The “Social Media for Effective Satellite Surveillance for Emergency Response“ (SocialMediaSat) project aims to provide information from satellite surveillance to emergency response teams within as short a time as possible after an emergency has occurred.
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Satellite imagery is a vital source of data for emergencies and time-sensitive or risky operations. There are some 140 Earth observing satellites in orbit, representing a huge virtual constellation of monitoring capability – this is expected to double within the decade. The data delivers large scale observations of conditions, with spatial resolution attainable to 0.5m.
However, in many cases this data is not being used effectively for emergency response because of a reactive approach to image acquisition and a supplier-focused, rather than global, constellation model of data planning. If data acquisitions are not tasked in a timely manner, then the value of the data is substantially degraded.
The SocialMediaSat Project proposes to develop and demonstrate a pro-active approach to the use of satellite imagery in emergency response by the monitoring and interrogation of social media feeds and alerts from relevant organisations.
To help facilitate the project requirements further, a workshop took place on the 16th July 2015 at Satellite Applications Catapult Office in Harwell. The Workshop was well attended with around 15 external delegates from SMEs and established agencies representing the emergency response, imagery supplier, insurance and the satellite industry in general.
The outcomes from the workshop were collated and these contributed to the Requirements Document for the SocialMediaSat project.
The project partners are Geocento and Satellite Applications Catapult who have experience in satellite data and its application, and the Software Development Company K-now who specialise in Social Media and Crisis Management.