Bringing STAC to the UP42 storageFeatureStorage
The geospatial industry has exploded over the past few years and with it, the number of image providers and data volume. SpatioTemporal Asset Catalog (STAC) is a specification designed to establish a standard in exposing geospatial data, simplifying data management for providers, developers, and users. It allows searching across multiple providers for geospatial assets which share a common structure and set of metadata. Today, UP42 is further strengthening its commitment to the STAC standard by integrating STAC in the UP42 storage and ensuring a common metadata format across providers.
We now provide a STAC API endpoint for asset searches in the UP42 storage. UP42 will extract the metadata for your geospatial assets from existing user storage and make them searchable through our STAC asset service. You can search by AOI, cloud cover, acquisition date, order ID and much more.
Read more about the STAC specification and methodology here or explore our storage capabilities.
NEXTMap® elevation data suite available on API and consoleDataFeature
Intermap’s 3D foundation layers provide the framework necessary for precise spatial analysis and informed decisions. We are happy to share that search, estimation, and ordering of NEXTMap One, NEXTMap 6 and NEXTMap 10 data as DSM, DTM and combined DSM and DTM products are now available on the UP42 platform. NEXTMap DSM contains elevations of natural terrain features including vegetation and cultural features such as buildings and roads; while DTM provides elevations of the bare earth where surface features such as buildings, vegetation and other infrastructure have been removed.
Place your order through our console or via our API.
View feasibility study results for your order directly on the UP42 platformFeatureTasking
Tasking now includes a Feasibility tab to show the results of your order’s feasibility study. When the feasibility study is ready, you will receive an email notification. Follow the link in the email or go to Tasking -> My orders -> Feasibility to see the study results presented as options.
Choose the option that best suits your project needs. That's it. You are now one step closer to activating your tasking order.
Check out this new feature here.
UP42 storage: now with search and filter functionalityFeature
Just two week into 2023, and we already have some exciting news to share. In line with our commitment to keep enhancing your data management capabilities, you can now search by title, order ID and name in the UP42 storage, as well as filter for collection, producer, tags and source. Filter options are currently available for API only and will be brought to the console for you soon.
WorldDEM™ Neo available on API and consoleDataFeature
We now have elevation data on the UP42 platform. WorldDEM™ Neo offers a high-resolution digital surface model with 5 m pixel spacing and global geographic coverage. Search, estimation, and ordering of WorldDEM™ Neo data are now possible through the UP42 console and API.
Place your order through our console or via our API.
Say hi to our brand new storage!Feature
As a user of geospatial data, you've probably faced the challenge of obtaining, organising, storing and sharing your data. At UP42, we're always looking for ways to empower you to easily access and analyze geospatial data. Today, we're taking the next step in enhancing your data management capabilities on our platform, and we have some exciting news to share.
- You can now give your assets custom titles and tags by updating their metadata
- You can also easily sort your assets by name, title, provider, collection and creation date
- You can now list all your assets with their metadata, as well as download them, both from your workspace or your account
Check out what’s new in storage.
Thanks for reading. We’ll have more updates for you soon.
A new way to keep you informedFeature
We are always looking for ways to help you navigate the UP42 platform more easily. Today, we are introducing a new console notification center and feed, giving you a single location to find the latest updates when you need them. Inside the center, we've already categorized all notifications for you, so you can easily filter them by category (account, news, storage, and tasking) or read/ unread status.
Pléiades Neo Analytic is now available on API and consoleDataFeature
Pléiades Neo, the most advanced optical constellation from Airbus, is now also available as an Analytic product on the UP42 console and API, offering true reflectance values. Pléiades Neo Analytic contains 2 different image files per capture, each with a native resolution of 30cm. Place your order through our console or via API today.
All tasking actions under one tabFeatureTasking
Looking to place a tasking order or monitor the status of your request? Discover all the possible actions and latest information under our new tasking tab.
Use our new tasking order tab to place an order. Simply draw/ upload your AOI, select the tasking collection and fill out the form. You can also get an overview of all your tasking orders here. Click on an order to view more information such as the AOI, order configuration and status of delivered data.
Watch this space for more tasking actions coming soon!
