The European Commission selects a defense and security project coordinated by Tracasa Instrumental, and finances it with 3.28 million euros

The public company of the Government of Navarre will lead a consortium formed by eleven European entities from seven countries. The project will be carried out in 2023 and 2024 and will lay the foundations for creating a strategic European security and monitoring service, based on images from Sentinel satellites and using Artificial Intelligence

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Defense Industry and Space has selected a project coordinated by Tracasa Instrumental, a public company of the Government of Navarre attached to the Department of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation, to receive European funding in the amount of 3.28 million euros and to be carried out in 2023 and 2024.

The Government of Navarre greatly values the success of public companies in demanding calls for European scientific and technical projects. This success recognizes the outstanding innovation activity carried out by the teams and personnel working in the area of Artificial Intelligence applied to space observation technology», said Juan Cruz Cigudosa, University, Innovation and Digital Transformation minister of the Government of Navarre and the chairman of the board of directors at Tracasa Instrumental. Cigudosa also noted that in 2021 an Innovation Committee was created that consolidates and systematizes the process for the detection of innovative opportunities at Tracasa Instrumental, and serves to incorporate innovation as an axis spanning all the company’s departments.»

The project, which will lay the foundations for creating a strategic European security and monitoring service, based on images from Sentinel satellites and using Artificial Intelligence, will feature participation by eleven entities from seven countries, including Navarre’s Tracasa Instrumental, as the coordinator of the project; Tracasa Global, a public company of the Government of Navarre attached to the Department of Economic and Business Development; and Zabala Innovation Consulting.

Entitled “IntSen2: Proactive automatic imagery intelligence powered by artificial intelligence exploiting european space assets”, the project was selected by the European Commission as part of the 2021 European Defense Fund call for innovative and forward-looking defense solutions.

The project will use images from the EU’s Sentinel satellites (initially oriented to environmental purposes) and Artificial Intelligence techniques, with which both public companies have recognized experience, to develop a concept for an imagery intelligence application to lay the foundations to create a strategic European security and monitoring service.

In order to achieve its objective, the project plans to base its proposed research and solutions exclusively on European space assets, with the ultimate objective of supporting and strengthening the EU’s operational autonomy in the Defense and Security fields.

The consortium coordinated by Tracasa Instrumental has 10 other collaborating entities: Tracasa Global, Zabala Innovation Consulting, European Union Satellite Centre, 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 the Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II (Italy).

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