Local satellite imaging firm working with Google MapsWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Blue Water Satellite (BWS) of Toledo announced its collaboration with Google Maps for Work to provide immediate feedback to help the team improve Google’s image processing capabilities.
BWS uses satellite and other spectral imagery and patented image processing to monitor the world’s land and water resources by implementing Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine, BWS can process its satellite imagery and serve the data to desktops and mobile devices supported by Google’s cloud.
“Our data rich imagery is a powerful tool for science, utilities, oil and gas companies, environmental engineering companies, governments, or anyone seeking more in-depth characterization of water or land resources,” stated Milt Baker, CEO of Blue Water Satellite, in a news release. “Working with Google improves the availability of this enhanced image data by making it more accessible through Google’s popular mapping platform.”
By implementing Google Earth Engine and Google Maps Engine, BWS can process its satellite imagery and serve the data to desktops and mobile devices supported by Google’s cloud or to other customer requirements. Using the Google Cloud, the images can be delivered to virtually all browser-enabled devices anywhere on Earth.
“Using Google tools we can present our processed spectral imaging data in a ‘time series’ format so changes can easily be detected and viewed. The coming revolution of nano satellites and drone deployed and fixed hyperspectral cameras will benefit from this collaboration,” Baker stated.
Google has the capability to input spectral imagery from drones, aircraft, and hyperspectral cameras — something the engineers and developers at BWS are excited about applying.
Google has downloaded every Landsat and MODIS image to its servers back to 1984. BWS uses the government’s LANDSAT satellites as well as private satellites with patented algorithms to monitor pollution on land and in water around the world.
“It is an honor to work with a company as capable as Google. Our customers are looking for processed images delivered on the familiar format provided by Maps Engine,” Baker said.
BWS is a global leader in providing algorithmically enhanced spectral images that identify the presence and concentrations of minerals, vegetation, chemical and biological constituents on land and in water. This same technology is used by NASA in space exploration to identify different organic and mineral particles on planets and asteroids around the galaxy, according to BWS’s web site.
Satellite image analysis provides a statistically superior method of sampling that is not possible via conventional ground “grab sampling” methods. Satellite imaging can analyze the entire body of water and identify the areas that need treatment, according to the company.
Remediation technologies can then be applied to the specific areas that have a problem instead of the entire water-body, resulting in significant in cost savings depending on the project, according to BWS.
The company has benefited from $1 million in funding from NASA and National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration (NOAA). Those funds have been used, in part, to develop and test BWS’s algorithms and correlation along with additional countless hours from employee and partner sampling for satellite accuracy testing and correlation.
Baker reported that BWS offered its services to the City of Toledo and talked to Mayor D. Michael Collins and others during the Toledo water crisis. He said that his company is not involved with the City on it at this time.
“We believe we have the technology to show where the phosphorus problems are in the more than 8 million acres in the Lake Erie watershed,” Baker said.
Baker reported that BWS is currently working on a large project in Cincinnati with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the global engineering firm of Black & Veatch.
Founded in 2009 in Bowling Green, BWS is now headquartered in the Nitschke Technology Commercialization Center on the University of Toledo’s Engineering campus. Baker reported that the company currently has 11 employees.
BWS is funded through investments from the Millstream Angel Group, Rocket Ventures, and other angel investors, reported Baker. The company has a patent portfolio of four issued U.S. Patents and six patents pending.
For more information, visit bluewatersatellite.com.