SIM - Space-enabled full-stack solution for infrastructure monitoring

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Over 20 million kilometres of infrastructure networks worldwide need to be monitored not only repeatedly but efficiently. The increasing frequency of extreme weather events leads to more violent threats to our society and its infrastructure. Understanding and mitigating the risks is an indispensable mission all around the world. LiveEO aims to provide the necessary high-frequency, in-depth monitoring of industrial infrastructure networks which is envisioned as an “Information-as-a-Service” platform, consisting of a web and a mobile app. These are composed of vegetation analyses to detect dangers posed by trees to overhead electricity lines and railways as well as the identification of ground movement and third-party influences close to pipelines. SIM makes complementary use of optical and radar satellite data to deliver the information for risk models, aiming to identify and prioritize areas alongside infrastructure networks which need immediate attention.

Users and their needs

The service is specifically targeted to infrastructure network operators, such as railway, energy and pipeline companies, with a focus on European and North American markets. The primary target users are responsible for the servicing and maintenance of the networks such as vegetation managers or network integrity managers. As SIM will be a full-stack solution, it will also cater to the supervisors (via web app) and the on-site personnel (via mobile app). Secondary target users include the forestry, insurance and finance sector.

Service/ system concept

SIM provides an innovative infrastructure monitoring for railways, electricity grids and pipelines that identifies vegetation, ground deformation and third-party interactions in order to progress to predictive maintenance and thereby reduces operational expenses by at least 25%.

In an end-to-end process artificial intelligence and machine learning algorithms are applied to the satellite imagery in order to identify, classify and track objects and to estimate the risks to infrastructure networks. This information is made available in the web and mobile app, where it is possible to manage tasks and priorities. 

Space Added Value

Copernicus data, including CLM/CDS and Sentinel-1 and -2 imagery is used.

Additionally, commercial data, e.g. optical high-resolution satellite imagery from Planet Labs and Airbus is used, which provide relevant layers of information to SIM machine learning network, allowing to increase the spatial and temporal resolution and add more spectral information.

In addition,High-resolution SAR data from ICEYE increases the flexibility and the accuracy of the pipeline as well as third-party interaction products.

GNSS services are used for the location-based data distribution on mobile devices in order to deliver LiveEO’s analysis to on-site inspection teams. GNSS services are also used for on-site personnel to add ground-proof data, helping to improve LiveEO machine learning algorithms.

Current Status

LiveEO participated in several industry events to address potential customers directly. By the end of the first stage of the project significant contacts with 14 companies in several countries were established. This was accompanied by analysing the potential markets in Germany, the EU and the US.

The base products for LiveEO ground deformation and third-party interaction services were developed and the pre-existing vegetation base product was connected to the web and the mobile applications. The ground deformation base product was tested on several historic cases in which subsidence had led to considerable impediments and destruction.

The development of the third-party interaction base product included the improvement of an already existing, powerful deep learning model. Ensuing tests of bi-temporal change detection on optical and SAR data were successful in detecting relevant changes between the image acquisition dates.

Additionally, the development of the web and mobile applications made large progress.

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Status Date

Updated: 30 June 2020 - Created: 30 June 2020