Serco Europe and OVHcloud have announced that they are combining their respective expertise to develop a new structured ecosystem for Big Data users, in order to respond to the growing needs for data usage and to support the new space economy.
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As data from Earth Observation programmes continue to grow exponentially, with several hundred active satellites currently in orbit, there is a need to manage these data and an increasing demand for the development of value-added applications and more complete geospatial solutions. These will be based on Big Data, developed by combining satellite data with data from other heterogeneous sources.
In order to address this downstream market, the current partnership between the two companies, with OVHcloud being the Cloud provider for ONDA DIAS, Serco’s cloud platform for Earth Observation, will evolve to provide a new ONDA governance model for the exploitation of ONDA services. The aim is to provide a more flexible and agile solution to meet customers needs and to develop joint programmes supporting start-up companies.
As part of the ONDA service evolution, Serco will enlarge the volume of datasets accessible online and will ensure a minimum of six-month online availability by the end of 2021 and access to long term series of data throughout 2022 (two-year coverage of Europe for all Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 Level and 1/2 User Level Data and Selected Thematic datasets).
Serco and OVHcloud will also provide new Platform as a Service (PaaS) services including access to the latest Artificial Intelligence technology, smart storage solutions for third party data archiving and management, New Kubernetes as a service to support users in the development of commercial applications and a new version of the ONDA ENS API (V2.0).
Guido Vingione, Serco Space Business Development Director said: “These are exciting times for Big Data exploitation and for our ONDA services. Together with our partner OVHcloud, we are committed to play a key role in supporting the new space economy and providing access to Earth Observation data: this is only the first step in always improving our offer and solution.”