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Project and team

 

Sogei's R&D Laboratory was created in 2003 thanks to the foresight of the then Department of Tax Policies which asked us to follow the European project GALILEO to manage the inevitable fallout of the issue of "positioning" for the Revenue Agencies: it is sufficient to consider the Revenue Agency, Territory branch, Customs and, for the Finance Police, the PRS (Public Regulated Services) segment. 
 
Involvement in the GALILEO project means being a company which puts itself forward as a supplier of the GALILEO services (Sogei joined the GALILEO SERVICE Consortium in 2004 in service of an "institutional subject") and, above all, as a candidate for participation in the European R&D on multi-constellation GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) technologies. 
 
All this naturally led Sogei R&D in two "vocational" directions. Firstly, was 'precision satellite positioning' and secondly, having to geo-reference positioning of both the static type, such as topographic measurements, and of the dynamic type, such as routes, the need naturally arose to adopt a cartographic framework for their representation across the territory. 
 
These two directions, which are indicated in more detail under the item Assets, allowed us to actively participate in various European research contexts. Sogei, together with recognised international bodies, participates in EU R&D tenders: first the 7th Framework Programme of the EC (European Commission) with three projects: Monitor, Maruse, and M-trade, based mainly on precision measuring monitoring issues (Monitor) and aimed at the intermodal transport sector (Maruse and M-Trade); lastly, we are participating in the new Horizon 2020 contest with the ERSAT- EAV project (ERtms on SATellite Enabling Application and Verification) based on the issue of multi-constellation satellite measurements in the context of railways.

The multi-constellation GNSS satellite technologies, dealing with the positioning component and, more generally, static and dynamic geo-referencing at different levels of precision, represent a very important element of IoT (Internet of Things) which is itself an area of cutting edge technology in which an extremely important role is played by augmented reality scenarios which require continuity of real-time outdoor-indoor representation (advanced 3D modelling and indoor positioning).

Augmented reality scenarios of course, raise the issue of processing of very large quantities of data (Big Data). 
 
As can be seen, the "direction" of the original vocation progressively leads us to employ an increasing number of technologies which are emerging on the IoT (Internet of Things) frontier: the most recent of these being experimentation with UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicle) type devices, more commonly known as drones.