Unleashing the power of NOAA’s data for economic growth and understanding the Earth
SUNNYVALE, CALIFORNIA, April 21, 2015 – Planet OS is honored to join Amazon Web Services (AWS) as a member of their Data Alliance within NOAA’s Big Data Project announced today. The company will work together with The Weather Company and ESRI under the Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA) to research and test solutions for bringing NOAA’s vast information to the cloud where both the public and industry can easily and equally access, explore, and create new products from it, thus fostering new ideas and spurring economic growth.
Planet OS is a cloud-based big data architecture for discovery, analysis & data management of data drawn from industrial sensor networks in oceans, atmosphere, on land and in space. Planet OS’s ground breaking deployment is www.marinexplore.org; the biggest free service on the web for public oceanic and atmospheric data from over 33 organizations, 7,500+ users and 43,000+ data streams updated daily.
“We consider AWS one of the best cloud infrastructures in the world to build this opportunity upon and are excited to help NOAA unleash their data,” said Rainer Sternfeld, CEO of Planet OS.
NOAA data plays an important role for Planet OS. NOAA gathers more than 20 terabytes of data every day – more than twice the data of the entire printed collection of the United States Library of Congress. This environmental intelligence comes from a wide variety of sources, including radar systems, weather satellites, buoy networks and stations, tide gauges, real-time weather stations, as well as ships and aircraft. However, only a small percentage of this valuable data is currently easily accessible to the public. The demand for this data has increased and it is imperative to find ways to effectively and efficiently distribute this data to decision makers and industries.
“Assimilating vast amounts of sensor data to help analyze broad environmental phenomena is critical to balancing natural resource protection and management with the needs of companies operating on land and sea,” said Dr. Christopher Clark, Chief Marine Scientist at Planet OS. “Seeing the totality of these data in one place and understanding the interactions between these data help in planning, and also in generating a greater understanding of very complex problems.”
Planet OS’s mission is to crawl and index geospatial sensor datasets on the public web, offer the same functionality to private enterprises via independent deployments, and facilitate data exchange between stakeholders. The platform is also used by software developers who build data-driven solutions for enterprise workflows.
Planet OS technology automates sensor data transformation and geospatial analysis of a wide variety of sensors from different manufacturers. With its cloud accessibility and on-demand visualizations, Planet OS helps solve a range of business problems. These problems include real-time environmental monitoring of at sea oil platforms and all kinds of sea borne vessels, the data discovery and fusion of multiple sensors types for military purposes, and real time tracking of any kind of geospatially-enabled sensor data. Planet OS has the capability to combine private enterprise-created sensor data with open source data and third party vendor data to create more comprehensive picture for users. Its technology applies to a broad variety of industries from energy, agriculture, defense, intelligence, to urban planning as well as shipping and transportation.
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Planet OS Inc. is a U.S. company based in Silicon Valley. Planet OS investors include Intertrust Technologies, Philips and angel investors from the energy, automation, cloud software and resource management sectors. The Company is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, with offices in Los Angeles, Houston, Washington D.C. and its biggest office in Tallinn, Estonia.
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