Monitoring Geographically Dispersed Infrastructure for the Energy Industry

The Energy Industry Challenge: Monitoring Remote Infrastructure

As supply chains become larger and more complex, it has become paramount to ensure a reliable flow of assets to the market for consumers. Disruptions in oil pipelines, electricity transmission lines and generation plants en route may not be recognized in time leading to fluctuations in price and availability. Additionally, risk assessment of potential incidents, ensuring the security of pipelines, identifying urban and vegetation encroachment, oil seeps and selecting development sites are all aspects that energy companies must take into account.


  • Accessibility: Many of the assets of interest are in remote locations that are difficult to visit on the ground.
  • Consistency: The vast geographic networks of infrastructure and assets leads to differences in the frequency of monitoring and data updates.
  • Actionable: Disparate data sources make it difficult to understand results and insights

The PlanetWatchers Solution for Energy Infrastructure Monitoring

PlanetWatchers enables data-driven infrastructure monitoring by offering the industry’s first analytics solution that uses proven algorithms to render high-quality insights with comprehensive and weather-agnostic satellite data. PlanetWatchers delivers continual satellite-driven analysis to empower energy infrastructure monitoring.


  • Satellite-driven analysis can identify more structures and hazards on larger geographic scales than drones or on the ground assessment
  • Artificial Intelligence improves the quality of analysis over time and improves faster with larger areas of monitoring
  • Energy-specific analysis is designed to allow critical management decisions by highlighting areas of encroachment and infrastructure failures

How Geospatial Intelligence Works

PlanetWatchers provides a risk management analytics platform for the energy industry by applying proprietary artificial intelligence algorithms to multi-source geospatial data, delivering energy infrastructure data insights as a service.

Customer Data

Infrastructure parameters, pipeline locations, topography

Multi-Source Geospatial Data

Optical and radar satellite imagery and meteorological data

Proprietary Algorithms

Artificial intelligence and computer vision

Actionable Insight

Cloud-based intelligence platform

Geospatial Monitoring Use Cases for the Energy Industry

Unauthorized Asset Extraction

With billions of dollars of energy assets traveling through remote areas, criminal activity is a growing problem for the energy industry. PlanetWatchers has proven is abilities in detecting unauthorized activities (e.g., illegal oil bunkering) along vast stretches of infrastructure in locations where ground surveillance is impractical, expensive or dangerous

Infrastructure Corridor Encroachment

Structures such as power lines and pipelines are sensitive to damage so it is important to ensure a clear corridor surrounding them. PlanetWatchers is able to identify corridor encroachment and monitor when and where machinery is altering ground levels and slope near important infrastructure.

Land Deformation

Since radar imagery is sensitive to land surface deformation on the scale of millimeters, it becomes possible to detect changes over time in surface characteristics surrounding assets of interest. These changes may signify potential points of weakness within the infrastructure, which can be identified and mitigated faster than ever before.

Failures of Remote Infrastructure

Much of the energy supplied to populated areas must travel through large swaths of remote and inaccessible areas. Using PlanetWatchers’ global analysis capabilities, it becomes possible to measure changes in spectral characteristics related to vegetation changes or the presence of hydrocarbon emissions.

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