This startup wants to provide real-time surveillance of what?

Answer: The entire Earth.

by / April 23, 2018

Backed by some high-profile investors including Bill Gates, AirBus and the SoftBank Group, EarthNow announced Wednesday that it is becoming a full-scale commercial business, moving out of startup accelerator ISF Incubator by Intellectual Ventures. The startup will use satellites by OneWeb to essentially surveil every corner of the Earth. They will also be able to transmit video of what they’re seeing down to the planet with a latency of about one second, making it a virtually real-time feed.

According to the announcement, “applications include catching illegal fishing in the act, watching hurricanes and typhoons as they evolve, detecting forest fires the moment they start, watching volcanoes the instant they start to erupt, assisting the media in telling stories from around the world, tracking large whales as they migrate, helping “smart cities” become more efficient, providing on-demand data about crop health, and observing conflict zones around the world.”