Planet “See Change, Change the World” Challenge
Planet was looking for new solutions that combine Copernicus data with Planet’s global imagery to solve important sustainable development challenges faced by today’s population.
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Green City Watch – Measure the Quality of Urban Nature
The mission of Green City Watch is to radically change the way nature and biodiversity is valued, to bring transparency to local government, and to regenerate cities. The technology combines ecological science, emerging data sources (high-resolution satellite data), and innovative technologies (machine learning and AI) to measure the quality of urban nature. Green City Watches products have endless applications for municipalities, foresters, and planners in conducting inspections faster and more efficiently than ever before.
Green City Watch relies on Sentinel-2 MSI for vegetation analytics, Sentinel-1 SAR imagery to assess urban flood risks, Planet’s SkySat, RapidEye, and ±2x daily revisit times to map illegal tree removal and much more.
Together with cities, Green City Watch is attacking green space management head-on, sketching out concepts, and reducing the turnaround time required to get ideas implemented. The technology is faster than manual assessments, operates in near-real time, and is temporally and spatially scalable.
Submitted by Nadinè Galle
Automatic Warning System for Prevention of Oil and Gas Pipeline Leaks
Long-distance pipelines form the backbone of the international energy network, yet they are plagued by leaks and other incidents. The project is about developing an automatic system which can detect risks in a timely and reliable manner. This is achieved by getting the coordinates of a given pipeline and then processing the latest satellite images from the location. When the system detects a risk, it acquires a higher-resolution image and evaluates whether the pipeline operators should be informed.
The most recent free optical images (Sentinel-1 IW mode products) and radar images (Sentinel-2 L1C products), along with higher-resolution commercial images (PlanetScope data and on-demand SkySat images) are used.
Using this service, pipeline operators will receive notifications of potential risks to their infrastructure and therefore be able to take action before incidents happen. This will save them money in terms of repairs, damages, lawsuits, and service interruptions, especially in remote regions.
Submitted by Jan Kolmas
Planet is strongly committed to the Sustainable Development Goals, the most ambitious development agenda ever. Creative solutions that use Planet data, complemented by other data sources such as the Copernicus programme and additional data sources, can play a crucial role in reaching the world’s collective goals. The most compelling solutions should have a strong technical underpinning, be feasible and achievable.
Planet has identified the following areas of interest for participants to focus on:
Submissions are not limited to the above mentioned. Solutions that
propose Planet imagery in combination with Copernicus data for
sustainable development are also welcome.
Planet will provide the winner with an opportunity to finalise their solution and bring it to market. This includes the following prize details:
Submissions to Planet “See Change, Change the World” Challenge will be assessed against the following criteria:
Does this solution contribute toward the sustainable development of our planet?
Is the solution a novel and ground breaking application of Planet data?
Planet and Copernicus Connection
Does the solution use both Planet data and Copernicus data to create added-value?
Does the solution present a viable business model that considers the cost of operations and Planet imagery?
Founded in 2010 by a team of ex-NASA scientists, Planet is driven by a mission to image the entire Earth every day, and make Earth’s changes visible, accessible and actionable. Planet started as a small team of physicists, aerospace and mechanical engineers in a garage, using the cube sat form-factor to inform the first designs of the Dove satellite. Just six years after their first satellite entered space, Planet now operates the largest constellation of Earth-imaging satellites… ever. Their satellites are collecting a radical new data set with endless, real-world applications. Whether one is measuring agricultural yields, monitoring natural resources, or aiding first responders after natural disasters, Planet’s data is here to lend businesses and humanitarian organizations a helping hand. Planet believes timely, global imagery will empower informed, deliberate and meaningful stewardship of our planet.
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