Spain: The European Commission, through the Research Executive Agency (REA), has entrusted Indra, a multinational consultancy and technology company in Spain, with the G-SEXTANT R&D project aimed at developing different products and services that cover the geospatial information needs of the European External Action Service and of other users. This project includes an investment of more than €5.7 million and its development will last through the first quarter of 2015.
G-SEXTANT forms part of the European Copernicus programme (previously referred to as GMES), one of the European Commission”s most important initiatives in the space sector. Copernicus will enable the EU to observe the Earth in order to monitor the environment”s evolution and to manage security and emergencies.
Indra leads the consortium comprised by companies, research centres and European organisations that are working on this project. The objective of G-SEXTANT is to develop pre-operation products and services for observing the Earth.
These products have been conceived to provide support in humanitarian crises, to monitor conflicts, to detect illegal crops, to provide border surveillance, etc. G-SEXTANT will also make it possible to improve existing products and services, and to develop a standardised solutions portfolio.
The new services and products will provide geospatial information to support the decision making efforts of the European External Action Service (EEAS) and of other European agencies and services.