From EOMD website: Earth Observation service provision + An updated overview of the Canadian and European EO Service Industry

Information extracted from ESAEOMD website


Earth Observation service provision

LuxSpace intends to place sub-contracts with specialised service providers or consortia to provide the following two services to the World Bank:

-Change in the coastline of Bangladesh
-Remote sensing monitoring of coral reef in the Belize region

Details of the Request For Quotation (RFQ) documentation are available here and LuxSpace

Deadlines reminder:
-23 March for letter of intent
-6 April for submission of proposals

Contact:Willbald Croi (

Related Links:
Earth Observation services to support Environment Monitoring for the World Bank

The State & Health of the European and Canadian EO Service Industry

Final Report on the 2003 – 2007 period

Following the survey of the EO Service Industry in Europe and Canada conducted in 2003 to characterise its composition, the EO products and service offerings as well as working practices and financial health over the 2000-2002 period, a new survey has been successfully completed to analyse the private sector service providers’ evolution in 2003-2007.

The study, conducted by Vega and supported by representatives of the EO service industry , gathered information from 74 companies from an identified population of 151 companies. Further detailed financial information was gathered for 40 companies.


· -Companies remain predominantly small (less than 10 employees) or medium (11 – 60) with only 9% of the companies classed as “large”. However, much of the innovative development is found among the large number of smaller companies.

· -Employee numbers have been growing at a rate of 6.6% annually from 2003 to 2006, with a final total number of employees estimated to be approximately 3000.

· -Revenue levels have shown a growth of just above 7% for the same 2003-2006 period while productivity has remained stable at 105k€ per member of staff, and so total value adding revenue for the industry in 2006 is estimated to be 306 M€ while profitability is typically below 10% and concentrated in a few larger companies.

· -What has changed over the period is a widening range of EO thematic services, where Land use monitoring and Cartographic & Topographic Mapping, Marine and Coastal Surveillance and Agriculture are the primary thematic areas.

· -Similarly, EO products are supplied to a wider range of market sectors and now have strong presence in Environment, Regional planning, Oil, Gas & Mining and Forestry. The largest customer group is public sector operational entities.

· -Another notable change is a shift in primary price drivers away from staff costs and competitive pricing pressures towards recognising costs of data and return on development costs.

· -The anticipated impacts of emerging market forces such as Google Earth have yet to filter through to this sector, although many report a growing awareness as a secondary result of their presence.

The full executive summary (353KB) is available for download
To access the previous 2004 report please follow this link

Author: EARSC

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