Project Coordination

e-GEOS, a Telespazio (80%) / ASI (20%) company, is a leading international player in the geo-spatial business. e-GEOS offers a complete range of products and services in the Earth Observation and in the geo-spatial application domains, based on both optical and radar satellites as well as on aerial surveys. The Rome-based company employs more than 300 people and operates through the Earth Observation centres in Matera (Italy) and Neustrelitz (Germany). As the European hub for VHR (Very High Resolution) data, e-GEOS grants unique access to the COSMO-SkyMed, GeoEye-1, IKONOS, Radarsat, Envisat, QuickBird and WorldView and IRS satellites.

In particular, COSMO-SkyMed represents a tremendous competitive advantage as it opens up a new era of operational applications. The COSMO-SkyMed earth observation programme of the Italian Space Agency and the Italian Ministry of Defence, based on a constellation of four VHR SAR satellites, provides all-weather, day and night, world-wide radar data acquisitions. e-GEOS exploits COSMO-SkyMed data to offer near-real-time monitoring services and large-area mapping capabilities for customers such as NGA (National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency of the US Government), in combination with its existing product and services portfolio, which comprises solutions for key vertical markets including emergency management, maritime surveillance, agriculture & forestry, cadastre, environmental protection, oil & gas, utilities and industries.

e-GEOS is one of the main industrial players in the European GMES Program (Global Monitoring for Environment and Security) where it leads projects such as G-MOSAIC (Management of Operations, Situation Awareness and Intelligence for regional Crises) LIMES (Land and Sea Integrated Monitoring for Environment and Security) and LinkER (Supporting Action for the implementation of operational Copernicus services in Emergency Response) for the European Union as well as MARISS (Maritime Security Services) for the European Space Agency.

Project Coordinator
Paola Nicolosi


Project Partners

ASTER (AS) is an independent Italian engineering and consulting firm that specializes in Technological Infrastructures and Complex Systems Engineering for the Defence, Aerospace and Transport sectors. The Company was created in June of 2010 within the Management Buy Out of the "ASsystem TEchnologies Rome” business unit of Assystem Italia (ASSYSTEM Group), and so, it inherited all its relevant strategic assets, including the competence and experience of the key personnel, as well as a consolidated portfolio of industrial and institutional customers dating back to the last decade in these markets. Aster is an engineering excellence partner that specializes in supporting the implementation of maritime policies, operational requirements analysis, technical specifications preparation and in technical assistance for the deployment of infrastructure and operating systems for maritime surveillance, as well as for the supervision of the implementation of systems and their operations and life cycle support.

ASTER will contribute to the validation of Operational Scenarios and will be involved in the Validation & Verification and Assessment activities.


Collecte Localisation Satellite (CLS) was created in 1986 to operate satellite-based location, environmental data collection and ocean observation systems on behalf of institutional organizations. CLS is a subsidiary of CNES, the French Space Agency (55%), and IFREMER, the French Marine Research Institute (15%). CLS activities focus on environmental monitoring, sustainable management of marine resources and maritime security. CLS has end-to-end experience in key areas of satellite based services over maritime areas, which includes SAR imagery processing and related applications, Space Oceanography products and related application, Data Collection and Localisation services.

CLS will lead the overall project service assessment, act as the reference point for the interface of  external systems, be strongly involved in the technological development activities related to advanced SAR processing and multisensor fusion, and drive the thematic development and operational scenario related to Traffic Safety.


DLR (Deutsches Zentrum fur Luft und Raumfahrt e.v) is Germany's national research center for aeronautics and space. Its extensive research and development work in Aeronautics, Space, Transportation and Energy is integrated into national and international cooperative ventures.

DLR is in charge of developing software modules aiming at filling the technological gaps related to Features Extraction and Recognition and Sea State Modelling and Algorithm Inversion.


Established in 1988, EDISOFT (EDI) is a specialised Portuguese company that offers technologically advanced software solutions and highly qualified IT consulting services to the design, development and integration of critical real-time command, control, communications, computer and intelligence (C4I) systems, playing a key role in the national defence industry. EDISOFT offers solid technical and technological expertise in the integration of strategic collective security systems for the professional emergency and civil protection sector, as well as a broad experience in international research and international development projects in the Security and in the Space fields of expertise.

