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Planetek Hellas 13 years in Space

Earth Observation:
Free and Open Satellite Data
Rheticus®: continuous monitoring of the Earth changes
Supporting EU and local directives in coastal areas
Forest fires monitoring and prevention from Space
Soil sealing satellite detection services
Interoperability & SDI:
Spatial Data Infrastructures on the Cloud
The European INSPIRE Geoportal
Linked open geographic data for enhanced SDI
Security & Defence:
How we do prevent environmental crimes
Increasing targeting accuracy with 3D coordinates
Space systems for EO and Cosmic exploration missions
Planck Added Value Interfaces
Satellite ground segment
Copernicus is
a European
program for
monitoring the
Collecting data
from multiple
provides users
with reliable
and up-to-date
through a set of
services related
to environmental
and security
The main users
of Copernicus
services are
policymakers and
public authorities
who need the
to develop
legislation and
policies or to take
critical decisions.
The advent of
Space Stream
It is a special pleasure for me to intro- Our Greek sister company Planetek Hellas is thir-
duce this new exciting number of our teen years old, and it is a pretty mature and ac-
GeoXperience Magazine. tive teenager. In this number you will find seve-
The capabilities of Planetek Group are ral achievements of PKH, that I let you discover.
declining the new paradigm of Space in Planetek Italia is also perfectly tuned with Hexa-
all their instances, from the up stream gon Geospatial, and we share our friend’s stra-
to the down stream, from geoinforma- tegy on software as a service that materializes
tion to geoanalytics in a very impressi- in the new Cloud paradigm and Smart M.Apps.
ve way. In this issue, you will find some very cute cases
Planetek has a visionary approach to of use of this very powerful set of tools that will
space and we have, in the last few ye- change the way in which geodata will be acqui-
ars, aggressively pursued it. red, processed and presented for a brand new
First of all, Copernicus Sentinels are user experience.
providing for the first time a continuous stream of Who of you follows us since sometimes, knows
data, free and open, with an horizon of availability that Planetek is fast moving up-stream on the
that exceed 30 years. Finally, 25 years of maste- Space value chain. In the following pages, you will
ring EO application found adequate fuel for new be surprised of the number of achieve-
exceptional application. Our cloud based Info- ments from ground data processing, to
as-a-Service geoanalytics delivery platform Rhe- on-board data analysis our Group of-
ticus®, not by chance named upon the only pu- fers nowdays.
pil of Copernicus, delivers every two weeks new As per the title of this editorial, in Pla-
performances to our customers, thanks to our netek, separation between Up Stream
Agile and Dev-ops software approach. The Rhe- and Down Stream has definitively come
ticus® Displacement services, developed in co- to an end, delivering an marvelous,
operation with our spin-off with Bari University continuous SPACESTREAM.
GAP srl, is a best seller around the world, beside
enthusiastic national commercial users like MM,
ACEA, HERA group, we reached several distribu-
tion agreements worldwide.

Giovanni Sylos Labini

CEO of Planetek Italia

ENVIRONMENT Planetek Hellas 13 Forest fires monitoring
CIVIL PROTECTION years in Space and prevention from

Free and Open Satellite 18
Data Supporting EU and
local directives in

12 coastal areas


Rheticus®: continuous
monitoring of the Earth
SPACE SOFTWARE Soil sealing satellite
PLANETARY EXPLORATION detection services


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Striving for excellence Protecting nature from
in EO services Space

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How we do prevent
environmental crimes

Geospatial Products
and solutions
Focus on Hexagon Geospatial portfolio
and solutions developed by Planetek.

Spatial Data
Infrastructures on the

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p.01, p.10, p.16, Copernicus Sentinel data / ESA;
p.02, p.08, p.11, p.37, p.40 ESA; p.03 ESA/C-

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WAMS (left); Copernicus Sentinel data / ESA (center);
ESA (right); p.04 Sentinel-1_over_Italy.jpg (ESA /
DLR);Lockheed Martin Corporation; p.05 Terra Bella;
Increasing targeting Planetek: p.07, p.32 Airbus Defence and Space; p.14 Agenzia
Spaziale Italiana; p.15 Copernicus data (2014)/ESA/
information accuracy Simplifying the use of PPO.labs/Norut/COMET-SEOM Insarap study; p.17
Coastal TEP / ESA; p.18 REUTERS / Max Whittaker;
with 3D coordinates geo-localized p.21 ESA / AOES (top); EEA (bottom); p.22 Cornell

information University; p.23 / Flowered EU H2020; p.24; p.25 (center) U.N.; (bottom) ISAF;

p.26 Hexagon Geospatial; p.30 DigitalGlobe (top); Anja
Jentzsch (bottom); p 31 Eric Fischer; p.33 e-Geos
(bottom right), Armasuisse (center), Rhode Island

Improving Civil
National Guard (top), Hexagon Geospatial (bottom left);
p.35 Nearmap; p.36 NASA, ESA, Hubble Heritage;

and Construction p.39 ESA / D. Ducros; p.41 ESA / ATG Medialab; p.43
EUMETSAT; p.44 ESA (right top and bottom images);

Workflows with EO Gracieusetè (left bottom image); p.46 NASA/GSFC

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Stelios Bollanos Daniela Valentino Giuseppe Forenza Daniela Iasillo

Director. Part of the Planetek Government & Security SBU Business Development Sr. Technical Manager
Group Since 2004. In 2006, - Technical Assistant. Manager Rheticus® Geoservices.
he returned from Italy to Degree in Computer Science Master’s Degree in Physics Degree, since 1997
Greece and co-founded and Digital Communication, Communication Sciences, she works for Planetek Italia.
Planetek Hellas. Since specialized in Geographic specialized in GIS. In Planetek She has been involved in
then, he managed different Information Systems. In Italia he is responsible many projects for sea water
EU and ESA projects for Planetek Italia since 2005, of the management and quality monitoring, forest
the company in the Earth she is a Pre-Sales Technical development of customer protection, land use mapping
observation and Geomatics Assistant for geospatial data. and reseller portfolios, and risk mitigation.
fields. He has matured She is point of contact in commercial partnerships,
experience in the Greek and Planetek for the international Italian and international
International Space Markets. satellite data providers. commercial strategies.

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Giulio Ceriola Vicky Avgikou Antonello Aiello Mauro Casaburi
Technical Manager Sr. Technical Specialist - EO Pre-Sales Technical Assistant Government & Security SBU -
Geoservices. Analyst. Since 2013, she is Rheticus® Sr. Technical Manager Spatial
Degree in Physics, he is EO data processing operator Master of Science’s degree Data Infrastructures. Degree
author of several published at Planetek Hellas. Degree in Environmental Engineering. in Electronic Engineering.
papers related to processing in Forestry Sciences, M.Sc. Doctor of Philosophy degree Since 2002, he works for
techniques of satellite derived in Applied Geography and in Earth Sciences. Planetek Italia in the design
data. In Planetek Italia since Area Management. She has He matured experiences in and development of systems
2006, he has been involved wide experience in GIS and Earth Observation and GIS for SDI on the Web and
in several European EO Spatial Statistics, Remote at CNR and JRC. In Planetek several regional and national
projects for the monitoring of Sensing, Management of Italia he is responsible of the GeoPortals. He is author of
sea water quality, land use Environmental Resources, design and development of several publications.
mapping and risk mitigation. Planning & Management. Rheticus® services.
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Claudio La Mantia Andrea Navarra Daniela Drimaco
Technical Manager Business to Business SBU SpaceStream SBU – Business
Geoservices. Since 2002, he - Business Development Development Specialist.
works in Planetek Italia and Manager. Degree in Political Degree in Telecommunication
matured a vast experience Science, specialized in Engineering, she is specialized
with optical high resolution E-Business Management. In in the field of satellite Earth
image processing involved Planetek Italia since 2003, he Observation data processing.
in several international and is in charge of commercial Since 2007, she works in
national projects. consultancy for EO solutions Planetek Italia involved in the
In the Earth Observation dedicated to private design and development of
application field he is also organizations of Infrastructures systems and softwares for the
author of many works. Engineering, Energy and Oil & Space Systems domain.
Gas industries.

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Stratos Gerakakis Leonardo Amoruso Ilias Ioannou

Senior Software Engineer SpaceStream SBU – Technical Specialist

and Project Manager. Sr. Technical Manager. - Software Developer.
Bachelors in Computer Degree in Electronic MSc degree in Computer
science and Mathematics. Engineering, he is specialized Engineering. He is a member
He has been involved in a in the field of satellite Earth of Planetek since 2013, and
wide variety of projects for the Observation data processing has been involved in design
implementation of web based (SAR & optical). and development of projects
and back-end server solutions, Since 2009 he works in concerning the management
with many years of experience Planetek Italia involved in the of geospatial data for
producing well structured design and development of environmental monitoring and
code and managing teams of systems and softwares for emergencies.
developers. the Space Systems domain.
Planetek Hellas
13 years in Space
e decision of Greece to is also working for the European The know-how of Planetek Hellas
invest in Space and join Space Astronomy Centre of ESA and its participation to the above
the European Space in Madrid, Spain, for which has projects has led to the formalization
Agency (ESA) in 2005, was the already completed one big project of specific products / services
starting point of Planetek Hellas, and is involved in big projects like derived from satellite Earth
which since the following year, the Planck Value Adding Interfaces observation such as, Near Real
has been operating in the field of system (PLAAVI). Time Sea Water Quality Monitoring,
Satellite Earth Observation, Spatial Seabed and Sea Grass Mapping,
Data Infrastructure and software Critical Infrastructure Monitoring
development for “on-board” and An expertise (Oil and Gas / Road / Railway
“on ground” Space applications. networks), Urban dynamics, Wildfire
The expertise of Planetek Hellas gathered from a monitoring and others.
in these 13 years of operations This know-how, combined with
has been gathered from a variety variety of activities the technological evolution of
of activities implemented, mainly, nowadays, the global trends of
in seven different projects for the implemented, mainly, Earth observation and the vision for
European Space Research Institute the future of the Planetek Group
of ESA (ESRIN) and in seven Space in international has given birth to Rheticus®, which
projects funded by the European is now the “locomotive” of Planetek
Commission through FP7 & projects” Hellas towards the global market.
HORIZON 2020. Planetek Hellas At the same time in Planetek Hellas

