AfricaScope is planning to develop algorithms that will enable the automatic detection of dwellings on remote sensing imagery. The concept is to place a point on top of buildings of different types and to impute population and other socio-economic statistics to the dwelling points. AfricaScope submitted an application to the Open IX Innovation Challenge, which is supported by Airbus Defence & Space and the South African National Space Agency (SANSA). This application will be the first of its kind and will be developed in partnership with the University of Maribor & AfricaScope Europe.
This application will form part of the African Geospatial Access Platform (AGAP) that will combine geovisualization components with geospatial data for African countries at a detailed level so that geospatial analysis can be done and easy to use dashboard reports produced. AGAP will include an accessibility modelling component that will allow the optimization of government services and retail chains in African countries. AGAP will be developed in collaboration with South African partners as well as the University of Utrecht in The Netherlands.