CosmoVision (Canada) Ltd. (formerly 4215494 Canada Ltd.) is consulting and software development company that specializes in the development of software for SCADA, control, modeling, monitoring and mixed applications. We have been in business since 2003. During the past four years our company has developed new system design technology (M2C Technology - Modeling, Monitoring and Control), which is successfully implemented in several commercial applications. M2C technology roots in the the experience that our team has accumulated over the years of development of control systems for Space launch operations and for related areas of software engineering. This technology is implemented in the VisCMSE design environment, which was already used to design data fusion applications for Earth Observation. VisCMSE however is a universal design environment, and has already been used to design the system integration software for Distributed Control Systems (including power generation), Process Control Automation, Environment Monitoring, Disaster Management, and many other applications. Use of VisCMSE cuts design time and cost very significantly, and essentially increases the reliability of the system design.

 
     
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Earth
Observation

Process Control
Automation

Distributed
Control

Power
Generation

Environment
Monitoring

Disaster
Management

Wildlife
Management

Fishery
Management

Vegetation
and Change

 

Container
Security

Municipal
Operations

Pipeline
Networks

Live Web
Streams

 

Crop, Vegetation and Change Monitoring

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GENERAL PRINCIPLES
The ability of the CosmoVision's proprietary VisCMSE (Visual Control, Monitoring and Simulation Environment) software to combine monitoring, image processing and modeling within the same application may be effectively used for classification of the soil conditions and for issuance the recommendations for planning of the agricultural activities. The proposed approach is based on already existing software, which supports identification of the similar ground surface cover areas using their spectral signature, derived from the multispectral satellite image, and on standard set of the M2C capabilities, as described in the M2C MODELING, MONITORING AND CONTROL
TECHNOLOGY brochure. Within this methodology and considering the fact that M2C applications are designed to monitor and trend large numbers of parameters that are related to large number of objects the following approach was be taken:
(1) The monitored area is be separated into a set of objects (actually, separate fields) following existing Land Cadastral boundaries.
(2) Within each object the area, which is free from the boundary effects is defined, and monitoring application which includes all the mentioned objects, weather data, fertilizer data, and vegetation type data will be created.
(3) The optimal satellite / image provider shall be selected based on the following criteria:
· Maximum number of separate bands
· High enough resolution to receive reliable reflection data without boundary
interference
· Low enough resolution to keep the cost under control
· Long enough remaining period of operation to maintain data continuity (5 years at least)
The likely candidate is USA Landsat7, but the issue has to be revisited to be more certain.
(4) After the provider is selected, the image of the same area using the same instruments has to be taken each (preferably), or every second revisit (every 24-36 or 48-72 days).
(5) The application will standby and collect weather data (from NOAA GMES or Meteosat satellites), constantly updating the history files for weather, etc., during the time period between images are taken.
(6) After next image is accrued, it has to be georeferenced and automatically processed during the nearest monitoring update of the M2C application. The spectral data (averaged over the sampling area) are added to the history file for every object.
(7) After data added to the history file they are automatically analyzed using built-in analysis model, and report with recommendations is issued and automatically distributed using M2C notification features.

SYSTEM OPERATION
New image processing
The system operates in semi-automated regime and has to be deployed as a separate application (possibly within the same master VisCMSE application) for every monitored area. VisCMSE is deployed on the server computer that has to be accessible (over LAN or WAN) for the satellite ground station for downloading newly received images. As soon as new image arrives VisCMSE informs the operator that new image is available (Fig.1, orange tab; audio notification is optional).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The operator has to decide on weather the particular image shall be used by the given
application. The options are:
· to move the image to the archive without integration in the particular application,
· to integrate image into application as image for particular object,
· to integrate image into application as a map for particular object,
· to integrate image into application as external resource for particular object
without changing the map and the image of the object.
In any case the image itself remains archived, and only network address is passed to the application for retrieving the copy of the image from the ground station’s archive.
If either use option (excerpt for archiving) is selected, the application brings up the georeferencing workplace where newly arrived image is pre-positioned according to the coordinates that are supplied by the image processing unit of the ground station. The operator may either leave it as it is, or refine the positioning of the image manually. After operator is satisfied with image positioning, image is integrated into the system by single button click. The entire process of integration of the image into system takes less than 10 minutes.

Ground surface conditions and change detection
If image is integrated as external resource, it becomes immediately accessible for ground cover monitoring applications and for change detection applications which may be integrated into individual nodes of the system. The analysis is performed via comparing the new and the previous messages by band pixel-by-pixel (with proper calibration) for change detection, and via deriving average by band
over the object’s footprint area for ground cover / vegetation monitoring.
In the case of ground cover analysis new data are added to the data log for particular object. These logs are the used to generate 3D (Intensity of reflection vs. time and bandwidth) chart of the spectrum and of the spectrum change for each monitored object.
The absolute (calibrated by the 1st band) values of the spectral intensity are also available. Correspondent plug-in is activated by pressing the “resource selector” button (large button at the top of the state analysis panel).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Area history

 
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Change history

In the case of change monitoring, the new image is compared to the previous one and data are processed and presented by the special plug-in application, that (similarly to ground cover) can be brought up by pressing on the “resource selector” button. The user interface for the change detection shows enlarged area with change spots marked, and has an option to review the history of changes for the monitored area graphically and as visual or printed report, which may also be automatically mailed through standard email interface of the underlying M2C application.

 

Local change detection


In general terms any object can carry unlimited number of external resource references, and if more than one is available the operator has to pick the option of interest from the selector menu, that appears after clicking on the resource selector button.

NEWS

04.01.2021. CosmoVision (Canada) Ltd, (a.k.a. 4215494 Canada LTD) comppletes documents for submission to Australian Space Agency by Cosmovision Global for license application for Cape York space launch site with support of Yuzhmash rocket builder from Ukraine.

01.10.2018. CosmoVision (Canada) completes Alpha-testing of VisCMSE environment for Windows-10.

01.11.2016. AZ Global Research and Engineering changes name to CosmoVision (Canada) Ltd. (formerly 4215494 Canada Ltd.), and focuses its future development on applications for commercial Space opertions.

01.11.2016. AZ Global Research and Engineering changes name to CosmoVision (Canada) Ltd. (formerly 4215494 Canada Ltd.), and focuses its future development on applications for commercial Space opertions.

11.06.2016.AZ Global Research and Engineering completes Beta-testing of M2C Runtime for Linux.

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