Winner 2014: Transport and Logistics Challenge by Satellite Applications Catapult
Transport Sentry - "After-Event" Transport Infrastructure Scanning
Data in Use
SAR satellites such as Cosmo-Skymed, Sentinel 1, and RadarSATs 1 & 2 can be utilised, as well as HR-optical systems in the form of GeoEye where appropriate.
Extreme weather events are having increasingly negative effects on our transport infrastructures, with events such as landslides and subsidence disrupting networks on a relatively regular basis.
In countries with widely dispersed networks (like Canada, Brazil, or China) satellites targeted at pre-identified "problem spots" identified by the network operator can report back on even the most remote portions of the network, thus eliminating the need for time-consuming patrols.
Transport network operators will benefit from this service as they will be able to quickly examine their infrastructure for signs of disruptive events (landslides, etc).
«Transport Sentry is an innovative infrastructure monitoring concept exploiting the capabilities of Sentinel-1 while reducing cost and fieldwork. The business offers significant potential, particularly for export to large countries with low population density.»
Satellite Applications Catapult
CEO and Executive Director