DigitalGlobe [NYSE: DGI]: Guide to the Globe

Spectators, athletes, and officials from around the world sat in awe as the Maracanã Stadium came alive at the pulsating beats of fireworks, Latin music, and samba. The city of Rio De Jainero became the biggest theater on the night of inaugural, which was kept under the threat surveillance by 100,000 officers. Being proactive is the lesson the hosts have learned in the wake of Munich massacre of Olympics 1972. Since then, organizations and governments across the continents have deployed various technologies such as Geographic Information System (GIS) to maintain the sanctity of the Olympics, which is a symbol of togetherness and peace.

While the government bodies are taking stringent measures to keep the security in check, few companies like DigitalGlobe Inc [NYSE: DGI] are keeping an eye from the space through their satellite constellation. Having successfully launched a series of high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellites, WorldView-1, GeoEye-1, WorldView-2, and WorldView-3, DigitalGlobe ensures safety for the sporting extravaganza, Rio 2016 Olympic Games through its security and intelligence package. It detects disruptions to infrastructure and identifies high-crime zones by providing the latest imagery of Rio as seen from the space. The security officials can formulate a complete security planning through the information captured.

The company’s Geospatial Intelligence (GEOINT) package supports defense and intelligence operations to resolve the complexity of strategic and tactical challenges in ensuring global event security. Rapid access to accurate geospatial information helps in contingency planning, risk management, and emergency response. “With the most capable satellite constellation, highest quality image library, and talented team of experts, DigitalGlobe plays a mission-critical role in helping customers in government and industry make high-stakes decisions,” says Jeffrey R. Tarr, President and CEO, DigitalGlobe.

DigitalGlobe delivers historical and current imagery through the cloud while offering a comprehensive geodatabase of infrastructure, commercial and human landscape information. It ensures the safety of athletes and spectators with a highly detailed digital surface model (DSM) that covers the entire region. The security and intelligence package detects disruptions to infrastructure and identifies high-crime zones by providing the latest imagery of Rio as seen from the space. The security officials can formulate a complete security planning through the information captured.

The company also monitors venues, events, and surrounding region with an up-to-date view of ground conditions and provides resources to improve security planning for Rio. The company’s Image Library, Basemap provides a robust collection of high resolution satellite imagery for the duration of the Olympic Games. DigitalGlobe’s humanitarian database also includes in-depth information on 13 key themes of human geography to help organizations understand human landscape to analyze a location’s vulnerabilities and build a comprehensive human risk assessment.

30 cm Satellite Imagery

From military and intelligence agencies to taxi services, DigitalGlobe allows companies access the geospatial information in form of rich and vivid images, with high-resolution remote sensing satellites revolving around the earth’s orbit.


Our purpose at DigitalGlobe is to give our customers the power to see the Earth clearly and in new ways



The geographic information plays a crucial role in observing environmental conditions, tracking migrants, providing location-based services, and navigating aircrafts. Being the leading provider of commercial, high-resolution, world imagery products and services, DigitalGlobe supports mapping, analysis and navigation technology though its aerial network.

Founded as WorldView Imaging Corporation in 1992 to partnering with Google, Microsoft, and Nokia to becoming the leader in Geographic Information System (GIS) arena, DigitalGlobe undeniably has garnered global recognition. Today, the company is well-positioned to offer 30 cm satellite imagery commercially. The Colorado-based company provides accurate, mission critical information about the ever-changing planet. Digital Globe’s 16-year old time-lapse image library, imagery, comprehensive data, and analytics serve many industries ranging from defense to mining and mapping to public safety.

DigitalGlobe has been helping the mining giant Vale to constantly oversee the impact of its large nickel mining operation in Grande Terre region of New Caledonia, which is an environmentally sensitive area. Relying on DigitalGlobe 50 cm imagery from the past six years, Vale deployed DigitalGlobe 30 cm imagery to monitor mining operations by refining and expanding the use of satellite data. Having successfully implemented DigitalGlobe’s 30 cm imagery, Vale has been setting new standards in measuring and minimizing the impact of their operations while controlling costs from botany, to planning, permitting and hydrogeology.

Powering Decisions with High-resolution Satellite Imagery

In the past, it was difficult for organizations to unlock the potential of imagery due to lack of special systems, software and highly skilled staff to use, share and manage image files. In today’s era of big data, DigitalGlobe helps such organizations by making imagery easy to use through its comprehensive Image Library, Basemap, which can be accessed online, anywhere in the world. Customers can quickly get the answers they need through DigitalGlobe Basemap, which simplifies the entire process of finding and producing imagery.

Basemap houses the best images and makes them available online via the web and Application programming interfaces (APIs).

The users can easily adapt imagery into their workflow or location-based services as applications. DigitalGlobe does the heavy technical lifting to help clients gain insights quickly and easily. The clients can choose from broad range of extensions within the Basemap product suite, including a single cloud-free current high resolution image to observe details on the ground and access one of the world’s largest image repositories that serves as a historical record of change on the planet. Additionally, geospatial professionals analyze ground situation by leveraging Basemap’s powerful information. For example, organizations can measure the growth of the city through the construction data available on Basemap. The data scientists can also easily compare current year road traffic levels with the previous year’s traffic levels to analyze the increase or decrease in number of vehicles and link it to air pollution levels.


"With the most capable satellite constellation, highest quality image library, and talented team of experts, DigitalGlobe plays a mission-critical role in helping customers in government and industry make high-stakes decisions"

DigitalGlobe also provides Basemap for web and mobile apps through its platform called Maps API. “The launch of DigitalGlobe Maps API and our new developer portal is the culmination of a series of strategic investments and partnerships that focus on allowing our customers to build our imagery, maps, and analytics into their applications and customer solutions,” said Tarr. “By streamlining access to our industry-leading content and enabling subscription services like Maps API, we are positioned to unlock a large and vibrant new customer base and expand our Location Based Services business.”

Source of Information of the Changing Planet

DigitalGlobe has partnered with many organizations to promote good causes that improve quality of living, provide safety and security, re-build war-ravaged places, and build an eco-system where human and nature can co-exist sustainably. Through these initiatives, DigitalGlobe looks forward to live its vision of becoming the indispensable source of information about our changing planet by 2020.

“Our purpose at DigitalGlobe is to give our customers the power to see the Earth clearly and in new ways. One way we do that is by providing world-class customer experiences and industry leading geospatial products and solutions,” says Tarr. “Our customers’ willingness to provide us feedback is the best source of ideas on how we can continue to provide you with better products and services and ensure we are creating value in every interaction,” concludes Tarr.

Company
DigitalGlobe

Headquarters
Westminster, CO

Management
Jeffrey R. Tarr, President & CEO

Description
Provider of commercial, high-resolution, and world imagery products and services