Company profile

The success of Spatial Business Integration is anchored in expert knowledge and more than 20 years of experience in the fields of satellite remote sensing, geospatial technologies, plant sciences, water and agriculture. SBI has evolved today into a leading provider of satellite-based services for the agricultural sector, as well as the agro-chemical and financial industries.

SBI´s portfolio of information products is diversified in response to the needs of its customers. The company’s approach is highly innovative and reflects the megatrends, while respecting the requirements for a world with a sustainable future.

SBI relies on satellite imagery and evaluates the data to the benefit of its customers in the optical and radar ranges. This enables us to assess the yield prospects of a field, for instance, based on objective measurements taken from an orbit altitude of 700 km rather than on opinions. These observations are available day in day out, consistently and on a global scale. We can therefore reliably compare different parts of the world. Moreover, we can draw historical comparisons by accessing a time series of satellite images and other geospatial data collated in our database systems over a period going back 20 years. The application of data from climate models allows SBI to calculate future effects.

SBI’s R&D programme is geared to recognizing the mutually beneficial relationship which exists between ourselves and our customers and to translating shared knowledge into solutions, systems and applications. SBI’s cooperation with renowned research institutions, such as the European Space Agency (ESA), the German Aerospace Agency (DLR), the Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) and the Technical University of Darmstadt (TUD), secures the consistently high quality of our products and services. This structure also ensures that we continue to develop technologies and methods which communicate with cutting-edge research, keeping us permanently one step ahead.

In addition, SBI’s extensively available, massively parallel computing system (up to 240 cores) and highly scalable geospatial databases (e.g. Oracle), along with a range of geospatial information in uniform formats, safeguard its unique position. These aspects and the quality of expertise, coupled with innovative business models, guarantee SBI’s sustainable success.

Company history

The story began with SBI mastering the art of integrating geospatial data into business processes, which initially enabled it to provide geospatial services to governmental authorities and power supply companies. The goal was to save time and money. SBI focused on offering consultancy services, as well as on designing and developing Geospatial Data Infrastructures (GDI), complemented by process implementation and GIS-oriented software solutions.

At a later date, SBI began to provide geospatial solutions to the agricultural, agro-chemical and financial industries, a business which currently contributes 100 % of SBI’s revenue.

The interdisciplinary and international team of SBI comprises satellite imagery specialists, agricultural engineers, geo-information scientists, geologists, mathematicians, physicists, hydrologists and industrial engineers, which ensures in-depth expertise and know-how which can be directly sourced from many regions of the world. This unique set of competences is geared towards delivering value added and facilitating the economic success of our customers.

Corporate social responsibility (CSR) at SBI

SBI views social responsibility as more than simply securing the company’s economic success. The company’s CSR encompasses equal professional opportunities for women and men, foreigners and Germans, and young and older staff alike. Our team is a successful blend created from this diversity and a combination which engenders a respectful and goal-oriented working environment.

In recent years, the number of our employees has grown continuously. The proportion of women working in the company remains high at 40%, with half of our managerial positions staffed by women.

The number of foreign nationals we employ has also gradually increased to around a third of the workforce over the years. Along with their skills set, these colleagues enrich our company with their different cultural backgrounds.

SBI collaborates with universities and supports bachelor and master students in working on their theses within an internship framework. These young colleagues add to the number of our employees who have opted for individually tailored, part-time job models. These models allow our employees to achieve a work/life balance, while giving others the opportunity of building on their academic education by gaining highly specialized, remunerated practical experience.

Our top managers are honorary members committed to a range of social activities, examples being a trust manager of Stiftung der Deutschen Wirtschaft (a foundation of German industry), an Executive Board member of of the Unternehmerverband Südhessen (association of employers of Southern Hesse) and an Advisory Board member of the “Vereinigung der hessischen Unternehmerverbände – Darmstadt” and Southern Hessen Office (the umbrella organization of the Hessian associations of employers), as well as an honorary labour judge presiding at the regional labour court in Frankfurt am Main.