Posted on September 2nd, 2014

Global Basemap – A Worldwide Imagery Solution – Focus on North America

Do you have the need for regularly updated images of locations around the world?

Perhaps you need imagery to integrate with an OEM solution you are developing?

Or maybe your organization uses large amounts of high-resolution imagery each year, and you are seeking a low-cost option for this data?

If you answered yes to any or all of these questions, then the solution you are looking for is DigitalGlobe’s Global Basemap (GBM).

With Global Basemap, you have access to millions of square kilometers of imagery with low cloud-cover and off-nadir angles. This data is accessible in streaming web-mapping services as well as through an online viewer. And perhaps the most important feature of GBM is the regular updates you can receive as out-dated imagery is often of little or no use to our valued clients.

August 2014 Global Basemap Product Update

During the last month, DigitalGlobe has been very busy adding new data over the United States to the GBM USA Refresh 2.0 database. By the end of this year, more than 90% of the continental USA will be covered with imagery no more than 12 months old in the USA Refresh 2.0 database. Check out these astounding figures on the GBM imagery updates that occurred in the last 30 days.

A coverage map showing available color Global Basemap imagery over North America by location and date.
  • Hundreds of cities were updated with imagery collected during 2014, including these highlights:
    • Bangor, ME
    • Chattanooga, TN
    • Cleveland, OH
    • Duluth, MN
    • Helena, MT
    • Jackson, MI
    • Jacksonville, FL
    • Kansas City, MO
    • Laredo, TX
    • Los Angeles, CA
    • New Orleans, LA
    • Newport, RI
    • Sacramento, CA
    • Savannah, GA
    • Schenectady, NY
    • Seattle, WA
    • Springfield, MA
  • In all, more than 1,000 individual strips of high resolution imagery were added to the database covering 1,635,300 square kilometers – or an area twice the size of Texas!

Global Basemap Product Specifications

  • Geographic Regions Covered:  defined area of interest, country-level or global
  • Maximum Imagery Resolution:  50-centimeters through WMS and WCS; 60-cm for other delivery mechanisms
  • Data Sources: primary = WorldView-2 and GeoEye-1; secondary = QuickBird, IKONOS, WorldView-1 and aerial
  • Database Update Frequency:  annual, semi-annual, quarterly or daily (for Refresh 2.0 only); updates are to limited portions of the database, not the entire database
  • Data Accuracy:  8.5-meter CE90%
  • Database Access:  OGC streaming services (i.e. WMS, WMST, WCS and WFS), Google Earth streaming services (i.e. EarthService), ArcGIS plugin (i.e. ImageConnect), offline database and online portal
  • Pricing Model:  transactional and unlimited tiered subscriptions based on geography and number of users (with uplifts for more frequent updates and imagery downloads)
  • Subscription Term:  annual

For more information on the pricing and coverage available in Global Basemap, you can reach our sales team anytime at or during typical business hours at (303) 993-3863.

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2 responses to “Global Basemap – A Worldwide Imagery Solution – Focus on North America”

  1. Giselle says:


    We’re a marketing online company, and we’re working on a design project which requires maps from Los Angeles, California. We would like to know how much will be the prize for those images.

    Best regards,


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