Phoenix, AZ and Longmont, Colo., February 5, 2007 – AirPhotoUSA, a DigitalGlobe company, and a leading provider of aerial information solutions, announced today that the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has purchased AirPhotoUSA high-resolution aerial photography. This is the fourth USGS contract awarded to AirPhotoUSA for off-the-shelf aerial imagery and covers 16 urban areas totaling more than 40,000 square miles.
The images will be distributed to Federal Civil agencies and State and Local governments. AirPhotoUSA supplies orthophotography according to USGS’s strict standards of resolution and accuracy.
“High-resolution imagery is a vital resource for agencies involved in domestic security and emergency response,” said Marc Tremblay, vice president and general manager of DigitalGlobe’s commercial business unit. “Emergency responders and security personnel require the most up-to-date and accurate data available for their areas of interest, and we are proud to be selected to serve them.”
APU maintains the largest high-resolution, seamless aerial inventory for U.S. metro regions. In 2006 AirPhotoUSA began an unprecedented effort to acquire and maintain current, nationwide aerial imagery at one-foot pixel resolution, the highest resolution, seamless, off-the-shelf product commercially available. APU products are valued for their versatility of application, with out-of-the-box capability to actively integrate to existing GIS, provide easy-to-use stand alone viewing, annotation and export tools, local area network speed, and online connectivity. More information about AirPhotoUSA’s exclusive PhotoMapper® products, web services and online applications can be found at www.airphotousa.com.
Longmont, Colorado 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 is the only geospatial content provider to take an end-to-end approach to geospatial imagery, from acquiring proprietary high-resolution images through a leading-edge satellite and aerial network, to integrating and distributing that data through GlobeXplorer, a web-based search and retrieval system that makes it easy to find, purchase and download global imagery. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging system. The company’s next-generation WorldView 1 satellite is scheduled to launch in mid-2007, and its WorldView 2 satellite is anticipated to launch in late 2008. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over two hundred million square kilometers of QuickBird imagery and an extensive global library of aerial imagery suited to countless mapping and planning needs.