e-GEOS is a joint venture between Telespazio S.p.A. (80%) and the Italian Space Agency (20%), entered into force on June 2009. The two shareholders have assigned to e-GEOS respectively the whole EO Division and the world-wide exclusive distribution of data and services from the COSMO-SkyMed Constellation, developed by ASI in cooperation with the Italian Ministry of Defence.
e-GEOS is a leading international player in the EO and Geo-Spatial Information business. e-GEOS offers a unique portfolio of applications services, also thanks to the monitoring capabilities of COSMO-SkyMed Constellation, and has acquired leading position within European Copernicus Program. Application services include: monitoring for environmental protection, rush mapping in support to natural disaster management and humanitarian aid, specialized products for defence and intelligence, oil spill and ship detection for maritime surveillance, interferometric measurements for landslides and ground subsidence analysis, thematic mapping for agriculture and forestry.
e-GEOS premises are deployed on two distinct sites with distinct functionalities:
e-GEOS is part of the Telespazio (Leonardo-Finmeccanica/Thales) group that operates the largest civil space infrastructure in the world, at the Fucino Space Centre, providing unrivalled service capacity, and recently by means of Spaceopal, a joint venture with DLR GfR of the German Space Agency – was awarded recently a contract to manage Galileo, the European satellite navigation system. Moreover e-GEOS can rely on the specific know-how and market presence of the various companies within the group, such as GAF, the Telespazio subsidiaries network (Spain, UK, France, Romania, Argentina and Brazil) and other strategic partners and distributors that enrich its competitive advantages and provide synergies in the product chain and for market development at international level. e-GEOS current number of employees is 262 between the two company sites of Rome and Matera Station. The e-GEOS organizational structure is reported in the following figure.
For more detailed information about the company, please refer to the e-GEOS web site: www.e-geos.it.
e-GEOS offers a unique portfolio of application services, also thanks to the monitoring capabilities of COSMO-SkyMed constellation, and has acquired leading position within European Copernicus Program. Application services include: monitoring for environmental protection, rush mapping in support to natural disaster management, specialized products for defence and intelligence, oil spill and ship detection for maritime surveillance, interferometric measurements for landslides and ground subsidence analysis, thematic mapping for agriculture and forestry. In support to its operational applications, e-GEOS operates the Matera Space Centre for acquisition, archiving and processing of multi-mission satellite data including COSMO-SkyMed and ESA Sentinels.
Role in the project
e-GEOS will participate specifically as a technical partner, contributing to the design, development and testing of both the local implementation of the project innovations (WP2) and the common components in the context of WP4, Task 4.3 (Common Data and Service APIs).
Key persons involved
Livio Rossi is Head of International business development for Remote Sensing and Geo Information at e-GEOS. He received the Degree in Geology with honours from University “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy, in 1978. Currently he supports market exploitation in Geo information related activities, particularly for natural and semi-natural resources, and takes care of market analysis and customer requirements tuning. He has always been invoved as project and technical manager since 1984 in agro-forestry projects based on the use of remote sensing data in SIN, Telespazio, Eurimage and Italeco. In particular in his working experience in Eurimage and SIN (an AGEA company) from 2002 to 2014 he gained a large experience in the CAP Agriculture subsidy control and management.
Fabio Volpe is Head of the Geospatial Content Evolution unit at e-GEOS. He received the Degree in Mining Engineering from University “La Sapienza,” Rome, Italy, and since 1986 is active in projects based on EO data, as project or technical manager, related to several application fields (such as cartography, agriculture, utilities, cadastre, forestry, mining, television, virtual reality and other) for e-GEOS, Italeco and Eurimage companies, as well for other public and research institutions in national and international projects. He has always been involved in the definition of workflows per EO data processing and the design and generation of new products and services based on EO data, with several publications at national and international level. In agriculture, he has been involved as technical manager in the main projects at national level based on EO data and related to agriculture since their
beginning, such as the Agrit project, a pluriannual program for the estimation of crop production, and the CwRS activities.
Marco Corsi is Head of the organisational unit Geospatial Platforms Innovation at e-GEOS. He received the University Degree in Physics 2001 and has 10+ years of experience in Remote Sensing and GIS development including complex project management and team coordination. He is responsible for the development of standard based (ISO and OGC) platforms for the processing and delivery of geospatial products. He worked in several international projects like GNEXT, PREVIEW, MARISS, RISKEOS with technical role in the development of the earth observation service chains. He worked in the development of the operational platform for Maritime products delivery to end users like Guardia Costiera Italiana, Defence and several Oil & Gas companies. He has been the Project Manager and major contributor in the development of the Agriculture SDI for the Italian Payment Agency (AGEA).
Andrea Martinelli is Head of the Organisational Unit “GIS Engineering”, involving 26 human resources; he manages and supervises projects and resources for GIS projects; in particular, he is the Technical lead of a wide, end-to-end GIS platform project and related development, including a Location Intelligence tool, a SDI platform and different kind of GIS viewer and editor, web based for SIN/AGEA. The project is implemented through consulting services and software development & maintenance. He acts as customer interface (AGEA) and technical reference for the requirements. It is worth to note that the SIAN Database, managed in the platform, is the largest database of Italian graphics and split hundreds of millions of occurrences.
