The work of Tracasa Global in artificial intelligence and remote sensing, spotlighted at two congresses held in France and Malaysia

The R&D&I area of the Government of Navarre’s public company presented its work at two major international events: ISPRS and IGARSS

The R&D&I area of Tracasa Global and Tracasa Instrumental, public companies of the Government of Navarre, recently presented their work in the field of Artificial Intelligence and remote sensing at two important international events: the International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Congress (ISPRS 2022), held in Nice (France); and the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2022), held in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

At the first forum, the Navarrese public company shared its “Multi-temporal data augmentation for high frequency satellite imagery: a case study in Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 building and road segmentation”; while at the second it presented a poster entitled “Pushing the limits of Sentinel-2 for building footprint extraction”. In both cases, Christian Ayala Lauroba, a member of the R&D&i team, was the person who presented the works.

Christian Ayala (R&D&I), during his exhibition at the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGARSS 2022) in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia).

In recent years the R&D&I area has been intensifying its activity in the area processing satellite images with Artificial Intelligence: “Our team has been working on proposals featuring a strong commitment to innovation and Artificial Intelligence techniques, which make it possible to, for example, detect and segment buildings and roads using higher-resolution Sentinel-2 images”, explained R&D&I head Carlos Aranda Torres.

Along these lines, Aranda noted the international recognitions recently garnered by the R&D&I team, specialized in the development of cutting-edge solutions, “especially in the field of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science”, with three podiums (first, second or third place) at three international Artificial Intelligence competitions organised by the AI4EO platform, attached to the European Space Agency: AI4FoodSecurity, Air Quality and Health and Enhanced Sentinel-2 Agriculture.

In addition, in July Ayala won the prize for the Best Poster at the Spanish Remote Sensing Association Congress, held in Pamplona. Ayala claimed this national recognition among 70 studies presented in this format, with a poster entitled “The accurate detection of buildings in Sentinel-2 images”.

In light of these results, Mar González Paredes, Managing Director of Tracasa Instrumental and CEO of Tracasa Global, considers the work and commitment that the two public companies are demonstrating in this area to be “very positive”, highlighting their “open innovation ecosystem, Innovation Committee, with its own R&D&I team, new Disruptive Ideas Management System, and clear and decided strategy for the development of advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence solutions”.

The European Commission selects a defense and security project coordinated by Tracasa Instrumental, and finances it with 3.28 million euros

The public company of the Government of Navarre will lead a consortium formed by eleven European entities from seven countries, in which Tracasa Global will participate. The project will be carried out in 2023 and 2024 and will lay the foundations for creating a strategic European security and monitoring service, based on images from Sentinel satellites and using Artificial Intelligence

The European Commission’s Directorate General for Defense Industry and Space has selected a project coordinated by Tracasa Instrumental, a public company of the Government of Navarre attached to the Department of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation, to receive European funding in the amount of 3.28 million euros and to be carried out in 2023 and 2024.

The Government of Navarre greatly values the success of public companies in demanding calls for European scientific and technical projects. This success recognizes the outstanding innovation activity carried out by the teams and personnel working in the area of Artificial Intelligence applied to space observation technology», said Juan Cruz Cigudosa, University, Innovation and Digital Transformation minister of the Government of Navarre and the chairman of the board of directors at Tracasa Instrumental. Cigudosa also noted that in 2021 an Innovation Committee was created that consolidates and systematizes the process for the detection of innovative opportunities at Tracasa Instrumental, and serves to incorporate innovation as an axis spanning all the company’s departments.»

The project, which will lay the foundations for creating a strategic European security and monitoring service, based on images from Sentinel satellites and using Artificial Intelligence, will feature participation by eleven entities from seven countries, including Navarre’s Tracasa Instrumental, as the coordinator of the project; Tracasa Global, a public company of the Government of Navarre attached to the Department of Economic and Business Development; and Zabala Innovation Consulting.

