DigitalGlobe, Facebook team-up for mapping world?s population

DigitalGlobe, Facebook team-up for mapping world?s population

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Spain: From the stage of Mobile World Congress, Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg announced to develop the Telecom Infra Project under new technologies and approaches for connecting the 4.2 billion people that still remain offline. To enable this, the Facebook Connectivity Lab is leveraging DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data initiative to determine population densities across vast rural areas in 20 developing nations.

Existing maps of populations in many parts of the world are too coarse, outdated, and inaccurate. To solve this problem, information from high-resolution satellites proves invaluable; it provides a consistent global information dataset for mapping population locations. This map, in turn, can inform service providers where connectivity infrastructure should be deployed, whether it be fiber networks or wi-fi hotspots, or communication networks with high-altitude balloons or UAVs.

This is where DigitalGlobe’s content and platform become a critical part in achieving the vision. DigitalGlobe will be completing an accurate mosaic of the globe at 50 cm resolution in the coming months and will be replenishing this basemap of the world on a frequent basis. Further, DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data platform, GBDX, makes this rich content along with our 15-year digital library of over 90 petabytes of high resolution DigitalGlobe satellite image data available to anyone, for processing in the cloud.

Available for use alongside the data are some of our best computer vision algorithms we designed to convert pixels into meaningful data. On the GBDX platform we provide a much richer library by supporting an ecosystem platform which allows experts to bring their own algorithms to the data and share them with others if they so choose.

Source: ET