Astrium Services takes Satellite-based Monitoring to a new Level with Go Monitor

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  • Innovative monitoring concept combines daily coverage, weather-independent acquisitions and high-quality image analysis
  • Customers appreciate fully tailored monitoring programmes, timely email alerts, secure online access and comprehensive change reports
  • 60 off-the-shelf pre-selected monitored sites worldwide

Toulouse, 21 February 2012 - Astrium Services’ GEO-Information team has now taken satellite-based monitoring to a new level. Based on cutting-edge satellite imagery, standard and advanced image analysis, processing and interpretation, the new service Go Monitor provides high-quality change information for any area of interest worldwide on a reliable and cost-effective basis.

No matter how remote or inaccessible a site may be, with daily revisit options and independent of weather conditions, Go Monitor supports users around the globe in their day-to-day operations. Go Monitor helps to effectively monitor activities, to precisely understand the environment in which they operate and to take well-informed decisions.

  • Defence & intelligence bodies observe infrastructure for effective targeting and identification of relevant assets
  • Oil & gas organisations monitor exploration, production and facilities - both onshore and offshore - for the benefit of health, safety and environmental responsibility, as well as improved productivity and the fulfillment of external regulations
  • Civil engineering companies monitor under and above ground construction of infrastructure, both existing and under development, to increase safety and performance.

Go Monitor is a fully client-tailored service. Based on the individual area of interest, the type of change to be monitored and the project timeline and frequency, a monitoring programme that best meets the client’s requirements is defined.

This unique service provides high-quality change information based on standard image analysis and advanced image interpretation by application-specific experts. The monitoring results are delivered as comprehensive and ready-to-use reports highlighting relevant changes in the area of interest and including the satellite imagery as well as the processing, interpretation and analysis by the expert.
When a new report is available, subscribers simply receive an email alert and can securely access them from anywhere, anytime through the Go Monitor web portal (
As an alternative, users may also opt for an off-the-shelf site monitoring solution. Over 60 hotspots around the globe are currently being regularly monitored, for example the Sepanggar Naval Base (Malaysia), the site of the Deepwater Horizon (Gulf of Mexico), the Baboungue forest exploitation site (Central African Republic).

Go Monitor relies on Astrium GEO-Information Services’ unique access to a multi-resolution, multi-sensor Earth observation satellite constellation containing both optical and radar satellites – recently enhanced by the new Pléiades very-high-resolution optical satellite, and with three additional satellites scheduled to be launched within the next two years.

Pléiades Satellite Image - Bandar Abbas Naval base, Iran © CNES 2012

Image acquired during the commissioning phase.
© CNES 2012
Distribution Astrium Services / Spot Image.

In 2012, the Bandar Abbas Naval base (Iran) has been added to Go Monitor’s set of military sites of interest. It is monitored using Pléiades imagery, allowing an unrivalled identification level. The surveillance of this site will provide precise identification of ships – in particular one can distinguish the type of embedded equipment (arms and transmissions systems …) - as well as detect signs of activity showing the operational state of the equipment (maintenance – repair – departure on mission…).


TerraSAR-X Scene - Monitoring of the oil transfer from tanker to tanker in an offshore area

© 2009 Astrium Services / Infoterra GmbH

This image shows the results of the monitoring of the oil transfer from tanker to tanker in an offshore area. A TerraSAR-X scene was used because it can penetrate cloud and is well suited to determine oil pollution on the sea surface.
The image was processed and interpreted by an offshore oil slick analyst expert who highlighted the different levels of pollution (colour-coded outlines: pollution, probable or possible pollution) and also identified risks / vessels within the surrounding area of operation.

Through its GEO-Information services, Astrium is recognized as one of the leaders in the geo-spatial information market, not least thanks to the now fully integrated skills and resources of the former Spot Image and Infoterra. The company provides decision-makers with complete solutions enabling them to increase security, boost agricultural performance, maximize oil & gas or mining operations, improve their management of natural resources, and protect the environment. It has exclusive access to data from the SPOT, TerraSAR-X and TanDEM-X satellites - and Pléiades, coupled with a complete range of space-based data sources and airborne acquisition capability allowing it to offer an unrivalled scope of Earth observation products and services. This extensive portfolio covers the entire geo-information supply chain, from the generation of images to the provision of high added-value information to end-users.

By leveraging the synergies and expertise available across the whole of Astrium Services, its GEO-Information teams develop innovative, yet competitive, bespoke solutions based on the combination and integration of Earth observation, navigation and high-end telecommunications.

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