On September 22nd 2016, the EUGENIUS Association was founded by nine European SME’s willing to develop a network constituted by enterprises from European regions. The ambition is to jointly deploy services to public and private customers, regional and local, which need cost effective and sustainable applications. These applications exploit the large number of geospatial information related to a territory and available today at local, regional or national levels.
The network comprises:
1. A “physical” layer constituted with regional exploitation platforms, operated locally by an SME, providing the services and delivering products to the users.
2. A “knowledge” layer constituted with the expertise of the SME’s, which share a catalogue of reference services and products. This “knowledge” layer is extended to any service provider willing to use the regional service platforms to deliver its own services and products. The main characteristic of the network is its openness to welcome other players.
The value proposition of this network of SME’s is cost effectiveness for the customers because of:
1. shared data related to the territory, including authoritative data, in-situ data, crowd-sourced data and EO data,
2. proven and largely used applications throughout Europe,
3. long term sustainability and
4. support by local service providers backed by a wide network of experts.
The founders of the Association are: Terranis (Toulouse), Planetek (Bari), Spacebel (Liège), Capital Hightech (Bordeaux), Conectus (Strasbourg), Terra Spatium (Athens), I-Sea (Bordeaux), Geomer (Heidelberg) and Geoville (Vienna).
The deployment of the network of platforms is supported by the H2020-Space-EO1-2016 EUGENIUS project, starting on October 1st, 2016.