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Aberystwyth University to lead Data Programme

Posted by Richard Ward

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Aberystwyth University is going to take the lead in a programme to help Welsh companies capture satellite and drone data.

The Geographical Data and Earth Observation for Monitoring (GEOM) programme, will be run in collaboration with QinetiQ to encourage smaller firms to develop products and services using data that could be used in sectors such as security, transport and infrastructure management.

Funding worth £1.9 million has been provided by the EU, with the total value of the programme reported to be £3 million.

Commenting on programme, Welsh Government Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford, said: "This is another great example of how the Welsh Government is investing EU funds to position Wales as a competitive and outward facing nation."

"Driving innovation through world class research and expertise in our universities alongside businesses will secure investment and employability in this fast growing sector."

Aberystwyth University will work with up to 25 companies already using satellite and drone technology, to address challenges facing the different sectors.