By Riley Kaminer
Do you feel like you’re drowning in data? Data might be the new gold, but it’s pretty useless unless you can make heads or tails of it.
Jatin Bains is aware of that firsthand. The ship captain turned maritime security expert realized that data analysis would become a major issue as soon as he saw satellites going up at scale.
“I launched one radar satellite, but I found it too expensive – and I didn’t want to be a hardware player,” Bains [pictured above] told Refresh Miami. So he stuck to software, honing in on geospatial intelligence.
Bains’ vision for what would become Space-Eyes, a Miami tech company, was fueled by this realization of the immense potential in analyzing and interpreting vast amounts of data from various satellites. Now in Miami, Space-Eyes’ journey took a significant turn when it was accepted into the Space Force Accelerator in 2019, embedding them deeper into the Department of Defense’s ecosystem by 2020.
By fusing data from different satellites, Space-Eyes offers a wide range of insights that are relevant for everything from maritime operations to disaster management and beyond. Its focus on climate security involves proactive measures against natural disasters, while Space-Eyes’ national security efforts are geared towards supporting global surveillance and security.
Every month, Space-Eyes processes upwards of two terabytes of data from more than 75 maritime and space-based sources. Its systems use numerous maritime benchmarks, suspicion indicators, and methods of operation for data processing. The automated threat evaluation and analytics are bolstered by hundreds of user- and AI-developed rules and real-world use cases.
Space-Eyes offers flexible delivery options, including dashboards, data lakes, APIs, and containerized software for DoD networks. Its data lake comprises diverse datasets like satellite images, sensor fusion results, and analyst reports. Meanwhile, its APIs facilitate continual data integration into customer systems.
Space-Eyes regularly participates in live wargaming exercises with the US Department of Defense and allies, and their metrics meet the standards set by the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
The 15-person team is a blend of talent with backgrounds in the Merchant Marines, US Armed Forces, Secret Service, and big tech. Five of these employees are based in South Florida.
CEO Bains relocated Space-Eyes headquarters towards the end of 2020, looking to escape the pandemic-induced restrictions of the company’s former home of New Jersey.
Ultimately though, the move to Miami has proven strategic for Space-Eyes. Bains cites our burgeoning tech community, improved quality of local talent, and geographical advantages as having significantly contributed to the company’s growth.
“Miami is a magnet – it attracts a lot of talent,” he said, noting the pull of figures such as Peter Thiel, Jeff Bezos, and Citadel founder Ken Griffin. For Bains, Miami’s status as a tech and crypto hub, along with favorable tax conditions and a supportive tech community, positions Space-Eyes advantageously for future expansion.
Could this be just the beginning of more space tech to come? Varda Space Industries founder Delian Asparouhov is a major Miami bull, Terran Orbital received a $100 million investment to ramp up its satellite development capacity, Xenesis is on a space-defying mission to develop a fully autonomous mobile communications platform, and the Davie-based Levan Center has put a major emphasis on space programming – just to name a few.
Our suggestion: Keep looking up!
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