The research and development activities applied in the Geomatics field were launched in Sogei in 2003, when the then Ministry of Tax Policies asked Sogei to follow the Galileo Project, more familiarly known as "European GPS". Since the end of 2004, Sogei has been a member of the European Consortium "Galileo Services", in order to actively follow the European R&S framework programme in the specific sector of satellite technologies.
Satellite positioning entered into the consumer world through the United States GPS (Global Positioning System). This technology was later progressively generalised through the present concept of GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) which includes not only the GPS constellation but all the visible satellite constellations, including the first satellites in the European GALILEO constellation which are now coming into service. Sogei follows the European GALILEO project for obvious institutional purposes because of the impact the satellite technologies inevitably have on the Administration's organisational structures, especially the Revenue Agency and the Customs and Monopolies Agency.
In this context, Sogei has launched specific applied research projects on two important issues: