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Economic Forum in Krynica
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High Hopes for Satellite Technology
September 3, 2008   
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Jacek Studencki, chairman of Techmex S.A., talks to Beata Gołębiewska.

Techmex is going to be at the Krynica Economic Forum again this year. Last year, you were demonstrating the possibilities of satellite technology for telecommunications. What do you have planned this year?
This year we're planning to focus on business cooperation with our Central and Eastern European partners. We've been invited to take part in a discussion panel entitled "Ukrainian Investment Prospects" and the Ukrainian Economy Minister Bohdan Danylyshyn is going to be there. Techmex, as a company offering innovative solutions, has knowledge and experience to offer Ukrainian companies. Part of our market strategy entails exporting GIS (Geographic Information Systems) services based on satellite technology.

What services can you offer your foreign partners?
We have GIS products and services to suit a wide range of clients. For example, local governments can use satellite maps and other geoinformatic solutions for urban planning, to monitor development, to register buildings and land and develop acoustic maps (indicating noise levels) required by EU regulations. Here in Poland, the Environment Ministry uses our orthophotomaps [satellite or aerial photographs with geographical coordinates] to mark out protected areas and help manage forests. The Agricultural Restructuring and Modernization Agency uses our services for farm inspection. I see a lot of scope for international cooperation in similar fields and in the military as well.

Could you tells us a little more about Techmex's military projects?
Modern armies use maps based on high-resolution satellite photographs. Projects that are strategically significant to national security are classified. But I can say a little about an interesting project we've been working on for over a year now. The work was commissioned by Danish company COWI A/S and involves a contract over several years to develop 2 million square kilometers of vector maps of various regions of the world as part of the Multinational Geospatial Co-production Program (MGCP). The maps are being developed for the Norwegian Defense Procurement Division, which is coordinating the project. We've launched an advanced production line based on the technology of U.S. company Intergraph and we have expanded our team of GIS specialists to 80.

Producing maps to the MGCP standard is technically demanding but our partners rate our products very highly. Our qualifications are confirmed by the NATO Commercial and Government Entity Code (NCAGE) Certificate Techmex received this February.

This authorizes us to provide products and services for NATO member countries. Companies have to have quality management systems that meet NATO requirements to get this certificate.

A NATO certificate sounds like a good recommendation, not just for the military but for other foreign partners as well.
We're working hard to make the best use of our potential and build up a strong position on the European GIS market. We completed a 451,000 euro project for [the EU's statistical agency] Eurostat's Land Use/Cover Area Frame Survey (LUCAS) last year. This involved surveying the cover and land use of the entire country. We received an attractive order from a telecommunications client from the United Arab Emirates for a 500,000 sq km orthophotomap in April last year. We had previously developed a 20,000 sq km satellite orthophotomap of North Africa, provided geospatial data for Turkey's Agricultural Reform Implementation Project (ARIP) and created a 3-D map of Istanbul for a telecommunication operator. Right now we're involved in advanced commercial talks on supplying geospatial data to Ukraine. Satellite technology has a great deal of development potential and we're going to see more countries using this while those that already have it will be refining it further. Techmex intends to be an active domestic and international player in this process.
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