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TerraScan examines raw material deposits such as Lithium- and Kobalt for strategic analyses of offer and demand for the E-mobility Industry and next generation car battery developments. TerraScan applies its proprietary gScan Technology, a satellite pictures based analytic tool for global raw material sourcing. TerraScan's approach enables rapid, environmentally friendly and discrete exploration of new and existing deposits around the world without prior licensing in the context of geological exploration.

TerraScan could convince Volkswagen as one of the first industrial customers about its innovative technology. Volkswagen recognises the opportunity to localise quickly relevant raw material deposits such as Lithium and Kobald for e-mobility as a chance to secure its raw material demand in the long term.

The first exploration took place by processing very big territories down to 500 meters and beyond within a timeframe of only a few weeks. Details are not going to get disclosed.

The goal for Volkswagen is to secure the covering of its demand from sustainable sources at longterm projectable conditions. Volkswagen is therefore in close contact with all partners along its value chain. The analyses of barely tapped deposits is for Volkswagen an innovative addition to their current strategic activities.

"This project demonstrates our ability to provide investors and strategic decision makers with detailed knowledge, options and decision support for securing raw material sources quickly and early in the decision-making process, without having to undertake extensive on-site investigations." Jörg Enge, Managing Director and Founder, TerraScan GmbH.

TerraScan GmbH is a Berlin-based NewSpace service company that specializes in the efficient and sustainable discovery of mineral resources. The proprietary gScan process uses satellite images applying geological expertise, specially developed algorithms and artificial intelligence to identify all types of natural resources. It has been successfully applied to oil, gas, water, lithium, precious metals, and even water and geothermal energy sources. Detailed data is generated on location, depth, distribution and quantity both at sea and on land, even in the mountains. By nature, gScan is much faster and cheaper than conventional methods. In contrast to seismic, blast testing or drilling previously used, gScan is non-invasive, totally discreet and sustainable. It is also highly efficient to scan entire regions or countries for target resources.

There is a good overview on www.terra-scan.com including cases on https://terra-scan.de/projects

TerraScan/oh/ Berlin, Feb. 4. 2019

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Oliver Haeggberg, Managing Director

oh@terra-scan.com

phone: +49-30-233 945 27 +49-170-45 42 586

TerraScan GmbH: Allee der Kosmonauten 32c, 12681 Berlin, (Germany) https://www.terra-scan.com

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Volkswagen nutzt Terra Scan zur Sicherung von Lithium und Kobalt

TerraScan untersucht Rohstoffvorkommen wie Lithium- und Kobalt für die strategische Angebots- und Nachfrage Analyse der E-Mobility Industrie für die Entwicklung der nächsten Generation von Autobatterien. Dafür nutzt TerraScan seine gScan Technologie zur Satellitenbilder gestützten Analyse weltweiter Rohstoff Beschaffung. TerraScan’s Ansatz ermöglicht die umweltfreundliche Untersuchung von neuen und bestehenden, globalen Lagerstätten ohne vorherige aufwendige Lizenzierungsprozesse im Rahmen einer geologischen Exploration.

Als einen der ersten Kunden konnte TerraScan Volkswagen von seiner innovativen Technologie überzeugen. Die Möglichkeit schnell relevante Rohstoffvorkommen wie Lithium und Kobalt für die E- Mobilität zu lokalisieren ist eine Chance für Volkswagen, seinen Rohstoffbedarf langfristig abzusichern.

Die erste Untersuchung erfolgte durch Verarbeitung sehr großer Territorien bis zu einer Tiefe von mehr als 500 Metern in einem Zeitfenster von wenigen Wochen. Details werden nicht veröffentlicht.

Volkswagens Ziel ist die sichere Deckung ihres Bedarfes aus nachhaltigen Quellen und zu langfristig planbaren Konditionen. Zu diesem Zweck steht Volkswagen im engen Austausch mit allen Partnern entlang ihrer Wertschöpfungsketten. Die Analyse bisher nicht erschlossener Vorkommen stellt für Volkswagen eine innovative Ergänzung ihrer aktuellen strategischen Aktivitäten dar.