Entitled “IntSen2: Proactive automatic imagery intelligence powered by artificial intelligence exploiting european space assets”, the project was selected by the European Commission as part of the 2021 European Defense Fund call for innovative and forward-looking defense solutions.

The project will use images from the EU’s Sentinel satellites (initially oriented to environmental purposes) and Artificial Intelligence techniques, with which both public companies have recognized experience, to develop a concept for an imagery intelligence application to lay the foundations to create a strategic European security and monitoring service.

In order to achieve its objective, the project plans to base its proposed research and solutions exclusively on European space assets, with the ultimate objective of supporting and strengthening the EU’s operational autonomy in the Defense and Security fields.

The consortium coordinated by Tracasa Instrumental has 10 other collaborating entities: Tracasa GlobalZabala Innovation ConsultingEuropean Union Satellite CentreCentrum Badan Kosmicznych Polskiej Akademi Nauk (Poland), Joanneum Research Forschungsgesellschaft MBH (Austria), Evenflow (Belgium), Planetek Hellas Etaireia Periorismenis Efthynis Ypiresies Chartografisis Meso Doryforou (Greece), Rina Consulting BV (Netherlands), Rina Consulting S.P.A. (Italy) and the Universita Degli Studi Di Napoli Federico II (Italy).

Engineering students from Clemson University (USA) visit Tracasa Global, Tracasa Instrumental and NASERTIC to learn about the work of these Government of Navarre public companies

Navarre’s General Director of University highlighted the importance of this international experience, made possible by CITI Navarra, which “contributes to generating knowledge and attracting talent” to the region

Last week a group of 34 Engineering students from Clemson University (South Carolina, USA) visited the Palace of Navarre and the facilities where three of the Government of Navarre’s public companies carry out their work: Tracasa Global, Tracasa Instrumental and NASERTIC.

General Director of University Ana Burusco, who accompanied them on one of the tours, underscored that this “enriching” international university mobility experience “allows us to showcase Navarre’s potential in the areas of sustainability and bioethics, thanks to public companies, establishing synergies that help to generate knowledge and attract talent to Navarre.”

The student expedition is located in Pamplona/Iruña in collaboration with the College of Industrial Technical Engineering Graduates and Engineers of Navarre (CITI Navarra) and its International Training program, with plans for a one-month stay in Navarre between July 4 and August 3. CITI Navarra already has 11 years of experience in the organization of this type of training programs with students from American universities.

Local and international perspective: projects at Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa Global

During this Thursday’s session, the students had the opportunity to learn about the work done by Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa Global, especially in the area of Geographic Information Systems. During its visit, the group was accompanied by the Government of Navarre’s General Director of University, Ana Burusco; the Managing Director of Tracasa Instrumental and CEO of Tracasa Global, Mar González; the Corporate Director of Tracasa Instrumental, Arturo Barberena; the Director of Operations of Tracasa Global, Moisés Zalba; and the Director of Territorial Information Systems of Tracasa Instrumental, Pablo Echamendi.

First the students learned about the work of Tracasa Instrumental, a key company for the Government of Navarre in services and knowledge related to digital transformation, tax and territorial management, and services for citizens. Its presentation, given by Pedro Mendive, of the GIS Services area, focused mainly on the Spatial Information System of Navarre (SITNA), the Spatial Data Infrastructure of Navarre (IDENA) and the SITNA API, an open source development tool created by Tracasa Instrumental to facilitate the representation of geo-referenced information in Web applications and to develop high-performance viewers.

Subsequently, the international group heard explanations on the work done by Tracasa Global, which specializes in innovative and high value-added services in territorial management, spatial data analytics, and Geographic Information Systems, with extensive experience at the national and international levels. There the group heard, from Asier Gamallo, from the Software Engineering Geographic Information Systems area, and Josu Ramírez, the head of the Software Engineering and Spatial Data Analytics area, about several leading projects of the company, such as GIS implementations at entities that manage water networks with which Tracasa Global has reached a leading position in the national sector; and the European Environment Agency’s European Air Quality Index, through which the Navarrese company homogenizes, manages and disseminates the data collected by more than 4,500 stations all across Europe.

