Where’s the bigger value add in geospatial services: the satellites or the analytics?

by Peter B. de Selding

PARIS — Which side of the geospatial imagery industry should be more afraid of commoditization: Satellite fleet owners or providers of geospatial analytics?

Companies like Maxar Technologies and BlackSky have focused on their analytics value add, with machine learning and AI, as being just as important as their satellite fleets.

As multiple fleet owners move toward once-a-day coverage or better, with satellite sensors providing ever-sharper imagery, the pixel makers do appear exposed, especially as customers place higher value on the package of . . .

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