Cities have been centres of new ideas and creativity for centuries. While being frontrunners of innovation, cities still face great economic, social and environmental challenges. Making use of smart city technologies is a current trend to address them.
While smart sensors and Internet of Things (IoT) helps solving site specific needs, problems occurring on larger scale are still painful. Earth Observation (EO) provides a new kind of information constantly monitored by satellites and subsequently assessed by both officials and citizens.
Bigger picture for smart cities
Public administration is missing the bigger picture of what is going on in the city. Especially in the time of rapid changes, possibility of rapid response is essential. Constant stream of fresh maps provides actual information about the state and changes within the city. Actual map layers build ground for new infotainment and eGovernment services, such as maps of city infrastructure projects progress, maps of ongoing buildings combining change detection with issued building permits, etc. Actual pictures of city from space serve as promotion materials supporting smart city brand. It can be annual postcards of a city from space with information about smart city progress, etc.).
We focus on 4 main information streams for smart cities:
Up-to date maps with a change detection
Actual maps are delivered whenever new data is available. This information stream brings a better overview of the current state of the city and monitoring of changes. Therefore, more information are available for decision making, resulting in more cost-effective measures taken.
State of vegetation and soil moisture
We deliver information about a vegetation in a format of vegetation maps using vegetation indices, soil moisture maps and time series maps with highlighted changes. recently, we are mostly focusing on effects of droughts.
Gardens, parks and forests offices get overview about the state of vegetation and adjust priorities and field works accordingly. Read more in the Green City section.
An urban heat island (UHI) is an urban area or metropolitan area that is significantly warmer than its surrounding rural areas due to human activities. Built up areas are usually heating its surrounding while green areas act as natural coolers. In case of heatwaves, urban area can become so warm that is doesn’t cool down during the night and the whole city starts to warm up. If you are interested in the urban heat island (UHI), you can use our heat distribution service
A satellite monitor ozone, methane, formaldehyde, aerosol, carbon monoxide, NO2 and SO2. Information might be implemented into smart city systems, mobile apps for citizens and to existing alert systems (such as smog alarm). Trend tracking enable cities to reveal potential new sources of a pollution and distinguish local pollution from outside of the city. Long term information is useful for evaluation of the clean air policies and measures taken.
Landscape change and landslide monitoring
Stability of land and subsoil movement is assessed four times a year and delivered in forms of map with highlighted changes and their velocity. Information is available for officials, public and stakeholders.
And your smart city?
Do you have any idea what to monitor from space? We’re eager to discuss your idea. Feel free to contact us.