AI and machine learning platform contracted by U.S. Air ForceNews
July 10, 2020
SANTA FE, N.M. Geospatial analytics company Descartes Labs has won a U.S. Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Direct to Phase II contract through AFWERX and the Air Force Research Lab (AFRL) Space Vehicles Directorate and Information Directorate that will provide the Descartes Labs Platform to enable the Air Force to conduct optimized data discovery of collected sensor data and the automation of multimodal analytical processes through machine learning and artificial intelligence (AI).
According to a company statement, the Descartes Labs tools aim to advance the development of intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) through data consumption, management, and dissemination of near-real-time actionable analytics.
Under the terms of the contract, Descartes Labs will create what it terms a "single source of truth" for the Air Force by fusing together multisensor data sources from satellites, shipping pings, aerial targets, and the like; by applying AI, machine learning, and computer-vision technologies to this data, the Air Force will obtain actionable insights to improve decision-making through real-time analytics.