M3i has three key steps for converting source data – much of it conforming to the ‘big data’ characteristics of large volumes and a wide variety of sources and formats – into actionable intelligence about a Landscape of Interest (LoI):
a) We create and aggregate initial maps of the LoI, derived from whichever sources are available;
b) We collate, index and warehouse the data; and
c) We deploy the warehoused data in a form which is useable and valuable to clients (eg. assessing the impact of critical land classes on landscape investment decisions).
a) We enrich the mapped information through a range of methods, including ground surveying and data accumulation, crowdsourcing, and high-resolution remote sensing;
b) We deploy the enriched mappings in a form which is useable and valuable to clients (eg. interpolated peat depth estimates across a LoI);
a) As an ongoing service, we analyse and monitor the LoI, using previous mappings enhanced by new datasets as they are released and collected;
b) We provide additional services such as risk mapping and alerting (eg. soil erosion risk); and
c) We provide extracted information for loading into clients’ Business Information Systems (BIS).
Targeted user communities and their uses for M3i are:
a) Provide evidence of sustainable sourcing;
b) Collect and verify sustainability data provided by their growers and suppliers;
c) Assess new supply opportunities;
d) Analyse supply chain resilience.
a) Establish and maintain industry methodologies and standards;
b) Provide and measure sustainability benchmarks.
a) Provide land-user guidance regarding effects on water management and quality ;
b) Monitor and predict water quality;
c) Manage water losses.
a) Provide evidence of acceptable levels of carbon debt;
b) Collect and verify sustainability data provided by their suppliers;
c) Show that biomass has not been extracted from prohibited land types.
a) Inform on current investments;
b) Assess new investment opportunities.
a) Publish activities to investors and stakeholders;
b) Monitor encroachments and fire risks.
a) Provide fast assessment of investment opportunities;
b) Provide evidence of regulatory compliance.
M3i is a global service. For the Demo Project, three pilot implementations are being executed in the following sectors and countries:
M3i information is provided to the user in the following stages:
An example of this for a water utility is shown below:
The M3i analytical information shown above is further described as follows:
M3i strategically combines the following three space assets:
This M3i Demo Project followed on from Rezatec’s Peat Spotter Feasibility Study (2014) and has completed in March 2017. Through this project Rezatec sought to develop and commercialise its M3i (map, measure and monitor) service to provide dynamically updated data products which map, measure and monitor land based assets for customers in the water, forestry, conservation and agribusiness sectors. This service has been successfully delivered in the project time plan and has generated commercial revenues across the target verticals ahead of business plan.
Water utility pilot: UK-based water companies are seeking a cost-effective, repeatable water quality assessment service for different catchment areas. South West Water, a large UK water company, was the user implementation piloted and has procured follow-services.
Forest Estate Management pilot: Forest managers and owners require a remote forestry mensuration tool to reduce survey costs and deliver continuous monitoring. This implementation focused on UK forest management, with John Clegg & Co, a woodland estate specialist who has now become a sales partner for the M3i proposition.
Tropical Conservation pilot: The M3i platform was successfully deployed for a sago palm plantation in Sarawak, where peatland health and crop productivity are of particular concern. Follow on services are expected in year 1 of the business plan in this area.