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Sponsor Article: Copernicus satellite data used to improve preventive health measures

The sobloo platform uses data from the Copernicus program to help create new economic models. A major insurance group uses this enhanced satellite data to establish medical initiatives tailored to the countries where it operates.

A platform to enhance satellite data

The European Union’s Copernicus program is the world’s largest Earth Observation project. It draws on data from 7 Sentinel satellites, and different measurement instruments, such as ground sensors or beacons at sea. In order to promote access to this data and make its massive processing easier, the European Commission turned to the consortium formed by Airbus and Orange Business Services. This consortium provides the platform which gives access to the images, storage, processing, and network connectivity infrastructure, as well as application layers dedicated to image processing. The Orange Business Services public cloud allows secure data storage but also simplified access to process them. Thus the sobloo platform was born.

In 2018, the consortium launched sobloo, an access platform that provides users with 6 petabytes of open-source satellite data, which can easily be used for business applications. This unique environment includes data modeling or cross-referencing tools, but also artificial intelligence tools to work on and enrich raw information. The sobloo platform makes it possible to create new services derived from satellite data, helping users to plan, devise, implement and manage innovating applications in numerous business sectors.

 The combination of satellite data and additional sources allows the insurer to monitor epidemics and plan actions like vaccination plans more accurately.

 Michel BENET, Diginove

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