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Spot Image International Conference 2006

Spot Image’s International Conference on November in Toulouse, France, attracted 440 attendees from 60 countries

This regular rendezvous gives Spot Image’s customers, prospects and partners—some of whom have been with us for more than 20 years—the chance to express their geoinformation needs and share their experiences. The first day of the conference was devoted to presenting Spot Image’s business development strategy, highlighting recent and ongoing key projects as well as the company’s diverse range of activities, products and solutions.
In addition to imagery from the constellation of 3 SPOT satellites, Spot Image distributes products and solutions from its international satellite operator partners worldwide:
• Daily revisit imagery from the FORMOSAT-2 satellite, operated by Taiwan’s National Space Organization (NSPO)
• Metric-resolution products from the KOMPSAT-2 satellite, launched in July by the Korean Aerospace Research Institute (KARI)
• Radar imagery from the European Space Agency’s ERS-2 and Envisat satellites
Lastly, Infoterra GmbH was also on hand to present future products from its metric-resolution radar satellite TerraSAR-X, scheduled for launch early next year
2006 Spot Image International Conference
Such solutions designed to meet a broad spectrum of requirements—from the supply of optical and radar imagery to comprehensive packages including technology transfer and telemetry reception infrastructures—make Spot Image and its subsidiaries the undisputed leader in the geoinformation market. Indeed, it is the only supplier with a 20-year global imagery archive, at all resolutions from 20 metres to 2.5 metres.
The round-table discussion on new Web GIS trends and realities, mediated by Peter FitzGibbon from the trade magazine GeoConnexion, brought proceedings for the 1st day of the conference to a close. In the evening, delegates attended a gala dinner at the Toulouse multimedia library.
On the 2nd day, users of Spot Image’s products and solutions shared their experiences at two concurrent application-focused sessions. Both sessions were held in front of an audience, which showed a keen interest throughout, asking lots of questions and recounting lessons they had learned.
This kind of interactivity is bound to foster mutual opportunities for Spot Image and all its partners present at the conference, for the benefit of users in mapping, surveillance and security, maritime applications and coastal surveillance, energy and civil engineering, agriculture and forestry, the environment and natural hazard mitigation. All these areas were covered on the 2nd day.
Participants had plenty of opportunities to mingle over the two-day event, especially in the main concourse of the Diagora conference centre, where 10 exhibitors were present. One of the products on show here was a test version of the new Sirius Online imagery catalogue on the central Spot Image stand. This new catalogue will be ready to roll out early next year.
At the closing cocktail reception, attendees were already looking forward to the next conference in 2008. By then, the Pleiades 1 and 2 VHR satellites will be set to come on stream and sustain Spot Image’s continuous efforts to evolve its products and services and advance its ability to deliver ever-more-innovative solutions.
(Source Spot Image)