GAF has won the tender and been awarded the contract for a pilot project for the highly automated evaluation of satellite data for the monitoring of agricultural parcels. As part of the modernisation and simplification of the Common Agricultural Policy (CAP) in the funding period after 2020, new procedures and the use of innovative technologies are planned. Within this framework, machine learning procedures and neural networks will be used, together with a large volume of Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and other suitable raster data (big data). This approach will be used for the evaluation and checking of crop types and agri-environmental and climate measures, and is intended to replace on-the-spot-checks (OTSC) in their present form in the long term.
GAF has been awarded a contract to upgrade and automate the Nigerian Mining Cadastre Office. The aim is to enable online applications, e-recording, archiving and the establishment of local offices in the six geographical zones of the country. This is the first sub-project launched within the Mineral Sector Support for Economic Diversification Project (MinDiver), which is financed by a World Bank credit from the International Development Association (IDA). The contract signing ceremony took place in Abuja, Nigeria in the presence of Abubakar Bawa Bwari, the Hon. Minister of Mines and Steels Development (MMSD), several directors of various ministerial departments and a number of officials from the World Bank. GAF was represented by Dr. Tobias Wever, Head of the Geology and Mines Section.
1ST GMES AND AFRICA FORUM: Unlocking the potential of Earth Observation as a key driver of Africa’s sustainable development
The first forum of the GMES & Africa Support Programme is a communication platform that encourages and promotes the exchanging of views among Earth Observation service providers and end-users at the grassroots level in Africa. The first forum is being co-organised by the African Union Commission and the Government of Gabon and will be held from 19th to 23rd November 2018 in Libreville, Gabon.
The theme of the first GMES and Africa Forum is “Unlocking the potential of Earth Observation as a key driver of Africa’s sustainable development”. Satellites are collecting huge volumes of high resolution images in real and/or near real time from space, and these have great potential to be utilised for different applications in the day-to-day activities of people in various sectors.
Brussels, 5th September 2018
The ECoLaSS international project team, which is under the leadership of GAF AG, gathered last week to present the progress made during the first 18-month project period to the European Commission’s Research Executive Agency (REA). Coordinated by Linda Moser (GAF, middle), ECoLaSS is developing, testing and prototypically demonstrating new technologies and products as candidates for a next-generation Copernicus Land Monitoring Service (CLMS) from 2020 onwards. ECoLaSS brings together a group of renowned research and industry partners consisting of GAF (Germany), SIRS (France), UCL (Belgium), Joanneum Research (Austria) and DLR (Germany).
The Bangalore Space Exhibition (BSX), organised by the Confederation of Indian Industry in association with Antrix and ISRO, took place on 6-8 September 2018. GAF’s Head of Data Reception Frithjof Barner and Head of Strategy and Vice Chairman Dr. Peter Volk were there and attended various meetings and sessions. These focused on international data distribution and the utilisation of Indian Earth Observation data. The picture shows Peter Volk presenting the potential for new developments and entrants specifically in terms of the Earth Observation downstream industry.
Together with European Space Imaging, Planet, Runder Tisch GIS e.V and our new partners T-Systems and Munich Re, we will provide a central point of contact for cross-system information about satellite data, geo-information and associated services.
The GAF key topics this year include our innovative Copernicus and service-on-demand solutions, and future developments in earth observation, 3D GIS and virtual reality.
Together with our partner T-Systems, we are proud to present the newly available cloud platform Mundi.
On Mundi, we also show the scope and historical classification of the drought in Europe in 2018 and, togehter with our partner Munich Re, present derived information services for the insurance industry.
GAF has been successfully awarded a Project in Ecuador, which has the main aim to design and implement an Early Warning System based on Earth Observation data to detect deforestation events; the system will support the Government in their forest and protected area management schemes. The Project is being implemented in strong collaboration with the Ministry of Environment in Ecuador and supported with KfW funds.
GMES and Africa has kick started training on user uptake, service packaging and communications using Earth Observation products and services to users in 55 African countries.
The workshop takes place in Nairobi, Kenya. The GMES and Africa Support Programme is a 30 million Euro joint programme cofinanced by the European Commission and the African Union commission. It will use and adapt Copernicus Programme data and services to the African context. GMES and Africa covers the entire African continent and is guided by African-owned processes in order to serve African needs.http://gmes4africa.blogspot.com/2018/07/gmes-and-africa-conducted-capacity.html
After 32 years of working for GAF and more than 11 years in the position of CEO, Peter Volk stepped down from the latter position as planned on 30 June 2018. On 1 July, Sebastian Carl took over as CEO of GAF.
Sebastian Carl has been with the company for more than 25 years and previously already managed large parts of the companies’ activities. With an educational background as an agricultural engineer, he gained a doctorate in SAR imagery analysis using artificial analysis. Among other things, he has worked with the analysis of large volumes of EO data at GAF.
Peter Volk will remain available to the company in order to ensure a smooth transition and assistance with strategic and operative functions. GAF is very pleased that it can provide management continuity and therefore ongoing excellent service to its existing and future clients.
The AGIT Symposium will be taking place again on 4-6 July 2018. For the sixth year in a row, GAF will have a stand at the Expo. You can take a look at our products in a LIVE presentation with the Oculus-Rif system, which will also showcase our high resolution digital elevation models.
We look forward to seeing you at stand no. 6!
Vom 4- 6. Juli 2018 findet wieder das AGIT Symposium statt. Im 6ten Jahr in Folge wird die GAF mit einem Stand auf der Expo vertreten sein. Überzeugen Sie sich selbst von unseren Produkten bei einer LIVE-Präsentation mit der Oculus-Rift! Dabei werden wir unsere hochaufgelösten Digitalen Höhenmodelle präsentieren.
Besuchen Sie uns auf dem Stand Nr. 6!
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