US: DigitalGlobe, a Maxar Technologies company has announced a partnership with Ecopia Tech Corporation (“Ecopia”) to know precisely where buildings are by utilizing proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms and innovative cloud computing to create building footprints. By using Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe, customers will have the most current and accurate information on structures in their areas of interest, enabling them to make business decisions with unprecedented speed and efficiency.
Ecopia, a developer in DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data platform ( GBDX) ecosystem, established a process to create building footprints quickly and at scale by leveraging advanced machine learning in combination with DigitalGlobe’s cloud-based 100 petabyte imagery library. This innovative approach offers a welcome alternative to outdated footprint sources and the corresponding time-consuming and expensive creation methods. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe provides actionable insights for observing, analyzing, and monitoring business processes like supply chain management, urban planning, and asset monitoring for industries such as energy, insurance, real estate, telecom, and location-based services. Starting with the United States, the two companies will extract highly accurate 2D building footprints across the Earth, then refresh the datasets to find and track change over time, which is valuable information to businesses. Several national service providers are already using the building footprints in their industry-leading applications.
“Ecopia is harnessing the cloud-based computational power of GBDX to gain immediate, on-demand access to DigitalGlobe’s 18-year library of high-resolution satellite imagery,” said Bill Singleton, Ecopia Tech Corporation Vice President. “Combining our algorithms with DigitalGlobe’s technology allows Ecopia to extract and update building footprints at a scale and speed never before thought possible.”
“Now, customers in a multitude of verticals can quickly answer business-critical questions instead of spending time creating the data and information to answer those questions,” said Dr. Shay Har-Noy, DigitalGlobe Vice President of Unified Platform. “Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe will become a foundational data layer for all businesses with an interest in how our world is built and how it is changing over time.”
DigitalGlobe and Ecopia will extract every building footprint in the United States by mid-year 2018, and many major international locations by the beginning of 2019. Ecopia U.S. Building Footprints powered by DigitalGlobe will be available off the shelf or on-demand, with or without the source high-resolution imagery, and will include the option to subscribe to regular updates.