ConstellR partners with geospatial experts cloudeo

Simon Pacheco Wolf

New partnership with thermal satellite company ConstellR augments cloudeo’s geospatial marketplace, brings higher accuracy and localisation to its crop insurance product.

ConstellR announces a new partnership with geospatial experts cloudeo to help augment cloudeo's geospatial marketplace with unprecedented resolution and accuracy thermal infrared imaging data and bring higher accuracy and localization to its crop insurance product.

The agreement between the two geospatial data companies brings both commercial and technical advantages. ConstellR’s high-resolution thermal infrared data will be made available to cloudeo’s broad network of geospatial partners through the cloudeo marketplace, allowing customers in agriculture, oil & gas and maritime markets to exploit new, value-adding data layers which offer higher accuracy and better spatial resolution.

The partnership also allows cloudeo to enhance its Geo-Insurance product, an automated service delivering insights on crop health to insurance companies. ConstellR’s global temperature monitoring products and strong data science capabilities will help enhance the quality and accuracy of cloudeo’s crop damage monitoring and day-to-day farm management services, covering drought monitoring, heatwave- or frost-damage identification, and cost-effective irrigation insights. The performance of cloudeo’s crop type classification deep learning pipeline is also expected to be enhanced.

Based in Germany, ConstellR is pioneering the use of space-based thermal infrared imagery for high-precision agriculture, crop health monitoring, and sustainable resource management. With surface temperature as the key indicator, the company uses evapotranspiration as a fundamental measure of crop water need; critical for irrigation, yield monitoring, and enhancement. Unlike all other satellite-based approaches to crop monitoring, ConstellR’s data allows farmers to mitigate potential crop losses long before irreversible damage occurs. Their first system will launch into orbit in February 2022.

cloudeo is the world’s leading geospatial market platform offering easy access to high-quality, ready-to-use data from industry leaders worldwide as well as software application services and consulting. cloudeo has also developed Geo-Insurance, an online, fully automated platform focused on delivering insights to insurance companies and farmers for crops. Geo-Insurance helps estimate risk, portfolio exposure, fraud detection, and claim inspection prioritization, all tailored to the client's needs. cloudeo has headquarters in Munich, Germany. cloudeo recently expanded its presence with a new subsidiary (cloudeo Hellas) in Athens, Greece.

cloudeo will leverage its deep experience and heritage in the Earth Observation market to provide easy access to - and publicity for - ConstellR’s data in the geospatial community, enriching its partner product portfolio with unique high resolution and temperature accuracy data layers. Geoanalytics companies across agriculture, public (governmental), as well as oil & gas and maritime markets are the main targeted customer groups based on their interest in thermal data. Furthermore, cloudeo will utilize its geospatial partner network to widely promote ConstellR’s data for integration into new and existing geospatial applications.

Dr. Max Gulde, CEO of ConstellR’s said: “To fight climate change, we need to act now. One of the most vulnerable industries as well as the largest contributors is the agriculture sector. Bringing together the wealth of experience across the complete value chain, this partnership can support agriculture towards enabling a transition to a more secure, and more sustainable global food system.”

The two geospatial companies are not only joining forces to help find novel ways to distribute EO data and upgrade cloudeo’s damage assessment capabilities; their longer-term plan is also to explore the potential for joint product development, with a roadmap of activities already in planning.

Accelerating Through Sand in October

Simon Pacheco Wolf

October was packed with networking, events, and partner meetings (really quite a sociable month...) Here’s a quick tour through the most notable advances:

Events and networking

Collaborations

As we race towards the end of the year, we look back with gratitude that we were able to meet in person with so many of our peers, partners, and suppliers this month.

Until the next one!

~Simon

ConstellR and Mayday.ai partner to provide an unprecedented common operating picture for risk and disaster management

Simon Pacheco Wolf

Mayday.ai and ConstellR - two German companies pioneering technological developments in the areas of risk and disaster management and agricultural monitoring, are joining forces. The partnership will allow Mayday users to benefit from a higher spatial resolution.. This higher performance product will be critical for disrupting the highly reactive nature of disaster management and will allow for deeper insights in reducing climate change disaster risks.

In light of the latest COP26 EU €100m pledge and other member state contributions to the Adaptation Fund - the highest single mobilization to the Fund yet - this partnership builds on the acknowledgment that risk-informed strategies and action need to be anchored on the best available climate and disaster risk analytics.

