Lives & money hang in the balance
Extreme weather events claim lives, ruin crops, devastate infrastructure and damage economies. Illegal fishing threatens to deplete our fish stocks to the point of no return. Yet data, as simple as it sounds, is the key factor in fighting all of these disasters.
“I’m pretty sure my parents think I’m dead.”
More than 2000 enslaved fishermen were rescued over a 6 month stretch in Indonesia during 2015. The world of human trafficking (specifically forced labor) is directly tied to illegal fishing. Through technological advances in ship tracking and enforcement, authorities can make an impact in the $23.5 billion illegal, unreported, and unregulated fishing industry.
Weather Disasters Cost $95 Billion / Year
Weather forecasting models continue to improve despite being increasingly starved for satellite-based data. The loss of more US weather satellites could make the coming decade one of the costliest in history due to poor storm tracking. However, there is hope on the horizon as nanosatellites will fill much of that weather data gap.
Far Reaching Data
More than ¾ of our planet is covered in oceans, deserts, and other inhospitable conditions. In these regions, tracking technology is difficult and expensive to deploy. By using satellites, Spire has complete global coverage - even in the deep ocean.
50 MILES FROM THE PORT
Ships have left the range of terrestrial tracking. The slight curvature of the Earth blocks signals from reaching their land-based targets. Ships are now on their own.
270 MILES ABOVE THE SHIP
One of Spire’s many satellites passes over the ship. It collects data about the vessel (unique identifying information, heading, speed, and more).
12,000 MILES FROM THE SATELLITE
GPS satellites orbit the Earth providing precise position and time information. Those signals pass through and are transformed by Earth’s atmosphere before being picked up by Spire’s satellites.
Operating in space, making a difference on earth
The cost of goods and energy fluctuate thanks to unforeseen circumstances like variations in shipping procedure and weather. By gaining better insights into these variations to either predict or avoid their occurence, our partners save money and gain peace of mind.
2 Additional days of accurate forecasts
What would you do with a 7 day outlook that is as accurate as today’s 5 day outlook? You could make your plans for next weekend without having to “play it by ear”. Perhaps you could make sure none of your company’s trucks get stuck in a snowstorm coming back from a week-long haul.
Do you really know where your iPhone came from?
The parts that make up an iPhone come from more than four countries – all of which are separated by water. The raw materials come from even more. Data gives you the ability to know how a storm in ocean will affect shipments of Brazilian lithium (a component in batteries) to a battery factory in Nevada.
The MH370 disaster taught us a lesson about data
The doomed MH370 flight from Malaysia to China was carrying an ADS-B transponder device which helps air traffic control get accurate locations of aircraft in their airspace. Unfortunately, most of our planet does not have ABS-B coverage. If satellites like Spire’s had been tracking ADS-B, the search may have taken just hours and not months.
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