Meet the founders – GeoKinesia
1- Can you briefly explain what your solution is all about? What’s unique about it?
We develop AI-enabled web-based platform for monitoring the stability of structures and nearby areas, using satellite data. This concerns such phenomena as landslides, mudslides, subsidence or upheap, sinkholes, deformations caused by melting permafrost or excessive heat etc. as well as stability of such structures as bridges, dams, roads, railways, pipelines etc.
2- What’s the story behind your company? How was the idea for this business born?
The company came into existence from the Collider – a venture builder in Barcelona, Spain, that scouts local technologies, transfers them to startups and accelerates them.
3-Which is the challenge that your solution tackles, and how do you set apart from the other companies with similar solutions?
Despite the proliferation of different sensors most of the infrastructures lack proper monitoring. This is an acute problem in the US and Europe, where many infrastructures are old, and also in the emerging world, where monitoring budgets and the ability to install sensors are often insufficient. Also, both sensors and especially traditional monitoring techniques such as land surveying remain rather expensive and not suitable for large areas or remote object monitoring.
Remote sensing and InSAR, in particular, is a great and the most economically effective solution to obtain some very valuable data on land or object stability.
Our differentiator from the competition is End2End InSAR automation. We aim to achieve it by applying AI and Deep Learning algorithms to InSAR processing. It will allow to democratise InSAR and open a new market
4- What are your goals, and what’s the biggest challenge you are trying to overcome at this moment?
Our goal is to improve InSAR processing technique, in particular, applying Deep Learning algorithms and the main challenge is represented now by one particular stage in InSAR processing which is Phase Unwrapping. The bigger challenge although representing the market itself, selling the service to large industrial customers is difficult.
5- What advice would you give to an entrepreneur trying to pave his/her way in the space sector landscape?
Focus on the use case. Assess carefully your ability to sell.
6- About SUN, why did you apply?
We need a better orientation in the funding options available to us and also wanted an external expert opinion.