How We Used Deep Learning to Identify Solar Panels on 15 Million Buildings

Information about the built environment at scale provides actionable insight that can transform a broad spectrum of industries, by enabling companies to deliver better, more targeted services to customers, telecommunications operators to perform accurate infrastructure planning, and government agencies to conduct regional planning and management. This is the vision behind…

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Mapping Refugee Camps to Inform UNHCR’s Planning and Maintenance

Malawi’s Dzaleka refugee camp was originally established in 1994 to shelter approximately 9,000 refugees fleeing violence and war in Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Over the next twenty years, the camp’s population swelled as people continued to flee long-standing conflict in the region. Today, approximately 30,000…

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The Snowmobile, The Firehose, and The Notebook

When DigitalGlobe’s CTO said we should have all our satellite data in the cloud back in 2014, many looked at him funny. All these years it had been about avoiding clouds in our satellite imagery data.  Confusing. A bit over a year ago, in collaboration with our AWS friends, things…

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