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Your May Update From The UP42 Team

Nathan Davis

The UP42 team is working to consistently bring you the updates that matter to your business. And this month is no different. We're excited to share a lot of new features, blocks, and updates from the past month! 📅

Check out what we've been up to 👇


——— ✨ What's New? 🚀 ———

Team Invitations 👨‍💼👩‍💻👩🏿‍🔬

We believe in the power of collaboration. Great products are built when friction is removed from the ability to experiment as a team, have cross-functional transparency, and collaborate on solving challenging problems aided by great tech.

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That's why we are making it even easier to bring your team together on the UP42 platform. Back in November, we launched our Team Collaboration functionality, allowing you to share your workspace, credits, and more with your colleagues. Today, we are enabling your team admins to seamlessly invite new team members to your account within the UP42 console.

No more contacting support, no more setting up separate accounts. Invite your team members, build your organization in UP42, and concentrate on collaborating on the next generation of geospatial products.

Invite your team to UP42

Improved Catalog Search 🌍🔍

You can now search more efficiently for the satellite imagery that suits your needs with our new resolution filters. Pick from high resolution (<2m), medium resolution (2m - 10m), and low resolutions (>300m) to return search results of images containing only the data you require.

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We've also provided increased transparency in the delivery timeframe for data sources. The majority of the data available on the UP42 marketplace is returned with low latency, with data delivered within 10 minutes.

However, to increase the choice of images that you can access, we activated access to OneAtlas's Archived Storage, roughly doubling the number of high-resolution satellite images available to you. This data is delivered within 24 hours, a timeframe now clearly indicated within the search results, allowing you to prioritize latency if and when required.

Search for data

Improved Storage 🖼️📁

The new transparency into the delivery process for data from the catalog search extends to your user storage. Real-time order statuses have now been added to the "Orders" tab and continued visibility into the type of order - either Archived Storage or Live.

You can get even more information about assets in your user storage through the UP42 API, with geometry, productType, area, and sceneId added as variables.

View your user storage

Vegetation Management 2.0 🌳🛤️

Our partner and a leader in vegetation management analytics, Spacept, has released a new and improved version of all three of their algorithms - Tree Detection and Height From Shadow, Tree Detection, and Shadow Detection.

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The Tree Detection and Height From Shadow block was showcased by UP42 data scientist Thaïs Bendixen in our recent webinar on infrastructure monitoring and can be applied to monitoring vegetation along linear infrastructure railways and electrical transmission lines.

The algorithm benefited from significant accuracy improvements in the Tree Detection and Shadow Detection algorithms, where the Shadow Detection block has been benchmarked against human annotators on 10,000+ Pléiades images. The Shadow Detection model showed a precision of 91%, recall of 94.5%, and an F1 score of 93%.

These developments make Spacept's capabilities a compelling replacement or complementary technology for existing vegetation management processes for railway operators and utility providers. You can find out more about how satellite-based vegetation management solutions compare to existing LiDAR and new UAV technologies in our recent blog post.

Check out the blocks

FieldFinder 🌾🟩

We're excited to launch this state-of-the-art field boundary detection algorithm, provided by Airbus and Agrimetrics. The FieldFinder processing block runs on SPOT imagery and accurately delineates agricultural fields, outputting a shapefile.

1000 UK SPOT gif - Europe Avatar FieldFinder applied to SPOT imagery in the UK

The block has been rigorously trained and tested across many European countries and the entire state of Iowa, US, enabling consistent wide area coverage. Boasting a mean F1 value of 0.85 in the regions shown below, FieldFinder is a reliable model for detecting even small fields.

Continent Country or Region
Europe Austria
Belgium
Czech Republic
Denmark
France
Germany
Ireland
Luxembourg
United Kingdom
North America Iowa

The model accuracy and use of SPOT imagery rather than Sentinel-2 differentiate the algorithm from other automated boundary detection solutions and ensure it meets the cartographic quality demands for users' from crop growers to developers building agricultural solutions.

If the FieldFinder blocks don't currently cover your required region, get in touch, and we'd be happy to arrange model training to fulfill your requirements.

