The BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Application 2017


The German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure (BMVI) invited participants to develop 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 can include (but are not limited to) near-real or real-time information on traffic, pollution, social interactions, weather conditions, and crowdsourcing.

The BMVI invited participants to submit an informative description of your idea that highlights its benefits and the data it requires, as well as an implementation plan.

Submission was possible from 1 April to 30 June 2017, all completed proposals are undergoing evaluation at the moment.


LiveEO – Integration of autonomous UAV “h-aero” constellations into satellite services for real-time Earth Observation, submitted by Sven Przywarra and Team, White Sands Earth Observation and Hybrid Airplane Technologies, Germany

PRIZE 2017

  • EUR 5,000 cash prize
  • Tailored support package including access to the expertise of Copernicus-related agencies, cloud computing facility and Copernicus data archive CODE-DE (COpernicus Data and Exploitation Platform – DEutschland).
  • Substantial satellite data quota worth EUR 5,000 (financial support by EC)
  • Access to the Copernicus Accelerator programme (if eligible)
  • Ticket to the next satellite launch in Kourou


  • 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


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