CLOUDEO AG (DE)
Exploitation Platforms are the central element of ESAs Earth Observation (EO) Innovation Europe concept which envisages an open network of EO Exploitation Platforms based on coordinating expertise spread across Europe. The concept aims at the increased integration of EO data and information for a much broader use, for scientific, social and economic purposes, as well as for the generation of new commercial applications and services by helping the user to work with the data. A Resource Tier Layer which consists of processing data platforms provides the back-end functionality and is the environment where users can host their tools, algorithms andservices. The Data and Information Access Services (DIAS) platform, procured by ESA on behalf of the Commissions Copernicus Programme, is an example of one of foundation blocks of the European EO Resource Tier. The front-end layer of the exploitation platformswill be populated also from various EOEP-5 Block-4 activities (e.g. evolved Thematic Exploitation Platforms, Datacubes, tools) including scientific projects and applications for both public and commercial benefit. ESA intends to procure processing services for ESA exploitation activities from the various existing European Earth Observation Resource Providers and to incentivise this Network of EO Resources to contribute to a common framework harmonising their service offerings to users.The objective of this tender is to select a Prime Contractor for the overall Network of Resources contract execution, with a contract commitment of a 3 year period and an optional 2 year extension. The Prime Contractor will be tasked to provide and maintain a Network of Resources Directory and to have a Help Desk to provide support to exploitation projects and users requesting services or support for their needs. The initial and subsequent on-boarding of Resource Providers will be performed by the Prime Contractor via the ESA Best Practice approach with the first calls planned to be issued in 2019. These calls will extend the mission coverage for exploitation projects to include non-Sentinel missions and to procure processing services for both Sentinel and non-Sentinel missions from various Information and Communication Technology (ICT) providers hosting the sets of mission data. Subsequent calls will be made to support exploitation activities as additional missions and platform services need to be integrated into the Network of Resources. While the scope is the provision of Network of Resource Services for ESA exploitation projects, the Prime Contractor will be requested to promote their services also to other customers e.g. National, European, and World Wide.