Satellite Imaging

Satellite Imaging

Also Known As

“Remote sensing”

Functionality in Traceability Systems 

Provides geospatial data that can validate supplier information or, particularly when paired with artificial intelligence and machine learning, detect environmental or human rights risk.    


Satellite imaging describes the scientific process of capturing electromagnetic radiation reflected from the Earth’s surface. This technology collects information that can be used within the context of supply chain traceability for validation purposes (such as confirming information about the location or geographic footprint of a supplier), to help assess fraud by triangulating volume delivered with size of farm or production unit, or for the detection of environmental or human rights related risk (such as deforestation or forced labor). Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning can be paired with satellite imaging to enhance risk analysis. 

Associated Traceability System Element

Satellite imaging can be used to support Scientific Validation methods which act to verify information gathered through Product Tracking and Supply Chain Engagement methods (such as chain of custody documentation and site-level engagement). 

Supply Chain Characteristics Feasibility Considerations 

Satellite imaging technology is particularly well-suited to supply chains where there is interest in monitoring impacts on the environment and local communities that can be viewed remotely and on a large scale.  


Unilever and Orbital Insight
Satellite Imaging

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