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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."

Nick Veck, Interim Director of Geospatial Intelligence

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Why Geospatial Intelligence?
Why Geospatial Intelligence?

Why 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.

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Data Access

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.

Advanced Analytics

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.

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Nick was intimately involved in the setting up of the Satellite Applications Catapult, as a key member of the Catapult Delivery team, seconded from Industry to prepare the initial Business Plan submitted to Government. After successful acceptance of the Plan and the subsequent award of the Core Grant from Innovate UK, he was recruited as part of the original EMT, to implement the strategy to create and grow the Catapult. In 2016/17, Nick relinquished his full-time department head role to move to his current Special Advisor position. In 2010, The University of Leicester recognised his leading role at the knowledge exchange interface between the academic/science community and the commercial satellite industry with the award of an honorary visiting professorship in the Department of Geography. In 2016, he was awarded Membership of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) for services to Environmental Science, in the Queen’s 90th Birthday Honours List. And in 2018, he received the Gold Medal Remote Sensing and Photogrammetry Society award for long-standing and highly-acclaimed services in the promotion of Earth observation and the development of the space sector. Prof. Veck is a previous Chairman of UKSpace, the national Trade Association for the satellite industry, and has also chaired many other industrial, government and academic committees, offering advice for various national policy decisions.
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