European Dimension of the SnapEarth Consortium



QWANT - The coordinator of SnapEarth consortium, is a French SME. Created in June 2011, it working on 6 locations sites: Nice, Paris, Rouen, Epinal in France and in Milan Italy and Munchen Germany.

QWANT develops, operates and provides internet users with an innovative Web search engine whose fundamental values are privacy, neutrality and openness. Since its first product launch in July 2013 QWANT demultiplicated its audience and is now the 41st website in France and 879th worldwide. is also characterized by an adaptable layout of results according to the user query.

By offering innovative users interfaces, a broader view integrating social networks, which is more neutral (no ranking ‘biases’) in a safe and privacy-friendly manner (no recording of the internet user’s history or tracking), QWANT has found real success and today, has the largest audience ever achieved by a European search engine with over 70 million visits per month.

Qwant's secure and sovereign technology also allows to develop innovations for Internet uses adapted to the users' needs. It is also a formidable accelerator to propose corporate solutions that respond to the challenges of trust, security and neutrality in fields that are key to our future: the Internet of Things, artificial intelligence and cyber security.


KAPITECH is a Polish engineering company, founded in 2014, has the headquarters in Warsaw, specialized in innovation management in the space business and consulting. Kapitech belongs to a the AK Group 2.

Based on methods and knowledge from over 20 years of experience of the parent entity, Kapitech developed its own approach, combining it with the recruitment and cooperation with Polish experts and specialists, who know the specifics and needs of the Polish market.

The company aims to increase a level of competitiveness of the local entities with the support of territory development through implementation of innovative technological projects dedicated to the space industry. The offered services comprise strategic consultancy in space, support in bid management, strengthen entities’ market shares and others. In general, Kapitech and its parent company place themselves in a value adding, technical management role in European projects, including ESA, H2020 and others.

Kapitech in its activities is very dynamic in the field of dissemination regarding satellite data, the possibilities of their use, providing information about data sources, etc.

Company benefits from a good relation with a very rich network of clusters, public authorities and NGOs, such Agricultural, Energy, Climate, ITS, Strategic ICT Cluster, Polish Space Agency etc., which gives a good access to the major Stakeholders in the Key Strategic domains in Poland.


CS Systemes d’information SA (CS SI) is a large enterprise, based in France, with subsidiaries in Europe, Asia and North-America. CS SI is a public company, with a quotation at the Paris Stock Exchange.

CS SI mission is to respond to the challenges of its customers by designing, integrating, operating innovative turnkey systems. CS SI expertise in mission-critical applications and systems is present in space, security, defence, aeronautics and energy strategic sectors in France as well as international. CS SI has also four technological offers, combining expertise of all entities: cybersecurity, safety critical systems, digital continuity and area surveillance /crisis management.

CS SI is an innovative enterprise, participating in numerous French competitiveness clusters, innovative French, European Commission and ESA programs. CS SI is a major and proven long-term trusted partner of space and defence agencies, satellite prime contractors and operators, and space application actors. CS SI is recognized as a prime contractor for space software systems. It is the first space software provider for the French Space Agency (CNES) and it is the only French company as prime frame contractor for the European Space Agency, developing operational software for ESOC.

CS SI has a strong and long term background in image processing. This background starts from satellite quality image centre up to geographic applications integrating satellite image processing. CS SI is also strongly involved in big data technologies and distributed cloud computing in order to address with our institutional partners the challenge of the huge amount of Copernicus data to manage and process.


The Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH) is one of the largest research centres in Greece. It was founded in 2000 and is located in Thessaloniki, Greece. The mission of CERTH is to promote the triplet Research – Development – Innovation by conducting high quality scientific research and developing innovative products and services while building strong partnerships with industry and strong collaborations with research centres and universities in Greece and abroad.

CERTH consists of five Institutes and the Central Directorate and is governed by its Board of Directors. The five institutes are: Information Technologies Institute (ITI), Chemical Process & Energy Resources Institute (CPERI), Hellenic Institute of Transport (HIT), Institute of Applied Biosciences (INAB), Institute for Research & Technology of Thessaly (IRETETH).

CERTH has participated successfully in more than 1,000 competitive research projects.

CERTH is listed among the Top-20 Research Centres of the EU with the highest participation in FP7 competitive research grants for the period 2007-2012 and received numerous awards and distinctions. Since 2003, CERTH has been appointed by the General Secretariat for Research and Technology as the coordinator of the Greek EURAXESS Network, a European initiative aiming at offering personalised assistance to mobile researchers. In 2008, CERTH was among the first Greek research organisations to undersign and accept the principles of the Charter and Code for researchers while at the same time CERTH’s representatives were members of the Greek delegation at the Steering Group for Human Resources and Mobility (SG HRM). Its latest achievement in the field of human resources is the “HR EXCELLENCE IN RESEARCH” logo awarded by the EC in April. CERTH is involved in strong and long term collaborations with significant international partners.


CS ROMANIA SA (CSR) was founded in 1991 by a group of research engineers and university professors, under the name of AEIC, and joined the CS Communication & Systèmes Group in 1998.

CS ROMANIA has carried on complex ITC projects and has significant expertise in software development and maintenance for Critical Information Systems and software applications in domains such as Aeronautics, Space, Energy and Intelligent Transportation.

The business lines of CS ROMANIA focus on software development for Complex Information Systems, Command and Control Systems, Embedded Software and offshore / nearshore outsourcing software services for third parties: development, testing, integration and maintenance.

The outsourcing services offered by CS ROMANIA span the whole cycle of software product development beginning from requirements gathering, analysis, prototyping, design, development, testing, integration and ending with commissioning, maintenance and support.

CS ROMANIA is one of the pioneer Romanian companies which perform activities related to the Space sector. The company has been involved in ESA missions and also in programs such as Copernicus and Galileo developed by ESA and EU.

CS ROMANIA performs IT software development activities in various projects related to Ground Segment, Space Segment and Applications for Data Processing. The main contributions are in Data and Image Processing from EO missions, the development of toolboxes for the Sentinel missions, Flight Dynamics Software, On Board Software, EGSE, data archiving and algorithm optimization for GNSS, multi-mission ground segment software etc.


Middle East Technical University (METU) is one of the most established and prestigious universities in Turkey. Similarly, METU Computer Engineering Department admits only top scoring students at national exams. Both the department and the university has gained a significant experience in EU projects over the past two decades by hosting numerous successful EU projects. METU also ranks first in terms of the number of research projects funded by the national funding agency TUBITAK. The department hosts a number of leading faculty members in machine learning and deep learning.


isardSAT is a group of R&D SMEs providing, since 2006, engineering and scientific remote sensing answers to our clients with special attention to altimetry, passive microwave and SAR missions. isardSAT Group is composed of isardSAT- Cat (Barcelona) and one fully owned subsidiary isardSAT-UK (Guildford). With a strong focus on user experience and technological innovation, isardSAT expertise revolves around the areas of algorithm development, geophysical validation, instrumental calibration, toolbox development, and services operation. As an Altimetry Expert Support Laboratory of European Space Agency (ESA) satellites, isardSAT has become a reference organization for altimetry data prototyping and support center for the exploitation of altimetry data.

isardSAT carries out scientific-technologic projects in the Earth Observation field, developing on-board and on-ground algorithms to process microwave instruments data, isardSAT is involved in the design, calibration and maintenance of civil remote sensing instruments such as those on board of Envisat, SMOS, CryoSAT, SEOSAR, Sentinel-3, and Sentinel-6 amongst others.

At Applications and Services, isardSAT performs studies for scientific applications with the data obtained by Earth Observation instruments.