More than a million kilometers of high-pressure pipelines, often buried underground, run through countries supplying gas and energy to businesses and communities worldwide. These pipelines are subject to various risks such as unauthorized construction by third parties or dangerous agricultural activity.
SuperVision Earth Space (SVS) is a pipeline monitoring solution which uses proprietary AI algorithms to analyze satellite data, detect and regularly report on various risks to infrastructure. The algorithms behind SVS process latest radar and optical images for timely and accurate risk detection.
The SVS monitoring solution is particularly designed for gas pipeline operating companies. The protection of underground infrastructure is a complex task and incidents, while rare, can cost millions. Regular satellite monitoring of pipelines can help gas companies/operators spot risks they become incidents.
Germany and Europe
The product consists of a satellite-based risk detection system which can act as an alternative or complement to helicopters in regular monitoring of gas pipelines. The main components of the product are a cloud-based backend process, which acquires and prepares satellite images of the customer’s pipelines from several different sources, an AI model which detects potential risks in the images, another process which aggregates the results into a format suitable for the customer and a web-GIS application in which the detected risks are displayed.
Our solution gives customers access to an additional stream of information, especially suited for fast and frequent detection of potentially harmful activity. This is especially valuable in cases where other types of monitoring (aerial, patrolling) are infrequent or not allowed in certain areas.
Following a successful kick-off 6 months ago, SuperVision Earth and its consortium partners have been regularly testing, validating and certifying the SVE solution. The project has successfully reached its halfway mark, during which all the consortium’s high-pressure pipeline grids were monitored on a monthly basis. Ultimately, the activity is going as planned. Terranets and Entega AG, both consortium partners, have been receiving monthly updates in the form of reports sent in the SVS web application.
The first milestone review was a great success. The monitoring experience and project produced successful results and yielded not only positive, but well-received outcomes with SuperVision gaining invaluable insights from the monitoring efforts as well as from the numerous indicators and metrics.
As it stands, the product is making significant progress and is on track to complete the necessary procedures to assure a safe, inevitable, and successful commercial launch. The SuperVision Space application, a satellite-based AI risk detection system, is entirely automated and only relies on the presence of skilled personnel for quality control and may be used as a supplement to existing monitoring methods and technologies. The project work involved a two-way monitoring system that combined optical and radar images to accomplish proper and efficient monitoring.
Based on the helicopter detections from consortium partners, the activities and actions discovered by Artificial Intelligence and Quality Assessment were compared, and the KPI’s computed, show promising and useful indicators demonstrating the modifications needed for the product’s continued development, growth and success.
Action items were derived from great input of the ESA-team and will be implemented in the next half of the activity. Additionally, the monthly monitoring will continue until the end of the Incubed activity. In the second part of the activity, another consortium partner, the DVGW, will be more involved to guarantee the inputs of experts in the German gas and water industry are sufficiently heard and included.
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