Satellite data agreement to “transform” environmental monitoring in Thailand

Satellite data agreement to “transform” environmental monitoring in Thailand

A new partnership aims to offer advanced satellite data and monitoring that, the partners say, will transform disaster response and environmental monitoring in Southeast Asia.

The partnership is between Tokyo-based synthetic aperture radar (SAR) satellite data and solutions provider Synspective and leading satellite operator and space technology service provider Thaicom.
Synspective and Thaicom will supply a joint solution to government, defence, agriculture, and finance sectors in Thailand that, they say, will enhance disaster response, environmental monitoring, agricultural productivity and infrastructure planning.

The partners explain that the collaboration will combine Synspective’s expertise in SAR technology and Thaicom’s knowledge of satellite and space technology in Thailand.

The NASA Earth Data website describes SAR as a type of active data collection where a sensor produces its own energy and then records the amount of that energy reflected back after interacting with the Earth.

Benefits of SAR technology range from rapid assessment of the damage caused by natural disasters such as earthquakes, floods and landslides, to monitoring changes in the environment such as deforestation. SAR can also be used to monitor infrastructure, such as roads, bridges and buildings, for damage and displacement, as well as to monitor agricultural land and crop growth.

Vincent Kessler, General Manager of Synspective, explains: “Combining our SAR technology with Thaicom’s capabilities means that the Thai market can benefit from a solution that quickly and accurately assesses data to provide detailed and timely information for effective response and monitoring management. This is a productive step for yielding new opportunities for businesses in Thailand and creating a widespread sustainable community.”

Piyawat Jriyasetapong, Thaicom’s Chief Commercial Officer, adds: “Our partnership with Synspective will enable governments and businesses to make informed decisions on sustainable development and allows for effective maintenance and planning in Thailand.”

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