In DOLPHIN, EDISOFT is responsible for the development of Decision Support Modules and Integration, and is involved in Operational Validation in the Border Surveillance Policy Area.


GAUSS GmbH (Institute for Environmental Protection and Safety in Shipping) was founded in 1996 as a non-profit limited liability company by the Federal State of Bremen and the Universities of Applied Sciences of Bremen and Bremerhaven. Since its foundation, GAUSS has qualified itself as a competent and reliable partner to the maritime industry, to the marine community, and to national and international governmental and non-governmental institutions.

In DOLPHIN, GAUSS is involved in the development technologies for Polarimetry and Multi-channel SAR Processing.


Instituto de Telecomunicações (IT) is a private, not-for-profit organisation of public interest, a partnership of five institutions with experience and traditions in research and development in the field of Telecommunications: Instituto Superior Técnico (IST);Universidade de Aveiro (UA); Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia da Universidade de Coimbra (FCTUC); Portugal Telecom Inovação, S.A. (PTIn);Nokia Siemens Networks.

IT will be contributing to DOLPHIN with its expertise in target detection, trajectory estimation and classification using single-channel SAR data in the area of Advanced Single Channel SAR Processing – namely Single Channel MTI, Velocity Estimation and Target Classification.


Kongsberg Satellite Services (KSAT) is a commercial Norwegian enterprise, providing services based on data from polar orbiting satellites. The company operates four ground stations; the Tromsø, Svalbard, Grimstad, (South Norway) and Antarctica. 

KSAT is responsible for Tool Validation and Verification and Operational Validation of Joint Scenarios. KSAT is involved in the Consolidation of Operational Requirements and in Consolidation of Operational Scenarios.


The Norwegian Defence Research Establishment (Forsvarets forskningsinstitutt, FFI) provides R&D and advice to the Norwegian Defence as well as civilian organisations, and participates to European projects within EU, EDA and ESA. FFI has performed a number of projects to enhance Norwegian Headquarter, Navy and Coast Guard operations using satellite data since the early 1990’s. The Satellite Systems Group are experienced within service validation and quality assessment activities, and contribute to the delivery of effective and efficient service. A major part of the group’s activities is focused on technology and methods for enhancing maritime surveillance and maritime situational awareness, using both SAR and AIS.

FFI will contribute to the tools development on ship tracking and classification and to requirements consolidation and validation. 


OceanWaveS (OWS), a German SME founded in 2000, is the result of the merger of two spin-off companies from the GKSS research centre. OceanWaveS develops and distributes the WaMoS II wave monitoring system. The company currently employs 12 full-time staff of scientists and engineers trained in Physics, Oceanography, software development and electronic engineering. Half of OceanWaveS’ activities are related to R&D, in the field of wave and current measurements.

In DOLPHIN, OceanWaveS will support the development of a small ship detection algorithm for X Band radar and its implementation into a software interface. Additionally, OceanWaveS will cross validate existing algorithms to detect individual waves, leading to a better understanding of the imaging mechanisms of very high waves.


QinetiQ was formed in 2001 from the larger part of the Defence Evaluation and Research Agency (DERA), which carried out testing, research and development. QinetiQ serves the Defence, Civil, Environmental, Transport and Oil & Gas Markets. Services include: security infrastructures, information extraction and management, research and development, consultancy, platform and system design. QinetiQ have over 10 years experience in performing pre-operational and operational maritime services based on the exploitation of Earth Observation sensors, have a proven track record in undertaking web based service and delivering against Service Level Agreements. They have extensive experience in working within collaborative European projects.

QQ is responsible of Definition of Operational Scenarios and in charge of developing software modules aiming at filling the technological gaps related to Features Extraction and Recognition.


The Department of Science and Information Technology (INFOCOM) of the Sapienza University of Rome (UNIROMA) is a young and research-active department, with most of its growth taking place over the last 15 years. The research areas in which INFOCOM is interested range from communication theory to technology and practice, remote-sensing theory, radar system analysis and data processing. The INFOCOM research groups are involved in several national and international scientific research projects funded by government organizations (the Italian Ministry of Research, the National Research Council, the Italian Space Agency, the European Community) and many communications and radar industries.

