Nicolas Helssen is the European Space Agency Business Applications Ambassador under the ESA Space Solutions Belgium Centre, working out of the Belgian Science Policy Office (BELSPO) in Brussels. His goal is to create awareness of the benefits of space resources for everyday life. He previously worked at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in the UK as an economic researcher.


IoT is already present in many aspects of daily life: health & fitness applications, security, home automation, smart cities, connected vehicles, energy, etc. Whatever their purpose, these solutions may require global interconnectivity, precision timing & positioning, remote monitoring or geo-information. Space assets such as satellite communication, navigation, Earth observation or human spaceflight technology can satisfy some of these needs and thus empower these services. During this talk, we will explore some of the space-enabled services that can make cities smarter and explain how ESA Space Solutions can give you the right tools to further develop your IoT business.

Smart Cities


15:00 – 15:30