RapidEye Covers Lithuania in Multi-Year Contract

Five Satellites Shine When Given the Challenge of Cloudy Regions 

Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, November 17, 2011 – RapidEye, a leader in wide area, repetitive coverage of earth through its constellation of satellites announced today that a second full coverage of Lithuania has been delivered and accepted by the Institute of Aerial Geodesy (AGI) in  Kaunas, Lithuania. 

This fulfills two-thirds of a multi-year, full coverage contract that was negotiated last year. 

“Since Lithuania is above 54 degrees north and experiences quite wet summers, it's a cloudy region,” commented RapidEye's Market Manager, Clemens Stromeyer. “This is a situation where our system really shines. It can repeatedly return to an area, which allows for a combination of images to  be used for generating full country coverages with very little or no cloud cover during the vegetation season. This is of great benefit to our  customers.”  

The Lithuanian Ministry of Agriculture plans to use RapidEye's satellite images for monitoring agricultural land use and particularly for detection of  abandoned agricultural land. 

“Pan-sharpening of RapidEye's multi-spectral five meter satellite imagery in combination with half meter aerial photography will enable detection of even smallest land cover changes,” commented Gintaras Rumšas, Technical Director of AGI. “This will be an important source of information for institutions responsible for implementation of strict EU requirements related to agricultural subsidies. Lithuanian authorities will implement targeted policy measures towards reduction of abandoned lands by flexible tax-compensation policy, so it is crucial to obtain regular updates on land use changes across the whole country.”  

Environmental monitoring by the Environmental Protection Agency and maintenance of nature protection areas network will be yet another priority area for the use of high resolution satellite imagery.  

AGI currently takes part in a ICT-PSP project “HLanData”, which – among other activities - is focusing on the development of practical solutions for  implementation of an integrated land monitoring system in a trans-boundary pilot area of Latvia and Lithuania.  

“Based on experience of the ongoing FP7 project 'Geoland 2', we are developing specifications and methodologies for production of a high resolution land cover database along with an interactive on-line analysis and reporting service, which will be presented as a prototype of land monitoring service to public authorities of both countries,” noted Dr. Gediminas Vaitkus, Head of AGI Applied Research Center. “RapidEye imagery will  be used as the major source of information in this project, with a potential of becoming key element for a long-term land monitoring program in eastern Baltic.”  

The third and final coverage of Lithuania to complete the contract is scheduled for delivery to AGI by this time next year. 

To view the full archive of RapidEye imagery, visit EyeFind and discover how many square kilometers of fresh data from around the globe are available from Lithuania or any other country! Enter your parameters and immediately find what you need. http://www.rapideye.de/products/eyefind.htm 

About AGI  

With more than 60 years of experience in digital cartography andphotogrammetry  as a State enterprise, UAB “Aerogeodezijos institutas” (AGI) is currently registered as a State-owned Limited Liability Company. AGI is the only GIS company in Lithuania holding an international ISO 9001 certificate for the scope of activities “Services of surveying, photogrammetry, topography and cartography; geographic datasets production; remote sensing data processing and analysis“. After modernization of production lines and introduction of new technologies, AGI became an advanced geoinformatics and digital cartography company, its production corresponding to the highest quality requirements.

AGI Contact
Dr Vilius Žilevičius, Director
Pramonės pr. 13
51327 Kaunas, Lithuania
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About RapidEye

RapidEye is a provider of quality high-resolution satellite imagery and derived geo-information products. With a constellation of five Earth Observation satellites, RapidEye images over 4 million square kilometers of earth every day, and amassed 2 billion square kilometers in its archive in just over two years of commercial operation. With an unprecedented combination of wide area repetitive coverage and five meter pixel size multi-spectral imagery, RapidEye is a natural choice for many industries and government agencies. RapidEye is a wholly owned subsidiary of Iunctus Geomatics Corporation. RapidEye: Delivering the World. www.rapideye.de.



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