New geospatial tool makes planet-wide change detection possible in near real-time


Airbus Earth Monitor

What happens when you combine remotely-sensed data with computer vision and machine learning technologies? You get to observe global socio-economic trends, and keep an eye on the planet as if it were a living entity, at the speed of business.

At Geoawesomeness, we have often written about highly-specialized geospatial startups whose only job is to dig through the wealth of satellite imagery data captured by companies like Airbus and DigitalGlobe and extract extraordinary insights from them.

Read: This startup says it can solve geospatial industry’s big data problem

Last year, one of these startups – Orbital Insight – joined forces with satellite imagery bigwig Airbus Defence and Space to build a suite of geospatial analytics services and tools. Now, we are seeing the results of this partnership in the form of Earth Monitor – a geopolitical and economic insights tool which Airbus is making available through its OneAtlas platform.

Earth Monitor is powered by Orbital Insight’s proven machine learning and computer vision expertise to detect changes in infrastructure and land use in near real-time. The analytics tool can even identify and count objects like roads, homes, cars, trucks, etc.

Further, by leveraging Airbus’ exhaustive satellite imagery archives, Earth Monitor is able to identify trends and spot patterns, delivering advanced geospatial analysis and change-detection maps for customized areas of interest.

Dr. James Crawford, CEO and Founder of Orbital Insight, sees Earth Monitor as a unique opportunity because it allows customers to define the what, where and when in order to personalize the reports according to business needs. Meanwhile, Airbus’ Head of the Intelligence Business, Francois Lombard, is stressing that using Earth Monitor will enable customers to draw precise, timely and meaningful conclusions, allowing them to gain time and allocate resources to where it matters the most.

Now, if you are intrigued by this new geospatial analytics tool and want to know whether its key functions and applications are relevant to your business, you can attend the launch webinar on May 16, 2019, by registering here. A live Q&A session has also been planned after the webinar, so keep those questions handy!

Ishveena is a geospatial enthusiast and a freelance technology writer who has been named among Geospatial World's 50 Risings Stars 2021. With 13 years of mainstream journalism and digital content writing experience, Ishveena is passionate about bringing to the fore the value of location technology to the economy and society. Her clients include GIS corporations, proptech companies, fintech leaders, and some of the world's top drone manufacturers and service providers.



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