Africa: DigitalGlobe has released its Basemap +Vivid product for the entire African continent. This is the first time that a complete, consistent satellite imagery base layer with 50 cm ground resolution has been available for Africa.
The Africa base map strives to maximise consistency and completeness of the imagery, aligning to DigitalGlobe’s A3C quality programme. Whether zoomed out to view an entire country, or zoomed in all the way down to view local vegetation, dwellings, and infrastructure, the imagery looks the way a user expects the earth’s surface to look. The uniformity helps local governments or global development agencies to build out maps and value-added information layers such as road vectors or population polygons for the people they serve. For web-enabled mapping platforms and location-based applications, users will stay immersed in their experience and not be distracted by inconsistencies in the imagery.