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Writing to Utility Databases from Space: Podcast with The Geospatial Index

Every year, £260B of avoidable damage and disruption happens to the UK’s utility systems. This is £2,000 for every kilometre of linear infrastructure in the country, like power lines, roads, and underground pipelines.

Last Friday, Lucy Kennedy, Spottitt CEO and Co-Founder, got interviewed by Wil Waters for The Geospatial Index Podcast. 

This episode is a story of entrepreneurship helping utilities reduce losses by enabling satellites to write external risk assessments directly to a utility’s asset monitoring system. In this episode:

– Obtaining the ‘right’ satellite imagery can be a challenge in itself. But the hardest task lies in extracting valuable outcome analysis from it in a way that is easy to interpret, manipulate and integrate with other data sources.

– In the initial stages of client discussions, exploring colourful images featuring distinctive buildings, crop fields, or changes can be visually appealing – the ‘seeing is believing’ concept in action. However, as we scale up to monitor thousands of kilometers of infrastructure, the client shifts to a more data-driven approach. They want data mapped directly onto their assets, such as identifying trees in poor health situated closer than X meters to the clearance corridor, and understanding the network’s impact.

– AI is one of the enablers of why EO and geospatial services became commercially attractive for clients. Looking ahead, it will be intriguing to explore the potential of AI in reshaping customer interactions with the product. E.g. instead of configuring variables, users can directly ask AI to show trees taller than X meters and located within Y meters of a designated line.

Also about ongoing “nirvana journey” to product-market fit, a perpetual hunger to satisfy client needs, how each Spottitt team member has skin in the game and much more. 

Enjoy the discussion!

Lucy Kennedy
Lucy Kennedy

Spottitt CEO and Co-Founder

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