Ongoing R&D Projects
Ongoing R&D projects
Emergency – Security
The purpose of the PROION project is the development of a platform for the continuous monitoring of high-priority infrastructures (public infrastructure, dams, bridges, etc.) which are located in a particularly active areain terms of tectonics and seismicity. Monitoring the aforementioned infrastructures is based on the combination ofin-situ and remote sensing measurements, fuzzy logic network methods, and machine learning algorithms to generate an innovative decision-making and decision-support tool. More specifically, the measurements derivingfrom three-axis accelerometers, Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) receivers and Persistent Scatterer Interferometry are imported into the platform. The measurements will be validated using high-accuracy referencere presentations arising from data acquired by Terrestrial Laser Scanning (TLS) surveys and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles(UAV) campaigns and subsequently, deformation maps will be generated. Intelligent data analysis methods will contribute to making decisions on the current as well as the future state of the infrastructure.
The EURMARS project aims to develop a multifunctional monitoring platform with the goal of enhancing and facilitating both the efficiency and cooperation of multiple European authorities responsible for border surveillance. Among other things, the platform will contribute to improving risk and threat management encountered in wide border areas by combining multiple technologies, practices, and methodologies. Finally, it is worth noting that this specific project will be based on the deposit of previous related projects and initiatives, making optimal use of the knowledge and experience of all interested parties, in order to mitigate problems such as illegal immigration, drug trafficking, illegal fishing, and others.
The aim of CO-PROTECT is to make Greece a technologically emerging power in the response to natural disasters, at a time when climate change, with the collateral pressure of the pandemic, is a major issue, affecting human existence and well-being. The effects of climate change are creating an upsurge in floods and extreme weather events combined with drought and forest fires; deforestation from fires is creating landslides and land degradation due to extreme weather events, etc. Moreover, in seismically active regions, such as our country, the pressure increases. All of the above is reflected in the built environment where most of the inhabitants of European countries live and the critical infrastructure related to utility networks, ports, airports, hospitals, etc. The imperative of the Paris Agreement and the climate policy “2050 long-term strategy” guides us in the creation of advanced products/solutions, making Greece, through the GCC and the “CO-PROTECT” project, a strong industrial player of ready-made solutions with efficient results.
The SPACE project, as an outcome of the Greek Cooperative Formation of Space Technologies and Applications (Si-Cluster), focuses on earth observation data management combined with the use of space technologies and Artificial Intelligence models to develop new applications that will help manage environmental crisis and political protection. More specifically, the main objectives of the project are the development of a system for monitoring and modeling atmospheric gusts, management of port security, and monitoring various crop parameters from UAV arrays to develop an intelligent sustainable agriculture management system.
In the process to combine A.I. object detection tools with medium, high, ultra-high resolution satellite images, SAR data and RF data, it is important to use as many available sources as possible – AIS, VMS, coastal radar, airborne patrol, SAR data, etc. Most common practice in the maritime domain is the fusion of satellite images and AIS or VMS systems, mostly done with SAR images. MAGINet procedure is a new challenge with the use of video and microsatellite optical, SAR missions and RF data combined with AIS, thus ensuring the creation of a futureproof platform that incorporates state-of-the-art technologies.
Urban areas are currently facing significant new and/or aggravated existing challenges due to the impacts of climate change, including increased frequency and intensity of extreme weather events, urban greenness loss, urban flash floods, air quality degradation, and increased greenhouse gas emissions, geo-hazards, and urban heat fluxes among others. To address these challenges HARMONIA will provide a resilience assessment platform to help urban stakeholders understand and quantify Climate Change (CC) effects. In order to develop and apply the diverse methodologies and applications, four European cities are participating, Milan, Piraeus, Sofia, and Ixelles. Based on satellite and multidimensional urban context data, the HARMONIA platform will offer a user-friendly knowledge base, dispensing detailed information on a local neighborhood and building block level. This will support local decision-making and foster a wide range of applications dedicated to climate change adaptation and mitigation. Specifically, HARMONIA will focus on two types of Climate Change (CC) effects: Natural and human-made hazards intensified by CC, including urban flooding, soil degradation, geohazards (landslides, earthquake, ground deformation), heat islands, urban heat fluxes, air quality, and gas emissions.
