TerraLoupe: Digitally Measuring the World

ESA BIC Bavaria incubatee TerraLoupe is portrayed in Süddeutsche Zeitung, with its 3D virtual reality solutions based on geo specific big data for industry specific needs. Their technology will disrupt large parts of traditional cartography - by finding the small things that matter in big geo data.

"Manuela Rasthofer leans over her laptop and opens an aerial photo of the city of Regensburg. It specifies what the computer should recognise. On which roofs are glass windows? Where solar cells? How wide is the street in Kirchgasse? Where are street signs? The computer marks all these areas with red squares.

A man standing in front of a tree realises that he is standing in front of a tree. He also recognises what the green and blue spots of a map want to tell him. Machines were not able do this for a long time,but that changes. One and a half years ago, Rasthofer founded the start-up Terraloupe in Munich. Using their technology, which is based on artificial intelligence, computers are analysing geo images."... continue reading the article of Süddeutsche Zeitung in German.

Acquiring geo-imagery, writing code, and training object recognition algorithms to find the small pieces of relevance in big data

The ESA BIC Bavaria incubatee TerraLoupe is about unlocking detailed insights and boundless analytics in precise geo-imagery to offer solutions for real, industry-specific needs. The company provides you with high-resolution airborne image acquisition and object recognition for geo-specific 3D information. Their capabilities cover 3D virtual-reality solutions based on remote-sensing imagery of large areas with centimetre-level accuracy.

TerraLoupes' intelligent algorithms classify image content using techniques adapted to your needs. Basically, they acquire geo-images, write code, and train object-recognition algorithms to find the small pieces of relevance in big data. By combining high-resolution geo-data with image analytics, the startup can supply you and your company with internal views and valuable reports.

TerraLoupe, which was also supported by BayStartUP, is part of the ESA BIC Bavaria incubation programme from June 2015 to May 2017.

ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria
The ESA BIC Bavaria seeks entrepreneurs using space technologies in a non-space environment. That does not mean rocket science, but applies to multiple application fields such as navigation and positioning, communications techniques, Earth observation, materials, processes, signals or robotics.

ESA's Business Incubation Centre Bavaria was launched in 2009 and is ever since managed by Anwendungszentrum GmbH Oberpfaffenhofen (AZO) on behalf of the European Space Agency (ESA). With more than 110 newly founded startups and more than 1,300 new jobs under its name, AZO's incubation programme is one of Europe's most successful initiatives in promoting the commercial use of aerospace technologies. ESA BIC Bavaria and its renowned partners - ESA, the Bavarian Ministry of Economics, DLR, Airbus Defence and Space, Fraunhofer IIS and Wirtschaftsförderungsgesellschaft Berchtesgadener Land - provide startups with financial and technical support at four branch offices: Oberpfaffenhofen, Ottobrunn, Nürnberg and Berchtesgadener Land.

Do you want to join the ESA BIC Bavaria programme with your business idea? Then have a closer look to the ESA BIC Bavaria programme in more detail and make it happen.

ESA BIC Bavaria has four selection rounds each year. The next application deadline for the incubation programme is 01 March 2017. Apply now for ESA BIC Bavaria