Project Space for Smart Cities

Space for Smart Cities

Creating a market for satellite-based applications

Welcome to the ‘Space for Smart Cities’ project! In this project we are looking into opportunities to integrate satellite-based information services into the smart city environment as well as the barriers holding back market creation. One of our focus areas is public procurement of operational services.

Latest Posts

Satellite image of Amsterdam

FIRE Forum and Ecoten: The Challenges of EO in Cities

With well over half of the world’s population living in cities, the urban environment is one of the key targets for Earth Observation (EO) applications. This was obvious at the recent EXPANDEO and FIRE Forum Conference in Brussels, that we reported on earlier here, where urban development was one of

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EXPANDEO 2022 Remco Timmermans and Natassa Antoniou

EXPANDEO 2022 – The Now and Tomorrow of Earth Observation

Key stakeholders came together to discuss the ‘now and tomorrow’ of Earth Observation at the two-day EXPANDEO and the FIRE Forum 2022 joint event. This annual European Earth Observation event is organised by EARSC (European Association of Remote Sensing Companies), who are also the consortium lead of the FIRE Forum

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Aerial image of the city of Kyiv

Change Detection in Cities Using SAR Images

The rise in population in the last 100 years has led to a rapid expansion of the world’s cities.  As a consequence, there are big infrastructure developments and construction projects, leading to urban change, which requires monitoring. Similarly, natural disasters or war can cause quick changes to a city infrastructure.

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Urban Heat Map Vienna, by Ecoten

Are you comfortable? Monitoring heat stress in cities from space

Cities experience higher temperatures than their rural surroundings. These higher temperatures can negatively impact human health, including causing cardiovascular and respiratory disorders, as well as heat stroke. It is therefore crucial to lower heat stress in urban environments. Cities are ‘Heat Islands’ An ‘urban heat island (UHI)’ is an urban

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climate-neutral and smart cities mission

Europe’s 100 Climate-Neutral and Smart Cities Announced

The Commission today announced the 100 EU cities that will participate in the EU Mission for 100 climate-neutral and smart cities by 2030, the so-called Cities Mission. The 100 cities come from all 27 Member States, with 12 additional cities coming from countries associated or with the potential of being associated to Horizon Europe, the

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How satellites help cities become smart cities

How satellites help cities become smart cities

Smart cities are cities of a new generation. Smart cities provide their citizens a high standard of living and efficient management, thanks to information technology, and based on a lot of data. An important source for this data for cities is space, where many satellites gather data about the world’s

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