Telespazio and e-GEOS’s new platform for defeating coronavirus
Using AI to integrate satellite data and knowledge from the online so as to isolate new outbreaks of Covid-19, while monitoring areas where people congregate. This is often ECO4CO – Earth Cognitive System for CoViD-19 – a platform created by Telespazio and e-GEOS (a company owned by ASI, 20%, and Telespazio, 80%), and winner within the Health Emergency category of the worldwide involve “Innovative Ideas and Technologies vs. COVID-19 and beyond”, launched by the United Nations Industrial Development Organisation (UNIDO) in response to the coronavirus emergency. Telespazio and e-GEOS tied for the award with the Chinese company Shanghai Zhizhong Environmental Protection Technology.
ECO4CO systematically organises the skills and know-how of the entire Telespazio Group, and can correlate data from global observation and positioning satellites with non-satellite information from web searches and social network messages using artificial intelligence systems.
In this way, using predictive analysis systems and autonomous acquisition of satellite data, as well as tracking and data learning ability, the platform supports systematic surveillance of areas of aggregation such as parks, public markets and sports stadiums, supplying data on human activity and on any possible gatherings. The information obtained can help isolate new outbreaks of the epidemic while monitoring places where people tend to concentrate.
ECO4CO not only fits into Telespazio’s ongoing innovation programme, but epitomises the company’s constant commitment to sustainability. The platform fulfills three of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) of the UN’s Agenda 2030: Goal 3 – ensuring health and promoting well-being for all at all ages; Goal 8 – encouraging lasting, inclusive and sustainable economic growth to create full, productive employment with decent jobs for all; and Goal 9 – building resilient infrastructure, fostering innovation and promoting fair, responsible, sustainable industrialisation.