GMES is on the headlines in these first months of 2006. Indeed several high level workshop have been taking place, in Toulouse, Paris, Budapest and most recently in Graz. We are providing you with access to their respective contents through our Web Site.

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Interview with Mr. Peter Williams, International Marketing Lead for Location Products & Services at Microsoft

In this issue of EOMAG, EARSC will have the opportunity to feature an interview with Mr. Peter Williams, the International Marketing Lead for Location Products & Services at Microsoft.

Industry Profile

Metria Miljöanalys

Metria Miljöanalys, based in Stockholm, is a service provider that focuses on the operational use of remote sensing and GIS techniques for forestry and environmental applications as well as security-related aspects. The personnel at Metria Miljöanalys have a thorough knowledge and a long-term experience in remote sensing and GIS, and have a combination of academic and professional expertise in various relevant fields. We do business by in-depth understanding of customers need and development of attractive services. Metria has a total staff of 420, of which more than 100 work with EO- and GIS-related tasks.

EARSC Activities

EARSC welcomes four new members!

EARSC Board is glad to welcome four new Companies in our Association

EARSC Workshop: The Industry´s role in GMES and GEOSS

The Industry role in GMES and GEOSS Workshop was held on March 21 in Paris. The presence of 80 industrial actors and organizations have been remarkable being able to exchange their views and make recommendations to clarify and optimise the position of Industry in those complex initiatives.

eoVox Stakeholders Consultation Workshop, 14 September 2006, at ESA-ESRIN, Frascati, Italy

The eoVox Consortium is pleased to announce a one-day workshop dedicated to the common interests of the Earth Observation value adding industry. The workshop will be held under the auspices of ESA/ESRIN on 14 September 2006 in Frascati, Italy.

eoVox: Service Sector Representation progress

The eoVox consortium has conducted a first consultation round with VA companies and trade associations with the aim to identify industry views concerning common issues across the complete EO service sector and collect their views concerning how common industry positions on these issues can be represented via industry trade associations.

Member News

Aerodata completes new 40cm country-wide digital aerial photo of the Netherlands

Aerodata International Surveys recorded digital aerial photos of the Netherlands on their own initiative.

ARGOSS winner of “Flevopenning Most Innovative Company 2005” Award

ARGOSS was elected the most innovative company in the province Flevoland in the Netherlands.

Earth Observation in Portugal

Since 1994, the highly specialised Portuguese software engineering company EDISOFT has proven itself as the right partner for the development of important Earth Observation–related programmes, such as LSA SAF or Ocean Eye, a initiative framed by ESA’s Earth Observation GMES effort.

EDISOFT leads Portuguese participation in SCORE

Project SCORE – Service Coordinated Operational Emergency Rescue Using EGNOS, developed by an European consortium in which EDISOFT, the Portuguese specialised software engineering company, leads the Portuguese participation, was presented on March 3rd, at the National Firemen and Civil Protection Service headquarters.

Emergesat, a unique space-based humanitarian solution

Emergesat, a humanitarian communication container, was showcased on March, 23rd, at the ENSOSP (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Officiers de Sapeurs-Pompiers, the national French school for fire fighting officers).

GAF-AG addresses the challenges of Transboundary Water Management

GAF AG, an internationally active geo-information technology company, announces that phase 2 of the AQUIFER project is close to completion. AQUIFER focuses on the development and demonstration of Earth observation based products and services for supporting national authorities and international institutions in the management of two prominent, internationally shared ground water resources, aquifers in Africa, the SASS and Iullemeden.

GeoEye and European Space Imaging to Keep An Eye On Farming Crop Subsidies For Europe

GeoEye, the world’s largest satellite remote-sensing imaging company through its partner European Space Imaging (EUSI) has received an additional contract from the European Commission to supply OrbView-3 high-resolution map-accurate imagery.

GeoID / Skyline

GeoID becomes distributor for Skyline products via an agreement with Skyline France.

Geoinformation from space sharpens population density maps

In response to a growing demand for sharpened census data, GeoVille Information Systems has developed ‘real-world population’ maps based on Earth observation, under a contract named EO-STAT awarded by ESA, which can assist the private and public sector in fields such as geomarketing, market research, business location analysis, risk assessment and transport and urban planning.

Image Analysis Productivity Rises

PCI Geomatics announced the release of Geomatica 10 for Linux and Solaris users.

Infoterra Ltd reports third consecutive year of growth

Infoterra achieves 20 per cent growth in 2005
and secures further investment from EADS Astrium.

INSA success in Earth Observation applied to Emergency Management

Space technology contributes to improving the efficiency and safety of fire fighting services: positioning and communications via satellite make it possible to know the location and status of the mobile brigades and vehicles taking part in fire extinguishing at all times; observation systems from space furnish very valuable information on the risk of fire, its evolution, flame front and damages sustained.

NOAA is relying on VCS 2met! products and applications

NOAA has extended the MSG SEVIRI US Re-Transmission System using a VCS 2met! application based EUMETCast reception, processing and dissemination system.

Projects in the frame of the establishment of IACS/LPIS in Bulgaria

In Bulgaria, the preparation of the country toward the accession in the EU is related with the readiness of the administration to meet the requirement for technical and operational capacity to manage and control the agriculture subsidies.

RSI Announces Spatial Feature Extraction Capability for ENVI

RSI, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Industries, Inc. (NYSE: ITT) announces the upcoming release of a key imagery analysis tool to the ENVI remote sensing exploitation product line, the ENVI Spatial Feature Extraction Module.

