Genscape is featured in the Wall Street Journal!

2014-02-12

Traders Seek an Edge With High-Tech Snooping

A helicopter lifted off recently from an airfield in this remote oil town, scudded low across the flat industrial landscape and trained a heat-sensitive camera at the huge storage tanks below.

Its mission: Gather intelligence for Wall Street.

The grainy, infrared reconnaissance images betrayed how much oil was in each tank. That gave Genscape Inc., the company that conducts the flights, a remarkably accurate preview of a market-moving U.S. government report on oil supplies. Traders, hungry to get a jump on the official data, are willing to pay a hefty price for that intelligence.

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