July, 2023 – The fourth annual SARIO conference to support the European space industry took place in Bratislava on May 30. YMS, as a creator of geospatial and technical systems, on the IT market for more than 30 years, was represented by Radovan Hilbert, an expert in satellite technology and director of business development of YMS.

He explained how satellites radically changed the creation of geospatial systems. “We mainly work with spatial data, and before satellites imaging those were quite difficult to come by. The day they were obtained they started to age and lose their relevance, and regular updates weren’t guaranteed,” explains Radovan Hilbert.
Today, thanks to multispectral sensors on satellites, along with planes, drones, or directly at data collection points, live data is available in real-time, and from the so-called quasi-real time, updated every few days and even automatically,” continues Radovan Hilbert.
This fundamentally changed the work on systems for every branch of the economy. “From such data, we can already create systems to visualize and interpret data, but also interactive systems that recalculate data for the purposes of more accurate decision-making. An example is the erosion calculator application, which automatically calculates the rate of expected erosion after mapping the territory and evaluates how effectively cultivation or agrotechnical measures will reduce erosion,” continues Radovan Hilbert.
Practically everything is visible on the surface of the Earth with a resolution of only a few centimeters, thanks to satellites with advanced sensors, such as multispectral, hyperspectral, and radar. No development remains hidden, problematic phenomena in the country can be detected and measured. Especially those that are invisible to the naked eye, that develop gradually and can do a lot of damage over time.
Figure 1:  We use modern systems that have constant up-to-date, live data for visualization and interpretation. We also create interactive systems that help specialists make better decisions by modeling variants and recalculating the effectiveness of measures in real-time.
The fourth annual Emerging Space 2023 featured international speakers and attracted more than 400 participants from around the world. The main goal was to initiate new participants into the space industry and research with fully-fledged members of the global space community. The conference was opened by the Minister of Economy, Peter Dovhun, and the main speaker was the Executive Director of the European Space Program Agency (EUSPA), Rodrigo de Costa.
The key conclusions of the 2023 conference are:
  • The motivation to enter the space sector has changed in recent years from the “space race” to pragmatic reasons of innovation, education, economy, environment, society, or security.
  • In the last 5 years, new countries have made great progress in the development of space ecosystems and strategies, moving them to the level of partners with great potential and ambitions.
  • Europe needs to work even more to foster partnerships between strong and growing space ecosystems because that will significantly strengthen capability, talent, and investment in the space sector.
Report from the conference in English
Video from the conference (Radovan Hilber, starts at 3:15)
Photo gallery from the conference