E-GEOS to set up Cen­tre to man­age Weather-re­lated Emer­gen­cies in Saint Lu­cia

The Star (St. Lucia) - - LOCAL -

e-GEOS, a leader in the geoin­for­ma­tion ser­vices sec­tor and a joint ven­ture be­tween Te­lespazio and the Ital­ian Space Agency, has signed a con­tract with the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia for set­ting up an Early Warn­ing Sys­tem to sup­port the man­age­ment of weather-re­lated emer­gen­cies that fre­quently hit the Caribbean is­land.

e-GEOS will pro­vide a com­plete “geo-in­for­ma­tion cen­tre” on the is­land com­bin­ing the un­matched tech­no­log­i­cal ca­pac­i­ties of the Ital­ian COSMOSkyMed satel­lite con­stel­la­tion with data gen­er­ated by weather radar and the com­pany’s know-how in the strate­gic sec­tor of emer­gency map­ping. e-GEOS is able to pro­vide pre- and post-event satel­lite maps cov­er­ing the whole globe within a few hours, sup­port­ing res­cue op­er­a­tions fol­low­ing cat­a­strophic weather events, in­clud­ing hur­ri­canes.

The new “geo-in­for­ma­tion cen­tre” and re­lated plat­forms and ser­vices will al­low the lo­cal au­thor­i­ties to in­crease the alert ca­pac­ity in case of ex­treme weather events, and to pro­vide a rapid eval­u­a­tion of dam­age af­ter the event it­self. The cen­tre will be op­er­ated by the SLUMET (Saint Lu­cia Me­te­o­ro­log­i­cal Ser­vices) Weather Cen­tre and by the Na­tional Emer­gency Man­age­ment Or­gan­i­sa­tion (NEMO), re­spon­si­ble for man­ag­ing emer­gen­cies.

Mas­simo Claudio Com­par­ini, Head of Te­lespazio’s Geoin­for­ma­tion Line of Busi­ness and CEO of e-GEOS, said: “The agree­ment signed with the Gov­ern­ment of Saint Lu­cia once again demon­strates the ef­fi­cacy of the Leonardo Group’s satel­lite tech­nol­ogy for mon­i­tor­ing the ef­fects of cli­mate change and to sup­port glob­ally and timely the ef­fects and the emer­gen­cies caused by these phe­nom­ena. e-GEOS has op­er­ated in the geo-in­for­ma­tion ser­vices sec­tor for more than ten years and, thanks to large in­vest­ments in re­search and de­vel­op­ment, has de­vel­oped a tech­no­log­i­cal knowhow rec­og­nized all around the world.”

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