Colorado, US: DigitalGlobe signed an agreement with the China’s most influential internet search portal, Baidu. As part of the agreement, DigitalGlobe will provide high-resolution imagery of 344 Chinese cities to Baidu.
The agreement will enable Baidu to provide its end-users with a more robust online mapping experience in Baidu Maps and its third-party developers with increased functionality in its Baidu Maps application programming interface (API) for location-based services.
In a press release, Rafay Khan, senior vice president at DigitalGlobe said, “China is one of DigitalGlobe’s most strategic geographic markets, and establishing this relationship with Baidu is an important step in strengthening our position in the Chinese consumer segment. Our ever-growing ImageLibrary continues to outpace our competition, and gives us a considerable edge in rapidly changing countries like China.”
Dongchen Zhang, head of business development at Baidu stated, “Baidu is excited to enter into a new relationship for DigitalGlobe imagery as we continue to grow and expand our online location-based services. With this agreement, Baidu can offer new ways for users to engage with the Internet while continuing to solidify Baidu’s presence at the heart of China’s Internet ecosystem.”