IMG’s Radar Guru and AIMEE wow enthusiastic crowd at hAQUAthon ’17
We sent our radar guru Dr. Robert Corrie along to this year’s hAQUAthon event held at Catapult Future Cities Clerkenwell, armed with a stack of datasets to see what participants thought of AIMEE, our Automatic Intelligent Multi-feature Extraction Engine. Here’s what he found….
“Based on the Hackathon or ‘Data Hack’ concept, hAQUAthon 2017 brought together a range of organisations throughout the water industry to collaborate with data science and analytics experts to drive innovation through a fun, informal event. It’s run by DecisionLab UK in conjunction with their strategic partners: Innovate UK, Artesia Consulting and Exeter University. Participants were brought together to work in small groups to brainstorm innovative ideas, solutions and new product concept demos to solve challenges in the water industry. So, a fun, engaging event with a serious purpose- I was looking forward to it. A total of 12 teams competed in the event from South East Water, Affinity Water, students and a professor from Oxford University and others.
IMG’s contribution were datasets for other participants to use, namely DigitalGlobe’s WorldView-2 base map imagery at a spatial resolution of 50 cm, some vector layers including land use classifications, land parcel spatial data and a derived permeability layer. It was good to see what other industry professionals made of it all, with a lot of surprised and enthusiastic reactions to the accuracy of the results and which features AIMEE had extracted, along with their attributes.
I showed them how AIMEE had extracted seven land use classifications from the imagery, and presented the spatial data outputs. To finish, a bit of black magic performed by our Permeability Index product demonstrated how AIMEE derived soil permeability from the WorldView-2 imagery.All seemed suitably impressed, and even more so when I explained AIMEE does all this with no human intervention whatsoever. Feed the data in, and 15 minutes later, out come the results.
All teams incorporated “smart metering” technology into their presentations, helping to modernise infrastructure and manage water usage more effectively. First prize went to Team Smarticus for their solution for better leakage detection, with runner up prizes going to South East Water and Team Mercury.
All in all a great way to spend a day- sharing technology and expertise with like-minded individuals all focused on driving innovation whilst having a bit of fun. What’s not to love?”
Dr. Robert Corrie IMGeospatial Radar SME
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IMG welcomes new Tech Director
Gary Gale, former CTO of what3words and Director of Engineering (geo technologies) at Yahoo! joins IMGeospatial as Non-Exec. Technical Director
We already have some amazingly talented people working with us here at IMG, but we’ve outdone ourselves this time by attracting a certain Mr Gary Gale into the fold.
Gary joins us as Non-Executive Technical Director after serving for over 2 years as CTO at what3words, that beautifully simple yet accurate location service- I’m currently sitting in my office at places.hatch.stars with the supermarket next door at soft.verge.daily…how cool is that?
Before what3words, Gary was Director of Engineering (geo technologies) for internet giant Yahoo!, and previously worked for the ESA, a job that really was rocket science. It’s fair to say that geo technologists don’t come much better qualified than our Gary.
He’s looking forward to heading up the next phase of our development- scaling up our data pipeline to unleash the full potential of AIMEE, our Automatic Intelligent Multi-feature Extraction Engine.
CEO Alexis Smith recently had this to say about Gary’s appointment:
“Being able to attract such high-calibre professionals onto IMG’s team illustrates the current excitement generated by AIMEE within the GIS community. Gary’s input on our automated data pipeline will be a fantastic asset to us and we’re all very excited by the prospect of working together with him.”
At present, AIMEE can be thought of as graduating from little school to big school, having previously proved her worth doing incredible things to relatively small packets of data, and we’re like very proud parents as we watch her progress, rubbing shoulders with the movers and shakers of the GIS community- and disrupting things nicely along the way.
The goal of all this hard work is to fully automate IMG’s pipeline from data acquisition through to delivery of results to our customers, making entire country-wide data sets available in the relative blink of an eye.
Our ultimate aim is to make resilient, cost-effective and above all accurate business intelligence available to all those who need it to make informed decisions quickly, and in a fast-changing world.
Remember back in the day when you needed some form of data processing? You’d have called upon your dedicated IT team of specialist technicians who’d spend multiple hours on the task and delight you with results a month next Tuesday.
That’s just not good enough nowadays though, when everybody wants access to huge amounts of data processing- and they want it…yesterday.
This expectation is driven by access to the ‘Cloud’, that mythical place Joe Public believes to be floating around in the ether somewhere, stuffed to the brim with, well, stuff. Anyone with a commonly available email address from the likes of Google or Microsoft knows this: up to 15 GIG of cloud storage space available free for all those photos and videos- no need to clog up your local hard drive anymore, just send it all skyward to the Cloud.
AIMEE needs access to the processing power and data-handling capacity of the Cloud too, and Gary’s the man to make sure she gets it. He’ll be working alongside CEO Alexis Smith and other members of our team in the coming months to realise our goal of worldwide deployment of AIMEE’s services.
The pieces of the jigsaw are rapidly falling into place, with several collaborations with genuinely global entities (details to follow- can’t say too much at present…) being negotiated and Alexis’ vision of scaling our products globally about to be realised.
This will represent a quantum leap for us as a company, taking IMG into the realm of global player in the geospatial analytics game.
So, hold onto your hats and get that Espresso machine on the go…