The Vienna startup Parkbob has been working with satellite data so far. A cooperation with the European Space Agency ESA should take this access to a new level.
Recently, the Viennese Smart City startup Parkbob caused a stir with the announcement of a worldwide cooperation with Amazon. The big step that the Amazon deal represents on the user side now has perhaps a similarly significant counterpart on the research side. As Parkbob now announced, a “close partnership” with the European Space Agency ESA was concluded. The cooperation came about after Parkbob participated in the ESA kick start call “People Mobility”. The comprehensive use of satellite data from the Space Agency is intended to raise the offer of the Viennese startup, which has its headquarters in Vienna’s A1 Startup Campus, to a further level.
In a first step, the ESA will make its satellite imagery available and offer Parkbob access to further data, according to a press release. As part of the project, Parkbob will be able to carry out market studies with an unprecedented level of detail in order to subsequently develop a system architecture for the acquisition and processing of satellite images. Based on that, a multitude of services and solutions will be created for numerous applications.
Applications for institutions, mobility providers and logistics companies
Specifically, the satellite earth observation data obtained would provide potential solutions for public applications such as traffic management and urban planning. The applications are not limited to public facilities, but could also be advantageous for mobility providers and logistics companies. Other applications include efficiency improvements in fleet management, such as in the delivery or collection and deliveries.
“This collaboration is an important milestone in the development of advanced digital Last Mile solutions and an excellent example of how public-private partnerships can promote the adoption of new technologies in the region,” commented Christian Adelsberger, founder and CEO of the startup.
“ESA Business Applications has many resources that could be beneficial to businesses. We want to capitalize on the large and largely untapped potential of small business innovation, which is why we are increasingly looking to work with private companies to develop new solutions, “said Roberta Mugellesi, Integrated Applications Manager at ESA.
Also published on Medium.