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Galileo.Copernicus Synergy Challenge

The Galileo.Copernicus Challenge was looking for solutions that help to make our world safer and sustainable by using Earth observation data combined with Galileo/EGNOS georeferenced data.


Those are the TOP 3 submissions to the Galileo.Copernicus Challenge. Congratulations to the winning solution!

Galileo Streamsondes – Measuring Turbulent Flows in Tropical Cyclones
Hurricanes, typhoons, and tropical cyclones are monitored and predicted better than before with technology enabled by Galileo and Copernicus. Galileo Streamsondes are ball-shaped sondes equipped with GNSS modules that can provide information about the turbulent flows within storms with unprecedented accuracy. This new technology is made possible by even smaller and affordable GNSS modules, weather sensors, and communication electronics that are sent into a storm’s eyewall and carried around by its rising flows. They complete the intensity forecast that works through machine learning on high-resolution satellite images, including Sentinel-3 OLCI and SLSTR. The computer-vision-based technology improves current intensity forecasts by offering a much higher spatial resolution than numerical weather forecasts.
Submitted by Svante Henriksson
RoadEO – Data-Driven Road Asset Management from Space and the Ground
Roads are the most important public asset in every country, and road authorities spend billions of euros every year in order to maintain them. To tackle increasing maintenance costs while ensuring road comfort and safety, public road authorities, engineering firms, and construction companies must make the transition to predictive road maintenance, which can save them up to 50% in time and expenses. Unfortunately, they do not have the tools, knowledge, or big data to make this change.
RoadEO is building a global road quality monitoring and prediction platform with the goal of reducing maintenance efforts and decreasing CO2 emissions while improving road comfort and safety. This is achieved by crowdsourcing smartphone and in-vehicle measurements and combining them with other road-quality-related data sources to enable predictive analytics for data-driven road maintenance.
Submitted by Alexander Gunkel
Xylene – Boosting Trust in Timber
Xylene revolutionises the way wood is offered on the market. Based on a user-friendly process, the concept is to document every step of the wood supply chain, from the forest to the final product. Xylene specialises in the tracking of timber products from logs to processed products.
The unique Source2Store process not only enables the tracking of the wood supply chain, but also validates the origin of the wood as certified or not. An app for mobile devices such as smartphones enables data acquisition and transfer. A web platform, meanwhile, enables wood control and management. The app provides a user-friendly interface to ensure easy data acquisition and process optimisation.
Automatic data entry (GPS position and volume) paired with matching of the individual process steps reduces fraud through the use of real-time reports in the case of rule violations and prevents illegal wood from entering the supply chain. The end customer, as well as each supply chain partner, can visually understand the entire wood supply chain by means of QR codes. This system offers the best combination of reliability, feasibility, cost, and information.
Submitted by Giuseppe Benenati


Synergies between Galileo/EGNOS and Copernicus open up new horizons for commercial and societal benefits by stimulating the development of innovative digital services and thus economic growth. Copernicus offers information services based on satellite Earth observation (EO) data and modelling for atmosphere, marine, land, climate change and emergency monitoring. Combined with Galileo/EGNOS georeferenced data, information with high temporal and spatial resolution, high availability and quality can be produced. Monitoring and tracking assets, goods, transport, and energy on a global level will thus be even more accurate and informative. This reflects the demands of a digital industry and society worldwide.

Today, ships, cars, tractors, drones and aeroplanes are “running, floating, moving and flying sensor systems” that collect vast amounts of location-based information about themselves and their surroundings. EO data and services in combination with this location-based information will generate terabytes of new data, which needs to be evaluated and combined intelligently and as efficiently as possible. Services based on such data should lead to more secure, faster and cost-effective planning and decision-making.

Participants (e.g. startups, research centres, universities) are encouraged to submit solutions related to all market segments, including location-based services (LBS), the Internet of Things (IoT), smart mobility and smart cities, aviation, drones, waterborne applications, renewable energy, digital farming, search and rescue, and disaster management.


Copernicus Accelerator

Copernicus Accelerator

A "ticket" to the Copernicus Accelerator.

E-GNSS Accelerator Support

E-GNSS Accelerator Support

Tailored E-GNSS Accelerator business support worth EUR 62,000 at a business incubation center of your choice (if eligible).
Extra Prize Money
An extra EUR 10,000 cash prize will be
allocated if your idea gets selected as
Galileo Masters 2019 Overall Winner
Overall Winner Only


Submissions to the GSA & EC Galileo.Copernicus Challenge will be assessed using the following criteria:

Innovation: Innovative approach over existing technical solutions and commercial services

Relevance: Use of Copernicus and Galileo data & services

Market potential: Considerable contribution to uptake in one of the various satellite downstream market segments

Benefit: Commercial and societal benefits along the entire value chains for market players and end users

About the Partners

European GNSS Agency (GSA)

The European GNSS Agency (GSA), a European Union agency, is working with the European Commission on a range of activities aimed at helping European entrepreneurs and businesses – especially high-tech small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), research institutes and related networks – build their applications using the positioning, navigation and timing data delivered by Galileo and EGNOS.


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European Commission (EC)

The European Commission is one of the main institutions of the European Union. It proposes and implements the policies, laws, and treaties of the European Union. In particular, the European Commission manages several Space Programmes, including Galileo, the constellation of GNSS satellites, and Copernicus, which provides full free and open access to Earth observation data and services for environment and security. The European Commission, Directorate- General for Growth, is responsible for the implementation and the user up-take of the Copernicus and Galileo Programme.



European GNSS Agency (GSA)


Marta Krywanis-Brzostowska

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