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Posted on February 4th, 2020

Maxar SecureWatch – Update on China/Russia, a New Name and More Flexible Pricing!

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 Maxar’s SecureWatch (formerly called Global Basemap or GBM).

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

And if the SecureWatch streaming database lacks the coverage you need, Premium users are now able to download any image from the entire Maxar archive in a wide variety of formats!

The available Maxar SecureWatch imagery over China and Russia by location and with the most recent coverage date indicated with varying colors. In the vast majority of locations, there are multiple imagery dates available.

February 2020 Product Update

If you are a regular reader of this article series, you might notice a new name; but fear not, it is literally just a name change to align two similar Maxar product offerings. The only change you might notice are a few additional ancillary data layers and analytic techniques as well as some new product URLs. If you have any questions about this name change, feel free to email us at!

In November, SecureWatch pricing was revised so that it’s more flexible with data buckets sold in gigabyte (GB) increments. The minimum order has not changed but now you are able to purchase the exact number of GBs you might need in a year as opposed to fixed increments. Further, a Streaming only model was added with pricing based on the number of users. Send us an email at to find out more about these changes!

Last month we checked out the SecureWatch coverage in Central America, and for the February update we travel to the other side of the world with a focus on China and Russia. Sure you do see lots of color other than the blue (i.e. imagery less than a year old) but this is a massive region that tends to be cloudier than most so with this in mind the coverage is actually quite robust. And then when you look a bit closer at the map, particular in China, you will see that the fastest growing region along the east coast of the country is covered with data less than a year old. Here is a more detailed summary of the SecureWatch coverage over China and Russia:

  • China and Russia SecureWatch Coverage By Year
    • Less than 1 year (yr) old – 16,839,844 sq km, 63.85% coverage of China and Russia
    • 1 to 2 yr old – 18,848,757 sq km, 71.47% coverage
    • 2 to 3 yr old – 18,660,014 sq km, 70.75% coverage
    • 3 to 4 yr old – 19,426,966 sq km, 73.66% coverage
    • 4 yr old and greater – 23,182,165 sq km, 87.90% coverage
    • Total coverage – 96,957,746 sq km
    • Total (approximate) area considered – 26,374,517.9 sq km

SecureWatch Product Specifications

  • Accessible Geographic Regions: global (unless geo-fencing specifically requested by client)
  • Maximum Imagery Resolution: 50-centimeters through WMS and WCS; 30-cm for other delivery mechanisms
  • Data Sources: primary = WorldView-2/3/4 and GeoEye-1; secondary = QuickBird, IKONOS, WorldView-1 and aerial
  • Imagery Holdback Period For Updates: 90 day holdback for SecureWatch Standard; 2 day holdback for SecureWatch Premium; updates are to limited portions of the database, not the entire database
  • Data Accuracy: at least 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/downloads and online portal
  • Annual Downloads & Streaming Limits: Standard = 4 gigabytes (GB) and up, annual license for downloads; Premium = 2 GB and up, perpetual license for downloads
  • Maximum Concurrent Users: unlimited!
  • Data Layers: Standard = standard image strips, +Vivid country-wide mosaics, and OSM and Google Maps vectors; Premium = standard, +Daily and First Look image strips, +Metro, +Vivid and Landsat mosaics, and OSM and Google Maps vectors
  • Pricing Model: Standard and Premium tiered annual pricing models with increasing download and streaming limits; also a Streaming only annual model based on seats

SecureWatch Direct Archive Download Specifications

Premium SecureWatch users are able to download high-resolution satellite imagery from the entire Maxar archive in a variety of formats. Here are some details on this exciting offering:

  • Available Data Sources: entire commercial archives of GeoEye-1, IKONOS, QuickBird and WorldView-1/2/3/4 (SWIR included too!)
  • Annual Downloads Limits: 2 GB and up; metering combined with streaming usage
  • Product License: internal use and perpetual
  • Product Resolution: maximum resolution for each satellite
  • Product Formats: all standard types are offered including, orthoready, stereo, basic, 4-band bundle, 8-band bundle, ACOMP on, etc.

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

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