Italy's Minister for Cultural Heritage and Tourism, Massimo Bray, visited today Telespazio, a 67/33 Finmeccanica/Thales joint venture, one of the world's leading satellite operators. Welcoming the Minister were Finmeccanica President, Gianni De Gennaro, and Telespazio CEO, Luigi Pasquali.
The Minister was briefed on technologies applicable to the protection of the Italian cultural and artistic heritage, developed by Telespazio and by other companies of the Finmeccanica Group. Technologies that can effectively protect against deterioration, pollution, hydrological and seismic risks, while enhancing access security and the usability of our artistic assets.
During the visit, Telespazio subsidiary e-GEOS introduced Minister Bray to its Earth Observation application services for the monitoring of the entire national territory through satellite and aerial high resolution remote sensing.
This technology allows the monitoring of archeological, historical, and artistic sites through change detection for damage prevention or mitigation.
For years, Telespazio has been involved in Earth Observation. Together with its subsidiary e-GEOS (Telespazio 80%, Italian Space Agency 20%), it ranks among world leaders in geospatial information. It offers an integrated range of application solutions, contents, and services based on high-resolution radar and optical data. Since 2007, the company has been engaged in an international campaign of environmental awareness through its "Love Planet Earth" program. Telespazio has dedicated the last two editions of the "Love Planet Earth" calendar to the "landscape," the Italian in 2013 and the international in 2014; the landscape understood as a natural, architectural, or cultural resource that we must value, monitor, and preserve for generations to come