Navarre, a leader in Personalized Medicine and Supercomputing, thanks to NASERTIC

The young people previously paid another visit to the NASERTIC facilities on Tuesday, where they were able to learn about its main projects first hand from the public company’s Director of Personalized Medicine and Laboratories, Gonzalo Rodríguez; Director of Innovation and Business Culture, Toya Bernad; and Supercomputing specialist Iñaki Martínez. In this way, the contingent from the US explored  the state-of-the-art infrastructure and equipment that have facilitated the development and implementation of many of the strategic projects carried out in Navarre, as well as other leading services and facilities, such as the Mass Sequencing Center, the Supercomputing Center, the Broadband Master Plan and the Data Processing Center, among others.

Tracasa Global Engineer Honored for Best Poster at the Spanish Remote Sensing Association’s Congress

Christian Ayala Lauroba, in the R+D+I area of the public company of the Government of Navarre, received this national recognition, with 70 studies presented in this format. “This award is very gratifying, and an acknowledgement for all of us on the team working on remote sensing and the processing of satellite images”

Christian Ayala Lauroba, an IT engineer at Tracasa Global, won the Best Poster prize at the Spanish Remote Sensing Association Congress held last week in Pamplona. Ayala, within the corporate area of R&D&I at the public company of the Government of Navarre, attached to the department of Universities, Innovation and Digital Transformation, garnered this national recognition from among 70 studies presented in this format.

The winning poster, entitled “Precise Building Detection in Sentinel-2 images”, proposes a solution that improves the segmentation of buildings through images obtained by European Space Agency satellites.

Sentinel-2 offers spectral richness and extensive image updating, but its resolution could be improved. Therefore, this work, featuring a novel Deep Learning architecture combining image super-resolution techniques and semantic segmentation, manages to generate a 2.5-meters-per-pixel mask,  quadrupling the initial resolution of these images and making possible progress in terms of building detection, of great utility for urban planning and rapid mapping in emergency situations,” Ayala explained.

Christian Ayala Lauroba, with the prize for Best Poster at the Spanish Remote Sensing Association’s Congress.

In recent years Tracasa Global and Tracasa Instrumental’s corporate R&D&I area have been ramping up activity in the field of processing satellite images through Artificial Intelligence: “This award is very gratifying, and an acknowledgement for all of us on the team that has been working on proposals of this type, which make it possible to detect and segment buildings and roads with Sentinel-2 images with greater resolution”.

The award-winning work, which was signed by Christian Ayala, in collaboration with Mikel Galar Idoate (UPNA) and Carlos Aranda Torres (R+D+I head), was carried out as part of the doctorate that Ayala is completing at the Public University of Navarre, linked to the scholarship program for Industrial Engineering doctoral students that the Government of Navarre has implemented.

Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa Global: reference points

Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa Global were prominent players at the Spanish Remote Sensing Association Congress organized in Pamplona by the Public University of Navarre.

Rubén Sesma Redín, in the R+D+I area, gave a presentation entitled “Sentinel-2 Image Super-resolution through Deep Learning”, while Raquel Ciriza Labiano, in Tracasa Global’s Territorial and Spatial Engineering area, presented “The Categorization of Damage to Buildings through the Coherence Change Index Calculated Based On  Multitemporal Sentinel-1 Images in the Context of Copernicus EMS.”

Ayala also participated in the poster session with the award-winning work and with the poster entitled “Redefining Sentinel-2 Limits for Road Extraction,” while Javier Lasheras Navas, also from the R+D+I area, presented the poster “Detection, Hypertemporal Tracking and the Categorization of Olive Trees in Navarre through Deep Learning.”

Over 30 years of experience in remote sensing

Both Navarrese companies have extensive experience in remote sensing, since the late 1980s, when one of the first laboratories in this field at a Spanish company was organized at Tracasa. In fact, over the course of this period the company’s experiences and projects in this field, both nationally and internationally, have been numerous.

