Smart Cities

Space for Smart Cities

Creating a market for satellite-based applications

Creating a market for satellite-based applications


A Smart City is a place where traditional networks and services are made more efficient and beneficial through the use of digital and telecommunication technologies.

While telecommunication (broadcast) and positioning (navigation) are well established, the market for observation with remote sensing technologies (Earth observation) is slower to develop. 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 opportunities to integrate satellite-based information services into the smart city environment.


Data generated by satellites (Earth observation, navigation and communication) provide a rich catalogue for the development of smart city applications.

Startups and SMEs struggle to launch their new products and services to public buyers. More transparency and alignment with the innovation agenda of governments will help to develop more complete solutions.

The space industry operates in an international playing field, and matching that value chain in a local context requires much effort and information provisioning to the supply and demand side.


Representatives from these organisations: European Commission, DotSpace, Netherlands Space Office, Royal Haskoning DHV, Climate KIC Benelux, VNG, GEObusiness Nederland, EURISY, ICLEI, Water Partner Foundation, Spacened.


  • Keep stimulating awareness about Space Data applications to a non-space audience in order to identify stakeholders in a public procurement, organise political backing and identify supporting financing mechanisms.
  • Increase transparency in the innovation needs of cities and local authorities, define a proper regulatory framework (who carries the risk) and set clear identifiers of how Space Data should perform (to which benchmarks).
  • Involve branch organisations and networks for inventory of demands and technical requirements in a public procurement process.

Interested by these Calls to Action?

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Smart Cities

Martijn Seijger

Lead Space for Smart Cities

The EU invests in the Copernicus Earth observation programme; the data are made available with full, free and open access. Let's capitalise on this source of wealth to create smart city applications fitting in the digital economy.