Space technology project for disaster mitigation

Space technology project for disaster mitigation


Barcelona, Spain: An emergency management platform, GEO-PICTURES will be developed in Oslo with several partners, and form a seamless solution hosted by United Nations (UNOSAT-UNITAR) on the CERN campus in Geneva. This European project is lead by AnsuR Technologies AS of Norway and co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework programme. It is targeted to mitigate disaster effects on environment.

It will provide near-real-time input of pictures, video, sensors and assessment results worldwide. It would be the combination of state-of-the-art in satellite communication, navigation and earth observation, based on a core technology with geo-tagged image and sensor communication combined with latest satellite earth observation.

Partners with specific expertise in rapid on-line mapping will produce real-time situational maps with a combination of space and terrestrial image and sensor information. Completely new and a missing link in operations this provides a significant contribution to larger and medium scale emergency management all over the world and specifically in areas with poor communication infrastructure after the disasters.

Dr. Harald Skinnemoen, Founder and Managing Director of AnsuR, said, “We feel proud to be chosen to lead this prestigious European consortium. It shows that Norway has excellent technology for global disaster management, as well as a long tradition to care and contribute to humanitarian operations and efforts”

GEO-PICTURES will allow a large number of accurate optical field observations, tagged with position, transferred via satellite-optimised protocols to a control centre. Optical observations include photos, video, audio and sensors that measures temperature, moisture, wind etc; data that would be helpful in emergency/disaster management and for improving interpretation of space based remote sensing data.

Universitat Autňnoma de Barcelona is also a member of this world class consortium. Three research groups from three different departments are involved. The research group GICI (Group of Interactive Coding of Images), with the Information and Communications Engineering Department is lead by Dr. Joan Serra-Sagristà and will focus on the compression and transmission of huge images through JPEG2000 and JPIP protocol to provide near real-time access to GMES data.

The research group GRUMETS (Group of Methods and Applications in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems), with the Geography Department is lead by Prof. Dr. Xavier Pons and will focus on advancing Geospatial Information Systems (GIS) for emergency management, suggesting and testing solutions for fast standard web services implementations in addition to easy creation and updating of datasets on them. The research group of Wireless and Satellite Communications, with the Telecommunications and Systems Engineering Department is lead by Dr. M. A. Vázquez-Castro and will focus on how to guarantee low-cost and robust communication access and wireless and satellite networking from and to the emergency/disaster area.

Source: PHYSorg