Longmont, Colo., Jan. 3, 2005 – DigitalGlobe®, provider of the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced that the company’s QuickBird satellite imagery was used by the Arkansas Geographic Information Office (AGIO) in order to successfully prepare for the Clinton Presidential Library opening recently. The AGIO coordinated with numerous city, county, state and federal agencies to plan for the library opening.
The library’s grand opening ceremony on November 18 was attended by President Bush, as well as former Presidents Clinton, Carter and George H.W. Bush. Musical artists U2 and Aretha Franklin were also in attendance.
In addition to providing on-site support during the event in the local and state operation centers, the AGIO provided over 50 posters and 75 map books to prepare for the event. In total, over 45 unique geospatial datasets were generated and documented.
Pulaski County, where the library is located, has had a very active GIS program since the mid- 1990s. However, the existing land base was out of date and in need of updates to effectively support security and planning for the event. According to David Nale, senior vice president of commercial markets at DigitalGlobe, “We were originally contacted by the AGIO roughly 30 days before the event. During those next 30 days we were able to task the satellite and capture new imagery as well as utilize the DigitalGlobe library of images, to ultimately deliver more than 700-square miles of image data.”
According to Learon Dalby, GIS manager for AGIO, “DigitalGlobe responded to our needs in an incredibly short timeframe. The accuracy of the QuickBird data, and the company’s turnaround time and responsiveness made it possible for us to provide the tools needed by law enforcement officials working on preparations for the event. This is a phenomenal example of how satellite imagery can address the needs of today’s law enforcement, homeland security and emergency responder communities.”
Nale added, “In today’s world of emergency response and homeland defense, current data is extremely important. By tasking QuickBird and accessing the extensive DigitalGlobe library of imagery, DigitalGlobe was able to play a vital role in helping emergency services at the highest levels of government.”
More information about the project can be found at http://www.gis.state.ar.us/Programs/Projects_archive/Library/Clinton_Library.htm.
DigitalGlobe is the clear leader in the global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information market. The company’s technical superiority and innovation, unparalleled commitment to customer service, extensive business partner network and open systems philosophy make DigitalGlobe the preferred supplier of satellite and aerial imagery and value-added products. In 2001, DigitalGlobe launched what remains the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite today, QuickBird. The company will launch its next-generation WorldView system no later than 2006. QuickBird has collected and stored in its ImageLibrary hundreds of thousands of Earth image scenes covering over a hundred million square kilometers, and collects an additional one million square kilometers each week. These new and historical images are essential for customers who map and plan for change in our world. DigitalGlobe is based in Longmont, Colo., USA. For more information visit www.digitalglobe.com.