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"Welcome to the GI Directorate web-page, a place where you can find out more about the Catapult’s activities across all aspects of geospatial intelligence. The Catapult sits in a unique position in the geospatial community, being a not-for profit research and innovation centre, with substantial and unique capabilities to support businesses. We provide access to specialist skills and data and work closely with the science base, government and industry to grow the space economy in the UK."
Peter Beaumont, Director of Geospatial Intelligence
Geospatial Intelligence pulls together two trends driving the global opportunity for the satellite applications sector – the embedding of satellite into a fully integrated knowledge system assimilating all kinds of geospatial and other “big data”; and the addition of state of the art computing techniques, such as machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI). The topic continues to grow as a main focus of the Catapult, due to the ever-increasing demand for accurate, personalised and increasingly, real-time geographically-based information. Our GI capabilities are implemented across all our other key market areas, as well as in their own right, to develop new technologies and solutions for the GI market.
The Geospatial Intelligence team comprises Earth observation data, software and systems experts, and specialists in exploiting AI and machine learning who together understand how to turn these data into valuable information. GI gives us the opportunity to bring new computing technologies and methods to both satellite and other data sources, to create innovative products and services for UK companies to exploit.
Earth observation (EO) data is used, analysed and developed by our experts alongside other data sources, such as drone or historic map data. The combined use of these data sources allows for advanced solution and application development, in order to create optimum services and products. As well as developing solutions, our experts provide advice to organisations new to the sector, or with less experience.
Converting data into visual representations and usable information allows us to demonstrate the possibilities to organisations, showing the value that satellite data can add by using real examples. This is vital to organisations or market sectors not already benefiting from using Earth observation, in order to encourage the uptake of these data sources.
The Machine Learning Use Case Programme is accelerating the adoption of Artificial Intelligence technologies within the UK space sector. A critical blocker to realising the benefits of exploiting these advanced analytical techniques is having access to appropriate high resolution and typically high cost image datasets.
By offering access to third party funding and focussed technical and business support, the Satellite Applications Catapult are supporting a variety of UK commercial and research groups in taking a Use Case-driven to approach exploring the benefits of generating valuable geo-information from satellite image datasets using contemporary deep learning approaches.
Along with the direct benefits to the Use Case partners, where appropriate each collaboration is on track to having made broader contributions to our community in the form of academic publications and openly available training datasets.
EASOS is a platform designed to provide high value decision support to tackle country specific environmental, security, and human challenges. Through its intelligent way of fusing data from terrestrial and satellite sources, EASOS provides knowledge on a wide variety of topics to different government departments on a local, regional, and international scale.
Click the button to get in touch with the Geospatial Intelligence team for collaboration enquiries or for further information on our work in this area.