We often receive many questions about how to start with our services and how to use them at no charge. We have collected some of the answers to your questions in this post.
- What is EarthConsole® for?
- Who should use EarthConsole®?
- Which are the processors ready for use?
- How to receive a voucher for using EarthConsole®?
- How can you start?
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What is EarthConsole® for?
EarthConsole® is a cloud-based platform to ease the exploitation of earth observation data. Thanks to its computing power co-located with EO data archives, it offers support solutions from developing algorithms to bulk processing, and everything that is between.
Let’s take a deeper look at what they are for:
- G-BOX Algorithm Development and Execution Environment: you can develop and test your algorithm and do post-processing analysis on a virtual machine with fast access to the Copernicus DIAS datasets and pre-installed software.
- I-APP Application Integration Service: either you have developed your algorithm or you wish to use a third party application for processing, you can rely on our expert support to integrate it into the EarthConsole® environment for massive processing.
- P-PRO Parallel Processing Service: you will be enabled to scale up your processing campaign on a wider area of interest and time window.
- P-PRO ON DEMAND Parallel Processing on Demand: to manage small processing tasks via the user-friendly interface of our P-PRO ON DEMAND platform.
EarthConsole® supports the principles of a User-Centred Design approach. We focus on our users’ needs in all phases of the development of the platform. We always have an ear to listen to your feedback to evolve our solutions.
Who should use EarthConsole®?
EarthConsole® is for all those who need to process earth observation data in the R&D phase of their project. For sure researchers, PhDs, the stakeholders orbiting around ESA and national space agencies are the primary beneficiaries of EarthConsole®. But our services are not limited to these typologies of users.
Startups innovators and entrepreneurs not belonging to the earth observation domain can also take advantage of our services. For example, they can receive training in the pre-commercial phase of their project to better learn how to use satellite data to develop new services with high-commercial value.
Let’s not forget about universities and their students. The data scientist is one of the most fast-growing occupations. We are in the position to offer training experiences providing a solid preparation on the Copernicus satellites sensors, characteristics, data typologies and their main applications.
Plus, G-BOX enables mass configuration of tens of virtual machines with the same settings which you can access from any location and any OS (Windows, Linux, MAC). This makes it the ideal solution for a class of students intending to improve their skills with the development of earth observation applications.
Which are the processors ready for use?
We have a list of processors for Altimetry, SAR and Optical applications, integrated and ready to use either for bulk and/or on-demand processing:
And if the processor you need is not there, you can ask us to integrate it with the I-APP service. EarthConsole® allows to integrate in principle any processor also coming from other platforms. And you can in any moment decide to share the processor with other users or keep it for your use only.
How to receive a voucher for using EarthConsole®?
Well yes, you may use our services at no charge for you or your institution. Our solutions are on the ESA EO Network of Resources (NoR), an initiative to foster the use of cloud environments. If you have a research, educational or pre-commercial project, you can ask for a voucher which may totally cover the costs of our services.
The process to request the voucher is very simple, and we will be there to guide you step by step.
But you may be wondering what happens if the sponsorship application at NoR is not successful.
You don’t have to worry because you won’t have to buy the service at your own expenses if you don’t want to. You will be able to withdraw your service request, without any penalty.
How can you start?
First you must request the service you need through our webapp. We will receive your request and do our assessment to offer the solution that best fits your needs.
In case you will select the NoR sponsorship option, we will provide you with the voucher request form filled in for your approval and signature. If it is ok, you will have to submit it to NoR and wait for the evaluation.
In case of acceptance, we will contact you to start using EarthConsole® services.
As easy as it sounds!