DigitalGlobe Adds New SecureWatch Functionalities

A soldier uses SecureWatch. Photo: DigitalGlobe.

A soldier uses SecureWatch. Photo: DigitalGlobe.

DigitalGlobe has announced the latest release of SecureWatch, a geospatial intelligence subscription service that provides on-demand access to DigitalGlobe’s entire 17-year library of high-resolution satellite imagery, as well as more than 3 million square kilometers of new image collections daily.

The first enhancement gives SecureWatch users a new interface with more control for managing Geographic Information System (GIS) data overlays. The platform now allows users to visualize public and proprietary features and formats on top of DigitalGlobe imagery, such as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), and Esri native REST formats, among others. With this new capability, subscribers will be able to create higher quality intelligence deliverables that combine imagery with additional data sources, such as terrain mobility index layers, land use and land cover datasets.

SecureWatch subscribers can now add premium SecureWatch Sites subscriptions to their base access, which assures the delivery of new imagery over critical locations of interest, DigitalGlobe said. Subscribers can now also add online and offline access to more than 60 human landscape data layers that describe an area’s physical and cultural makeup.

The third enhancement gives SecureWatch subscribers online or offline access to pan-sharpened 8-band Visible Near-Infrared (VNIR) imagery, allowing customers to better understand mining activities, soil disturbance and underwater dredging. DigitalGlobe also stated that its imagery in SecureWatch is now processed using a proprietary technique called Atmospheric Compensation (AComp), which mitigates the effects of haze and water vapor to improve image clarity. With AComp-enhanced imagery, analysts can produce insights more efficiently because they see image details more quickly without manual intervention, DigitalGlobe said.

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