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Posted on May 6th, 2014

Global Basemap – A Worldwide Imagery Solution – Focus on Sub-Saharan Africa

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 Global Basmap is the regular updates you can receive as out-dated imagery is often of little or no use to our valued clients.

April 2014 Global Basemap Product Update

Response times with any streaming service can be a challenge especially for international users. Recognizing this barrier, DigitalGlobe has now cached every GBM tile in the cloud on approximately 140,000 servers in more than 80 countries. Since hosting the GBM tiles in the cloud, global users have reported significant improvements in service speeds across all delivery platforms, with an 80% average increase in performance!

A coverage map showing available color Global Basemap imagery over Sub-Saharan Africa by location and date.

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
  • Update Frequency:  annual, semi-annual or quarterly
  • 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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