A public company in Navarra uses ‘machine learning’ techniques to improve information on air quality on the European continent

Noise pollution information created with ESRI technologyTracasa

Tracasa is a public company that was born in 1982 to implement the digital cadastre of Navarra. “At that time a team of technicians with knowledge in matters such as cartography, databases and geographic information systems was formed that gave rise to the current company”, he narrated Mar Gonzlez Paredes, CEO of Tracasa. Almost 40 years later, they firmly hold the leadership of the avant-garde in matters of land management and land information systems.

Tracasa provides, nationally and internationally, its knowledge in terms of collection, design and dissemination of environmental data from 38 European states. Among them stands out thevisor of the air quality of the European Environment Agency (EEA) and its work for the Copernicus Emergency Management Service, which provides highly punctual and precise geospatial information to agents that manage natural disasters, emergency situations and humanitarian crises. Specifically, Tracasa uses techniques of machine learning to improve information on air quality on the European continent.

Since 2013, the company has won tenders for three consecutive periods that have resulted in contracts with the EEA and the European Commission, “competing with the most relevant and powerful consulting firms in Europe,” said Gonzlez.

Consultation made on the map of the European Air Quality Index developed by TracasaThe world

Among its tasks, Tracasa develops the maintenance and updating of the infrastructure of Discomap (the EEA map service platform), as well as the homogenization, design and dissemination, through interactive maps and graphics, of about 100 data streams covering different topics related to the environment, such as air, water, emissions, noise levels in airports, climate or biodiversity. “Possibly, the European Commission values ​​aspects such as the experience and commitment of our teams, the agile methodologies that we apply and the quality of our services”, pointed out Gonzlez.

In addition, Tracasa carries out data management and geographic information for other entities, such as the Joint Research Center of Ispra (JRC Joint Research Center), the ECMWF (European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts), the Satellite Center of the European Union (SATCEN) and until Government of Ireland. In this case, through two contracts, the company develops innovation and environmental projects for the Irish Environmental Protection Agency as well as follow-up to the implementation of the INSPIRE European Directive.

“We would like to be national leaders with an international presence in the implementation of GIS systems for the management of sanitation and supply networks, and to be a technological reference for European institutions and agencies with projects linked, among others, to the Copernicus Program and the Directive INSPIRE “, highlighted Gonzlez

For Gonzlez, the stability of Tracasa plays an important role in the community, since it “generates wealth and highly qualified jobs”, in addition to working as a “tractor company for other companies in the ICT sector.” “Technological image of the Navarra brand at a national and international level,” he assured.

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