The 3rd Farming by Satellite Prize, promoting the use of Europe’s Galileo (Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS)) and Copernicus (Earth Observation (EO) services) programmes in agriculture, was decided on Monday 23rd January at International Green Week in Berlin.
Full free and open access, thanks to the EU’s Copernicus data and information policy, boosted the user uptake of Copernicus satellite imagery – the number of submissions for the 2016 prize reached 76.
Following stiff competition from the 76 applicants across 13 European and 8 African countries the overall winner of €5,000 was ISA team from the Lille University in France with their idea to optimize soil properties by a tailored application of cover crops using satellite imagery and geo-location services.
Their inspiring work to improve agricultural practices whilst at the same time improving the environmental aspects of agricultural practices was recognized.
The second prize was awarded to TTT Solutions, Czech Republic, for an improved crop type detection and monitoring system. The third prize went to Glorify, Italy, for a new forecasting system for rice production. The €4,000 Special Africa Prize went to Shamballite from Kenya for a satellite based farming information system, sending tailored advise to farmers via mobile phone.
Remarkable and unifying all winning proposals is the successful exploitation of synergies between the two European flagship space programmes Galileo and Copernicus.
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