Satellite imagery tie-up makes geospatial insights available to all

October 09, 2020 // By Rich Pell
Satellite imagery tie-up makes geospatial insights available to all
Earth observation data provider SkyWatch and ML/AI Software-as-a-Service geospatial platform Picterra have announced a partnership and joint program that is designed to "democratize" access to satellite data and machine learning.

Intended to reduce the complexity and cost of accessing satellite imagery data, the partnership combines SkyWatch's infrastructure for the automated distribution of Earth observation (EO) data with Picterra's platform that enables businesses to autonomously extract intelligence and analytics from satellite, aerial, and drone imagery. By working together, say the companies, Picterra becomes the leading solution on the market for extracting insights with self-serve ML/AI tools and EO imagery - enabling any company to cost-effectively access unprecedented geospatial intelligence and analytics capabilities.

The platform is offered as 90% less expensive than data science services and 95 times faster than traditional methods of data analysis. For example, a machine learning model can be built in less than 30 minutes and no coding skills are required.

Picterra customers can now automatically monitor their areas of interest for change using a combination of SkyWatch's EarthCache cloud-based platform's automated tasking request feature and Picterra's automated detection algorithms. Previously unseen monitoring capabilities, say the companies, are now made available to anyone.

"We are delighted to be able to close the loop thanks to this partnership with SkyWatch," says Frank de Morsier, CTO at Picterra. "We can now offer to our customers a self-service platform from direct access and purchase of imagery down to the extraction of their customized geospatial analytics."

James Slifierz, CEO and co-founder of SkyWatch says, "Partners such as Picterra allow us to further our mission to make Earth observation more accessible. By allowing companies to automatically and easily create geospatial analytics, Picterra helps solve another piece of the 'space-to-application' puzzle."


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