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we count always to our institutional with all the stakeholders of state-of-the-art satellite data
costumers, which come from a the Space sector in Greece, exploitation services and real life
variety of organizations in both both in the industry and in the problem solutions.
private and public sector, for academic sector. We were
which we work hard to provide founding members of the Space
Planetek Hellas website:
customized solution in the industries cluster and one of the
framework of bigger projects. first members of the Hellenic
We have done this for the Region Association of Space Companies.
of Epirus, for the Decentralized In Planetek Hellas, we are
Administration of Corfu and the confident that, despite the
Hellenic General Secretariat for difficulties of our times, we will
Research and Technology. continue our successful operations
Through these years of operation, from Greece, offering to our
we worked in close collaboration national and global costumers

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Free and open satellite data

en data usually refers licensing conditions for Copernicus, Today, Landsat 8 consistently
to information the a 2012 ESA study showed that an acquires high quality pictures over
public sector makes open access government policy the entire globe. The free and open
(or should make) available to ensure for satellite data is beneficial in the data policy is confirmed for Landsat
transparency and create business medium to long term. 9, to be launched in one year.
opportunities. A long-standing Copernicus, the European E.O.
problem for users is the lack of program, is much more ambitious
harmonisation and integration of We are talking than the Landsat initiative. Rather
databases. This is an issue with than a single satellite, Copernicus
geographical data too; an obstacle about environmental comes with several, to be launched
that the standardisation process of over many years: the Sentinels.
INSPIRE is slowly trying to solve. benefits, but also This is the name of the new family
Non-commercial satellite images of satellite missions designed
are the exception. Freely accessible economic specifically for the operational
and reusable, they have the needs of the Copernicus program.
characteristics that any data analyst i.e. an estimated 30 billion market Each Sentinel mission is based on a
dreams of: Earth observation data is and tens of thousands of new jobs constellation of two satellites to fulfil
usually available in standard formats, by 2030. revisit and coverage requirements,
no matter the area covered. It is The Americans did it first, it must and the different missions carry
frequently updated, of great quality be said. The breakthrough arrived a range of technologies, such as
and a reliable source of information: in 2008, when the US Geological radar and multi-spectral imaging
the best conditions to build a Survey (USGS) decided to open its instruments for land, ocean and
sustainable business. archive of Landsat satellite images atmospheric monitoring.
Just as the EC was discussing collected over forty years. In addition to data from the

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Sentinels, the Copernicus program
delivers the so-called Core
Services, that is, value-added geo-
information products, or thematic
maps on soils, seas, atmosphere,
climate change, emergency
management and security. The
European Environment Agency, for
instance, manages such a service: The output
of the Core Services is generally
available as open data too.
The major opportunity and
challenge of Copernicus is to
generate enough interest in the
development of useful, affordable
downstream services beyond
current capacities, services geared
to meet demand.
With the caveat that such services
should exploit, not only satellite
data, but also information and
other data available, such as all the Copernicus, the European Earth
data published by governments,
local authorities, private companies monitoring program
and even by individuals - just think
of OpenStreetMap, the free and Copernicus is the European and industries can benefit from the
openly licensed map of the world program for the collection of results of the program.
created entirely by volunteers. environmental information through The European Commission
The free and open data distribution Earth Observation (EO) data. This coordinates the Copernicus program.
policy of Copernicus aims to program, previously named GMES The European Space Agency is
promote the full adoption of (Global Monitoring for Environment responsible for the infrastructure
Earth observation technologies and Security) aims at providing for the space component and the
from Europe, in order to obtain information to EU Member States European Environmental Agency,
environmental benefits, but also on the status of the environment, with the cooperation of the European
economic effects. This involves a by integrating different data sources Member States, is responsible of the
perspective of sustainability for the such as EO and in situ data. in situ component.
space market in the next 30 years, Six are the main themes covered by Planetek Group operates mainly in
which is the rationale behind the the Copernicus Programme: land, the development and integration of
huge investments of Planetek in this water, atmosphere, climate change, Earth Observation data processing
area. emergency and security. For each chains, designed for the supply and
theme, many applications have distribution of user solutions derived
been analyzed, including territorial from optical and radar satellite data.
planning, agriculture, forestry, health, Planetek has also a great expertise
Euronews video transport, protected areas, civil in developing large-scale Spatial
“Copernicus: down-to-Earth opportunities for protection, and marine and coastal Data Infrastructures for managing
SMEs reaching for the stars” zones, among the others. multi-source data and user segment Copernicus users are the public elements.
authorities and planners who address
laws for environmental protection
Eurisy article and who act in case of emergency, Resources:
“Free and open satellite data” but also private citizens, businesses

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Towards automatic, user-defined updated knowledge of the
territory for continuous monitoring of the Earth changes

Decision-making processes needs made available in open data mode. continuous delivery of information
today more and more fast, updated, The Sentinels are of 6 different and analytics. Rheticus® is a
user defined and interoperable types. The Sentinels 1, 2 and 3 are cloud-based data and services hub
spatial information, in order to make already in orbit and are providing able to deliver Earth Observation
quick and aware decisions. images of the whole globe with a added-value products through
Earth observation has become over frequency of 6 days, if we consider automatic complex processes and,
the years a fundamental basis for the two Sentinel-1 satellites. if appropriate, a minimum interaction
decision-making in several areas, These frequently updated, reliable with human beings. Rheticus®
such as environmental protection, and of great quality source of provides timely information that fits
land use, disaster management or information are today a great the needs of a growing number
sustainable development. opportunity to offer value added of business applications. The
More and more, huge information is products and services to finals users. information is provided as a service
collected from multiple data sources This is what Planetek Italia made and includes maps, reports and
and is also free available to anyone by developing Rheticus®, its new geospatial indexes, designed to
as open data, such as the data cloud based geospatial information monitoring several phenomena.
of Copernicus Sentinels satellites, platform, switching from the data Territorial changes, urban
which the European Commission provision model, to the geospatial dynamics and land use changes,

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ground displacements, landslides Depending on the application, the summary information and user
and infrastructure stability, new service is provided on a monthly, friendly analysis tools, which
construction areas, wildfire burned up to a daily base. open users to a complete set of
areas or coastal sea waters quality. Subscribed users can access the information over the phenomena.
Accessing directly to open data information from multiple devices, Rheticus® guarantees always the
images (i.e. Copernicus Sentinel, such as personal computers, best quality-price ratio available on
Landsat 8 satellites), cartographic tablets & smartphones. Once the market, thanks to the use of
data and environmental information, logged in, users access to a open data, automatic processing
Rheticus® provides timely personal area which consist of a procedures and its cloud based
information over the chosen area. dashboard designed to display architecture.

Rheticus® Services
Rheticus® Displacement Rheticus® Urban Dynamics Rheticus® Oenoview
Identification of millimetric move- Urban dynamics monitoring provi- Vineyards monitoring and identifi-
ments of ground surface. Desig- ding insightful and purpose-built cation of bio-physical parameters
ned for the monitoring of infrastruc- contents in the field of smart cities. to support the improvement of the
ture stability and areas subject to It covers several continuous Earth productivity, the quality of wines
subsidence or landslides. monitoring fields ranging from and environment protection.
spatial planning to land use/land
Rheticus® Marine cover change monitoring, from soil Rheticus® Aquaculture
Monitoring of coastal water and consumption and imperviousness Farm monitoring and identifica-
freshwater quality and marine assessment to urban heat island tion of best harvesting and selling
resource exploitation. Designed to detection and urban sprawl. times for optimizing aquaculture
support the environmental repor- activities.
ting in compliance with EU “Marine Rheticus® Wildfires
Strategy” Directive. Burnt areas identification and clas-
sification. Detection of illegal land
Rheticus® Network Alert use and land cover changes, and
Monitoring water and sewer net- vegetation regrowth monitoring.
works for the detection of potential
failures linked to ground move- Rheticus® Safeway
ments and displacements and Timely identification of potential in-
for better organization of network stabilities and risks for transportation
inspections. infrastructures, such as railways, Monitoring the evolution of our Earth
roads, bridges and tunnels.

