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Esri and DigitalGlobe Sign Multi-Year Agreement

By SpaceRef Editor
July 25, 2012
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ArcGIS Online Users to Receive Fast, Flexible Access to Worldwide High-Resolution Imagery From DigitalGlobe’s Global Basemap Service

DigitalGlobe (DGI), a leading global provider of earth imagery and geospatial analysis, today announced that Esri has licensed the rights for DigitalGlobe’s Global Basemap imagery layer. The announcement was made at the Esri International User Conference, occurring this week in San Diego, California.

The imagery layer will be integrated into Esri’s existing imagery basemap in ArcGIS Online, Esri’s cloud-based mapping and collaborative content management system. Later this year, ArcGIS users will be able to use the imagery in their web maps and easily share the results with other users online. In addition ArcGIS for Desktop users can leverage the same ArcGIS Online service to use the high quality data in their desktop applications.

“This agreement with DigitalGlobe will help us provide our users with significantly better imagery coverage globally,” said Jack Dangermond, Esri president. “We are excited because DigitalGlobe will provide every user with access to an additional 100 million square kilometers (km2) of very high quality imagery, spanning multiple resolutions.”

“We’re excited to establish this new, expanded relationship with Esri,” stated Jeffrey R. Tarr, president and chief executive officer at DigitalGlobe. “Combining our unrivaled imagery with the leading performance of ArcGIS Online will enable end-users to significantly improve workflow efficiency and effectiveness. We look forward to helping Esri continue delivering a world-class experience to their customers now and for many years to come.”

Integration of the Global Basemap imagery layer into ArcGIS Online’s imagery basemap is on-going and will be released in late 2012.

About DigitalGlobe and Global Basemap

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 2.5 billion km2 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

Global Basemap is an off-the-shelf product that delivers a baseline geospatial context of a user’s specific area of interest. Global Basemap provides global coverage of all 510 million km of the planet, including oceans and the polar regions. The imagery delivered is an aggregation of high-resolution and mid-resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading satellite constellation, aerial content, and third-party lower-resolution Landsat imagery. By leveraging multiple data sources, Global Basemap provides users with seamless coverage of the planet, at multiple zoom levels. Global Basemap imagery meets the strict specification standards built into the Advanced Ortho Series line of products. Global Basemap requires no tasking or traditional order processing; it is available off-the-shelf with imagery that has been collected under the content program and other initiatives. Global Basemap can be delivered on-line via DigitalGlobe Cloud Services and as offline JPEG tiles.

About Esri and ArcGIS Online

Since 1969, Esri has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, Esri software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world’s mapping and spatial analysis. Esri is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at

ArcGIS Online is Esri’s open cloud platform for GIS organizations to web-enable their maps and related geographic information for sharing with their users. ArcGIS Online includes tools for geospatial content management, simple web mapping, and ultimately a full GIS running in a hosted cloud platform provided by ArcGIS. This technology includes online content such as hosted basemaps for web, mobile, desktop, and server deployment. It enables users to upload and share their datasets (shapefiles, spreadsheets, map packages, web maps); provides a common catalog for referencing online maps and geoservices; and has tools for organizing shared content into groups for both secure management and organizational purposes.

DigitalGlobe is a registered trademark of DigitalGlobe.

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