„Dieses Projekt ist stellvertretend für unsere Fähigkeit, Investoren und strategischen Entscheidern Detailkenntnisse, Optionen und Entscheidungsgrundlagen für die Sicherung von Rohstoffquellen innerhalb nützlicher Frist und sehr früh in der Entscheidungsfindung zu beschaffen, ohne sogleich aufwendige Untersuchungen vor Ort durchführen zu müssen.“ Jörg Enge, Geschäftsführer und Gründer, TerraScan GmbH.

TerraScan GmbH ist ein Berliner New Space Dienstleistungs Unternehmen, das sich auf das effiziente und nachhaltige Auffinden von Bodenschätzen spezialisiert hat und verfügt über eine weltweit führende Technologie: Das proprietäre gScan-Verfahren identifiziert auf Grundlage von Satelliten- Bildern unter Verwendung von geologischem Fachwissen, speziell entwickelter Algorithmen und künstlicher Intelligenz Bodenschätze jeder Art. Es wurde bereits erfolgreich angewendet auf Öl, Gas, Wasser, Lithium, Edelmetalle uvm., sogar Wasser und Geo-Thermie. Es werden detaillierte Daten erzeugt über Ort, Tiefe, Verteilung und Menge sowohl auf See als auch auf Land, sogar im Gebirge. gScan ist naturgemäß sehr viel schneller und kostengünstiger als die konventionellen Verfahren. Im Gegensatz zur früher verwendeten Seismik, Sprengversuchen oder Bohrungen ist gScan nicht-invasiv, völlig diskret und nachhaltig. Auch ist es möglich hoch-effizient ganze Regionen oder Länder nach Bodenschätzen zu scannen.

Auf www.terra-scan.com gibt es einen guten Überblick und einige Fallstudien unter https://terra- scan.de/projects.

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Queensland State shows how images from space can support and improve decision-making for Governments and agencies. 30 January 2019 – New Space pioneer Earth-i today announced that it has completed the third annual update of the satellite map of the state of Queensland.
The map covers the whole of Queensland’s 1.9 million km2 and was created by Earth-i for the Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME). The first map was produced in 2016 with Earth-i reappointed for updates in both 2017 and 2018.

Around 6,000 very high-resolution images from the DMC3 Constellation were used for the 2018 update of the map with multiple re-visits to tropical areas with heavy cloud cover.

The images have a pixel size of 80cm (one pixel equates to 80cm on the ground) so that details such as individual trees can be easily seen.

All three maps are available on an online portal – ‘The Queensland Globe’ where images can be viewed and printed.

These images are used by a variety of Government departments, local agencies and natural resource management groups to manage and monitor Queensland’s resources and improve policy development, investment and planning decisions. The map also helps to monitor environmental changes, and helps with the planning of long-term land development strategies.

Earth-i faced strong competition to lead this prestigious project which has set the standard for Governments across the world who are looking to use images of Earth taken from space to improve their decision-making.

Steve Jacoby, Executive Director of Land and Spatial Information at the Queensland Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy, said “Earth-i is an innovative company that combines quality images and analysis with excellent service. The Queensland Globe is very well used and helping to improve the decision making of a wide variety of organisations.”

Paul Majmader, Commercial Director of Earth-i, said “Winning this contract for the third consecutive time is a tribute to our entire team. The DNRME in Queensland is showing Governments around the world how important regularly updated, high resolution data is in making informed policy decisions.”

As qualified suppliers to other states in Australia, Earth-i is helping Australia retain its position as a leader in the development of geospatial data infrastructure which is driving both economic development and good environmental management.

About Earth-i

Earth-i currently provides satellite imagery, data analysis and insights services from a range of Earth Observation (EO) satellites, including the DMC3, SuperView, KOMPSAT and Planet constellations of satellites. Earth-i launched its own satellite service demonstrator satellite, VividX2, in January 2018.

