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FIRE, the industry-led Forum for Innovation and Research in European Earth Observation, has started its activities to shape the Research and Innovation Strategy for Earth Observation (EO) solutions in Europe. It will establish a user community across different sectors, starting with agriculture, energy, raw materials, infrastructure, marine, and urban spaces. A dedicated ‘EO Evangelist’ programme will promote the adoption of EO solutions in these sectors. Open dialogue with the demand side will guide the development, delivery and uptake of EO services in Europe.

Agriculture


Technological developments have been transforming the agricultural sector for centuries. Today, precision agriculture, smart farming, or field management solutions use EO to improve decision-making and to optimise resource-efficient production for higher yield.

Energy


The shift towards sustainable and low-carbon economies demands innovative, yet commercially viable solutions for the energy sector. EO can, among other, contribute with applications for planning and managing facilities and networks, or monitoring their performance and environmental impact.

Raw Materials


Raw materials are essential for ensuring sustainability, efficiency and competitiveness of the European industries. EO can play an important role in exploration, processing, recycling, and monitoring of resources and sites while controlling for environmental sustainability.

Infrastructure


Access to quality infrastructure, such as for transportation or utilities, is an important pre-requisite for economic development and human well-being. EO can increase efficiency and effectiveness in planning and monitoring of infrastructure, securing its availability and economical operation.

Marine


Actors of the marine industry play a key role in safeguarding the sustainability and health of oceans, seas, and marine resources. EO can provide new and more precise data, e.g. for water quality monitoring, detection of illegal or harmful activities, or energy applications.

Urban spaces


Increasing urbanisation of populations entails various challenges for mobility, air quality, critical infrastructure, security, poverty, health, or housing. EO can facilitate the planning, monitoring, and management of urban environments and contribute to more liveable and more sustainable cities.

Deliverables

Period project activities and progress, variations to the GA, and performance against KPIs (CO)

Detailed plan outlining the framework for data access, use & re-use within FIRE (CO)

Database presenting all the engaged actors across the six sectors (CO)

Six templated documents presenting the current state-of-play vis-à-vis EO solution uptake for each of the market sectors. These cards will communicate the state of EO in the sector ’now’ allowing informed discussion of the future.

Synthesis of background analyses on each of the topics i) R&D trends in the EO sector, ii) market trends impacting on service delivery relevant to the sector, iii) complimentary technology trends, iv) skills assessment and trends and v) complimentary initiatives.

A concise document stating the mission of the Focus Groups and the procedures followed to achieve it.

Note on Focus Group Events (FGEs) including lessons learned for format of second phase of FGEs

Note on Focus Group Events

Note on the first FIRE Forum event including lessons learned for format of second phase of FGEs

Note on the second FIRE Forum event

Based on existing portal infrastructure a portal will be constructed with specific pages for each sector. The portal will then be a live space for continued interaction with the sector communities.

Encompassing the key elements of the FGE notes, this set of plans describes the state of each target market sector with respect to the uptake of EO technologies, and goes further to identify the market workflow and EO service adaptations that could lead to short term wins, and the regulatory changes and R&D recommendations that could lead to better longer term exploitation.

This Publication outlines the applicable research and innovation perspectives for the development and delivery of mass-market EO services (i.e. delivered at smartphone level), as well the upscaling of current services.

This Deliverable outlines the main components of the FIRE discussions with each identified sector and how each sector could improve efficiencies and performance through the adoption of EO technologies. It clearly lays out the research and development pathways required to achieve the desired increased uptake of services.

This Deliverable outlines the communications approach to be followed in the project and the materials required to realise this approach (CO)

Coinciding with the release of the FIRE portal we will release a press kit and communication leaflet to fire up the community’s interest in the activities and ensure maximum interest and participation in the dialogue events.

A range of presentations, interviews and promotional audio-visual material will be prepared based on the F1 event and FGE meetings.

Planning for the novel EO-Evangelist programme, which will see a dedicated effort to promote EO technologies by persuasive speakers to new markets (CO)

This webinar will provide training instructions for the honing of presentation skills. 

This brief note will document the sectors targeted by the Evangelists and any short- or medium-term benefits identified through these activities.

This report will capture all the aspects related to the sustainable exploitation of the key assets of the project. (CO)