Estonian IT company launches a precision infrastructure monitoring service

The Estonian IT company, Datel, has launched a service that allows users to remotely monitor the shifts and subsidence of infrastructure globally with a precision of up to one millimetre – thus helping prevent accidents.

The service, called Sille, uses data from the European Union satellites and can detect the shifts and subsidence of infrastructure – such and bridges, pipelines, ports, mines and large buildings – with the precision of up to one millimetre (0.04 inches). The service helps prevent accidents caused by deterioration of infrastructure and contributes to the general safety, the company said in a statement.

The service is intended for the global market and can be implemented instantly anywhere around the world.

Cooperation with the European Space Agency

“In the beginning of April, we entered into our first use agreement with the US state of Maryland for the monitoring of several dozen large objects,” Agu Leinfeld, the director of software development and technology at Datel, said in a statement. “Many other infrastructure owners in Estonia, the US and Europe have shown great interest in it, too.”

With the help of the Earth’s long-range observation satellite Sentinel-1, the service can monitor large infrastructure anywhere on the planet. Datel has an R&D cooperation agreement with the European Space Agency and this has contributed to the development of the service.

Datel is one of the oldest Estonian-owned IT companies, specialising in information system and software development.


Cover: Earth’s long-range observation satellite Sentinel-1.

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