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TANGO — Result In Brief

Project ID: 30970
Funded under: FP6-AEROSPACE
Country: France

Better telecom solutions for Earth observation

A European project worked to provide better telecommunications solutions to support the EU's Earth observation missions, including monitoring the environment, such as maritime surveillance, and tracking security issues, such as during crises.
Better telecom solutions for Earth observation
The EU's 'Global monitoring for environment and security' (GMES) technology relies on space and ground-based observation stations. A core feature of this technology has been the development of satellite telecommunications, which have enabled GMES services to further expand their potential.

An EU-funded project has identified where satellite telecommunication solutions could be better integrated with ongoing GMES developments in the framework of security and crisis management, fisheries management, maritime surveillance and humanitarian aid. Completed in 2009, the 'Telecommunications advanced networks for GMES operations' (TANGO) project was the first of its kind under the EU's Sixth Framework Programme (FP6) for research funding to focus on the use of satellite telecoms to serve the needs of the whole GMES community.

More specifically, TANGO's objectives included the development of a common telecommunication service platform. The platform was conceived as a means to give GMES service providers fast access to telecommunications solutions. TANGO worked to develop, integrate and demonstrate innovative satellite telecommunications solutions capable of coping with increasing user demands, such as improved data collection, interactive mapping and ad hoc networking.

During the first phase of the project, TANGO examined several GMES projects dedicated to risk and crisis management, maritime, land cover, atmosphere, security and humanitarian aid in order to identify specific telecommunications needs. These requirements were then filled into a database through a dedicated web interface.

Common trends were identified, which highlighted the key benefits expected from telecommunications, such as reduced time to access GMES services, trends towards global coverage and easily deployable equipment for emergency situations.

Key telecommunications components and technologies were then adapted, developed and validated within the project. These include improved in situ data collection, achieved through the integration of improved two-way communication with mobile terminals, higher data rates and longer messaging capabilities. In addition, broadband was added to fixed and mobile users for reliable data dissemination, and adapted within the projects to GMES applications. Nine demonstrations were then successfully performed during the project.

The TANGO project showed that satellite telecommunications bring benefits to end-users and citizens at each step of the GMES value chain. They enable countries with needs but relatively poor infrastructure to have access to new technologies and services, and have the capacity to ensure that real-time information is made available to end-users as quickly as possible. This is vitally important for crisis management, security and environmental situations, such as the fight against pollution.

In sum, the TANGO project proved that efficient operational technologies are available to meet GMES requirements, and that telecommunications will continue to play a key role in the future. Indeed, the future of GMES will continue to rely on pioneering highly efficient telecommunication services.

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