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Striving for excellence in
Earth observation services
The Copernicus program is today are not in position to combine them of the “EUGENIUS network”.
at a cornerstone. with their existing geo-information These regional hubs shall deliver
The Sentinel satellites are being systems. services in the following domains:
deployed. Their images, associated A group of five SMEs (TerraNIS, • Urbanization monitoring and
with Third Party missions’ data Spacebel, Planetek, Terraspatium management (densification,
are being used for delivering and Sertit), supported by a preservation of rural and
Copernicus core services results consulting firm specialized in “green” areas, transportation
(at global, European, and regional Space market innovation and means, etc.)
levels). organization (Cap High Tech), is • Agriculture areas and activities
The European entities (EEA, proposing to provide the regional (crop monitoring, crop
ECMWF, EMSA , etc.) and the institutional and commercial identification and classification,
scientific community are starting to users with operational information potential yield assessment,
use operationally these data and services. These services will take water resources and irrigation,
the results for a better knowledge the highest benefit from Copernicus etc.)
and understanding of the key land- outputs, for territory monitoring and • Forest monitoring (surfaces,
cover stakes and environmental management. trees species classification,
monitoring. These SMEs have decided to put exploitation status, etc.)
Nevertheless, the regional actors in common their complementary • assessing and monitoring some
who are responsible for managing skills and products, in the frame natural risks at regional levels
(at least partially) land-cover and of a dedicated association (called (flooding, landslides and water
natural resources policies have still EUGENIUS). They will implement quality).
difficulties to get access to these “regional hubs” (Geo-information
data and information, and moreover platforms) building the first instance The Eugenius project (European

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Group of Enterprises for a Network
of Information using Space) aims FAST4MAP
at creating a network of SMEs
distributed across the different
Fast & Advanced SAR Techniques for
European regions in order to deliver Monitoring & Alerting Processes
geo-information services in the
regions where they are located. FAST4MAP is a project funded accurately measure millimetric soil
The overall objective of Eugenius by ASI aimed at establishing a displacements in correspondence
project is: geospatial service for landslides of those targets on the ground
• To develop a viable market and floods monitoring based (PS - Persistent Scatters and DS
based on EO services for on SAR data. This service uses - Distributed Scatters) that have
different thematic domains mainly Sentinel 1A/B products a high temporal coherence radar.
linked to territories management for continuous monitoring of The processing chain provides
(Urbanization, Agriculture, areas at high risk of landslides or integration between PS and DS
Forestry, etc.) in several flooding, using COSMO-SkyMed techniques (integration of Spinua-PS
European regions (CSK) data (and simulated and DARIS-DS techniques) and will
• To build up a network of COSMO-SkyMed Second exploit mainly Interferometric Wide
replicable and generic Generation (CSG) data or real Swath data provided by Sentinel
processing and archiving if available) at higher resolution 1 mission and Stripmap, Spotlight
platforms to ensure regular for event based analysis (danger data provided by Cosmo-SkyMed.
access to the Copernicus data situation or alert prediction)
and core services results, and by accessing the modality The MTI techniques are based
able to support collaborative of planning and acquisition on complex algorithms, whose
actions among them in emergency situations as configuration and execution
• To push for making applicative provided for CSK mission. are typically offloaded to expert
tools able to generate operators, who can recognize and
“industrialized” end products. This service is based on also manage abnormal situations
capability to measure due to particular noise conditions or
displacement from SAR in the presence of artefacts. In case
Resources: interferometric data. In of FAST4MAP, the processing chain particular, the techniques Multi- SPINUA-DARIS is fully automatic.
en.html Temporal InSAR (MTI) allow to
Moreover, to speed up the
processing, very heavy from the
computational point of view, some
processing algorithms exploit
massive parallelism of GPU;
therefore some code running on
standard HW architecture CPU
based, is re-written by kernels
running on GPUs and considering a
hybrid architecture host-device.

This allows a compact architecture

that can be easily moved in
proximity of the data and with a best
speed ratio than more traditional
computing server.


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Supporting EU and local
directives in coastal areas
nitoring of Water WQ measurements from Earth other local information.
Quality (WQ) in Observation (EO) is a common This service is now part of the
coastal areas is of practices based on past (ENVISAT), Planetek offer and is called Rheticus®
concern to many human activities present (AQUA, TERRA, VIIRS) and Marine. Among the first customers,
in terms of economic benefits, or recent (Sentinel-3) missions, but up there is the Province of Thesprotia
impact on the marine ecosystem. to now they lack in spatial details (Region of Epirus, Greece), which,
The European Union issued the (ranging between 300m and 1km) through the SAIMON project, part of
Water Framework Directive (WFD) and accuracy in the proximity of the the “GREECE-ALBANIA IPA Cross
and the Marine Strategy Framework shoreline, which prevents them to be Border Programme 2007-2013”,
Directive (MSFD) to foster the correct a concrete support for coastal areas aims to establish a Near Real Time
management and monitoring of monitoring.
and continuous satellite monitoring
coastal waters and nearby open sea. Planetek set up an operational
network for the eutrophication risk
In most cases the Member States service, intended as continuous
over the total eligible marine area
implemented such directives into access for the user to information,
of interest for the program. The
their respective National legislation such as accurate and spatially
information will be available via the
by appointing a central institute for enhanced WQ measurements
internet to the citizens, the scientific
coordination and reporting to EU (chlorophyll, water transparency and
community and the responsible
and by assigning the monitoring turbidity), as response to the need
to local environmental authorities/ of local authorities to monitor and authorities.
agencies. provide reporting in accordance to The evolution of the service is being
Italy is an example of that, where the the above mentioned directives. implemented in the context of the
measurement of the WQ parameters The service - experimented in ESA Coastal Thematic Exploitation
is demanded to regional authorities the context of the Integrated Platform (C-TEP) project, where the
(ARPA), which perform regular Coastal Water Management for interaction of Rheticus® (child C-TEP)
sampling campaigns at sea, and are Mediterranean (ICWM for MED) with the central C-TEP processing
coordinated at national level by a project, funded by ESA under the node (mother C-TEP) brings to
central institute (ISPRA) appointed ARETS 20 Integrated Application a further extension of the overall
by the Environment Ministry. Such Programme – relies on Rheticus®, service capabilities following the Big
practices, however, are expensive the Planetek’s cloud-based data and Data paradigm.
and the frequency and the area services hub, designed to deliver
covered by the campaigns are products through complex automatic
limited and need to be integrated by processes which integrate EO data, Resources:
other means. real time in situ measurements and

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Satellite near real-time monitoring of
marine waters
SAIMON (SAtellIte Near Real planned, so as to come up with clear collaboration at a high level between
Time MOnitoring Network of the proposed indications for actions, the two countries and lead the bilateral
Eutrophication Risk) is a Near towards the responsible authorities, relations towards finding solutions for
Real Time and continuous satellite in a way that will permit to better common problems, by implementing a
monitoring network for costal address the common problem of the coordinated environmental protection
waters of the province Thesprotia eutrophication risk in the marine areas. action targeted to the eutrophication
(Region of Epirus, Greece). It The costumer of Planetek Hellas was risk. On the same hand, the outputs of
established a service for monitoring the Water Directorate Epirus of the the project will help the partners from
the eutrophication risk over the total Decentralized Administration of Epirus the Greek side to comply better with
eligible marine area of province of & Western Macedonia. The Water the EC relevant directives on Waters
Thesprotia, which is available via the Directorate implemented the service and Marine Strategy.
internet to the citizens, the scientific in the framework of an collaboration
community and the responsible project funded by the INTERREG
authorities. For the needs of the Greece-Albania Cooperation Resources:
project, on site data collection is Program. SAIMON aims to establish

Coastal Thematic Exploitation Platform

ESA project C-TEP (Coastal Thematic community. The developments within which the Rheticus® discovery and
Exploitation Platform), addresses the the project represent an innovative download clients can interact to
coastal theme in the context of the solution, designed to achieve an automatically retrieve data of interest,
Thematic Exploitation Platform initiative, improved coastal water quality service filtering discovered results on the
whose purpose is to exploit EO Big by integrating INSPIRE data in the basis of the spatial theme of interest
Data for the provision of a set of data processing chain operated through and other attributes specified by the
and tools for thematic communities Rheticus® in the context of the C-TEP standard metadata format. Once
of users. This objective is achieved infrastructure. Ancillary data, in fact, downloaded, the standard format of
by means of a widely distributed are necessary in order to improve the INSPIRE data enables the automatic
architecture, which envisages the quality of the results of the application, processing capabilities of the Rheticus®
cooperation among a mother C-TEP and the INSPIRE data perfectly fit with data fusion processor.
platform and other children C-TEPs. In this purpose and with the Rheticus®
the overall architecture, Rheticus® plays operational concept. INSPIRE
the role of child C-TEP, serving specific data, in fact, are published through Resources:
needs of the Mediterranean users’ interoperable network services, with

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Forest fires monitoring and
prevention from Space
Each year thousand of hectares of natural resources and in particular of parameters, which describe the
agricultural and wooded surface woods and forests. dryness state of the atmosphere and
are destroyed by fires due to of the biomass based on climatic
natural, fraudulent and accidental NFOFRAS time series. The regular satellite
causes, with high costs in terms The National Forest Fires Risk observation products from the new
of human lives and ecosystem. Assessment System (NFOFRAS) in system of meteorological satellites
Earth observation and Geographic Greece is an ongoing collaborative of EUMETSAT will ensure the
Information Systems are operational research program for the continuous enrichment of the national
tools of fundamental importance development and continuous database.
in the risk prevention& (seismic, upgrading of a unified assessment
hydrogeological and fire risk). Satellite system which estimates the annual HOLISTIC
images represent an important dryness of forest biomass based on Reducing the number and the impact
information source to monitor climatic behavior of the atmosphere of forest fires, protecting people,
emergencies, to quantify the risks, all year round and in particular in natural environment and properties,
to detect fires and to estimate the “wet climatic period” . Planetek and promoting fire prevention
the damages. This information Hellas leads a consortium of partners among rural communities in Adriatic
is essential both for the Public including the ATHENA Research regions: these are the purposes
Administration involved and for the Center/Space Programmes Unit, of the Holistic projects, realized by
insurance companies that deal with Geosystems Hellas and the Hellenic Planetek Hellas for the Decentralised
this kind of risks. National Meteorological Service. Administration of Peloponnese,
The Planetek Group is involved The NFOFRAS project provides Western Greece & Ionian with the
in several initiatives aiming at the for the development of a national support of Region of Ionian Islands.
safeguard and management of database for Greece of all climate Furthermore, the project provides