Today, the validation of Copernicus EMS products; image classification, super-resolution and segmentation workbased on neural networks; and the execution of multi-temporal ground tracking projects, constitute large-scale challenges in the field of remote sensing, with data processing and storage, and Cloud work, as current and future challenges.

Tracasa Global has already provided 50,000 km2 of super-resolved images of the Ukraine area from Sentinel-2 satellites

Thanks to its SENX4 technology, the public company of the Government of Navarre provides interested entities and institutions with images of the area that can be used for remote sensing

From left to right, María Cabello, Isabel Goñi y Carlos Aranda.

Tracasa Global has already delivered, free of charge, 50,000 km2 of super-resolved images of Ukraine and surrounding areas from Sentinel-2 satellites. The zone in question, of course, has been affected since the end of last February by attacks by Russian troops. Thus, the public company of the Government of Navarre, attached to the region’s Department of Economic and Business Development, is making available to interested entities images of the area that can be used for remote sensing, with the aim of providing information and facilitating analysis of the situation in the area.

Tracasa Global presented the operation and the main figures of this service, which was set up a few weeks ago, at a presentation held today at the headquarters of the Association of Industrial Technical Engineers of Navarre, within the framework of the activities organized for “European Week in Navarre”. On hand was Carlos Aranda, Head of R&D&I; María Cabello, Head of Sales and International Business Development; and Isabel Goñi, Head of the Territorial and Spatial Engineering area.

Thanks to its SENX4 technology, Tracasa Global has managed to quadruple the resolution of the images of the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellites, taking them from 10 meters per pixel in each image to 2.5 meters per pixel. This breakthrough in the field of super-high-resolution satellite images was possible thanks to the work carried out by the Navarre-based company using “deeplearningtechniques,” with which it has been able to beat all the records previously set in this field.

Isabel Goñi, who pointed out that Tracasa Global has already provided more than a dozen international entities with access to the super-high-resolution image platform, reminded those present that “organizations interested in obtaining super-high-resolution satellite images of the Ukraine area free of charge can use the link https://www.eowebservices.tracasa.es/, to process their access to the platform (each request is studied individually), learn about the platform’s usage conditions, and start their searches and downloads”.

María Cabello, meanwhile, highlighted Tracasa Global’s “international experience in advanced spatial information systems and data analytics” and the work carried out by the company “on projects for European entities such as the European Commission’s Directorate General for the Environment, the European Environment Agency, the Joint Research Center in Ispra (Italy), the European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts, the European Union Satellite Center and the Government of Ireland”.

Finally, Carlos Aranda underscored the work being carried out by the R&D&I team, a corporate service of Tracasa Global and Tracasa Instrumental, and emphasized, in relation to SENX4 technology, “the use of ‘deep learning’techniques in the field of photogrammetry, with ‘deep learning’ algorithms that make it possible to imitate and improve man’s capacity in the processing and recognition of patterns in images”.

In addition, Aranda mentioned the “international recognition” recently obtained by the company’s R&D&I team, which specializes in the development of cutting-edge solutions, especially in the areas of  Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, having garnered three “podiums” (first, second or third place) at three international Artificial Intelligence competitions: AI4FoodSecurity, Air Quality and Health and Enhanced Sentinel-2 Agriculture.

Tracasa Global wins first place at an international competition designed to classify crop types using Artificial Intelligence

AI4FoodSecurity drew more than 100 participating teams from all over the world, and proposed to achieve its objective through satellite image time series

Next to the offices of Tracasa Global, from left to right: Christian Ayala, Christian Gutiérrez, Javier Lasheras, Carlos Aranda, Pablo Vega and Rubén Sesma, with the award for First Place in the international Artificial Intelligence competition.

