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Our imagery is renowned for its completeness, accessibility, accuracy, and clarity. Our difference is that we present imagery in the most valuable form for your application.

  • State and local government agencies rely on our satellite and aerial imagery to map projects that fulfill many essential public service projects. Towns, cities, and counties rely on our imagery to understand the makeup of their areas for tax assessment, public works, and public safety applications.
  • Federal, state, and local government agencies rely on DigitalGlobe satellite and aerial imagery to map projects that fulfill many essential public service projects. Towns, cities, and counties rely on our imagery to understand the makeup of their areas for tax assessment, public works, and public safety applications. Our imagery creates highly accurate base maps, classifies land use, and easily integrates into GIS applications for streamlined operations and shared use across multiple departments. From managing and overseeing industries which impact the infrastructure, transportation, urban development, environment, and homeland security, DigitalGlobe's geospatial imagery and information solutions have played a key role in the effectiveness and accuracy of these programs with its high-resolution imagery.

    Using our imagery in combination with GIS technology enables agencies to make more informed spatial decisions in order to provide better public services, planning for sustainability and protecting our communities. DigitalGlobe offers civil government users an affordable beginning-to-end imagery solution that includes a full range of imagery products, an extensive and expanding ImageLibrary, and flexible tasking and delivery options. The following are some of the ways in which DigitalGlobe imagery helps civil government agencies enhance operations.

  • Our satellite and aerial images cover significant areas of the world. With our rapid collection capabilities of QuickBird and WorldView we can reach the widest geographic areas quickly and easily without the deployment of onsite surveying. Establishing an accurate base map is critical for state, local, and federal agencies worldwide. You can quickly create an accurate base map with our images and integrate them into GIS to enhance vector map layers and serve as the ground truth for other applications. For national mapping initiatives the accuracy and high-resolution content from our satellites provides the unique base layer for many federal and ministries programs.
  • Our multispectral imagery products provide a means to analyze and classify land use across coastal water areas, vegetation structure and composition, barren land and open soils, built up or paved surfaces. All of these can determine the potential for land use to support federal initiatives for agriculture, mining, transportation, telecommunications, and urban development. You are able to track community growth and development according to demographics, identify and plan land use in agricultural, commercial, industrial and residential areas and associate land ownership with parcels to calculate tax assessment.

  • Our vast library of earth imagery combined with our abilities to refresh imagery from our collection of satellites and flight programs provide vital tools for monitoring targeted environments and surrounding areas. Agencies are able to gather a greater understanding of its national resources and its abilities to protect, conserve and explore those assets over time. Our imagery determines strategies for future restoration which minimize risks and hazards and protect wilderness and national park areas.

  • In response to protecting nation's communities, federal agencies rely on DigitalGlobe's satellite and aerial imagery to set policies for emergency response, assist with emergency planning, and respond quickly in times of disaster. Imagery used during emergency planning ensures adequate emergency route and identifies areas of improvement prior to an actual event. Images taken following a natural disaster are critical in providing immediate assistance among different responding agencies and organizations while minimizing the dangers and hazards.

  • Our online imagery – served through your web portal – informs citizens about planned improvements, environmental issues, and local demographics of the community. Add our imagery to your web portal to educate the community and increase public participation. It is also a vital community assistance program for natural disaster planning for hurricanes, floods, and wildfires.

  • Our earth imagery also offers unbiased truth about conditions required to comply with State and Federal mandates.

  • Before disasters strike, governments and first responders rely on our imagery to evaluate infrastructure and ground conditions and plan how to react to a variety of emergencies that threaten life and property. Our detailed, high-resolution imagery and powerful online and offline delivery tools accurately present developed and undeveloped landscape, which allows careful planning for emergency response activities.

    Whether you are mapping a potential fire, flood, hurricane, or earthquake path, you can use our imagery to prepare residents with evacuation routes and plan navigation for emergency responders. DigitalGlobe imagery is ideally suited to monitor cities, coastlines, borders, roads, utilities, and the possible outcome where disaster may occur. Combined with your existing transportation networks, hospital locations, and census data, our imagery reveals the detailed map needed for city managers and emergency personnel to understand the overall environment involved during a broad impact event. In addition, our archived imagery captured during or after other disasters in history help you build predictive models, establish early warning systems, and assess resource needs.

