The afternoon session started with a presentation by Dr. Nicolaus Hanowski, Head, Ground Segment & Mission, ESA, who notably presented EU initiative Copernicus. “We live in an unprecedented era, with satellites being launched every 3 or 4 months. We have also seen an overall investement of 6 to 7 million over the last 10 years” he added. According to him, one of the biggest challenges is data management: we need to provide data continuity, share them, make sure they are reliable, work on near real-time data, etc. “Adding more satellites to the system contributes therefore to the data ecosystem” he concluded.
In order to making sense of the world through the lens of location, Peter Kürpick, Executive Vice President & Chief Platform Officer, HERE, took the stage. “30 years ago we were using paper maps, today, every car has a navigation system, and so do mobile phones” he started. Peter then highlighted the need – and huge demand – for precision data, as 10 billion people will be living in 200 megacities in the upcoming years. “Satellite imagery therefore plays a crucial role to bring this precision data to consumers” told the Chief Platform Officer.