Businesses look at acquisitions and partnerships as crucial ways of strengthening their presence in the market and diversify into related domains with confidence. While acquisitions deals are competitive, the word ‘partnership’ has a more friendly connotation to it. Partnerships largely help companies to venture into new markets, customer segments and regions. Partnerships enable companies to benefit from each one’s unique selling points and specialized services, and have a stronger presence in the market.
The Geospatial market is growing by leaps and bounds and mergers, acquisitions and partnerships are playing a vital role in this growth story.
In the last few days only, we have witnessed exciting instances of collaboration within the industry such as partnership of Draganfly and MicaSense on an Agricultural Package for high-level Imaging and data integrity for crop health assessment, irrigation monitoring and yield optimization; TomTom and Foursquare partnering to enable customers to locate even more Point-of-interests nearby; UP42 partnering with Getmapping Plc to help customers access very high-resolution aerial data and derive insights, and the list goes on.
One such cherished partnership that has been tremendously aiding the geospatial industry to find answers to crucial problems using satellite imagery is that of Earth-i and Planet. It thus, gives us immense pleasure to announce that the duo has decided to keep the partnership going.
Earth-i and Planet renew partnership
The key benefits Planet brings to Earth-i include range of imagery resolution, ease of tasking and accessing remote sensing data, and most of all—high-temporal revisit, which is available in the current and upcoming Planetscope and SkySat constellations. Planet data helps Earth-i, alongside our other technology suppliers, to create powerful information products such as ACCORD, SAVANT and SPECTRUM.
Whether it is the Earth-i team testing a new product idea, undertaking a custom geospatial project or building a new geospatial intelligence service, Planet’s portfolio of multi-resolution optical imagery and their constellation’s high revisit allows the Earth-i technology team to prototype and test rapidly and cost-effectively.
In addition to these benefits, the SkySat constellation’s video capabilities allows Earth-i to extend our video algorithms created for the Vivid-i colour HD video constellation across the SkySat constellation. Satellite video allows Earth-i to create:
* Improved and faster object recognition
* More accurate 3D modelling and virtual environments
* More accurate change detection
* The ability to mitigate effects of cloud cover
* Provide movement identification and analysis
“The value Planet brings to Earth-i’s ML- and AI-based satellite imagery and video analytics capability helps the Earth-i team to quickly unlock the answers to our commercial customers’ geospatial questions, and at a scale not possible previously,” said Owen Hawkins, Product Development Director at Earth-i.
“Planet is pleased to announce a reseller partnership with Earth-i, a leading provider of AI remote sensing data and analytics in the UK,” said Jason Jones, Director of Channels and Alliances EMEA at Planet. “We look forward to working with them to unlock the true potential of geospatial insights across multiple industries”.