Partners of the project

The 'GMES and Earth Observation combined with Position based Image and sensor Communications Technology for Universal Rescue, Emergency and Surveillance (GEOPICTURES)' project, coordinated by the Norwegian company Ansur Technologies, and with the participation of the United Nations, the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona (UAB), the Norwegian enterprise Kongsberg Satellite Services, the Johanniter Unfall Hilfe organization from Germany, the State University of Amazonas, the Secretary of Science and Technology of the State of Amazonas and the enterprise Disaster Management Advice and Training, has been selected for funding within the Cooperation program of the Seventh Framework Program from the European Comission, in the subject area of Space.

Brief description of the project (see note on the CORDIS website of the European Comission)

Targeted for use in emergencies, GEO-PICTURES will save lives and mitigate effects on the environment. In emergency situations striking humanity, environment and the civil public, it is of paramount importance to communicate from the field what has happened and where as quickly and accurately as possible so that appropriate actions can be taken. Via satellite communications GEO-PICTURES provides a near-real-time input of pictures, video, sensor data and assessment results from the field worldwide. The field data are integrated with the most recent GMES data from earth observation satellites in a seamless solution to be hosted by the United Nations at the CERN campus in Geneva. GMES partners with specific expertise in both rapid and on-line mapping will be able to produce real-time situational maps for the situation in focus with a combination of terrestrial visual and sensor information as well as the GMES data. This is completely new and a missing link in operations providing a significant contribution to the larger scale emergency management both for the United Nations and for EU Community Mechanism for Civil Protection. GEO-PICTURES combines state of the art in satellite communication, navigation and earth observation, based on a core technology with geo-tagged image and sensor communication combined. This is combined with latest earth observation data from radar and optical satellites. Target users groups are EU Community Mechanism for Civil Protection, United Nations, various NGOs, governments and environmental protection agencies. Focus is on a truly global impact and influence of the work.

UAB and GRUMETS main tasks in project

The UAB will perform the main administrative management of the GEO-PICTURES project. The project is involving the Applied Communications Theory group, the Group on Interactive Coding of Images (GICI) and the Research Group of Methods and Applications in Remote Sensing and Geographic Information Systems (GRUMETS) from the UAB. The development of GIS servers is the main task for the GRUMETS. Current state of the art server and client technologies (WMS, WFS and WCS OGC standards) will be complemented with an implementation of near future OGC standard WMTS, which is designed to obtain a fast response even with very large dataset and very large number of simultaneous users. Reference cartographic data, satellite and field data will be distributed for a better decision flow on the field. Setting up servers following OGC standards is very important because they allow combining information from many servers on any device, as is the case in Geo-Pictures. Appling this solution will guarantee that field-located devices with limited capacities will have a quick response from the server obtaining a real-time and real-usable scenario on the ground.



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