Innovation at EOSOL has always been present and has been a distinctive feature of the EOSOL Group’s activity. Innovation has been applied in different formats in the different departments, from energy, engineering, supervision, operation and maintenance and aerospace engineering, and we have made progress thanks to the commitment to innovation and the new ideas that the company’s teams have contributed.
However, management was aware of the need to systematically structure the core of innovation, concentrating it in a new department, and to this target the Department of Innovation and Digital Transformation was created, with the aim of giving this competence a transversal character throughout the organisation, creating the appropriate framework for launching and developing new ideas and proposals. This new department was created in 4Q 2021, which is very necessary in a multinational such as EOSOL. It should be emphasised that it is not a watertight department, but is in permanent contact with the rest of the business divisions (EOSOL Tech, EOSOL Engineering, EOSOL Services and EOSOL Aerospace).
Since its recent creation in 2021, this department has been a hotbed of good ideas, some of which are already beginning to produce results. In this sense, it is worth highlighting an initiative related to the agri-food sector. Some of our colleagues with experience and knowledge of the agricultural sector tried to provide a solution to a need that was not well covered by the market and began a journey that continues.
The idea focuses on the development of software, called “virtual agro advisor“, which works in a web/App access tool and helps the farmer to know the needs of crops in terms of quantity and timing of fertiliser application for cereal fields. For the farmer, it has a series of advantages in terms of optimising time and resources, cost savings (adapting the budget to the unique and necessary amount indicated by the App), as well as in terms of CSR and the care and improvement of the environment, applying fewer polluting products and materials that affect the flora and fauna in the agricultural environment.
With the idea already matured, our colleagues from Innovation and Digital Transformation decided to participate in the international competition “myEUspace” an annual call organized by the European Union Agency for the Space Programme (EUSPA). The objective of this competition is to support the development of innovative commercial solutions, such as mobile applications or hardware-based solutions, that leverage EU space data from Galileo and/or Copernicus. The Copernicus satellite is a constellation of several satellites called Sentinels, which provide periodic imagery (approximately every 5 days). On the other hand, the Galileo satellite is the global positioning system, similar to GPS, with some differences in terms of technology and precision.
We are delighted to announce that our proposal has been included among the 23 selected out of a total of 146, and we congratulate our colleagues for their excellent work. The final phase of the competition will take place on June 1st in Prague, Czech Republic, where the project will be presented to the jury of the European Space Agency, who will choose the winning idea among the top 23.
The mere fact of being among the 23 finalists represents an international recognition of the value of the idea. Being present in the final phase will be a prestigious milestone for EOSOL, opening doors to the agri-food sector, a sector with great potential and still many technology and resource utilization needs to be addressed. EOSOL aims to exploit and diversify into a new business area focused on this sector.
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