Switzerland: The Group on Earth Observations (GEO) has accepted the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (EARSC) as a participating organisation of GEO. EARSC is a partner of EU framework programs such ConnectinGEO and GEOCradle which support the activities of GEO.
In the capacity of a Participating Organization to GEO, this is the next step for EARSC to support the GEO objectives to engage more with the private sector. As a GEO Participating Organization, EARSC will share opinions on industry views at the European level, exchange documents of common interest and cooperate on projects or promotional activities where relevant.
Work is underway to identify concrete GEO/EARSC collaborations and opportunities for periodic exchanges will be organized. GEO is a voluntary partnership of governments and organizations that envisions “a future wherein decisions and actions for the benefit of humankind are informed by coordinated, comprehensive and sustained Earth observations and information.”
Today, EARSC has 75 members coming from more than 22 countries in Europe. Our members include both commercial operators of EO satellites, IT, downstream and value-adding companies. The sector plays a key role in providing value-added geospatial information to its customers in Europe and the world.
In 2014, the revenue of the European EO services sector is estimated to be around €900m for approximately 450 companies and giving work to over 6500 highly skilled employees.