ICEYE SAR tasking is now available on API and consoleDataFeatureTasking
We are happy to announce that ICEYE SAR tasking is now available on the UP42 platform, offering persistent monitoring capabilities for any location on Earth. With 4 acquisition modes available, ICEYE's frequent coverage, both day and night, is excellent for change detection, monitoring patterns of life, and taking fast actions in quickly evolving situations.
Task an ICEYE satellite via the console.
Improved experience using the Processing from Storage blockFeatureAnalytics
We have added validation mechanisms to check all the assets used by the Processing from Storage block exist, removing the need to execute a test query before actually running the job. Now when you click “run job” it will check the asset IDs are correct before running the job, helping to prevent job failures.
Capella Space and Near Space Labs archive data is now available on the consoleDataFeature
We’re continuously adding new data to the UP42 platform. The latest additions to our console are archive data from Capella Space and Near Space Labs. Capella Space collections offer very high resolution (0.5m - 1.2m) SAR data with scenes available starting from 2020. Near Space Labs provides 30cm resolution images acquired by a fleet of stratospheric balloons up to 5 times per day. These datasets (covering the USA) are available starting from 2019.
Note: Data from both collections can be ordered as full scenes and will not be clipped to AOI.
Share your thoughts with the new feedback toolFeature
Tell us what you think with our new feedback tool: a simpler and quicker way to share feedback about the console, and submit feature requests and improvement suggestions directly to our product teams.
Major console upgrades completed
We’ve made some behind-the-scenes upgrades to our infrastructure to help improve user experience and site reliability, ahead of some great new upcoming features.
New help centerFeature
We’re introducing a new help center sidebar to the console. You can now easily access key resources such as documentation, feedback, and customer support, as well as search for help documentation directly from the sidebar.
Refreshed getting started guideFeature
We’ve refreshed our getting started guide to make your console experience even better. This guide will signpost you to key areas of the product for a smooth onboarding experience.
Automatic email notifications for tasking deliveryFeature
We’ll now automatically send you an email notification when a new data asset is ready for your tasking order.
Console Version UpdateData
We’ve been working hard to ensure that you can quickly find and download the geospatial imagery you need. On that note, we’re releasing a new version of our console for UP42 customers. What does that mean for you?
Previously, there were two separate workflows with a differentiation between Purchase and Processing data sets where Processing data sets could be processed directly from the UP42 platform. With this release, we’re removing the Processing workflow altogether. This will simplify the search and order process for our users.
Please note that due to these changes, our OneAtlas archive datasets are scheduled to be unavailable on May 5th from 11:00 CET to 16:00 CET. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause and look forward to you benefiting from a more seamless experience with these updates.
Shiny New SDK Version 0.18.0SDKAPI
If you haven’t already used the UP42 python SDK, today’s a great day to start as we’ve released SDK version 0.18.0 which entails significant speed & usability improvements when handling large orders, assets, jobs and more. Some of the high-level advantages you’ll enjoy include:
- Ability to add sorting criteria
- Results pagination to avoid timeout issues when querying large asset/order collections
- Significant speed improvements
If you have used our SDK before, simply update via pip install up42-py --upgrade
Some other things to note is this update means the end to the Python SDK Command Line Interface (CLI) as well as removing deprecated handling of multiple features as input geometry. For the latter point, multiple features or a MultiPolygon will now raise an error with the SDK, aligning with regular UP42 platform behavior. See the full changelog here and delve deeper into how this update facilitates your processes.
Tasking Direct from the CatalogDataFeature
Tasking can be a complex process with lots of back-and-forth, often requested and delivered via email. Gone are the days of being restricted to scouring through your email inbox to see if you sent in that tasking request or if your data’s arrived yet. Customers now have the ability to choose and order data from the different archives of our providers or schedule a tasking request all in the same route on different tabs, which effectively makes it a “one stop shop” for all things data related. Access requests can be made to different collections, namely Pleiades, SPOT, and Pleiades Neo.
The steps to place your order from the UI are straightforward. Simply navigate to the tasking panel from Catalog Search, select the constellation you'd like to task, add in your necessary information like imaging window and product name, and submit your request.
Once the order is placed, it would be visible on the Orders page of the console, under tasking and of course through the new Tasking API.