The company is pioneering the application of machine learning and AI solutions to Earth Observation data to provide deeper insights in support of critical business decisions and policy formulation. Earth-i has a wide range of clients globally including National and Local Governments and a multitude of specialist geospatial companies and other commercial organisations.

The upcoming launch of its own satellite constellation, Vivid-i, is a natural evolution of Earth-i’s existing and well-regarded image and EO analytics business. The Vivid-i Constellation will enable Earth-i to meet the rapidly growing demand for high-resolution EO data, analytics and insights, whilst delivering pioneering high-frame rates, ultra-high-definition colour video, and very high frequency revisits.

Earth-i is headquartered in Surrey, UK, on Europe’s largest academic space campus near to many other UK space-related companies including Surrey Satellite Technology Ltd. (SSTL).

Website: www.earthi.space
Twitter: @Earthi_
Linkedin: Earth-i Company page

View the first full-colour datasets from VividX2: https://youtu.be/OBxJSroyTcI

As recently as in 2013, it was estimated that at the end of last year, the value of the global market of cloud will reach the level of 32.5 billion dollars. Meanwhile, it is almost 5 times higher.

Almost every fourth company in the European Union uses the cloud

The latest Eurostat research shows that in the last 4 years the use of cloud computing among large companies in the European Union has increased by over 20%. Currently, 26% of enterprises use cloud computing. It is worth noting that statistically the larger the company, the more often it uses cloud computing.

This is confirmed by numbers – the largest percentage of cloud use (56%) is found among the largest companies that theoretically have their own resources, and yet more often decide to outsource. The public administration also increasingly places on the cloud.

‘A simple profit and loss account wins. Cloud will always be a cheaper solution than maintaining infrastructure on its own, in addition, the administration collides today with the problem of a shortage of specialists who prefer to work in enterprises. It is also worth paying attention to the trend of investing in the cloud of the foreign public sector’ – notes Urszula Mielcarz from CloudFerro, a company that, on behalf of the European Space Agency, stores data from the Copernicus satellites in the cloud.

Geographical differences

According to research, there are significant differences between individual countries in the use of cloud computing in the EU. While in Poland the percentage of companies using the cloud in 2018 reached only 11.5%, in Finland, Sweden and Denmark – 65.3%, 57.2% and 55.6% respectively.

In the ranking of countries most willing to use cloud solutions, Poland is on the third place from the end, before Bulgaria and Romania. No wonder – in the years 2014-2016, the percentage of Polish companies using the cloud grew by 1% per annum. For comparison, e.g in Finland, annual increases in the same period ranged from 51 to 57%.

‘The use of cloud computing strongly correlates with the digital advancement of individual European Union countries. In countries that have been investing in fiber-optic links and digital competence of citizens for years, the use of cloud computing is the most common’ – comments Eurostat data Urszula Mielcarz from CloudFerro.

It gets better and better for the cloud market

It turns out that the predictions about the cloud computing market from just a decade do not only meet, but were too timid. In 2010, the American research company Pew Research Center conducted a survey among current and potential cloud users, asking them about the forecasts related to its use in the future. As many as 71% of respondents indicated the answer “in 2020, the norm will be functioning in the cloud, and the work will be done mainly with the use of applications in cyberspace, available through network devices”. It is safe to say that they had a good feeling.

It is worth adding, however, that the forecasts for the value of the cloud computing market from the beginning of this decade were heavily underestimated. At the beginning of 2013, the analytical firm IDC (International Data Corporation) estimated that the cloud market at the end of 2013 will reach the value of 8.6 billion dollars, and for the next 5 years will increase by a cumulative rate of 24.8%. It is easy to calculate that according to this forecast, the value of the cloud market in 2018 was to amount to 32.5 billion dollars. Meanwhile, in reality it was … more than 5 times more.