Cecilia Sciarretta is Head of the “R&D Project Management and Technological Plan” unit at e-GEOS. She received the Degree in Mathematics cum laude, in 1987, from the “Università La Sapienza” of Rome, where she followed also several post lauream advanced courses at the “Istituto Nazionale di Alta Matematica”. She took her professional career at Telespazio SpA in 1988, being involved in the geodetic activities performed on behalf of ASI at Matera “Centro di Geodesia Spaziale – G. Colombo”. In the geodetic context, in Telespazio and e-GEOS, she has been acting several roles, up to the leadership of the “Geodesy” unit (2007 – 2013), an expert team of geodesists, responsible to guarantee the realization, development and innovation of geodetic products for the international geodetic services (IGS, ILRS; IVS; EUREF; IERS) from SLR, VLBI and GNSS data. She was in charge also to exploit those precise positioning products in different application fields, e.g. Meteorology, Navigation, SAR Imagery. She is co-author of several peer-reviewed international publications. Since 2014, she manages the e-GEOS activities to prepare and execute R&D projects, aligned with the Geoinformation Product Innovation policy of e-GEOS.
Livio Rossi, “The Geo Spatial Aid Application in Italy: application tools”, Baveno –Italy May 23rd -25th 2016 Control and management of Agricultural land in IACS
Fabio Volpe, Livio Rossi “Agriculture parcels monitoring for CAP eligibility and greening compliance by Sentinel2, Thessaloniki- Greece November 24-25th 2015 DGAgri JRC Geo CAP Conference
Livio Rossi, Salvatore Carfì (AGEA) “Land soil protection in agro-environment from existing IACS data” Riga – Latvia 10-12 September 2013, CAP GAEC (Good Agricultural Environmental Conditions) workshop
Livio Rossi (E-GEOS/SIN), Daniele Biscontini (E-GEOS), Maurizio Piomponi (AGEA), Giulio Monaldi, Paolo Tosi (SIN), “New GAEC vegetation buffer: possible methods of detection by RS and existing data”, Bergamo Italy 24- 26 November 2010 DGAgri JRC CwRS GeoCAP Conference
Livio Rossi, Roberto Ligi, Fabio Volpe, Valerio Fortuna (e-GEOS), Philippe Loudjani (JRC), “Drone imagery use: pilot tests in Italy”, Lisbon - Portugal November 24-25th 2016- CwRS GeoCAP Conference
Relevant projects and activities (selection)
• Services provision to the Italian Payment Agency (AGEA) for European Common Agriculture Policies implementation in Italy”
Services provided through e-GEOS owner company Telespazio since 2008 onwards include all service components necessary to operate the Italian Integrated Administration and Control System (IACS).
• ESA SEN4CAP – Sentinels for Common Agriculture Policy
Role: Partner; Coordinator: UCL; Partners: CS-RO, Sinergise, GISAT; Years: 2017-2019. The project develops a system, OS-based, to provide routinely products from the analysis of Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 data, to support CAP. The effectiveness of products (grassland mowing, crop maps, vegetation indicator) will be demonstrated in several use cases indicated by 6 PAs (Italy, Spain, Romania, Czech, Lithuania, The Netherlands), JRC and DG AGRI and implemented according to their requirements, validated through in-situ data (available from GSAA, IACS). The system will be delivered in August 2018 and then a full demonstration, at national scale of the 6 countries will be executed on the 2018-2019 period.
• ESA ARTES 20 PREMIA – Platform for Risk Evaluation and Management In Agriculture
Role: Coordinator; Partners: Centro Ricerca Analisi geoSpaziale e Telerilevamento (CRAST); DISAA - Dept. of Agricultural and Environmental Science Production, Landscape, Agroenergy (UNIMI); Groupama; Swiss RE; Associazione Nazionale dei Consorzi di Difesa (ASNACODI); WIRELESSINFO; EarthLab Luxembourg; SISTEMA GmbH; Years: 2017-2020. The project develops a system, to provide routinely products from the analysis of EO satellites to support agroinsurances, integrated in their operational workflows. The effectiveness of products, including also meteorological data, will be demonstrated in two parallel campaigns, in North and South of Italy, lasting 12 months.
• H2020 DATABIO – Platform for Risk Evaluation and Management In Agriculture
Coordinator INTRASOFT INTERNATIONAL SA; Among partners (48): VITO, TRAGSA, Lesprojekt, MEEO, Neuropublic ; Years: 2017-2019. The data intensive target sector selected for the DataBio project is the Data-Driven Bioeconomy, focusing in production of best possible raw materials from agriculture, forestry and fishery/aquaculture for the bioeconomy industry to produce food, energy and biomaterials taking into account also various responsibility and sustainability issues. DataBio proposes to deploy a state of the art, big data platform “on top of the existing partners’ infrastructure and solutions - the Big DATABIO Platform. Based on the preparation and requirement specifications work the pilots are implemented utilizing and selecting the best suitable market ready or almost market ready Big Data and Earth Observation methods, technologies, tools and services to be integrated to the common Big DATABIO Platform. During the pilots the close cooperation continues and feedback from the bioeconomy sector user companies will be utilized in the technical and methodological upgrades to pilot implementations. e-GEOS is involved in three pilots (agriculture, forestry, fishery), with a major focus on a CAP based application in the agriculture pilot, with the AVEPA involvement as end-user.