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actions related to earthquakes risk village eco-tourism.
aimed at establishing a permanent Benefits of Holistic Forest Fire
instrument for preventing, controlling Protection model are in all forest fire
and managing strategic public stages: Before Fire, During Fire and
buildings from earthquakes’ damage protection and prevision measures, After Fire.
risk. The general strategic objective economic use of biomass, Strategic buildings’ Earthquake
is the prevention and mitigation tourism and recreation, based on risk assessment, prevention and
of the natural risks, with special advanced forest fire monitoring monitoring aims to establish
focus on wildfire risks, through system conceived of a network of instruments for monitoring Strategic
the improvement, promotion automatic video surveillance and Public Buildings (SPBs) (D.G.R. n.
and strengthening of institutional meteorological monitoring stations,
438), from earthquakes’ damage
capabilities in implementing policies, supported by advanced regional
risks and develop joint proposals
procedures and coordination systems for micro-location forest
for legislative and institutional
mechanisms aiming at reducing the fire risk indices calculation and
regulations for SPBs’ protection,
causes of potential start of natural simulation of forest fire propagation
based on the “protection of SPBs
breakdown as well as at improving and behaviour.
the prevention and mitigation from earthquake’s risks”.
Organised system for collection
activity. of forest looping after forest fire The action focuses on the monitoring
Forest fires represent a constant thinning and clearing, its cutting of changes in SPBs’ vulnerability
threat to ecological systems, and finally its use as a commercial over a defined time period, due to
infrastructure, economy and biomass fuel in communal district the natural degradation of material
human lives. It is then necessary to heating and cogeneration plants, or properties and cumulative damage
undertake joint actions towards the in individual heating system of public from continuous low-level seismic
increase in the level of protection buildings. Furthermore, it includes activity in the two areas.
against forest fires. The Holistic the systematic clearance of forest
approach to forest fire prevention corridors as not only easy access
is based on two topics, trying routes for firefighters, but also as Resources:
to integrate advanced forest fire routes for sport, recreation and

Fire Mapper:
satellite burned area detection
Need to identify the areas affected by Developed using the geoprocessing tools areas affected
forest fires in a simple and automatic of the Hexagon Geospatial software suite, by fire, by means
way? By exploiting the free and open IMAGINE Fire Mapper can be easily used of an automatic
Sentinel-2 and Landsat-8 satellite images, even by operators without experience in change detection
IMAGINE Fire Mapper makes the burnt remote sensing. Simply choose the two features.
area mapping quick and easy. satellite images of the area of interest
(before and after the fire event), then just The automated procedure for the
click the button to launch the automated delimitation of the areas covered by
workflow, and finally save the shapefile of IMAGINE Fire Mapper is implemented
the burned areas. using the modeling tools and
geoprocessing made available by the
The tool, also available on-line as a Hexagon Geospatial Spatial Modeler, with
Hexagon Smart M.App, allows monitoring automated workflows.
the burnt areas over time by providing
relevant information about the state of
vegetation and the appearance of new Risorse:
constructions or substantial changes in

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Soil sealing satellite
detection services
The European Environment Agency recently published, regarding the soil the Imperviousness and forest map
(EEA) describes soil sealing as the sealing in Italy, more than 4 square in Southern Europe, for a total of
covering of the soil surface with meters of soil per second are lost in 1.202.046 square kilometers, of
materials like concrete and stone, Italy as a result of soil sealing. 11 nations: Albania, Bosnia and
as a result of new buildings, roads, At European level, the EEA has Herzegovina, Croatia, Cyprus,
parking places but also other public started since 2006 the mapping Greece, Italy, Kosovo, Montenegro,
and private space. The main drivers of sealed areas for the whole of Malta, Portugal (incl. the Azores and
for soil sealing are related to urban European territory, covering an area Madeira), Spain (incl. Baleares and
sprawl and transport infrastructure, of ​​over 5.8 million square kilometers Canaries).
which occur as a result of increasing with the help of satellite data, In 2014, ISPRA was in charge
populations. Depending on its within the Copernicus programme. for the thematic and geometric
degree, soil sealing reduces or most The resulting product is the raster
likely completely prevents natural soil dataset of built-up areas and not,
functions and ecosystem services on including the degree of soil sealing in
the area concerned. full spatial resolution (20m x 20m).
Impervious areas (covering This activity was repeated in 2009
the ground with an artificial, and 2012.
impermeable material) is one of the Planetek Italia’s experience in
main causes of soil degradation in imperviousness products started
the EU. in 2006 with the precursor geo-
The study and monitoring of soil information imperviousness service
sealing is extremely important in within the Copernicus initiative. The
order to understand the irreversible first update of the imperviousness
loss of the ecological functions of layer was done in 2009 in the frame
soil and to mitigate its effects. of the geoland2 FP7 research
According to the Italian National project.
Institute for Environmental Protection In 2012, the company lead the
and Research (ISPRA) research consortium for the production of

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improvement of the 20 m product
over Italy.
A new semi-automatic procedure
has been set up based on the
integration of the European 20 m
product with a re-elaboration of the
full resolution (5 m) input RapidEye
images and the inclusion of regional
and open source ancillary data.
With respect to the European scale,
the higher spatial resolution data
allowed the classification of minor extraction (including buildings, roads land monitoring services, using
sealed soil elements (including road and infrastructures) and, at a later Sentinel-2 satellite data at 10 meters
and railway network) contributing for time, the Imperviousness layer were resolution.
about 20% to the total amount of used for the production of a new The new information layer has been
sealed soil in Italy. version of the same layer, for Italy, at produced through the change
Based on the resulting enhanced a better spatial resolution of 5 meters. detection analysis between the
product and integrating them with ISPRA used the new layer to derive cartography already produced by
historical data, the different trends of analysis of the soil consumption at ISPRA in the previous year, with
imperviousness levels were reported, national and local level. a resolution of 5 meters, and the
through the use of geospatial The advent of the new Copernicus Sentinel-2A coverage for the year
indexes and ISPRA produced for Sentinel missions, with their free 2015.
Italy a set of environmental indicators and open access policy, has then The comparison between the
at national, regional and up to the changed the methodologies and dataset allowed identifying significant
local (e.g. municipal) scale. the philosophy of the production changes of the land cover in terms
All these methodologies can of the five HR layers. Planetek of variations of its artificial coverage.
be easily used with submetrical has developed new procedures The methodology of analysis could
resolution satellite imagery to combining the SAR and optical data benefit from the wide availability
produce soil sealing maps, which coming from the Sentinel missions, of Sentinel-2A data, whose multi-
fits perfectly with the needs of urban giving support to ISPRA for the temporal coverages of the territory
planning at municipal level. production of the 2016 Italian report benefits the quality of the change
The Italian 5 m resolution of soil loss. detection process.
Imperviousness layer is the first The production of the national
example of reuse at national level map of land use is based on the
of Copernicus core downstream improvement of the geometric and Risorse:
services, which Planetek Italia temporal resolution of Copernicus
realized in 2015 for the Italian
National Institute for Environmental
Protection and Research (ISPRA).
At European level, Copernicus
Land operational project, in GIO-
land, produced several land cover
dataset using satellite images. In
the framework of the pan-European
component of the project, in 2012
five high resolution layers (HRL)
have been produced, regarding five
land cover classes on 39 European
countries (32 EEA members
countries plus six Balkan countries
and Turkey).
Among them, Planetek Italia has
provided a service for sealed area

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Protecting nature from
Ecosystems and biodiversity authorities to take appropriate
are under growing threat from action.
human activities and the negative The aim of the ‘Biodiversity multi-
environmental impacts they source monitoring system: From
produce. These impacts may occur space to species’ (BIO_SOS)
in the period between when an area project was to develop an
is chosen to become a protected ecological modelling system. The
site and when it is actually made so. system will be used for monitoring
During this time, these areas may NATURA 2000 sites and their
be subject to forest fires, logging, surrounding areas, which are
mining, poaching or spillage of exposed to a range of pressures.
waste. The cumulative effect of NATURA 2000 is a network of
such localised activities can lead nature protection networks within
to habitat loss and fragmentation. the EU.
However, changes in the local Named ‘Earth observation data for initiatives (GEOSS, Copernicus,
environment can be detected habitat monitoring’ (EODHAM), the INSPIRE). Researchers assessed
remotely, using Earth observation proposed system complies with study areas in three Mediterranean
(EO) technologies, thereby enabling other EO and global monitoring and two western European

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countries. Additional areas were
considered in Brazil and India where
the NATURA 2000 network does
not exist. However, both countries
would benefit from an advanced
monitoring system for biodiversity
A key challenge was to develop a
cost-effective system for monitoring
changes in land cover within and
along the borders of affected areas.
Therefore, project partners used
high spatial and hyper-spectral
resolution EO data-understanding
techniques to generate land cover
and land change maps.
Researchers also developed a habitat maps. The maps were and improve conservation of natural
modelling framework at both the used for developing biodiversity resources. The EODHAM system
habitat and landscape level to indicators and for assessing and will also help reporting for the
combine EO and in situ data for predicting the impact that human Convention of Biological Diversity,
activities may have on biodiversity. the European Biodiversity Strategy
BIO_SOS has resulted in and the Habitat Directive.
advances in technical know-how BIO_SOS was a FP7 funded project
and provided operational open coordinated by CNR-ISSIA, Italy.
source tools for site managers,
researchers and policymakers. This
has enabled them to implement Resources:
adaptive management strategies

Sustainable water management

Development of a sustainable water the environment on water management in rural areas
management system in areas affected by and in particular and water bodies. The frequent image
fluoride contamination in water, soil and on the water acquisitions ensured by the different
food in the African Rift Valley (Ethiopia, resources. satellite constellations, allow to monitor
Kenya and Tanzania). Planetek is in specific land cover changes: whenever
Focusing on innovative technologies and charge for the detailed information are required on
practices and taking into account local development of specific areas, commercial satellite data
experiences, FLOWERED implements automatic Remote Sensing classification with sub-metric spatial resolution are
an integrated water and agriculture algorithms in order to derive surface acquired and processed. Project data may
management system and enables local features. The free and open access be accessed through a web platform for
communities to manage water resources, satellite data from Copernicus Sentinel, data sharing, supporting the interlinking of
starting from using efficient defluoridation Landsat and MODIS, contribute to the open data based on common ontologies.
techniques and applying sustainable creation of an environmental knowledge in
agricultural practices. the three test sites of the project located
In FLOWERED, the aim is to contribute along the Rift Valley. Land use maps and Resources:
to the knowledge of the land use, as a Surface soil moisture maps are based
main component of the human impact on on local features and mainly focused

