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2021.02.03

ESA EO-Widget project continues elaborating on EO products and services

ESA EO-Widget project continues elaborating on EO products and services
On 20 January 2021 the kick-off meeting of the EO-Widget (ESA Incubed EO widget) project took place as an online event. This is a project supported by the European Space Agency (ESA) and it is about changing the online EO service concept. The objective of the project is to implement a completely new concept in the Earth Observation domain – Widgets providing EO-based monitoring solutions not only along proven ICT standards and data security, but also easy to onboard mini-applications with fast access to information. NPA, Lithuania, is among the project stakeholders planning to take part in the project pilots.
 
In accordance with the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) and Green Deal Agenda, the Agricultural Monitoring approach for direct payments, including Area Monitoring System (AMS) and Checks by Monitoring (CbM) will become mandatory for Paying Agencies by 2024. Therefore,  there is a need for operational solutions to be in place already by 2023. 
 
Currently, the implementation of the CAP undergoes significant changes leading towards intensified utilisation of Earth Observation (EO) data and cloud infrastructures for management and information extraction. Since the NPA is responsible for eligibility checks and payments of farmers’ subsidies in accordance with the CAP regulations, the project results will tangibly contribute to the successful implementation of AMS in Lithuania.
 
EO-WIDGET contains technical innovations, all aiming at the development of a "User interface as service approach". The project builds on outputs from several ESA projects (e.g., Sen4CAP) as well as EC Research & Development outputs to make them “business ready”: through integration and operational deployment for end-users, who consider compliancy reporting to be challenging.
Among the stakeholders of the EO-WIDGET there are customers (authorities/agencies, farmers) and providers (EO-WIDGET industrial cooperation partners), including the NPA in Lithuania.  So the diversity and complexity of the market is a good entry point for the given widget concept.
 
The complete IT system EO-WIDGET system or EO-WIDGET Data Products alongside EO-WIDGET Services, will include EO-derived products, e.g. Crop Type map, grassland mowing and monitoring, intercropping, biodiversity stripes, a set of data on actions comprising agricultural practices, etc. Small widgets, such as traffic lights, Time series, plotting similar, bundled together into Apps, will be customized for a specific customer. 
 
 
Last updated: 2021-02-03 08:40