Satellite Change Detection Being Used for World Bank Project
End goal is to determine if urbanization is planned or unplanned in Tanzania’s largest city
East View Geospatial is teaming with Planet and the World Bank to identify unplanned urbanization in specific developing areas using satellite imagery.
"We are excited to team with Planet and the World Bank on this important humanitarian project," says Mark Knapp, East View Geospatial product development manager. "Planet imagery coupled with our change detection algorithms and big data analytics promise to revolutionize how the World Bank addresses development issues across the globe."
Starting in mid-2017, East View Geospatial will begin calculating and detecting change to the Floor Space Index (FSI) for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, with data provided by partner organization Planet. Dar es Salaam is the largest city in Tanzania, and is one of the fastest growing cities in the world, with a roughly 4.5 percent average annual population increase from 2002 to 2015.
The program continues East View Geospatial's technical innovation in change detection from satellite information. Analysts will enter the Planet imagery and the World Bank data into a proprietary automation system. The system will analyze multiple indicators, including infrastructure investments and residence characteristics, to determine if urbanization is planned or unplanned. Unplanned urbanization is, by definition, sudden and unexpected, leading to massive population surges that, without proper infrastructure, can cause adverse health effects, massive inconvenience and, potentially, social disorder.
East View Geospatial calculates the Floor Space Index for Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, using Planet satellite imagery and proprietary, scalable workflows. Repeated over time, East View the firm detects measurable change and informs the World Bank about planned and unplanned growth.
East View has a long history with satellite constellation operators, including Planet — a company that will soon be able to provide daily imaging of the entire Earth. The two companies are collaborating to assist the World Bank in this pilot program that, if successful, could expand to include hundreds of locations around the world.
Once completed, the process will be replicable for additional locations and organizations upon request. The model will also be able to work in conjunction with other image analysis services currently available from East View Geospatial.
About East View
East View was founded in 1989 and is headquartered in Minneapolis. East View is comprised of East View Information Services, East View Geospatial and East View Map Link. East View maintains thousands of supplier/publisher relationships throughout the world for maps and geospatial data and Russian, Arabic and Chinese-produced social and hard science content. East View manages a data center, library and warehouse in Minneapolis where it hosts and stores dozens of foreign language databases, hundreds of thousands of maps and atlases and millions of geospatial, Russian, Chinese and Arabic metadata records.