Longmont, Colorado, USA, 17 May 2006 – DigitalGlobe’s Canadian business partner, MDA’s Geospatial Services, has entered into a contract to provide over 120,000 square kilometers of QuickBird satellite imagery to the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. The imagery will be used to support the Land Information Ontario project, which assists government agencies and the public to easily locate, access and use geographic information about the province of Ontario.
Land Information Ontario was initiated in 1999 to coordinate geospatial activities in Ontario and to create an infrastructure that supports the province-wide sharing of geospatial data. The system comprises a collection of tools including the Directory, a library card catalogue of geospatial data; the Warehouse, a repository storing spatial and non-spatial data; and the Ontario Geospatial Data Exchange, a data sharing mechanism.
Multiple Canadian provincial and local government agencies will use geospatial information extracted from DigitalGlobe’s 60-centimeter resolution QuickBird satellite images for source-water protection, conservation, municipal planning, land cover classification, environmental change detection, habitat land planning, coastal wetland mapping, and emergency response applications. DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery will be collected by the QuickBird satellite over a two- to three-year period, and will cover areas of land in eastern, central and selected northern areas of Ontario.