T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge

Do you have a stunning idea for how to combine cloud computing technologies and GMES data in a commercially attractive, user-oriented application or service? Then enter the T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge! For further information about the Challenge; the prize sponsor, T-Systems; what's become of last year's winner; and more related news, simply read on!
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In its Cloud Computing Challenge, T-Systems will award a prize to the best idea for a GMES application or service that uses the cloud computing model Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) to provide Earth observation data on-demand via a user-oriented web portal or mobile devices.

T-Systems will assist the winner in getting their project off the ground. This will include support in realising an innovation project that could lead to a long-term partnership.


Please make sure to save the date of 27 September 2012 in case you are selected as a finalist in the T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge.

To submit your business idea, please visit www.gmes-masters.com before 16 September 2012.


Cloud computing is a quickly growing market that analysts are calling a paradigm shift for users of ICT services. As a leading supplier of cloud computing, T-Systems enables customers to use ICT resources via the Internet as and when they need them, only paying for what they use. The system is based on comprehensive pools of resources in secure, certified T-Systems data centres. In fact, T-Systems customers have already been using cloud services for years in the form of "dynamic services".

In the future, GMES services will be available in completely new dimensions through the use of extensive monitoring data from space and sensor networks that can be processed in near real-time. Providing such future GMES services to a wide variety of users and industries will entail building on cloud computing technologies to create commercially attractive and sustainable services.

Cloud computing encompasses three service models: software-as-a-service (SaaS), platform-as-a-service (PaaS) and infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS). SaaS, the most widely known model, enables the consumer to use provider applications that run on a cloud infrastructure - a business or financial application, for instance. With PaaS, the user can deploy consumer-created or acquired applications onto a cloud infrastructure using tools and programming languages supported by the provider in question. Examples are cluster and grid-processing. IaaS, meanwhile, involves the provision of processing power, storage, networks, and other fundamental computing resources to the user, who can then deploy and run operating systems, applications, and many other types of software. Deutsche Telekom's T-Labs, for example, uses IaaS to give its staff flexible access to ICT resources for developing and testing new applications. IaaS in particular can provide flexible and efficient resources for processing, storing, and distributing GMES services, as ESA scientists and others have shown in pilot projects.


Two winners of the 2011 GMES Masters have joined forces to monitor the illegal logging of old-growth forests in Borneo, Indonesia. UrtheCast, the winner of the 2011 T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge, will provide DeforestACTION with near real-time imagery from cameras secured to the bottom of the ISS. DeforestACTION EarthWatchers is the worldwide project that won both the 2011 GMES Masters Ideas Challenge and the overall competition in the same year. It involves millions of young people around the world saving the world's forests. The EarthWatchers application will soon include HD video from the UrtheCast cameras for monitoring Borneo's rainforests and the victimisation of its endangered orang-utan population.

Read the whole story about the partnership of the two 2011 GMES Masters winners here.


22 to 27 July IEEE International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium - Remote Sensing for a Dynamic Earth
Munich, Germany
30 July to 10 August Earth Observation Summer School on Earth System Monitoring & Modeling
Frascati, Italy
10 to 12 September ESA Investment Readiness Programme
Harwell, UK
11 to 16 September ILA Berlin Air Show
Berlin, Germany
24 to 29 September 20 Years of Progress in Radar Altimetry
Venice, Italy
27 September Evaluation meeting of the T-Systems Cloud Computing Challenge
Finalists will be invited to present in person.
9 to 11 October Intergeo
Hanover, Germany
16 October ESA Investment Forum
Toulouse, France
25 October GMES Masters Awards Ceremony
Munich, Germany

The GMES Masters is an initiative of the European Space Agency (ESA), the Bavarian Ministry of Economic Affairs, the German Aerospace Center (DLR), and T-Systems and is supported by the European Union, European Space Imaging GmbH, and Astrium Services.

To learn everything else about the GMES Masters competition, please visit www.gmes-masters.com.
For further information on the GMES programme, please refer to www.esa.int/gmes and www.ec.europa.eu/gmes.


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