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A look into Hurricane Sandy and the Moore, Oklahoma Tornado, USA – How DigitalGlobe quickly provides insight following global disasters and events

Tuesday, September 17th, 2013

Rapid, comprehensive, global satellite coverage is an invaluable asset for responding to major disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, tropical cyclones and fires. With five satellites orbiting the globe, DigitalGlobe owns and operates the World’s most agile constellation of high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellites, collects more than 2.5 million square kilometers every day and can revisit the same location daily. Expected to launch in 2014, WorldView-3 will further increase the capability of our constellation with its newly added super-spectral, shortwave infrared (SWIR) and cloud, aerosols, vapor, ice, snow (CAVIS) sensors.

DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook online subscription service for emergency managers and enterprise customers leverages our constellation and DigitalGlobe Cloud Service (DGCS) technology to provide fast, web-based access to pre- and post-event imagery of world events and disasters.   By analyzing the before and after images, DigitalGlobe enables first responders and people on the ground to see the full extent of the situation and effectively plan a course of action following major disasters and events. The collected imagery can be deeply integrated into customer workflows to reduce turnaround time and enable rapid decision making by providing subscription access and standardized data hosting. As we all know, when disaster strikes, there’s no time to waste, so getting this infrastructure set up in advance is critical to a quick response that can often help save lives.


One Response to Kano, Nigeria – Mass Casualty Attack Analysis

Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

On Friday, March 18, 2013, a car bomb exploded in a busy luxury bus park in northeast Kano, Nigeria. The suicide attack by militant Islamist group Boko Haram killed nearly 40 people and was the most deadly attack by the group in Kano since its members went on a rampage against the city’s security forces in January 2012.

This post investigates this terrorist attack through the lens of DigitalGlobe’s FirstLook, a product that enables expert analyst assessments from two complementary intelligence capabilities: DigitalGlobe imagery intelligence and Recorded Future web intelligence. The result is a new and powerful geotemporal approach to analyzing catastrophic events.

DigitalGlobe satellite image of Kano taken 24 hours after the devastating bombing 


Seeing a Better World™ in Africa

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Africa is a part of the world with unique opportunities and challenges; many regions are experiencing rapid economic growth, while others are limited by geopolitical instability. With this in mind, DigitalGlobe recently launched an Africa Microsite to showcase how our work across the continent is helping governments, companies and NGOs to see a better world in Africa.

Using our insight capabilities, geospatial analysis, geographic information surveys and Africa global basemap, our goal is to help decision-makers better understand change across the continent.  We plan to accomplish this using three primary capabilities:

High resolution earth imagery: DigitalGlobe owns and operates the world’s largest high resolution satellite constellation.  We collect 60 percent of the world’s land mass in imagery every 30 days.  Our growing imagery archive recently surpassed 4 billion square kilometers,and we have collected more than 30 million square kilometers across the continent of Africa, primarily within the last 12 months.


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