E-GEOS Heads 2 Crisis Management Projects
E-GEOS, a company set up by Telespazio and the Italian Space Agency, signed two contracts with the Joint Research Center of the European Commission and with the European Union (EU) Satellite Center. The contracts are worth a total of $41.5 million (37 million euros).
The first contract, entitled “Copernicus Emergency Management Service (EMS) – Rapid Mapping”, was signed with the Joint Research Center (JRC), the in-house science and knowledge management service of the European Commission which is in charge of running the EMS through service contracts. It was awarded to a team led by e-GEOS for the third consecutive time, after winning the international tendering processes in 2012 and 2015. It covers the supply of satellite maps to be used for managing emergencies caused by natural disasters (earthquakes, flooding, fires, and landslides) as well as human-made emergency situations and humanitarian crises throughout the world.
The second contract signed by e-GEOS was awarded by the EU Satellite Center (SatCen) for the Copernicus Service in Support to EU External Action (SEA). This contract is supported by EU funds of the Copernicus program. In particular, e-GEOS will assist SatCen in supporting the EU in crisis situations and security operations outside its territory, by providing geoinformation services derived from analyzing satellite images and data from various sources in critical remote areas that are difficult to reach, that are being observed for security purposes.