Longmont, Colo., November 3, 2005 – DigitalGlobe® and Canada-based Valtus Imagery Services (Valtus), a division of NorthWest Geomatics Ltd., have entered into an initial three year data distribution partnership to bring high-resolution commercial satellite imagery to Valtus customers via the Valtus Web site (www.valtusimagery.com).
Valtus customers who subscribe to the company’s VISTA and VIEWS online Web services will now be able to access DigitalGlobe’s 60-centimeter resolution QuickBird satellite imagery in addition to Valtus’ already-large inventories of aerial data. VISTA (Valtus Imagery Services Terrain Archives) is a convenient online solution for users who require immediate access to downloadable, georeferenced mapping data. VIEWS (Valtus Imagery Enhanced Web Service) provides instant, secure access to an extensive library of imagery that can be seamlessly integrated into mapping applications and geographic information systems (GIS).
In addition to delivering imagery from DigitalGlobe’s existing digital ImageLibrary (including DigitalGlobe’s CitySphere cities in Canada), DigitalGlobe plans strategic collections and delivery of large-area imagery in British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
Valtus’ primary target market is the energy market, but its customers also come from markets as varied as real estate, telecom, and Canadian federal and provincial governments. Expansion of Valtus Imagery Services into the U.S. is underway.
“This agreement with DigitalGlobe supplements our existing base of aerial imagery with the highest resolution commercially available satellite imagery. It will also allow our customers to access imagery worldwide from DigitalGlobe’s ImageLibrary as well as order custom collections as required,” said Tim Crago, vice president and general manager of Valtus Imagery Services. “The availability of DigitalGlobe’s imagery on our secure Web servers will open up whole new opportunities for Valtus customers who want access to huge inventories of data without having to manage the data themselves.”
Longmont, Colo.-based DigitalGlobe (www.digitalglobe.com) 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 imagery products to government and commercial markets. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging satellite. The company’s next-generation WorldView I satellite is scheduled to launch no later than 2006, and, WorldView II is anticipated to launch in 2008, pending finalization of customer contracts. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over one hundred million square kilometers of global imagery for countless mapping and planning needs.
Valtus’ technology utilizes open GIS protocols to allow hi-resolution orthophoto imagery to be viewed instantly through a wide range of industry standard web-mapping products and desktop applications. Valtus’ services allow users to search, view and download imagery instantly from their on-line store at www.valtus.ca.
Valtus has developed a number of proprietary internet-based data systems for on-line purchase and delivery of imagery products to its customers. The company serves a broad base of markets including land management, surveying, oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, community development, environmental management, real-estate, emergency response and all levels of government. In addition, Valtus holds the largest private data base of LiDAR data in western Canada.