Mayday.ai is a German-based provider of real-time risk and disaster intelligence. Mayday’s platform provides early warning and a common operating picture - that is, the aggregation of multiple disparate data layers into a single ‘source of truth’ - in real-time for all users in the disaster management ecosystem. The service covers multiple disasters, all phases of disaster management, and all geographical regions. The solution runs on real-time earth observation and ancillary data, ranging from social media and news to traffic data and ground-based imaging. This data is distilled through Mayday’s industry-first innovations and its proprietary AI fusion engine, enabling dynamic modeling with high levels of accuracy and granularity

ConstellR, a space company based in Freiburg, Germany, is pioneering the use of satellite-based thermal infrared imagery for the optimisation of high-precision agriculture, crop health monitoring, yield, and supply chain management. Using land surface temperature as the key indicator, ConstellR’s monitoring service uses evapotranspiration as a fundamental measure of crop water need; this provides critical input for irrigation and yield monitoring practices. The company has developed a patent-pending microsatellite technology that allows the agricultural supply chain to mitigate potential crop losses based on symptoms of stress long before irreversible damage occurs, unlike current monitoring technology; and to better plan and manage trading and logistics activities.

In disaster management, latency is key. With the availability of high-resolution thermal information in very short time frames comes a vast host of applications waiting to be explored, from a volcano and earthquake monitoring to underwater oil pipeline leak detection and importantly, disaster precursors such as pre-analysis of dry soil which increase the chances of avoiding certain types of disasters altogether. Whilst risk and disaster profiles can be diverse, informed and timely action is key for all stakeholders; those providing a first response, international policy

Higher granularity thermal data from ConstellR’s constellation will provide an additional, live, measure of risk, allowing Mayday to drive disaster management from reactive and recovery to a more preemptive and preventive approach, helping reduce extremely high associated costs and leveraging greater resilience, particularly in the context of climate change and risk; water stress and conflict, wildfire and urban heat and disease management.

This new alliance fuses ConstellR’s upstream heritage and downstream data processing capabilities with Mayday’s downstream AI-enabled data fusion competencies. It will allow Mayday to provide an enriched offer for customers: higher spatial resolution and a quicker and more complete operating picture, as well as to further drive its work to shift to what it calls the next generation of disaster management. With their combined technology, the two companies are helping democratize pertinent disaster intelligence where it is most needed, supporting the implementation of the UNDRR’s Sendai Risk Framework and complementing Mayday’s ongoing work to introduce a new dynamic risk score based on the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Sendai Risk Framework globally

“We are delighted with this German partnership. The high spatial resolution imagery provided by ConstelIR will complement our existing EO sources. It will also further enhance our agnostic AI fusion engine's capabilities, as we bring in our real-time disaster and risk intelligence solutions to various partners globally" Kian Mirshahi, CEO and Founder of Mayday.ai

“We are impressed by the analytical performance of the platform such as the sub-pixel detection accuracy of wildfires from geostationary orbit. On the one hand, we immediately saw the benefit of integrating our data to improve existing capabilities. On the other hand, we believe in transferring this approach to other sectors such as agriculture to improve analytical data products for which the current resolution might not be sufficient.” Dr. Max Gulde, CEO and Co-founder of ConstellR

ConstellR is hiring YOU!

Simon Pacheco Wolf

We’re looking for exceptional new team members to push the boundaries of thermal monitoring from space and support our growth.

Looking for a job with purpose? ConstellR’s mission is to provide the foundation for effective and sustainable decision-making across the entire agricultural chain. Our infrared satellites are the first step in providing a new, thermal atlas of our ecosphere.

The following four positions are currently open:

Geospatial Software Engineer

In this position, you will help us design and develop the software tools to help process the data from our upcoming constellation of TIR sensing satellites.

Ground Segment and Operations Engineer

This role presents an exciting opportunity to lead the design and development of systems used for the control of our LEO TIR constellation.

2E2E Payload Performance & Simulation Engineer

For this job, we are looking for a top engineer to lead the development of a highly efficient infrastructure for our TIR payload and system.

Executive Assistant

As Executive Assistant you would support our busy leadership team from A-Z; an exciting development opportunity for an outstanding candidate.

If you are interested in any of these positions please email career@constellr.space with your CV (max 2 pages) plus a 1-page description of the experience and skills you have of relevance to the role; why you are the perfect candidate for the role you want to apply for; and why you're motivated to work at ConstellR.

Expanding Beyond August and September

Simon Pacheco Wolf

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