Cairos, satellite imagery to accelerate decarbonization

It is a major contributor to global warming and has recently become a major factor in the fight against climate change: methane, a very powerful greenhouse gas, especially a source of pollutant emissions from the oil industry, according to a recent report by CNRS, CEA and start-up Cairos. Conducted research. The latter is at the heart of a disruptive solution based on the artificial intelligence analysis of satellite images to detect “super-emitters”. “We’ve set up the first platform that automatically scans the planet every day to detect large methane leaks, both of which are the most harmful and often the easiest to seal, and which simply represent more than the equivalent gigaton of carbon waiting.” Settlement “Antoine Half, co-founder of the strategic nugget, backed by the Tech Sovereignty Fund, a fund run by the Public Investment Bank. A solution that is part of a range of equipment the company, which today has 130 employees, has been developing since 2016 to measure CO2 and other gas levels, including the possibility of real-time warming. Purpose: To help its customers “Optimize operations, reduce their costs, and take effective action to decarbonize, while helping companies manage their risks, particularly climate and energy change risks.”.

A key point: AWS service

At the heart of this technology aimed at industrialists, governments, international organizations and the financial sector: data from satellites – especially the European Space Agency’s (ESA) observation program Copernicus with Sentinel satellites, when they are not satellites, NASA’s Landsat program or even personal galaxies. This data is processed, analyzed and cross-referenced using Cairos’s artificial intelligence algorithm to then develop parameters and enable known conclusions. An innovation that is growing now. “Historically, the exploitation of satellite imagery was largely based on high-definition images, which were expensive, or based on images that were difficult to access because they were compressed in a format that was too greedy for space and resources to decode.”, Explains Antoine Huff. To motivate start-ups to choose the services of Amazon Web Services (AWS), speeding up is enough to reduce costs.

“Providing the AWS Satellite Imagery Resource in the correct format allows us to retrieve only the information we need. AWS gives us flexibility in computing power which enables scale processing., Jean-Pierre Dacher, Cairo’s technical director. E.g., “Through AWS, we have been able to initiate historic restructuring of one thousand industrial sites on a continental scale and a four-year time scale. This will require us to acquire thousands of small images over time for each of the resources we are interested in, such as a collection of industrial sites such as cement plants or electrical installations. “, He explains. In other words, the open data registry in AWS Cloud allows Kayrros to access the image. “Keep up to date with the right format, with highly competitive access costs”And thus reduces their processing time by up to 90% in certain configurations.

Clouds, agility levers

Another point, “It is much more convenient and sustainable for us to use managed services like AWS for our technical stack. (Note: Technical environment)Since this is not our core competency and it allows us to concentrate on our business., Jean-Pierre Dutcher continues. In addition, because of its “raw material” sensitive data, Kayrros relied on AWS to enforce their privacy, at the request of its customers, which the start-up alone could not easily confirm. Not to mention that activity monitoring (Amazon CloudWatch) refines accounting and provides visibility on the costs and benefits of various projects.

Finally, Nugget, which is also supported by AWS as part of a program dedicated to start-ups, has joined forces with units dedicated to AWS space to perform specific joint operations in space, which is unique in its gender. Field Diptech’s young shoot has a lot of activity to spread its wings, depending on which it depends on internationally. Already present in Europe, the United States, the Middle East and Asia, Cairo now has ambitions in Africa. “We have developed ways to monitor deforestation, measure forest height, species diversity, leaf density, and accurately assess the isolated carbon content in plant units.”, Antoine Huff concludes. In short, Cairos’ solutions are capable of verifying whether a displayed carbon offset is reliable or not. Gone are the days of green washing!