Space technology connected with Artificial Intelligence and machine learning techniques is one of the most rapidly developing field of science and also play a key role to control disaster by space like Covid-19 outbreak. While space technologies have been successfully applied to a small number of macroeconomy and heath care related matters over the last decade, there is neither a significant utilization of space elements nor a systematic analysis of needs for space assets in this sector yet. The project EYE intends to propose a prototype service based on Copernicus data, automatic image processing supported by artificial intelligence integrated with modelling and statistic and geospatial data into an IT platform able to provide econometric and epidemiologic nowcasting and forecasting data.
The STABLE project is addressing risk maps of Cultural Heritage (CH) at a medium scale, such as a block of buildings and large structures, to derive similar damage maps, by collecting information before the event occurs and addressing damage forecast for seismic movements which have an impact on the structural stability of the CH. The introduction of a strategy and the selection of the most efficient methods and tools for harmonization of data, criteria, and indicators to be addressed for tracking the impact of environmental changes on tangible cultural heritage assets, buildings, and monuments, including structural deterioration processes at a city/village scale, will be achieved. This valuable information needs to be complemented, calibrated, and tested with ground data (e.g., geotechnical information), site scale monitoring (e.g., ground monitoring stations, laser scanners, etc.), and risk forecasting models (related to earthquakes) to derive end-user-driven products like deformation maps, vulnerability, and damage maps. The project focuses on the design and development of an IT service platform, combining advanced satellite technologies with existing ground-based data and risk forecasting modeling for the long term and continuing monitoring and updating of structural stability of the architectural heritage, particularly historical centers affected by geo-hazards.
The TRIQUETRA project aims at creating an evidence-based assessment platform that allows precise risk stratification, and also creates a database of available mitigation measures and strategies, acting as a Decision Support Tool towards efficient risk mitigation and site remediation. The overall approach of Triquetra is based in three distinct steps: (i) Risk Identification, (ii) Risk Quantification an (iii) Risk Mitigation. TRIQUETRA’s data collection will provide an insight to all the variables directly or indirectly connected to CC, comparing them with historical data. New innovative surveying techniques are utilized: Hydrographic surveys, multi-beam sonars, UAVs with optical, multispectral & LiDAR sensors, underwater photogrammetry, laser spectroscopy, novel simulation models and more. By integrating all modules and technologies in TRIQUETRA, a DSS will be developed and validated in actual working conditions in 8 different pilot sites across Europe, spanning a wide range of archaeological periods, CH typology, structures and materials. The DSS will enable stakeholders and decision makers to make the most educated decisions related to risk mitigation and remediation of endangered CH sites. In addition, TRIQUETRA will develop a set of novel nanotechnology based coatings for preserving CH sites, without compromising their authenticity. TRIQUETRA will put together a Knowledge Base platform, comprising all existing methods and techniques for remediating such CH sites, while also developing novel CH protection technologies, going beyond state of the art.
RESEARCH (REmote SEnsing techniques for ARCHaeology) will test new risk assessment methodology, by examining soil erosion, land movement, and land use change threatening archaeological sites. The project uses an integrated system of documentation and research in the fields of archaeology and environmental studies, combining advanced remote sensing technologies with GIS applications for the mapping and long-term monitoring of archaeological heritage. The project addresses the design and development of a multi-task thematic platform, that will be a new affordable tool for authorities in charge of CH preservation, to monitor the degradation process, enable preventive maintenance, and reduce restoration costs.
