As satellite technology continues to advance, businesses and organizations are leveraging satellite data products for various purposes, from monitoring climate change to precision agriculture. Within the Earth observation industry, there are three primary categories of satellite data products: images, analytics, and information products. This article explains the distinctions between the three primary categories.
Images are the data from the satellite which has been processed into a usable format. This typically involves cleaning, correcting, and calibrating the data to ensure its accuracy and reliability.
Satellite data analytics goes a step further, utilizing advanced algorithms and machine learning techniques to extract valuable insights from processed data. This can involve identifying objects, patterns, trends, and relationships that may not be immediately apparent to human observers.
Satellite data information products refer to the end-user applications that make use of processed and analyzed satellite data. These products typically serve specific industries or use cases, providing actionable information to support decision-making.