DigitalGlobe Names MAPS geosystems Sole Distributor For Middle East and Sub-Saharan Africa

Company Recognized As “Business Partner of the Year”

Longmont, Colo., June 19, 2006 – DigitalGlobe®, provider of the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, announced today that it has named MAPS geosystems, its reseller headquartered in Sharjah, United Arab Emirates, its “Business Partner of the Year” and that the company will now be the sole distributor of DigitalGlobe satellite imagery in both the Middle East and the sub-Saharan region of Africa.

According to Gabriel Khoury, MAPS managing partner, “MAPS geosystems and DigitalGlobe have enjoyed a stellar working relationship, with MAPS playing an ongoing role in allowing DigitalGlobe to expand its offerings extensively throughout these territories. Thanks to DigitalGlobe’s support and MAPS efforts, we have seen a tremendous increase in the utilization of commercial satellite imagery, and MAPS is pleased to offer the world’s highest resolution imaging products to this part of the globe. We are thrilled that DigitalGlobe has recognized us for the strength of our partnership.”

MAPS geosystems, as a business partner of DigitalGlobe, collected two business partner awards for innovation and sales just prior to being named sole distributor. DigitalGlobe distributes these awards annually in recognition of partners’ business excellence and commercial success as well as technical innovation.

According to Mike McGill, DigitalGlobe’s senior director, global commercial sales, “MAPS has exhibited both the reach and the exemplary service level required by DigitalGlobe in serving its global base of customers. As a company, DigitalGlobe will continue to expand upon its business partner program by deepening its relationship with companies such as MAPS geosystems that exemplify model partner companies, characterized by exceptional customer service and the ability to deliver imagery successfully to key markets.”

About MAPS geosystems
MAPS geosystems is a leading producer of aerial survey, satellite and map data. The company covers all geographic data development stages, from satellite imagery, aerial photography and field survey by its own teams, to asset mapping, in-house software development and system integration. With a multinational staff of 200 engineers and technicians and 30 years of operational experience, MAPS has executed over 1000 aerial survey and mapping projects in 60 countries. Headquartered in Munich, Germany, MAPS geosystems has production facilities and subsidiaries throughout Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Major customers are engineering firms, energy and utility providers, municipalities, local and regional authorities, national governments and international agencies and organizations.

About DigitalGlobe
Longmont, Colo.-based 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 imagery products to government and commercial markets. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging system. The company’s next-generation WorldView I is scheduled to launch in mid-2007, 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.