UP42 will offer automated geospatial processing analytics from CATALYST on the UP42 marketplace and developer platform. Available in March, the first offering will be the CATALYST InSAR processing block, which measures millimeter-scale ground deformation from time series Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) satellite data sets.
Introduced in 2020, CATALYST is a new brand from PCI Geomatics, the Canadian pioneer in remote sensing science and geospatial software development. CATALYST launched the CATALYST Insights suite to package its algorithms and analytics tools into integrated, customizable processes. Designed for both geospatial professionals and non-technical users, these analytics extract actionable information from image data and present results in readily understandable formats.
“Our partnership with CATALYST will give UP42 users access to a range of powerful processing and analytics capabilities for satellite data,” said UP42 CEO Sean Wiid. “The initial InSAR processing block detects subtle terrain changes known as ground deformation. This has a range of vital applications related to monitoring critical infrastructure, tracking subsurface water levels, and predicting geohazards.”
The UP42 platform offers extensive Earth observation data sets and advanced processing algorithms – along with cloud computing power – to create custom geospatial solutions easily and inexpensively. Users purchase just the data needed to cover their area of interest and then leverage off-the-shelf processing capabilities to analyze the datasets without investment in their own computing infrastructure.
“We are very pleased to be partnering with UP42 to help us fulfill our goal of simplifying access to earth data. By deploying CATALYST algorithms on the cloud next to the earth observation imagery, we empower developers to access our proven science to build innovative applications for critical infrastructure monitoring,” said CATALYST VP Product and Marketing Kevin Jones. “We look forward to deploying more workflows and exposing more of our science through UP42, a geospatial market leader embracing cloud native platform development for information processing and delivery.”
UP42 users will be able to apply the CATALYST InSAR analytics to Sentinel-1 satellite data available on the developer platform, as well as other SAR data sets in the future.
For land deformation detection, UP42 users will find the InSAR processing block is a valuable monitoring tool in protecting critical infrastructure by detecting small terrain changes before potentially catastrophic ground movement. InSAR measures subsidence— slumping and slope creep that pose risks to oil & gas wells, hydrocarbon pipelines, dams, mining sites, transportation corridors, and agriculture irrigation systems.