With a space hub being represented for the first time at DSEI, Earth-i sent a strong team to showpiece the defence applications of Artificial Intelligence to earth observation data. DSEI is a world leading event, being the benchmark Defence Industrial showpiece held in London every 2 years. In addition to providing a platform for developments in conventional warfare capability, defence applications of space and innovation writ large were key themes. This made for a busy conference for Earth-i, with multi-national interest and a plethora of potential partnering opportunities featuring highly.
There was a lot of interest in the automation of manual processes, how we are able to speed up delivery and dissemination and accuracy, all aimed enabling better and faster decision making. Earth-i’s launch of its object recognition and classification services, built on using Machine Learning and AI, show how large volumes of data can be processed and distilled down into actionable intelligence was of high interest. The ability to increase accuracy using a single instance of an algorithm by nearly 25%, but increase speed by 5000% resonated well, and neatly fit in with the theme of the conference.
An underlying element of the event was the need to keep forcing the pace of capability development and the streamline the defence procurement cycle, with the barriers of culture, process and a low risk appetite commonly aired messages. Progress in these challenges are real, albeit more evolutionary than revolutionary, but slowly barriers are being removed.
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