FieldFinder Europe | FieldFinder Iowa

16-Bit to 8-Bit Conversion 🔁

Several processing blocks on UP42 require the input Sentinel-2 image to be in 8-bit rather than 16-bit format. This new block developed by the UP42 data science team enables you to use the new Sentinel-2 L2A Analytic (GeoTIFF), and Sentinel-2 L2A (SAFE) blocks with a whole host of algorithms as part of an UP42 workflow.

In order to run 16-Bit to 8-Bit Conversion block with these data blocks, try either of the following workflows:

  • Sentinel-2 L2A Analytic (GeoTIFF) -> Pan-sharpening -> 16-to-8 Bit Conversion
  • Sentinel-2 L2A (SAFE) -> Super-resolution Sentinel-2 -> 16-to-8 Bit Conversion

16-Bit to 8-Bit Conversion


——— 🏢 Updates From The Team 👪 ———

Welcome Aboard 🚀

Abigail Lozano

We’re excited to welcome Abigail, who expands UP42's presence in North America, joining as a sales manager. Abigail brings vast geospatial expertise, having worked in the industry for more than 8 years. Abigail started her geospatial career in the public sector for the City of Houston specializing in environmental topics, before moving to Esri where she demonstrated the power of the technology to help streamline workflows, perform spatial analysis and gain new insights in the area of water management.

Outside of work, Abigail is an avid mountaineer and, if she had a year off, would climb and ski as many mountains across the globe as she could! ⛰️ We hope to welcome Abigail for a trip to UP42 HQ in Berlin soon! 🇩🇪

Come and Grow With Us 🌱

We're continually expanding our team to bring amazing new people just like you on board. Check out our latest open roles below, all our open positions here, or if you don't find what you're looking for, drop us a speculative application!

(Junior) Frontend Engineer

Do you want to build the frontend of an industry-disrupting geospatial platform? Then this role may be for you! We're looking for a talented frontend engineer. | Apply now

Senior Product Manager 📦

Are you ready to help shape the state-of-the-art geospatial processing platform and create a completely new planetary perspective? Join our growing product team! | Apply now

(Senior) Data Science Engineer - Processing Team

Does helping to build, validate, and integrate geospatial analytics using the latest in machine learning technology sound interesting to you? Then this role may be for you! | Apply now

(Geospatial) Python Engineer

We're looking for an engineer to take our Python SDK to the next level, enabling our users to build and automate geospatial analytics workflows. | Apply now

Our Tech Radar 📡

The UP42 engineering team has put together a tech radar, showcasing and evolving based on our technology landscape. Through this publicly available tech radar, we’re happy to share our knowledge and experience with specific tools enabling all across the geospatial industry and beyond to make more informed technology choices.

Check out the UP42 Tech Radar

——— ⏩ Coming up 📅 ———

Copernicus Masters

UP42 is excited to co-host this year's Copernicus Masters program, a global innovation competition, with a challenge aimed at enhancing Earth observation.

With a prize worth €100,000, we'd encourage all UP42 users and followers to participate! The joint UP42-Airbus Challenge calls all participants to propose algorithms that advance EO analytics by using Generative Adversarial Networks (GANs) - a cutting-edge machine learning approach - to augment satellite imagery.

Sound good? Check out the link and submit your ideas by July 19th!


——— 📅 In Case You Missed It 😱 ———

Remote Sensing: A Replacement for Ground-Based Monitoring Of Critical Infrastructure?

As the resolution of satellite imagery and the breadth and accuracy of analytics capabilities have increased, so has the range of opportunities provided by remote sensing in utilities, telecommunications, and oil & gas. Many tasks carried out by manual inspections, Earth-based sensors, or even imaging from helicopters may become obsolete.

In this webinar, we posed the following question to industry experts - is remote sensing a replacement for ground-based monitoring of critical infrastructure? They looked at whether vegetation management, ground movement, and line-of-sight analysis can now be conducted solely or partially from satellite imagery. The presenters demonstrated, through technical walkthroughs, how the remote sensing industry is challenging traditional methods of infrastructure monitoring and construction planning.



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That's it for now. But we have tons of exciting things in the works that we'll announce in the coming weeks and months, so keep your eyes peeled in Release Notes, or if you can wait a whole month, we'll meet you back here in June!

Nathan Davis

Product Marketing Manager

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