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COVID-19

Tracking the Coronavirus: Auto Plant Restarts

Orbital Insight has been closely monitoring US and international auto production, plant by plant, to help investors quantify the economic impact of COVID-19 on the autos sector and recovery by geography and brand.

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COVID-19

Signs of Life at China's Belt and Road in Laos

In the last week of April, Orbital Insight observed a 65% week-on-week surge in activity at Boten, indicating a resumption of construction activity in the Boten SEZ. While the activity levels are not as high as what Orbital Insight observed in October 2019, it represents a return to pre-COVID levels as engineers and construction workers return to Boten.

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COVID-19

Geospatial Data Show Americans are Getting Quarantine Fatigue

Orbital Insight has developed a thorough and near real-time method to understand social distancing and mobility trends using anonymized geolocation data.

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COVID-19

Where are the Food Supply Chain Risks After Smithfield?

Using its proprietary platform GO, Orbital Insight analyzed how this shutdown of Smithfield's factories has affected the pork industry. 

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Supply Chain Monitoring

Podcast: How geospatial data analysis can track pandemic impacts on food supply chains

Bryan Yates, general manager and director of sales for Europe, Middle East and Africa at Orbital Insight, was interviewed by Ian Welsh of Innovation Forum about how analysis of geospatial data can help companies track their supply chains and gauge risks.

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Energy

As World Panics Over Oil Storage, Orbital Data Shows 2B Barrels of Space Left

As global oil producers race to slash production over the coronavirus pandemic, questions are being raised on whether the cuts will be enough and how many more days of supply storage there are in the tanks if oversupply continues.

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COVID-19

Tracking the Coronavirus — Part Four: China’s Signs of Recovery

China’s economy was devastated by the novel coronavirus outbreak in the first two months of the year, according to retail sales/industrial output/fixed asset investments data reported by CNN, and analysts say the nightmare is far from over.

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COVID-19

Tracking the Coronavirus — Part Three: GO Zooms In On Face Masks & Sanitizer Supply

Amid their watch on oil storage tanks, traffic at malls and vessels at ports, satellites in orbit and IoT data have also begun focusing on the supply chain of two of the hottest commodities on earth now: face masks and hand sanitizers.

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COVID-19

Tracking the Coronavirus — Part Two: Air Travel in China & Asia

Thousands of flights that used to crisscross the airspace in China and its region have vanished in a matter of weeks, leaving airports isolated as the coronavirus forces global airlines to restrict or stop altogether flying into Asia’s busiest travel hub.

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