New BlueChart g2 Line of Cartography Features DigitalGlobe’s Satellite Imagery
Longmont, Colo., April 16, 2007- DigitalGlobe®, provider of the world’s highest- resolution imagery and geospatial information products, today announced that it will provide to Garmin International, Inc., a unit of Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq: GRMN), the high-resolution imagery for Garmin’s BlueChart® g2 – its new line of highly detailed cartography. BlueChart g2 with DigitalGlobe imagery is one of the first electronic charting devices to give boaters unparalleled access to the world’s highest-resolution commercial imaging system.
“By supplying the detailed imagery behind the BlueChart g2, DigitalGlobe is helping to bring a new level of accuracy, realism and reliability to one of the leading nautical navigation devices available today,” said Marc Tremblay, vice president and general manager of DigitalGlobe’s commercial business unit. “We look forward to continuously enhancing the development of our digital archive, supplying Garmin’s customers with the finest high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery available.”
The BlueChart g2 is part of Garmin’s award-winning line of charts. The BlueChart line of cartography has an amazing range of features and functions – all priced significantly below comparable electronic charts. The BlueChart g2 plotters now feature worldwide imagery from DigitalGlobe for a realistic “view from space” map depiction. With the addition of BlueChart g2 Vision software, these images are upgraded to super high-detail imagery with true 3D-view perspective, both above and below the waterline. Additional enhancements include general coastal road detail, marine services information, and improved IALA navigational symbols. Other chart features include port plans, wrecks, restricted areas and more.
“Leveraging DigitalGlobe’s images, the BlueChart g2 is one of the most advanced cartography devices available today, far surpassing traditional maps in its usability and accuracy,” said Greg DeVries, Garmin’s director of marine sales and marketing. “Our decision to utilize DigitalGlobe imagery was based on the company’s reputation as one of the best providers of imagery available. DigitalGlobe has both the technology and customer base to prove it, and we are excited to work with them.”
In related news, DigitalGlobe will attend the Location Intelligence Conference in San Francisco this week, presenting today on how DigitalGlobe imagery is enabling the global enterprise, as well as participating in a panel discussion on Wednesday, April 18, 2007 about the role of satellite imagery in local intelligence. For more information, contact R.J. Bardsley at 415-694-6701 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Garmin International, Inc. is a member of the Garmin Ltd. (Nasdaq:GRMN) group of companies which designs, manufactures, markets, and sells navigation, communication and information devices and applications — most of which are enabled by GPS technology. Garmin is a leader in consumer and general aviation navigation and its products serve the automotive/mobile, outdoor/fitness, marine, and aviation markets. Garmin Ltd. is incorporated in the Cayman Islands, and its principal subsidiaries are located in the United States, Taiwan and the United Kingdom. For more information, visit Garmin’s virtual pressroom at www.garmin.com/pressroom or contact the Media Relations department at 913-397-8200. Garmin, and BlueChart are registered trademarks, and g2 and g2 Vision are trademarks of Garmin Ltd. or its subsidiaries.
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 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 proprietary 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 three hundred million square kilometers of satellite and aerial imagery suited to countless applications for people who map, view, navigate and study the earth.