eCognition Essentials 1.0

eCognition Essentials software is an all-in-one solution that allows users of any skill level to quickly produce high-quality, GIS-ready deliverables from satellite imagery. Based on core eCognition software technology, eCognition Essentials' guided workflow makes analysis of remote sensing data faster, saving time in ruleset definition.


Features & Benefits

  • Intuitive user interface powered by Trimble® eCognition® image recognition engine
  • Easily perform land cover mapping tasks from satellite imagery
  • Guided workflows for effectively transforming image data into actionable intelligence
  • Analyzes raster and vector data from a variety of file types
  • Export high-quality, GIS-ready deliverables
  • Access geospatial data via Trimble® InSphere™ Data Marketplace

eCognition Essentials software offers an out-of-the-box solution to perform common remote sensing tasks such as precise forest, agricultural and land cover mapping. The guided workflow enables analysis of common data sources via image segmentation or sample-based classification, combined with a set of interactive tools for quality control.

Save time with ruleset development through pre-defined image segmentation steps. Remote sensing and GIS analysts are able to easily extract valuable data with optimal results.

the Techsheet


A Complete Analysis Workflow Software Solution

Trimble eCognition Essentials offers users an all-in-one collection of required workflow steps for sample-based classification solutions, powered by Trimble’s powerful eCognition engine. Predefined workflow blocks allow users to quickly formulate sample-based classification rules based on SVM and kNN, all the way to exporting GIS-ready result layers (SHP / FileGBD).

Intuitive Graphical Interface

As the perfect starting point for remote sensing professionals who are not specially trained in object-based image analysis, Trimble eCognition Essentials offers an easy-to-use, intuitive graphical user interface. With immediate access to automated segmentation and classification tasks, the software puts a sample-based image classification workflow right in the hands of a production-oriented user. 


Supports a Variety of Use Cases

Quickly and efficiently handle a variety of use cases, including forest mapping for carbon sequestering assessment on REDD++ projects and forest monitoring for Kyoto Protocol reports. Users can also easily perform agriculture mapping for yield assessment and agricultural subsidies on country level, as well as basic land cover mapping for monitoring of land degradation. eCognition Essentials also supports land cover mapping in countries where land cover information is generated based on VHR satellite data only (i.e. China).

Access the InSphere Data Marketplace

With the Trimble InSphere Data Marketplace plug-in for eCognition Essentials, users can easily access remote sensing imagery and begin generating results immediately. The platform will be continually expanded, with the following sets currently available:

  • The Landsat 8 library features about 5,000 clear sky images of the United States, automatically added to the libraries for eCognition and available free of charge.
  • Precision Digital Globe Aerial data from the U.S. and Western Europe is also now available.


Guided Analysis Workflow

Trimble eCognition Essentials lets users focus on getting the results they need. At any step in the process, users see only the specific, relevant set of components for that particular purpose. The sequence of components is also predefined. Workflow steps are calibrated to the corresponding image data sets using simple sliders or buttons.

Automated Functions Enhance Productivity

Users can achieve professional results at minimal turnaround times thanks to automated image analysis functions. These include image segmentation or sample-based classification, combined with a set of interactive tools for quality control. Remote sensing and GIS analysts are able to easily extract valuable data, without having to get involved with ruleset development. This frees up time to focus on interpreting results and decision-making.


How eCognition Essentials works


Trimble eCognition Essentials offers an easy-to-use, all-in-one software solution for performing professional satellite image analysis with a guided four-step workflow.

1. Import Data

Get straight to work with one-step project creation by importing a variety of image file formats, including Rasters (TIF, IMG, JP2), Vectors (SHP, FileGDB), and Point Clouds (LAS up to v1.4, Trident LAS).

2. Create & Classify Objects

Powered by the proprietary Trimble image analysis engine, eCognition Essentials lets users create objects based on spectral and spatial homogeneity definitions, followed by guided object classification according to pre-loaded or user-defined parameters.

3. Edit Results

Users have a chance to review results and — if needed — modify segmentation and classification rules without re-starting the entire workflow. Now results are ready for evaluating the accuracy by applying use case-oriented statistical values.

4. Export Results

Finish the intuitive, easy-to-use Trimble eCognition Essentials image analysis workflow by exporting a GIS-ready result layer of the final classification results.