Minimize Security Overview

The SENTINEL missions provide data support to federal, national and local studies and activities, and are pivotal in helping address a variety of policy areas.

In terms of EO services requirements, the needs of the downstream security services that utilise SENTINEL data are broadly similar to those of the emergency service, but differ in that information relating to security issues beyond European borders will be acquired when judged necessary. In addition, the data will be used to support monitoring of illegal activities such as unregulated logging and mining.

SENTINEL-1 will support land-based food security and crop monitoring, with the objective of providing EO related services to global food security and associated environmental processes. It will also support the needs of the maritime community in sea-ice and iceberg monitoring, vessel tracking and monitoring of fisheries.

SENTINEL-2 will contribute to existing food security services and monitoring programmes, and enable the continuation of monitoring (under cloud-free conditions) of vegetation in Africa by analysing long-term Earth observation time-series data, and supplying detailed information on major food crops, such as planting dates and the extent of cultivation.

SENTINEL-3 will support food security programmes involved in crop management and yield estimation, and maritime security programmes supporting monitoring of ice shipping lanes and coastal areas.

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Sentinels catch traffic jam

07 August 2015

Low water levels in the Danube river have left ships to queue close to the town of Zimnicea in Romania.

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Border Surveillance

The control and surveillance of borders is essential to monitor and reduce cross border crime. Satellite data can also be used to protect critical infrastructure such as pipelines and installations.

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Maritime Surveillance

Maritime surveillance includes monitoring of sea borders, maritime safety, illegal immigration, and illegal trafficking.

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Support to European External Action Service

The European External Action Services is a foreign diplomatic service of the UN. Satellite data supports the EEAS by providing intelligence to its security initiatives and programmes that are crucial for securing Europe's future.