Data and Development Lab experiment with satellite images has started

10-08-2019

Today the experiment concerning the use of satellite images for the leisure sector has started. The project aims to answer the question to what extent is it possible to use open-source satellite data to provide insight into information that is interesting for the leisure sector.

The potential of satellite data?

With this project, a test is conducted with open-source data, called "Sentinel Data", to determine what are the possibilities, impossibilities and the research-technical, methodological challenges. The focus is initially on determining crowding based on the occupation of, for example, parking spaces or marinas - the units on the satellite images are fairly easy to distinguish even with relatively low resolution and can also be checked via other sources (ticket sales) to be.

Further applications of satellite images

If this technique proves itself, there are also conceivable applications with higher resolution satellite images to determine, for example, busy images in recognizable and visible places in inner cities, on the beach, parking places of attractions/nature areas, marinas, festival grounds. Besides, there is also potential to look back in at the past and thus build-up time series that may also provide input for forecasts.

Collaboration and crossovers between research groups

This project is part of the Data and Development Lab, in which CELTH, together with CBS and NBTC, have joined forces to experiment with data and information for the leisure sector. The project leadership potential for this project lies with ETFI / NHL Stenden researchers and there is an intensive collaboration with the 'Computer Vision and Data Science' research group at the same university. In this way, the knowledge of tourism and leisure time is combined with the technical knowledge of complex computer analyses on satellite images.