VIASAT GeoTechnologies Added to RapidEye's Canadian Distributor Team

GIS / Earth Observation / Satellite Images / Distributor / Canada

Brandenburg/Havel, Germany— December 22, 2010 —RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced today that VIASAT GeoTechnologies has signed a distributor agreement with RapidEye to join its distributors team in Canada.

Joerg Widmer, Sales Executive of RapidEye, commented “We have already worked on significant data projects with VIASAT GeoTechnologies in the past and look forward to welcome them now on board our Canadian team of distributors. We expect VIASAT GeoTechnologies to complement our expertise in the GIS industry and hope to benefit from their long lasting experience in providing geospatial solutions and satellite imagery in the Canadian market.”

Pierre Vincent, Executive Vice President of VIASAT GeoTechnologies, said “We have worked with many EO satellite technologies over the years and we are really excited about the new opportunities RapidEye has opened for us. The possibility to cover huge areas over short periods of time with 5-m resolution is a great advantage in big, high-latitude countries such as ours.”

Currently, RapidEye is working on completing its worldwide network of distributors in order to facilitate easy access to RapidEye products in its customers' own language and region. For a full list of RapidEye's distributors, please visit www.rapideye.de/distributors.

About RapidEye AG

RapidEye is an ISO-certified geospatial information provider focused on integrating customized and industry specific solutions into the workflow of global customers in agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, government, security and emergency. RapidEye experts and the satellite system – a constellation of five satellites capable of downloading over 4 million km² of high resolution, multi-spectral imagery per day, and a ground segment for processing and archiving data – allow for cost-effective customized services. The unique combination of large area coverage, high spatial resolution and the possibility of daily revisit to an area provide for superior management information solutions. Currently, more than 130 experts from more than 20 countries are employed by RapidEye.

RapidEye benefits from a public-private partnership with the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. RapidEye is also cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Brandenburg in Germany.

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For more information about RapidEye, please visit www.rapideye.de.

About VIASAT GeoTechnologies

Since it was founded in 1991, VIASAT GeoTechnologies has been delivering consulting and software engineering services that harness the power of geoinformation technology.

VIASAT GeoTechnologies bases its success on the quality of its services, on the skills and growth of its personnel and on technological innovation. Our competitive differentiator is our ability to build innovative solutions and conduct large-scale projects.

VIASAT GeoTechnologies relies on a team of 110 employees, forming one of the largest concentrations of multidisciplinary skills in the Quebec geomatics sector. Our team of professionals comprises remote sensing specialists, GIS specialists, engineers, IT specialists, surveyors and geographers. Our technical team specializes in geomatics, cartography, geodetics and electronics. www.viasat-geo.com



Contacts:

RapidEye AG
Molkenmarkt 30
14776 Brandenburg a. d. Havel, Germany
Email Contact

VIASAT GeoTechnologies
4101 Molson Street, Suite 400
Montreal QC CANADA H1Y 3L1
Phone: 514 495-6500
Fax: 514 495-4191
E-mail: Email Contact
www.viasat-geo.com




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