Cube4All aims at a commercial Earth data service leveraging the advantages of open standards based datacube analytics. It makes complex EO tasks simple, keeping simple tasks simple; it will unleash EO analytics and fusion for non-EO / non-IT experts while increasing the productivity of experts.
The resulting service will stand out through
Customers will be able to access existing archives in a massively simplified way as curated datacubes, without any programming skills. This allows users without IT and EO coding expertise to unleash the potential of the mass of EO data assets.
In any case, from a user perspective services stand out in that they simplify accessing Petabytes of Sentinel timeseries, climate variables, DEMs, and thematic products for location-transparent mix&match without programming; proven real-time performance; wide range of common tasks prefabricated, continuously extended; versatile analytics, from standing queries to exploratory – any query, any time; fully customizable workflows; transparent, competitive pricing; users remain in the comfort zone of well-known clients.
Approach: The existing DIAS, CODE-DE, and other public rasdamandatacube services established in research projects (ex: https://processing.code-de.org/rasdaman), with their existing WMS / WCS / WCPS capabilities, will be made more user-friendly and e-commerce ready for rasdaman-as-a-service.
Features to be added include: A prototype of a novel interactive data analytics technique, Query-by-Dialog (QBD), which aims at enabling users to do analytics without coding, without even writing high-level queries.
Cube4All will make complex tasks simple, and keeping simple tasks simple. It unleashes EO analytics and fusion for non-EO / non-IT experts while increasing the productivity of experts.
By the end of the project a clear success of the activities can be observed:
The new business model, enhancing the traditional licence business, is embraced by customers and has led to substantial revenues already, e.g., with Telefonica. Interest in rasdaman has increased significantly, as measured, for example, in the number of downloads of rasdaman community. The clear definition of EO and non-EO target verticals has helped focusing better on customer groups; examples include Telefonica and the NATO-funded project Cube4EnvSec. An ESA Network of Resources application has been filed in Fall 2022.
Technology has advanced significantly with key features relevant for customer adoption, in particular: simplification of zero-coding EO management and analytics through increased intelligence and automation and also a versatile visual datacube frontend. Airbus has joined the consortium due to its interest in the rasdaman datacube technology.
As such, Cube4All has substantially helped the rasdaman SME to shape and extend its business model and hence optimized its success chances in the EO market and beyond.”