Maxar unit pro­duces U.S. build­ing foot­print data set

Stockwatch Daily - - INDUSTRIALS & MATERIALS - Mr. Bill Sin­gle­ton re­ports

DIGITALGLOBE, A Maxar Tech­nolo­gies Ltd. com­pany, has pro­duced the first pre­ci­sion, GISready build­ing foot­prints data set of the en­tire United States in part­ner­ship with Ecopia Tech Corp. Ecopia U.S. Build­ing Foot­prints pow­ered by DigitalGlobe, avail­able for or­der to­day, in­cludes more than 169 mil­lion build­ing foot­prints cre­ated by pro­pri­etary ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence al­go­rithms in com­bi­na­tion with DigitalGlobe’s high-res­o­lu­tion, high-ac­cu­racy satel­lite im­agery. The de­tailed data set helps cus­tomers save time and money by know­ing ex­actly what the built en­vi­ron­ment looks like in their area of in­ter­est, al­low­ing them to make de­ci­sions with con­fi­dence.

The 2-D vec­tor poly­gon data set has a greater-than-95per-cent ac­cu­racy rat­ing, a uniquely high per­cent­age in the in­dus­try, and will be re­freshed ev­ery six months based on new DigitalGlobe im­agery re­ceived through the com­pany’s Geospa­tial Big Data plat­form (GBDX), en­sur­ing the most cur­rent foun­da­tional in­for­ma­tion is avail­able to in­form cus­tomer de­ci­sions on projects like map­ping, in­sur­ance risk as­sess­ment, dis­as­ter man­age­ment and land ad­min­is­tra­tion.

Ecopia U.S. Build­ing Foot­prints pow­ered by DigitalGlobe has al­ready en­abled a num­ber of projects: 1. Nat­u­ral gas pipe­line op­er­a­tors are fed­er­ally re­quired to an­nu­ally lo­cate, count and clas­sify ev­ery build­ing within a spe­cific dis­tance of their pipe­line. One of the largest pipe­line op­er­a­tors in the United States stream­lined a tra­di­tion­ally man­ual and time-con­sum­ing work­flow for lo­cat­ing and dig­i­tiz­ing build­ing foot­prints by us­ing more than 700,000 build­ing foot­prints, which were pro­duced in a mat­ter of days in­stead of the tra­di­tional months-long time frame.

2. One of the largest global de­vel­op­ment or­ga­ni­za­tions com­mis­sioned DigitalGlobe and Ecopia.ai to use its in­no­va­tive process to cre­ate build­ing foot­prints for the en­tire coun­try of Tan­za­nia for use in set­tle­ment map­ping anal­y­sis be­cause a cur­rent map did not ex­ist for much of this coun­try. The part­ner­ship cre­ated 18 mil­lion build­ing foot­prints in three weeks, sup­port­ing pub­lic health cam­paigns, sus­tain­abil­ity ini­tia­tives and risk re­duc­tion. “The com­bi­na­tion of Ecopia.ai’s al­go­rithms and DigitalGlobe’s high-res­o­lu­tion satel­lite im­agery ac­cessed through GBDX cre­ates re­li­able, game-chang­ing so­lu­tions for many in­dus­tries. Ecopia U.S. Build­ing Foot­prints pow­ered by DigitalGlobe puts read­ily avail­able data in cus­tomers’ hands to make timely busi­ness de­ci­sions and elim­i­nates the need for man­ual, slow and ex­pen­sive on-the-ground sur­veys,” said Bill Sin­gle­ton, Ecopia Tech Corp. vice-pres­i­dent. “We are proud to bring a prod­uct to mar­ket that has the po­ten­tial to trans­form many ap­pli­ca­tions, such as re­duc­ing the time be­tween cen­sus data col­lec­tion from once per decade to once per year for civil gov­ern­ments.” “DigitalGlobe is proud to of-

fer a prod­uct of un­matched qual­ity, ac­cu­racy and com­plete­ness that is quickly pro­duced and easy to ac­cess,” said Amy Min­nick, DigitalGlobe se­nior vice-pres­i­dent and gen­eral man­ager of com­mer­cial. “We see great po­ten­tial for Ecopia Build­ing Foot­prints pow­ered by DigitalGlobe to be used as a foun­da­tional data source in a wide va­ri­ety of com­mer­cial and global de­vel­op­ment ap­pli­ca­tions. Cre­at­ing high­qual­ity build­ing foot­prints with Ecopia.ai will help build a bet­ter world.” DigitalGlobe and Ecopia.ai will ex­tract build­ing foot­prints for ma­jor in­ter­na­tional lo­ca­tions by the be­gin­ning of 2019. Ad­di­tion­ally, the part­ner­ship is ready to pro­duce build­ing foot­prints any­where in the world based on cus­tomer re­quest.

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Erika Flores con­densed this news re­lease (erikaf@stock­watch.com). Den­nis H Chookaszian, Nick S Cyprus, How­ell M III Estes, Lori Garver, Joanne O Isham, C Robert Kehler, Brian Gra­ham Ken­ning, Howard Lance, L Roger Jr Ma­son, Robert Lawrence Phillips, Eric J Zahler

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