DigitalGlobe Imagery+Analytics

The Imagery+Analytics service allows Esri ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 platform customers to subscribe to the complete library of DigitalGlobe’s content and analytics. This includes access to:

  • Imagery. DigitalGlobe’s entire 17-year, 100-petabyte digital library of high-resolution satellite imagery.
  • Analysis. GBDX, DigitalGlobe’s geospatial big data analytics platform, designed for detailed exploitation, analysis and creation of derived products.


DigitalGlobe Imagery

Esri customers who purchase an Imagery+Analytics subscription will have access to the entire DigitalGlobe global library. This includes current imagery, which is typically available within 72 hours of collection. Areas of interest (AOIs) from the library can be selected with a minimum dimension of 1×1 km2 per area. For each area defined by the customer, only the portion of each selected image collection dataset intersected by the AOI will count against the km2 allotted by the subscription tier purchased.

The selected imagery is made available as a set of dynamic image services that provides access to the full range of multispectral, panchromatic and pan-sharpened images. All images are atmospherically corrected using DigitalGlobe’s AComp (Atmospheric Compensation) preprocessing algorithm.

Orthorectification is done at native resolution on the best available digital terrain model (DTM). Imagery can be further adjusted to ensure highest absolute accuracy and relative pixel alignment.

“Access to the entire 100-petabyte DigitalGlobe global library, including current imagery as it becomes available.”

All selected imagery will be staged on GBDX and accessible via an ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 implementation running in the AWS US-EAST-1 cloud infrastructure region. The ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 implementation is licensed to the client’s organization running within their own virtual private network, and can be federated with other internal enterprise GIS to ensure customer privacy.


GBDX Analytics

Analysts who have access to the dynamic image services may run additional analytics and processing tasks within their federated enterprise GIS. The subscription also includes access to a standard set of predefined GBDX image analysis tools including land use land cover classification, artificial intelligence machine/deep learning algorithms and Harris ENVI® image processing including spectral index layer extraction.

“Analyze the image services via any combination of ArcGIS Raster Analytics and GBDX platform algorithms including Harris ENVI® image analysis”

Analysts may also use ArcGIS Pro to develop additional processing and analytic tasks. These tasks can run on ArcGIS servers and be shared throughout their ArcGIS Enterprise implementation as image and feature services (subject to standard usage rights).

Subscription Term

  • Term: 12-month subscription.
  • View Users: Unlimited “view” users for non-commercial resale use of view imagery and derived analytic products.
  • Named Analyst Users: Designated named analyst users can explore DigitalGlobe catalog, select image datasets, convert into analysis-ready dynamic image services and run analytics.
  • Imagery Services: Selected DigitalGlobe imagery is available for the subscription term up to the km2 subscription limit. If more imagery is required than included in customer subscription tier, customers can upgrade to a higher tier during the subscription term.

Product Requirements

  • Three Amazon Web Services (AWS) – EC2 m3.xlarge machines in US East 1 Region
  • ArcGIS Enterprise + Image Server (typically part of Esri Enterprise Agreements)
  • Additional machines and ArcGIS licenses may be added as required.
  • Esri Jumpstart support is included to manage deployment and initial setup.
  • Esri Professional Services support or managed services is optionally available for continued maintenance if desired.

Usage Rights

  • Utilization of imagery and permitted derivatives is solely for Customer’s internal business purposes.

Usage Restrictions

  • Imagery and derivatives may not be used for commercial resale.
  • The download or export of source imagery data is prohibited.
  • Use of Imagery+Analytics services to increase the accuracy of non-DigitalGlobe Imagery for resale purposes is strictly prohibited.


Who is DigitalGlobe?
DigitalGlobe owns and operates the most agile and sophisticated constellation of high-resolution commercial earth imaging satellites. The constellation has the ability to capture over 3 million km2 per day, equivalent to capturing the entire landmass of the Earth at high resolution every 2 weeks.  Together, WorldView-1, GeoEye-1, WorldView-2, WorldView-3 and WorldView-4 are capable of collecting well over one billion square kilometers of quality imagery per year and offering intraday revisits around the globe.

What is included in the imagery library?
The DigitalGlobe image library consists of more than 1 million images collected over the last 17 years and contains nearly 100 petabytes of data.

How often is the imagery updated?
Customers will have access to new commercial imagery collected by the DigitalGlobe satellites every day, typically available within 24-72 hours of collection.

How does Imagery+Analytics work?

  1. Select subscription tier with appropriate annual desired area km2 usage & analytics level.
  2. Deploy ArcGIS Enterprise 10.5.1 with Image Server to Amazon AWS US-East-1 region.
  3. Search for and select the images you want to use.
  4. Consume native Image Services of the selected images within your ArcGIS ecosystem.
  5. Visualize RGB view-only image services and/or analyze dynamic image services.

Where is Imagery+Analytics available?
The initial 2017 release is focused on customers in the U.S. domestic market since all imagery data and cloud computing infrastructure is hosted in AWS US-East-1 region.

When will Imagery+Analytics be available for purchase?
Customers in the U.S. domestic market will be able to purchase Imagery+Analytics subscriptions from DigitalGlobe starting in October of 2017.

How many people will have access to the image services?
There is unlimited access for view-only users within the subscription organization. Access to the dynamic image services for running analytics is provided for the named analyst users within the organization.

Analysts can access services that provide full resolution, dynamic range and temporal fidelity to their selected images. The Analysts can directly use these image services in a range of applications including ArcGIS Desktop and web applications. They may also perform heads up digitizing or generate derived products.

What happens when my subscription expires?
Upon expiration of the DigitalGlobe Imagery+Analytics subscription, access to the source data image services expire; however, organizations may continue to have full usage of the derived products as well as access to the AWS compute infrastructure and ArcGIS Server software as long as the subscription for these services remain.

What are examples of derivative products I can generate?

  • 3-band 8-bit color orthoimages and orthomosaics
  • Vector algorithm output processing results converted into new Feature Services
  • Raster algorithm output processing results converted into new Image Services
  • Analysis/Derivative creation is limited to vectors, categorical data or 3-band 8-bit imagery that does not allow generation of the source data

All compute and storage of derived product utilizes customer’s infrastructure on AWS. The refined view image services and the algorithm output will be accessible through the customer’s Portal for ArcGIS as image and feature services, which the customers may freely distribute within their organization subject to usage rights.

What constitutes view Image Services?
Analysts may refine processing parameters and then generate individual orthoimages or orthomosaics for selected areas. These derived View Images are 8-bit 3-band RGB color or panchromatic images as image services or tile cache services at any required resolution, which the customers may freely distribute within their organization subject to the usage rights.

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