Key contract signed for development of Europe

Key contract signed for development of Europe


15 January, 2007 – Infoterra Ltd (an EADS Astrium company), a leader in the provision of geographic information products and services, is to lead BOSS4GMES (, a key project within GMES (, Europe’s principal environmental monitoring initiative.

The BOSS4GMES (Building Operational Sustainable Services for GMES) project aims to provide the technical, financial and contractual foundations which will enable the transition of GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) from a concept to an effective, operational programme, and, in doing so, would link GMES with key political decision makers, a broader sphere of users and the wider public.

The project will be crucial as it will ensure the development of an operational foundation for the long-term sustainability of the GMES initiative. BOSS4GMES is partially funded by the European Commission, together with a significant level of private investment from the consortium of European organisations which will be working on the project.

The BOSS4GMES project will focus on three main pillars:

– Technology (to improve the efficiency of services)
– Business (to provide contractual, organisational and financial frameworks)
– Communications (to establish and implement a communications strategy to increase awareness about GMES)

By establishing an operational foundation the coordination of environmental monitoring and exchange of information should be significantly improved.

Infoterra’s experience as a lead organisation for major Pan-European programmes and its recognised expertise in geo-information systems design & development, together with the knowledge brought to the project by the consortium members, led to this award.

Dave Fox, CEO at Infoterra Ltd said: “Today, environmental issues are high on all our agendas so we are very proud to be associated with Europe’s premier programme for monitoring the environment.” He continued: “The Infoterra Group has established a leading role within GMES providing reliable geo-information services for land and humanitarian relief programmes. We now look forward to working with our partners to develop the operational services to support GMES in the future.”

Mr Marco Malacarne, Head of Unit responsible for ‘Space Research and Development’ in the Directorate-General for Enterprise and Industry of the European Commission stated, “GMES represents a concerted effort to make environmental and security-related information available to the people who need it. BOSS4GMES is vital to this as it will develop the operational foundation for a variety of future services.”

– About GMES
GMES (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) is a European initiative for the coordination, generation and provision of information services to key decision makers – local, regional and global – to support vital environmental and security issues. The services provided by GMES – mapping, support for emergency management and forecasting – will be vital for security and risk management, as well as enabling better management of land and resources. For more info visit:

– About Infoterra Ltd
Infoterra Ltd. is a leading provider of geographic information products and services. Its portfolio of geographic information solutions includes airborne and satellite data acquisition, geo-information creation, database management and outsourced hosting. Infoterra provides geospatial knowledge to companies worldwide to help them make informed decisions. The company has major customers in communications, utilities, engineering, agriculture, defence and oil, gas & mineral exploration. Infoterra Ltd. is part of the Infoterra group which comprises companies in France, Germany and the United Kingdom, and is a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS Astrium Ltd. For more information visit: