Territorial monitoring and control systems are a constant and rich source of information to help decision-makers and everyone involved in ensuring security and providing services for people, critical infrastructure, transport and territory.
Satellite technologies and associated Earth observation services are some of the most significant technologies used. Others include radar and sensor systems, secure communication systems, operational command and control rooms, as well as helicopters, aircraft and remotely piloted drones for reconnaissance, identification and intelligence operations.
Knowing how to manage such technological solutions enables the acquisition of a complete, precise, up-to-date and easily accessible picture of everything that needs to be observed. This ranges from the environment to protecting cultural heritage, from border control to agriculture, maritime surveillance, and managing emergencies or major events.
In this sense, global monitoring technologies contribute to sustainable development, understood in the broadest sense of the term – in other words in all three of its components: economic, social and environmental – with the ultimate goal of meeting current needs without compromising those of future generations.
Leonardo uses its technology to build satellites and sensors, to construct control centres, and to develop services and applications. The Company plays a leading role in major international space missions through its Electronics Division and joint ventures with Thales, Telespazio and Thales Alenia Space, working every day to develop solutions that help improve people’s lives.
In this respect Copernicus is a great help in ensuring long-term sustainable development for EU citizens, especially in terms of prevention. Led by the European Commission in cooperation with the European Space Agency (ESA), the programme is now the world’s most advanced Earth observation system. It consists of three segments: ground, space and services.
Leonardo plays a leading role, being a key partner in systems development and in the programme’s various satellite applications.