We’ve come a long way since the first black-and-white satellite images of earth were taken more than 50 years ago. For DigitalGlobe’s customers, imagery has become an indispensable asset for oil and gas companies seeking to discover new global energy sources, defense & intelligence agencies needing to plan and execute missions, and global development organizations charged with responding to humanitarian crises.
For DigitalGlobe, 2014 was a big year, as the launch of WorldView-3 added capacity to our industry-leading constellation and enabled new capabilities for our government and commercial customers. As the year comes to a close, we’ve mined our vast imagery catalog for a selection of the top images captured by our constellation in 2014.
Please join us in voting for DigitalGlobe’s fourth annual Top Image contest. From the trillions of pixels captured by our satellites this year, we need your help to decide which image showcases DigitalGlobe’s unique ability to solve important problems from space. Just follow these three easy steps:
Step 1: To vote, simply go to DigitalGlobe’s Facebook page to see the Top Image 2014 album.
Step 2: Click through the images to learn about the different applications and industries we serve, and “like” the images that you think best showcase the value of satellite imagery.
You have 10 days to vote, campaign for, and promote the images you would like to see in the top five. On December 19, we will announce the five images with the overall most “likes.” The images will be added to a new album, Top Image 2014 – Top 5 album, where you can “like” your favorite image.
Step 3: Follow DigitalGlobe on Twitter and Google+ to retweet and +1 your favorite images.
We will announce the winning image in January. We want you to decide, so join the conversation and vote for the Top Image of 2014!
One of DigitalGlobe’s information partners, Orbital Insight, was recently the subject of a Wall Street Journal feature (subscription required) about how information derived from high resolution satellite imagery is being leveraged by the financial services industry.
With financial markets moving faster and becoming more complex by the day, traders are increasingly seeking new sources of insight to gain an edge. Orbital Insight leverages sophisticated machine learning algorithms and analysis against huge volumes of satellite imagery made available by DigitalGlobe’s Geospatial Big Data™ platform, allowing for accurate, verifiable information to be extracted.
Orbital Insight’s offerings include information products that monitor the pace of building construction in China by measuring the shadows cast by new buildings; predict agricultural output by analyzing crops during the growing season; and count the number of cars in thousands of retail parking lots to predict sales.
James Crawford, Orbital Insight’s chief executive officer, explained why his company’s products require satellite imagery of the highest quality to deliver actionable information to clients.
“DigitalGlobe is the largest provider of commercial satellite imagery to Orbital Insight, for good reason,” Crawford said. “In order to provide valuable insight to our clients, we need the sharpest, most current, most spectrally rich source imagery to power our unique algorithms. DigitalGlobe’s vast imagery archive and unique Geospatial Big Data delivery platform also allow us to validate our statistical models over time and monitor key economic indicators on a global basis.”
A quartet of remote sensing experts from DigitalGlobe and Exelis VIS recently met on a Google Hangout to talk about how satellite imagery and cloud computing technologies can tackle daunting large-scale problems.
DigitalGlobe’s Kumar Navulur and Bill Baugh summarize a few recent examples, including how the company:
- Helped mitigate a dust pollution problem in California;
- Reduced human exposure to toxic mine run-off in Chile; and
- Assessed the impact of the ongoing conflict in Syria on the nation’s agricultural output.
Kumar Navulur is Sr. Director of Strategic Business development at DigitalGlobe. He has over 22 years experience in the Geospatial and remote sensing industry.
Bill Baugh is a Senior Scientist for Advanced Geospatial Products at DigitalGlobe. His work focuses on leveraging spectral science to enable practical information products.
Rebecca Lasica is a Sr. Solutions Engineer at Exelis VIS and has been immersed in software and remote sensing science for ten years. She is a University of MN alumni with industry expertise focused on satellite, airborne, and UAS image analytics.
Beau Legeer is US Sales and Services Manager at Exelis VIS. He has over 23 years of experience with desktop and enterprise image analysis and data visualization solutions.