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This challenge is powered by CLS and its subsidiary Kinéis.
Want to make a difference?
Do you want to help the planet? Or at least contribute to it?
Want to innovate usefully, to be an active member of the next world?
Want to use new technologies and NewSpace to make Earth a sustainable planet?
Do you like a challenge?
Then the “Environment and Climate” challenge proposed by CLS and Kinéis,
provider of ARGOS environmental data & services and Kinéis, operator of the ARGOS system is for you!
Within the framework of this challenge, CLS and Kinéis, give you access to a brand new spatial, near real-time, global, bi-directional, low power consumption connectivity using low-cost transceivers.
To take up this challenge, you just need to submit your project of innovation integrating Argos connectivity to the CLS/Kinéis committee.
Your application must be submitted. It must address an environmental or climate issue, be innovative, and lead to a new concept (see more details below in “some rules” section).
Submit your proposal for this challenge
What’s the prize of this Kinéis challenge?
The winner will be awarded with:
- A complete free development Kit (selected at your convenience)
- 1 year of free Airtime
- CLS & Kinéis free Support for integration
- CLS & Kinéis “Laureate” visibility at an international level.
We are here to help
For more information, do not hesitate to contact our “Challenge” Team.
Contact our team
Some rules for this Kinéis challenge
Who can participate?
- Academics and scientists;
- Companies of all sizes;
- Individual project holder;
- A single project leader who answers but the project may involve several potential partners.
Which projects will be valued?
Projects addressing these topics will receive our special attention:
- Water, air and soil quality monitoring;
- Pollution detection / Waste monitoring and follow-up;
- Monitoring and management of biodiversity and natural areas.
Technical specifications on the use of Argos connectivity:
- Data volume = A few kB per day;
- Positioning of objects in visibility of the sky.
CLS: Collecte Localisation Satellites
CLS is a global company and pioneer provider of monitoring and surveillance solutions for the Earth, created in 1986. CLS is a subsidiary of the French Space Agency (CNES) and CNP, an investment firm. Its mission is to create innovative space-based solutions to understand and protect our planet and to manage its resources sustainably. CLS employs 750 people at its headquarters in Toulouse (France) and in 28 other sites around the world. The company works in five strategic fields: sustainable fisheries management, environmental monitoring, maritime surveillance, fleet management, and energy & mining. CLS processes data from 100,000 transponders per month (such as drifting buoys, animal tags, VMS transponders, & LRIT tracking) and observes the oceans and inland waters (more than 20 instruments onboard satellites daily deliver information to CLS on the world’s seas and oceans). In addition, CLS monitors land and sea activities by satellite (nearly 10,000 radar images and several hundred drone flights are processed each year). Committed to a sustainable planet, CLS works every day for the Earth, from Space. www.cls.fr
Founded in 2019, Kinéis is a satellite operator and a global connectivity provider. It inherited CNES and CLS expertise from forty years of working with the Argos system and developed reliable technology that provides easy access to useful satellite data. In order to make life easier for professionals and individuals and to encourage them to use its product and services, Kinéis locates and connects objects wherever they are on the planet. It does this by deploying its full capacity for technological innovation to combine NewSpace and IoT. www.kineis.com
26.11.2020 Animal tracking applications Whale sharks in St. Helena
Whale sharks are found in all tropical waters around the globe. Some places could host their reproduction, thus being critical places to protect and potentially important study sites. Argos satellite telemetry helps in trying to unveil the still remaining mysteries of this species. Photo: Dr. Alistair Dove from…
16.11.2020 Animal tracking applications News alert: Argos data provides shocking evidence to legitimize Marine Protected Areas
Since 1978 the ARGOS System has been used to improve scientists’ knowledge regarding animal behavior. However, Whale Sharks remain one of the biggest mysteries of the Oceans but thanks to technology we are discovering more and more. Jonathan Green, Founder & Director of the…
12.11.2020 Animal tracking applications Unveiling the mysteries of a scarcely known seabird, the Beck’s petrel
Some species can be mostly unknown even nowadays. Beck’s petrel, a seabird living around Papua-New Guinea island is among them. Understanding where they breed, live can enable to protect them. Argos satellite telemetry helps by enabling to track them during long periods and ranges. Photo: the captured Beck’s petrel with…
05.11.2020 Argos news & events Challenge: Make SPACE for a Sustainable Planet
This challenge is powered by CLS and its subsidiary Kinéis. Want to make a difference? Do you want to help the planet? Or at least contribute to it? Want to innovate usefully, to be an active member of the next world? Want to use new technologies and NewSpace to…
29.10.2020 Argos news & events CLS Response to COVID-19
In an unprecedented context, France has had to take strict measures once again to protect its citizens. CLS is committed to providing its full support in the fight against the spread of the virus. Our aim is to act responsibly, following the recommendations of the WHO and the…
