Largest commercial image library of China ever created delivers comprehensive, current foundation for tracking urban development, creating advanced mapping applications
Beijing, March 23, 2011 – DigitalGlobe (NYSE: DGI), a leading global content provider of high-resolution earth imagery solutions, has extended its lead in the Chinese market with its latest ImageLibrary. After collecting millions of square kilometers of imagery over the last 12 months, the company’s ImageLibrary now encompasses 34 million square kilometers of cloud-free China coverage. It includes a mix of rich archive and constantly refreshed satellite imagery covering more than 150 of China’s largest cities, such as Beijing, Shanghai, Shenzhen, Kunming and Qingdao.
With the latest collections, DigitalGlobe’s ImageLibrary is three times the size of other available high resolution, commercial image libraries and offers government and business customers a strong foundation for making business and policy decisions.
DigitalGlobe’s Head of North Asia Commercial Sales Takayuki Odawara said the company’s world class commercial satellite constellation helps it quickly identify and track changes across the country, one of the world’s largest and fastest growing. “The Pearl and Yangtze River Delta regions, the province of Hebei and the cities of Beijing and Tianjin are all highly dynamic and central to China’s economy. Our customers need up-to-date, complete imagery of these key areas to track and manage urban development, create the freshest mapping applications, and cost efficiently run their businesses. Our three satellites are constantly at work in China, delivering the up-to-date information and insight that helps customers stay ahead of change.”
DigitalGlobe customers in China include leading consumer companies such as China Mobile and civil government agencies such as the China Ministry of Land Resources and the State Bureau of Surveying and Mapping. China Mobile uses satellite imagery from DigitalGlobe in its turn-by-turn navigation service, GIS/fleet management service and standalone map viewer offering. Civil agencies use satellite imagery and the information about changes it reveals for land use management and planning.
Odawara added that DigitalGlobe expects to provide refreshed imagery every quarter and to continue to widen its coverage of the major metropolitan areas across China in the coming months.
DigitalGlobe is a leading global provider of commercial high-resolution earth imagery products and services. Sourced from our own advanced satellite constellation, our imagery solutions support a wide variety of uses within defense and intelligence, civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, Internet portals and navigation technology. With our collection sources and comprehensive ImageLibrary (containing more than one billion square kilometers of earth imagery and imagery products) we offer a range of on- and off-line products and services designed to enable customers to easily access and integrate our imagery into their business operations and applications. For more information, visit http://www.digitalglobe.com.