G-MOSAIC in a Nutshell

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G-MOSAIC in a Nutshell

Peacekeeping, nuclear proliferation, piracy at sea, illegal immigration, drug trafficking, protection of vital infrastructure such as pipelines, and assistance to European residents in crisis areas, are but some of the areas where GMES can provide Europe with an autonomous source of information and with products and services that will deliver timely and reliable information to European decision-makers.

The G-MOSAIC (GMES services for Management of Operations, Situation Awareness and Intelligence for regional Crises) Collaborative Project will provide the European Union with intelligence data that can be applied to early warning and crisis prevention as well as to crisis management and rapid interventions in hot spots around the world. It aims at identifying and developing products, methodologies and pilot services for the provision of geo-spatial information in support to EU external relations policies and at contributing to define and demonstrate the sustainability of GMES global security services.

The G-MOSAIC project was launched in January 2009. It is a three-year project, with a total budget of 15.3 million euros, of which the European Commission (Directorate Enterprise and Industry) will finance 9.6 million through a grant under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development. G-MOSAIC brings together industrial operators, public sector research, and academia. It gathers the main players of GMES Security services in Europe:

  • Industrial service providers : e-GEOS, EADS Astrium, GMV, Indra Espacio, Astrium Geo-Information Services, Thales Alenia Space, and Thales Communications.
  • Institutional stakeholders : the European Union Satellite Centre, the German Space Agency DLR, the Joint Research Centre of the European Commission, and the Polish Space Research Centre as well as
  • Representatives of leading European academic institutions and specialised small and medium size enterprises.


The main expected results of G-MOSAIC are:

  • Organise service chains and infrastructure for the provision of pre-operational pilot services in support to security activities, in particular focusing on External Regional Crises
  • Develop pre-operational Services for Security, and identify related Downstream Services, based on what was developed in previous GMES security and emergency response projects
  •  Develop a prototype portal for the management and harmonisation of the different service cases in a secure service network


G-MOSAIC will develop services for security to:

  1. Support Intelligence & Early Warning, with the objective to deploy and validate those information services which contribute to the analysis of the causes leading to regional crises, such as weapons proliferation, fight for natural resources, population pressure, land degradation, and illegal activities. One important aspect will be the development of crisis indicators.
  2. Support Crisis Management & Operations, with the objective of deploying and validating those information services which contribute to support the planning for EU intervention during crises, the EU intervention itself and citizen repatriation during crises, the crisis consequences management, reconstruction & resilience.


G-MOSAIC will develop sixteen service chains in the fields of Intelligence & Early Warning and Crises Management & Operations:

Nuclear and Treaties Monitoring
Natural resources and conflicts
Migration and Border Monitoring
Critical Assets
Crisis Management and Assessment


G-MOSAIC will also:

  • Disseminate knowledge about the potential impact of GMES on the Security-related User Community;
  • Contribute towards building a political consensus on GMES Services for Security, to promote the construction of a European inter-pillar capability for the monitoring services and related infrastructures;
  • Assess a sustainable provision and funding model for GMES Security Services;
  • Study architectural models and prototype suitable solutions for security services provision, addressing specific requirements related to confidentiality of sensitive data and information handling;
  • Provide recommendations for future sensors for security services.


G-MOSAIC products and services will be of use to both to European and national organisations and entities: the European Commission (Development, Environment, and Humanitarian Aid), the European External Action Service and its components such as the EU Military Staff (EUMS) and the EU Situation Centre (SitCen); and, finally, national institutions such as Ministries of Foreign Affairs, Police Organisations and Intelligence Centres. More information about G-MOSAIC users can be found here.