SkySat image of the ammonium nitrate explosion in Beirut, Lebanon on August 5, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.
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Planet and Everbridge Partner to Use Satellite Imagery for Critical Event Management

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Planet is partnering with Everbridge, the global leader in Critical Event Management, to bring a powerful new data source to global security and operations teams.

High-cadence satellite imagery can enhance situational awareness around critical events, and combined with Everbridge’s high-cadence alerts and critical event management capabilities, it becomes even more valuable. This partnership will enable new ways to gain awareness and respond to events with the goal to improve security, operations and resilience for corporations and governments around the world.

“Our partnership with a global critical event management leader like Everbridge expands the way our new and existing users can combine global, high-resolution satellite imagery with effective crisis mitigation to protect people, operations and assets,” said Dina Kazzaz, head of Business Development at Planet. “These insights will allow our customers to better understand rapidly evolving conditions on the ground and respond to disasters more quickly and effectively.”

How it Works

Over 5,300 global firms rely on Everbridge to keep their people safe and organizations running in anticipation of, or amid, critical events, whether natural, cyber or man-made. The Everbridge CEM solution provides an integrated, end-to-end approach for helping organizations assess the severity of events; determine their relevance to people, assets, suppliers, and supply chains; automate actions and workflows to mitigate threats and track progress; and analyze performance to improve future response.

Everbridge’s Risk Intelligence leverages 22,000 risk data sources and produces alerts and analyses covering a variety of event categories. Planet data can help with assessing 11 of these major event categories (highlighted below). Planet’s imagery can also broadly provide greater situational awareness and up-to-date global maps to aid in response.

The events highlighted in blue depict where Planet’s data is especially helpful. Source image provided by Everbridge with annotations from Planet

The events highlighted in blue depict where Planet’s data is especially helpful. (Source image provided by Everbridge with annotations from Planet)

Examples of Where Satellite Imagery Can Help

Assessing Hurricane Storm Damage

In situations like when Hurricane Michael struck Florida in October 2018, before-and-after satellite imagery could be used to identify which areas were damaged and the extent of damage. Emergency responders, retailers, insurance companies and local businesses can plan better with such a birds-eye view.

Before Hurricane Michael on October 24, 2017 © 2017, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Before Hurricane Michael on October 24, 2017 © 2017, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat image of Hurricane Michael aftermath on October 12, 2018 © 2018, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat image of Hurricane Michael aftermath on October 12, 2018 © 2018, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Building Greater Supply Chain Awareness

More than a week after a meat packing plant near Pasco, Washington was closed to test employees for COVID-19, the facility’s parking lot remained empty. Planet SkySat images taken on June 25, 2019 and April 30, 2020 revealed the facility’s changes in activity over time.

SkySat image of Walla Walla County, Washington on June 25, 2019 © 2019, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat image of Walla Walla County, Washington on June 25, 2019 © 2019, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat image of Walla Walla County, Washington on April 30, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat image of Walla Walla County, Washington on April 30, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Assessing Damage from Explosions

Planet captured before and after explosion imagery for Beirut, the capital city of Lebanon, in August 2020.

This pair of SkySat images shows some of the damage caused by the explosion of 2,750 metric tons (just over six million pounds) of ammonium nitrate in Beirut Port. An image collected on May 31, 2020 shows the warehouse where the material was stored and the surrounding infrastructure. An image collected at 11:17 a.m. on August 5, 2020 (the day after the explosion), shows some of the aftermath—a water-filled crater where the warehouse once stood, damaged grain silos and a capsized cruise ship.

SkySat imagery of Beirut, Lebanon on May 31, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat imagery of Beirut, Lebanon on May 31, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat imagery of Beirut, Lebanon on August 5, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

SkySat imagery of Beirut, Lebanon on August 5, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Everbridge’s Global Insights team analyzed the situation using Planet imagery.

Assessing the Extent of Flooding

Planet’s satellites captured imagery through various stages of flooding on the Tittabawassee River in Midland, Michigan in May of 2020.

In the wake of sustained precipitation and the failure of two upstream dams, floodwaters coursed through the industrial areas of Midland, Michigan on May 20, 2020.

Before the flooding in Midland, Michigan on May 13, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Before the flooding in Midland, Michigan on May 13, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

After the flooding on May 20, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

After the flooding on May 20, 2020 © 2020, Planet Labs Inc. All Rights Reserved.

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