Tracasa Global, a public company of the Government of Navarre, took first place at an international Artificial Intelligence competition with more than 100 participants. The event, entitled AI4FoodSecurity, organized by the European Space Agency, Radiant Earth Foundation, TUM-DLR and Planet, set out to classify crop types using Artificial Intelligence techniques based on time series of images from the Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Planet Fusion satellites.

Within this competition, in which the participating teams were provided with precise vector information on agricultural plots (delineation and type of crop), two different challenges were posed, and in both of them the R&D&I team of the Navarrese public company obtained the best results.

The first challenge, focused on the territory of South Africa, tested their ability to extrapolate classification models within the same growing season, in the same geographical location, and with five crop types (wheat, barley, canola, alfalfa and rye). The second, with images from Germany, tested their ability to extrapolate classification models from one growing season to another, considering nine crop types (wheat, rye, barley, oats, maize, oilseed, root crops, grassland and forage crops).

During the work carried out, Tracasa Global’s R&D&I team used Artificial Intelligence techniques in several processes; in a first phase, to preprocess the information on each plot and extract different features depending on the origin of the images (Sentinel-1, Sentinel-2 and Planet Fusion); and in a second phase, to develop a new information processing unit capable of learning how to accurately combine the information to identify stationary patterns in the features. This unit has been named the Positional Encoding Network.

“We employed a multi-task training strategy, in which each model has to ‘learn’ to use the information from each sensor individually, to classify the type of crop and to combine the information to improve the classification,” explained Christian Ayala, a member of Tracasa Global’s R&D&I team. In addition, taking into account the proximity that usually exists between plots with the same type of crop, the Navarre-based company also developed a specific post-processing technique to address this scenario, with per-plot predictions that can vary depending on the predictions made for neighboring plots.

An international leader

“Winning this competition and having been among the top three at four straight competitions of the AI4EO platform (dependent on the European Space Agency) is excellent news for our team,” said Carlos Aranda, head of R&D&I. In parallel,  Mar González (Tracasa CEO) underscored “the work and the commitment” that the company is making in this area, “with an open innovation ecosystem, an Innovation Committee, its own R&D&I team, and a strategy for advanced analytics and Artificial Intelligence solutions”.

The Tracasa Global and Instrumental team was already able to reach the podium at two competitions held by the AI4EO platform during last year. At the one entitled Air Quality and Health, the Navarrese public company took third place, while in the Enhanced Sentinel-2 Agriculture challenge Tracasa Global came in second. With these results, the Navarrese company is the only firm that has managed to make the final podium at the last four of these international competitions.

The AI4EO platform, launched in early 2021 by the European Space Agency, has among its tasks the organization of international challenges based on social problems that can be solved through the use of Artificial Intelligence and Earth observation data, and the promotion of these practices in society.

Tracasa Global Recognized as an Esri Cornerstone Partner for 20 years of Commitment to Esri and ArcGIS Technology 

This recognition is given to organizations that have participated in the Esri Partner Network for 20 years while demonstrating a consistent focus on helping customers succeed through the adoption of ArcGIS technology.

Tracasa Global was recognized as a Cornerstone Partner at the 2022 Esri Partner Conference (EPC) held in Palm Springs, California. This acknowledgement was presented to Tracasa Global for its long-term commitment to Esri and the GIS community. Cornerstone Partner recognition is given to organizations that have participated in the Esri Partner Network (EPN) for 20 years while demonstrating a consistent focus on helping customers succeed through the adoption of ArcGIS technology.

Tracasa Global, a public company of the Government of Navarre attached to the Department of Economic and Business Development, specializes in innovative and high value-added services related to Land Management and Geographic Information Systems, and possesses extensive experience in these fields, both nationally and internationally.

Moisés Zalba, Director of Operations at Tracasa Global (left), and Jack Dangermond, founder and president of Esri, at the 2022 Esri Partner Conference. 

