IRLOGI January 2019 Webinar: “Remote Sensing: Opportunities Everywhere for the Public and Private Sectors”




Geoff Sawyer

Secretary General, EARSC, the European Association for Remote Sensing Companies


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on 17 January 2019 starting at 13:00 Irish time

Over the past decade or so there have been substantial changes in the Remote Sensing (RS) environment.  In the case of satellites, resolution levels for commercially available imagery have improved substantially (20cm x 20cm is coming), the frequency of same location imagery has improved (same day in some cases), costs per km^2 have dropped, more satellite imagery is being provided free of charge, analytical software to process and interpret imagery has improved significantly.  More recently drones have provided a powerful new platform for RS, and in the emerging future, driverless vehicles with their many sensors and software which interprets the incoming data in real time will no doubt add another important dimension to the RS story.

Looking back, change has been a dominant thread running through the RS environment and looking forward into the future the same thread is very likely to continue to play its dominant role.


In this webinar Geoff will:

  • Review briefly the changes in the RS environment which have taken place over the past decade;
  • Gaze into his crystal ball and look at the trends shaping possible new developments in the coming 5 – 10 years;
  • Outline current and emerging business opportunities for private sector companies. In this regard Geoff will provide some background information regarding EARSC and focus on how it provides support to its members to identify and bid for these opportunities;
  • Provide some thoughts on how best public sector bodies can exploit the many opportunities presented by RS;
  • Provide some pointers regarding how the EO and GIS/geospatial communities can establish a more mutually supportive ecosystem.


Geoff has been the Secretary General of EARSC since 2011 and has driven the development of the Association into the widely-known and well-regarded organisation it is today. During his long and varied career, Geoff has held senior management positions in the space industry with Astrium / EADS / Airbus as well as numerous representative positions in the UK and Europe. In his early career, Geoff was the radar systems designer for ERS-1 and Envisat and at the end he became vice-president for the space strategy for EADS (now Airbus). He was previously a director of EARSC for 12 years during which he was chairman for 6 years from 1991 to 1997.  He has served on many EU consultative bodies and spent 3 years working for the European Commission where he was responsible for supporting space policy and, in particular, the creation of the GMES initiative. Geoff is very well known to many in the space and earth observation sectors and brings this deep wealth of experience and knowledge to support the ambitions of the geo-information industry that EARSC represents.



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