected by vessels travelling inside the Emission Control Areas (ECAs) defined by the International Maritime Organisation (IMO) (see figure below for the European area - ECA : dark blue).

SatCorpAfrica

Status date: 19 December 2016

SatCorpAfrica (SATellite CORPorate services in AFRICA) is a Satcom Applications  project  by SatADSL (BE) aimed at developing, integrating and validating a satellite IP connectivity system and associated services allowing SatADSL to offer via local African Telecom Operators a solution targeting the WAN (Wide-Area-Network) market segment with a set of attractive and flexible offers.

ASSIST WRM

Status date: 16 December 2016

According to the outcomes of the forerunner feasibility study, there is a potential market landscape for high-end services supporting the winter road maintenance. Intercepting then the real needs of users and stakeholders involved in winter maintenance, the follow-up ASSIST demonstration project intends to address these opportunities by providing a set of advanced space-based services, specifically deploying a multi-sites pilot-demonstration over four different European countries during the 2016-2017 winter season.

SAFERDANUBE

Status date: 13 December 2016

The SAFERDANUBE system will provide assistance to river vessels operating on the Romanian sector of the Danube river. This is required in summer and winter, to cope with the appearance of ice/sand banks that difficult and/or prevent the navigation.  The project’s pilot will demonstrate a service relying on the integration of Satellite Earth Observation data (SAR), Satellite Mobile Communication and Satellite Navigation Services to this aim.

XcitID

Status date: 17 October 2016

The Xcit'€™ID project is dedicated to design, develop and validate a pre-operational integrated service platform aiming at significantly improving the management of the transport supply chain of temperature-sensitive pharmaceutical goods.

GeoSHM Demo Project

Status date: 17 October 2016

The objective of the GeoSHM Demo Project is to improve the safe operation of long span bridges by providing reliable Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) data through the integration of GNSS positioning, Earth Observation techniques and in-situ sensors.  It is planned to demonstrate the GeoSHM service for three of the longest bridges in the UK and China: the Forth Road Bridge in Scotland (a testbed for GeoSHM Feasibility Study) and two Yangtze River bridges in China.

PROTECT

Status date: 28 September 2016

The PROTECT project aims to exploit existing systems and infrastructure in conjunction with applicable space based assets to provide cost-effective added-value technology centred services that provide improved situational awareness to both on-board and shore based stakeholders, based on real-time innovative integration of piracy and sensor information/data.

SBS-RailS

Status date: 26 September 2016

The Space Based Services for Railway Signalling feasibility study is dedicated to investigate how an integrated satellite navigation and satellite communication solution can complement  the Level 2 European Rail Traffic Management System (ERTMS).

Satellite navigation systems can be integrated with the on-board and wayside signalling systems to guarantee the required level of safety (Safety Integrity Level - SIL4) that is today provided by the existing train detection. 

I-PORT

Status date: 07 September 2016

The I-PORT demonstration project involves creation and demonstration of IT services for optimisation of inter-modal container transport in Ports. The project is a collaboration between AIMES, Avanti Communications Group plc, ContainerPort, exactEarth and Atlantic Containers Ltd and involves deployment of systems within the UK and also in Germany, in collaboration with The Institute of Shipping Economics and Logistics (ISL) and DBH.

URGED

Status date: 05 August 2016

URGED addresses an increasing global requirement for the provision of better predictive decision support tools for urban infrastructure managers to enable cities to become more resilient to environmental threats. Through the evolution of Rezatec’s geospatial data analytics and the incorporation of new satellite data sources, e.g. Sentinel 1 and 2, these tools will be accessed through the URGED online platform. 

SatApps

Status date: 05 August 2016

Internet of Things/IoT – M2M – industry 4.0 – these headlines are representing large user groups which have an urgent need of a globally available, low-cost, secure data service, dedicated to very small data volumes per sensor and for use also in remote areas. The objective of the study is the requirements analysis of 2 focus user groups:  railway transportation and container/waste management.

DG-TRAC Demo Project

Status date: 13 June 2016

The DG-Trac project addresses the tracking and tracing of dangerous goods in the medical sector integrating and using navigational and communication space services together with GSM/UMTS and Internet. DG-Trac introduces a centralised mechanism for the management and distribution of information concerning each dangerous goods transport.

In case of an accident, emergency service will be informed about the involved dangerous goods.

3INSAT

Status date: 07 June 2016

3InSat demonstration project developed, tested and verified a new satellite-based subsystem, based on the Ansaldo STS ERTMS solution, for allowing the SIL4 train localization function at Signalling System Level by using GNSS. 3InSat also implemented an integrated solution based on the combination of SatCom, 3G/4G systems and TETRA to realize the link between the on board train control system and wayside signalling infrastructure.