Urban / Energy – Utilities
D^2EPC aims to set the grounds for the next generation of dynamic Energy Performance Certificates (EPCs) for buildings. The proposed framework sets its foundations on the smart-readiness level of the buildings and the corresponding data collection infrastructure and management systems. It is fed by operational data and adopts the ‘digital twin’ concept to advance Building Information Modelling, calculate a novel set of energy, environmental, financial and human comfort/ wellbeing indicators, and through them the EPC classification of the building in question.
In 2020 Europe went through a very significant economic and social crisis, namely the response to the disease of Coronavirus. Over 200 million European citizens were obliged to observe restrictive measures, in some cases lock down measures, in order for governments and local authorities of the Member States of the European Union to address and limit the problem of the spread of the virus. Through this situation a number of problems emerged, one of which relates to the management of building utilities under such conditions. Specifically, in a very few days most of the activity of the European Economy shifted from the office environment to homes, leading to several problems in relation to the completeness and integrity of utilities such as power outages, water shortage and insufficient internet connection. The initiative entitled Development of Utilities Management Platform for the case of Quarantine and Lockdown – eUMaP aims to implement all those activities that will lead to the development of an open platform through which local authorities will be able to plan and manage the demand and supply of building utilities in case of quarantine or lock down.
As an active key actor in the spatial planning and social innovation arena for Renewable Energy Landscapes (REL), PEARLS project will reinforce the population’s commitment to secure, clean and efficient energy. REL are regarded as spaces where renewable energies change the population’s relationship with energy and their landscape perception. Despite all efforts, resistance to REL lingers in Europe, while the reasons for strong social acceptance in Mediterranean and South American countries are still unknown. PEARLS main goal is to develop applied knowledge through questions about how to increase public engagement in the behalf of sustainable renewable energy system through planning processes. Its results will transform policy initiatives and strategic interventions with the population, in places where energy resources are relevant and local communities are disadvantaged from the opportunities that networking offers.
Urban areas are under huge pressure to enhance policies in order to become more sustainable and livable, as well as to provide environments and social fabric that support Public Health (PH) and Wellbeing (WB). The conventional approach to urban and revitalization planning is based mostly on profit criteria with routine methodologies, often lacking advanced integrated methods and concepts with emphasis on health, societal and environmental aspects (including Climate Change-CC). Moreover, local communities’ needs are neglected and hence cities often end up with solutions that are not embraced by local communities and citizens. To address these challenges, the HEART project aims to comprehensively address factors influencing PH&WB, provide evidence base (proven by clinical tests where appropriates) thus improve urban health and reduce health disparities through changes in individual behaviour of citizens, stimulated by different policies. This will include advanced Blue-Green (BG) based urban design, where PH, WB and environmental quality will be intrinsically built-in in all phases of planning and implementation, with strong involvement of local communities to allow them to embrace new solutions.
European cities face major social challenges due to global geopolitical, economic, climate, and other changes; this puts urban areas under a lot of stress to provide environments that support Public Health (PH) and well-being (WB). The conventional approach to urban and revitalization planning is based mostly on profit criteria with routine methodologies, often lacking advanced integrated methods and concepts with emphasis on PH, WB, cultural, economic, and societal aspects. Hence, the needs of local communities are not recognized or neglected and cities end up with costly investments that are not embraced by local communities and therefore lack sustainability. To address these challenges, euPOLIS NBS-based Urban Planning methodologies enriched with cultural and societal aspects offer the synergy of a people-centered approach with significant environmental and economic benefits of Blue Green Solutions.
Disaster Response – Nature
The EPIPELAGIC project is a Bilateral and Multilateral Cooperation project between Greece and China focused on monitoring coastal areas. The project’s main goal is to address and mitigate the effects of climate change and natural disasters by providing methodologies and tools that use time series of Earth Observation satellite data in combination with other auxiliary data and field measurements. The main objective is to create an electronic platform and a decision support platform to monitor and evaluate significant changes that can be associated with natural and anthropogenic hazards, including land use change, shoreline changes over time, soil erosion, ground deformation, and sea and groundwater level monitoring. EPIPELAGIC aims at demonstrating the capabilities of satellite synergistic observations analysis to evaluate suitable indicators. The research activities to be carried out will provide sustainable support to local culture, society, economy, and environment in both countries.
