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Summer 2010
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European Union Satellite Centre Moves to Enterprise GIS

The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) recently signed a multiyear enterprise license agreement (ELA) with Esri Espaņa, Esri's distributor in Spain—headquartered in Madrid—giving the agency greater access to the latest GIS technology, training, and consulting services.

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.

The ELA expands GIS software deployment at EUSC, giving the staff access to the newest generation of geospatial capabilities and allows them to design and implement new approaches for managing and accessing geospatial knowledge.

EUSC views the ELA as an effective vehicle for streamlining access to software, services, and training, thereby saving time and reducing and consolidating costs. This step is envisioned as an important institutional investment for EUSC 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 Tomaz Lovrencic, 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 GIS software products for several years, the enterprise license agreement will allow EUSC to easily expand the use of GIS as its needs continue to grow the rapidly expanding needs for remote-sensing data across Europe.

Alfonso Rubio, managing director of Esri Espaņa, says that he looks forward to continuing the close working relationship with EUSC. He adds, "We are pleased that 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."

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