Steady increase

Goldman Sachs research indicates that the company’s spending on the cloud, which currently accounts for 8% of IT budgets, will rise to 15% by 2021. So the increase will be very significant. The analyst Dave Bartoletti from Forrester also talks about the increased dynamics of the global cloud computing market – More and more commonly the implementation of cloud computing will drive digital transformation.

The global market for data processing in the cloud has a chance to exceed USD 200 billion in 2019. It would be a 20% increase compared to the previous year.

This is the same as the growth in EU companies, but within four years. In addition, Gartner predicts that in 2025 as many as 80% of enterprises will already be operating in the cloud.

According to Gartner’s analysts, in 2021 the Polish cloud computing market could approach $ 300 million. However, as the history of this type of analysis shows, after years it may turn out that they were too cautious, and the IT market driven by the development of technology can surpass even the best forecasts.

January 2019 – What is a coverage, after all? This fundamental spatio-temporal data structure, encompassing (among others) datacubes, is widely used, based on adopted and implemented OGC and ISO standards like WCS. However, the conceptual foundations are outdated. This is being changed now.

On a high level it is clear: ISO 19123, which is identical to OGC Abstract Topic 6, describes the foundations of coverages. Accordingly, coverages encompass regular and irregular spatio-temporal grids, point clouds, and general meshes. However, this standard – crafted around the year 2000 – is not up-to date and needs urgent revision according to ISO and other experts. Definitions like “a raster is like a grid of pixels on a cathode ray tube” are not exactly representing modern understanding.

Therefore, ISO since several years has set up a New Work Item Proposal (NWIP) based on which project leader Prof. Liping Di at the US George Mason University in the US is looking for a writer of the specification. Peter Baumann, rasdaman CEO, was approached, but could not do it earlier due to urgent work on other standards. In 2018, an agreement was finally reached with DIN, the German standardization body, to establish a national project led by Peter Baumann to establish a new abstract coverage specification.

ISO has decided to split the coverage standard into a pair of companion standards, 19123-1 (abstract foundations of coverages) and 19123-2 (concrete, interoperable coverage definition which allows mapping to a variety of data format encodings). The latter, 19123-2, has been adopted by ISO in 2018 from the corresponding OGC Coverage Implementation Schema (CIS) in an ISO project led by Peter Baumann. For the former, 19123-1, the so-called DIN-CONNECT project has submitted a complete specification by the end of the year, fully according to plan. This coverage specification will now become German national standard and simultaneously will be submitted to ISO TC211 as German input to the project.

“It is extremely important to have a coherent set of standards”, says Peter Baumann. “We have put utmost emphasis on establishing a specification that is state of the art, open for the future, and yet compatible with the existing coverage standards ecosystem”.

New free online job board platform, dedicated on GIS and Earth Observation

jobs.geo.university

Job seekers can search, find and apply to gis and earth observation job positions. They can also upload their resume to get noticed by employers. Employers can of course post their job openings and get qualified applicants. And everything is free!

CybELE, short for Cyber Environmental Law Enforcement, was announced as the overall winner on the 4th December 2018 night at the Copernicus Masters Awards Ceremony in Marseille, France.

The competition awards outstanding ideas and applications using Earth observation data to tackle environmental challenges faced by society.

CybELE has been honoured twice within this year’s Copernicus Masters B2B and Overall Winner Awards. CybELE solution aims to use satellite data to empower experts, especially in the private sector (law firms and insurance), with the management of their legal environmental cases.

Indeed, environmental crime, such as illegal landfill and forestry crimes, is a growing problem worldwide and an expensive one as well. At a global scale, environmental crime increases by an average of 5-7 % annually. Following an increase of 26% in 2014, it is estimated that in 2016 alone, environmental crimes incurred a global cost of between $91 billion and $258 billion.

To solve this problem, CybELE provides quick access to environmental crime reports for law firms and insurance companies. Saving time and money usually spent on research, the reports constitute crucial evidence of infringement of environmental laws and assess the cost of environmental damage.