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How we do prevent
environmental crimes
Tools, procedures and infrastructures solutions to increase the
control and the intervention capacity on the territory

legal building, misuse of
natural resources and other
environmental abuses are just
some of the elements that lead
municipal governments to pay
attention to human activities that
involve changes of the territory and
threats to human health. To keep
track of the progressive changes
of the territory, and to avoid the
risks associated with environmental
crimes, Planetek Italia has set up
a set of tools, procedures and
infrastructure solutions, aimed
at implementing an Integrated
Environmental Crime Prevention
This integrated service, for the
monitoring and prevention of urban risks, or the city of Giugliano in Those new information can be
and environmental crimes, allows Campania, epicenter of an area with compared with geocoded records
the analysis and the control of the important issues of environmental and reports, in order to provide
urbanization and the impact of other significance), supports decision information for the planning of
human activities in the urban area. making and intervention strategies interventions, and to manage
Through the use of satellite through workflows accessible via afterwards the results of the actions
imagery, sensors, cameras and a Web platform (Smart Client) by taken.
web reporting tools for citizens, and a potentially unlimited number of This approach increases the level of
thanks to the support of geospatial users. control of the territory, the capacity
intelligence, we enable operators The workflow is oriented to the and resources of local operators
of the municipality and the Police maximum ease of use. Using committed to a continuous control
to get a quick acknowledge of the Geospatial Intelligence softwares, of the territory, whose presence and
phenomena related to their areas, to base maps, Earth observation intervention is the best deterrent for
process information, and to identify data collected on a regular basis environmental crimes, and provides
priority. All this in a very short time , and other information sources citizens important resources for their
enabling quick actions and effective accessible through the integration active participation in the policies for
interventions. with external systems (such as, for land conservation and prevention of
Those services, already adopted example, the Information System environmental crimes.
by several municipalities in Italy for the Environmental Protection
(eg. the city of Canosa di Puglia, of the Italian police), the operators
in a land very attentive to the issue can update cartographic themes Resources:
of prevention of environmental dedicated to the land monitoring.

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Earth observation to support the United Nations peacekeeping
The EO Data Fusion for UN the UN DFS duties and mature
(United Nations) project was an enough to allow the roll out for
ESA funded project within the operational utilization.
VAE program. The Consortium • To deliver pre-operational
developing the project was products and services by
composed of Planetek Hellas means of real use-case service
(Prime) and IRIDA Labs (GR). trials and also to transfer
The goal of the project was to capabilities to UN DFS, with
exploit and improve current the aim of improving the
advanced EO Fusion techniques awareness and understanding
involving the more recent EO of the associated benefits and
data (both radar and optical) impacts. This in turn, is meant
to derive information products/ to favor the evaluation of a
services which can give a relevant full operational utilization and
contribution to the enhancement of procurement for the benefit of
the existing users’ capabilities. the similar type of agencies and
The scenario was about supporting EO value added industry sector.
the UN Department of Field • To validate and qualify the
Support (UN DFS) involved in products and service deliver
peacekeeping missions around the and to evaluate the service
globe. utility and success.
Within this scenario, the project • To obtain from UN DFS clear
aimed at demonstrating the and realistic evaluation and
usefulness of the EO derived prospects concerning the utility
products/services and the concrete of the products and services
possibility to transfer them to the delivered within the project.
Users operational environment with • To elaborate a roadmap and
little additional development effort a plan to transfer to a fully
thanks to the activities performed operational service.
within this project.
The main objectives of the project:
• To demonstrate and validate Resources:
the capability of delivering
prototype EO based products
and services able to support

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Hexagon Geospatial
Planetek Italia is the Premium Partner of Hexagon Geospatial in Italy. We
work alongside the partners of our national channel to ensure we succeed
together. We provide platforms, products, and support to system integrators
and IT companies, so that they may successfully deliver sophisticated
solutions for their customers. Our software portfolio combines the best
photogrammetry, remote sensing, GIS and cartography technologies
available. Flowing seamlessly from the desktop to server-based and
cloud-based solutions, these technologies specialize in data organization,
automated geoprocessing, SDIs, workflow optimization, web editing, and
web mapping.
We provide solutions based on the Hexagon Geospatial technology to
exploit the value of geospatial data through all phases of data life cycle
from acquisition, storage, management up to analysis and sharing. As
member of the Hexagon Geospatial Developer Network (HGDN), we support
solutions built on top of Hexagon Geospatial software for custom projects or
commercial resale.

The Power Portfolio organizes Hexagon Smart M.App is a simple to

Hexagon Geospatial’s products use cloud-based platform, that any
into suites, combining the best organization or freelance developer
photogrammetry, remote sensing, can use to build lightweight and
GIS and cartography technologies dynamic applications, targeted to
available. Hexagon Geospatial’s solve a specific problem. Hexagon
Power Portfolio enables you to Smart M.Apps are map applications
understand change and derive that solve real business problems,
information you need to make combining content, business
mission and business critical workflows, geoprocessing and
decisions. With creative and intuitive analytics, fused together into a single
interfaces, smart workflows, and application, to produce powerful
automated technologies, the Power visualizations and a dynamic user
Portfolio enables you to transform experience.
multi-source content into actionable Through the M.App Portfolio,
information. our partners have the ability to
The Producer, Provider & Platform design, build, and deploy their own
suites contain globally-recognized Hexagon Smart M.Apps, using core
software products: ERDAS Imagine, technologies that our customers
ER Mapper, GeoMedia, GeoMedia know and trust.
Smart Client, GeoMedia WebMap, Our network of Hexagon Geospatial
ERDAS APOLLO, Geospatial SDI partners are already working
and Mobile MapWorks. with customers worldwide to
develop Hexagon Smart M.Apps
that leverage these technological
Resources: strengths, simplifying and customising the experience for their

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Spatial Data Infrastructures
on the Cloud
New paradigms for the sharing of geospatial knowledge

To develop an innovative Cloud-

based platform to streamline the
management workflow of the territorial
knowledge in the Campania Region:
this was the aim of I.TER Campania
infrastructure, implemented by
Planetek Italia, in collaboration with
AlmavivA and Trilogis, to support
decisions and publish regional
This project has made available
to the regional departments and
authorities an innovative Cloud
based technology, which allowed the
different offices to geo-localize their
services and share them easily, with
intuitive mapping tools.
I.TER Campania has the role of
aggregator and Data Hub of all
information related to the entities regional offices. be directly overlapped with other
related to the physical, natural and The application platform is based information, achieving an overall
anthropogenic territory (e.g. buildings, on the Cloud Computing paradigm representation of entities and regional
rivers, roads), and the events in its declination of Software as a events. This, on the one hand, extends
occurring in the area (e.g. works, Service (SaaS). The realization of and enriches the knowledge residing
fires, interventions, landslides, floods), the project required that information in the individual systems, according
with their geographical location. By layers produced and updated by to a paradigm of rationalization of
primarily using geospatial data as each department, thanks to the tools information and investment; on the
baseline, this approach facilitates available on the regional cloud, can other hand, it creates an updated,
the knowledge and the governance shared and interoperable geographic
of the territory, and the progressive registry of regional location entities
realization of value-added services, and local events. The main difference,
that can be a factor of regional compared to common GIS, even
economic development. federated, lies in the possibility
I.TER Campania is the unique offered by I.TER Campania to provide
platform for the management of end-users, on the Cloud, a series of
spatial knowledge of the region, hand-key SW applications, accessible
integrating the DB with information in a SaaS mode, thus reducing the
and geo-resources, obtained directly amount of investment needed.
by the agencies and offices in charge
of land management, and related to Risorse:
the different application field of the

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The INSPIRE Geoportal
Rich user experience across member states’ services

The INSPIRE Geoportal is of member states’ national

designed to be the unique geoportals implementations
access point to global European through the adoption of open
environment geoinformation standards and open source
resources shared and made products. The INSPIRE Geoportal
available by all member states will further provide access to the
within the framework of the services of non-member states
“Infrastructure for Spatial that have taken the initiative to
Information in the European implement INSPIRE compliant
Community” (INSPIRE) Directive. services.
The main objective of this project The new portal’s functionalities Geoportal’s view and download
is to provide the operational enable to perform cross-country capabilities and share findings and
version of the INSPIRE Geoportal and cross-language searches information of interest within the
at European level, including through the entire INSPIRE Geoportal’s community.
integration interfaces for discovery, ecosystem. Through iterative
view and download services refinements of results and cross-
from member state portals and border combination of datasets, Resources and video:
thus to foster the harmonization the users then easily exploit the

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eENVplus environmental monitoring and border/languages barriers.
eEnvironmental services for reporting requested by the eENVplus provides not only the
advanced applications within European, national and local ICT infrastructure but also the
INSPIRE policies. documentation and support to
The aim of this European ensure delivery of an operational
This will be achieved through the
Commission funded project is infrastructure and which can
harmonisation and integration,
to integrate a large amount of become profitable, based on a
within an operational framework,
environmental data provided by the well-defined organisational model
National/Regional Environmental of existing services resulting from
and a tutored training framework
Agencies and other public and previous European initiatives
private environmental stakeholders (funded projects, good practices,
involved. This is necessary EU/national/local experiences) and Resources:
to answer to the requests for it will allow overcaming of cross-