“For Tracasa Global it’s great to be recognized as an Esri Cornerstone Partner. As a leading company in the implementation of GIS solutions and in the use of Esri technology, this recognition from Esri is very special. It is also an extraordinary source of motivation to continue advancing in innovative and high value-added work on the national and international market. Tracasa Global uses Esri technology on many projects in order to benefit our customers in works related, especially, to environmental protection and GIS solutions”, said Tracasa Global CEO Mar González.

“Besides, our company is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, so we are proud to receive this recognition from Esri at this time, in addition to the Esri award obtained last year, “System Implementation Award: Ensuring customer success through a comprehensive suite of services”, which recognized our ability to innovate and implement geospatial technology solutions. Finally, we cannot overlook the two Esri Partner Network specialties that Tracasa currently holds: Utility Network Management and ArcGIS System Ready, which certify our knowledge of Esri’s technology”, explained Moisés Zalba, Director of Operations at Tracasa Global.

Tracasa celebrates 40 years of history, looking to the future and with a new name for its market company: Tracasa Global

The history of the public company of the Government of Navarre, currently divided into two companies – Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa Global – was recognized today in the region’s Parliament by María Chivite, president of its government: “Tracasa, through its work and effort, promotes a more innovative, technological and efficient Administration”.

Today, in the atrium of the Parliament of Navarre, Tracasa celebrated its 40 years of history by recognizing the people who have led the company over the course of these four decades, and looking to the future, with the announcement of a new name for its market company, henceforth to be called Tracasa Global, in the interest of a clearer identification of the company and to highlight its focus on the national and international markets.

Tracasa, a company oriented towards the national and international markets, is now Tracasa Global. Tracasa Instrumental, focused on providing services to the Government of Navarra, will retain its current name.

The public company of the Government of Navarre, founded in 1982 and since 2016 divided into two companies (Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa, now Tracasa Global), held an institutional ceremony presided over by the President of the Government of Navarre, María Chivite, who recognized and commended the company for its work over these four decades.

“Tracasa, through its work and effort, promotes a more innovative, technological and efficient Administration. Tracasa, from the beginning, has not only provided a solution to organize cadasters, but has also managed to furnish the Administration with the tools to move into the 21st century and provide citizens with more efficient, attentive, modern and complex service”, she stressed.

Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa Global date back to 1982, when, under the name Trabajos Catastrales, a joint stock company was created to undertake and carry out projects in this area. The Government agreement for the creation of the new company was dated March 25, 1982, and the chair of its first board of directors was Ángel Lasunción.

Adopting this historic date, the event held today was attended by authorities and representatives of the Government of Navarre; the Parliament of Navarre, headed by its president, Unai Hualde; the Public Business Corporation of Navarre, and various organizations and entities, paying tribute to the people who, over the last 40 years, have presided over and managed the company.

José Manuel Arlabán, José María Aracama, Álvaro Miranda and Manuel Ayerdi attended the event as former chairmen of the company’s boards of directors.  Former managing directors of the company José Antonio Sáez, Ángel Sanz, José María Jiménez and Josetxo Arrarás were also on hand. And Dora Lecumberri, the wife of José Miguel Asiáin, the company’s managing director for almost two decades, who passed away last January, also took part in the event.

All the people recognized received an institutional gift in recognition of their careers at Tracasa: a small 3D replica of the company’s current headquarters created by Mechanics and Graphic Arts students at Salesianos, a school located in the Egüés Valley just 200 meters from the Tracasa building.

In the picture, the president of the Government of Navarra, María Chivite, during her address in the atrium of the Parliament of Navarre.

In his remarks, the President of the Parliament of Navarra, Unai Hualde, looked back on Tracasa’s history since its incorporation in 1982 down until the present day, including the moment of its 2016 splitting into Tracasa and Tracasa Instrumental, a decision that, six years later, has proven to be a good move in light of its “capacity for improvement and innovation to adapt to the demands of each period. Four decades of standing as a leader in areas like cadaster, territorial information systems, software engineering, and debt management is reason enough to express our most sincere congratulations to Tracasa”.

