PCI Geomatics announced that it is six years since it began providing clients with cloud-based processing.
Big data is a challenge that the remote sensing industry has grappled with for several years, given the flood of imagery increasingly available. In 2011, PCI Geomatics was among the first to innovate and embrace the cloud as an ideal processing platform to handle large-volume data sets. PCI Geomatics implemented a cloud-based GXL system with hundreds of parallel-processing compute nodes that would grow and contract based on processing requirements. For example, Esri Inc. needed to produce over 50 million square kilometers of color-balanced, pansharpened ortho mosaics for publication to its web-based mapping platform, ArcGIS Online. Esri used a cloud-based GXL system to process over 350,000 images in just a few months thanks to the power of the system and its cloud architecture.