How to enhance User Experience with Medium Resolution Global Imagery ?

How to enhance User Experience with Medium Resolution Global Imagery ?

The Client


Airbus is a leader in European space business and an international pioneer in Earth observation services. The company is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery, and has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction.

In order to support its customers' needs, Airbus has developed the OneAtlas Basemap streaming service that delivers access to its satellite imagery over the world. This service aims at providing powerful resources and context to enable quicker and more reliable decision-making. It can be used in numerous professional applications that rely on geographic context, geospatial analysis and map creation.  The OneAtlas Basemap service is widely used in two main applications: as an embedded background layer and as a foundation for GIS (Geographic Information Systems) operations.

The OneAtlas Basemap service offers efficient very high resolution imagery. Indeed, it is a structured single layer of Pléiades (50cm) and SPOT (1.5m) imagery that has been curated to include the highest-quality data available. The Basemap is also constantly updated with new imagery with a commitment to refresh the entire world’s landmass annually.

The Challenge

How to Improve End Users’ Visual Experience

Besides the very high resolution imagery layer whose quality was highly appreciated by end-users, the OneAtlas Basemap service provided by Airbus includes a medium-resolution global imagery layer. Initially, that layer was not color balanced or mosaicked. However, users were looking for an overall seamless visual experience.

To meet this demand and enhance the user experience, Airbus faced the challenge of incorporating a high-quality global medium-resolution imagery mosaic into the OneAtlas Basemap service. This would provide a more coherent and seamless view of the world at the first zoom levels, improving the overall quality of the service and offering a better user experience for all customers.

The Benefits

Seamless and Visually Stunning Global Imagery

These are the key benefits of using PlanetSAT Global for Airbus' OneAtlas Basemap services.

1. Superior Visual Quality: PlanetSAT Global was selected for its unique visual quality, data homogeneity, and freshness compared to other options. The final manual color enhancement provides an unrivalled color balance and rich geographical information, preserving all details of the original source data.
2. Ready-to-use Global Imagery Mosaic: PlanetSAT basemap is a ready-to-integrate basemap, meeting Airbus' expectations for an off-the-shelf product.
3. Annual update: PlanetSAT basemap annual update ensures that customers have access to the most up-to-date and accurate information, which in turn improves decision-making and overall efficiency.
4. Quick Delivery and Customer Feedback Considered: Reactive to Airbus needs, FTP deliveries were organized within a few days of the product's selection and Airbus' feedbacks were considered in terms of product updates and improvements, ensuring customer satisfaction.
5. Enhanced User Experience and Better Service: The implementation of PlanetSAT Global in Airbus' solution resulted in an enhanced user experience and better service to their customers, with 100% realistic and up-to-date medium-resolution global imagery, and a consistent and reliable context to professional grade geospatial applications, boosting Airbus' services.

At PlanetObserver, we understand the importance of having access to the most current and accurate data. That's why we are committed to continuously updating and upgrading PlanetSAT imagery mosaic. By releasing a new version of the product every year that includes thousands of fresh data, we help Airbus and all their end-users to have access to the most reliable information.

Our efforts have paid off, as Airbus has expressed their satisfaction with the improvements in the user experience of their Basemap services thanks to the implementation of PlanetSAT mosaic. As a result, Airbus has decided to extend our collaboration for an additional two years, until 2023. We are excited to continue working closely with the Airbus team to offer better products and services to all end-users.

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