Satellite Imagery Aids Rescue Efforts for Hurricanes

The calls for assistance started days before Hurricane Harvey came barreling across America’s doorstep this summer. First responders and government officials needed answers to prepare and protect communities. Remotely sensed imagery was provided—at no cost and almost daily—through the USGS Hazard Data Distribution System (HDDS) for analysis on the extent, severity and evolution of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. How strong is this storm going to be? What kind of damage occurred on its path through the Caribbean? How might it impact southeast Texas once it makes landfall? 15,000 images were downloaded from HDDS following the three storms. Requests came... (read more)
2017-11-20 03:58:06

DigitalGlobe Releases Satellite Imagery of California Wildfires

DigitalGlobe has released satellite imagery and data of the wildfires in California through their Open Data Program. The publically released imagery is for Ventura, California, and the surrounding communities and will expand coverage based on the fire’s activity. DigitalGlobe partnered with Mapbox to update their fire tracking map with the latest imagery. This map allows users to search addresses and zoom in on specific areas in or near the fire zones, and it includes the latest fire perimeters provided by first responders on the ground. View the map here: www.mapbox.com/labs/norcal-fire-2017/ Also available for publication are several JPEGs taken by DigitalGlobe’s... (read more)
2017-12-19 03:20:37

Interactive Map Shows Fire with Address Search and Satellite Imagery

Mapbox has published a map to give people affected by the wildfires in Northern California and across the U.S. access to the most up to date information on fire perimeters in relation to specific locations and addresses. Using the best available data coming from Geospatial Multi-Agency Coordination and from the agencies and first responders on the ground, this map allows anyone to search a specific address to see where it falls in relation to the fire perimeters for wildfires burning across the United States. Coupled with up to date satellite imagery from Digital Globe as part of their Open Data... (read more)
2017-10-18 09:20:16

Maxar Extends Contract with Esri for High-quality Satellite Imagery Mosaics

Maxar Technologies recently signed a three-year contract to continue providing its Vivid and Metro satellite imagery mosaics to Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World. This new contract builds upon the long-term partnership between Esri and Maxar and demonstrates Esri’s commitment to providing ArcGIS users with the highest quality satellite imagery foundation available. Esri’s ArcGIS Living Atlas of the World is a collection of geographic information from around the world, including maps, apps and data layers. The World Imagery map of Living Atlas uses Maxar’s Vivid and Metro imagery mosaic products, which include some of the highest resolution, most accurate and visually consistent global... (read more)
2019-07-23 12:44:50

Airbus Strengthens Imagery Capabilities with Vision-1

Airbus has enlarged its high-resolution imagery portfolio following an agreement to leverage capacity from the S1-4 satellite built by Surrey Satellite Technology Limited (SSTL). This imagery from Vision-1 delivers full end-to-end imaging operations to Airbus’ customers. Vision-1 provides 0.9m resolution imagery in the panchromatic band and 3.5m in the multispectral bands (NIR, RGB), with a 20.8km swath width. These specifications are ideal for defence, security and agriculture applications, while the extra revisit opportunity further strengthens Airbus’ satellite fleet. “This new asset will reinforce our monitoring capabilities for sub-metre imaging and feed our OneAtlas digital platform to provide increased freshness,” said... (read more)
2019-07-04 10:09:42

Radiant Earth Foundation Releases Earth Imagery Platform

Radiant Earth Foundation has announced the release of its new open Earth imagery platform. The platform is the first of its kind to offer instant, secure, and free access to Earth observation data on the cloud and help the global development community apply the data to real-world problems. There are more than 600 Earth observation satellites orbiting the planet, each one generating an estimated 6.4 terabytes of data each day. From seeing the scale of natural disasters to supporting Ebola outbreak responses, this data can measure global changes in near real-time, leading to better-informed interventions and investments from the public... (read more)
2018-09-18 05:47:08

HxGN Content Program Releases USA Aerial Imagery

Hexagon’s Geosystems has announced the HxGN Content Program, providing access to ortho imagery for professional use – releasing about 250,000 kilometres square of 15cm resolution aerial imagery of metropolitan centres and more than 4 million kilometres square of 30cm resolution coverage of the United States. The HxGN Content Program refreshed the coverage of more than half of the USA with a focus on the states of California, Texas, Virginia, New Mexico, Maine and major cities in the Southeast. The data is available for purchase or on a yearly subscription model and can be used in any third-party software or enterprise... (read more)
2019-04-29 10:20:46

Esri Releases Integrated Imagery Application ArcGIS Excalibur

Esri, the global leader in location intelligence, has released ArcGIS Excalibur, a focused web application that enables search, discover, and image exploitation for timely intelligence. Traditional imagery workflows that required trained image analysts, are now easily accessible to all analysts with ArcGIS Excalibur. As a next-generation front-end web experience, ArcGIS Excalibur is integrated with ArcGIS Enterprise to improve access, discoverability, and use of imagery of all types to include national and commercial sensors. ArcGIS Excalibur adds new value to imagery specialists as an intuitive application that streamlines structured observation management (SOM) workflows and introduces users to a modernized approach for... (read more)
2019-06-07 10:42:22

Global Mapper Chosen for UAV Imagery Processing

US, Colorado-based DroneMapper has selected Global Mapper to perform the bulk of its data processing workflows. The company employs the software’s 2D and 3D visualisation tools to provide quality control of its ortho-rectified imagery and makes use of Global Mapper’s Lidar processing capabilities for DTM creation and terrain analysis. Unlike most companies who evaluate multiple software alternatives, DroneMapper found Global Mapper first and has stuck with it. The range of functionality in tandem with the format support convinced them that Global Mapper was an ideal solution for their needs. For over two decades, Blue Marble's GIS software has been meeting... (read more)
2017-07-26 01:59:38
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