IDEEO Project


Project summary

The overarching objective of the IDEEO project is the creation of a new European partnership which will promote internationally the use of European Earth Observation (EO) capability in different sectors such as maritime, agriculture, energy.

In order to meet the expected impacts IDEEO has defined four specific objectives that will govern the respective activities carried out in the project to:

  • Objective 1. Analyse international market and policy aspects in order to define sectors with the highest export potential for the European Earth Observation based solution companies. IDEEO will provide SMEs in the EO sector and in key emerging industries (i.e. food, marine, and environment) with a set of key tools and enablers, allowing them to build new cross-sector value chains and bring their innovative solutions to specific third countries. These specific markets areas have been pre-defined by the consortium based on their members’ interest and are: Latin America, Africa and Asia-Pacific Region.

  • Objective 2. Develop a joint cross-cluster and cross-sectorial internationalisation strategy in order to internationally promote the European Earth Observation in the selected sectors. Since EO is a transversal technology, many different products and services can be identified as a priority for internationalisation.

  • Objective 3. Propose an implementation roadmap facilitating the internationalisation of the European SMEs The large number of SME’s in the EO sector, together with the EU focus on Copernicus as a tool for economic diplomacy, gives a strong indication of the interest for the partners to use these as a lever for internationalisation. The strategy is twofold; (a) to identify and prioritise a number of commercial market sectors where EO can make a strong impact and (b) to build upon the support given by the EU towards Copernicus.

  • Objective 4. Maximise the impact of the activities through well-defined communication, dissemination, stakeholder engagement and exploitation strategies. By combining dissemination and sustainability actions, IDEEO will maximize the impact of the project as a whole but also of the various exploitable solutions developed within it. This will be supported by a concrete communication and dissemination strategy, including tailored dissemination tools which will be cross-fertilised with other partnerships.


Consortium partners

The IDEEO consortium incorporates a community of 3 cross-sectorial, cross-country organizations. More specific, 2 sectorial clusters, and 1 Earth Observation business network, which altogether represent a critical mass of SME members (around 330 SMEs) throughout Europe combining Earth Observation with key emerging industries such as marine and bioeconomy (food, agriculture, bio-based industry). The three organizations participating to the consortium are the followings:

  • European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) in Belgium, coordinates the project, is an industrial association that promotes the use of Earth Observation (EO) technology and especially the companies in Europe that offer EO-related products and services. EARSC is a membership based organization with the mission to foster the development of the European EO geo-information services industry. EARSC has 100 company members from most European countries.

  • Pole Mer Bretagne Atlantique from France that is deeply involved in the cutting edge R&D activities of the maritime sectors. With a current membership of more than 350 members, PMBA possesses a substantial knowledge of maritime RTD capabilities and is willing to share its experience in order to consolidate RTD and business capabilities in the broad sector of maritime activities.

  • Cluster Lucano di Bioeconomia (CLB) from Basilicata Region in Italy, counts on 53 associates, and it is active in the emerging bioeconomy sector that exploits the full spectrum applications based on biomasses. Bioeconomy is a cross-sectorial environment, spanning from Agrofood, to bio based industry to waste management, developing new innovative interfaces between these traditional sectors.