Here are some helpful links to get you started:
Use Your Tasking Data Like a Pro
Just like with archive data that you order, you can use tasking data from UP42 in workflows with the Processing From Storage block as the data block. Simply build an UP42 workflow using the Processing From Storage block as the data block followed by any compatible processing block. In this example, we are simply converting data from my storage, the output of a Pleiades download block, from DIMAP to GeoTIFF.
As we move from the workflow builder to setting the parameters in the job configuration screen, we simply need to paste the Asset ID into the job parameters enclosed in [“asset ID”], select “Live Job”, and if necessary, adjust the parameters of your processing block(s).
UP42 Marketplace with Seamless Console IntegrationFeatureData
As a one-stop shop for geospatial data and analytics, the UP42 marketplace is a core part of the value that we offer to our customers. We have worked hard over the past year to increase the variety of data sets that you can find on the marketplace. With seamless integration built-in between our marketplace and console experience, we wanted to make it easier for you to find the data set that you are looking for.
As the first major step in this direction, we have revamped our marketplace to highlight the Spot and Pléiades data sets that you can immediately purchase within the catalog. For the following blocks on the marketplace, you will see an “Order in Catalog” CTA that lets you purchase Spot or Pléiades data for the specific AOI that you are interested in. Currently, we offer the following data sets through the catalog:
- SPOT 6/7 Display (Download)
- SPOT 6/7 Reflectance (Download)
- SPOT 6/7 Display (Streaming)
- Pléiades Display (Download)
- Pléiades Reflectance (Download)
- Pléiades Display (Streaming)
Check out the new marketplace here.
New Orders Page with Catalog and Tasking Order InformationFeature
It is important to get up-to-date information about the status of your archive and tasking data orders for planning further action. We have enriched our orders page to ensure that you can easily monitor your active and past data deliveries, with a detailed breakdown of your archive and tasking data orders.
Check it out here.
Preconfigured Workflows for Speedy Set-upFeatureAnalytics
We wanted to make sure that our customers could easily set up jobs on UP42 without investing a lot of upfront time and effort. With pre-configured workflows, you and your team can hit the ground running.
Preconfigured workflows let you bypass all the effort of reading product descriptions and documentation to set your parameters and ensure you have a workflow to test out that yields good results. Once you have added the images of your choice to your cart on Catalog Search, you can select any one of the prconfigured job templates to run a job in seconds. Currently, we have preconfigured workflows set up for the following use cases:
- NDVI Threshold and Vectorization Pléiades / SPOT (available)
- Infrastructure Change Detection Pléiades / SPOT (available)
- Aircraft Detection
- Car & Truck Detection
- Ship Identification
- Tree Detection and Height from Shadow
Click here to sign up and get started fast with preconfigured workflows!
Export Credit UsageFeature
Now you can easily export a report of the credits you've consumed in account, separated by categories like data block, infrastructure, and tasked order. These credit usage reports give you structured, consolidated, and up-to-date information about your credit usage. Capturing both credit allocation entries and credit spend entries, now you are more empowered than ever to leverage UP42 for your future financial planning and decision making within your business.
A Revamped Console ExperienceFeature
Working with geospatial data can often be a complex process. When we set out to democratize access to geospatial data, one of the key things that we wanted to do was to simplify the end-to-end process involved in purchasing and analyzing geospatial data.
In that regard, we took a big step forward this month. We have revamped the console dashboard experience for our customers. When you log in, now you are greeted with a 'Getting started' list that lets you immediately focus on your specific jobs to be done:
- Purchase new imagery from the catalog
- Access and manage your purchased images in storage
- Process an image by creating a workflow
In-app Guidance for Catalog Data Purchase
When managing geospatial projects, it is easy to get lost in the weeds, especially when you are working with complex AOIs sourced from multiple data sets. We are focused on making our catalog search and purchase process as intuitive as possible for our customers. Introducing an in-app tour that will serve as a smart guide through the whole satellite data purchase process on the UP42 catalog! Give it a spin today and let us know what you think.
Give it a try here.
Real-time Updates on Credit Consumption & Usage
Now, you can get up-to-date visibility into your ordering patterns and credit consumption directly from the dashboard now. This lets you make informed decisions about your data orders based on real-time insights.
Check out the new dashboard here.
