On November 19, we were invited to speak on the topic of access to space for all, at the United Nations World Space Forum “Access to Space4All”, in Vienna.
It was the first of a series of events organized by the United Nations in the wake of the recommendations formulated within three High-Level Forums between 2016 and 2018. The event brought together experts, decision-makers, private companies, universities, NGOs and international organizations to share ideas and opinions on the importance of space for society to define strategies on four fundamental topics: economy and space, society and space, accessibility to space, and spatial diplomacy.
Angela Corbari, COO of Studiomapp, was invited to speak in the panel dedicated to the use of artificial intelligence to achieve the sustainability goals for 2030 promoted by the United Nations, known as SDGs (Sustainable Development Goals), along with distinguished guests including representatives of the University of Oxford and NVIDIA, the leading company in the production of GPU processors, optimized for Artificial Intelligence algorithms.
In September, a report presented during the General Assembly of the United Nations cited Studiomapp as an example of company that contributes to achieving sustainability objectives. We are involved in the attainment of: Objective 9 – Industry, Innovation and Infrastructures: monitoring of infrastructures and construction sites; Objective 11 – Sustainable cities and communities: monitoring and design of sustainable, resilient and human-centered cities; Objective 14 – Life in the marine environment: tracking of vessels to combat illegal fishing. On this occasion, Studiomapp presented some use cases of artificial intelligence applied to satellite images developed for monitoring critical infrastructures such as pipelines for the transport of gas and for supporting the agencies responsible for civil protection in all phases of management of natural disasters, as well as insurance for damage assessment, demonstrating the value and impact that new technologies can have to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals.
“We are specialized in Location Intelligence, that is the study and analysis of the territory”, explains Angela Corbari, co-founder and operational director of Studiomapp, “which has led us more and more to use and interpret satellite images with artificial intelligence techniques to find information on the territory and the environment on a global scale. Thanks to the technologies we have developed, it is, in fact, possible to tackle some of the difficult challenges to safeguard and improve the quality of life on our planet, such as improving the resilience of cities to natural disasters, increasing the yield of crops and improve water management, monitor infrastructure, fight illegal activities. ”
Leonardo Alberto Dal Zovo, cofounder and technical director of Studiomapp adds: “In the last year we have increasingly specialized in artificial intelligence applied to satellite images and drones with the aim of creating solutions that have a positive impact on our society, on the economy and on our planet. We are now particularly pleased that these and other innovation projects we are developing have been taken as an example worldwide to demonstrate how technology can have a positive impact and that they are presented to the United Nations, during the World Space Forum. ”
Angela Corbari concludes: “Space and its applications have always been bearers of innovation and now as never before the observation of the earth from above is destined to be increasingly relevant and effective in understanding and helping to solve problems not only environmental but also social and economic. This is why Studiomapp is working with partners, companies and non-governmental organizations of international importance to be able to interpret the enormous amount of data available thanks to the use of artificial intelligence “.