    Knowing the probable impact, escape routes and response needed to protect life, homes and communities during a catastrophic event aids proper planning so that governments, insurance companies, responders, and rebuilders can organize and mobilize efficiently should it actually happen. DigitalGlobe products provide the accurate, high resolution and historical views needed to use and share the data and to coordinate emergency efforts.
  • Most security organizations depend heavily on up to date maps to support operational and training requirements. Our satellites were specifically designed for collection to support mapping programs and provide data that is both spatially and spectrally accurate.

  • Supporting a wide range of defense and intelligence customers, DigitalGlobe is committed to meeting and exceeding their strategic and tactical requirements and expectations. From supporting military actions and national security to emergency management and mapping intelligence, DigitalGlobe supports national and international customers to keep their citizens safe and protect precious resources.

  • A robust surveillance program requires broad area coverage and timeliness. DigitalGlobe addresses both of these, collecting a target anywhere on the globe every 3 to 4 days.

    The information content provided by our very high-resolution imagery provides a capability to conduct detailed reconnaissance and subsequent extraction of critical information on targets (e.g., force capabilities, vulnerability assessments and facility characterization).

  • Imagery permits generic identification of most armor and support vehicles (e.g., differentiating between tanks, armored personnel carriers and self propelled artillery), and specific identification for some vehicles through measuring length, width and barrel lengths. Field deployments are readily detectable using the panchromatic and multispectral imagery, as well as natural color (pansharpened) imagery where revetments and trenching are easily identifiable.

  • Identify all major naval vessels (combatants and support vessels) by specific class using the panchromatic data. This includes recognizing major offensive and defensive weapons systems, ship superstructures, antennas and even mooring lines. Ship repair activities and dockside activities are readily seen, allowing analysts to determine repair cycles and preparations for mobilizing.

  • Classification of military aircraft is possible, enabling analysts to tell the difference between similar aircraft (excluding variants). Additionally, our imagery shows you all airfield components, including runway/taxiway/parking apron layout, hardened aircraft shelters, runway markings, support infrastructure, ILS components and munitions storage areas. It also is useful for detecting changes in force mobilization or to the airfield components (runway expansion, digging of underground facilities, etc.).

    Use imagery to locate mobile and fixed surface to air missiles (it is possible to determine if a launcher is loaded) and identify anti aircraft artillery (AAA) formations.

  • When conducting facility analysis, both the panchromatic and multispectral imagery reveal facility subcomponents by specific function. Our imagery supports monitoring force deployments, conducting order of battle assessments and detecting change in facilities over time (multispectral imagery also plays an integral role in accomplishing change detection).

  • DigitalGlobe imagery provides critical information about weapons storage facilities. From our imagery, you can understand bunker construction techniques, see the different types of storage for different types of ordnance, identify transshipment facilities and methods and measure bunkers and structures accurately.

  • Detailed bomb damage assessment (BDA), which encompasses timely and accurate estimates of damage resulting from operational military strikes, are often performed using DigitalGlobe imagery. In many cases, you can fully assess the details of the physical and functional damage to a facility, particularly with before and after imagery.

  • Our imagery is crucial to monitoring weapons development efforts because it reveals weapons delivery platforms, engine testing, firing ranges and ballistic test facilities.

  • Most security organizations depend heavily on up to date maps to support operational and training requirements. Our satellites were specifically designed for collection to support mapping programs and provide data that is both spatially and spectrally accurate. Use our data to produce traditional hard copy mapping products from 1:50,000 up to 1:10,000 scales, large scale maps suitable for supporting defense operations and very detailed site diagrams.

