Building Radar - Data Analytics Platform for Construction Detection and Monitoring

Building Radar has developed the first global satellite-based search engine for new building projects by merging satellite data, machine learning and data mining. The Munich startup makes use of a custom-developed algorithm to identify new building projects around the world, providing an all-new monitoring and detection service for the construction industry.

Building Radar is currently incubated at the ESA BIC Bavaria. At present, the company is training its computer vision algorithms to understand artificial neuronal networks, in order to automate its analysis of building sites and the detection of respective changes. Among other prizes, Building Radar was awarded the winner of the European Space Imaging High-Res Urban Challenge and Copernicus Master 2015 and winner of the Space App Camp Barcelona 2016.

Building Radar GmbH
Building Radar is a satellite-supported search engine for construction projects. It combines search algorithms with machine learning, geo-informatics, and satellite image analysis to provide real-time information about buildings and construction projects all over the world. Its platform uses computer vision on VHR satellite imagery to enrich and validate the information. Building Radar offers its customers the opportunity to find revenue options, detect industry trends and obtain a market overview. The company's algorithms track websites in real time and provide extracted information on over one million construction projects. Building Radar takes it a step further and verifies this information through high revisit rates of the Sentinel satellites and VHR imagery.

As this prime example proves, there are multiple application possibilities for the combination of EO data with innovative approaches to make the process of satellite data analysis more efficient and smarter. Do you have a pioneering idea based on the combination of EO data and other data sources? Then have a close look at the BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Applications of this year's Copernicus Masters.

The BMVI Earth Observation Challenge for Digital Transport Applications
Have you ever thought about how to exploit EO data by combining it with other geo-data sources and how that idea provides innovation for transport and logistics? Then take a close look at this Challenge. Earth observation and its produced big data have great potential of creating pioneering services and products. Submit your idea to win fantastic prizes and make your idea a future high-flyer in the area of transport and logistics.

Astrosat End-to-End EO Challenge
This Challenge is in search of new applications for Earth observation services that are based on the use of custom sensors on the ISS in tandem with the datasets Copernicus provides. Solutions that aim to support disaster aid or the economic advancement of end users in developing countries in Asia are specifically in favour. The winner will be awarded a bespoke support package prize valued at EUR 8,000 that includes business and technical assistance that will help bring the product closer to market and will get the opportunity to potentially partner with Astrosat in further developing their service to sell to select existing end user clients.

Astrosat will use the information of the submission's input to determine what kind of sensor you need and get it placed onboard Teledyne Brown's MUSES platform on the International Space Station!

In association with engineering giant Teledyne Brown, Astrosat is asking contenders in the prestigious Copernicus Masters to design a new Earth observation suite of sensors which can be placed on-board Teledyne Brown's Multi-User System for Earth Sensing (MUSES) platform on the International Space Station (ISS).

Do you have an idea for a holistic solution based on the combination of sensors and Copernicus data? Then turn it into reality and register for the Copernicus Masters today, before the submission ends on 18 July 2016.

Copernicus Masters
Take your chance to write your own chapter of the Copernicus Masters success story. Geared towards entrants from all over the world, the sixth edition of the biggest international competition in the commercial use of Earth observation data is on the hunt for outstanding ideas, applications, and business concepts that use such information in everyday life. Renowned partners are sponsoring prizes in seven topic-specific challenges. Along with cash prizes, the winners will receive access to a leading international network, corresponding data, startup funding, and other support valued at more than EUR 600,000 in total. Furthermore, the Top 40 of the competition will enter the unique Copernicus Accelerator programme to boost their ideas to the next level. The submission phase is scheduled to end on 18 July 2016 at


ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria Building Radar is incubated at the ESA BIC Bavaria from June 2015 to May 2017. The ESA BIC Bavaria seeks entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. That does not mean rocket science, but applies to multiple application fields such as navigation and positioning, communications techniques, Earth observation, materials, processes, signals or robotics.

ESA's Business Incubation Centre Bavaria was launched in 2009 and is since managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO). ESA BIC Bavaria and its renowned partners - DLR, Airbus Defense and Space, Fraunhofer IIS and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Berchtesgadener Land - provide startups with financial and technical support at four branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, Nürnberg and Berchtesgadener Land.

ESA BIC Bavaria has four selection rounds each year. The next application deadline for the incubation programme is 29 August 2016. Apply now for ESA BIC Bavaria

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