Center Creates Geospatial Products for the European Union Using GIS Software from ESRI
The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) recently signed a multiyear enterprise license agreement (ELA) with ESRI España, giving the agency greater access to the latest geographic information system (GIS) technology, training, and consulting services.
The EUSC operates under the auspices of the European Union (EU) Common Security and Defence Policy (CSDP). The center provides imagery analysis and geospatial intelligence products and services to the EU’s political and military leadership. ESRI España, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is the country’s distributor for California-based ESRI, the market leader in GIS software.
The ELA expands GIS software deployment at the EUSC, giving the staff access to the newest generation of geospatial capabilities and services from ESRI España. Through the ELA, the EUSC will receive streamlined access to software, consulting services, and training, thereby saving time and reducing and consolidating costs. This gives the EUSC the quick support it needs to accomplish its core mission of conducting imagery analysis and publishing timely, relevant, and accurate geospatial intelligence products and services for the EU.
The center, headed by director Tomaž Lovrenčič, has already deployed a considerable amount of ESRI technology. It also employs many expert GIS software users including image analysts, geospatial specialists, and other supporting personnel from EU member states.
“While EUSC has used our suite of software products for several years, we are honored that it has signed an enterprise license agreement with us,” said ESRI president Jack Dangermond. “This is a significant vote of confidence in our company’s products and will allow the EUSC to easily expand the use of GIS as its needs continue to grow.”
Alfonso Rubio, managing director of ESRI España, said he looks forward to continuing the close working relationship with the EUSC.
“We are pleased ESRI technology can help the center conduct cutting-edge image analysis and produce map products for the EU’s military staff as it directs peacekeeping operations and natural disaster relief efforts around the world,” Rubio said.
[Source: ESRI press release]