Tokyo-2020, September 9th – Synspective Inc., a Japanese company providing satellite data and derived solutions, using small-sized SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellites, launches its first “Land Displacement Monitoring” service which enable ground movement monitoring in millimeters, obtained through image analysis of SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) satellites data.
About “Land Displacement Monitoring” Service
The “Synspective Land Displacement Monitoring” service originates from InSAR*2 analysis that is capable of detecting timely vertical land displacement, in millimeters, over a wide area. This Service enables periodical observation and understanding of land subsidence and deformation.
It takes a lot of time and labor to understand the risk of land subsidence and landslides over a wide area. By leveraging Synspective’s new service, cost and time is reduced, when compared to the traditional observation and control techniques associated with these ground change risks. This new service’s expected use is multifaceted and can be applied in many land risk management projects such as construction projects, airport maintenance projects, and subway development projects, among others. In addition, remote are/site surveying can be extremely relevant in disaster struck areas where human access is restricted or dangerous, or where social movement is restricted due to the recent COVID-19 virus impact.
Synspective offers this solution on a subscription basis through a SaaS(solution as a service) format. You can access the platform without installing the software and are able to check the analysis results on the web. User-friendly UI/UX enables users to intuitively understand the analysis results without any prior knowledge of satellite data.
Capability and functionality of this service were tested through preliminary utilization projects with several companies and organizations, including through participation in a PoC project by Singapore Land Authority, a statutory board under the Ministry of Law of Singapore. Through the insights and lessons learned from this PoC project, further utilization models were developed. This project also provided Synspective with feedback for improvements to the service, which has been incorporated in the current release.
*１PoC : Proof of Concept
*２ InSAR（Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar): A technical method for investigating changes in the ground surface. Changes in the ground surface can be detected by processing the observation data of the AOI multiple times under the same conditions. This makes it possible to detect millimeter-scale deviations on the ground surface over a wide area without installing a device onsite.
Solution services with Synspective’s own SAR data
Synspective plans to launch its own small SAR satellite “StriX-α”, in 2020. In the near future, we can provide solutions with higher frequency and stable monitoring by use of data obtained from our own SAR satellite constellation.
Synspective’s Solutions Development Department General Manager, Tomoyuki Imaizumi, commented “”Land Displacement Monitoring” will be Synspective’s first official service. We plan to continuously improve the service based on user feedback and increase the frequency of monitoring by utilizing our own satellite constellation. We are also planning to develop services that combine user-owned data based on this service.”
Synspective provides one-stop-solutions by satellite gathered geospatial data. The core technology was developed by the ImPACT program led by The Cabinet Office, Government of Japan, building small SAR satellites and constellations, allowing frequent observation of areas of interest (AOI). Synspective uses its satellites to produce SAR data which can be provided to both government and commercial clients as-is, as well as transform that data through AI solutions to produce insights and user-friendly information across industries. https://synspective.com/