Chivite has attended the presentation of the IntSen2 project, which is financed with 3.28 million euros by the European Defense Fund 2021 and in which 11 entities from seven countries participate.
The President of Navarra, María Chivite, has attended the presentation of the IntSen2 project, an initiative promoted by the European Commission and coordinated by the Navarra public company Tracasa Instrumental, which will allow to lay the foundation of the creation of a strategic European security and monitoring service based on satellite images and artificial intelligence.
During the event, which took place in the Luneta room of the Navarra Baluarte Conference Center and Auditorium, Chivite highlighted the coordination and participation of the Foral Community in this project, financed with 3.28 million euros by the European Defense Fund 2021, as «another opportunity to demonstrate the potential, capacity and high-level of the Community in terms of innovation and technology» at an international level.
In this way, Chivite has highlighted the importance that European funds have for the recovery and transformation of the economy after the pandemic, as well as in the context of the war in Ukraine. “It is time to make more and better Europe”, she pointed out, before recalling that the current international context “allows us to promote Europe as a space of prosperity, but also as a geostrategic pole in the world”.
Likewise, during her speech, Chivite thanked the work carried out by Tracasa, highlighting its «history full of successes and its well-known and recognized track record not only in Navarra, but also in Spain and other countries». “The public companies of the Government of Navarra project an image of progress, talent and capacity while contributing to energize and coordinate projects that harmonize the interest of public administrations with the capacities of the industry”, she added.
The event was also attended by the Regional Minister of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation, and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tracasa Instrumental, Juan Cruz Cigudosa; who has expressed that this project «puts Navarra on the national and international map of digital transformation, applied in this case to matters such as defense and security».
In the same way, Cigudosa has stressed that the permanent commitment to innovation and internationalization of this Government, which Tracasa Instrumental shares, has allowed this public company to accumulate more than a decade of experience in fundamental services, making it a European benchmark in remote sensing and achieving relevant collaborations both with the European Union Space Program Agency, as well as with the European Union Satellite Center and the European Environment Agency.
In addition to President Chivite and Minister Cigudosa, participating in the act were the ambassador of Slovenia and director of the International Trust Fund for Enhancing Human Security, Tomaž Lovrenčič; the general director of the National Institute of Aerospace Technology (INTA), Lieutenant General Julio Ayuso; as well as representatives of Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa Global, the two public companies of the Government of Navarra that participate in the project together with Zabala Innovation Consulting, from the private sector.
The IntSen2 project, in detail
«IntSen2: Proactive intelligence of automatic images driven by artificial intelligence exploiting European space assets» will use images from the Sentinel satellites of the European Union -initially oriented to environmental purposes- and artificial intelligence techniques -in which public companies accredit recognized experience – to develop a concept for the application of image intelligence, which will lay the foundations for creating a strategic European security and monitoring service.
To achieve its purpose, the project plans to base the research and proposed solutions exclusively on European space assets, with the ultimate goal of supporting and reinforcing the operational autonomy of the European Union in defense and security matters.
The consortium, coordinated by Tracasa Instrumental, has, in addition to Tracasa Global and Zabala Innovation Consulting, eight other collaborating entities such as: the European Union Satellite Center, Centrum Badan Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademi Nauk (Poland), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH (Austria), Evenflow (Belgium), Planetek Hellas Etaireia Periorismenis Efthynis Ypiresies Chartografisis Meso Doryforou (Greece), Rina Consulting BV (Netherlands), Rina Consulting S.P.A. (Italy) and Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II (Italy).