The reports are based on an analysis of satellite data notably from Sentinels-1, -2, -3 and -5. They are drafted in a comprehensive manner to constitute a crucial evidential basis in the frame of judicial proceedings like litigation or dispute settlement.

The service finally enables companies or their clients to alleviate time and money consuming research required to support their cases. The reports are also improving the legal predictability of environmental cases and strengthen the client’s environmental claims.
ESA’s Director of Earth Observation Programmes, Josef Aschbacher, said, “Copernicus is Europe’s route to the future and it is the most ambitious Earth observation programme ever conceived.

“CybELE demonstrates its potential by using data from all active Copernicus Sentinels to optimise the management of legal environmental cases.”

“With applications like this, it is clear that the Copernicus Masters drive innovative use of Earth observation data and make the Copernicus programme accessible to new user groups.”

Introduction and demonstration of SAR interferometry services for monitoring of transport infrastructure has been selected as the best project funded by the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic in the Governance category.

Capabilities of SAR interferometry (InSAR) were demonstrated to the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate on multiple highway bridges in the Czech Republic. Pilots have been conducted in the framework of applied research project funded by the BETA Programme of Public procurement in research, experimental development and innovation for the government and the pre-operational feasibility studies were funded by the Czech Road and Motorway Directorate.


Mr. Jan Kolomaznik, project manager of GISAT, takes the Best Czech Applied Research Project Award from Mr. Andrej Babis, the Czech Prime Minister (right), and Mr. Petr Konvalinka, the Chairperson of the Technology Agency of the Czech Republic (left).

Interferometric deformation model considered complex construction behaviour assuming both linear displacements and cyclic thermal dilations as a result of temperature fluctuations. Various deformation behaviours were detected for different bridges and parts of their construction as a result of variability of bridge constructions, structural stability and orientation. The most notable deformations were detected especially in areas of bridge closures, which generally suffer from high subsidence rates resulting from compaction of subsoil material. These deformations affect adjoining parts of bridge construction and require regular monitoring followed by corrective measures (e.g. rectifications). Furthermore, it has been proved that both these subsidence and uplift deformations resulting from subsoil swelling can be also monitored indirectly by detecting displacements of supporting walls and noise barriers attached to the road body.


Cross-validation of InSAR results obtained by analysis of Sentinel-1 (left) and VHR SAR (right). D1-433 bridge, Czech Republic

Apart from demonstration cases comprehensive methodology for feasibility assessment of transport infrastructure InSAR based monitoring was prepared. In addition, suitable Artificial Corner Reflectors (ACRs) were designed, manufactured and installed as the attachment to bridge construction in compliance to requirements of the Directorate and applicable legal scope.

In the frame of this research project Gisat has introduced the methodology aiming at provision of common framework for selection of interferometric data and methods in support of subsidence and deformation risk monitoring within the transportation sector by means of persistent scatterers interferometry. Development of sustainable services based on InSAR approach shall provide temporally-rich information and cost-effective tools supporting early detection of potential risks and threads related to operation of transportation infrastructure in the Czech Republic.

About Gisat:

Gisat provides wide range of geoinformation services based on Earth Observation technology. It focuses on operational application of satellite mapping to monitor various aspects of our environment and development of dedicated web based platforms for geoinformation analysis and assessment.
Web: www.gisat.cz * E-mail: gisat@gisat.cz * Tel: +420 271741935 * Fax: +420 271741936

In 1994, four young professionals believed in the potential of Earth Observation and geospatial information to do business with and founded Planetek Italia, establishing their activities in Bari, Italy.

So, 25 years ago on January 14th, Giovanni Sylos Labini, Mariella Pappalepore, Sergio Samarelli and Vincenzo Barbieri started providing products and services in the fields of Earth Observation and Space. And this is still the company’s challenge.

Nowadays, Planetek Italia employs 50 men and women, passionate and skilled in Geoinformatics, Space Solutions and Earth Sciences. The company leads a group of companies based in Italy and Greece and is active in both national and international markets.

