New ESA project: remote monitoring of maize crop
Today we started a new ESA project entitled “EO-based enhancement of maize production for the needs of agri-food and renewable energy industries”. We will use satellite and weather data as well as functions of our FertiSat service to assess the condition of maize crop in Poland (already over 1.2 million ha), forecast harvest time, and to estimate the size and quality of corn production. Such information is of interest to maize growers, managers in food and feed industry, and to operators of agricultural biogas plants. During the current season and the next season the service will be developed and tested before incorporation as a new module into the FertiSat service.
FertiSat service promotion for customers of Chemirol
Wasat has recently become a business partner of PUH “Chemirol” whose customers, after purchasing selected products, receive a voucher enabling them to use our FertiSat.com service. Farmers gain access to current satellite field monitoring and to the archive of satellite imagery.
PUH “Chemirol” is the largest distributor of means of agricultural production on the Polish market. The company’s customer advisers reach farmers all over the country on a daily basis and are increasingly present on other Central European markets. The company offers modern solutions in the field of plant protection, foliar fertilization and biostimulation, a wide range of varieties of cereals, rape and maize, as well as mineral fertilizers.
The satellite monitoring in FertiSat.com service helps farmers to control the condition of their plantations, to select means of production offered by Chemirol and to evaluate the effectiveness of their use.
New Year 2021
The difficult year 2020 has finally passed. All in all, it was quite a successful period for our company. We operate in a field of satellite remote sensing, where orbit-based sensors collect data that we process in the computing cloud and we contact our clients mainly via the Internet. Earth Observation has proven to be one of pandemic-resistant sectors of the economy. For example, many Polish farmers became customers of our Fertisat service, and Jupyteo was used by remote sensing experts from several dozen countries.
Presence at fairs and conferences was impossible for almost the entire last year. We hope that in 2021 we will exhibit at some of the events and will meet face-to-face with clients as well as business and research partners. New agriculture and remote sensing specialists joined our team, but we are still looking for talented employees who will help strengthen the position of Wasat on the domestic market and expand our services outside Poland.
Many areas of human activity, with agriculture on top, require reliable, precise and up-to-date information based on satellite imagery. This year, we plan to significantly enhance our offer in order to attract new customers and improve their satisfaction.
Wishing you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year 2021!
Jupyteo integrated with QGIS
Jupyteo service has gained new functions through integration with QGIS application and a full access to pyQGIS libraries. A separate environment was created and a new Docker image was published selected from the list of available images when starting a notebook. By accessing pyQGIS libraries in our service one can now conveniently create scripts using spatial or geostatistical analyses and functions available in QGIS. When creating a new notebook you can easily place geospatial data processing algorithms in one script and use functions of SNAP, OTB, GRASS, QGIS and other programming libraries.
CEO of Wasat in the Board of the Polish Space Agency
The Minister of Development appointed today Bartosz Buszke as a Board member of the Polish Space Agency for a 5-year term. The candidacy of our company’s CEO has been recommended to the Ministry by the Polish Space Industry Association as a result of a vote in which Bartosz had received the greatest support of the Association’s members.
The Board is an advisory and supervisory body for the Agency that – thanks to the amended legal status, new management and an increased budget – intends to boost its activities in the coming months.
Golden Crane of Agriculture goes to FertiSat
We are pleased to inform that this year’s Golden Crane of Agriculture award in the category “other products related to agricultural activities” was granted to our company for FertiSat service. The competition committee awards Golden Crane statuettes to several outstanding products exhibited at the Central Agricultural Fair in Nadarzyn near Warsaw. The award was solemnly handed out on the first day of the Fair and immediately enriched our booth there.
We thank the expert evaluators for that recognition. All farmers, agronomists and agrobusinesses are welcome to use the service or just to contact our company to learn more about FertiSat.
FertiSat service at agricultural fairs in Poland
The debut at the International Agricultural Fair “Polagra Premiery 2020” in Poznań is behind us. Our booth was visited by a large group of current and future clients. We presented FertiSat service as well as a novelty: a mobile application “N ewidencja” (Polish language version only) that facilitates keeping records of nitrogen fertilization in line with the current legal requirements.
We thank all the visitors to our stand and we already invite you to the next event: Central Agricultural Trade Fair in Nadarzyn from 31 January to 2 February 2020 (stand no. 1.13 in hall D).
New release of Jupyteo service
A new version of Jupyteo is now available. The service offers Docker images with a wide range of libraries that use machine learning along with a toolbox for processing satellite data. The Open Data Cube environment is configured in the form of ready-to-use Docker images, which allows to build easily and quickly one’s own data processing algorithms as data cubes. For each new environment a set of sample Jupyter Notebooks is published with code samples for creating, indexing and initial feeding Earth Observation data to a newly created data cube. New modules expand capabilities of Jupyteo making the service more universal and attractive for users.
FertiSat at AgroShow 2019
For 20 years, Agro Show in Bednary near Poznań has been the largest outdoor agricultural exhibition in Europe. This year, from 19 to 22 September, the fair’s area exceeded 130 ha, there were 130,000 visitors and more than 7oo companies represented.
We were one of those firms that had their booth at Agro Show for the first time – it attracted a lot of interest from visitors. We demonstrated the way of using FertiSat service, informed about its available and planned functionalities, and we learned the opinions and needs of customers. The presence at the Fair was also an excellent opportunity to establish new business contacts in the agricultural sector.
We encourage farmers and agronomists to use FertiSat service and we invite other parties to contact us to discuss business cooperation in further development and popularization of the service.
Our booth at ESA Earth Observation ɸ-Week
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.
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.