UAE Space Agency Organizes a Workshop to Introduce the Geospatial Analytics Platform

15 December 2022

In collaboration with Bayanat

Abu Dhabi, UAE – 15 December 2022:

The UAE Space Agency, in collaboration with Bayanat, organized a workshop to discuss the Geospatial Analytics Platform for the Space Data Center, and cover the project’s targeted objectives, outputs and services. The workshop was held on Tuesday, December 13, in Abu Dhabi.

“As part of our efforts to raise awareness about the national projects and initiatives launched by the UAE Space Agency, this workshop aims to introduce the attendees to the targeted objectives, outputs, and services of the Geospatial Analytics Platform. The partnership will allow SMEs and entrepreneurs to design, develop, and commercialize space data applications and value-added services (VAS),” said HE Salem Butti Al Qubaisi, Director General of the UAE Space Agency.

The workshop agenda included two technical sessions, and a full introduction of the project’s targeted objectives, outputs and services, as well as a detailed explanation of satellite image analysis techniques and models for analytical reports. The workshop also included a presentation by the UAE Space Agency to emphasize the strategic drive towards stimulating the private sector specifically the space applications and value added services market and presentations by Bayanat to highlight the project’s objectives, key requirements and implementation plans, including development and operational phases.

The technical sessions discussed the production-level Artificial Intelligence (AI) development for geospatial applications, and an introduction to Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) analytics and applications. The agenda also included an open discussion and Q&A session about the project.

The workshop was attended by a wide audience of federal and local governmental entities, start-ups, companies working in AI-powered smart applications and geospatial solutions, as well as academia and geospatial specialists.

Through the platform, which is expected to be completed by Q4, 2023, the UAE Space Agency aims to facilitate access to satellite data for scientists, researchers, government and private institutions, start-ups, and community members, to develop solutions that support national and global challenges.

On the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi Space Debate, the UAE Space Agency signed a Public Private Partnership (PPP) agreement with Bayanat to design, develop, and operate the Geospatial Analytics Platform for the Space Data Center, one of the transformation projects announced by the UAE government. The projects aim to create an innovative ecosystem for Earth monitoring applications, by harnessing the power of data management, and providing analytics reports, by using specialized satellites.