Global Activity Indices from Space
- 01. Global Activity Indices from Space
Providing transparency to global supply chains
GAINS is an “alternative data” product providing activity indices for a range of industrial facilities such as iron ore, steel, aluminium and others.
GAINS will provide insights on the production levels at hundreds of industrial sites on a daily or weekly basis.
The key project objectives are to create and deliver “activity index” products tailored to customer requirements with a scale, frequency, accuracy, and price point never before seen. The service will give its customers a much-desired competitive edge when it comes to trading in goods and commodities.
The activity indices will include for example the following types of activity indicators:
* – Monitoring the thermal emissions from various aspects of the site including slag, furnaces, exhaust etc.
* – Detection of smoke and exhaust plumes emanating from smokestacks within a site.
* – Multi-sensor change detection to detect and monitor freight transportation, including trains, containers, and vehicles.
* – Detection and monitoring changes in stockpiles of input material.
* – Detection and monitoring changes in holdings of produced material, where these are visible.
In addition to these activity indicators, we will also explore the integration of 3rd party geospatial data to drive an alerts system to pre-empt activity outages caused by extreme weather or pollution.More information
What's the plan
The service will focus on providing high-frequency activity indicators of complex and geographically diverse supply chains by proactively monitoring and tracking the inferred levels of activity and production at diverse industrial sites – e.g. from thermal emissions, changes to assets and stockpiles, prevalence of night lights, evidence of transport and more.
It will focus on industrial sites that produce tradeable goods and high-value commodities. The inferred activity levels will be correlated with complementary data sources such as market trading data and available published data on production from each site, as well as publicly accessible information such as news feeds, company press releases and trading statements. The specific information that will be made available to customers is a temporal graphical plot of the level of activity detected at each industrial site.
GAINS will use very-high, high, medium and low resolution optical, infrared and radar Earth Observation imagery and video datasets from free and open sources. Our approach will be to start with the optical and infra-red satellites and datasets, then gradually expand into data types such as radar and thermal.
The programme will also be designed to accommodate future satellite and terrestrial remote sensing sources as they become operational, and additional open-source datasets as they become available. For example, new Copernicus Sentinels are likely to provide additional valuable datasets that will be complementary to the existing ones for this service. We will also investigate use of other space-derived information like weather data feeds, as severe weather events can also impact industrial output.More information
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GAINS is delivered in partnership with:
Earth-i is a geospatial intelligence company using machine learning, artificial intelligence and Earth Observation data to provide unique and relevant insights, derived from diverse geospatial data, that deliver clear decision advantage for businesses, governments and other organisations. Earth-i provides advanced analytics using automated interpretation of a range of geospatial Earth Observation data sources including colour imagery, colour video, infra-red and radar from a range of sources including satellite, drone, aerial and ground-based sensors. This data is fused with additional data sources to extract factual understanding and generate predictive insights across a range of markets such as commodities, supply chain, agriculture, infrastructure and defence.
Marex is a leading global commodities brokerage, with significant market share of many major Agricultural, Metal and Energy products. Headquartered in London, Marex Spectron’s extensive international network covers Europe, Asia and North America markets. State-of-the-art electronic and voice broking services facilitates all types of trading strategies. This is backed by decades of experience, with Marex Spectron placing great emphasis on intellectual knowledge and insight, alongside access to extensive data sets and the latest analytical tools. Its clients are commodity producers and consumers, banks, hedge funds, asset managers, brokers, commodity trading advisors and professional traders.
The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe’s gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space continues to deliver benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world. ESA provided funding and sponsorship, culminating in the release of the SAVANT product.