Press Release 06 November 2019

ICEYE and RS Metrics Enter Into Agreement to Provide Unmatched Global Iron Ore Stockpile Monitoring

This partnership benefits the global commodities and shipping sectors by providing frequent iron ore data analytics using radar imaging satellites.

Helsinki, FINLAND – November 6, 2019 – ICEYE, the global leader in small satellite synthetic-aperture radar (SAR) technology, today announced that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with RS Metrics to jointly offer to the commodities market the world’s first global SAR-based iron ore inventories dataset with up to daily updates. Access to the dataset will provide commodities traders and industry analysts further competitive advantages in predicting supply and demand, at higher update intervals, and with better accuracy.

ICEYE, who recently announced the commercial availability of its high resolution satellite imaging, is uniquely positioned for SAR remote sensing of iron ore stockpiles. With a growing amount of radar imaging satellites in the ICEYE constellation, there is now a completely new view into almost the entirety of the global iron ore supply chain.

“The consistent flow of analysed SAR data -- on a global scale -- from ICEYE allows users of our already established platform to track iron ore supplies at an unmatched frequency of updates,” said Maneesh Sagar, CEO of RS Metrics. “This partnership of RS Metrics and ICEYE gives our customers exactly what they need to be more successful than ever before.”

In scope of this partnership, ICEYE will provide multi-angle SAR imaging and associated iron ore stockpile analysis to RS Metrics. In turn, RS Metrics will provide its users visibility into supply chain disruptions, regional and global trends, as well as iron ore inventories information that is valuable in predicting commodities and dry bulk price fluctuations.




Iron ore stockpiles seen and measured from ICEYE high resolution SAR imaging, at the port of Port Hedland, Australia, ready for further analysis.


“The commodities sector can benefit greatly from the reliability that comes with SAR satellite imaging, in comparison to analysis done based on optical satellite data,” said Pekka Laurila, CSO and co-founder of ICEYE. “Traders can get ahead of the market with an added visibility into the supply chain. What ICEYE and RS Metrics bring to the market together is unprecedented information about the global iron ore value chain based on frequent satellite revisit times, unmatched data reliability, and added value insights into the iron ore supply chain.”

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ICEYE is building and operating its own commercial constellation of SAR satellites, with SAR data already available to customers. ICEYE empowers others to make better decisions in governmental and commercial industries by providing access to timely and reliable radar satellite imagery. The company is tackling the current crucial lack of actionable information with world-first aerospace capabilities and a New Space approach. ICEYE’s radar satellite imaging service, designed to deliver coverage every few hours, both day and night, helps clients resolve challenges in sectors such as maritime, disaster management, insurance, and finance. For more information, please visit: www.iceye.com 


About RS Metrics
Founded in 2010, RS Metrics analyzes and derives data from satellite and aerial imagery to provide fundamental insights, trends, and predictive signals for businesses and investors in metals, industrials, retail, and commercial real estate. RS Metrics’ proprietary, patented technology platform leverages advanced computer vision and machine learning and a scaled quality control workflow to generate accurate, predictive, and consumable information. Data is available in easy-to-use end-user applications, signals, and tools, and as daily data feeds for customers with quantitative focus and capabilities. For more information, visit http://www.rsmetrics.com or contact Maneesh Sagar at msagar@rmetrics.com. Follow us on Twitter @RSMetrics.


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