Defence, Security & Intelligence

The global and diverse nature of threats to our security has never been so great and it has long been recognised that geospatial information provides a unique perspective to assist in understanding this environment. It is also widely recognised that the commercial world should play an increasingly important role in supporting Governments and Agencies in combating threats and enhancing our understanding.

Earth-i is uniquely positioned to provide elements of this support, using the full range of high resolution commercial satellite imagery available to us, including our own high-resolution colour video collection capability. By taking and end-to-end approach, in which we own all the elements of the TPED (Tasking, Processing, Exploitation and Dissemination) cycle, we provide an agile and responsive service to the Defence, Security and Intelligence sectors.

We are investing a significant amount of resource into pushing the boundaries of machine-learning in support of the defence, security and intelligence (DSI) sectors, specifically on automated object recognition, change detection and rapid and accurate 3D modelling, all of which are particularly suited to colour video. This will elevate the analyst to focus on the ‘so what’ and the ‘what if’ and enable greater situational awareness and predictive intelligence.

The practical applications of the Earth-i capability for the DSI community are many and varied, and by working collaboratively with DSI organisations, we are able to optimise these. They include strategic overwatch, indicators and warning, crisis support, and establishing pattern of life, in addition to the more routine but equally important provision of foundational intelligence (ORBATs, infrastructure, logistics nodes etc).

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    What is unique about Earth-i’s ability to support Defence?

    Once fully optional, the Vivid-i Constellation will enable multiple daily revisit rates for points of interest anywhere on the globe. This is particularly important when monitoring a developing crisis, providing indicators and warnings or conducting change detection. Additionally, colour video can add contextual information such as providing movement over time and calculating speed and direction.

    How many surveillance satellites are currently orbiting Earth?

    There are currently just over 1,070 operational satellites of all types orbiting the Earth. This includes communications and navigational satellites, in addition to the large number of Earth observation satellites, both optical and radar (SAR) that are used for defence and security surveillance missions, or commercial Earth observation or monitoring tasks.

    What is the time lag from tasking to dissemination?

    Timeliness is a key facet of provision of intelligence, and there is always an inherent delay between collection and dissemination. Earth-i is meeting these challenges head on, through the utilisation of a network of ground-stations, the development of on-board processing and a dynamic tasking system.