An app that uses satellite data to evaluate the quality of wine took home the top prize at this year’s Space App Camp at ESA’s centre in Frascati, Italy.
In its fifth year, the App Camp offered access to the latest space data to app developers, who work to make the information accessible to a broad audience.
As Europe’s Copernicus programme continues to launch the Sentinel satellites, transforming their information into useful products poses both a challenge and an opportunity.
The week-long ‘camp’ culminated today with presentations of the seven projects to a jury, followed by a presentation by ESA astronaut Luca Parmitano.
The winning Saturnalia app allows users to scan a bottle of wine and displays the best year for that particular wine based on Sentinel-2, Sentinel-3 and meteorological data providing soil, atmosphere and weather information. The app also recommends wines cultivated in similar conditions.
By integrating Copernius data, Saturnalia can also help wine investors and distributors to predict the quality of the wine prior to bottling, allowing them to buy the wine in advance and at a lower price.