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GMES Emergency Response Service : e-GEOS-led European consortium to become EU sole Rush Services Provider in support of disaster events management

e-GEOS, an ASI/Telespazio Company, has been awarded 3 years framework contracts for Emergency Mapping Services in Rush and non-Rush Modes, in support of crisis management, delivering geo information for Civil Protections and other crisis management end-users at European level.

The first contract (Rush), for a maximum amount of 7.6 M€ over 3 years, covers the on-demand and fast provision of geospatial information in support to emergency management activities immediately following an emergency event. The service provision is based on the processing and analysis, in rush mode, of:

(i) satellite and aerial image sensor data of varying spatial and spectral resolution; and
(ii) other geospatial raster and vector data sources.

The second contract (non-Rush), for a maximum amount of 2 M€ over 3 years, awarded in parallel to several consortium, covers the on-demand provision of geospatial information in support to emergency management activities during the phases of the emergency management cycle which are not related to the immediate response, i.e. not requiring rush mode delivery. In particular, information provision relates to the prevention, preparedness and reconstruction phases.

Decision makers and End users of these services are :

  • EU Joint Research Center,
  • EU Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen (Global Security and Crisis Management Unit),
  • EU Member States,
  • the European Civil Protection Mechanism,
  • the EU Commission’s Directorates-General (DGs)
  • the international humanitarian aid agencies, such as UN World Food Program, UN-OCHA, etc.

e-GEOS Consortium includes e-GEOS (prime contractor, provider of the service infrastructure,), GAF (Germany), SIRS (France), ITHACA (Italy) as partners and INGV (Italy) as subcontractor.

e-GEOS Chief Executive Officer, Marcello MARANESI, commented : “this continuous investment of e-GEOS during 6 years in know-how and technologies has found a great recognition : being selected by the EU as the sole Rush provider. I am proud for the teams, that invested continuously themselves during so many years. They have covered more than 50 crises around the world over the last 2 years, on a 24/7 basis.”

Floods in Veneto, Bovolenta disaster extent map

Tripoli infrastructure and transportation map

Map derived from COSMO-SkyMed imagery ©ASI, processed and distributed by e‑GEOS
Map of flooding in Sendai district – Japan, derived from COSMO-SkyMed radar imagery from March 12, 2011. The floooded areas are in light blue with the COSMO-SkyMed 3m image in the background

More information at e-geos