Baltic Satellite Service

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Satellite data & applications

The company was founded in 2009 with its office premises in Riga, Latvia. Currently, there are 7 people working for the BSS on different projects. The company provides space data services and applications for research, educational and commercial organisations. BSS develops proprietary ForestRadar (www.forestradar.com) technology for the big forest management companies to monitor clear-cut processes using both optical and radar satellite imagery. Commercial services have been provided since 2018.

BSS team’s background is satellite imagery data processing algorithms to provide current and accurate supplemental data and obtain completely new information, GIS Desktop, Server and Web application development, and expertise in creation and maintenance of accurate spatial databases using self-developed automated geospatial data creation and quality assurance algorithms. We constantly work on computer vision and machine learning algorithms to automate data processing. 

The main activities of the company are:

  • delivery and maintenance of the weekly/monthly forest alert service (clear-cuts, windfalls, fires, floods) and property status detection to the forest customers
  • development of Digital Innovation Hub platform for agriculture
  • provision of satellite imagery platform for fully automated satellite&other spatial data processing, preparation of ML models, and publishing of the results
  • development and validation of machine learning algorithms to automate data processing
  • development of Desktop, Server, and Web GIS applications that integrate satellite imagery data and services with organisations’ spatial databases

TECHNOLOGIES AND COMPETENCES

2BSS provides several technologies in the market:

1) ForestRadar Change Detection Service - a new operating forest security service (app.forestradar.com) delivering the most actual data from the sky. High-quality and guaranteed weekly data updates regarding new clear-cuts and windfalls (starting from 0.25 ha) are provided with proven detection accuracy >95%. The alerts with detected changes are sent as e-mail and the result is delivered as a change polygon in the ForestRadar's Web application. API of the service is possible for easy integration into existing management systems, or to be used as an overlay for publicly available geographic reference maps.  The flood and fire data services are coming soon.

2) ForestRadar Cloud-free Basamap - uses multispectral optical imagery and Machine Learning algorithms to provide cloud-free imagery basemap for use in enterprise desktop and web GIS applications (https://www.forestradar.com/demo2022.html). With a service, one can access the most recent cloud-free imagery showing the date they were taken on the map. The service provides: 

- the latest possible satellite image without clouds;

- images are updated weekly;

- each piece of the image has known metadata (the date);

- the service can be added to any Desktop or Web GIS application.

3) Cloud computing support environment for publication of WMS services

Current R&D projects include:

4)  SAR algorithms to detect forest height, density and provide forest stock estimation;

5) Remote sensing-based system for forest risk factor monitoring - flooding, excessive water, drought, pest.

The team behind the ForestRadar has more than 15 years of experience in GIS business development, sound technical skills in enterprise GIS system development, and related educational background. During many years of work enough knowledge on the business needs of forest companies was collected which has helped to develop the ForestRadar and deliver the most actual information from the field. BSS has many years of experience in working, processing, and automating different kinds of optical and SAR images, LiDAR, harvester, inventory, and different spatial data;

6) Flood monitoring: https://flood.forestradar.com

7) Fire detection and risk monitoring:  https://fire2.forestradar.com 

PRODUCTS AND SERVICES IN SPACE

  • ForestRadar Change Detection (clear-cuts, windfalls, flood and fire detection services are coming soon) in the web application, app.forestradar.com
  • ForestRadar Cloud-free Basemap with metadata, https://www.forestradar.com/demo2021.html
  • Cloud computing environment for publication of WMS services
  • R&D Project - SAR algorithms to detect height, density and provide forest stock estimation
  • R&D Project - Remote sensing based system for forest risk factor monitoring - flooding, fire, excessive water, drought, pest.

MAJOR SPACE PROJECTS AND ACHIEVEMENTS

  • Fully automated forest clear-cut monitoring system based on Sentinel-1 data, the project was finished in 12.2021
  • Automated flood monitoring service for gas pipeline networks using Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2 satellite data, the project will be finished in 2022
  • Wildfire early detection and management system merging terrestrial and satellite image processing, the project will be finished in 2022
  • Satellite remote sensing-based forest stock estimation technology, the project will be finished in 2022

CURRENT AND TARGET PARTNERSHIP

  • Forest Management companies; private forest owners; State Forest Services (governmental forest control institutions); nature protection organisations; investors interested in forest lands, municipalities
  • IT and GIS service providers to forest industry; State Forest Services (governmental forest control institutions); Forest Owners Associations; partnership in Horizon Europe projects
Total employees4
Employees in space4
Turnover>250 000 EUR
Export quota space1 %
29 Miera street, Jurmala, LV-2015, Latvia
+37129284989
Contact persons: Ilze Barga