The BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Applications

The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) was looking for new transport applications that exploit the potential of Copernicus in possible combination with other geo-data.

Transport is a key sector of society. As our mobility and thus the ability to get around continues to increase, transport systems face major challenges, including congestion, infrastructure quality and maintenance, oil dependency, emissions, safety, and competition within the transport sector. These are areas in which Copernicus can serve as the catalyst for potential solutions.

The BMVI was thus looking for innovative Copernicus-based transport applications at the local, national, Europe-wide, or even global level. The ideas submitted could target any mode of transportation (including intermodal arrangements) and user groups, such as those involved in traffic planning, infrastructure operation and maintenance, commercial stakeholders, and private transport. Participants were encouraged to explore the potential of combining Copernicus data and services with other information, for example transport-related data from BMVI agencies, to create a higher-level product or service. In-situ data sources could include (but are not limited to) near-real or real-time information on traffic, pollution, social interactions, weather conditions, and crowdsourcing.


WINNER

RETRIEVE - Sentinels for Safe Transportation and Retrieval of High-value Goods, submitted by Hartmut Runge and Team, German Aerospace Center, Germany


Prize

The winning proposal will be awarded a cash prize (EUR 5,000) and a support package tailored to the requirements of its realization, this can include access to the expertise of Copernicus-related agencies and free access to the cloud computing facility and Copernicus data archive CODE-DE (COpernicus Data and Exploitation Platform - DEutschland)

Moreover, the winner will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 10,000 made available with financial support by the European Commission.

The Copernicus Masters competition presents big news for its current edition: the winners of each challenge1 won't be the only participants to be awarded prizes and turn their ideas into successful applications. For the first time ever, the finalists will also greatly benefit from the participation in this competition, thanks to the new Copernicus Accelerator initiative, funded by the European Commission and organised by AZO.


Evaluation Criteria

  • Relevance/importance of Copernicus data and/or services to the problem to be solved/issue to be addressed
  • Technological feasibility of the solution
  • Societal benefits and/or market potential
  • Use of different data sources
  • Project risks, including legal aspects

Partner

This challenge has been issued by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) with support from the DLR Space Administration.





1 Participants of the Copernicus Accelerator must be either citizens of one of the Copernicus Participating countries or have established their company in the territory of one of the participating countries.

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