New Block Alert: Co-registration by UP42Analytics
When you are dealing with workflows involving multiple images or any temporal analysis, misaligned imagery can severely impact the accuracy of your results. Co-registration solves this problem by calculating the translation, rotation, and scale variation between two images to ensure that they are spatially aligned. This pre-processing block is available for free on the UP42 marketplace and works on high resolution imagery like Pleiades and SPOT.
Check out the block here for yourself!
Processing From Storage (Beta)DataAnalytics
So you’ve purchased a Pleiades or SPOT image from us. What now? With this new block developed by UP42, you can now analyze data from your storage right within the UP42 platform. This new block, the beta launch of this functionality, allows you to use an UP42 workflow to process SPOT or Pleiades data from your storage with any compatible processing block.
This functionality is available via the Python SDK, API, or console. Here, we’ll focus on console usage but you can see how to use the block with the SDK or API in our documentation. However, regardless of whether you are processing data via the SDK, API, or console, you’ll still need to copy your Asset ID from your UP42 storage.
The flow of using this block is relatively similar to using any data block on UP42. Build an UP42 workflow using the Processing From Storage block as the data block followed by any compatible processing block. In this example, we are simply converting data from my storage, the output of a Pleiades download block, from DIMAP to GeoTIFF.
As we move from the workflow builder to setting the parameters in the job configuration screen, we simply need to paste the Asset ID into the job parameters enclosed in [“asset ID”], select “Live Job”, and if necessary, adjust the parameters of your processing block(s). And it’s as simple as that. Review your price estimate and run the job. Of course, as you have already purchased this data, you will not be charged again. You’ll only be charged for the costs of the processing blocks and infrastructure costs.
To the SDK and beyond
This block version of our processing from storage functionality is a beta feature. As a result, we recommend usage from experienced technical users only and primarily through our Python SDK or API.
We will be working on streamlining the experience and widening the scope of the feature to enable the re-processing of more than just Pleiades and SPOT imagery in the near future. So keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks and months.
Simplified Data PurchasingFeatureData
Complexity is one of the biggest impediments to successfully accessing and analyzing satellite imagery. With these UX updates, we’ve removed redundancy, streamlined the process, and future-proofed our platform to enable us to offer you even more data sets in the future. Let’s take a look at the changes that are helping us deliver on our vision.
The Information You Need, When You Need It
To make an informed decision on what satellite image you want to purchase, you need to access information from delivery timeframe, cloud cover, and resolution to, sometimes, more technical information, such as scene ID and incidence angle.
Whatever information you need to make the right purchasing decision, you can now access that information in a single spot within your regular search, discover, and purchase workflow. Just click on an image within the catalog search results and select the “Image Information” tab to get everything you need.
See It To Believe It
So you’ve found that perfect image for your use case. The cloud cover is low enough. The delivery estimate is in line with your expectations. And the scene area fully covers your AOI. But how can you be absolutely sure?
You can now see the scene preview right in the purchasing flow. As you click into the image thumbnail, exactly where you can view the image information, you can click into the scene to see a preview and take that extra step of validation before hitting the “Buy” button.
Take Your Pick: Purchase, Process, or Both
Once you’ve chosen and previewed your scene, you can choose to purchase or process the image, or indeed both. If you intend to use the image for one-time processing within UP42, you should select the processing option, where you will later choose a workflow to process the image within.
If you intend to use the image multiple times or want to download and take the image outside of the UP42 infrastructure, you should choose the purchasing option. The image will then be delivered to your storage, where you can download the image or copy the asset ID for us in a processing workflow. The next update showcases how these images can be used in a processing workflow!
The Fun Stuff To Come - EULAs and Access Requests
As some of our future data sources will require additional compliance steps, accepting the End-User License Agreement (EULA) and requesting access to restricted blocks will also take place within this popover window, unifying the experience for all users across all future catalog search data sources.
Detect Change on InfrastructureAnalytics
Our latest partnership with HyperVerge, one of India’s leading AI companies, enables the detection of small structural changes to homes and properties for local government tax assessment and code enforcement. The block also helps monitor legal and unauthorized construction of roads, buildings, and artificial islands in remote regions by federal or defense agencies and keeps GIS maps updated in rapidly growing urban areas.
