26 Jul 2017

Planetek secure contract to support Frontex border surveillance

Planetek Hellas and Planetek Italia have signed a framework contract with the European Union Satellite Center (EU SatCen), to supply Earth observation based very high resolution reference mapping products in support to Frontex, the European Border and Coast Guard Agency.

The equipment will play its part in enhancing border surveillance as the European Union steps up its efforts on migration and security.

The Reference Mapping Service provides a background of geographical context including relevant information on hydrography, topography, land cover, infrastructure and population.

The Service will support the monitoring of border areas and the improvement of decision-making and response capabilities of the authorities responsible for controlling and monitoring European borders.

Giovanni Sylos Labini, CEO, Planetek Italia and Greek-based SME, Planetek Hellas, said: “Being the only SME’s within this group of large companies that have signed the same framework contract is certainly a challenge for us.

“We are thankful to SatCen for the trust that has been shown to Planetek Group and we are committed to provide the best possible services to this highly esteemed EU Entrusted Entity.”

Stelios Bollanos, Director of Planetek Hellas, who is the leading company of the consortium, said that the Company was pleased to be awrded the contract but was very aware of the responsibility of contributing to sucha delicate area for the European Union.

He commented: “The fact that our countries, Greece and Italy, are among the most affected ones from the situation in the wider neighbouring region, increases the level of our commitment to perform well.”

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