Axelspace Corporation and JX Press Corporation will jointly conduct a demonstration experiment for a next generation news service using satellite data — as the first step, Axelspace and JX Press delivered satellite images of the large-scale landslide in Japan caused by the heavy rain on July 3, 2021.
Axelspace has been constructing an Earth Observation (EO) platform named “AxelGlobe.” The company successfully launched four satellites in March of 2021, making it possible to monitor any location in the world every two to three days. This service officially started on June 10.
JX Press is a virtual news agency built to create a more prosperous and safer society through the power of data intelligence. The agency provides products such as “FASTALERT,” which uses AI to detect valuable risk information at ultra-high speed from various channels of big data including social media, and then distribute that information to news organizations, government agencies, infrastructure companies, and so on.
Pursuing the shared mission of creating a safer society by clarifying “what is happening now” using big data, Axelspace and JX Press decided to provide a trial service for FASTALERT customers. In this trial service, JX Press will detect locations of disasters and other incidents in FASTALERT and Axelspace will quickly capture images of the locations via AxelGlobe. This will enable the media, government agencies and infrastructure companies to use the images more easily and quickly for news reporting and disaster recovery, while keeping track of the emergencies in a multi-faceted and wide-ranging manner.
The demonstration will end in January of 2022. During this period of time, Axelspace and JX Press will take images in AxelGlobe at irregular intervals and provide them free of charge to FASTALERT contract customers, as well as on JX Press’s free bulletin news platform “NewsDigest.”
The first demo images
(Left image) Before the disaster, captured on April 9, 2021. (Right image) After the disaster, captured on July 12, 2021
As the first step, Axelspace and JX Press are releasing preliminary satellite images of the scene before and after the large-scale landslide caused by the torrential rains in Atami City, Shizuoka Prefecture, on July 3, 2021.
Through this collaboration, Axelspace will contribute to clarifying the full extent of the damage more quickly by taking images and providing them to JX Press directly after such large-scale disasters. The trial image products will be provided free of charge to the media by JX Press for press use only.