Supporting Regional Industry

June 9, 2016

Tailored for Regional Industry

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CSST data products and services will be created in consultation with regional and national businesses, so that they can best serve the needs of the target industries. CSST will actively engage with regional business to demonstrate the utility of space-based measurements within an industry. CSST will plan for users having different levels of comfort and levels of experience in dealing with satellite data. To this end, once up and running, CSST will, where possible, tailor data products to meet the operational needs a wide range of regional businesses as well as district and regional councils.

CSST will provide training and education on the use and implementation of satellite-based data products to ensure the uptake of these products and services by industry. In addition, CSST will ensure the compatibility of data products with industry standards, for example, any near-real-time soil moisture map generated by CSST must be able to interface directly with farm-based equipment such as variable rate irrigators via appropriate software interfaces.

Adding Value to Regional Industry

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At present, there is no national satellite data service tasked with providing multi-agency satellite data to organisations across New Zealand. However, there are analogous services in New Zealand, such as the National Climate Database (http://cliflo.niwa.co.nz/) and the Land Information New Zealand Data Service (https://data.linz.govt.nz/). Both of these services have increased the availability of their respective data sets to New Zealand’s user community.

Space-based data and derived data products stored in the CSST archive will be made easily accessible through a front end web portal. Users will be able to download requested satellite products, unprocessed or processed high order data products, in the desired file format, using their preferred coordinate system, and for a user-specified time period and geographic area. This will lower the bar for entry for businesses to incorporate space-based imagery in their daily operations.

There are many opportunities for industries in the regions to incorporate space-based measurements into their value chains such as:

  • Precision irrigation, and related data products that will be generated by CSST (e.g. maps of crop yield), can increase agricultural efficiency and spur relevant research in agriculture.
  • The data telemetry capability of the CubeSats that will be operated by CSST will lower the cost of data transfer so that a wider range of applications for this technology will become available.
  • All business-led efforts linked to hydroelectric power and irrigation in the New Zealand regions will benefit from improved estimates of runoff availability linked to snow and ice melt.

CSST, once well established, will also encourage industry-based research and development using CSST data products. The data archive will bring together users within a region to form collaborative groups who share a common interest in a particular satellite data set. The international linkages formed by CSST will also assist businesses to adapt their R&D for application in overseas markets.