 

i-FishSAT

Status date: 24 May 2016

Deterioration of fish stocks in the EU in recent years has necessitated increased tightening of allowable catch limits, but the means of calculating and implementing new parameters remains problematic. On the commercial side, fishing vessels operate as independent entities, choosing the species they target and the place of landing. Commercialization of their catch is most frequently through a coastal auction. Auctions are dotted along the European coast and generally operate independently, a situation that creates a series of micro-markets, each governed by local supply and demand with consequences such as shortage of a given species at one auction and a glut of the same species. The result is waste of a natural resource and valuable nutrition as well as unequal distribution of revenues.  The objective of this demonstration project is to take the work undertaken in preceding feasibility studies, and to move it from the world of research to that of operational reality by providing a comprehensive, integrated set of preoperational fisheries seafood commercialisation services to users and stakeholders alike.

LiveLand

Status date: 19 May 2016

Transport operators across the UK face significant challenges in monitoring and detecting landslides and subsidence across their networks.  LiveLand will help asset owners and operators to assess and monitor high-risk areas of their transport networkproviding improved geological hazard information at regional, network and local levels using integrated data from Earth observation satellites and GNSS.

SATLAS

Status date: 18 April 2016

SATLAS is an Idea Incubator, developed for and offered to innovators who want to “Start, Integrate and Test” their SatCom related concepts in an easy, light and quick way, taking benefit from the support, mentoring, services and tools made available from the SATLAS consortium (SES Techcom, SatADSL, Newtec).

EO Crowd

Status date: 22 February 2016

Over 90% of our seas are unsurveyed. EO Crowd uses crowd sourcing, EO data and open data to fill this data gap.

SaMoLoSa FS

Status date: 28 January 2016

The Ovinto SaMoLoSa study addresses the use of satellite technology for the reduction of transport risk, security enhancement and optimisation of logistic operations by the tracking and monitoring of extremely dangerous goods in unpowered, mobile transport units such as rail tank cars and intermodal tank containers.

SEA SEARCH

Status date: 26 January 2016

SeaSearch provides detection and identification capabilities of small vessels, agnostic to vessels’ size.  

Based on the mobile phone detectors and other sensors such as radars, AIS and SAR, SeaSearch builds Maritime Situational Awareness Pictures.  

Sensors are using SeaSearch own developed technology based on Software Defined Radio (SDR). 

EASY

Status date: 26 November 2015

Together with traditional chartering, new business lines like yacht brokering, manufacturing assistance, luxury cruising are emerging asking for the availability of innovative services on board. These new businesses require a higher grade of liability towards their customers, hence forcing the providers to put more emphasis on systems and services in order to increase the safety and availability of information during the cruise.

UAM

Status date: 02 November 2015

Become established as a Niche Communications Service Provider delivering low-cost communication services to smaller enterprises and ultimately consumers. This is being achieved through extending communications services and networks to fixed and mobile users that are poorly served by traditional systems and is being focused on new innovative delivery platforms that include unmanned airborne systems, high altitude platforms and small satellites.

SUMO

Status date: 28 October 2015

SUMO is a service to assist in the planning and monitoring of marine operations for offshore wind farms. The service integrates diverse information regarding the monitoring and forecasting of metoceanic conditions and locations of vessels and personnel involved.

This enables the management and coordination of the construction, operations and maintenance activities to increase efficiency and safety. 

MAPP

Status date: 23 October 2015

The increase in piracy incidents in areas such as the Gulf of Aden and the Gulf of Guinea threatens life at sea and causes substantial cost to the shipping industry and governments as vessels transit through the High Risk Areas. 

UTRAQ Urban Traffic Management and Air Quality

Status date: 08 October 2015

The UTRAQ system is designed to help towns and cities manage air quality by employing traffic management strategies which consider how vehicle emissions will disperse given the current climatic conditions.

 UTRAQ models traffic flow across the road network in conjunction with an Air Quality model to compare different scenarios and provide traffic management guidance based on predicted changes to traffic flow and air quality. The system uses data feeds from local in-situ sensors, earth observation air quality measurements and satellite-derived vehicle location, speed and traffic density data.  

LMS

Status date: 07 October 2015

In compliance with European and national regulations, the GNSS based livestock transport online monitoring system as well as the related service elements allow the online control of (especially long distance) livestock  transports as well as simplify livestock transport documentation. The solution can be integrated with other vehicle subsystems and transport information such as fuel consumption, temperature conditions, water level control, etc.

