Four consortia selected to set up Copernicus cloud-based platforms for Data and Information Access Services (DIAS)
This morning at the premises of DG GROW, the names of the four industrial providers of the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) were announced. Following a thorough public procurement procedure, Josef Aschbacher, Director of Earth Observation Programmes at ESA, signed four DIAS contracts with the successful industrial consortia in the presence of Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence at the European Commission’s DG GROW.
During the signing ceremony, Philippe Brunet stated that “this is a key milestone in the Copernicus programme. We are kick-starting the process of taking the market for Earth Observation based services to a new level through the development of European information access and cloud processing services”. Thanks to these new services, by the second quarter of 2018, five DIAS, including the one to be developed by EUMETSAT in cooperation with ECMWF and Mercator Océan, will be offering their services to users. These DIAS will make the access to Copernicus data and information easier and simpler- no more long download times or storage issues.
14 December 2017. Copernicus is a major GEO intelligence and Earth Observation data provider in the world, offering full free and open data. This creates great opportunities and complex logistical challenges. The European Commission has developed ambitious plans to tackle these challenges in a big data-enabled environment, and in this context, decided to launch the Copernicus Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) to make the integration of Copernicus data and information into flexible value chains easier and simpler- no need to download or invest in heavy processing and storage facilities.
Earlier this year, the European Space Agency (ESA), on behalf of the European Commission, launched a call for tenders to establish DIAS services. After a thourough tender evaluation and negotiation procedure – in view of the highly creative ideas submitted by industry bidders – four consortia were chosen to set up DIAS computing environment under ESA management. In addition, EUMETSAT, in cooperation with ECMWF and Mercator Océan, are also implementing a DIAS, which means that by the second quarter of 2018, five DIAS will be available to users. Today the names of the four selected consortia were unveiled at the signing ceremony at DG GROW.
The DIAS will give unlimited, free and complete access to Copernicus data and information. The DIAS provides a scalable computing and storage environment for third parties. Third parties will be empowered to offer advanced value adding services integrating Copernicus with their own data and tools to the benefit of their own users. The DIAS will be open to all users and non-disriminatory. As a result, the DIAS will enable an ecosystem of service providers and users offering innovative services to the benefit of the European citizens.
The DIAS will support users to ensure a smooth and effiecient access to the DIAS ressources (data, information, software, storage, processing). The DIAS will provide a competitive cost structure and clear terms and conditions for the access to DIAS ICT resources, based on a Service Level Agreement.
The DIAS will not only provide a cloud-based one-stop shop for all Copernicus satellite data and imagery as well as information from the six Copernicus services, but will also give access to sophisticated processing tools and resources. In addition, the DIAS will make other data available to be used in conjunction with Copernicus data and Information.
The vision of the European Commission is that the DIAS will make it even easier for users from various industries and backgrounds to create Copernicus-based applications and services that will benefit people in Europe and around the world.
Philippe Brunet, Director for Space Policy, Copernicus and Defence at the European Commission’s DG GROW stated that “this is a key milestone in the Copernicus programme. We are kick-starting the development of a European data access and cloud processing service, open to entrepreneurs, developers and the general public to build, access and exploit Copernicus-based services; and these new services are expected to boost the use of our free and open data, stimulate innovation and the creation of new businesses based on Earth Observation data and information in Europe”.
And now, let’s discover the four winning consortia:
- Consortium led by SERCO with OVH as cloud provider;
- Consortium led by CREOTECH INSTRUMENTS with CLOUDFERRO as cloud provider;
- Consortium led by ATOS INTEGRATION with T-SYSTEM INTERNATIONAL as cloud provider;
- Consortium led by AIRBUS DEFENCE AND SPACE with ORANGE as cloud provider.