UNIROMA will be responsible for the design and study of the feasibility of a new passive bistatic ISAR, a mode for maritime surveillance based on the exploitation of the signals transmitted by telecommunication geostationary satellites.


The SatCen (European Union Satellite Centre) is an Agency of the Council of the European Union. It is one of the key institutions for European Union's Security and Defense policy. Its mission is to support the decision-making of the European Union by providing analysis of satellite imagery and collateral data.

In DOLPHIN, SatCen is involved in the Validation Board, in the Definition of Validation Scenarios and Validation Assessment.


Selex Sistemi Integrati (SSI) belongs to the Finmeccanica industrial group and is the leading Italian company in the sector of electronic and integrated systems for Defence, including Ground, Sea and Airspace Surveillance, Air and Sea Traffic Control, National Security and Civil Defence (Homeland Protection). SSI is based in Italy, Germany, the UK and the United States, has 3,200 employees with a customer base in over 100 countries, and has an annual turnover of €700M.

In DOLPHIN, SSI will analyse interface requirements to ensure the use of the EO data-based modules provided in the frame of DOLPHIN by the European wide integrated maritime border control system.


Space Hellas (SPH) is a leading system integrator and value-added service, application and solution provider in the areas of Telecom, IT, Telematics and Security for the enterprise, government and military sectors. SPH is a Greek SME established in 1985. SPH is a provider of Integrated Telecommunication Services as well as global and domestic interconnection services to multinational and national enterprises and to private and governmental organisations and is also active in Geoinformatics and Earth Observation applications to border and maritime security.

Space Hellas will be involved in the validation and assessment of the modules and software development for Multi-sensor Data Fusion.

SpaceTec Partners

SpaceTec Partners sprl (STP) is a subsidiary of Munich-based SpaceTec Capital Partners GmbH. SpaceTec Capital Partners is a consultancy and investment company with a focus on space, geo-information and security.

Brussels-based SpaceTec Partners provides consulting services on satellite applications (Earth Observation, SatCom and SatNav) with a strong emphasis on European GMES-related projects. SpaceTec Partners’ business includes service contracts with European institutions and FP7 projects.


Thales Alenia Space France (TAS-F) is the French arm of Thales Alenia Space. It is a European leader for satellite systems and represents a worldwide standard for space development: from navigation to telecommunications, from meteorology to environmental monitoring, from defence to science and observation.

In DOLPHIN, TAS-F is involved in External Operational Interfaces with external systems and in the development of Multi-sensor Data Fusion.


Thales Alenia Space Italia (TAS-I) is the Italian arm of Thales Alenia Space. It is a European leader for satellite systems and represents a worldwide standard for space development: from navigation to telecommunications, from meteorology to environmental monitoring, from defence to science and observation.

TAS-I supports the DOLPHIN project by defining the architectural requirements of a software simulator for a Space-Based Radar (SBR) Ground Moving Target Indicator (GMTI), which will be designed and developed within the parallel SIMTISYS project.


The Netherlands Organisation for Applied Scientific Research (TNO) is an independent public body that focuses on applied research. Its key activities are knowledge development and knowledge application. It is active in five core areas: Quality of life ; Defence, Security and Safety ; Science and Industry ; Geosciences ; ICT.

In DOLPHIN, TNO will develop software modules aiming at filling the technological gaps related to Multi-sensor Data Fusion.


The Department of Biomedical and Electronics Engineering and Telecommunications (Dipartimento di Ingegneria Biomedica, Elettronica e delle Telecomunicazioni) of the University of Naples “Federico II” (UNINA) is involved in many research activities in the fields of Microelectronics, Telecommunications, Applied Electromagnetics, and Remote Sensing. The Department’s personnel is composed of appropximately 40 professors and researchers, and appropximately 15 technical and administrative staff.

In DOLPHIN, UNINA contributes towards the development of technologies for Features Extraction and Recognition and Sea State Modelling and Algorithm Inversion.