Atos: “Our environmental IT-projects facilitate human life”

The originally French company Atos is a European IT services corporation with several offices worldwide. About 100,000 employees work in fields such as hi-tech transactional services, unified communications, cloud-services for companies like Google, big data and cybersecurity services. Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to realize their tasks. In Spain there are different offices, with the biggest one in Madrid. My Climate Service spoke to Miguel Esbrí and Juan Alonso who are assigned to the CLARITY project as managers.


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Miguel Esbrí, Atos

Esbrí: “Participating in the CLARITY project is a challenge we accepted because the project has a bright future and can be kept in business on a long-term. On the market place we will spread our knowledge in technologies that allow integration, edition, analysis and graphical representation of spatial information. What I regard about this project is that CLARITY helps city planners and experts, stakeholders involved in Risk Management and even insurances.”

Alsonso: “Our tasks are very different - that makes the job so exciting. We do Earth observation, e.g. integration of remote and local environmental data. We do GIS applied to the fields of health, i.e. epidemics localization, its evolution in the territory and along the year, and we analyze risk factors and their localization.”


What is your work for CLARITY?

 “In our five-person team we do the dissemination and CSIS-programme for CLARITY. We collect all information we are getting from the four projects of Italy, Sweden, Austria and Spain and develop the tool for the website. For example, you are able to see the progress of the study that the partners were doing. You can click trough “characterize hazard”, “local effects”, “evaluation”, “analyze vulnerability” and “assess risk and impact” to learn more about the analyzed data.

Right now, we are in the mockup-phase where you can see first features of our application offers. In early September we published a new report with the recent results. Furthermore, we are strongly working on a data package - its prototype we want to implement until December.” [author’s note: We will then publish updates.]

 In the mock-up you can see all types of hazards, for example heat. You will find information about extreme weather events in different European countries as shown here the heatwaves in Paris, Spain and Oslo (c) Atos

In the mock-up you can see all types of hazards, for example heat. You will find information about extreme weather events in different European countries as shown here the heatwaves in Paris, Spain and Oslo (c) Atos

How do you connect to other CLARITY partners?

“Since 2006 we already have a strong link to Cismet in Germany and AIT in Austria. We did some other projects successfully together and for CLARITY we also will. But of course, all Spanish partners are very relevant to us, too.”

Atos also realized many other projects in the fields of Health Care and Air Quality, Agriculture or Disaster and Risk Management – which ones were standing out for you personally?

Esbrí: “The key initiatives of our work are the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), INSPIRE, the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) and The Global Earth Observation System of Systems (GEOSS).

One of my early projects was in 2010 - I did the three-years project “EO2Heaven” to better understand the relationship between environmental factors and health impacts together with partners in Germany, Uganda and South Africa. We discovered if air pollution would cause allergies, cardiovascular diseases or cholera and if so, we created an early warning system.


From 2012 to 2016 we did a research-project called Icarus, which would integrate robots in disaster risk zones, for instance where earthquakes might happen. Robots and drones could arrive there to collect information to assist humans and to save their lives. After the earthquakes in l’Aquila, Haiti and Japan, the European Commission confirmed to support the use of robotic technology on the terrain for Search and Rescue (SAR) operations and crisis management. The robots included unmanned ground vehicles, aerial and marine systems, but also ultra-light infrared sensors capable to detect human beings.

Last to mention is a project we made in 2005: We developed a disaster warning EU-funded project after the huge Tsunami in Thailand in 2004. The project was called “Distant Early Warning System” (DEWS) to have a reliable warning tool for the Indian Ocean and the area beyond. We collected data and information from the ground, did simulation if an upcoming earthquake could cause a new tsunami. If it was the case, we created an early warning message system that would warn the population via sms/E-Mail or in the radio/on TV in different languages. Also, we could calculate the expected height of the wave”, Esbrí says.



City Profile - Madrid

Madrid, with 3.2.Mio inhabintants, is the capital of Spain and the third biggest city of the EU and South Europe. The average temperature in winter is around 7.7 degrees and during the hot summer months around 22 degrees. With about 2,769 hours of sun Madrid is one of the sunniest cities in Europe. Madrid is the industrial centre but it also has a dominant service sector.

Madrid used to be more a centre of consumption than of trade or production after it became the capital of Spain. The economy had to supply Madrid's rapidly growing population. The industrial sector did not develop until the 20th century. In Madrid bullfights still take place regularly, sometimes even a few times a week. 

Personal hint: This city really knows how to live - and you should experience it with some tapas and a "Tinto de Verano" (refreshing red wine with lemon soft drink). If you need a break from the vivid center, go to "Parque del Buen Retiro" ("Park to have a good rest").