Team

The APOLLO project brings together nine partners from five European countries (Greece, Spain, Austria, Belgium and Serbia), and combines expertise in agronomy, agricultural services, soil science, remote sensing and Earth Observation. The consortium is proud to include two farmers’ associations – the Agricultural Cooperative of Pella in Greece, and the Association of Farmers of the Municipality of Ruma in Serbia, who will pilot and test early versions of the services. A third pilot will be carried out in Spain, spearheaded by experienced agricultural services SME AgriSat.


DRAXIS ENVIRONMENTAL S.A. (DRAXIS)

 

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Founded in 2000 in Thessaloniki, Greece, DRAXIS focuses on the following sectors: 1) Environmental software and databases, 2) Environmental Impact Assessment and Consulting and 3) ICT for agriculture, food and energy. DRAXIS can support the whole life cycle of Environmental projects, starting with initial requirements and moving on to development, implementation and finally, to management and maintenance.

DRAXIS can assist local, national and European authorities, as well as private organizations, with Environmental Management and its effective integration into the decision making process. Through the combined use of Environmental Databases and Software, company’s clients can achieve substantial improvements in all aspects of their work.

Research and innovation play a key role in DRAXIS development. DRAXIS steadfast dedication to new technologies and innovative solutions, in conjunction with its active involvement in National and European Research Projects, enable the company to provide high quality services and technological standards.

Previous related projects

Draxis has been, or is currently involved in the following related EU projects:

Role in APOLLO

Draxis is the APOLLO project coordinator, and also leads the platform development activity. Draxis is involved in the following WPs:

WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7


Starlab

 

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Starlab is a private company, with sites in Barcelona, Spain (founded in 2000) and Harwell, UK (2013). Starlab’s mission is to transform science into technologies with a profound positive impact on society.

Starlab provides advanced solutions integrating Earth Observation augmented services and products into the decision chain for more competitive and sustainable operations. The company’s clients include international and national enterprises and administrations in the water management, energy, agriculture and environmental management sectors.

Starlab has been continuously involved in state-of-the-art R&D projects for the European Space Agency and within international industrial consortia since its beginning.

Previous related projects

Starlab has been, or is currently involved in the following related EU projects:

  • Wesenseit (FP7): The Citizens’ Observatory of Water.
  • GMES Sentinel-1 Soil Moisture Algorithm Development (ESA project)
  • Ecopotential: Improving future ecosystem benefits through Earth Observations
  • OWASIS-UK: Observatory of water availability system of integrated services (ESA project)
  • GROW Observatory (H2020)

Role in APOLLO

Starlab’s role in the APOLLO project will be to pre-process all the EO data used in the project, and deliver soil moisture maps derived from Synthetic Aperture Radar data. Starlab is involved in the following WPs:

WP1, WP2, WP3, WP5, WP6, WP7


TU Wien (TUW)

 

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The Remote Sensing (RS) research group of the Department of Geodesy and Geoinformation (GEO) will carry out the work on behalf of the TU Wien in the APOLLO project.

The RS group is specialized in the use of active (scatterometers, SARs) and passive (radiometers) microwave sensors for global monitoring of soil moisture, surface water, and other dynamic hydrologic parameters, but has also experience in the use of optical and thermal remote sensing systems (e.g. for mapping of land cover, snow, forest biomass). Recognised worldwide as one of the leading research groups on soil moisture retrieval and land-surface hydrologic processes by radar remote sensing, the TU Wien RS group’s soil moisture products are used by several thousands of users from research, public, NGO and private sectors. Its soil moisture retrieval algorithm implemented by EUMETSAT is the first operational near-real-time soil moisture data service based on the Advanced Scatterometer (ASCAT) on-board of METOP. Operational since December 2008 the service is now part of EUMETSAT’s Satellite Application Facility in Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management (H-SAF). Furthermore, the first 30+ years global soil moisture data set was the foundation for the ESA Climate Change Initiative (CCI) project on soil moisture (produced in cooperation with VU Amsterdam) which offers merged coarse-resolution active and passive microwave soil moisture retrievals. The latest release of the ESA CCI soil moisture data record (version 02.2) merges data from eight different microwave sensors over the 1978-2015 period.

Previous related projects

TUW has been, or is currently involved in the following related EU projects:

  • Earth2Observe (Global Earth Observation for Integrated Water Resource Assessment) (FP7)
  • AdvancedSAR (The Advanced Techniques for Forest Biomass and Biomass Change Mapping Using Novel Combination of Active Remote Sensing Sensors) (FP7)
  • H-SAF (EUMETSAT Satellite Application Facility on Support to Operational Hydrology and Water Management) (EUMETSAT)
  • GROW Observatory (H2020)
  • Tiget-Net (Satellite Observations Supporting Integrated Water Resource Management in Africa) (ESA ESRIN)

Role in APOLLO

TUW’s role in APOLLO will focus on validation of EO and operational pilot data. TUW is involved in the following WPs:

WP1, WP2, WP3, WP6, WP7


Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Belgrade (UBFCE)

 

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The Faculty of Civil Engineering of the University of Belgrade (UBFCE) is a leading academic institution in Serbia for research in EO data processing methods and application in operational land monitoring and spatio-temporal modelling.

The Department of Geodesy and Geoinformatics, which will be involved in APOLLO on behalf of the UBFCE, has been involved in several national projects focused on research in EO data processing methods and applications in operational land monitoring and spatio-temporal modelling in geosciences and environmental disciplines.

