The European Union Satellite Centre (EUSC) recently signed a multiyear enterprise license agreement (ELA) with ESRI Espana, 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 Espana, headquartered in Madrid, Spain, is the country's distributor for California-based ESRI, a 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 Espana. 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. he 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.