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Company description

VITO is an independent international research and service organisation in the area of land use, clean tech and sustainable development. VITO provides knowledge and technological innovations to facilitate the transition to a more sustainable society.

VITO Remote Sensing

VITO Remote Sensing is part of VITO and has more than 25 years of expertise in Earth Observation missions and technology, image processing, data dissemination, and application development, in the domains of land use, agriculture, urban areas and biodiversity. VITO Remote Sensing translates raw data into consumable information. Remote Sensing is not the goal, but a powerful tool in the search for true information about our environment, society and economy. Information that leads to intervention and impact. This expertise creates the basis for collaboration with a variety of users: academia and research institutes, private companies, the European Commission, the UN, and national and intergovernmental organisations.

VITO Remote Sensing has a large user network in Europe, Africa, China and South East Asia. The team has several operational mandates in the remote sensing and image processing and archiving domain, dedicated to the global and local monitoring of vegetation, urban areas and agriculture. In the area of city mapping, VITO Remote Sensing stores and distributes aerial and mobile mapping imagery, and LiDAR point clouds, with spatial resolution up to centimeters. Automatic workflows, artificial intelligence techniques (e.g. neural nets) and a high-performance computing cluster are used to derive useful information from Terabytes of data.

Operational services hosted by VITO Remote Sensing include:

- The Copernicus Global Land Service:

- The ESA product distribution portal for Proba-Vegetation:

- The ESA PROBA-V Mission Exploitation Platform (MEP):

-The Terrascope platform:


- The WatchITGrow online platform:

- The mapEO dronebased crop mapping solution:

- and the Belgian Agrometeorological bulletins: (bulletins only in Dutch and French)

The Remote Sensing Unit counts 110 collaborators.


Head Office
Boeretang 200, 2400 MOL
T + 32 14 33 55 11

Contact details
Steven Krekels
Unit Manager VITO Remote Sensing
Tel. +32 14 33 68 11

Head Office Location Belgium
Address Boeretang 200, 2400 Mol
Telephone +32 14 33 55 11
Main area of activities
  • Consultancy (studies / analyses which are not VA services and other support activities)
  • Downstream / GIS services (main business not in EO but using satellite data)
  • Hardware/software
  • Value adding services (company uses satellite data to generate products)
Name Cools, June
Position title Communication Assistant
Telephone +32 14 33 52 03
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EOservice Description Service Type Market

The standard VEGETATION products are: VGT-P products (physical values) VGT-S1 products (daily MVC

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Detect & monitor land movement, uplift, subsidence, heave. Measure land use statistics Assess changes to urban and rural areas
  • Oil and gas
  • Insurance and Finance
  • Construction
  • Real-estate management
  • Enviroment, Pollution and Climate
  • Local and regional planners
  • Minerals and Mining
  • Transport
  • Utilities
Supporting agricultural and food security decisions

Crop damage, food security, crop monitoring … research institutes, agricultural ministries and in…

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Assess environmental impact of farming Assessing crop damage due to storms Monitor crop disease and stress Assess crop acreage and yield harvest Assess crop acreage and yield. Harvest Monitor specific crops types Forecast crop yields Detect and monitor arid areas Detect illegal or undesired crops Monitor water use on crops and horticulture Measure land use statistics
  • Agriculture
  • Enviroment, Pollution and Climate
  • Emergency Services