We are a science-driven radar remote sensing company and our goal is to make space a valuable asset for everyone! There is an enormous and growing amount of remotely sensed data out there, much of which is largely unutilized. Why? Mostly due to the burden of accessibility, data processing and feature extraction.
Seeking to improve the situation, we are offering ready-to-use high quality Sentinel-1 timeseries and change detection services. Sentinel-1 data is the only freely available radar data source which enables global monitoring at parcel scale with a revisit rate of between 3 to 12 days. We are among the very few in the world with the expertise to meaningfully utilize this data using our unique processing chain for radar interferometry. In comparison, optical satellites do not provide as regular and as timely data feed globally as radar satellites due to cloud interference and and variable illumination conditions.
The key area we focus on is agriculture. With the growing global population there is increasing pressure to produce more food every year, but land suitable for agriculture is at the same time decreasing. We believe that with timely information extracted from satellite data, farmers can make better decisions, earn more profit and ultimately grow better food. In terms of continuous monitoring of large areas on a weekly basis, satellites are by far the best data source.
Continuously measured and calculated parameters, together with machine learning algorithms, enable us to solve different monitoring use-cases for numerous industries. Our cutting-edge
technology converts raw data from the Sentinel-1 radar satellite into
time series of features valuable for machine learning, used in both
scientific and industrial applications. We are literally Making Space for Your Breakthroughs.
Our development team is located in Tartu and Kuressaare, Estonia. Company timeline
2012 – Tartu Observatory Remote Sensing research group started to work with radar satellite data
2015 – Independent company registered, 4 founders
2016 – Started development of the nation-wide system for automated monitoring of agricultural practices (SATIKAS) for The Estonian Agricultural Registers and Information Board (ARIB) together with Tartu Observatory and CGI Estonia
2017 – Started ESA Estonian Industry Incentive Scheme (IIS) project “Grassland mowing detection for agricultural subsidy checks with Sentinel-1 and Sentinel-2" with demo applications in Denmark, Sweden and Poland.
- 2018 – Nation-wide fully automated mowing detection system operational in Estonia and started incubation programme in ESA BIC Estonia
2019 – As a consortium member in “National Programme for Addressing Socio-Economic Challenges through R&D” started to develop a crop classification methodology for Estonian conditions. 5 employees.
2020 – moved to our new office to Aparaaditehas, Tartu
2020 – KappaZeta received funding from European Space Agency (ESA) for three projects:
Harvesting Time Recommendation for maximum crop Yield (HaTRY)
Grazing Detection from Copernicus Data for Agricultural Subsidy Checks
AI-based Cloud Mask Processor for Sentinel-2
- 2020 - Welcomed a business development manager and new data scientists into our team. The company began to focus more on developing scalable services for other remote sensing companies and farmers. 10 employees.
- 2020 - KappaZeta started to sell preprocessed Sentinel-1 coherence and backscatter time-series.