Previous related projects

UBFCE has been, or is currently involved in the following related EU projects:

Role in APOLLO

UBFCE will be responsible for the estimation of agricultural parameters from EO data within the APOLLO project, and is involved in the following WPs:

WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7


Agricultural University of Athens (AUA)

 

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AUA is the 3rd oldest university in Greece. Since 1920, the university contributes consistently to primary sector development by conducting basic and applied research in agricultural related sciences.

AUA conducts 1/3 of the agricultural research in Greece. AUA research funding comes from the private sector as well as from EU research programs. Over the last 4 years, AUA participated in 53 EU projects. AUA contributions address a wide range of issues related to food safety and environmental protection, significantly affecting the daily lives of Europeans citizens: food quality and safety, water resource conservation, organic farming, alternative energy sources, biotechnology, ICT in agriculture. The APOLLO team within AUA is specialised in the applications of informatics, electronics, robotics and precision farming technologies.

Previous related projects

AUA has been, or is currently involved in the following related EU projects:

  • Smart-AKIS „European Agricultural Knowledge and Innovation Systems (AKIS) towards innovation-driven research in SMART Farming Technology“, H2020 Project, 2016-2018 (Coordinator) 
  • USER-PA „User integrates canopy and fruit sensors with mobile vehicles and wireless sensor networks for providing spatial data for high value crops“, ICT-Agri Project, 2013-2016 (WP leader)
  • ROBOFARM “Integrated robotic and software platform as a support system for farm level business decisions”, ICT-Agri Project, 2012-2014 (WP leader)
  • FUTUREFARM „Integration of farm management information systems to support real-time management decisions and compliance of management standards“, FP7 Project, 2008-2011 (WP leader) 

 Role in APOLLO

AUA will be responsible for the user needs analysis and the development of the APOLLO services, and is involved in the following work packages:

WP1, WP2, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7


Evenflow (EVF)

 

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Evenflow is a strategy and communications micro-consultancy specialised in the promotion, exploitation and adoption of innovative technologies, primarily in relation to Earth Observation (Copernicus) and Satellite Navigation (Galileo).

Founded in January 2015, and headquartered in Brussels, the company offers independent services in the areas of communication, marketing and exploitation (commercialisation, uptake and cross-fertilisation of research results), business development, strategy and management consulting, and project coordination.

Previous projects

  • Study performed for a major European agency on user requirements for the use of Global Navigation Satellite Systems (GNSS) in agriculture

Role in APOLLO

Evenflow will be responsible for the communication and exploitation of APOLLO’s results and the development of the business plan for the commercial services. Evenflow is involved in the following WPs:

WP1, WP2, WP5, WP6, WP7


AgriSat

 

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AgriSat is a Spanish SME based in Albacete (Spain), founded in May 2014 as a spin-off of a series of EU and national projects dedicated to the development and demonstration of the operational use of Earth observation (EO) and web-based Geographic Information Systems (GIS) for water management and farm advisory services.

AgriSat’s founding partners are an interdisciplinary group of scientists of the University of Castilla-La Mancha, ICT developers, agronomists, farm consultants, and farmers. As such, the company draws on 20 years of experience in leading-edge technology, which has been rigorously tested and applied in the form of decision support tools for operational irrigation and farm management in a wide range of environments. Several of its founding partners have been amongst the world-wide pioneers of such technology and of its integration in the context of holistic, innovative and participatory development and validation approaches. The mission of AgriSat is to make this knowledge and the corresponding easy-to-use tools widely available to the water and agriculture sectors and thus, to help farmers save water, energy, and inputs while maintaining or increasing yields and ultimately increase farm profitability in an overall context of sustainable agriculture.

Role in APOLLO

In APOLLO, AgriSat will be responsible for the co-creation of services with the help of users, as well as for the pilot implementation of the platform in Spain. AgriSat is involved in the following WPs:

WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7


Association of Farmers of the Municipality of Ruma (UPOR)

 

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The Association of farmers of the Municipality of Ruma (UPOR) is a non-profit organisation with strong experience in the uptake of ICT technologies in farm management.

The Association of farmers of the Municipality of Ruma gathers farmers from the Municipality of Ruma and its neighborhood. The Municipality is situated in the Serbian Province of Vojvodina and is characterized by the fertile plain suitable for agriculture. The Association of farmers is a non-profit organisation founded in 2010 with the aim to provide its members with various means of support in terms of training and knowledge, comprehensive and timely information, communication, etc. The Association currently has 330 members and the number is constantly increasing.

Previous related projects

UPOR has been or is currently involved in the following projects:

Role in APOLLO

UPOR, in close collaboration with UBFCE, is involved in the implementation of the Serbian pilot study.

WP1, WP2, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7


Agricultural Cooperative of Pella (ACP)

 

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The Agricultural Cooperative of Pella is established in Pella in the heart of Macedonia, which is one of the most productive areas in Greece.

The Agricultural Cooperative of Pella began its journey in 1928 with its former name, the Union of Agricultural Cooperatives of Giannitsa. In 2012, due to new legislation, the organisation took a new name and legal form. A.C Pellas now comprises at least 1.000 active members and keeps one of the first places in the Agricultural Cooperative Organisations in Greece. The main mission of the organisation is facilitating the harvesting and processing of all agricultural products in the area, and ensuring their delivery to both domestic and foreign markets. A subsidiary role of the organisation is to support agricultural production through the provision of appropriately equipped staff and technological infrastructure.

Role in APOLLO

WP1, WP2, WP3, WP4, WP5, WP6, WP7


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