Japan and the European Union are working to ink a partnership within the year to allow their private firms to access each other’s satellite data. Japanese firms will be able to access and analyze a range of satellite images provided by Japan and the EU free of charge if they are registered with a government-owned online satellite data platform. To date, cumbersome procedures have been required to access the platform, forming a barrier to data access for private companies, but these will be simplified to help boost businesses using satellite data.
There are more and more businesses worldwide harnessing satellite data, such as urban images and weather data. Japan has Tellus, a government-owned satellite data platform for data analysis, which is available to the private sector. Similarly, the EU lets European firms use its “Copernicus” [earth observation] service free of charge. (Abridged)