Spot Infoterra Group to supply Serbia with a national spatial data infrastructure
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Spot Infoterra Group to supply Serbia with a national spatial data infrastructure

Paris, — June 22, 2009 — In partnership with IGN France International, the Spot Infoterra Group – and Astrium division – will supply the Serbian Geodesy Institute (RGZ) with the means to become the central supplier of geoinformation data for public and private institutions in Serbia. Spot Infoterra is a world leader in the field of geoinformation products and services. The contract is worth €15 million approximately.

Marc Tondriaux, CEO of the Spot Infoterra Group, declared: “The flexibility and interoperability offered by the proposed solutions, which are based on the proven expertise of our consortium in the field of national spatial data infrastructures (NSDIs), will provide the RGZ with the infrastructure to quickly implement a powerful and upgradeable system.”

According to Nenad Tesla, CEO of the RGZ, “This tool will allow Serbia to improve the exchange of information and communication between its various administrations. This infrastructure will also allow us to introduce online services, which will be a major asset ensuring the decentralisation, diversity and quality of the services offered to our fellow citizens.”

Geoinformation is a key decision-making tool in numerous fields (town and country planning and development, protection of the environment, security, etc.). Ensuring the availability of this data, ensuring it is up-to-date, and allowing local and national government, the private sector and citizens to access it has almost become an obligation for any country dedicated to improving the effectiveness of its general government and to supporting the sustainable development of its economy.

The IGIS programme, which is being managed by the Spot Infoterra Group (Astrium Services) and implemented together with co-prime contractor IGN France International, will provide the RGZ with all of these services. The RGZ will also be able to deploy an NSDI that will facilitate the production and maintenance of mapping data, and develop geoinformation services.

The project has three parts:

Spot Infoterra Group

The Spot Infoterra Group is a global provider of geo-information products and services bringing decision-makers sustainable solutions to increase our security, protect the environment and monitor natural resources.

With unique access to SPOT and TerraSAR-X satellites, and a broad range of spaceborne and airborne acquisition capabilities, the group offers an unrivalled combination of Earth imagery.

This combination forms the solid base for an extensive portfolio of products and services spanning the entire geo-information value chain. Furthermore, building on synergies within Astrium Services, the Group develops innovative and highly-competitive end-to-end solutions combining Earth observation, navigation and worldwide communications capabilities.

Combining the talent and capabilities of Spot Image and Infoterra, the Spot Infoterra Group, with a turnover of 160 M€ in 2008 and more than 800 staff, is established in twelve countries and is part of Astrium Services, an Astrium subsidiary.

IGN France International
Since 1986, IGN France International has been the worldwide subsidiary of the French National Geographical Institute (IGN).

Over the years, IGN has become a leading player in its two sectors of activity:

IGN France International is involved in all types of projects in the following sectors:

Approved by every multilateral development bank, IGN France International offers its expertise all over the world – particularly in Africa and Asia, where it has mapped over 12 million km².

The company is internationally recognised for its know-how and expertise.

Astrium, a wholly owned subsidiary of EADS, is dedicated to providing civil and defence space systems and services. In 2008, Astrium had a turnover of €4.3 billion and more than 15,000 employees in France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Spain and the Netherlands. Its three main areas of activity are Astrium Space Transportation for launchers and orbital infrastructure, Astrium Satellites for spacecraft and ground segment and Astrium Services for the development and delivery of satellite services.

EADS is a global leader in aerospace, defence and related services. In 2008, EADS generated revenues of €43.3 billion and employed a workforce of more than 118, 000.


Spot Infoterra
Nathalie Pisot
Tel. : +33 (0)4 97 23 23 46

IGN France International
Aude Lareste Lamendour
Tel. :+33 (0)1 42 34 56 54

Daniel Mosely (Astrium UK)
Tel.: +44 (0)1 438 77 8180

Matthieu Duvelleroy (Astrium FR)
Tel.: +33 (0) 1 77 75 80 32

Ralph Heinrich (Astrium GER)
Tel.: +49 (0) 89 607 33971

Francisco Lechón (Astrium SP)
Tel.: +34 91 586 37 41