EUROPORT Demo Project

Status date: 25 August 2015

Ports are fundamental and main part of inter-modal global transport in the world. The growth in freight transport stresses the existing infrastructure to its limits. There are already considerable signs of congestion in the European transport system, e.g. on the roads and in harbors. Congestion will have a negative impact on the costs and time of transportation, which affects the prices and the quality of products.

 

PloughStars

Status date: 04 August 2015

Plough Stars is a feasibility study and part ESA’s Integrated Applications Promotion (IAP) Programme. The industrial team led by Berner & Mattner investigates new services and applications for improving winter road maintenance. Existing, mainly terrestrial, systems are enhanced with space-based technologies. Users and stakeholders involved in winter road maintenance benefit from this system through increased performance and a simplified routine.

High Precision Navigation System for Trucks

Status date: 17 July 2015

The project analyses the feasibility of an assistance service for drivers of truck-trailer combinations while reverse parking. This is a challenging maneuver because of the complex dynamics and difficult tilt determination between truck and trailer. The service provides GNSS-based information about position, headings and tilt angle of trucks and trailers, steering wheel guidance and predicted trajectory visualization in images from satellites and a rear-mounted camera.

Arctic IAP

Status date: 08 July 2015

Telespazio VEGA UK are developing a range of value-added services using layers of geo-information and commercial data that can be customised to the needs of specific operators. The services include primarily satellite derived imagery VMS (24/7 Vessel Monitoring System) from the Telespazio Group, AIS (Automatic Identification System) provided by Canadian consortium  member exactEarth Europe Ltd, and low bandwidth high fidelity image transfer system AnsuR, a Norwegian company.

Maritime expertise and access to the market through Marine South East and additional maritime data layers are provided by Stevenson Astrosat and HR Wallingford.

This solution presents a viable Arctic Integrated Situational Awareness Service building upon existing operational or semi-operational services provided by consortium members, and adding additional features believed to be of value to the user community that will help to differentiate and ensure the success of the service.

ASSIST (FS)

Status date: 06 July 2015

The “Advanced Snow plough and Salt spreader based on Innovative Space Technologies“ (ASSIST) project aims to deliver a comprehensive feasibility study on the technical and economic sustainability of a winter road maintenance system based on space technologies. 

ASSIST proposes a concept developed along with the improvement and integration of two main assets: Satellite Navigation (and related augmentation systems) and Earth Observations to get additional digital information about roads and weather forecasts.

SURMON

Status date: 18 June 2015

The SURMON Demonstration Project targets airborne Geophysical Survey (GS) and oil  Pipeline Monitoring (PM) services based on the use of a Remotely Piloted Aircraft System (RPAS). Equipped with suitable sensors and making use of satellite communication and navigation, operation of the RPA beyond line-of-sight is enabled.

GeoSHM

Status date: 17 June 2015

GeoSHM (GNSS and Earth Observation for Structural Health Monitoring) is a Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) system that integrates GNSS and Earth Observation technologies to offer an integrated solution for the maintenance of different types of asset. 

TIM

Status date: 16 June 2015

Efficient asset management is required to meet increasingly stringent demands on safety and reliable performance of new and ageing infrastructure under varying and sometimes hazardous environments.  The Transport Infrastructure Management (TIM) Service is planned as a new generation of asset monitoring services that can be deployed across multinational organizations. The concept is based on the integration of location and mapping capabilities of space assets and ground local point sensor networks - delivering data in the most efficient manner.

DG-TRAC feasibility study

Status date: 11 June 2015

The DG-Trac project addresses the tracking and tracing of dangerous goods in the medical sector integrating and using existing space technologies (navigational services, communication services) with GSM/UMTS and Internet.

SELIAT

Status date: 13 April 2015

SELIAT stands for the feasibility study Safe Emergency Landing in Alpine Terrain. It has investigated a service in aviation that shall provide geographic information about suitable landing sites to support off-field landings in alpine areas with difficult terrain. This information will be available to pilots in their cockpit. The information may be required either as part of an operation of a search and rescue mission or in case of a technical failure in the aircraft.

i-enquire

Status date: 26 March 2015

The project, which is part of ESA's Newcomers initiative of the ARTES 3-4 Programme, is aimed at developing, integrating and validating a set of mobile applications onboard of vehicles such as cars, coaches and trucks, using the S-Band delivery platform of Solaris on the Eutelsat W2A satellite.

SafeRail

Status date: 14 January 2015

The objective of SafeRail is to improve the safety at Rail Level Crossings (RLC). In terms of accident prevention, RLC are demanding spots since two disparate transportation systems are intersecting (road, rail respectively) and neither of them completely controls the situation. In response to this, SafeRail provides a flexible and secure solution at a moderate price, using latest advancements in satellite technology.

