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May 11, 2021
PlanIT Geo™ and EarthDefine Partnership Disruptive Urban

Arvada, Colorado: PlanIT Geo today announced a new partnership with EarthDefine of Redmond, Washington. This partnership was formed through a shared passion for the environment, disruptive technology, and the critical importance of trees in cities, tree equity distribution, and how that relates to the future of sustainable and resilient urban planning. 

Ian Hanou, Founder & CEO of PlanIT Geo states, “PlanIT Geo is committed to staying at the forefront of technology in urban forestry to bring value to our clients. Partnering with EarthDefine helps us deliver on this promise by offering nationwide, high-resolution urban tree canopy data with best-in-class accuracy, served through TreePlotter™ CANOPY software with off-the-shelf GIS analysis like never before." 

EarthDefine uses AI to transform earth sensor data into consumable geospatial information products. They provide building footprints, high-resolution tree and land cover data, canopy height models, and tree locations. Vikalpa Jetly, Founder & CEO of EarthDefine states, "EarthDefine wants to enable organizations of all sizes to quickly acquire and analyze data on their trees. With their extensive experience in urban forestry and tree cover analytics, PlanIT Geo was a natural fit for partnering to create a rapidly consumable Canopy as a Service (CaaS) offering to provide basic and enhanced tree cover analytics. We are excited to partner with PlanIT Geo to bring a scalable and cost-effective solution to get precise, updated, and spatial analysis-ready data on your trees." 

Using powerful software with tree canopy data built into the subscription provides users with cost-effective land cover data in a visually pleasing way. A few of the benefits include: 

  • Low annual subscription cost for tree canopy data analysis and software that flatlines budgets and simplifies the procurement
  • Regular tree canopy data updates, every 2-3 years
  • Track, map, and assess canopy change over time
  • Tree canopy data with 60-cm resolution, 96.6% overall accuracy, and 97.3% urban area accuracy
  • Calculations of tree canopy ecosystem services based on the i-Tree suite of tools
  • Tree equity scores based on analysis by American Forests
  • Interactive online maps for community engagement

The tree canopy assessment is already done for you and we will update it continuously. The annual subscription will keep your data and TreePlotter software up-to-date with current canopy cover percentages and changes over time, all broken out across a variety of spatial planning scales.

Through this partnership, PlanIT Geo and EarthDefine are making it easier than ever before to buy, use, and share critical information on changes in urban tree canopy. This new offering reduces technical hurdles, there is no need for GIS staff to analyze or help scope out a tree canopy study … it’s already done! Flatlining your budget and incorporating tree canopy data into your overall urban forest management is now off-the-shelf. All you need to do is view, plan and grow your urban forest with TreePlotter CANOPY. 

Explore more at: TreePlotter CANOPY

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