Des données satellites pour mieux comprendre notre environnement
In partnership with EBRC, ACRI-ST collects phenomenal quantities of satellite data in Luxembourg within the framework of the European Space Agency programmes. Hosted in Luxembourg, these observational datasets will enable better understanding of the phenomena that influence our environment. An interview with Dr. Odile Fanton D'Andon, one of the four founders of the ACRI group.
ACRI-ST specialises in the conservation of Earth Observation data gathered through satellites. The company, an ESA (European Space Agency) partner, is developing part of its business in Luxembourg. "The company is a member of the ACRI group, which for nearly 30 years has been contributing to the development of space missions for satellite observation of the terrestrial environment", explains Odile Fanton D'Andon.

Precious information

The data provided by the satellites are valuable and reflect the state of our environment and its evolution. In order to respond to the needs of ESA's Copernicus programme, ACRI-ST has partnered with EBRC, the European leader in sensitive data management, to host and store these information. "We are receiving vast quantities of data on Earth. Its analysis over time should enable us, as well as future generations, to better understand our environment and the changes taking place on our planet", adds Odile Fanton D'Andon.

Receiving data, storing it, and making it accessible

"We needed a high level of service in a facility capable of accommodating large amounts of data in a secure environment and ensuring their integrity 24/7", highlights the CEO. With its expertise, EBRC ensures the conservation, availability and security of the information in its Betzdorf Data Centre, which has the highest level of certification, Tier IV, from the Uptime Institute. "The other issue is access to this data, according to Odile Fanton D'Andon. By hosting our conservation technology in the cloud, EBRC has enabled us to implement a highly-efficient data storage and provisioning environment."

A new ecosystem could emerge

Under the Copernicus programme, eight petabytes of data should be quickly collected. While this data is being used by European Space Agency research projects, it could also be made available to third parties. They might be tempted to set up shop close to this data source. A new ecosystem of stakeholders creating value on the foundation of this data could therefore grow in Luxembourg.

Published in LG Magazine, September 2017

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