The Netherlands Space Office Uses A Custom-Branded Portal to Efficiently Disseminate Data

The Netherlands Space Office (NSO) needed a way to efficiently disseminate large amounts of fresh, multi-source satellite imagery to Dutch entities.

Challenge / Client’s needs

In 2015, the operational phase of the Sentinel missions, part of the ESA's Copernicus, previously known as GMES program (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) will begin. The Sentinel satellites will collect data for a number of remote sensing applications in precision agriculture, soil movement, algae monitoring, water management and forest monitoring.

In preparation for this Sentinel mission, the Netherlands Space Office (NSO) needed a way to get imagery into the hands of Dutch end-users, so they could start realising the value of satellite imagery for multiple applications. The NSO needed two things: imagery that could be provided for free to Dutch entities and an easy way to disseminate this imagery.

Solution Description and Results

NSO Custom-Branded Portal

Airbus Defence and Space provides NSO with fresh satellite imagery over The Netherlands territory and a cloud-based, custom-branded, geospatial data management portal to efficiently disseminate this imagery and track who’s using it.

The portal is referred to as the Dutch Satellite Data Portal. the FORMOSAT-2, Deimos-1/UK-DMC-2, and SPOT 6 satellites. When new imagery from these satellites is collected it is "auto-ingested" from an FTP site and made available for users to search and order within 24 hours.

Establishment of the Dutch Satellite Data Portal is the initial step for additional services that will come online in 2015 with the Sentinel program. Imagery from that program will also be made available through the Portal.

  • Through this centralized data management and distribution process, the government can realise efficiencies while making data widely available to all Dutch entities.
  • The imagery is free to registered Dutch end-users to help develop products and services that will increase the country's global competitiveness.
  • Users are able to derive value from satellite imagery delivered through the Portal.
Netherlands Space Office (NSO)

The national Satellite Data Portal is used by value adding companies and research institutes in the field of precision farming, agricultural monitoring, water quality, etc. The portal has successfully prepared the Dutch community for the upcoming Sentinel missions.

Jasper Vanloon Netherlands Space Office (NSO)


Since its introduction in March 2012, the Dutch Satellite Data Portal has seen widespread use and adoption. To date, there have been hundreds of unique job orders coming through the Portal. Imagery provided through the Dutch Satellite Data Portal has been widely used for multiple applications. This includes precision agriculture applications that have led to increased end-user profits and reduced pollution from pesticides and deformation monitoring, which has allowed engineers to track changes on the land surface from work taking place underground.

The Dutch Satellite Data Portal has been so successful that NSO, along with Airbus Defence and Space, were presented with the “Geospatial World Innovation Award for Technology Innovation in Big Data” at the 2014 Geospatial World Forum in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Netherlands Space Office Uses A Custom-Branded Portal to Efficiently Disseminate Data

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Airbus DS Custom-Branded Portals are used to manage and distribute multiple types of geospatial data, not just imagery.

Terrain data, maps, Lidar imagery and other types of geodata can also be managed through the same portal. Users quickly search through vast archives of data utilising an easy-to-use, map-centric user interface. Built-in geoprocessing and e-commerce functionalities enable customers to process data on-the-fly, deliver data in exactly the format the user needs, and choose to monetise content or distribute it free of charge.

Sophisticated user management tools on the backend allow system administrators to easily define data access rights for individual users, manage licensing and job approvals, and track usage.

And, as this is a cloud-based solution, it is available anytime and anywhere there is internet access.