Awards from the INSPIRE Community

The solutions developed by Planetek the Geoportal of the Region Emilia the developments made by Planetek
for the European INSPIRE Geoportal Romagna. Italia and lat/lon in the frame of
and for the Geoportal of the Emilia During the INSPIRE Conference the “Development of the technical
Romagna Region have been 2013 Planetek Italia has been components of the INSPIRE
awarded by a panel of INSPIRE assigned the award for Academic Geoportal at European Level”.
experts during the last INSPIRE Excellence and Innovation in INSPIRE
conferences. for the innovative activities in the field
During the INSPIRE Conference of INSPIRE and SDI development.
2014 in Aalborg, Planetek was This award, promoted by
awarded the “smeSPIRE Challenge the Technical Committee “of
Award” in the session “Best the European Committee for
Practices for INSPIRE” presenting Standardization, CEN/TC 287, has
its GetLOD solution developed for been assigned for innovative parts of

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Linked Open Geographic
Data for Enhanced Spatial
Data Infrastructures
e publication of spatial services (WFS, CSW etc) provided LOD4SDI is designed as an
data as Linked Open by Spatial Data Infrastructures extension that can be integrated
Data (LOD) facilitates as input data. The system was into existing SDI platforms and,
their aggregation, processing implemented with the aim of thanks to its compliance to
and analysis with other data and publishing the ISPRA geographic INSPIRE standards, can be used
maximizes the value of geographic data on the web as LOD and making with any system adopting these
information. Thanks to their open them available in an open way and standards. As a great advantage,
and standardized format, LOD can usable efficiently and transparently. no adjustment is then needed to
be accessed and reused by any
computer application and can be
crossed and linked automatically
with other heterogeneous
information, without any human
intervention, but simply with machine
to machine (M2M) operations.
To ensure the web publication of
its own geospatial data as open
and linkable data, ISPRA (the Italian
Institute for Environmental Protection
and Research) adopted LOD4SDI, a
solution developed by Planetek Italia
that automatically generate LOD,
according to the standard RDF/XML,
using the cartographic web OGC®

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the infrastructure that receives it. published on the Web and their full
LOD4SDI is the bridge between the accessibility for anyone who wants
INSPIRE GeoData and the INSPIRE to access, extract, download in
Ontologies, improving the SDI with various formats, and cross data with
a new access channel based on the other linked data available.
Sparql End-Point. Is a solution developed by Planetek
The LOD4SDI’s workflow can Italia that meets the needs of the
automatically manage the geospatial Italian Public Administrations to
data, generate the RDF/XML through share their open data, in compliance such standards.
Ontologies, store the LOD in the with European PSI (Public Sector The infrastructure that integrates
Triple Store DataBase and publish a Information) Directive on the LOD4SDI does not need any
Sparql End Point. By using several transparency of the information of modification. LOD4SDI is able to
Ontologies, LOD4SDI becomes an public interest. automatically generate Linked Open
essential element of an SDI. Data (LOD) according to the RDF /
The reference data used by ISPRA
in its first implementation are the
The Open Data XML standard, using the cartographic
web services OGC (WFS, CSW,
European Corine Land Cover
2006 and 2012. The ontologies
is a key element in etc.) provided by Spatial Data
Infrastructures (SDI) as input data.
considered are those already
known and widely accepted of the
the Open Government LOD4SDI makes possible a full
standardization of open data, their
harmonISA project, which define
the semantic descriptions of use of
strategies indexing on search engines and their
connection with other open data
the territory and categories of land critical to foster greater administrative published on the Web. Thanks to
cover. LOD4SDI is also designed in transparency in action, the active LOD4SDI, data can be extracted,
view of the update the Corine using participation of citizens in decision- downloaded in various formats
the Copernicus data. making processes. and crossed with other linked data
Thanks to LOD4SDI several LOD4SDI is designed as an extension available on the LOD cloud.
advantages are achievable: a full to be integrated in existing SDI
standardization of open data, their platforms and, thanks to its full
indexing on search engines, their compliance with INSPIRE standards, Resources:
connection with other open data for use by any system that adopts

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Increasing targeting
information accuracy with
3D coordinates
Innovative algorithms to improve information accuracy from
RADAR satellites.

e geospatial intelligence research projects at national and the targeting operational activities
(geospatial information, international level. of the Italian FFAA. To increase the
satellite data and Multisource 3D IMagery INTelligence performances of targeting activities,
positioning systems) is a key 3D IMINT: design and an extensive and innovative use
resource in many application implementation of a computer of remote sensing data and new
relevant for citizen security, system able to support the targeting generation of elaboration algorithms
humanitarian operation, peace activities of the Italian Armed Forces. was introduced. A computer
keeping operation. Getting the maximum detail from system integrates innovative IMINT
Planetek Italia is actively involved in imagery and from geoinformation methodologies into a sophisticated
dual mission studies - whose results data is crucial for Imagery process, resulting in a significant
produce advantages both in civil and intelligence activities. The aim of improvement in the accurate
military sector - and citizen security the 3D IMINT project is to support recognition and classification of

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targets, by using, among others, updating and accessibility of the
accurate 3D coordinates. Key data; the integration of different
elements of the project are the types of data through data fusion
adoption of the 3rd dimension to techniques; the automation of
increase information accuracy; the the entire process with benefits
extraction of Ground Control Points in terms of time and cost saving;
from Satellite RADAR data, archived the introduction of standardized
in a global catalog, to increase e-learning systems.
military operations accuracy; the
management of geo-information Resources:
assets through proper storage,

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created by Hexagon Geospatial, while enabling significant savings
which provides to defense in costs.

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Improving Civil and
Construction Workflows
with EO data
en an engineering the achievement of many correlated support. Cooperating with other
company approaches purposes: reducing the impact on the technologies based on aerial/UAV/
the phases of planning environment, optimizing investments, lidar surveys and measurement
and design of an on-shore or off- limiting maintenance and management campaigns of environmental and
shore infrastructure, from railways to duties. cartographic features, satellites allow
pipelines, from highways to dams, it The availability of this kind of for the improvement in the relationship
must take care of the environment it information, updated and accurate, between performances and costs,
will serve, considering different points is not always guaranteed in difficult to reducing the time needed to acquire
of view. reach areas. Operating in this area, the information.
Updated cartographic and performing ground surveys or using Modern satellite sensors, capable of
topographic information like land aerial sensors can be costly and acquiring Earth data quickly worldwide,
use and coverage, soil composition difficult to realize. give the chance to obtain updated
and orography set up the bases for The analysis of satellite remotely pictures of the environmental situation
a modern design. The use of these sensed images proposes itself as with resolutions, accuracies and costs
instruments gives architects and a new frontier in the field of design that can vary according to the project’s
engineers the possibility to evaluate and environmental monitoring requirements.
the morphology of the area, the Satellite image datasets can be
impact of construction activities used not only as a reference layer
on environmental dynamics, the for environmental assessments and
possible future coexistence between preliminary infrastructure design,
works and neighbouring areas. All but also to create added value
of these activities contribute towards services and data, obtained by

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merging different sources through it is possible to evaluate the shape
automatic and photo-interpretation and distribution of shadows knowing
processing techniques, useful for the sun’s position; to estimate the
supporting engineering companies possible impact of flooding on a valley
in their activities. This is done using or a town; to quantify digging activities
their radiometric content, in terms during works and excavations; to
of reflected energy from the ground, model mass movements; to simulate
and their spatial content, in terms of flights and disaster recognitions, and
distribution and shape of the objects much more.
positioned on the ground. This kind of data can greatly support
An example of added value data engineering companies in a variety of
obtained from satellite imagery is a activities, which cover preliminary and
digital elevation model, commonly feasibility studies, infrastructure design
referred to as DEM, which reproduce and monitoring, and the study of
the orography of an area in digital transformations in the environment.
The innovation represented by
formats, thus allowing virtual 3D
satellites and the information they are
representations to be adopted
capable of providing must be seen
for direct, impressive and visual
as an opportunity for an engineering
renderings. This type of data can
company to improve its daily activities.
be considered a valid support
Considering the high capacity to be
to simplify the understanding of
used and manipulated in a GIS and
reality, through simple picture and
CAD environment and the various
motion representations of different
standard formats in which these data
environments. Moreover, they
can be supplied, satellite remote
represent the optimal solution for fast
sensed products, services and
data procurement in all situations in instruments can be easily included into
which it is essential to have accurate robust workflows, making them more
orographic data quickly for studies and efficient, in exchange for short efforts in
projects, even in remote areas. terms of integration and learning. This
The obtained resolutions are is what we provide to our customers
comparable to the ones obtained from with our products Preciso® Zeta.
traditional aerial surveys.
Data processing systems can be
used to extract a great quantity of More resources:
information from a DEM. For example,

infrastructures and the search for areas interested by oil spills appear
Earth Observation new offshore oil fields. on the radar datasets as dark

and Oil Spill These activities can be effectively

supported by satellite technologies
patches, which can be identified
with automated algorithms and

Monitoring and, among these, by Radar SAR

(Synthetic Aperture Radar) sensors.
characterized by a certain confidence
level, assigned from an expert
The technical principles that make operator.
The exploration of seas and oceans, SAR valuable for such activities
searching for possible hydrocarbons are very simple. The presence
spills, defined as “Oil Spills”, is a of hydrocarbons on the water
very important topic. It involves surface damps the motion of the
both International Institutions, in waves causing the reflection of
marine environment protection and electromagnetic energy emitted from
in ecological disaster prevention, the satellite sensor in the specular
and Oil&Gas companies, for the direction. In this way, the measured
control and monitoring of existing reflected energy is minimal and the

