CSIR receives eStation to improve OT data for environmental management


EStation antenna installed at CSIR. Source: CSIR

The Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR), through the Marine and Coastal Operations Consortium for Southern Africa (MarCOSouth), has received one of 12 global monitoring programs for environment and security (GMES) and Africa which provide access to critical observation of the Earth. (EO) data.

The establishment of the project financed by Europe and managed by the African Union GMES and Africa eStation Program, completed in June 2021, will allow regional partners and various research, academic and industrial organizations to access EO data and MarCOSud portal support the implementation of sustainable development policies at continental, regional and national levels.

According to the CSIR project manager of the MarCOSouth project, Riëtte Pretorius, “The e-Station is a distributable open source operational data processing tool which aims to build and strengthen capacities in Africa to receive, process, analyze and exploit data. OT data for the environment. management. The e-Station collects data from a variety of sources which include, among others, the EUMETSAT and Copernicus services, ”.

Copernicus is a European EO program used to monitor the Earth using satellites and in-situ sensors. It provides accurate, timely and easily accessible information to improve environmental management, understand and mitigate the effects of climate change, and ensure civil security. EUMETSAT provides data, products and support services to Copernicus information services and user communities, focusing on marine life, atmosphere and climate.

The e-Station installation consists of an outdoor unit and an indoor unit. The outdoor unit is an antenna which allows the reception of EUMETCast – Africa data. The indoor unit consists of an acquisition subsystem in the form of a personal computer which functions as a receiver of EUMETCast data and an uninterrupted power supply and other necessary peripherals. The e-Station (part of the indoor unit) consists of a personal computer responsible for data acquisition and processing and another responsible for viewing and sharing data.

“Each of the eStation computers has an EUMETCast key unit for decryption data keys and TelliCast software which enables decoding of images and reconstruction of files,” explained Pretorius.

This project is part of GMES and Africa’s plan to install 12 stations through 12 institutions in 11 African countries through the joint efforts of the African Union (AU) and European Union Commissions to improve Africa’s sustainable development and meet African needs for quality environmental information.

For more information on the project, please contact Riëtte Pretorius.

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