Telespazio, a joint venture between Finmeccanica (67%) and Thales, is one of the world's leading operators in satellite management services, Earth observation and satellite navigation, as well as in the field of integrated communications and scientific programmes. The Rome-based company employs around 2,000 staff, and operates a network of four space centres and 25 sites spread all over the world. Notbly, these include the Fucino Space Centre, which has more than 90 operational antennas, and is the largest satellite telecommunications centre in the world for civil use.
Telespazio plays a leading role in the reference markets harnessing technological expreience acquired over the years and through its participation in major European spac CE programmes such as: Galileo, EGNOS, GMES and COSMO-SkyMed. The company is member of the Space Alliance between Finmeccanica and Thales.
Telespazio business areas are:
The research and development activities play a fundamental part in maintaining our expertise in line with the state of the art, with the effect that Telespazio can bring a specialised, innovative offering to the market. The research group involved in TaToo is part of the User Segment Operations Group of the Satellite Systems & Applications Business Unit of the company. The following is a subset of initiatives Telespazio (since end of 2010 as Elsag Datamat - ED) has been/is involved with that are more related to the company role in TaToo project:
Telespazio will play the role of the Technical Manager (TM) in TaToo and will contribute to the project in the analysis of the requirements collected from the involved users/communities, to the design of the TaToo framework reference Architecture and to the implementation and integration of the related services and tools, i.e.:
Interest of TPZ is mainly in the implementation and integration of services for emergency and risk management systems and SDIs, access and integration of meteorological and environmental data as well as in research on semantically enhanced service discovery and composition.
TPZ is well linked through the participation in other projects (e.g. GENESI-DR, EGEE) to standardisation bodies like Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and OGF (Open Grid Forum) and is therefore interested in dissemination activities in this direction as well as in networking with other related communities. TPZ will also exploit the project results commercially.