Spot Image signs second channel partnership agreement in Japan.

Spot Image signs second channel partnership agreement in Japan.

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Spot Image and ImageONE have signed a three-year channel partnership agreement that gives ImageONE exclusive rights to sell SPOT satellite products and services to customers in the Japanese national security market.

Following a first agreement recently signed in the U.S.*, this second channel partnership reflects Spot Image’s new business focus and distribution strategy, and confirms the faith that major geospatial information companies have in SPOT as part of their business. ImageONE, already a non-exclusive distributor of SPOT products in Japan for the last two years, has been involved in this sector for a long time.

Japan’s space programmes reflect its strong interest in satellite-based Earth observation and are spurring development of thematic applications. Japan has been the biggest user of SPOT imagery in the Asia-Pacific region for several years now.

SPOT 5, to be launched in April 2002, will provide very-wide-area 2.5-metre, 5-metre and 10-metre resolution imagery, along with global digital elevation models from its dedicated High Resolution Stereoscopic (HRS) instrument. The SPOT satellite constellation with multiple orbiting cameras is the only system that offers daily coverage of any location on Earth.