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Planet Makes Its Geospatial Data Available Through Amazon SageMaker

By Keith Cowing
Press Release
Planet Labs
December 14, 2022
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Planet Makes Its Geospatial Data Available Through Amazon SageMaker
Planet Labs
Planet Labs

Planet Labs PBC (NYSE: PL), a leading provider of daily data and insights about Earth, today announced it is making geospatial data available through Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed machine learning (ML) service from Amazon Web Services (AWS).

Now, Planet data can be directly embedded into Amazon SageMaker, allowing data scientists and ML engineers to acquire and analyze global, daily satellite data. With this data, customers can train, test, and deploy ML models all within Amazon SageMaker.

Planet operates the largest constellation of earth observation satellites in the world, with the capacity to provide daily medium- and high-resolution imagery of Earth’s landmass every day. Planet is using AWS to better serve its customers who can now benefit from the simplicity and speed of Amazon SageMaker’s new geospatial ML capabilities to build, train, and deploy ML models using Planet’s geospatial data at up to 10x the speed. These enhanced capabilities create new opportunities for Planet customers to accelerate data access within geospatial tools and cloud platforms.

Due to the challenging work required to use geospatial data for ML, access to ML has historically been out of reach for many geospatial data customers. With Amazon SageMaker, customers can pull in their proprietary data sources, such as Planet satellite data, from Amazon Location Service and AWS Data Exchange. It’s a first of its kind partnership and the only on-demand, high cadence satellite imagery ML model training, inference, and visualization platform available in the market.

“Planet understands the challenges associated with ingesting and supplying mass volumes of data,” said Planet President Kevin Weil. “Using Amazon SageMaker, we can now offer ML capabilities with deep integrations of multiple datasets, and we look forward to developing and collaborating on complex models with our customers.”

“Building, training, and deploying ML models using geospatial data is a manual process for most organizations. The primary barrier is the lack of purpose-built capabilities for performing ML on these types of massive datasets,” said Kumar Chellapilla, GM AI Services at AWS. “Amazon SageMaker can help simplify and accelerate geospatial ML from months to minutes by enabling Planet customers to enrich their datasets, train geospatial models, visualize the results, and more. Together with Planet, we are excited to unlock the value of geospatial data for their customers and help them make accurate predictions.”

Purposely built for geospatial data, Amazon SageMaker geospatial ML capabilities offer easy to use tools to orchestrate data chunking and pre-processing operations for satellite imagery, creating web-based visualizations, and creating seamless scaling up for large datasets. The pre-built algorithms can reduce development to just a few days and one-click deployment to the cloud, freeing up customers’ time.

Planet customers are invited to bring Planet data into the new Amazon SageMaker geospatial ML capabilities to provide early-stage feedback, beginning in December 2022. In November, Kevin Weil participated in a fireside chat at AWS re:Invent where he teamed up with AWS’s Kris Efland to discuss the opportunities of this work.

About Planet Labs PBC

Planet is a leading provider of global, daily satellite imagery and geospatial solutions. Planet is driven by a mission to image the world every day, and make change visible, accessible and actionable. Founded in 2010 by three NASA scientists, Planet designs, builds, and operates the largest Earth observation fleet of imaging satellites, capturing over 30 TB of data per day. Planet provides mission-critical data, advanced insights, and software solutions to over 800 customers, comprising the world’s leading agriculture, forestry, intelligence, education and finance companies and government agencies, enabling users to simply and effectively derive unique value from satellite imagery. Planet is a public benefit corporation trading on the New York Stock Exchange as PL. To learn more visit and follow us on Twitter.

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