Why big data will be a big deal for the new HP

When environmental group Conservation International (CI) needed to measure how much of the world’s rainforests have been chopped down, it turned to HP.

CI wanted to use satellite imagery to compare the amount of rainforest there today to images of the same areas three decades ago. HP engineers built a tool using the company’s DistributedR program that automatically scanned the images and categorized them, pixel-by-pixel to determine which areas were forested and which no longer are.

Author: Brandon Butler

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