Juan Cruz Cigudosa, the current Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tracasa Instrumental and the Minister of Universities, Innovation and Digital Transformation for the Government of Navarra, highlighted “the fundamental cornerstone that this company represents for the Regional Administration, thanks to the clear dedication to public service underlying its work”, and emphasized “Tracasa’s constant commitment to modernization and technological development”, aspects that have contributed to strengthening the Regional Community’s leadership in terms of digital transformation.

Mikel Irujo, chairman of the board of directors of Tracasa Global and the Regional Minister for Economic and Business Development of the Government of Navarra, underscored in his comments that “Tracasa is currently a window open to the world for the Government of Navarra. It allows progress to be made in the creation and maintenance of highly qualified positions, and is an outstanding ambassador for our community abroad, at European agencies, entities and governments, and in scientific forums, congresses and publications.”

Finally, Mar González, managing director of Tracasa Instrumental and CEO of Tracasa Global, expressed her appreciation for “the work carried out by hundreds of people over the years”, emphasizing “the importance of reaching 40 years of history” and acknowledging the “the inspiration drawn from this milestone as both companies set about tackling the current and future challenges of public service, innovation and digital transformation.”

Exhibition open to the public until April 23

The institutional act in the Parliament of Navarre, at which those present watched a video on the company’s 40 years, concluded with the inauguration of an exhibition entitled “Tracasa: 40 years of Innovation at the service of Navarre,” which sums up the history of the company through eight key concepts: Background and Foundation, Administration, Territory, Innovation, Cadaster, Global, Software and Talent.

The exhibition will remain open to the public at the Parliament of Navarre, with free access from Friday, March 25 to Saturday, April 23, during the following hours: Monday to Friday (from 9:00 am to 8:00 pm), except Thursdays, and Saturday mornings from 11:30 am to 2:00 pm.

Two companies, one origin

Currently, Tracasa Instrumental, attached to the Department of Universities, Innovation and Digital Transformation, has a staff of 490 people, and is the Government of Navarra’s foremost company providing services and knowledge related to digital transformation, territorial management, tax management and citizen services.

Tracasa Global, hitherto known as Tracasa, is attached to the Department of Economic and Business Development, has a staff of 60 people, specializes in high value-added businesses and stands at the forefront, nationally and internationally, in advanced spatial information systems and data analytics.

Tracasa offers, free of charge, 500,000 km2 of super-resolved Sentinel-2 satellites images of the Ukraine

The public company of the Government of Navarre makes available to interested entities and institutions, thanks to its SENX4 technology, images of the area that can be used in remote sensing

Tracasa is offering, free of charge, 500,000 km2 of super-resolved Sentinel-2 satellites images of the Ukraine, affected since the end of last February by the attack by Russian troops. The public company of the Government of Navarre, with the aim of bolstering information on and analysis of the situation in the area, is making available to interested entities and institutions images of the area that can be used in the field of remote sensing.

Thanks to its SENX4 technology, Tracasa is able to quadruple the resolution of the images of the European Space Agency’s Sentinel-2 satellites, taking them from 10 meters per pixel to 2.5. This milestone in the super-resolution of satellite images is possible thanks to the work carried out by the Navarrese company featuring Deep Learning techniques, through which it manages to improve all the metrics previously obtained in this area.

Entities and institutions interested in obtaining super-resolved satellite images of the Ukraine for free can go to https://www.eowebservices.tracasa.es to process their access to the platform (each request will be studied individually), view the usage conditions, and initiate searches and downloads.

Two images of the Zaporizhzhia nuclear power plant (Ukraine). On the left, a Sentinel-2 image (10 meters per pixel). On the right, Sentinel-2 image super-resolved with SENX4 technology (2.5 meters per pixel).

To achieve this level of super-resolution, Tracasa and Tracasa Instrumental R&D team (corporate service) employed Deep Learning techniques in the photogrammetry environment, with algorithms that make it possible to imitate and improve human capacities in the processing and recognition of patterns in images.

