DigitalGlobe acquires GlobeXplorer

DigitalGlobe acquires GlobeXplorer


Longmont, Colorado, USA, 8 January 2007 – DigitalGlobe, provider of high resolution commercial satellite imagery and geospatial information products, has announced the acquisition of GlobeXplorer, a leading geographic data integration and publishing company, from Stewart REI Group, Inc., a subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp.

GlobeXplorer provides online access to the world’s largest commercial library of aerial photos, satellite imagery, geographic maps, and real property information. Through dynamic Web applications, Web services, APIs, Internet portals, and Internet-aware devices, GlobeXplorer distributes content via a range of business models. Prior to the acquisition, GlobeXplorer served as one of several resellers of DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery.

To customers, DigitalGlobe becomes the “single-source destination” for digital Earth imagery, with the ability to quickly find and download the imagery they require, providing faster access to the geospatial data they need to conduct business and maintain competitive advantage in their markets. DigitalGlobe is the only imagery provider to offer an end-to-end system for accessing, understanding, integrating and leveraging all types of high-quality digital Earth imagery to make informed business decisions.

Together, DigitalGlobe’s industry-leading archive and high-resolution, high-capacity satellite and GlobeXplorer’s effective Web-based search and delivery applications create the commercial remote sensing (CRS) industry’s most extensive, complete and easy-to-use solution for acquiring, integrating and distributing all types of high-quality digital Earth imagery and data.

“We see the CRS industry at an inflexion point. The role of geospatial content is expanding beyond traditional markets and GIS-trained users, to include a broad range of organizations in the commercial, civil government and defense and intelligence communities who are increasingly accessing and incorporating geospatial information into their daily workflow,” said Jill Smith, CEO of DigitalGlobe.

“The acquisition of GlobeXplorer will enable DigitalGlobe to provide customers with the complete, current suite of easy-to-use and integrate geospatial data and solutions derived from satellite, aerial and related sources. The integration of GlobeXplorer enables us to put more complete products and solutions more quickly and easily into the hands of a broad range of users.”

“DigitalGlobe and GlobeXplorer share a common vision of offering users the ability to transact and deliver all types of geospatial content quickly and easily in a Web-based, context-centric format,” said Rob Shanks, President and CEO of GlobeXplorer. “Together, our companies will be at the forefront of distributing interactive geographic content on the Web. We’re excited at the opportunity to become a part of the DigitalGlobe team.”

– About DigitalGlobe
Longmont, USA based DigitalGlobe ( is a leader in the global commercial Earth imagery and geospatial information market. DigitalGlobe’s QuickBird satellite is the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging system. The company’s next-generation WorldView 1 satellite is scheduled to launch in mid-2007, and its WorldView 2 satellite is anticipated to launch in late 2008. The company’s updated and growing ImageLibrary contains over two hundred million square kilometers of global imagery suited to countless mapping and planning needs.