Canada: MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates, better known as MDA, has signed an agreement to enable access to RADARSAT-2 archive data on GBDX, the powerful Geospatial Big Data platform of DigitalGlobe.
A leading platform for processing and analyzing geospatial data, GBDX allows users to build, access and run advanced workflows and tools that extract actionable information from a Cloud-based, multi-source satellite image library, allowing customers to quickly and cost-effectively solve large-scale, complex challenges.
The company has added a synthetic aperture radar (SAR) change-detection tool to GBDX that enables access to a global archive of 5-meter resolution Extra Fine RADARSAT-2 imagery, which will allow users to create reliably collected change-detection value-added products in the GBDX environment.
The RADARSAT-2 SAR dataset allows users to observe features and changes in the environment that go undetected using other imaging techniques.
“Integrating MDA’s dataset on the platform will unlock new applications for RADARSAT-2 data, such as automated port monitoring, object detection, and pattern of life analysis,” said David Belton, vice president for MDA Geospatial Services Inc.
“We look forward to adding more tools and content to GBDX in the future to advance the number of powerful and easy-to-use applications that solve real-world problems for our customers.”
“With easy, cloud-based access to DigitalGlobe’s existing 100-petabyte optical imagery library with MDA’s change-detection capability and RADARSAT-2 archive, GBDX subscribers can now create multi-source solutions to solve complex, global-scale challenges,” said Dr. Shay Har-Noy, vice president and general manager of DigitalGlobe’s Platform business unit.