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.
EARSC Board is glad to welcome four new Companies in our Association
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.
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.
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.
Aerodata International Surveys recorded digital aerial photos of the Netherlands on their own initiative.
ARGOSS was elected the most innovative company in the province Flevoland in the Netherlands.
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.
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 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, 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, 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 becomes distributor for Skyline products via an agreement with Skyline France.
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.
PCI Geomatics announced the release of Geomatica 10 for Linux and Solaris users.
Infoterra achieves 20 per cent growth in 2005
and secures further investment from EADS Astrium.
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 has extended the MSG SEVIRI US Re-Transmission System using a VCS 2met! application based EUMETCast reception, processing and dissemination system.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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‘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.
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.
Sympoisum on Key Trends and Challenges in the Global Marketplace, September 2006
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.
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.
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.
On 24 March 2006, European and American officials met in Brussels to discuss co-operation in space.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
NOAA’s budget includes financial resources to purchase two next generation satellite programmes
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.
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).
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.
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.
Milestone in the creation of a European glogal system
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.