The EU SatCen organised on Thursday 4th of May 2017 (11.00-12.00 CET) an Hangout session on “Big Data for Secure Societies” in the framework of the BigDataEurope project and with regard to the “Secure Societies” Horizon 2020 Societal Challenge. The Hangout was the fourth of a scheduled series in the BigDataEurope project for the Secure Societies domain and it has been followed by attendees coming from EC, EU entities, ESA, private companies, universities and other public entities from a variety of domains in Secure Societies.
The European Space Agency together with GEO, FAO and EU have organised the WorldCover 2017 Conference, hosted in ESA-ESRIN (I) from 14 to 16 March 2017.
The WorldCover 2017 Conference was the opportunity to present first-hand and up-to-date results from on-going research and application development activities by using data from past and current satellites for Land Cover studies.
The event was open to final users, scientists, students, representatives from National, European and International Space Agencies, Value Adding Industries, Laboratories and Universities.
The EU Satellite Centre (SatCen) participated with an oral presentation entitled “Land Cover data to support a Change Detection system for the Space and Security community” given by Sergio Albani, Responsible for RTDI (Research, Technology Development and Innovation).
The presentation showed the progresses on the development of the RTDI prototype platform, built on the results of different Big Data and Cloud Computing projects (e.g. BigDataEurope).
The platform aims at improving the capacity to manage and exploit a huge amount of heterogeneous data to timely provide decision-makers in the Space and Security domain with operational (i.e. clear and useful) information. The platform offers services to access, storage, process and visualize data; one of the core services is the Change Detection, which can benefit from the integration of collateral information such as Land Cover maps.
The 3rd ESA International Security Symposium (ISS), held in Frascati (Rome) on 13th and 14th of February, focused on how challenges related to security of Big Data can impact the activities and security of international and national organisations. The event brought together public and private stakeholders of the space sectors such as national and international space organizations, industry and academia, providing an excellent chance for networking and exchanging information.
The EU Satellite Centre (SatCen) participated with an oral presentation entitled “Information Security Challenges in the Big Data Era” given by Alexis Letulier, Head of the SatCen IT Division.
After having introduced the SatCen mission and its involvement in different Big Data projects (e.g. BigDataEurope), the presentation elaborated on how to face the Security challenges and threats in the Big Data era. To this aim, SatCen has already several tools (from physical to digital security) in place at operational level, based on best practises and customized to its specific aims.
Besides the key technical points, it was also highlighted the importance of the Value of the data. Such V is becoming one of the most significant amongst the Vs of the Big Data paradigm (widely defined as Volume, Variety, Velocity, Veracity and indeed Value): thus, the development of information extraction techniques (e.g. Machine Learning) is crucial to really benefit from Big Data technologies. These techniques should be developed and deployed using European infrastructures, in order to boost the digital society and the economic growth in Europe.