The algorithm processes Pleiades or SPOT imagery and is optimized for a high recall score. This means that it generally accurately identifies all areas of infrastructure change but may also return false positives. As a result, it is particularly useful as a precursor to manual QA or as an input for more focused analysis.
SPOT (or Pleiades) the BuildingsAnalytics
You may remember Spacept from our recent vegetation management webinar. A leader in the use of artificial intelligence to analyze satellite imagery and provide actionable insights, they’re back with a brand new block on the UP42 marketplace.
This new building detection block, which processes SPOT or Pleiades imagery, has been trained on tens of thousands of semantically annotated images from a range of countries in order to identify buildings with an accuracy of over 80%.
The Spacept team has put together a tutorial to show you how easy it is to detect buildings using their block on the UP42 platform.
We Just 4x’ed Our Satellite Data OfferingData
The UP42 offering is expanding fast. The ability to offer a wide range of data from multiple providers is key to our customers seeing value from UP42. Indeed, this previously included a respectable 15 satellites, along with a great selection of aerial imagery, weather data, AIS data, and processed data sets.
However, the UP42 offering has just expanded from 15 to 55 satellites in just over a month. This enables us to offer you higher revisit at very high-resolution, a more comprehensive range of data types, and more flexibility on price, AOI, and minimum corridor size.
UP42 Partners with HEAD Aerospace
HEAD Aerospace's constellations bring several capabilities that augment UP42's expanding portfolio of high-value data providers. In addition, the breadth of HEAD Aerospace's satellite data offering opens up a host of new use cases for UP42 customers while improving our ability to deliver high-revisit tasking requests for any AOI.
First and foremost, the HEAD Aerospace constellation adds 27 satellites that capture imagery at a submeter spatial resolution. This furthers UP42’s ability to reliably deliver high-resolution imagery of anywhere on Earth in partnership with HEAD Aerospace and our other data providers.
The EarthScanner constellation offers another incredible capability. With swaths up to 136km, imagery of very large areas can be captured in a single pass. This is perfect for monitoring entire countries or large cities up to 40,000km2 without mosaicking.
Monitoring use cases are only as effective as the revisit capabilities from the underlying data providers. Combining constellations, HEAD Aerospace can capture imagery of the same AOI multiple times a day and night, unlocking surveillance, monitoring, and change detection use cases. Additionally, capturing data at night opens tons of new monitoring and surveillance use capabilities. HEAD Aerospace brings to UP42 the ability to capture both imagery and video with nine on-orbit satellites that capture nighttime in true color.
But the capabilities are certainly not limited to surveillance and monitoring use cases. For example, the HyperScan constellation allows for data acquisition with 25 spectral bands spanning the visible, near-infrared, and mid-infrared portions of the spectrum. This is ideal for enhanced agricultural insights, such as identifying vegetation species or crop health moving far beyond elementary analysis, such as NDVI.
The HEAD Aerospace offering differentiates itself further by including satellites equipped with altimeters and able to acquire tri-stereo imagery. These capabilities translate to vertical accuracies of up to 2 meters, enabling industry-leading maps and elevation models.
UP42 Partners with SIIS
Further supplementing our rapidly-growing virtual constellation is our partnership with SIIS, making tasking and archive data acquisition from very high-resolution optical satellites, KOMPSAT 3 and 3A, and high-resolution SAR satellite KOMPSAT 5, available to UP42 users.
These two new partnerships take the total number of satellites that UP42 offers data from to over 50, making UP42 even more competitive in terms of revisit, resolution, and a whole host of unique and innovative capabilities. Check out our complete data offering, including optical, radar, elevation models, and hyperspectral data, by clicking the link below!
Integration of HERE MapsDataFeature
We've integrated one of the leading map providers, HERE Maps, into our catalog search and job configuration screen. This integration brings a much nicer search experience, as well as a more feature-rich and aesthetically pleasing basemap!
The integration with HERE Maps brings much more advanced geocoding, which among other enhancements, provides better performance for non-Latin words. We can now also support searching based on coordinate formats, such as
45.314483, 30.714823 or
45°18'52.1" N 30°42'53.4 "E. You can search based on coordinates, and the platform will simply go ahead and select a small AOI around that point. You can then manipulate that AOI to fit your requirements. Of course, users can still upload their AOI in GeoJSON format and have their AOI automatically selected!
