Earth cognitive System for CoViD-19

The ECO4CO (Earth cognitive System forCoViD-19) project was proposed to the European Space Agency (ESA) as part of the "Space in response to COVID-19 outbreak" call with the aim of supporting institutions in DSS - Decision Support System - activities, to counter the spread of the Covid-19 pandemics and to provide rapid insights and evidence of geolocalised events that may impact the evolution of outbreaks.

The end-to-end system ECO4CO is based on the following main pillars:

  • Cluster Area Identification: a forecasting data analysis service to identify new geographical areas potentially at risk;
  • lntelligent Satellite Tasking: an autonomous system capable of managing the acquisitions of Earth Observation data coming from a federation of satellite constellations ; it allows to have high-frequency revisit times enabling a proper Near Real Time service;
  • Object Detection and Business Intelligence: an artificial intelligence service able to identify gatherings;
  • Tracking: a service capable of tracking the movements of devices detected in a given zone;
  • Logistic Planning: a forecasting data analysis service to identify future needs for medical equipment stocks;
  • Epidemiological study and public health intervention: combining health-epidemiological-clinical, geo-technological and geographical components and skills.

ECO4CO provides a fully autonomous and automated end-to-end system, combining data from satellites (image acquisition, GNSS/EGNOS navigation data), the Internet (social media, news, etc.) and traffic (mobile, automotive).

By exploiting the functionalities offered by its main pillars, the system provides end-users (authorities, civil protection, etc.) with notification, warning and timely/geolocalised communication services covering potential risk areas, criticalities regarding facilities or medical storage and mass movements. The ultimate goal is to provide crucial information in order to be able to effectively prevent new outbreaks, and to react in advance in an upcoming critical situation.

Telespazio co-ordinates the project's activities in collaboration with e-GEOS, Leonardo, ITHACA, Cherrydata and the University of Rome "La Sapienza".

The project also won the prize awarded by UNIDO - United Nations Industrial Development Organization - for "Innovative ideas and technologies vs Covid 19 and beyond" in the Health Emergency category.

UNIDO Global Call