LeCross

Status date: 10 September 2014
The LeCross study assessed the added value and feasibility of an integrated service solution to improve safety at railway level crossings through the use of added-value space-based technologies, systems and capabilities.

SATMODO

Status date: 08 September 2014

The SATMODO project is aimed specifically at the round-wood timber harvesting market, by facilitating ”live” monitoring of harvest processes. To date the SATMODO project addressed current harvesting issues in remote areas by utilizing both cellular and satellite transmission technology as a means of providing data transmission pathways for the live harvest data from the Harvester Machine. 

ISABELIA

Status date: 27 June 2014

The ISABELIA Feasibility Study specified and validated the sustainability of services and that would provide users at sea with near real time information on dangerous ice situations, indicators of collision risk and on risk of grounding, thereby improving the safety of vessels in the Baltic Sea.

 

MATIST

Status date: 09 April 2014

The MATIST services provide ground motion information to operators of alpine transportation infrastructures such as railway companies, institutes representing the national roads and companies from the energy sector. 

FlySafe

Status date: 18 March 2014

Bird strikes on aircraft pose a real safety threat for both military and civil aviation. Depending on specific circumstances such as the speed of the aircraft, the point of impact, the mass of the bird, the number of birds and the type of aircraft, bird strikes can result in devastating accidents.

Live Land

Status date: 29 November 2013

The objective of Live Land is to provide users with a suite of services that enables the management of hazards and the exposure of national transport infrastructure assets to landslide and subsidence events. During the feasibility stage, the Live Land consortium assessed the viability of developing a suite of services driven by the needs and requirements of end user organisations. Live Land proposed a ‘catalogue’ concept, to incorporate a suite of enabling technologies (including Space-borne, in-situ and geological datasets) that could improve the forecasting, monitoring and alerting of landslides and subsidence.

I-Port FS

Status date: 20 August 2013

This study addressed the feasibility and viability of an integrated solution consisting of space and terrestrial assets in support the optimisation of freight transport through European ports.

TWIM

Status date: 29 May 2013

Two Way Information Management (TWIM) is a Feasibility Study to assess the added value of receiving information regarding incidents, public safety issues, criminal behaviour etc. from the general public via their smartphones or other mobile devices, in support of operations of Civil Protection Services (Police, Fire Brigade, Ambulance Service etc).

IRISS

Status date: 14 June 2012

The IRISS feasibility project has identified the applications and requirements for an integrated information, communication and navigation gateway within the rail transport sector, designed and developed a solution and performed a proof of concept activity.

EuroPORT

Status date: 11 June 2012

The objectives of this feasibility study are to assess the technical feasibility and commercial viability of an integrated solution and associated services which support the optimization of freight transport through ports (e.g. routing and scheduling), based on a better understanding of users and stakeholders needs and transport conditions, and better information exchange. 

iTRAQ

Status date: 25 May 2012

iTRAQ is a project to develop a dynamic traffic management system for optimising use of the road network whilst meeting growing demands to sustain high standards of air quality in urban environments.

S2BAS

Status date: 23 April 2012

The S²BAS project aims to develop, deploy and demonstrate (via proper test flights campaign) a platform for the provision of an integrated set of satellite-based low-cost services targeted to small and regional airports. The concept consists in supporting aspects related to the whole life-cycle of a flight, from its development and planning to its execution and control; with the aim of improve access, operations at the airport and increase safety at a low cost.

SSMART

Status date: 30 November 2011

The SSMART project will provide solutions for monitoring and managing multimodal (road, rail, waterways) transports of dangerous goods. Integrating and using available space technologies (satellite navigation, satellite communications, earth observation) with terrestrial systems SSMART will improve safety, coordination, information exchange, and communication for both routine transport operations as well as for emergency situations.

SINUE

Status date: 15 September 2010

The SINUE study will investigate the technical feasibility and economic / regulatory viability of integrating space based systems with UAS (Unmanned Aerial Systems) in order to enable their integration into non-segregated airspace and to relay payload data for new institutional and commercial services in near real-time.

Birdstrike

Status date: 20 May 2010

The present activity is concerned with reducing the risk to civil aviation of an accident in the airport airspace environment as a result of bird strike.

SECCOH

Status date: 10 October 2009

"Management Centre for the Transport of Hazardous Goods in the Alpine Region" is an activity dedicated to the identification of users and requirements for the definition of services regarding the transport of Hazardous goods in the Alpine region.