There are a lot of milestones in the Company’s history. The EARSC European EO Services Company of the Year Award for 2017 represents a special reward for its unceasing commitment in EO and Space sectors.

Celebrating 25 years in business
Throughout 2019, Planetek Italia will celebrate its 25-year long history in business by promoting a series of events at national and international levels. Stay tuned with Planetek’s activities and support us with your likes and comments, following #Planetek25 and #BackToTheFutureEO hashtags on our channels:

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Sinergise introduced the BlueDot Water Observatory service based on the Copernicus satellite imagery that provides timely information about water levels of lakes, dams, reservoirs, wetlands and similar water bodies globally. The BlueDot provides useful information and easy-to-use services on its own, but it can also serve as a starting point, a reference, around which a larger, predictive analytics-oriented business focused on exploitation of satellite imagery can be built.

Water crises are one of the Sustainable Development Goals, and have been ranked by the World Economic Forum’s 2018 Global Risks report as one of the top ten most serious societal risks facing the world. As water is expected to become increasingly scarce in the future, governments will need all the help they can get understanding their water challenges, predicting risks, and tackling any existing water problems. Implementing ground-based water monitoring and measuring networks is costly and due to networks deterioration in some cases also unreliable. Developing countries in particular need affordable, yet reliable solutions and tools for monitoring available water resources.


Landsat 8 data courtesy of U.S. Geological Survey Processed by Pierre Markuse

The key benefit of the BlueDot service is the accumulation of current and historic global water level data in one place. Because of its cost-effective approach anyone is able to access this valuable information freely. Not only water authorities but also citizens can now better understand the state of their local and global environment.

The goal of the BlueDot is to monitor the water levels of over ten thousand water bodies in near real time across the planet. All observations are provided and can be explored interactively through the BlueDot Water Observatory Dashboard. More than 7,000 water bodies are currently already available. New data are constantly being added according to the water risk ranking map from the Aqueduct project provided by WorldResources Institute.


_Thanks to the wet winter season 2018 in Western Cape the prospects for Day Zero in Cape Town in 2019 are very low. The water levels of the Theewaterskloof Dam acquired through the BlueDot web application

The BlueDot service was developed based on available research in Earth Observation (EO), which is unfortunately still not exploited efficiently. This solution builds on top and is complementary to previous projects like Global Surface Water Explorer (by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre and Google) and demonstrates the possibility of building an efficient global EO service, freely available and practically fitting into your laptop.

Everyone can Benefit from the Water Observatory

Beside already mentioned, the BlueDot Water Observatory provides an important service to local authorities, governmental agencies, natural parks and reserves, agricultural ministries and agencies, stakeholders in food production, and citizens alike. They can use the data provided by the Water Monitor through the RESTful API as an important input in their decision-making process, planning, or simply to display water levels of water resources of their interest on-line.

Technology Used

The BlueDot Water Observatory is based on the following key technologies and data sources:

• Satellite imagery is acquired using sentinelhub Python package, which uses Sentinel Hub services.
• Cloud masking is performed using s2cloudless Python package developed by Sinergise.
• The list of monitored water bodies is based on GWSP’s Global Reservoir and Dam (GRanDv1.01) database, and WWF’s Global Lakes and Wetlands Database (levels 1 and 2). The polygons outlining the nominal water extent of majority of water bodies in our database have been replaced with data from OpenStreetMap. We used simplified feature maps prepared by Geofabrik. The database of water bodies is available for download.


Image shows the Folsom Lake, U.S. on November 6, 2018. The shape files of water areas from OpenStreetMap are visualized in blue. The BlueDot Water Observatory application provides the shape files of the current state of the water body based on cover classification, which are visualized in orange.

• Vector data manipulation is done using geopandas and shapely Python packages.
• Vectorisation of detected water extent is done using rasterio Python package.
• Current water levels are displayed in map using mapbox GL and the dashboard displaying the historic data (time-series) results has been developed in-house.


