BISEC is a service for the discovery and collection of in-situ and satellite data to enable stakeholders who make use of such kind of data to easily detect and use open big data by contacting only one single provider. BISEC exploits open earth observation data provided by global, governmental and private operators, while its data crawling service collects geospatial in-situ data from certified in-situ sensor networks, crowdsourcing from citizens, IoT devices, structured web information sources (FTP, API, etc.), other unstructured and free data sources on the web (e.g. portals).

BISEC services are expected to facilitate and improve the work of companies that develop applications which utilize large volumes of satellite data, employees of public authorities, decision makers, policy makers, researchers, scientists, entrepreneurs, professionals, but also citizens. Especially for SMEs, BISEC is going to help them differentiate themselves from the competition and attract more customers, and therefore larger their profits, while all stakeholders and the general population are expected to save time, capital and computing resources from the use of BISEC.

The BISEC Data Hub

The BISEC Data Hub acts as an active, multi-source repository with automated discovery, retrieval, harmonisation and transformation services. The hub communicates with other systems and provides access to geo-referenced field observations coming from the following innovative and often low-cost open-source terrestrial sources:

  • sensor networks
  • independent IoT devices
  • citizen observatories
  • crowdsourcing
  • unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV)
  • other online structured (e.g. XML or JSON services, databases, csv or excel files) and unstructured (sensor measurements in web page tables) data sources available.

The BISEC Data Hub provides access to real and past-time data in a structured way (for machine-machine communication) and an interface that offers users the ability to visualise the spatial information with charts, tables or maps. Data will be exportable from the user interface to excel, csv, html, json, and other formats.

The datasets of the BISEC Data Hub are made available publicly for anyone interested to access or download for free and can be used for various purposes, including:

  • the production of value-added products, particularly in combination with satellite data via the Big Data Toolbox
  • validation of parameters extracted with EO techniques and algorithms
  • training neural networks
  • calibration or visualisation purposes
  • discovering insights based on big data analysis that can combine observations, time and geolocation, etc.
  • services of operational monitoring, warning and reporting to public institutions or businesses.