28th November, 18
Governments and enterprises today are overwhelmed with the quantity and quality of earth imagery available today. Manual visual analysis or traditional desktop software prevent them from extracting relevant signals from the noise. They also lack frequent and recent satellite data, resulting in decisions based on incomplete or inaccurate information. In both cases, the data is vastly underutilised.
Planet Analytics is an exciting new solution by Planet, and helps customers leapfrog traditional solutions by giving them access to what they really care about: frequent, actionable insights based on the most recent imagery available.
Planet Analytics leverages machine learning to transform our global, daily satellite imagery into information feeds that detect and classify objects, identify geographic features, and monitor change over time. These intelligent information feeds integrate into existing workflows and give customers unprecedented insights about places they care about.
So, how does it work? Planet Analytics uses machine learning methods to automatically identify objects of interest within specific areas (e.g., ships and aircraft), as well as extract geographic features of interest (e.g., building footprints, road networks, and land cover).
The current release has five new analytic feeds:
Planet downlinks almost six terabytes of global data every day. As this data is fed into machine learning models, they will improve exponentially over time, and, in the future, detect new categories of objects. Importantly, information feeds can be plugged into existing workflows so that customers can simply layer data from Planet Analytics over proprietary and other third-party data and get a more integrated view for solving business problems.
From spacecraft to ground stations to mission control operations, Planet has continually reinvented every part of the imagery production chain with the latest hardware and software. With Queryable Earth, we are moving closer to end-users and reinventing how imagery is accessed, analysed, and applied. Planet Analytics is the first step toward this.
Shawna Wolverton, Planet
This is an edited extract of an article that first appeared on Planet Pulse.