Satellite flood mapping service strengthens eastern France civil protection

A satellite-based rapid mapping service developed to support civil defence activities in eastern France is ready and on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week. The pioneering service has been designed to manage flood events – the world‘s most widespread category of natural disaster.

SEAS: Satellite monitoring of the Amazon environment

Officially opened in early February, the satellite receiving station on CNES-CSG Montabo hill in Cayenne, French Guiana, is now receiving ASAR images from ESA’s Envisat radar satellite and from the CNES‘s SPOT 2, SPOT 4 and SPOT 5 optical satellites.

“Process for Radar Measurement of the Movement of City Area and Landsliding Zones” patent

Validity of the Politecnico di Milano’s European Patent No. 1,183,551 entitled “Process for Radar Measurement of the Movement of City Area and Landsliding Zones”

Earth Observation News

African wetland managers armed with new technology

Earth‘s wetlands are vital to the water cycle and havens for wildlife, but they are under threat. GlobWetland, an ESA-led initiative in collaboration with the Ramsar Convention Secretariat, has been addressing this issue by using satellite imagery to provide detailed wide-area views of individual wetlands to aid national and local conservation efforts.

Around the world in 600-metres at UNESCO

A frieze depicting planet Earth, assembled from satellite pictures on a scale of 1:1,000,000,000 will be unfurled around UNESCO’s Paris Headquarters as part of the Organization’s 60th birthday celebrations.

Commercial Remote Sensing Satellite Symposium

Sympoisum on Key Trends and Challenges in the Global Marketplace, September 2006

Commission to set up new ‘GMES Bureau’

The European Commission is to boost resources devoted the development of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) initiative. In a decision taken on 8 March 2006, the Commission has established a new focal point for its GMES-related activities.

EEA calls for a comprehensive, integrated and sustained infrastructure for observation and early warning to apprehend natural disasters

Jacqueline McGlade, the Executive Director of the European Environmental Agency called for a comprehensive, integrated and sustained infrastructure for observation and early warning to apprehend natural disasters.

Europe and U.S secure Ocean Surface Topography Mission

A cooperative agreement was signed today between EUMETSAT, the French Centre National d’Etudes Spatiales (CNES), NASA and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) of the USA, to secure the Jason-2 Programme, a new Earth observation mission dedicated to Ocean Surface Topography planned for launch in 2008.

European and US space officials hold talks

On 24 March 2006, European and American officials met in Brussels to discuss co-operation in space.

FAO workshop highlights sharing of satellite data

Some 50 scientists and engineers gathered at the United Nations’ Food and Agriculture Organisation headquarters in Rome, Italy, on 27 April for a workshop to discuss the use of gathering, cataloguing and sharing satellite imagery, spatial databases and interactive maps.

Integrated CEOS European Data Server (ICEDS)

Department of Geomatic Engineering at University College London (UCL) have been funded by the British National Space Centre (BNSC) to develop a web GIS service to serve global geographic data derived from remote sensing datasets.

MetOp satellite shipped to Baikonur

The first MetOp meteorological satellite arrived at its launch site, the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan, following shipment from the industrial prime contractor, EADS Astrium in Toulouse, on board an Antonov-124 transport plane.

New solutions from EADS fleximage on geographical information

EADS Fleximage (Paris, France) has released a software platform incorporating geographical information, embedded modules broadcasting of sensors data, and communications networks used for positioning and transmitting positioning information

Outer Space Legal Subcommittee Concludes 45th Session in Vienna

The practice of States and international organizations in registering space objects was a key item on the agenda of the 45th session of the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS), held in Vienna, Austria from 3 to 13 April.

US NOOA’s budget for 2007

NOAA’s budget includes financial resources to purchase two next generation satellite programmes


A market for GMES in Europe and its regions – the Graz dialogue

Increasingly, space applications are seen as crucial tools for tackling the world’s social, technical and environmental problems. On 19-20 April 2006, the GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) Conference in Graz, Austria, addressed the question of how a market for GMES services can be created. The role of European regions and public entities, crucial users of GMES services, was highlighted.

Biodiversity: EU’s support for biodiversity continues in next Framework Programme

Understanding biodiversity is among the most challenging intellectual and scientific puzzles facing mankind today. Nearly every economic sector around the planet has an impact on biodiversity or its conservation status. This is why the EU funds research in this domain and will continue to do so with the launch in 2007 of the EU’s next Seventh Framework Research Programme (FP7).

Competitiveness Council focuses on GMES and EU Space Policy

On 21-22 April 2006, European ministers responsible for competitiveness met in Graz, Austria, to discuss the theme ‘Investing in excellence and innovation’. The informal debate, which focused on the EU’s upcoming Seventh Research Framework Programme (FP7), included exchanges of views on space research, security research, Global Monitoring for the Environment and Security (GMES) and European Space Policy.

EU young people to choose new name for GMES

In a competition announced by Commission Vice-President Günter Verheugen, European students will be given the chance to come up with a new name for the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security initiative (GMES), Europe’s joint effort to make Earth Observation information available to the widest set of users.

Mainoni and Verheugen: GMES will secure our future

Milestone in the creation of a European glogal system

New handbook on B2B e-markets and online directories

Enterprise Europe, eMarket Services, an internet portal co-funded by the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry, focuses on the use of B2B e-marketplaces to facilitate sales in European and international markets.