_The water levels of the Folsom Lake, U.S. from January 2016 up to date (inspect the data in the BlueDot Water Observatory

BlueDot as Open-Source

BlueDot technology is open-source, so that anyone can use it and build a similar service for other use cases as well. The technical description will follow in the future, but for those interested you can find the latest development version of the source code on Sinergise’s Github: open-sourced code for water detection algorithm and front-end dashboard.

At Sinergise they believe that the BlueDot Water Observatory will take an important role in providing a relevant data base of water bodies combined with the full archive of satellite imagery up to date.

For more information about the BlueDot project go to the official page and freely explore all currently available data through the Dashboard. If you have any questions, suggestions or feedback, send an email to info@blue-dot-observatory.com or contact the creators of the service via Twitter!

Satellites view the Earth as a whole – collecting data without regard to political boundaries. In an ever-changing and uncertain world, very high resolution (VHR) satellite imagery is fast becoming a common tool to predict future threats, monitor development outcomes and minimise risk at all levels of government. As such, policy makers now need to be provided with more information than ever before and usually this information is time critical.

Information derived from optical satellite imagery provides a whole new way of looking at the world. As well as tabled data, VHR imagery can provide a 3D overview of the state of the Earth and allows you to see the current situation in near-real-time, permitting optimised responses for the best possible outcome. It adds another level of detail that can serve numerous purposes and is an indispensable source of information gap filling.

Security Surveillance for Safer Borders

The power of VHR data lies in the detail. It can provide empirical answers to questions concerning multiple humanitarian and border security applications. Due to the resolution of the imagery, tents and cars can easily be identified from the sky allowing the movement of refugees to be monitored in addition to the mapping of displaced populations. The technology also provides more measured border security controls both at a domestic and international level. Oceans are large and ships are small however through the aid of satellite technology, policy makers knowledge of the entire ocean and not just coastal zones, can be significantly increased. The wide reach of the technology also means that no area of the ocean is unable to be captured. As a result, countries can reduce the number of illegal immigrants entering, reduce the death toll of human lives at seas and increase internal security within the country by preventing cross-border crime.

Agriculture Insights for Modern Frameworks

VHR imagery provides the opportunity for multispectral analysis to be conducted. With multispectral imagery, it is possible to extract additional information that the human eye fails to see. Too often the issue regarding the lack of basic information required for sustainable food security poses a threat to governments. Without up to date information on the types of crops, planting dates, soil conditions as well as water resources, it can be difficult for governments to make smart decisions regarding agriculture policy and planning.

Urban Planning for Smart Cities

Supporting sustainable growth taking into account the capacity of local infrastructure, any environmental barriers and without exceeding budget limits poses a major challenge to government. It is estimated that in less than 40 years, 70% of the world’s population will reside in cities and therefore policy makers need to be implementing smart solutions now in order to avoid future chaos. Such solutions can be beneficially enhanced with use of remote sensing applications. When combined with GIS software, satellite imagery plays a crucial role in applications such as land and materials classification, traffic flow management, smart utilities and energy efficiency, waste management and human population mapping. In addition, satellite data is fast and reliable and can be used to monitor the change of the city and predicting its growth.

A Digital World

Furthermore, satellite imagery is collected digitally which allows for fast delivery and unlike aerial imagery, there is no data loss during the scanning process. The data takes into account real time weather assessments to maximise the success of the collection and covers a larger ground area than possible with aerial imagery or drones. Additionally it offers logistical simplicity by cutting out the need for permits, air traffic control, equipment, pilots or personnel on the ground. This is especially important when the area of interest is in a crisis or conflict zone or the information is time sensitive.

About European Space Imaging

European Space Imaging is the leading supplier of very high resolution satellite imagery and derived services to customers in Europe, North Africa and the CIS countries. Established in 2002 and based in Munich, Germany, they have been reliably supplying imagery and supporting EU earth observation programmes controlled by the EU Commission, European Space Agency, FRONTEX, Joint Research Centre, European Maritime Safety Agency (EMSA) and others for more than 15 years