PlanetObserver Releases the most Beautiful 10m Global Imagery Basemap
CLERMONT-FERRAND, France –March 24, 2022–PlanetObserver is excited to announce the release of PlanetSAT Global 2022, a basemap that provides ready-to-perform, cloudless, and homogeneousimagery.Detailed and up-to-date global basemapWith outstanding10-meter resolution, PlanetSAT Global imagery basemapprovides access to detailed geographic information from global scales all the way down to 1:50,000 map scale.One majorfeature of PlanetSATbasemap is the updates that we release on an annual basis. We understand that outdatedimagery isoften of little or no use for many projects and solutions. Indeed, annual updates ensure that userscan access the most current image layer available.For PlanetSAT Global2022, more than 10Millionkm² of fresh 10-meter imagery have been ingested in the global basemap.The main updated areas include the United Statesand the United Arab Emirates.In addition, over 170major cities worldwide havebeen updated.The refreshed imagery content continues to grow. PlanetObserver has indeed committed to an impressive annual update schedule. Thismakes thisglobal imagery solution more robust every year, having analyzed and processed more than 204.4 trillion pixels of data since 2003.
2Earth is beautifulPlanet Earth is incredibly gorgeous because of the difference of its thousands of ecosystems and its diversity throughout the whole planet. All of us knew that forests, deserts, and oceansall had different colors. However, notmany know how the earth looks from space.Do the colors look similar?The answer is no. The color perspective from raw satellite imagery is not reliable, everything looks darker and unrealistic. This is an effect caused by theatmosphere and the color receptors of the satellite that is capturing the images. PlanetObserver processes the images in a waythat everyone can understand the geographicalcontext of the terrain through realisticandnatural colors.So where do these colors come from?They are the results of hoursof graphicsprocessing by our experts, which lead to these beautiful colors that we perceive!For over 20 years,PlanetObserver has produced global imagery mosaics,gaining the necessary skills to selecthighlyinformative data,and process theminto the most visually stunning basemaps.CloudlessimagerySelectingthe proper satellite imagery to create a mosaic is very challenging. More than 70% of Earth isconstantlycovered with clouds throughout the year.Consequently, we take advantage of the different seasons to get the best possible cloudless imagery for each area.Recently, satellite imagery providers have released “completely cloudless” basemaps. However, this is notachievablefor tropical areas in South-East Asia, Africa and South
3Americathat are covered by clouds 99% of the time. One common approach is to change the colorsof cloudyareas for the map to look homogeneous even though the real geographic data is not accessible. However, this damages the data and gives the user a false overview of the desired area.Our strategy is to remove clouds from the basemap at each annual update byselecting 100% cloud-free source imagery. However, for all tropical areas, we keep the real pixels, even though clouds might still be present. Our commitment is to provide real and reliablegeographic information!Free-to-use viewerFor the first time, PlanetObserveris integrating a free-to-use viewerat planetobserver.com. Previously, only ourclients couldaccess thebasemap. This year, we have decided to make our data morevisible to the worldand give everyone a taste of how satellite imagery is supposed to look like.We see the viewer as an essentialtool since it allows for everyone to have access to our newest data. Theviewer includesPlanetSAT Global 2022 basemap inwhich you will be able to check out any corner on Earth!If you want to give it a try or look for a place your curious about, just go try it at Planetobserver.Global context for mapping and visualizationThanks to advanced imagerymosaic techniques, including colorbalancing and seamless blending of thousands of singleimagery scenes, PlanetSAT Global product provides a visually consistent and continuous imagerylayer over the whole world.
4The global basemap is therefore best adapted to support mapping and visualization. It gives global context to many professional applications, from modeling and simulation solutions to GIS tools and web mappingplatforms.Moreover, customers get access to a ready-to-integrate global imagery basemap, available off-the-shelf in many professional formats, ranging from GeoTIFF, JPEG2000, COGto ECW. It is also available in global, continental, country or custom AOI coverage.Do you have the need for regularly updated images of locations around the world?Perhaps you need imagery to integrate with an OEM solution you are developing?Let’s talk!For more information,please contact us by filling our contact form.About PlanetObserverBased in France and established in 1989, PlanetObserver isspecialized in the processing and production of high value-added geospatial data. The company developsinnovative products that maximize the visual and technological performancesof allclients’ projects and solutions in the Defense, Aerospace, Mappingand GIS sectors. With a constant commitment to R&D and innovation, PlanetObserver is positioned as the supplier and partner of leading companies located in Europe, North America and Asia-Pacific.