27.10.2020 Animal tracking applications Is tracking marine animals really useful to their protection?
One of the most frequent rationale to fit animals with tracking devices is to help in conservation actions and regulations. In the marine animal case, is this argument only (or mostly) a wish, or are there real consequences consecutive to tracking studies? A study shows that the earlier the stakeholders…
15.10.2020 Animal tracking applications [WEBINAR] Animal tracking: The future of wildlife telemetry is coming
Since 1978, the ARGOS Data Collection System has served the international wildlife community. With the Kinéis constellation carrying onboard Argos-4 instruments, the metamorphosis of ARGOS is coming. Join us to learn about the future of wildlife telemetry! Thursday 5th November at 10am CET…
13.10.2020 ANGELS nanosatellite ANGELS satellite operational from 13th October 2020
As you all know, on December, 18th 2019, the successful launch of the first ANGELS nanosatellite, developed by CNES, HEMERIA and Thales Alenia Space, ANGELS marked the beginning of the metamorphosis of the ARGOS system. We received the first signal of Angels at…
08.10.2020 Animal tracking applications Dugong movements and habitat use in coral reef lagoons
Dugongs are vulnerable herbivorous marine mammals living in tropical and subtropical coastal waters, including in coral reef lagoons. Their behaviour there is however little known. Argos enabled to track them in such environments around New Caledonia. Photo: a dugong (credit Matthieu Juncker) Authors: Christophe Cleguer (lead), Claire Garrigue, Helene Marsh…
05.10.2020 Animal tracking applications Black-tailed godwits’ different migration behaviours
Migratory birds from a given species are frequently observed to follow the same routes, and do so every year. Tracking different populations with Argos satellite telemetry shows a very different picture for some populations of the black-tailed godwit. Understanding why will need even more tracking. Photo: a black-tailed godwit with…
14.09.2020 Animal tracking applications Winds influence where male pectoral sandpipers will try and breed
Some migratory birds change their breeding sites every year, or even several times in a season. Pectoral sandpipers are among them, and understanding their breeding behaviour thanks to Argos satellite telemetry can help to better protect them. Photo: A male pectoral sandpiper with an Argos PTT (credit: Max Planck…
31.08.2020 Animal tracking applications Juvenile green turtle individuals behave differently, satellite telemetry reveals
Tracking the behaviour of a large number of juvenile green turtles in contrasting environments using satellite telemetry enables to show behavioural differences across individuals. Photo: Green turtle with an Argos PTT (credit E. Lancelot) The green turtle (Chelonia mydas) is one of the seven species of sea turtles…
17.08.2020 Animal tracking applications Ruddy-headed geese, endangered sheldgeese on South American continent
Ruddy-headed goose is considered regionally endangered in Argentina and Chile, since recent estimates indicate that population size is less than 800 individuals. Ruddy-headed geese were tracked back and forth during their migrations over the South American continent to better understand how to protect them there. Photo: a ruddy-headed goose with…
03.08.2020 Animal tracking applications Tracking bottlenose dolphins by night in narrow channels
Dolphins do have a nightlife, but visual observation techniques cannot fully capture this. Also, coastal populations of dolphins sometimes occupy complex, labyrinthine habitats. Here too line-of-sight techniques fall short. Satellite telemetry doesn’t distinguish between night and day, and, as we will see, can track animals through an aquatic maze. This…
20.07.2020 Animal tracking applications Red-throated divers move away from offshore wind farms
Argos can help in evaluating overlaps of human activities and protected aquatic bird habitats. With that information, the planning of new infrastructures such as offshore wind farms can take species like the red-throated divers in consideration. Photo: A red-throated diver with an Argos Tag (Credit Claudia Burger) Wind farms…
10.07.2020 Animal tracking applications Sea turtle ecology: a novel solution to increase knowledge using Argos
An essential part of animal conservation is knowing and understanding their behavior. More than 500 turtles are tracked every month with Argos so that scientists can identify feeding and nesting areas as well as understand their migratory patterns. We know where sea turtles go…
06.07.2020 Animal tracking applications Data collected from animals can help ocean observing systems
Data collected on animals by Argos satellite telemetry can be provided to physical oceanography, to fill in a number of gaps in the ocean observing systems. A study details how animal-born instrumentation can complement the Argo automated profiling float array. Photo: Loggerhead turtle equipped with a satellite tag. Source: Miquel…
22.06.2020 Animal tracking applications Argos helps in assessing fisheries bycatch risks to seabirds
After more than thirty years of Argos satellite telemetry, the extensive datasets that have accumulated can be used in diverse, large-scale studies. Incidental mortality (bycatch) in fisheries threatens Southern Ocean seabirds such as albatrosses and petrels. Data from the Argos system can be combined with other tracking data for comprehensive…
08.06.2020 Animal tracking applications Basking sharks’ long journeys between Brittany and Cape Verde
Basking sharks can travel several thousand kilometers in a few months, as was discovered by monitoring their movements with Argos satellite tracking tags. Two basking sharks, in particular, nicknamed Anna and Marie B made impressively long journeys between Brittany and Cape Verde. Photo: Marie B with a tag (© Y.