The Disaster Resilience Innovation Cluster – Defkalion (DRIC Defkalion) titled “Innovative Partnership for the Protection and Safety of Environmental Risks” aims to tackle climate change impacts by taking adaptation measures to mitigate its effects. Many companies today, recognizing the environmental aspects of their activities, invest in resources necessary for the adoption and implementation of an efficient Environmental Management System. At the same time, they are integrating modern technological innovations, aiming to continuously improve their environmental performance and reduce their operating costs. In this light, the Disaster Resilience Innovation Cluster DRIC Defkalion seeks to create a favorable environment for the presentation and promotion of private and public sector initiatives that promote such technological innovations in the market and solutions related with early warning of climatic hazards and disaster risk management.
The present project proposes an application aiming at the improved quality of potato production through more efficient absorption of nutrients, a pro-environmental management of important fungal pathogens ofthe crop by reducing the use of chemical fungicides. Chemical inoculation is a way of awakening the defense mechanism of plants, which have already been treated with stimulants before the presence of stress conditions. More specifically, POTATO2UP will highlight the advantages and potentials of applying environmentally friendly triggering practices to crop practices by evaluating time-focused applications of intersystemic biostimulants with trans-wave sprays for more efficient nutrient absorption with reduced chemical inputs to the potato crop of the pilotfield. To evaluate the time-focused applications of chitosan hydrochloride acting as an activator of plant defense mechanisms for a more environmentally friendly management of important fungal pathogens. Finally, remote sensing technics will be implemented, which has shown promising results for monitoring the physiological status ofplants in the pilot field.
The project aims to detect the pre-visual stages of infection of olive trees affected by the bacterium Xylella fastidiosa (Xf) using satellite data and Remote Sensing technics. With the use of the abovementioned, it can be monitoring the possible infection of olive orchards by Xf and also can be exploited as a tool to study and understand the spread of the bacterium Xf.
The CompOlive project aims at developing an integrated technological product – management system and application that includes software development, logistics infrastructure and services. CompOlive using advanced remote sensing products, innovative digital technologies and know-how in the field of composting, will contribute and allow the efficient treatment and utilization of waste oil production materials in the field (on-farm). The philosophy of the project is simple (Figure 1) and essentially aims at achieving a circular economy in the agri-food sector, with emphasis on olive production, while making composting in the field as a service (composting on-farm as a service) economically viable and viable.
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Geosystems Hellas together with EMTEC Space P.C., ISD S.A., ΗΕRON Engineering, LEO Photonics, AUTH, UoA and HNA, will create the first Greek cubesat (CubeSat for Earth monitoring, high-Level Mission instrument), part of the Hellenic Space Dawn (ESA ITT AO/1-11498/22/UK/ND), which had its kick off meeting early April. The project partners shall design, build, test, launch and operate the two HS-DAWN cubesats (CubeO-1 και CubeO-2). The two cubesats will carry Remote Sensing imaging instruments for Earth observation, and will have a capability of 5 times a day revisit and 1 night-time acquisition. SELENE is one of the two cubesats.
GSH, in collaboration with COSMOS , carries out the project “Digitization of the Chronological Archive of Aerial Photographs of the Hellenic Military Geographical Service – Development and Provision of Digital Services” of the Action: “Digitization of the Chronological Archive of Aerial Photographs of the Hellenic Military Geographical Service – Development and Provision of Digital Services”, with OPS Code 5049399 of the OP “Public Sector Reform 2014-2020”, contracting authority INFORMATION SOCIETY, with the supply of 2 photogrammetric scanners, 20 integrated photogrammetry software systems and 10 integrated SAR data processing software systems of HEXAGON, as the sole reseller in Greece and Cyprus.