Water solutions combined with high-precision satellite-based soil moisture

Soil moisture, Water & climate, Water management

The first global cloud service for soil moisture and drought data is established as KISTERS, the German provider of IT solutions for water management and hydrology, and VanderSat, the Dutch specialist for earth observation especially water via satellites, have combined their expertise since December 2018.

The new service facilitates better protection and optimization of harvests as well as the channeling of water for more efficient irrigation practices or groundwater recharge. Users not only receive general satellite-based soil moisture data, but also practical calculations about their own catchment area including drought indices, plant-available water at root level, and predictions of soil moisture. This information serves as a reliable basis for early, effective decisions and measures against extreme situations such as drought, of which frequency and spread is expected to continue to increase as a result of climate change.

VanderSat’s new satellite-based microwave sensing method is the only area-wide technology for measuring soil moisture affordably and with high precision comparable to air- or ground-based sensors. KISTERS integrates VanderSat’s global soil moisture data into its proven software for analysis, visualization and prediction of water data as well as customizable alarms and transformation into actionable information using sophisticated analytical functions.

With VanderSat, we have found a highly specialized partner who complements our water solutions with a valuable element.

Michael Natschke , Head of Business Development Water KISTERS AG

We are happy to make our solutions available to the global water sector together with KISTERS.

Richard de Jeu, Founder and Chief Technology Officer VanderSat

The new flexible cloud service runs in the security-certified KISTERS data center in Aachen. Software as a service (SaaS) subscriptions cover a specific geographic area for a certain period of time at low costs, and data are delivered via modern web browser interfaces or directly in KISTERS Water Software. KISTERS IT experts take care of software maintenance and updates, especially critical cybersecurity.

Need to know more?

We are happy to talk about integrating VanderSat satellite data into your water management systems

Dr. Jaap Schellekens
Director of Water & Climatejschellekens@vandersat.com

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