04.06.2020 Animal tracking applications Seals tracked by Argos prove great migrators
Did you know that seals are able to learn the melody of the Star Wars theme? Or that scientific studies based on Argos tracking data have confirmed they are great migrators? The grey seal, long hunted for its fur, still holds lots of surprises. We met Cécile Vincent,…
29.05.2020 Oceanography and meteorological applications How does EUMETSAT measure ocean temperature?
The ocean is the world’s first heat concentrator. Measuring the temperature of our oceans is one of the key indicators of global warming. EUMETSAT (European Organisation for the Exploitation of Meteorological Satellites), the European Space Weather Agency, renews its confidence in CLS by extending…
25.05.2020 Animal tracking applications Conservation priority areas for the Andean condor
Satellite telemetry enables to identify preferred habitats of the Andean condor, depending on their functions. Conservation priority areas for this scavenger bird can thus be better determined. Photo: An Andean condor with an Argos GPS PTT (credit Gonzalo O. Ignazi) The Andean condor (Vultur gryphus) is emblematic of the region…
11.05.2020 Animal tracking applications Distribution of baleen whales in the mid-North Atlantic Ocean
Baleen whales are highly migratory, going from low latitude in Winter to high-latitude waters in Summer. Satellite telemetry such as Argos has improved the knowledge of their distribution and movements. Using SEAPODYM ecosystem model enables to complement the telemetry and determine the effect of environmental conditions…
27.04.2020 Animal tracking applications American woodcock are tracked using Argos satellite telemetry
American woodcock are tracked using Argos satellite telemetry by the Eastern Woodcock Migration Research Cooperative. Those migratory birds, travel nocturnally along the Eastern and central part of North America. Their secretive behavior makes their migratory behavior largely undescribed. Thanks to satellite telemetry, their migration is now tracked continuously by the…
22.04.2020 Animal tracking applications 5 key figures for World Penguins’ Day
On April 25th, 2020, we celebrate World Penguin Day. There are 18 species of penguins worldwide, living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere. From the noble Emperor penguin to the smaller, Little penguins, these aquatic birds are extremely endearing and inspiring creatures. Argos satellite tracking has made…
21.04.2020 Animal tracking applications Eels’ travel in the Atlantic tracked by Argos satellite telemetry
Eels, threatened by pollution, virus and parasites, overfishing, habitat loss and climate change have seen their population drop in the past decades. Their life and behaviour are studied to better understand the causes of this decrease. Their migration – when adults cross the Atlantic to the Sargasso Sea…
15.04.2020 Animal tracking applications Two very different destinations for two adventurous turtles
CESTM coordinates the French Eastern Atlantic Marine Turtle Network and welcomes all marine turtles found stranded or in distress drifting or as accidental by-catch along the Channel & Atlantic coasts of France (from the Spanish border to the Belgian border). 220 of the turtles thus cared for have been released…
09.04.2020 Animal tracking applications Argos helps to define a protected area for elephants in Cameroon
African elephants are under assault due primarily to the illicit ivory trade and, to a lesser extent, to habitat destruction and human incursions. Numbers are plummeting throughout most range states. Understanding elephant movement patterns, home ranges, land use patterns and corridor use are essential in developing conservation strategies.
30.03.2020 Animal tracking applications Tracking of juvenile grey-headed albatrosses
Albatrosses are iconic seabirds of the Southern Ocean. Argos satellite telemetry has greatly increased knowledge of the at-sea distribution and behaviour of adults, and contributed to initiatives aimed at reducing their bycatch in fisheries. However, much less is known about movements of juveniles and immatures, which are potentially at higher…
16.03.2020 Animal tracking applications Chinstrap penguins are spreading a long way around Antarctica
Chinstrap penguins live around Antarctica. To understand better the precise reasons why their population is slowly declining, researchers from the Antarctic Ecosystem Research Division of NOAA fitted some of them from three different breeding grounds with Argos PTT, to track them during the Austral Winter, comparing the tracks with environmental…