CRISP (Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing) has signed a joint venture (JV) agreement with Spot Image, S.A., to become a partner in Spot Asia, the regional Spot Image subsidiary located in Singapore. The Centre for Remote Imaging, Sensing and Processing is a research centre established in the National University of Singapore with funding from the Agency for Science, Technology and Research. SPOT Image headquartered in Toulouse, France is the worldwide commercial operator of the SPOT satellite system, a constellation of 3 satellites that can acquire medium to high-resolution imagery of almost any point on the globe every day.
CRISP has worked closely with Spot Asia since 1995 when the station began receiving SPOT satellite transmissions. The new Spot Asia JV combines technical expertise with commercial operations to increase product and service offerings for Southeast Asian markets. “This new JV represents a marriage of technology and commercial operations,” explains Mr Jean-Marc Nasr, Chairman of Spot Image, S.A. “As a business, this will help us be dominant in the region. For users, we can now present some of the most innovative and effective remote sensing solutions in the Southeast Asian region. Spot Image is always looking for the best technology partners with an understanding of our business. Mr Kwoh and the CRISP station are known throughout Asia and worldwide for their work with remote sensing imagery. This is a wonderful new business partnership for us.”
Spot Asia, under the directorship of Mr FOO Weng-Kee, will continue as the sales and marketing group, selling image-based solutions, either directly or working with resellers in 10 regional countries. Spot Asia is the largest and most successful remote sensing image distributor in SE Asia. In addition to SPOT, they distribute products from IKONOS, QuickBird, RADARSAT, ERS, KVR, Landsat, and now other satellite products created by CRISP as well. Through the new JV, Spot Asia will continue to focus on solving regional challenges with remote sensing imagery. Examples include forest fire monitoring, oil palm tree inventories, oil spill detection and monitoring, large area mapping, border mapping and security and land use planning.