By 2050 two-thirds of the world’s population will live in urban areas, with significant concentrations of people in 50 or more mega-cities around the planet. But many of the fastest growing cities of the world are currently relatively unplanned urban settlements. The rapid pace of change poses challenges to urban planners in ensuring efficient city infrastructure management, and the need for accurate information and insights requires a timely flow of actionable data from Earth Observation satellites.
Traditional mapping methods can struggle to keep up with such rapid changes, preventing successful sustainable ‘smart city’ development. Geospatial intelligence offers new answers to old problems of how to manage sustainable urban development and meet the ever-increasing demand from city-based populations. Such developments, in any part of the world, can now be most effectively and affordably monitored using a new generation of commercial satellites and geospatial data analytics to support urban zoning, population density mapping and planning the cities of the future.
For today’s urban planners land use geospatial intelligence is an invaluable decision-support tool for planning local and national government and related services, whether it is housing provision, traffic management, city infrastructure management or law enforcement.
• Zoning and urban planning
• 3D modelling including digital city creation
• City infrastructure modelling
• Carbon footprint, pollution and traffic analysis
• Security reviews and law enforcement planning
Advanced Coffee Crop Optimisation for Rural Development
Coffee is the second most traded commodity in the world and is critical to the economic output of many countries. Using satellite technology, along with mobile apps, the consortium of Earth-i and WeatherSafe work to improve coffee crop yield and quality and to improve the supply chain in developing countries.
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More people live in urban environments than ever before, and cities needs to work in new ways to cope with the demands. Smart cities harness innovative new technologies to design new ways for people to live and interact. When more resources are shared within an efficient infrastructure that can react to the changing needs of populations, cities such as Singapore, Barcelona, London, San Francisco and Oslo can become cleaner, safer and smarter places to live.
Satellites help with urban planning by regulating and monitoring planning applications, city infrastructure modelling, change detection, carbon footprint analysis and 3D modelling including digital city creation. Satellite data offers urban planners a powerful tool in analysing and understanding the existing urban environment so that they can optimise planning decisions for the development of that environment.
Satellites provide an invaluable tool for both planning smart cities, and for the provision of smart services within those cities. Everything that can be seen from space can be an invaluable source of information and insights for local and national governments. Satellite-enabled services are becoming essential to the delivery of sustainable and prosperous urban communities.