We provide our users with the capability to count cranes in construction zones and receive the precise GPS coordinates of each. Cranes represent construction, urban growth and economic activity. SpaceKnow uses ‘machine learning’ to create algorithms that detect trends in satellite imagery received from our providers like Planet, Airbus, and Digitalglobe. The images here are taken directly from our platform using satellite imagery with object detection. Once a user has chosen a specific area on the map they are able to select a number of objects to detect and track such as cranes, trucks, roads and more.
If a user is interested in ongoing construction sites or urban development for example, they can visualize them over a period of time on our platform. They are also able to download the images as a PNG, the data via CSV files, or by exporting the region via GeoJSON.
See Crane Detection in Action
SpaceKnow looked at the ongoing construction in Seattle, Washington, which was reported to have one of the highest crane counts in the United States. Seattle was at the top of the list for crane counts, indicating increasing urban growth from ongoing construction.
An example on our platform: