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GMES and Earth Observation with Position-based Image and sensor Communications Technology for Universal Rescue, Emergency and Surveillance management

Objective

Targeted for use in emergencies, GEO-PICTURES will save lives and mitigate disaster effects on environment. In emergency situations striking humanity, environment and the civil public, it is of paramount importance to communicate from the field what has happened and where as quickly and accurately as possible so that appropriate actions can be taken. One cannot rely on an existing infrastructure except satellite communications for global coverage. GEO-PICTURES provides near-real-time input of pictures, video, sensors and assessment results worldwide. GNSS provides position-tagging, and field data is integrated with GMES in a seamless solution hosted by United Nations on the CERN campus in Geneva. Partners with specific expertise in both rapid and on-line mapping will produce real-time situational maps with a combination of GMES, terrestrial visual and sensor information. Completely new and a missing link in operations this provides a significant contribution to larger scale emergency management.

GEO-PICTURES combines 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. A main challenge is high resolution photo communications without broadband infrastructure. An innovation award winning core concept already tested forms an excellent basis for enhancement, further integration and direct use in operations.

GEO-PICTURES allows a large number of accurate optical field observations, tagged with position, transferred via satellite-optimized protocols to a control center. Optical observations are extended to video, audio and sensors that measures temperature, moisture, wind etc. Such data is helpful in emergency/disaster management and for improving interpretation of GMES data. GEO-PICTURES will also design small lightweight equipment a disaster management expert comments pictures directly on scene pictures and main needs according to the assessment, sending them immediately to the Operation Center. Equipment can be used for disaster management worldwide.
GEO-PICTURES will develop a location-based content multicast/multi-receiver distribution system for efficient distribution of large image files and GMES data over satellite channels. Content will be distributed to have higher quality in the areas of interest, with an integrated a location-based image coding and distribution system. A novel JPEG2000 compression technology will be developed supporting rapid efficient distribution of images and GMES data.

The consortium is highly user driven, including target users United Nations, EU Community Mechanism for Civil Protection and the Amazonas Government. R&D is by UAB in satellite communications and image compression, UEA in environmental research. AnsuR does satellite communications, system aspects and implementation. Integration is with CERN in Geneva. KSAT provides GMES.

Field of science

  • /engineering and technology/mechanical engineering/vehicle engineering/aerospace engineering/satellite technology
  • /humanities/arts/modern and contemporary art/film
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/sensors

Call for proposal

FP7-SPACE-2009-1
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Funding Scheme

CP - Collaborative project (generic)

Coordinator

ANSUR TECHNOLOGIES AS
Address
Martin Linges Vei 25
1364 Fornebu
Norway
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 843 266,40
Administrative Contact
Harald Skinnemoen (Dr.)

Participants (8)

UNITED NATIONS INSTITUTE FOR TRAINING AND RESEARCH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 539 775
Address
Avenue De La Paix 7
1202 Geneva
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
Francesco Pisano (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDAD AUTONOMA DE BARCELONA
Spain
EU contribution
€ 269 800
Address
Calle Campus Universitario Sn Cerdanyola V
08290 Cerdanyola Del Valles
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Joan Serra-Sagristà (Dr.)
KONGSBERG SATELLITE SERVICES AS
Norway
EU contribution
€ 186 430
Address
Prestvannveien 38
9011 Tromso
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Richard John Hall (Mr.)
JOHANNITER-UNFALL-HILFE EV
Germany
EU contribution
€ 108 600
Address
Lutzowtrasse 94
10785 Berlin
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Karl Anton Kaehler (Mr.)
UNIVERSIDADE DO ESTADO DO AMAZONAS FUNDACAO
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 176 550
Address
Avenida Djalma Batista 3578 Flores
69005 010 Manaus
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Jörg öhly (Dr.)
Secretaria do Estado de Ciência e Tecnologia
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 83 850
Address
Av. Mário Ypiranga Monteiro 3280
69.057-002 Manaus
Activity type
Public bodies (excluding Research Organisations and Secondary or Higher Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Marcílio De Freitas (Mr.)
D.M.A.T. CONSULTING KG
Austria
EU contribution
€ 93 750
Address
Gruene Gasse 12
8501 Lieboch
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Alois Hirschmugl (Dr.)
ASSOCIACAO BRASILEIRA DE TELECOMUNICACOES
Brazil
EU contribution
€ 83 850
Address
Rua Da Candelaria 9 Grupo 807 A B
20091 020 Rio De Janeiro
Activity type
Other
Administrative Contact
Roberto Aroso Cardoso (Mr.)