About Us

Our mission is to make the world’s most incredible satellite images – and the insights they bring – accessible to absolutely everyone.

What does Bird.i do?

 

Satellite imagery shows us how things are changing on the ground with a frequency and accuracy that’s hard to beat. This data can provide powerful insights for businesses, but traditionally it’s been the preserve of the few.

Bird.i was founded with an aim to make this data source accessible, affordable and usable for the everyday business user. To do this, we curate the world’s best satellite imagery from multiple satellite imagery providers into one platform, offering access through either our online portal or API.

For further insight, Bird.i also offers an Intelligence Service which adds the power of Artificial Intelligence into the mix, bringing you reliable, automated data using our proprietary machine learning models.


How did Bird.i start?

 

Bird.i CEO, Corentin Guillo, had the idea of creating Bird.i when he was working in the space sector. He saw the valuable insights Earth observation imagery was bringing to industries such as defence, security and the government, and wondered why this data should only be at the hands of privileged organisations. High quality satellite imagery can be difficult and expensive to obtain, so Corentin set out to lower the barriers and open up access to the mass market.


The growth of Bird.i

 

With Bird.i’s first investment round in May 2016, the company moved to Scotland to recruit the best talent to build the company.

By the end of 2016, we had five employees; two software engineers, two big data engineers and someone to help with business development. At this point, we secured a unique agreement with the world’s leading satellite operators and built a platform to disseminate their imagery.

Early in 2017, we secured our first customers in the financial intelligence sector, including Thomson Reuters which led us to the next investment round in June 2017. This grew our team to ten, allowing us to start developing our product offering by the end of last year.


our satellite imagery providers

  • Airbus

    The Intelligence Programme Line of Airbus Defence and Space is the supplier of choice for commercial satellite imagery. Airbus Defence and Space has unrivalled expertise in satellite imagery acquisition, data processing, fusion, dissemination and intelligence extraction allied to significant command and control capabilities. The company is able to create a comprehensive situational awareness picture and deliver sophisticated end-to-end solutions across all commercial, institutional and defence markets. Based upon exclusive commercial access to Pléiades and SPOT satellites, combined with broad applications experience, the company delivers an extensive portfolio spanning the entire geo-information value chain.

  • DigitalGlobe

    DigitalGlobe is the global leader in commercial high-resolution satellite imagery used by decision-makers to better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. DigitalGlobe is a business unit of Maxar Technologies, a U.S. operating company (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR).

  • BlueSky

    Bluesky is the leading aerial survey company in the UK providing a range of survey data, including aerial photography. They offer the most accurate, current and highest resolution datasets available.

  • Planet

    Planet Labs, Inc (Planet) is an integrated aerospace and data analytics company that designs, builds, and operates the largest fleet of Earth-imaging satellites, collecting a massive amount of information daily about our changing planet. Planet delivers data and geospatial tools on-demand to decision makers in urban development, agriculture, commerce, defence and security, energy and infrastructure, the environment and other vertical markets.


our journey so far

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We’re a dynamic, friendly team working to discover new and ever-better techniques for analysing imagery and automating data.

Together, we’re determined to change the way businesses and individuals see the world. If that sounds like something you’d be good at, get in touch.


contact us

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Image Service

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Construction Intelligence

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