Springwatch and GEO-Business Update!

Exciting News! Pixalytics made its television debut last night on BBC2’s Springwatch programme as part of a feature on plankton. We were asked to put together a video from satellite imagery showing the progress of a phytoplankton bloom around European waters for this spring, and it was shown alongside an interview with Dr Richard Kirby who we partner with on the Secchi Disk project. The video looked great on the programme and it was fantastic to see it, and for us to be name checked! Who knows where this television stardom might lead ….

The first day of Geo-Business 2014 was excellent! The Coastal and Hydrographic session at the conference had a great attendance, and Sam’s presentation on using Satellite Altimetry to determine water height

Geo-Business 2014 Conference!

Geo-Business 2014 Conference!

was really well received; a number of people are already wanting more information on the product, something we’ll be following up over the next few days.

The conference had a number of other interesting presentations, starting with keynote address by Neil Ackroyd from Ordnance Survey. His concepts of ‘data in itself isn’t enough’ and ‘look to simplify, rather than complicate, data’ really struck a chord with Sam, as this fits with the goals of our company in terms of making remote sensing data available to everyone without the need for specialist knowledge.

A later presentation from Carla Filitoco gave a positive snapshot of the current Earth Observation market. She highlighted the expected annual growth of 7% in downstream activities by 2015, which is great for those of us working in the sector – we’re hoping to beat that growth target ourselves!

In addition there were some interesting workshops, and it was the chance to catch up with old colleagues, and to meet new ones. Tomorrow we’ve got a number of meetings set up with fellow attendee’s, and are looking forward to developing some longer term relationships.

GEO-Business 2014 has been a well organised and popular conference, supported by a good variety of exhibitors. This looks like it’s going to become a regular event, and we’ll definitely be back! Anyone who is at the conference today and wants to catch up, get in touch by twitter or LinkedIn, we’d love to see you.