EarthScan to Resell DigitalGlobe's AgroWatch(TM) Crop Information Products

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 3 /PRNewswire/ -- EarthScan Network Inc., a leading provider of distribution and technology services for the remote sensing industry, is pleased to announce the creation of an ImageCommerce(TM) Storefront for DigitalGlobe. The website provides an online capability for their agriculture customers to define an area of interest, select specific AgroWatch products, and then receive and manipulate soil and crop maps. EarthScan is also reselling AgroWatch products to extend its current agricultural offering.

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    "We are pleased to have EarthScan join our team as the first nationwide reseller of AgroWatch products," says Greg Knoblauch, DigitalGlobe's Vice President, Agriculture. "EarthScan's solution set, existing client base, and their overall understanding of agricultural markets will greatly facilitate the adoption of image-based solutions by the agricultural community."

    "We're pleased to offer our agricultural clients even more ways to evaluate their field and crop health," says Kory Smith, Senior Vice President, Sales and Marketing of EarthScan. "AgroWatch products help Ag businesses and their grower-clients through quick delivery subscriptions of unique information products that can be reliably incorporated into existing management practices."

    "EarthScan created our online infrastructure allowing our end users to order and take delivery of our AgroWatch product line without the requirement of additional hardware, GIS or image processing software," says John Ahlrichs, Director of Agriculture Marketing and Product Development. "Online availability of images 24-48 hours after they have been collected overcomes one of the major obstacles to adoption of remotely sensed imagery by the ag community and will be a significant differentiator of our AgroWatch product line."

    EarthScan Network, Inc., headquartered in Albuquerque, NM, provides a unique approach and method for accessing, manipulating, and downloading geospatial data and imagery that can be seamlessly incorporated into Intranet or Internet websites for its clients. EarthScan's ImageNetwork, a growing association of ImageCommerce storefronts and ImageShare Intranets, provides online access to one of the most comprehensive satellite and aerial imagery databases in the world with a range of resolutions, types and currency levels.

    DigitalGlobe is an imagery and information company located in Longmont, Colorado. DigitalGlobe's QuickBird satellite provides the world's highest resolution imagery (61-centimeter panchromatic, 2.44-meter, multispectral), the greatest collection capacity and the largest image size commercially available. DigitalGlobe also has the exclusive rights to sell SPOT satellite products to customers in the U.S. Agriculture and Defense Markets. These relationships allow DigitalGlobe to offer its AgroWatch suite of products at several resolutions and price points to meet different market needs.

    DigitalGlobe's Agricultural Business unit is unique in the industry, offering 24-48 hour turn around of orthorectified, calibrated AgroWatch crop information products targeted to the agricultural user. Their product suite currently includes GVI(TM) (Green Vegetation Index) for current crop status, ScoutAide(TM) for assessing the rate of change in crop growth, Soil Zone Index(TM) for assessing soil variation and Color IR imagery to help users understand the context of their other image products.

    For more information about Digital Globe and AgroWatch, call 800-496-1225 or visit .

    For information about EarthScan, call 800-850-5387 or visit the EarthScan web site at .

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