PHAROS - Project on a multi-hazard open platform for satellite based downstream services

Satellite systems are essential to respond to disasters and relief. On the one hand, Earth observation satellites (EO) provide very valuable data for forecasting, short-term and long-term monitoring, as well as disaster impact assessment. On the other hand, satellite communication systems, being reliable and robust against natural and human disasters, can be used to quickly restore communications for both emergency services and citizens. In addition, satellite navigation systems are inevitable for logistics, deployment operations and rescue of first aid resources. During the PHAROS project, which was developed between 2013 and 2015, an innovative open-service multi-risk platform was designed and implemented. which integrates observation, satellite communications in space and navigation assets with other technologies. The services provided by this platform are designed for a wide variety of users and for multiple applications:

  • Early prediction / detection of emergency situations
  • alert the population
  • environmental monitoring
  • crisis management and risk management

The exploitation of the platform is aimed at several types of users: crisis managers, critical infrastructure operators, insurance companies and academic / research institutions.

  • December 2013 - May 2016
  • Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt (Coordinator)
    Tecnosylva (Spain)
    Avanti Communications (UK)
    Space Hellas SA (Greece)
    IQ Wireless GmbH (Germany)
    SPMM - Stichting Platform Mobile Messaging (Netherlands)
    Eutelsat SA (France)
    Pau Costa Foundation (Spain)
  • Total budget: € 3.430.190,70