What is it all about?
Since 2013, the ZKI-DE service allows Federal Agencies to acquire up-to-date geo-information and derived analysis products. This innovative cooperation between the Federal Ministry of the Interior (BMI) and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) serves the Federal Agency’s needs for up-to-date, refined remote sensing data during crisis situations and in support of civil security. Since January 2017, a new framework contract between BMI and DLR initiated a second 4-year period of cooperation. One of the aims of this period is to enable the Federal Agency for Cartography and Geodesy to perform ZKI-DE standard tasks.
What is included?
- Provision of crisis information products for natural disasters and large-scale accidents, e.g. up-to-date satellite imagery or damage assessment
- Remote sensing products for German security users, e.g. for large-scale events, kidnappings abroad, summit conferences
- Consulting services for users on the possibilities of using remote sensing technology
- User trainings on the application of remote sensing technology
- Continuous adjustment of products according to user needs and technological evolution
What is it good for?
Our earth is constantly being orbited by a multitude of earth observation satellites acquiring valuable data worldwide. Almost every location on earth can thus be observed within a short span of time, unobstructed by borders or other obstacles.
In case of massive destruction on the ground, satellite data often provides a single source of information regarding damages.
In addition, very high resolution satellite and airborne imagery can support police investigations. Combining satellite and airborne imagery with secondary sources of information brings additional value and improves decision making for civil protection and security.
Dr. Monika Gähler