US: Over 85 million square kilometres of fresh basemap imagery from Airbus Defense and Space has been opened-up for ArcGIS users. This announcement follows the signing of an agreement between Airbus Defense and Space and Esri for access to select sets of Airbus Defense and Space imagery.
Through this agreement with Esri, ArcGIS Online users will have access to a near global coverage with Airbus Defense and Space’s SPOTMaps 2.5m, mosaic product, as well as 50cm Pléiades imagery products over major cities worldwide. These fresh datasets will be used to enhance the existing Esri ArcGIS Online World Imagery Basemap, one of the foundation datasets available worldwide to all Esri users.
The SPOTMaps 2.5 mosaic provides users with a basemap over most of the world to be used as a backdrop for many GIS applications. This mosaicked data is enhanced by Pléiades imagery, giving ArcGIS Online users updated information over major cities worldwide. Imagery will also be available, on demand, for deployments through the Esri Data Appliance solution, and more will become available through the end of September 2014.
“With this announcement, ArcGIS users will have easier access to really crisp, high resolution imagery,” said Jack Dangermond, President of Esri. “We’ve added over 85 million sq km of Airbus Defense and Space SPOTMaps 2.5m, global and current mid-scale imagery over 164 countries to our cloud basemaps, available through ArcGIS Online”.
Source: Airbus Defense and Space imagery