Telespazio France, e-geos, POST Luxembourg and HITEC Luxembourg invest in an EarthLab center dedicated to industrial and environmental

Luxembourg  09 June 2015

Telespazio France, e-GEOS, the wholly state-owned postal and telecommunications company POST Luxembourg and the SME HITEC Luxembourg announce today their strategic partnership in the EarthLab programme.

These partners invest in the setting up of a Joint Venture for the establishment of the EarthLab Luxembourg center, first European center for environment monitoring dedicated to industrial and environmental risks. The new Joint Venture is consolidated by the support from the Luxembourg government, in the frame of its willingness to develop applications and added value services relying on satellite infrastructures.

During a press conference held today at the Ministry of the Economy in Luxembourg, all the stakeholders promoted the assets of the EarthLab Luxembourg center combining the Earth Observation last generation satellite means with the new digital technologies.

Industrial initiative complementary to the European programme Copernicus defined and managed by the European Commission, the EarthLab Luxembourg center will combine a unique expertise in R&D and innovative service provision, supporting tools for risk assessment. The Luxembourg local team will quickly define and propose a first offer portfolio of geo-information services for industry, insurance and investment fund stakeholders.

Supported by the Luxembourg government, the EarthLab Luxembourg center is the third center of the international EarthLab Galaxy program initiated by Telespazio France after the setting up by 2013 of EarthLab Aquitaine, the original center in partnership with the Aquitaine region council, and of EarthLab Gabon, in partnership with the Gabonese government, represented by the AGEOS, the Gabonese Agency for Space Studies and Observations, and the FGIS, the Gabonese Strategic Investment Fund.

“I am proud of this agreement, in one of historical countries of the European space industry, that demonstrate the assets of our EarthLab Galaxy programme and consolidate this partnership approach towards an active dissemination of space-based services”, declare Jean-Marc GARDIN, Deputy CEO of Telespazio Group and CEO of Telespazio France, that will be with e-GEOS, the first shareholder of the EarthLab Luxembourg SA Joint Venture.

“The creation of EarthLab Luxembourg is a decisive step to promote our application product portfolio in market segments such as insurance, industry and investment funds where we believe earth observation and geo-spatial information can considerably improve operational and strategic decision making, generating economic value for the customer, said the CEO of e-GEOS, Marcello Maranesi.

Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of the Economy Étienne SCHNEIDER stated: “The setting up of the Earthlab center in Luxembourg, in a strategic partnership with national companies like POST or HITEC,is the fruit of the unfailing commitment of the Luxembourg government in further diversifying the national economy and in innovation in key technology sectors like space or ICT. A project like Earthlab Luxembourg and its national economic benefits retroactively justify the accession of the Grand-Duchy to the European Space Agency.”

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