Our booth at ESA Earth Observation ɸ-Week
A new version of FertiSat service
We have implemented a new version of Fertisat that allows farmers to use the service more efficiently on tablets and smartphones as well as we have enriched application maps with a new file format: ISO-XML. The application is now responsive, which means that the appearance and layout of the pages smoothly adjust to the size of the browser window. FertiSat clearly presents field views and application maps on both large screens and small displays, which is important, since many farmers prefer to use the service on their mobile devices.
Moreover, we implemented the PWA technology (Progressive Web Application), thanks to which FertiSat works as a native mobile or a desktop application, i.e. offline or in a full-screen mode. The service can now be started by clicking the icon on a home screen, and the application can be added to the home screen from a browser level.
ISOBUS system is more and more widely used in modern agricultural machinery, as it enables communication between tractors and various types of machines. To fit in the trend of ISOBUS growing popularity among our clients, we have provided access to application maps compatible with that technology.
A conference paper at the Living Planet Symposium
Prof. Włodzimierz Rączkowski (Institute of Archeology, University of Poznań) and Dominik Ruciński (Wasat) took an active part in the Cultural & Natural Heritage session at the Living Planet Symposium 2019 presenting a paper “Cooling down enthusiasm: potential vs. practice in application of EO techniques in archaeological research and heritage management – have lessons been learned?” The presentation was followed by a lively discussion on the use of optical and radar satellite remote sensing by archaeologists. The paper was based on the experience gained during implementation of research projects funded by the European Space Agency.
Launch of Jupyteo service
May 13-17, during the Living Planet Symposium taking place in Milan, we will present for the first time the full functionality of Jupyteo service. It is an IDE environment operating in the cloud and based on Jupyter Notebooks technology, which enables the user to access Earth Observation data sets and a number of functions needed for their processing, visualization and sharing. Participants of this event are invited to visit our booth (no 22), while other interested persons can read the service description or contact the development team by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Membership in Interizon Cluster
The Council of ICT Pomeranian Cluster decided to accept our company as a member of this dynamically operating partnership. Interizon is one of the so-called Key National Clusters: significant for the country’s economy with a high international competitiveness. Wasat Sp. z o.o. plans to cooperate in frame of the Cluster Interizon with other companies in the field of software development for processing and analysis of satellite data.
Promotion of FertiSat service at AgroTech Fair
From March 15 to 17 we invite you to visit our booth (No. 30, Pavilion H) at AgroTech Fair of Agricultural Techniques in Kielce. To all interested visitors we will present how to use the on-line service FertiSat that provides maps of variable-rate fertilization created on the basis of satellite imagery. In the current season the service offers maps for precise nitrogen fertilization of cereal crops, which help to reduce costs of fertilization and to increase its efficiency.
Joining the Agreement for Intelligent Specialization of Pomerania
Wasat became a signatory of the Agreement for Intelligent Specialization of Pomerania in the area of “Interactive technologies in an information-rich environment” developed by the regional authorities and representatives of the Pomeranian business. As part of this initiative, we will support use of satellite remote sensing in the region’s economy.
Conference presentations in the summer 2018
This summer we actively participate in research conferences, e.g.:
• in June, Daniel Zinkiewicz presented “The Idea of Integrated Development Environment for EO Data Processing” at the Baltic Geodetic Congress in Olsztyn, Poland;
• in July, Bartosz Buszke presented new trends in the use of satellite remote sensing in precision agriculture at the “Polish DIAS for Europe” conference in Warsaw;
• in September, Dominik Ruciński will deliver a presentation “Identification, documentation and monitoring of historic landscapes: new data, new challenges, old problems” at the Landscape Archaeology Conference in Newcastle, UK.
Research on the demand for satellite data in the area of field crops irrigation
With support from the European Space Agency our experts analyze the technical, organizational and economic aspects of the use of satellite data in supporting optimal irrigation of field crops in Poland. In contrast to horticultural production, where irrigation is used on a large scale, most field crops here are not covered by such treatments. This is partly due to the lack of up-to-date and accurate information on anomalies related to the amount of rainfall in the spring and summer season and difficulties in calculating the optimal amount of water that should be provided to plants. Satellite data can contribute to filling this gap, hence to more effective irrigation, whose significance will grow due to the effects of climate change.
Lecture in the field of satellite remote sensing at the Gdańsk University of Technology
At the invitation of universities our specialists conduct lectures on satellite techniques a few times per year. On January 26, Bartosz Buszke and Dominik Ruciński presented the latest achievements in the field of satellite remote sensing and development perspectives of the Earth Observation industry to Space Technologies students at the Gdańsk University of Technology.
Participation in the Earth Observation events
Wasat team participates in the key European conferences in 2017 on the developments in the Earth Observation sector, e.g. EO Science for Society, EO Open Science, Big Data from Space. At the latter one, organized by the European and French space agencies and the EU bodies, the new project being implemented by Wasat in cooperation with researchers from the University of Warmia and Mazury will be presented: JupyTEP IDE as a concept of integrated development environment for EO data cloud-based processing solutions.
Membership in EARSC
By decision of the Board of the European Association of Remote Sensing Companies (www.earsc.org) our company was accepted as a full member of the organisation. The mission of EARSC, headquartered in Brussels, is to foster the development of the European EO geo-information services industry.
New IT project for ESA
We have started a new contract from the European Space Agency that is aimed at development and adaptation of solutions based on Jupyter Notebook for processing Earth Observation data in a cloud environment. The products will support developers of satellite data exploitation platforms and EO scientists in an efficient creation of data processing algorithms and in visualisation of information or services.
More publications on the use of remote sensing in archaeology
Two new scientific papers co-authored by Wasat staff were published recently. The papers present results of the project ArchEO (Archaeological application of Earth Observation techniques), which was financed by the European Space Agency and jointly realised by Wasat and Institute of Archaeology at Adam Mickiewicz University in Poznan. One of its main objectives was to assess the usefulness of satellite imagery in archaeological applications in Central Europe.
New contract with ESA
We started to implement a contract from the European Space Agency within the project entitled “Earth Observation for South East Europe (EO4SEE)”. The project is jointly performed by an international consortium of seven companies and research institutions (http://pathfinder.terrasigna.com).
The objective of the project is to develop a technical infrastructure that would enable to store and process large amounts of satellite data and products relevant for the countries of South East Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Moldova and Bulgaria). Simultaneously, several services on different topics (use cases) will be implemented. Wasat is responsible for one of them: our experts will develop algorithms for automatic classification of cultural landscapes. The process will be based on analyses of satellite data available under the Copernicus program. The developed tool will be used mainly by experts on cultural heritage protection (employees in governmental institutions, researchers, archaeologists). Inventory of the current state of a landscape and detection of changes will enable the analyses of landscape and cultural context of heritage protection, and will facilitate an effective identification of threats and relevant countermeasures.
The new website
We launched today our new corporate website.