“Why build a Windows operating system when you just need to build an Excel?”
CEO Rainer Sternfeld asked students this question while guest lecturing last week in ME 421: European Entrepreneurship and Innovation Thought Leaders Seminar at Stanford’s School of Engineering. He spoke about the work Planet OS is doing building a powerful yet easily deployable platform to analyze sensor data to do everything from predicting more accurate weather forecasts to delivering offshore oil platform reports 80% faster.
Planet OS is changing the way offshore operations are conducted in Brazil. Through a contract with the Brazilian offshore operator, Bravante, Planet OS has delivered an interactive, cloud-based reporting tool that helps Chevron, BP, Total, Quieroz Valdez and Premier Oil review local metocean conditions and environmental baseline survey data in near real-time. This solution is currently deployed and operational on an ongoing survey campaign off the coast of northern Brazil.
On February 5th I was in the Hague to give a talk at The Unmanned Systems Expo 2015. At the trade show, there was no shortage of drones: from agricultural to surveillance, land and air, small or big. It was clear this industry is just getting started, and the difficulty of building Big Data applications on data streams coming from devices is looking for ways to grow. What is missing?
Dr. Christopher W. Clark, Planet OS’s Chief Marine Scientist, who is a world renown bioacoustician and marine mammal expert, talks about his experience of being a part of Louie Psihoyos‘ eyeopening documentary Racing Extinction, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival at the end of January.
Racing Extinction Team at the Sundance Film Festival. (back row, from left to right):Olivia Ahnemann, Elon Musk, Leilani Munter, Chris Clark, Gina Papabeis, Travis Threlkel, Paul Hilton, John Behrens, Adrienne Hall. (front row, rom left to right): Shawn Heinrichs, Candace Crespi, Fisher Stevens, Senior Programmer at Sundance David Courier, Louie Psihoyos.
Last weekend, as a member of the cast, I participated in the premier of the feature documentary Racing Extinction at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film, directed by Louie Psihoyos (director of the 2009 Oscar award winning Best Documentary, “The Cove”), is about the sixth great extinction event as a result of modern human activities during the present epoch referred to as the Anthropocene.
Planet OS Product Engineering team in Tallinn, Estonia (Photo by Arno Mikkor)
Yesterday, Planet OS celebrated its 3rd anniversary. As one of the first startups focused on Big Data in Industrial IoT, Planet OS’s mission is to “index the real world”. The staggering growth of sensor deployments and fragmented nature of sensor data (locations, data types, formats and access protocols) makes it very difficult for governments and corporations to actually leverage their sensor networks. Without a means to quickly and efficiently utilize disparate datasets, the value of these assets is never fully realized. Planet OS helps its customers make the most of their data assets.