“This tool constitutes an outstanding leap forward in the super-resolution of Sentinel-2 satellites images, which can be applied to work in multiple sectors: information, land management, emergencies, security… As a public company, we harbor a very strong commitment to society and, with a situation as serious as the one Europe is currently facing, we hope that this tool can be useful,” explained Mikel Irujo, president of the board of directors of Tracasa and Minister of Economic and Business Development for the Government of Navarre.

The Tracasa and Tracasa Instrumental R&D team, specialized in the development of cutting-edge solutions, especially in the fields of Artificial Intelligence and Data Science, has recently reached the podium at two international AI competitions organized by the AI4EO platform, attached to the European Space Agency, drawing to each edition more than 100 participating teams from all over the world: Air Quality and Health and Enhanced Sentinel-2 Agriculture.

“Aligned with the Government of Navarre’s commitment to innovation and digital transformation, the corporate R&D team is a prominent leader in the fields of Data Science and Artificial Intelligence, developing innovative solutions that can be put to practical use in our society,” said Juan Cruz Cigudosa, president of the board of directors of Tracasa Instrumental and Minister of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation for the Government of Navarre.

Tracasa to Celebrate 40 years of History with an Event and Exhibition at the Parliament of Navarre

Attached to the Government of Navarre, the company, divided into two entities ― Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa ― marks four decades as a leader in areas like cadastral surveys, territorial information systems, software engineering and debt management

Logo commemorating Tracasa’s 40th anniversary (1982-2022)

This spring Tracasa celebrates 40 years of history, and to commemorate this milestone the public company of the Government of Navarre, since 2016 divided into two companies (Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa), plans to organize an institutional event at the Parliament of Navarre, to be chaired by the president of the regional government, María Chivite, and an exhibition highlighting the watershed moments of its activity over the last four decades.

Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa, public companies of the Government of Navarre, belonging to the Corporación Pública Empresarial de Navarra, or Public Business Corporation of Navarre (CPEN), date back to 1982, when, under the name Trabajos Catastrales, a public limited company was created to carry out projects in this area. The government agreement for the creation of the new company was dated March 25, 1982, and the president of its first board of directors was Ángel Lasunción, a representative for Economy and Finance for the region of Navarre.

Adopting this historic date, on March 25 Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa will organize an institutional act in the atrium of the Parliament of Navarre, which will include authorities and representatives of the region’s government and Parliament, the CPEN, and different organizations, paying tribute to the people who over the last 40 years have presided over and directed the company. The event will conclude with the inauguration of an exhibition entitled “Tracasa: 40 years of Innovation at the Service of Navarra”.

This exposition, which will remain open to the public in the atrium of the Parliament of Navarre until Saturday, April 23, will look back on Tracasa’s 40 years of history, and be organized around eight key concepts: Background and Founding, Administration, Territory, Innovation, Cadastral Surveys, Global, Software and Talent.

“For all of us who are part of Tracasa Instrumental and Tracasa, it is a pleasure to mark this anniversary; first, due to the opportunity it gives us to look back and remember the origins of the company and all the challenges it has faced; and second, because it will inspire us to face the current challenges of public service, innovation and digital transformation”, stated Mar González, Managing Director of Tracasa Instrumental and CEO of Tracasa.

On the occasion of this anniversary, Tracasa Instrumental, dedicated to serving the Government of Navarre, and Tracasa, its activity oriented to the national and international markets, presented today, two weeks before the institutional act planned for the commemoration of the 40th anniversary, the 40 years logo, which will be featured at both companies during these months of activity.  

Currently, Tracasa Instrumental, attached to the Department of University, Innovation and Digital Transformation, has a staff of 490 people, and is the foremost company for the Government of Navarre regarding digital transformation knowledge and services, territorial management, tax management and citizen services.

Tracasa, attached to the Department of Economic and Business Development, has a staff of 60 people, specializes in innovative and high value-added services, and has extensive experience, both nationally and internationally, with ICT sector services and solutions, advanced territorial management systems, and data analytics.