The objective is to provide an affordable and accurate online platform service for the agricultural land owners, foresters and the supply chain with an easy to use, affordable EO data service for the crop and forest management through a digital platform. This will benefit individual growers or forest owners with small areas under management, by providing commercially valuable and actionable decision support tools accessed via this online self-service.
Geo-spatial data products based on Satellite Earth Observation data can deliver valuable information on health status and crop/forest development throughout the season including yield/harvest prediction. However, these technologies and solutions are not affordable yet for individual growers or forest owners with smaller areas under management.
Rezatec and Eden Project plan to use Eden Project’s consumer engagement model to drive the acquisition and review of ground data related to crop species already modelled by Rezatec. The activity foresees the development of a virtual and physical installation that will provide visitors of Eden Project and end users with (i) a curated environment in which to view the changing nature of forest and crop health and status through the year, and (ii) utilise Rezatec Landscape intelligence that will allow them to gather their own forest and crop data through the use of environmental toolkits.
Owners of Small-Scale Softwood Plantation Operations
Owners of Deciduous Woodlands
Woodland Surveyors, Agents and Management
The system service architecture is made up of two groups of servers. Multiple cloud-based servers will deliver the portal, with each server optimised for its specific task and all critical services benefitting from full redundancy. Data processing is handled by a bank of high spec processing servers that run proprietary algorithms on the imported raw satellite information and generate geospatial data products.
The portal interface is designed to be an intuitive and effective mechanism for accessing and interrogating the data products. There are numerous features available to the end user. An interactive map with overlaid data products allows visualisation of the data in a familiar map type environment. User defined areas of interest that enable the user to only focus on regions that are relevant to them. Analysis tools that can present the data content in tabular and chart formats and that can be exported for use elsewhere. An interactive time slider that gives the user a way of comparing the evolution of an area over time by moving between time specific data layers. A digital sales process so the user can specify, manage and pay for the content of their area of interest on a one-off or recurring basis.
The Invisible Worlds feasibility study makes use of the following space assets:
Dedicated focus group workshops were organised at Eden Project in Cornwell and individual interviews held with potential end users and stakeholders within Agriculture and forestry presenting Rezatec’s current agriculture and forestry tool kits. Very useful feedback was gathered to better understand what needs the identified users have on supporting their crop and forestry management and the user friendliness of the online portal were measured. The User Requirements review took successfully place on 12th November 2018 at ESA ECSAT in Harwell.
The team is now focusing on developing the Service and System Definition to suit the end users’ requirements and a business model for the digital sales service. In addition, a permanent exhibit will be delivered at Eden Cornwall showcasing the benefits of Rezatec’s EO data services through an interactive user interface. Once the exhibit goes live at Eden, it will continue to collect feedback and data on understanding the interests from Eden’s visitors and potential end users. It is expected to stay in situ for 2-3 years, with a potential audience of up to 3 million over its initial lifespan and as unique and cutting-edge feature within the context of Eden’s Invisible Worlds Museum.