A Gurgaon-based startup working in utilizing satellite data to solve environmental problems has won an international prize for its AI (artificial intelligence)- based tool to measure and monitor farm fires and stubble burning across India.
Efforts to utilize crop waste for power generation and other applications are hampered due to lack of data about availability and quality the waste.
The application developed by Gurgaon-based startup, Blue Sky Analytics, is an AI-enabled platform that uses satellite data for improved monitoring, supply chain and pricing analysis as well as allocation of crop waste for use in other industries as raw material.
The application, Zuri, last week won Copernicus Masters award given by the Earth observation program managed by the European Commission in partnership with the European Space Agency (ESA).
It is also dubbed as ‘Space Oscars’.
Zuri utilizes historical data on fire counts to understand the history of farm fires in every district and state, and can predict high-risk zones as well as expected volume and calorific value of crop waste.
It also includes information on marketplace to enable farmers to sell stubble rather than burn it.
Zuri was selected under social entrepreneurship category.
This is a ‘India Science Wire’ story; edited by Clean-Future Team