Credit Holds - Purchase with ConfidenceFeature
Back in December, we launched our price estimation - one of our most hotly-requested features. Backed by data on the thousands of jobs that UP42 customers have run previously, our data science team built a machine-learning algorithm and a basic rule set algorithm that provides an estimated range of data, processing, and infrastructure costs.
This estimate is available both within the console or through the Python SDK, leveraging the command,
This estimate, along with the prices given during the data ordering process within the catalog search, is now used to ensure that you don't send your account spiraling into minus, even when you're running multiple jobs or ordering multiple data sets concurrently. As a result, you and your team can concentrate on analysis or data acquisition, running jobs, and ordering data with confidence, knowing that you won't end up with an account in minus.
Land Lines Image SegmentationAnalytics
This block from our new partner and leader in forestry inventory management solutions, Tesera, generates GeoJSON polygons that follow major land surface features, including water bodies, rivers, vegetation cover, and types. It uses Sentinel-2 multispectral imagery at 10-meter resolution as an input, generating two sets of land line polygon segments that average 1 hectare and 10 hectares, respectively.
Specifically, this processing block uses the Sentinel-2 L2A Analytic (GeoTIFF) block from UP42 that provides bottom-of-atmosphere reflectance values that are analysis-ready. This increases the reliability and reduces errors in the results caused by atmospheric interference and other non-feature-related noise that can be present in uncorrected satellite imagery.
The polygon output can be used for multiple use cases. Firstly, analysis can delineate vegetation changes and disturbances, like fires or cutblocks, at much a larger scale faster and lower than airborne remote sensing. The land lines can also be used as a pre-processing step for classification use cases, such as land cover classification or forestry mapping.
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.
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|
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.
Vegetation Management 2.0Analytics
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.
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.
16-Bit to 8-Bit ConversionAnalytics
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
User Storage ImprovementsFeatureDataAPI
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
sceneId added as variables.
Data Delivery TimeframeDataFeature
We've 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.
Filter by ResolutionFeatureData
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.
UP42 - Your Data PartnerData
We have 50 different data sets on the UP42 marketplace that can be seamlessly accessed through the console or API. But did you know that you can also easily task a satellite or order custom data with us?
We're excited to share our new Order Data page, outlining our extensive and expanding tasking and custom data ordering options. On this page, you will find a selection of industry-leading optical, radar, and aerial data providers.
Our team of geospatial data experts are here to help you every step of the way. They’ll be happy to advise you on the best constellations for your use case and in no time at all, they’ll be ensuring the safe delivery of your data sets to the UP42 platform and available via API to integrate into your own data ecosystem.
Launching Our New Documentation HubFeature
We aim to provide a seamless out of the box experience with the UP42 platform, but with such a wide variety of capabilities both within the core platform and offered by our amazing partners, some pointers are sometimes needed.
Launching our new Documentation Hub - a central place to find information on how to use the UP42 platform, our data and processing capabilities, and the Python SDK and API. The Documentation Hub is a complete overhaul of our documentation, carried out with user experience front and center.
This clean, fresh uncluttered approach will allow you to quickly find what you’re looking for whether you’re a product manager trying to search and order satellite imagery from the archive or a data scientist building and selling algorithms through the UP42 marketplace.
Keep your eyes peeled in the coming days for a blog post from John Ngo, our Senior UX Designer, who will discuss how the Documentation Hub was developed with you, the user, in mind. And in the meantime, head over to the Documentation Hub and let us know what you think!
Sentinel-2 L2A Analytic and Pan-SharpeningDataAnalytics
Last month, we announced our new Sentinel-2 block that provides access to the latest 12-bit Sentinel 2 imagery, ideal for processing and analytics purposes. This block comes with 12 spectral bands from visible and NIR to short-wave IR, enabling a wide range of use cases.
However, most analytics and processing capabilities require all bands to be processed at the same resolution. As such, this block is now compatible with our Pan-Sharpening block. This enables you to upsample all 13 bands to a 10m resolution and consolidate them into a single GeoTIFF file that can be easily processed and connected to a range of analytics.
Scale Your AnalysisFeature
We've relaxed our limits on the maximum AOI from 1000km2 to 180,000km2 and the number of jobs you can run concurrently from 10 to 1000. This allows you to parallelize your analysis more efficiently and cover more land than ever before.
