SnowMonit wins GMES Masters Best Service Challenge

GMES Best Service Challenge

A service designed to improve natural resource management and detect hydropower generation and areas at risk of drought was selected by an online audience as the winner in one of seven categories of the GMES Masters competition.

The GMES Masters competition awards prizes for the best projects and business ideas involving commercial Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) applications. Its purpose is to support the development of market-oriented applications that use data from the programme.
While experts are still assessing the proposals submitted in six of the 2012 GMES Masters categories, the winners of the Best Service Challenge have already been selected by the competition’s online audience.

This year, almost 900 visitors to the GMES Masters website voted for the Earth observation service they found most beneficial to European citizens.

The clear winner of the Best Service Challenge 2012 with a total of 3477 votes was SnowMonit – Monitoring Snow and Water Equivalent.

Submitted by the Italian company GeoBeyond Srl, it improves natural resource management and early-warning tools for detecting hydropower generation and areas at risk of drought. It thus addresses the GMES Masters’ focus area of emergency management.

SnowMonit is also designed to integrate and improve current services that treat snow avalanche information, snow accumulation and derived parameters such as snow water equivalent for mapping the management of resources (hydropower, water) and the predictability of mountain hazards.

This near real-time service will be able to raise the situational awareness of nowcasting and forecasting products at the local, regional, and cross-border level.

As the winner of the Best Service Challenge, we will benefit from a substantial satellite data quota made available through financial support from the European Commission.

Our team attended the award ceremony in the marvelous sorroundings of the Allerheiligen-Hofkirche church at Munich together to the rest of GMES competition’s winners.

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Benvenuti a bordo

Perché un’altra startup?

Nella realtà sembra, sempre più spesso, che ci siano tagli agli investimenti nel mercato ICT e il mondo dell’impresa sia in continua sofferenza.
Sebbene il mercato del software abbia avuto a lungo un carattere di predominanza sulla nuova impreditoria, al momento, il buon senso consiglierebbe una certa buona dose di riserva, in quanto, il prestigio, avuto in passato, non può essere dato per scontato .

Esiste, però, qualche buono spunto su come un’azienda possa promuovere innovazione e quindi la capacità di raccogliere fondi. Quindi, eccoci qui.

Anche se gli investimenti ICT sono rischiosi, ci aspettiamo di supportarli attraverso la nostra decennale esperienza e la professionalità maturata nel saper tracciare l’evoluzione dello sviluppo software proprietario vs l’Open Source nel mercato della sicurezza e delle soluzioni geospaziali.
Sappiamo che la stragrande maggioranza delle aziende private e delle amministrazioni pubbliche stanno investendo tempo e denaro in modelli di business poveri di contenuti e continuano a generare perdite su tutta la filiera, considerazioni che ci portano a voler promuovere forti cambiamenti.

La nostra sfida attuale è di portarli a non generare ricavi sostanzialmente inutili.

Rendere i sistemi informativi territoriali e la sicurezza informatica potenzialmente più redditizi

Augurateci buona fortuna!

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Adding Geoserver’s extensions to OpenGeo Suite in production

OpenGeo Suite is smoothly installed in Ubuntu Server as documented here below, except for the database component because each web application is deployed into a Tomcat container. Such deployment is performed by copying the necessary applications installed with the suite to the webapps directory of Tomcat usually located at the following path /var/lib/tomcat6/webapps/. Specifically they are located in these directories while the installation is performed:

Component Web Archive Path
GeoServer geoserver.war /usr/share/opengeo-geoserver/
Dashboard dashboard.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
GeoWebCache geowebcache.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
GeoEditor geoeditor.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
GeoExplorer geoexplorer.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/
Recipes recipes.war /usr/share/opengeo-suite/

Tips: If you want to check if the web archives installed are those deployed into Tomcat, execute the md5sum command on each file


First of all, you have to check the Geoserver’s version currently installed by loading its default page available at http://localhost/geoserver. The extension to be downloaded has to correspond accordingly to the above-checked version.

Create a temporary directory in the user home:

For example you want to install the new data stores listed below by grabbing:

MySQL Data Store:

SQL Server Data Store:

Before performing all operations to take over the current installed Geoserver WAR with a more library extension, it is necessary to execute a backup of this version:

Then you can export the original web archive to a temporary directory:

Now it’s time to endorse the library directory with these new extensions:

At the end of this activity it is necessary to generate the new Web Archive as follows:

Then copy this new geoserver deployment into Tomcat:

Restart Tomcat and load GeoServer application again. A screen showing a new vector data store for SQL Server will be displayed!

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