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Two companies combine satellite imagery and big data for forest management

November 6, 2015  By Cindy Macdonald

DigitalGlobe has reached an agreement with Intelescope Solutions to enable global-scale satellite imagery data for the forestry industry.

Intelescope is a global provider of forestry analytical services. It will run its own patented algorithms against millions of square kilometers of high-resolution earth imagery within the DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data Platform to generate timely and relevant information for its customers. Intelescope’s clients, which include forestry land owners, managers and consultants, timber REITs, TIMOs, and pension and hedge funds, are keenly interested to understand commercial timber volumes and health on a global scale.
“Intelescope Solutions is among the vanguard of cutting-edge companies that are leveraging satellite imagery and big data analytics to answer truly large and difficult questions,” said Dr. Shay Har-Noy, DigitalGlobe’s senior director of Geospatial Big Data. “DigitalGlobe’s GBD platform is tremendously valuable to industries like forestry and agricultural for its ability to assess the health and size of trees and plants on both an individual plot and aggregate global basis.”
Dr. Adam Messer, CEO of Intelescope Solutions comments: “By partnering with DigitalGlobe, we are enabling more efficient management and a richer knowledge of timber assets, allowing for the optimization and preservation of valuable forest resources. Our customers will benefit from massively decreased processing times, increased cost-effectiveness, and our ability to take on projects that simply are not feasible without access to the world’s largest library of commercial satellite imagery.”

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