One day, Steve Jobs said, “I would trade all of my technology for an evening with Socrates.” This is how we should consider technology today, as a tool in the service of humanity, a means to enable humans to dedicate themselves to something greater, much like what happened in ancient Mesopotamia millennia ago with the invention of the wheel.
Perhaps it’s time for humans to wake up and devote their time to something else? Many are not yet aware and resist evolution to some extent because they are too entrenched in their daily routines. However, the answer is “yes,” and we could boldly state it, as demonstrated by the technological advancements in recent decades in the fields of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning.
Data collection and processing represent a significant expenditure of energy and a substantial amount of work that can truly be delegated to automatic systems. This allows humans to focus on what is more important: the responsibility of making decisions.
These systems are genuine business tools, through which business processes can evolve, making companies more competitive and ready to explore new scenarios.
If we consider satellite observations, we can understand how they are used to assist our work. The data and images from space are an “inexhaustible” source, available 24/7. Today, in contrast to late 1960s when the first satellite was launched, there are now more than 4,500 satellites in space, and one of the significant advantages of these tools is related to the quality and quantity of the information they provide.
Satellites, despite the vast distances that separate them from the Earth, can provide highly detailed information. The resolution of commercial satellites can reach a few centimetres, which is incredible. Often, special equipment is installed on them to capture what escapes the human eye because it cannot detect certain frequencies. This is why the combination of these systems with our work can achieve significant levels of sophistication.
Satellites can be geostationary or polar orbiting, each with different functions. Those used for monitoring renewable energies are designed to collect data related to sustainable energy resources. If we delve into the main types of satellites, we can get a rough idea of their uses.
Types of satellites
Weather Satellites: Provide data on weather and climate, including parameters like cloud cover, solar radiation, and wind speed. This data is essential for observing and predicting solar energy availability.
Solar Irradiance Monitoring Satellites: Designed to estimate solar irradiance on Earth, providing crucial information about the amount of solar energy available in different regions.
Vegetation Monitoring Satellites: Use optical and infrared sensors to monitor the health of vegetation and plant cover in each area. This data can be used to estimate biomass production, which can be utilized for bioenergy production.
Land Use Monitoring Satellites: Provide information about land use, including areas dedicated to solar or wind energy, allowing continuous monitoring of renewable resources and human activities in the areas of interest.
Communication Satellites for Internet Access in Remote Areas: Use constellations of satellites in low Earth orbit to provide Internet access in remote or poorly connected regions, powered by solar energy.
Using high-resolution (HR) satellites to determine the construction progress of a 180 MW plant in Peru.
Services offered by satellites
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One day, Einstein said, “Everything should be made as simple as possible, but not simpler.” Isn’t this the value of technology today? To make human life simpler to live, but certainly not trivial.
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