According to the European Commission, a smart city is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient with the use of digital and telecommunication technologies for the benefit of its inhabitants and business.
Satellite technologies are part of those digital and telecommunication technologies available to us. And while telecommunication (broadcast) and positioning (navigation) are well-established, the market for observation with remote sensing technologies (Earth observation) is slower to develop. And yet this observational data can be of great value in developing new information services in monitoring, management of resources and decision-making.
Together with our partner dotSPACE we are looking into the opportunties to integrate satellite-based information services into the smart city environment as well as the barriers holding back market creation. One of our focus areas is public procurement of operational services.