The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to Use DigitalGlobe’s CitySphere for Security, Intelligence and Planning Needs
Longmont, Colo., September 5, 2006 – DigitalGlobe®, provider of the world’s highest resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, today announced that the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) will use DigitalGlobe CitySphere™ to access imagery of 200 of the world’s major metropolitan areas. CitySphere is an off-the-shelf collection of orthorectified color imagery provided by DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite.
“CitySphere demonstrates DigitalGlobe’s ability to deliver innovative products and services that meet both commercial and defense and intelligence needs,” said Jill Smith, chief executive officer of DigitalGlobe. “The currency, resolution and accuracy of CitySphere make it ideal for use as a base map in geospatial applications and we are delighted that the NGA has chosen CitySphere for its needs.”
CitySphere features orthorectified 60 cm (2 foot) mosaic color imagery of 200 of the world’s largest cities. Cities such as Beijing, China; San Francisco, California; Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; and Rome, Italy are available off-the-shelf with immediate delivery. Each city is comprised of imagery that is refreshed every year, so that no content is older than 24 months. With a broad range of international cities, CitySphere can help NGA serve clients such as the U.S. State Department and other intelligence community agencies. CitySphere can meet the geospatial content needs associated with embassy security, convoy and route planning security operations, the location of new property compounds, and the development of evacuation plans.
DigitalGlobe’s CitySphere product provides accurate geospatial data that aids customers in providing timely and relevant geospatial intelligence in support of worldwide mapping requirements. CitySphere enables easy access to a consistent, reliable source of unclassified high-resolution imagery that is a foundation for planning, decision and action.
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 system. The company’s next-generation WorldView 1 is scheduled to launch in mid-2007, and WorldView 2 is anticipated to launch in 2008. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over one hundred eighty million square kilometers of global imagery for countless mapping and planning needs.