  • AEgis Technologies Group – provider of expert modeling and simulation services – and DigitalGlobe – a leading provider of high-resolution commercial imagery—have partnered to provide an exclusive real-time 3D image product that can be rapidly created from any of our high-resolution satellite images. ImageScape is a merger of high-resolution satellite imagery and Digital Elevation Models (DEM) to provide the user a rich real-time 3D viewing capability. Unlike traditional 3D terrain models, expensive software is not required for viewing this product; instead a free robust 3D viewer is provided that allows the user to interact with the data in real-time. The viewer provides the ability to add Geomarkers, perform measurements, and add addition GIS data as needed.

    The combination of state-of-the-art models, tools and services from AEgis and high-resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe results in powerful 3D simulation capabilities. A number of factors contributed to this incredible achievement, including the fact that DigitalGlobe is operating a constellation of sub-meter commercial imaging satellites. Together, AEgis and DigitalGlobe have created ImageScape, which combines 3D wireframe terrain topologies with DigitalGlobe's high-resolution imagery to render 3D representations of any area in the world as requested by our customers.

    The end result of using the advanced computational methods and rendering algorithms developed by AEgis and the satellite imagery supplied by DigitalGlobe is the ability to create 3D virtual models of any required location in the world – using the highest-resolution commercial data available – more than four times faster and at a fraction of the cost of anyone else in the industry! The data that is created during this process can be output in a variety of formats. Databases are also extensible for future updates and additions. It is due to this speed that AEgis and DigitalGlobe can imagine, design, create, and deliver at a world-class pace.

  • DigitalGlobe imagery supports identification of key strategic industries such as energy, extraction and manufacturing facilities. With it, you can analyze each of these facilities in great detail, identifying what is being produced and the capacity for production and inventory at the facility. For example, individual power lines are visible, transformers can be counted and pipelines measured – all this data supports your assessments of the power plant’s potential capacity. Moreover, our multispectral imagery provides critical information on various types of raw material used in a manufacturing process, as well as potential environmental impacts.

  • Seconds on Orbit (SOO) is a unique program designed to meet the high priority access and collection flexibility needs of defense and intelligence customers. The program features a combination of SOO-specific tasking and order options that allow the customer to more closely align collection requirements with changing operational demands.

    SOO order options are offered exclusively to SOO customers and provide the highest performance and delivery services available. SOO customer service is provided 24 hours/day, 7 days/week by Strategic Account Specialists dedicated to specific customer accounts.

    • Highest available tasking priority
    • Accelerated access to imagery
    • SOO exclusive pricing
    • Shared cloud cover protection
    • Reduced tasking windows
    • Priority order processing
    • Dedicated account management
    • 24/7 on-call support
    • SOO-specific training
  • "Since its inception in November 2003, the Multinational Geospatial Co-Production Program (MGCP) has been working toward bolstering international cooperative production and coordination of high-resolution digital vector data in high-interest regions where inadequate data currently exists. The project represents the most current evolution of a 10-year, global vector-map level 1 (VMAP1) effort that began in 1993 and was revamped in 2003."

    Fillmore, Randolph. Military Geospatial Technology, "The Multinational Geospatial Co-Production Program is making big strides toward getting global high-resolution data common across the board," Mar 23, 2006 in Volume: 4 Issue: 1.

    The 28 nations taking part in the Program:

        Czech Republic
        New Zealand
        United Kingdom
        United States

  • Aerial and satellite imagery offers improved situational awareness to enhance automobile, nautical, or pedestrian navigation on a range of devices.

  • Look at a Location-Based Services application today and you can expect to see world imagery at the core of the user experience. Whether it's fleet management, local search, outdoor pursuits, social networking, or pedestrian navigation, imagery transforms the viewing experience from simplified and flat, to a window on the world. Users can explore, plan, and navigate with the confidence that only comes from a real world view. Our ImageBuilder programmer toolkits, APIs and viewers offer a wide range of options for integrating imagery into web-based applications.

  • High-resolution aerial and satellite imagery can provide consumers with a more accurate and realistic understanding of their location and the geography of their surroundings. This enhances automobile, nautical or pedestrian navigation, including for outdoor recreation and off road travels.