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Space systems for EO and
Cosmic exploration missions
Over the last few years, the Electrical Ground Support Equipment Supported interpreters are Python and
increasing number of EO and (EGSE) and provides full front-end Tcl/Tk that allow the “on-line” definition of
Cosmic missions have brought functionalities on top of a commercial HW specific monitoring windows and scientific
about the need to have more platform. packets quick look analysis.
performing systems able to By having simulation capabilities of spacePTS allows to log and save all
manipulate, store, analyse, external sensors and systems, spacePTS monitored events into a local DB in order
compare, share and display manages the HW interfaces towards the to allow off-line analyses on the test
data aquired by different satellite Equipment Under Test and the services sessions and their «replay».
platforms. One of the reasons to for the check-out systems.
have tools like these available, is spacePTS relies on the SCOS 2000 MIB
to facilitate planetary research and database and provides users with easy
On-board payload
Cosmic exploration. access and browsing functionalities.
data processing
It integrates structured scripting languages Payload Data Processing framework,
interpreted by plug-in modules, thus transferring satellite data processing
Space Payload providing means to execute complex from Ground to Space Segment.
Test System test procedures, exposing appropriate A smart way to manage the huge
EGSE SW Front-End for Integration, interfaces to: satellite data volume that nowadays
Verification & Validation activities of a • HW resources space missions produce, is moving
satellite payload. • TM/TC de-formatting/formatting data processing from the ground
spacePTS is a SW product that functions segment to space, developing
implements the business logic of the • HK parameters ad-hoc On-board Payload Data

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Processing capabilities, looking
at automatic data selection and
autonomous tasking
spacePDP, Space Payload Data
Processing system, is a product
intended to ease the development
of such capabilities.
spacePDP is a Software
Development Toolkit (SDK) useful
to implement in a simple way the
processing of science payload or
telemetry data directly on board
in order to take decisions directly
on board, or to overcome typical
satellite constraints like memory,
time, data bandwidth, earth visibility
and so on.
It provides a complete toolchain
to develop, compile, transfer and
the on-board constraints. Even in absence of gyro’s
debug the SW, interfaces useful to
OP3C compressed data can be measurements, the algorithm
get and send information to external
processed in their compressed implemented in spaceADM is able
component (bus and memories),
form. This is a typical characteristic to achieve high precision estimates
and a standard template to allow
of the class of techniques known as combining kinematics and dynamics
the user to concentrate only on the
compressed sensing. models.
algorithm implementation.
OP3C applicable sensors are: spaceADM is especially suitable
spacePDP fits both on satellite
platforms and on planetary • Hyperspectral sensors for CubeSats, which are particularly
exploration rovers. • Imaging spectrometers prone to noisy measurements.
Some spacePDP applications: • Sounding (infrared) imaging
• TM/TC management sensors
• Image Compression • Thermal hyperspectral imagers Resources:
• Cloud Detection
• Features Extraction Space Attitude
• Space Debris Detection Determination
On-board Fast and robust satellite attitude
Processing for determination.
Compression spaceADM is a real time algorithm
and Clouds to evaluate satellite attitude based
FPGA or SW solution for on-board
on Kalman Filter theory. It is able to
integrate data from different devices
hi-performance hyperspectral (Star Trackers, Gyros, Sun Sensors)
data compression and cloud in order to provide highly precision In the field of compressive sensing
classification.spaceOP3C is a new estimates to satellite attitude. techniques, Planetek is involved
compression technique based on a spaceADM applies several in PHySIS project - Sparse Signal
Patent Pending methodology from mathematical and engineering Processing Technologies for
Planetek Hellas, named HUNPCA innovative approaches to decrease HyperSpectral Imaging Systems,
(Hybrid Un-mixing Principal computational cost while increasing whose objective is to develop, test,
Component Analysis). precision. It ensures high precision and evaluate novel signal processing
spaceOP3C is a product that even in the case of highly-non linear technologies for real-time processing
achieves high compression ratios, functions, that’s to say, when the of hyperspectral data cubes.
low data distortion, keeping a limited satellite follows “non stable orbits” PHySIS is a H2020 funded project.
computation complexity suitable to with very rapid variations in time.

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A common spatial and
visualization system for
Cosmic Exploration data
Software applications for managing, storing, processing,
sharing and archiving Cosmic data

The increasing number of planetary on. By making use of the aforesaid and that allows users to apply
and cosmic missions leads Space information, the system generate a various post-processing to PLA data
Agencies and scientific communities big DataWareHouse, from which is before downloading them. PLAAVI
to require for their activities more possible to extract different kinds functionalities allow the users to
performing systems able to handle, of reports. A system like this, ESA reprocess the scientific data in a
store, analyse, compare, share and SAPS (Science Archives Publication different way respect to the Planck
display the data collected by different System), has been already released data processing centers and thereby
satellite platforms. to ESA. generate their own specific products.
Planetek is strongly involved in Currently, the system is the unique PLAAVI system includes the Web
activities focused on design and point that collects publications and Application and seven Added Value
implementation of innovative observations metadata for many ESA Interfaces:
technologies to solve issues related missions. • Noise Map Cut-out
to data and products access, It allows to understand the success • Effective Beam Averaging on Map
sharing, processing and fusion. of a mission or instrument in the Cut-out
These individual solutions help scientific community by the number • Unit Conversion
scientists to portray morphologic, of the publications about. • Colour Correction
topographic and spectral data • Planck Sky Model (PSM)
compositions and allow them to see • Map-making
the observations into a common Spatial Data • Component separation
spatial and visualization system. Infrastructure for
Science PLAAVI offers the described functionalities
spaceSDI is a web component to users from a single web-based access
Science Value designed to transform a collection point.
Tool of planetary data into a GeoSpatial
It is a Decisions Support System Web Portal. It allows both scientists
(DSS) for the storage and analysis and non-professional users to
of scientific publications in the field interactively browse the catalog and
of Universe Exploration. The system the data, in order to find, analyze and
helps the measurement of the download the needed information.
scientific return of Space Missions. Planck Legacy Archive Added
It reads any kind of scientific Value Interface (PLAAVI) is one of
publication and extract information spaceSDIs developed by Planetek.
(structured and unstructured) PLAAVI is an ongoing ESA ESAC
like authors, affiliations, space funded project whose aim is to PROC system: a screeshot showing the
interface to access published data by the
missions, used instruments, used develop the PLAAVI that makes scientific community and public.
observations/data, indexes and so available to users from a web-portal

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Planck Added Value
Interfaces (PLAAVI)
Providing additional processing capabilities to archived PLANCK data
ESAC has been ESA’s Science • Unit Conversion: Offers the ability • Map-making: Enables the users
Operations Centre (SOC) since 2008. to download archived Planck to trigger the production of small
This is where all ESA missions archive maps converted to the units of maps of point-like or compact
data are currently residing. While the their preference. sources from timelines in the
Planck operational mission has ended, • Color Correction: Allows the Planck archive. The map-making
the process of performing science on users to apply color correction functionality is intended to allow
the collected data is still in its infancy to any map or catalogue stored the user to select frequencies/
and is expected to continue for many in the Planck archived maps detectors, time boundaries, the
years to come. The Planck Legacy based on user defined parameters resolution of the new map (based
Archive (PLA) hosted at ESAC is the associated to the spectral energy on HEALPix Nside parameters), the
data archiving system of the Planck distribution by providing a spectral area of the sky to make the map,
index for the calculation of the flux the HEALPix scheme to make the
science mission and it contains all
densities. new map (eg. NESTED or RING)
public products currently available
• Masking: Offers the ability to mask and the map-making method to be
from the mission. The main objective
out parts of the sky, either by using used among other parameters.
of PLAAVI is to allow users to apply
pre-existing masks, or by letting • Component separation: Offers
various post-processing to PLA
the users define their own masks the ability to generate component
data before downloading them. The
and then apply them in any map. separation maps by separating
functionality of the PLAAVI will also
• Bandpass Transformation: astrophysical components (e.g.
allow users to reprocess the science
Offers the ability to transform cosmic dust, free-free emission,
data in a manner different from what
an observation from Planck into synchrotron, radiation) from the
is already done by the Planck data something that would have been cosmic microwave background
processing centers and thereby observed by another experiment, fluctuations, point sources of
generate their own products.The thus represented by a different various kinds etc.
following functionality is intended to be bandpass profile.
offered by the inclusion of PLAAVI in • Planck Sky Model (PSM): Offers The PLAAVI project has been
the existing Planck archive database: the ability to run online versions of awarded to Planetek Hellas, and its
• Effective Beam Averaging on the Planck Sky Model, a simulation sub-contractor XAL (Norway), by ESA
Map Cut-out: Allows the users to tool, which offers a prediction of in February 2015.
request an average of the effective the full sky at frequencies ranging
beam information over a map cut- from a few GHz to a few THz
out whose center and region of based on a combination of data Resources:
interest are defined by them. and models.

