PRESS RELEASE
THE NATIONAL RESEARCH AND INNOVATION AGENCY
NO: 043/SP/HM/BKPUK/V/2022

Data of remote sensing satellite imagery has been used in various sectors, including for agriculture, plantation and mining, spatial planning, water resources and river basins (DAS), the environment, forestry and disaster, coastal and marine, as well as other strategic interests. Utilization of BRIN’s remote sensing satellite image data services increases significantly every year, both in terms of amount of data distributed and the number of users served. In order to identify the need for data and information from remote sensing satellites, BRIN, with the stakeholders, held a National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) on Remote Sensing Satellite Imagery year 2022, under the theme “Sustainability of Remote Sensing Data and Information Services: BRIN’s Commitment in Providing Excellent Services”, on Tuesday, 17 May 2022.

Jakarta, 17 May 2022. The National Coordination Meeting (Rakornas) on Remote Sensing Satellite Imagery, is an activity mandated in Government Regulation of the Republic of Indonesia Number 11 of 2018, concerning Procedures for Organizing Remote Sensing Activities, which is the technical regulation of Law of the Republic of Indonesia Number 21 of 2013, concerning Space. This activity is held annually, and serves as a forum for handing over remote sensing satellite data to stakeholders and users in Ministries/Institutions (K/L), the Indonesian Army, National Police, and local governments.

Head of the National Research and Innovation Agency (BRIN), Laksana Tri Handoko, said that the use of remote sensing satellite imagery data has, to date, been widely felt, among others for agriculture, plantation and mining, spatial planning, water resources and river basins (DAS), the environment, forestry and disaster, coastal and marine, and other strategic interests.

“This event is expected to produce recommendations from the participants to be used as the basis or reference in making policies, for more excellent remote sensing satellite imagery services in the future,” said Handoko.

Head of BRIN’s Aeronautics and Space Research Organization (ORPA), Robertus Heru Triharjanto, said that this National Coordination Meeting has been regularly held every year since 2015. Through Presidential Regulation Number 78 of 2021 concerning BRIN, which integrates 5 main research entities, including LAPAN, and R&D work units from various ministries/institutions, since 2022, the organization of this National Coordination Meeting is under the responsibility of BRIN’s Data and Information Center (Pusdatin).

Heru said that the joining of LAPAN to BRIN, one aspect of space management, namely remote sensing satellite data service, is currently being carried out BRIN’s Pusdatin. In order to carry out the mandate of the Space Law, ex-LAPAN’s human resources who have specialization and competence in remote sensing data services are placed in Pusdatin. In addition, training for other Pusdatin’s human resources is also conducted the ORPA’s Remote Sensing Research Center (PRPJ).

“Due to excellent synergy between Pusdatin and PRPJ ORPA, the services of remote sensing data for forest fires, fish potential zones, agricultural land cover, etc., are almost uninterrupted,” he explained. Heru emphasized that BRIN guarantees the continuity of remote sensing data and information services for all stakeholders.

“Most of provision of information generated from sensory data processing until now still relies on researcher human resources in ORPA. The task of ORPA is to ensure the availability of these human resources, and seeks to transfer the technology to the academic community and Technology-Based Start-Up Entrepreneurs (PPBT),” he explained.

With the availability of more sensory data processing human resources in Indonesia, Heru argues, the resulting economic and social impact will be even greater. In the future, said Heru, BRIN will increase the availability of remote sensing data, especially very high resolution and radar (SAR) byhaving a constellation of operational remote sensing satellites. Currently, the planning for procurement of space infrastructure is being prepared, including ensuring its sustainability, which will involve the national industry.

Acting Head of BRIN’s Data and Information Center, Hendro Subagyo, said that this National Coordination Meeting is aimed at identifying the needs for data and information on remote sensing satellites in 2022, together with representatives from Ministries/Institutions, the Indonesian Army, National Police, local governments, Universities, etc.

Hendro elaborated that from 2015 to 2021, distribution of remote sensing satellite data increased significantly, both in terms of the amount of data distributed and the number of users served. It is recorded that there were 149,434 remote sensing data distributed in 2021, which is the highest data distribution during the period of remote sensing data service.

The results of remote sensing data services in 2021, said Hendro, have been used for various purposes. The largest uses are for spatial planning, research and training, and agriculture and plantation. In supporting spatial monitoring activities, this service has also supported the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) #11 on sustainable cities and communities.

“Recording of the results of quantitative data services needs a qualitative intensive review, byinteracting directly with users, in order to have an in-depth knowledge of data needs,” he concluded.

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