Galileo has become part of our daily life and many users are not even aware that the latest purchased smartphones or location equipment are supplied with it. In fact, most of the ultra-modern applications will make use of Galileo GNSS. PlanBlue, providing an intelligent software linked to a specific underwater (hyperspectral) camera to improve conservation and industrial activities, was awarded as the Overall Winner of the international ideas’ competition Galileo Masters 2018 during its Awards Ceremony on 4 December in Marseille, France.
While the Earth’s atmosphere and ground surfaces are well monitored by satellites, there are no satellites in its oceans to identify biodiversity or plastics. The Galileo Masters Overall Winner 2018, PlanBlue has developed an automated and standardised monitoring technology that will speed up climate legislation and aid underwater construction industries.
Hereby, Galileo data is incorporated in seafloor maps (geo-referenced) so that the exact same locations of the seafloor bed can be revisited. The intelligent software is linked to a specific underwater (hyperspectral) camera that facilitates accurate mapping of the seafloor. The high-quality data it produces can be used to explore the unknown 95% of the oceans whilst improving both conservation and industrial activities. In comparison to traditional monitoring, PlanBlue’s technology is faster, more accurate, geo-referenced, and up to 75% cheaper. Its seafloor maps feature interactive color-coding and can be interpreted by anyone, from policymakers to the general public. PlanBlue provides a new monitoring technology that is changing the way maps and seafloors are assessed. It enables the tackling of present-day challenges such as climate change.