Corporate Overview - RSI Corporate Profile
RADARSAT International: Providing Information Solutions from Space
RADARSAT International (RSI) was formed in 1989, and over the years has established itself as a
reputable provider of information solutions based on satellite-derived data. By combining information
obtained from Earth observation (EO) satellites with other data sources such as climate/field data,
baseline geographic information, and Internet-based information, RSI has successfully responded to the
changing business needs of the spatial data community.
RADARSAT International (RSI) is a worldwide distributor of Earth observation satellite data and works
with its strategic partners to:
- create cost-effective, custom products and services to meet the unique requirements of
operational applications such as crop monitoring, ice reconnaissance, geological mapping,
disaster management, forest management, ship detection, and land use management
- enhance response times by continually improving fast delivery capabilities
- develop training programs to educate users on the applications of satellite imagery and
implementation of operational solutions
- identify new applications for satellite imagery
RSI's partners include an international network of more than seventy distributors, ten ground receiving
stations, and eleven resource centres, all of whom offer near-real time services, data processing, and/or
training to local users.
RSI's long history of innovation can be attributed to the adoption of ground-breaking technology, along
with the exceptional commitment to its partners and clients. Our clients are sophisticated users of EO
data and often combine information from many different satellites to ensure an accurate "picture" of what
they are monitoring.
RSI provides data from most commercially-available (and soon to be available) EO satellites, including
RADARSAT-1, RADARSAT-2, LANDSAT 4/5, LANDSAT 7, IKONOS, IRS, ERS, SPOT, QuickBird, and
ENVISAT. This integrated, multi-sensor approach keeps our clientele at the cutting edge of advanced
information solutions, and offers support to resource managers, disaster agencies, decision-makers, and
other users of satellite-based information.
Your Success is Our Success
Whether you require satellite data or information from that data, RSI will help meet your business
requirements and develop innovative ways to overcome your project challenges. RSI works with both
large and small service providers, and is affiliated with various joint ventures and other collaborations
fostering innovative product development. RSI understands that combining spatial data with value- added
services, along with technology offerings, provides immense value for its clients and serves to
differentiate its offerings from those offered by competitors.
Working together, RSI has established a reputation for providing first-rate services to our clients. RSI's
commitment to providing quality products and services, technical expertise, training and project
management in a cost-effective manner, has led to a worldwide user base of over 600 clients in more
than 60 countries, spanning a wide range of industries.
Operational Solutions and Innovative Products
RSI's services have evolved to meet the demands and expectations of today's changing markets and
business needs. The company is continually developing operational solutions and innovative products,
and together with its partners helps support:
RSI's Clients Include:
International Organizations and NGOs
e.g. Canadian International Development Agency (CIDA), World Bank, Asian Development Bank
Federal and state government agencies
e.g. United States Geological Survey (USGS- USA), United States Departmental of Agriculture
(USDA-USA), National Remote Sensing Agency (NRSA-India), Canadian Ice Service (CIS-
International and national resource companies
e.g. Globally focussed oil and exploration companies
e.g. environmental and technical consultants
- Oil basin screening, offshore and continental oil exploration
- Geological mapping
- Monitoring of illegal fishing activity
- Ice mapping and charting for ship navigation
- Cartographic mapping, DEMs, mosaics, RADARmaps
- Crop acreage information
- Disaster monitoring and mapping
- Land surveillance and monitoring
- Ship surveillance and monitoring
Reaching People Around the World
Wireless communication, Internet accessibility and web-enabled databases allow RSI to centralize
data sources so that the information is accessible to local, regional, and national governments, as
well as the general population--easily and cost-effectively. RSI has strongly positioned itself as a
major player in the integration of traditional EO data along with other sources, to support knowledge-
driven decision making such as crop acreage calculations, post-disaster compensation, detection of
illegal marine activities, and ship routing.
Working jointly with our clients and partners, RSI is changing the way it does business to meet the
demands of its clients today, and into the future.
Shifting to Suit your Business Needs
In today's world, success depends on getting the information you need - when you need it. At RSI, we
have tailored our services to meet the demands and expectations of our clients, and are proud to
offer unparalleled operational flexibility in our services.
The service offerings have evolved over the years, to the point where RSI, with its international
partners, now offers a wide range of services and enhancements, to include:
- Information delivery via the Internet
- Rapid, in-house data processing
- Highly responsive satellite programming
- 24-hour emergency support
- Training and technology transfer
- Toll-free number within North America
- Project management
- Derived information services
- GIS Implementation
The "One-Stop-Shop" RSI prides itself on being a "one-stop-shop" for satellite information solutions.
RSI's product line features RADARSAT-1, the world's first radar remote sensing satellite program entirely
dedicated to operational applications. Its state-of-the-art capabilities provide resource management and
environmental monitoring professionals around the globe with a new and reliable view of the Earth's
surface, including the ability to acquire cloud-free imagery regardless of illumination conditions.
The future launches of the RADARSAT-2 and RADARSAT-3 satellites will provide data continuity
required for long-term operational planning. In addition to this leading edge Canadian technology, RSI
prides itself on also being a globally competitive source for a wide array of products and services derived
from multiple optical satellite programs, such as QUICKBIRD, LANDSAT and others.
See Also RADARSAT International Planning Process Overview
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