Germany: On behalf of the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI), DLR Space Management has commissioned the continuation and further development of the Copernicus Data and Exploitation Platform Germany (CODE-DE). CloudFerro, one of the leading cloud-computing companies from Europe, has been entrusted, together with its subcontractor Erteco Technologies, with the implementation of this project.
CODE-DE has been ensuring national access to Copernicus data and services in Germany (https://code-de.org/) since the beginning of 2017 and offers a platform for processing Earth observation data from the European Copernicus programme. By contracting CloudFerro, the CODE-DE service will now be continued until the end of 2022, with an extension option until the end of 2024.
Moreover, in this Phase 2, the CODE-DE service will continue to be free of charge for government and scientific users.
“Additionally, CODE-DE users will soon benefit from synergies with the DIAS platforms commissioned by the European Commission. This will give CODE-DE greater elasticity and scalability – this will be noticeable,” emphasizes Dr. Michael Schmidt, the CODE-DE representative at DLR.
“We are proud to open co-operation with Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (DLR) – a German NASA. CODE-DE will be the fifth large-scale platform that will operate on our cloud environment. With this particular project, CloudFerro will establish another server hub in Germany for the purpose of storing CODE-DE relevant data locally. Users in Germany and abroad will have access to a powerful and reliable cloud platform, combining access to earth observation data with flexible data processing,” states Maciej Krzyżanowski, CEO of CloudFerro.
CloudFerro already provides its cloud for two of the five DIAS platforms, CREODIAS and WEkEO, as well as a private cloud for the Copernicus Climate Data Store.
CODE-DE offers its users access to many functions including: access to and visualization of the Copernicus satellite data and products provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) and the European Commission; a secure working environment for storing private data and user-driven integrated processing to generate derived information products; publication and re-use of generated products as web services; an effective working environment for artificial intelligence (AI) evaluation methods and an extensive “User Help Desk” and training programme.
CODE-DE is operated since 2017 by the German Remote Sensing Data Center of the German Aerospace Center (DLR-DFD). This operation will continue until 31.03.2020. The new version of CODE-DE builds on the developments and experiences of this first operating phase and will – according to user feedback – continue and supplement functions and offers from 01.04.2020 onwards.
“The decision to award CloudFerro with the development of a Germany-focused platform is another validation of our growing position in Europe. Our cloud is flexible, reliable and ready for any computing challenges that involve large data handling. We are also delighted to follow the assumptions put forward by the European Commission with the DIAS program – CODE-DE will realize synergies and draw upon the knowledge, experience and data handling methods that come from our operation of the CREODIAS platform”, adds Maciej Krzyżanowski.