Measuring the world

Oct 27, 2016

A team of developers has won the “Copernicus Masters” Earth Monitoring Competition with the web service Sentinel Hub for satellite data that is based on the Open Telekom Cloud.
Satellite data analysis using Open Telekom Cloud wins award
Around the world in 100 minutes. This is how long the Sentinel-2A satellite takes to orbit the Earth. In just five days, its cameras can survey virtually the entire planet, thus generating petabytes of data over the course of a year – data that is freely available to anyone, thanks to the Copernicus program run by the European Commission and the European Space Agency (ESA). What’s more, the task of analyzing this mass of data is soon to become a much more efficient and simple process – with the aid of the Open Telekom Cloud.

Satellite Masters Conference

The winner team of the T-Systems Open Telekom Cloud Challenge from the Slovenian company Sinergise Ltd.
A team from Slovenian company Sinergise Ltd. has used Deutsche Telekom’s public cloud offering to develop the “Sentinel Hub” web service, thereby winning the annual “Copernicus Masters” Earth observation competition not just in the “T-Systems Open Telekom Cloud Challenge” category, but also as the overall winner of all seven categories. The team accepted its awards at the “Satellite Masters Conference” in Madrid, Spain, on October 25, 2016.

Big data from space

Until now, making good use of the data generated by Sentinel-2A has been a time-consuming and technically complex process. Every user had to download huge files via the “SciHub“ portal, uncompress them, analyze them and transfer them to their own geoinformation system (GIS) – and repeat the whole process for each individual satellite image. By contrast, the web interface of the Sentinel Hub gives users their results in just a few seconds. The solution uses the Open Telekom Cloud to search the existing database for suitable images in real time and prepare them as required.
The service can be easily integrated into any geoinformation system (GIS) or web application via its URL. As a result, developers can create applications much more quickly and cheaply, e.g. to identify areas affected by drought. The Sentinel Hub shows how cloud computing helps to make cost-efficient use of big data.

Social benefits are the aim

Approximately 900 ideas from more than 70 countries were submitted into the Copernicus Masters. In its category, Deutsche Telekom subsidiary T-Systems was looking for the most innovative solution that could use earth observation data to generate social benefits for Europe. Applicants had four weeks to put their ideas into practice in a sandbox – a kind of test environment – in the Open Telekom Cloud. The cloud supplied satellite data, analytical tools, standard interfaces and workflow management. The winning team has not only won financial benefits and a large satellite data package, but also secured support from T-Systems – perhaps to the extent of a long-term partnership.