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European Space Agency funding for new 5G applications

2 January 2020


European Space Agency calls for new 5G applications

The European Space Agency (ESA) is offering technical support and funding to develop new 5G applications across a range of development areas.

Two calls are currently open seeking proposals under the themes of:

  • law enforcement and emergency response
  • cultural heritage

The calls are open to businesses from any sector who intend to use space technologies to develop new commercial services. Proposals should include either a feasibility study or a demonstration project addressing one of the themes.

Law enforcement and emergency response
The space technologies can play an important role in monitoring and preventing emergency scenarios. For the purposes of this call, the following scenarios have been identified as key focus areas:

  • support to law enforcement daily operations in monitoring urban central areas
  • monitoring and prevention of fire and illegal actions in forestall areas

Find out more about the 5G for law enforcement and emergency response funding.

Cultural heritage
As well as the natural heritage, the cultural heritage is increasingly threatened with destruction through decay and damage. The ESA is looking from proposals that use the space technologies to help protect this heritage. The following scenarios have been identified as key focus areas:

  • cultural heritage fruition and diffusion
  • cultural heritage preservation

Find out more about the 5G for cultural heritage funding.

For both thematic calls, the proposed ideas must use satellite or space-based data as well as 5G technology. The closing date for the submission of the outline proposals is 13 January 2020.