How To Change Your Project Settings
1. Open a project in UP42.
2. Click the settings button in the subnavigation. 3. Scroll down to the Threshold Limits section.
4. Adjust the sliders as required.
Unified Search ResultsFeature
You can now search and discover data to purchase or process in one unified set of search results. We’ve added tags to the catalog search results to differentiate between data that can be purchased or processed.
Sentinel-1, 2, 3, and 5 imagery that can only be processed is marked only with the tag “processing”, while Pléiades and SPOT imagery in archived cold storage is tagged with “purchase”. The latter is ordered and delivered to your user storage within 24 hours. Pléiades and SPOT imagery that is warm is tagged with both “processing” and “purchase” and is available almost immediately.
You can also use the “Usage Type” search filter to narrow your results to either data available to process or purchase. Finally, in the “Cart”, you can switch between “Purchase” and “Processing” tabs, depending on whether you want to order data for download or configure a job to process your selected data.
WorldDEM™ from Airbus
We are excited to launch WorldDEM™ from Airbus. Hailed as "The New Standard for Global Elevation Models", WorldDEM™ brings UP42 users a Digital Surface Model (DSM) with pole-to-pole coverage, high accuracy, and consistency.
WorldDEM™ is based on radar satellite data acquired during the TanDEM-X Mission, which had the primary goal of generating a high-quality DSM of the entirety of the Earth's surface, based on SAR interferometry.
The goal of the mission was clearly achieved with all 148.5 million km2 of the Earth's surface being captured in the space of four and half years, driving consistency in the generated DSM and global coverage. The elevation models' accuracy is evident, with the Absolute Vertical Accuracy and Absolute Horizontal Accuracy being <4m and <6m, respectively.
For more information about WorldDEM™ and its use cases, check out the following video:
Viewshed from Intermap provides the line-of-sight from any point, height, radius, and azimuth on an elevation model. The model outputs a GeoTIFF, with the pixels visible from the point of origin are in green, while the pixels not visible from the point of origin are in red (see below).
Viewshed is primarily used in the telecommunications industry to evaluate the reach of signals from telecom transmitters. To ensure signal strength is uninterrupted, telecommunications providers must place communicating transmitters within each others' line of sight, avoiding buildings, trees, and terrain. As such, viewshed is the perfect tool to analyze and optimize signal strength.
Sentinel-2 Reservoir and Lake Surface Monitoring
This new processing block from Terra Cover enables you to create a robust surface water extent map using a deep neural network. This allows you to visualize the presence and area of a lake or reservoir for your area of interest. The approach of generating surface extent maps are significantly less impacted by atmospheric disturbances compared to traditional index-based thresholding methods, ensuring the accuracy of the reservoir and lake surface is higher.
The model first checks for the presence of a lake or reservoir using Terra Cover’s time series data set, also available on UP42. The pre-check ensures that you don’t spend money or time on computationally-intensive deep learning models when there is no presence of water within your area of interest. The block also automatically utilizes the s2cloudless cloud mask to minimize the disruption of clouds in your analysis.
SDK Version 0.15.0
The latest version of the SDK reflects the changes previously announced for the UP42 console. Firstly, you can now order data without running a workflow, whether that data is available directly or needs to be ordered from the OneAtlas archived storage. Orders can now be created using the
Secondly, you can now reuse your purchased OneAtlas imagery through the Python SDK by specifying your
asset ID in the
Workflow.construct_paramaters command. This enables you to access and process data that is currently in your user storage.
New Machine Types
Running geospatial analytics at scale requires powerful computing infrastructure. Indeed, as most geospatial developers are painfully aware, complex algorithms can take hours or even days to train or analyze large areas of interest.
With an expanding range of increasingly complex machine-learning algorithms available on the UP42 marketplace, it is incumbent upon us as a company to ensure we continue to provide an efficient infrastructure for such analysis.
As such, we now provide block builders with new options for larger CPU machines with 8 or 16 cores and 40 or 80 GB RAM and a GPU machine type - GPU P100 - to increase performance.
These new machine types will reduce job runtime significantly, ensuring you get the insights you need promptly. We've also significantly reduced the infrastructure costs associated with all our machine types making using UP42 for complex analysis more affordable.