    Automobile Navigation
    Give drivers the rich mapping layer of our detailed satellite and aerial images with streets overlay so they can easily find their way.

    Nautical Navigation
    High-resolution aerial and satellite imagery, when overlaid on the chart, provide the mariner with improved situational awareness. "Real world" views of ports, harbors, marinas, waterways, navigation landmarks and other points of interest offer another powerful tool for navigating unfamiliar waters.

    Personal Navigation
    Enhance any regular Java-enabled mobile phone or PDA with navigation and local search information over our earth imagery. Provide users with the most current and precise images available, surpassing traditional maps in usability and accuracy.

    Fleet Management
    Where are your trucks, cabs, snowplows or even airplanes? And how should they be routed? Combining earth imagery with your GPS application helps you more accurately see the location of each of your assets and how to better manage all of them, even when you are on the go.

  • The online world is exploding with new location-based web content every day. Aerial and satellite imagery enhances this content, providing users with a real world view for better situational awareness and a richer online experience.

    However you envision adding earth images to your website, we have a method that will work for you. Our ImageBuilder programmer toolkits, APIs and viewers offer a wide range of options. ImageBuilder links your website to our online image platform, allowing for customized interactive viewing features without additional data maintenance costs. Imagery is also mobile-device ready.

    Give drivers a rich mapping layer with our detailed satellite and aerial images with streets overlay so they can more easily find their way. "Real world" views of intersections, landmarks and other points of interest offer a powerful tool for navigating unfamiliar areas.

    Neighborhood Mapping
    With our high-resolution imagery, you can show the details of any area. Put the context behind the street layers, show the actual buildings, parking lots, parks, bridges, etc. Place a specific location within the context of the bigger picture, showing what else is nearby.

    Sites of Interest and Recreational Mapping
    There is no limit to the innovative uses for online mapping. Specialized websites focus on any number of interest areas that can be enhanced with real world views — favorite hiking trails, golf courses or coffee shops can be brought to life with our detailed imagery.

    Real Estate Information
    Property information, including valuations and home data are widely used online. Home and property buyers are flocking to the Internet to browse listings and research potential purchases. Our imagery helps users better visualize locations and virtually fly over any neighborhood to see the details in and around each property. Users will see actual features such as backyard space, landscape details, property access, proximity to shopping and local services, parks, schools, etc.

    City Services
    City and town websites often feature points of interest to support tourism, highlight public spaces and deliver updates about city services such as traffic and accident reports, construction plans or fleet routing. All of this location based information is improved with our aerial or satellite imagery.

    News Delivery
    Most every news story includes the "5 Ws" - who, what, where, when and why. To show "where" specifically, our imagery provides a real world view for graphic communication. News feeds today also include location information, called GeoRSS feeds, that enables users to find locations within global imagery.

    Exploring Geography
    Educational sites let users explore geography around the globe, from viewing historic landmarks and other attractions to locating impact craters or volcanic activity. Our high-resolution imagery extends these investigations, even for remote areas.

    Building Consumer Communities
    Consumer products companies are always seeking innovative ways to reach their customers and build relationships. Some innovative companies have used our imagery to create unique features on their website that engage their target audience.

  • Location information and geography have enormous impact on the telecommunications industry.

    Facility and Asset Management
    Monitoring and protecting infrastructure assets and the populations near them is an around-the-clock job. Telecommunication and utilities companies can better protect their investments with accurate base maps of ground assets. Earth imagery from DigitalGlobe's online library allows technicians to view and analyze many different locations directly from their desktops, which replaces expensive and time consuming site visits up to 50 percent. It also guides them to the correct location when maps are out of date or the area involves a remote, hard to access region.

    Telecommunication professionals need imagery early in the design process to engineer and construct new facilities and to visualize the impact of new construction on the landscape and surrounding community. It is also used to design site access which lessens construction costs based upon elevations, soil erosion and flooding potential. Why build a cell tower upon sub optimal land when imagery can mitigate millions of dollars in repairs and maintenance?