Beijing, China, 26 April 2007: GeoEye announced on April 26th that it has partnered with the East-Dawn Group, a privately held company based in Beijing, China to provide satellite imagery and value-added products in China. To implement this, the East Dawn Group has formed a new company, Beijing Earth Observation (BEO).
BEO will focus on the resale of satellite imagery and value-added products. Under terms of the agreement and subject to U.S. Government approval, BEO will be GeoEye’s exclusive Master Reseller in China and will have access to GeoEye’s archive of more than 278 million square kilometers of map-accurate satellite imagery.
Covering 9.6 million square kilometers, China has a growing need to fully harness the power of geospatial information to map and monitor its vast landmass and all the changes happening to it. The Chinese government has incorporated the expansion of geospatial technology as part of its overall national strategy. BEO will directly target, market and sell GeoEye’s high-resolution products and value-added solutions to the Chinese government, its various remote sensing application organizations, local government agencies and the commercial sector.
“We are honored to have East-Dawn as our distinguished partner. We believe the market for high-quality, map-accurate information will grow as China’s economy does,” said Matt O’Connell, GeoEye’s chief executive officer. “Our IKONOS satellite archive has the map-accurate imagery China needs to help it plan its rapid growth, and BEO is the right partner for us to help satisfy our Chinese customers’ needs.” For more information, visit www.geoeye.com.