Lesson 10: Minimizing processing costs

Approx. reading time: 5 minutes

Cloud-based Atlas has plans with different monthly processing capacity in Megapixels. When you make a detection on images or a map, we calculate the amount of megapixels that will be spent in this operation. Window below represents typical summary:

  • Used - how many megapixels already spent until now
  • Processing Cost - the cost of the operation in Megapixels
  • Will remain - how many Megapixels will remain in the account after operation

But there is a way to optimize your spendings, especially during the detector testing phase.

In case of Images. You can select only several images for the detection:

  • Hover mouse over image tile, checkbox will appear
  • Select as many images as you wish

Now when you’ll train or run a detector, you’ll have an option to run detection only on the selected images.

In case of Maps. On the orthomosaic one can define working areas. Working area is a region on the map. To draw a working area:

  • Select either rectangular or polygonal drawing tool from toolbar (see 1 on the picture below)
  • Draw on the map
  • Working areas appear on the map as white dashed figures. They also appear in the list in the right panel (see 2 on the image below)

Later when you’ll train or run a detector, you’ll have an option to run detection only on the selected working areas.

Selecting images and working areas may significantly reduce processing time and cost. Also in many cases objects can be localized in certain areas. Thus selecting working areas may reduce the number of false positives in the area where objects can not be.

You’ve learned a very important concept. Congratulations!