You're likely looking for a company called "ISTAR" which is part of
the European Aeronautic Defence and Space Companies (EADS) Group. The
headquarters of ISTAR are located in Sophia, Antipolis which is within
20 minutes of the Nice International Airport.
Note that a phonetic pronunciation of ISTAR in any of the Romance
languages, such as French, Spanish, and Italian, would be "ee-star"
leading most native English speakers to transcribe the company as "E
Star." There are a number of companies worldwide called "E Star" or
"E-Star" but none of them have any affiliation with EADS nor are
located in the vicinity of Nice.
Locations of their offices and maps can be found at:
With the headquarters in France, they also have branches in the United
States and Singapore.
ISTAR, 2600 Route des Crêtes, BP 282, 06 905 Sophia Antipolis, France
Tel: +33 (0) 497 23 23 23
Fax: +33 (0) 493 95 83 29
ISTAR Americas Inc., Regus Dulles Corner, 13800 Coppermine Road
Herndon, VA 20171 USA
Tel.: +1 703 234 7981
Fax: +1 703 234 1201
ISTAR Singapore R.O., 83 Clemenceau Avenue, 02-01 UE Square, Singapore
Tel.: + 65 6830 83 20 - Christophe Bornet-Morienne
Tel.: + 65 6830 83 12 - Sebastien Hermil
Fax: + 65 6830 83 22
You can find out more about ISTAR via their main web site at:
There is a lot of dynamic generation of web pages, so rather than give
a URL to their self description, I would direct you to go to the URL
above, then follow these links in the order listed:
EXCERPTED FROM ISTAR'S CORPORATE OVERVIEW:
Leading supplier of digital mapping databases
By standardizing and automating the production of geographic data,
ISTAR has succeeded in creating unique mapping solutions for a wide
range of applications, in industries such as telecommunications,
defense, oil exploration, local authorities and urban planning.
The keys to ISTAR's success:
Over twelve years' experience in collecting and processing data from
sources such as digitized maps, satellite images, and aerial
Dedication to research in remote sensing technologies.
Combined with other layers of data, ISTAR products supply a powerful
core for many applications such as intelligent transport, real estate,
entertainment, emergency services monitoring, and environment
Unsurpassed range of high quality images
ISTAR has processed over 4500 satellite images, covering approximately
25,000,000 sq. km of the earth's surface, in over 100 countries.
Within its HotSpots program, ISTAR keeps adding new products to its
database of off-the-shelf geographic products, already the largest of
its kind on the Internet.
Having pioneered a technology to capture aerial images using a
revolutionary digital airborne sensor, ISTAR is now acquiring high
resolution images of major European and US cities and processing this
data to produce top quality 3D models and highly accurate orthoimages.
A search of Google (://www.google.com/) using the following entry:
+istar +nice +france
Turned up the following:
News from Mapasia
Where we find a mention of activity with Mapasia:
. . . ISTAR www.istar.com is part of the EADS group (European
Aeronautic Defence and Space) www.eads.net, worldwide provider of high
resolution mapping products with aerial imagery for about 25,000,000
sq. km of the earth's surface, in over 100 countries.
"We are proud to partner with ISTAR, a truly international high
technology provider in TrueOrthoTM imagery
(http://www.istar.com/corporate/technology/index.htm) with a large
catalog of products that even record and re-produce any 25cm engraving
that human beings marked on the surface of our globe."
If you require any clarification, don't hesitate to ask.