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o take their medication with them. This helps people particularly those suffering from asthma as well as having the potential to reduce hospital admissions."

G-STEP will exploit innovation opportunities made available by the flagship 1.4 billion Euro EC/ESA Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) programme. The GMES programme applies data from satellite, aerial and ground-based earth observation to information and decision-making products and services.

Dr. John Remedios co-director said "The biggest barriers to wide use of satellite data in the UK are knowledge, ease of access and solutions which are actually relevant to a given business or public service sector. Now that the European Commission and European Space Agency have commissioned the GMES programme, there is a paradigm shift in the accessibility of satellite services which gives a real opportunity to overcome previous obstacles. EO data will become a revolutionary environment information technology, delivering a new, at-your-fingertips "view of your world" in a similar way to GPS for transport and forecasting for weather services. We at Leicester will be using our considerable experience of Earth Observation to build new partnerships and broker existing solutions which can bring this into reality."

Dr. David Ward of the enterprise and business development unit said "G-STEP will exploit GMES technologies and the wider R&D base to advance business innovation and economic competitiveness in the East Midlands, nationally and internationally. G-STEP seeks to connect with businesses and organisations to support them to pioneer GMES product development (sourcing business) and utilising GMES services in commercial and business applications (supporting business). The project is the first GMES accelerator initiative in any UK region/administration."

David Wallace, Director of Innovation at East Midlands Development Agency (emda), said: "This is another example of
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Contact: Professor Paul S. Monks
psm7@leicester.ac.uk
44-116-252-2141
University of Leicester
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