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Satellite Ground Segment
Software infrastructures for managing, acquiring, processing,
archiving and disseminating satellite data

Planetek has a sound experience

in definition and implementation
of software for missions, ground
and space systems for EO and
Planetary data. Its capabilities
range from the system definition,
the design and development, to the
validation and the on-site delivery.
Planetek provides “Ground
Segment” systems and
technologies to receive and
process satellite data acquired
by the spacecraft’s instruments
to archive, disseminate, publish
and share the generated products
as well as engineering consulting
services for new missions definition,
feasibility studies, ground control
system architecture definition, Image Quality Assessment: Hyperspectral Precursor of the
requirements specification and • PFQCA: Tool for CSG standard Application Mission (PRISMA)
system design. and not standard products It is an ongoing Italian Space Agency
quality control. EO mission with innovative electro-
Cosmo Second Generation In the context of PFQCA tool optical instrumentation that combines
(CSG) developments a new product, a hyperspectral sensor with a medium-
Within Italy’s Second Generation spaceBIT, has been developed resolution panchromatic camera.
COSMO- SkyMed constellation by Planetek, based on a plugin Planetek has the responsibility for
of two satellites, Planetek is architecture and GPU based the design and development of the
responsible for the design and accelerators technology. full automatic L2 Processor chain
implementation of the following in the Ground Segment. This S\S
processing facilities: takes in input products of level 1 and
Non-standard processors: spaceBIT produces geo-referred and geo-
• PFMOS: Processor that takes Very Big Image Tool coded products of level 2. In addition
in input CSG Level 1D (Ground • Big Image & Data visualization Planetek is responsible of design and
Terrain Corrected) and DEM (HDF5 & Tiff) development of G(round)C(ontrol)
data to generate 1D and DEM • GPU based acceleration Engine P(oint)-DB Facility, a component of the
Mosaicked products for real-time visualization, PRISMA Ground Segment that has in
• PFSPF: Processor that takes in graphical operation, image charge to store and prepare GCP and
input CSG Level 1B products filtering and processing DEM auxiliary data for each processing
to generate Speckle Filtered • Multi-display support request.
products • Plugin architecture
• PFCRP: Processor that takes • Open to other image formats
in input CSG Level 1 standard • Open to other image processing Resources:
and not standard products to tool
generate Cropped products

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Semantic EO Data Web Alert
and Retrieval Framework
Creating an intelligent framework for Earth Observation image retrieval

chnological advances on an application specific basis. The for a semantic alert. A strong and
in remote sensing marine application domain and data experienced research team, of 4
have increased the from Sentinels 1,2,3, ENVISAT will academic and 5 industrial partners,
availability of satellite images with be used. Queries such as “Calculate coming from Greece (3), Italy (2),
different spatiotemporal and spectral the rate of increasing chlorophyll in Germany (1), France (1), Cyprus (1)
characteristics. There is difficulty the NATURA area” will be answered and Switzerland (1) constitute the
for retrieving the most appropriate by the SEO-DWARF, helping project’s consortium.
data for each user’s needs. One users to retrieve the appropriate
key challenge is to connect the EO images for their specific needs The Planetek Group has a clear
quantitative information of the EO or alert them when a specific strategy in working close with
images with the qualitative (high-level phenomenon occurs. European Academia and with
user queries) and be able to mine The research contains the: the SEO-DWARF project, in the
these connections in big archives. a) ontology formalization for the framework of the H2020 MSCA-
An inherent question arises; how specific research topics, RISE program, fulfils the set
to retrieve EO images based on b) determination of the semantic objectives by creating strong
user semantically aware questions. queries for the application domains, relations with four Universities
Content based EO image retrieval c) algorithm development for (University of Bari, National Technical
techniques have been introduced extracting metadata from EO images, University of Athens, University
for bridging the gap between low- d) design of an architecture of the of Aegean, Cyprus University of
level image features and high-level platform to perform the semantic Technology), that are geographically
queries. The main constraint of image retrieval and storage and very close to the operating area
the existing approaches is the management of the extracted of the company: Greece (Athens,
generalization of the problem. metadata. Mytilini-Aegean Sea), Italy (Bari),
The formulated ontologies are All four aspects will be integrated Cyprus (Lemessos).
not focused on the constraints of in an innovative and user-friendly
EO images. The main objective web based platform enabling
of SEO-DWARF is to realize the the users to retrieve images for Resources:
content-based search of EO images marine applications or register

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Simplifying the space complexity

We simplify the adoption of geospatial data in order to understand
the world better. Thus, enabling people to act in an aware and
timely manner in order to live better and preserve the Earth.

e growing availability information to facilitate the knowledge.
of geo-localized data understanding of the world around At all stages, we adopt the
is a condition that had us. Our systems are designed to principles of strategic design to
never occurred to date. These data enable our users, public officials, create and develop solutions
have informative content, which, to researchers, major industries, able to meet the requirements
be valorised, require an in-depth entrepreneurs or individuals, to act of our users, adopting the best
revision of the processes by which in an informed and timely manner. technologies available on the
the data are produced, shared and We work in all phases of the life market, with full respect for
used. cycle of geo-localized data from the economic, social and environmental
For this reason, we design new acquisition, storage, management, sustainability.
processes and solutions that analysis and sharing of information We operate in different application
simplify the use of geo-localized to produce and generate areas: scientific missions for

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planetary exploration, environmental
and land monitoring, infrastructures
engineering; energy; open- We adopt the principles of strategic design
governments and smart cities.
Through the Planetek group, we to meet the requirements of our users, with full
operate at an international level by
providing solutions for the European respect for economic, social and environmental
Commission and its agencies,
space agencies, national and
international public administrations,
research institutions, private
companies and engineering firms.

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From Space to applications:
closer to users’ needs

e organization of the value-added data from Earth operators through the Preciso®
company is structured observation. product family. It looks after the
into Corporate and distribution of Hexagon Geospatial
Strategic Business Unit (SBU) Government & Security SBU products within the Italian market.
functions, which constitute the It offers application solutions and
Executive Committee. services in the P.A. market at SpaceStream SBU
Strategic Business Units are national and international levels, and The target market consists of space
segmented by market in order to for the Defence, Educational and agencies (e.g. the Italian Space
better understand the needs of scientific research markets in Italy. Agency with the COSMO-SkyMed
customers while at the same time It provides geospatially powered program, and the European
ensuring continuity over time. The solutions to the agencies and Space Agency with the Sentinel
SBUs are structured to operate institutions of the European market program); those related to them
independently with planning, sales such as the European Environment (such as Galileo) and the major
and production capacities. Agency, the European Defence players in the aerospace market. It
In our software development Agency, the European Union (EC, develops and integrates hardware
projects we use Agile and Dev-ops REA, JRC). It develops solutions for and software infrastructures for
methodologies. the Earth observation using optical the acquisition, processing and
and radar data from satellite, aircraft distribution of remote sensing
Business 2 Business and drones. It develops Spatial data along their entire chain of
The target market consists of Data Infrastructures compliant to production: from Earth Observation
companies operating in the Oil & INSPIRE, based on the Cart@net® to Deep Space; from the Space
Gas, Renewable Energy, transport platform, using Free Open Source Segment to the Ground Segment
(railways, roads) sectors and and commercial software from major to the User Segment. The main
engineering work and infrastructure vendors. It offers solutions for the responsibilities of the SBU fall into
activities. Its products range from creation of open data geographies Systems and Software Engineering
systems for business intelligence and metadata catalogs. with strong verticalization towards
on geographic data to the creation It distributes remote sensing satellite Space Mission Analysis and Design
of geoinformative products to data from major international (SMAD).

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Our team leaders

Giovanni Sylos Cristoforo

Labini Abbattista Stelios Bollanos
Chief Executive Sergio Samarelli Head of Director and co-
Officer and founder Chief Technical SpaceStream SBU. founder of Planetek
of Planetek Italia. Officer and Head of From 2002 he Hellas. Since 2004,
He cooperated with Mariella Business to Business works in Planetek, he is involved in
Pappalepore SBU. Founder of mainly involved different EU and
ESA projects in the
and was director Chief Financial Planetek Italia. in the design and
EO and Geomatics
of the Center of Officer and founder He has been teacher development of SDIs
fields. He matured
Space Geodesy of of Planetek Italia. of Remote sensing and space systems. experience in
the Italian Space Vice President of image processing He has been teacher the Greek and
Agency. Past Confindustria Bari at Venice University of WebGIS at Venice International Space
President of AIPAS. and Bat. (IUAV). University. Markets.
Vice Chairman
of EARSC, board
member of
Apulian Aerospace
District. Since 2017,
Professor at Venice
University (IUAV).

Vincenzo Barbieri Massimo Zotti

Chief Marketing Head of associations
Officer & Head Government & dealing with
of Design Lab. Security SBU. OpenData,
Founder of Responsible for OpenGovernment
Planetek Italia, he the business and Geospatial
matured expertise development in the innovation.
in the market Defence market
of geospatial and of the Hexagon
applications Geospatial
for Public portfolios. He is also
Administration. active in several

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The group
The Planetek group consists of 4 companies. In addition to the Planetek Italia s.r.l. parent company, Hellas
Planetek EPE and two university spinoffs, GAP s.r.l. and GEO-K s.r.l., also belong to the group and are specialized
remote sensing data processing with optical and radar sensors.

Planetek Hellas Geo-K GAP

Founded in 2006, Planetek Hellas GEO-K s.r.l. is the first spin-off GAP s.r.l., a spin-off of the
EPE is headquartered in Athens, of the University of Rome Tor University of Bari. It develops
Greece. Vergata, founded in 2006. products, processes and services
It operates mainly in the Greek Its mission is to carry out research of highly scientific or technological
market and with leading and development and provide content in the field of remote
international agencies. advice, services and products sensing and related hardware
It provides solutions in the field in the field of image processing and software technologies,
of Geomatics, involving the use and optical, hyperspectral, and with an emphasis on Geomatic
of E.O. data and systems that microwave remote sensing. applications.
share spatial information for GEO-K personnel have vast The scientific component operates
environmental monitoring, urban experience on an international in close synergy with the Remote
planning and civil protection. level in projects developed and Sensing Group of the Physics
It operates in the principal EU promoted by the ESA and the EU Department of the University of
programs in the field of Space Commission. Bari and CNR-ISSIA Institute.
research, where it is experienced GAP has developed specific
in developing systems for data expertise in the detection of
management of Space missions. millimetre movements of the earth’s surface by means of the
analysis of interferometric data
acquired by synthetic aperture
radar satellite sensors, to estimate
water quality via the analysis of
passive satellite sensor operators
in the dominion of optical radiation
and in the development of
environmental modelling.

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optical image
The image
various vessels
in the area,
waiting to enter
or exit the port,
visible thanks
to the 10m
resolution on

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