Minister highlights GGPEN commitment

Angolan Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication Mário Oliveira Thursday in Luanda highlighted the action of the National Space Programme Management Office (GGPEN) focused on the use of satellite systems to support the national economy.

The minister said GGPEN has a laboratory with very capable, hard-working young people, which allows the Ministry to present applications whose main objective is to support the national economy in the most varied sectors, from industry, agriculture, environment and also public works.

Speaking to the press at the end of a visit to the Space Applications Development Laboratory, the minister said that the sector created, as part of the national space programme, through GGPEN, this laboratory of which a set of applications have been developed and certified.

“We have been developing applications to support the oil industry, agriculture, infrastructure, among which, for example, applications that allow control of road construction, control of forestation and deforestation, as well as agricultural

control”, he said.

In turn, the head of the GGPEN space applications development department, Luciano Lupedia, put at more than four applications developed.

He added that two applications are actually in use, one of which has been in testing for over a year and the second with satisfactory results.

Among the applications, the head of GGPEN highlighted TECH-GEST, which is an application that makes use of artificial intelligence in satellite and drone image that allows the monitoring of assets, construction works, roads, as well as the monitoring of infrastructure in general.

Other available services are TECH-ECOLOGIA, which is a solution that uses satellite radar images to detect, monitor and warn about the occurrence of possible oil spills in the national offshore.

Whereas, TECH-AGRO, which is designed for farmers, makes it possible to analyse the state of agricultural fields from monitoring vegetation development, using the Normalised Difference Index (NDVI) and biophysical parameters (LAI, Fcover, FAPAR).

Source: Angola Press News Agency (APNA)