Press Release

Serco and OVHcloud announce key partnership in space imagery and Artificial Intelligence

The rapid growth of the space economy has been led by the growing number of satellites sent into orbit, and the increased performance of the onboard sensors in acquiring information.  The result has been that an increasing amount of data has been produced and made available to users, which allows the partnership between the two companies to play a key role in exploiting data and usage, enabled by AI technology.  This key collaboration will help meet the growing demands of the Earth Observation community.

 

As part of this new partnership, the latest AI technology from OVHcloud will be made available on ONDA DIAS, Serco's cloud platform for Earth Observation which is hosted on the OVHcloud Public Cloud Storage.  Serco Europe is already involved in the collection, management and dissemination of Copernicus data.

 

These programmes will guarantee the highest level of openness and transparency, data sovereignty, European data privacy and security.  As Serco and OVHcloud embrace a Platform as a Service (PaaS) strategy, both organisations are also exploring avenues to collaborate in the European start-up ecosystem, exploiting Earth Observation Data (via OVHcloud’s existing Startup Programme) and the marketplace for sovereign Software as a Service (SaaS) solutions.

Cloud storage is key to address the challenges that come with the users’ community growing demands. This is evident in the Copernicus Programme which storage volumes reach 35 Petabytes, with an average growth of 800 Terabytes/month.

As the partnership evolves, Serco Europe will beta test OVHcloud Long Term Archive (LTA) solution aiming to constantly improve the cost effectiveness of the storage.  OVHcloud LTA will soon be available and will provide users with a unique solution that meets the regulatory requirements for data conservation with an unmatched price/performance ratio.
 

“Today's announcement represents a new significant milestone in the long-term partnership with SERCO Europe”, says Michel Paulin, CEO at OVHcloud. “we share a common vision based on collaboration, interoperability, privacy and data sovereignty. With this new project we are not only implementing these core values, but we are also proposing new services aimed at monitoring the Earth, a major step forward in the development of the space industry”.

 

Gaetan Desclee, Serco Europe Managing Director says, "Space and Earth Observation data used to only be accessible to space experts due to its complexity but is now widely available to monitor weather, natural disasters, agriculture and much more." He adds: "We are proud to strengthen our collaboration with OVHcloud and play a key role in making space data easily accessible to a wider range of users. This platform will be an enabler for the new European space economy, and I am pleased to see our two organisations heavily investing in that direction."
 

About OVHcloud

OVHcloud is a global player and Europe’s leading cloud provider operating over 400,000 servers within 33 data centers across four continents. For 20 years, the Group has relied on an integrated model that provides complete control of its value chain: from the design of its servers, to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach allows it to independently cover all the uses of its 1.6 million customers in more than 140 countries. OVHcloud now offers latest generation solutions combining performance, price predictability and total sovereignty over their data to support their growth in complete freedom.

About Serco Europe

Serco Europe, the European arm of Serco Group, supports governments and international organizations in the delivery of public services. In Europe, Serco operates in three key sectors: space, defense and international organizations and employs more than 1,300 people in eight countries, including Belgium, France and French Guiana, Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Spain, Switzerland. www.serco.com/eu

Serco Group is a leading provider of public services. Our customers are governments or others operating in the public sector.