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Environmental Data from Space

Deutsche Telekom was commissioned by the European Space Agency (ESA) to develop a Cloud Platform providing access to satellite data. T-Systems will use the Copernicus Data and Information Access Service (Copernicus DIAS) to provide mass data from the European Earth observation program through the Open Telekom Cloud. Companies can then access the data free of charge and use it directly in the cloud for commercial purposes. The high-quality photographs generate valuable environmental parameters in six areas: land monitoring, marine monitoring, atmosphere monitoring, climate change, emergency management response, and security. Indeed, Copernicus data and information have been used to show the extent and magnitude of damage caused by forest fires (Italy, Spain, Greece, Portugal), earthquakes (Mexico), hurricanes (countries hit by hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria), and floods (Ireland, Germany), and helped rescue teams deal with these natural disasters.

Because Copernicus DIAS is a Cloud service, it is able to democratize access to European satellite data. In the past, few companies could afford the time and resources for downloading, saving and processing this continuously generated data.

Copernicus DIAS from the Open Telekom Cloud has been available since 2018. In addition to providing up-to-date earth observation data in the Open Telekom cloud, Deutsche Telekom is also maintaining a comprehensive database archive.