Mapping Italy with High-Resolution Aerial Imagery
As the leading aerial remote sensing survey company in Italy, CGR (Compagnia Generale Ripreseaeree SpA) is often contacted by municipalities and private companies alike to partner on cutting-edge projects requiring up-to-date, precision map data. Their high-resolution (20cm), orthorectified imagery captures the level of detail needed for critical decision-making, and the frequency of updates ensures end-users are working with an accurate representation of the real world.
Every year, CGR uses advanced automation techniques to orthorectify their imagery, model the terrain, and update their data for half of Italy. This means that every two to three years, CGR is producing an up-to-date aerial image repository of the entire country, data that is in high-demand for organizations that require information about Italian land cover and building footprints, and how they change over time.
While CGR’s customers were thrilled with the quality of the imagery data, they often expressed a need for digitized vector maps generated from the imagery. Vector features enable organizations to better interpret the data captured in aerial imagery, allowing them to isolate and analyze individual elements. For example, one telecommunications company contacted CGR for help rolling out broadband and fiber infrastructure in Italy, hoping to derive detailed vector features from CGR’s high-resolution imagery that they could then use to model and plan their networks.
Manually digitizing features from any image is a time-consuming task, requiring extreme attention to detail and a significant investment of time by a GIS technician. Many of CGR’s clients did not have the time or resources to digitize imagery, especially over large geographic areas. CGR realized that to further enable their customers (and increase their own revenue per pixel of imagery captured), they needed to partner with a company to digitize the data at scale without sacrificing the quality their end-users had come to expect.
Increasing Revenue per Pixel by Partnering with Ecopia
When CGR learned about how Ecopia AI (Ecopia) was digitizing the world using artificial intelligence (AI), they decided to explore a potential partnership. They saw a unique opportunity to combine their high quality aerial imagery of Italy with the unmatched vector extraction services of Ecopia’s in-house AI-based technology to deliver a full geospatial data solution to their clients.
Ecopia and CGR first partnered together on a project-by-project basis, working closely with each client to capture imagery for the area of interest (AOI) needed, then digitize the specific features required for their use case with the level of precision that a human would. This resulted in CGR delivering exactly what the client needed to perform their own workflows without them having to worry about extracting the data themselves. Through this project-based partnership, CGR was able to win contracts with various organizations spanning multiple industries, prompting them to deepen the relationship with Ecopia.