A Gurgaon-based startup working in utilizing satellite data to solve environmental problems has won an international prize for its Al (artificial intelligence) -based tool to measure and monitor farm fires and stubble burning across India.
The application, Zuri, won Copernicus Masters award given by the Earth observation program managed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA). It is also dubbed as ‘Space Oscars’. Seven groups got the prize in different categories. Zuri was selected under social entrepreneurship category. Since 2011, over 100 space application have been awarded and many of them have been launched in the market.
The application developed by Gurgaon-based startup, Blue Sky Analytics, is an Al-enabled platform that uses satellite data for improved monitoring, supply chain and pricing analysis as well as allocation of crop waste for use in other industries as raw material. ESA, under its Copernicus earth observation satellite programme, provides free access to satellite data and new operational services to whoever is interested in developing new applications. The programme launches and manages Sentinel satellites that provide high spectral imaging for the land, ocean, and atmospheric monitoring.