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DigitalGlobe Enhances Monitoring Capabilities in SecureWatch for Defense and Intelligence Customers


WESTMINSTER, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--DigitalGlobe, a business unit of Maxar Technologies (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR), today announced the latest release of SecureWatch, a powerful geospatial intelligence subscription service that provides on-demand access to DigitalGlobe’s entire 17-year library of high-resolution satellite imagery, as well as more than 3 million square kilometers of new image collections daily. The update introduces new functionalities that enable defense and intelligence mission partners to exploit the complete power of The DigitalGlobe.

The first enhancement gives SecureWatch users a powerful new interface with more control for managing GIS data overlays. The platform now allows users to visualize public and proprietary features and formats on top of DigitalGlobe imagery, such as Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), Web Map Tile Service (WMTS), and Esri native REST formats, among others. With this new capability, subscribers will be able to quickly create higher quality intelligence deliverables that combine imagery with additional data sources, such as terrain mobility index layers, land use and land cover datasets.

SecureWatch subscribers can now add premium SecureWatch Sites subscriptions to their base access, which assures the delivery of new imagery over critical locations of interest. And as previously announced, subscribers can now add online and offline access to more than 60 premium Human Landscape data layers that describe an area’s physical and cultural makeup. These, combined with the five global data layers available to all users, provide contextual information that is essential for mission success.

The third enhancement gives SecureWatch subscribers online or offline access to pan-sharpened 8-band visible near-infrared (VNIR) imagery, allowing customers to better understand mining activities, soil disturbance and underwater dredging. These new multi-spectral capabilities allow SecureWatch subscribers to quickly and accurately monitor conditions and activity on the ground and to make decisions confidently.

Finally, DigitalGlobe imagery in SecureWatch is now processed using a proprietary technique called Atmospheric Compensation (AComp), which mitigates the effects of haze and water vapor to improve image clarity. With AComp-enhanced imagery, analysts can produce insights more efficiently because they see image details more quickly without manual intervention.

“The updates we’ve made to SecureWatch provide a significantly improved information advantage for our mission partners around the globe,” said Jeff Kerridge, DigitalGlobe General Manager of International Defense and Intelligence. “With new GEOINT content, analytical tools and workflow enhancements, SecureWatch users will be able to answer key intelligence questions more quickly by accessing multi-spectral imagery and multi-source content, allowing defense and intelligence organizations to respond decisively and confidently to global events.”

Learn more by visiting SecureWatch online.

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is the global leader in commercial high-resolution satellite imagery used by decision makers to better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. DigitalGlobe is a business unit of Maxar Technologies, a U.S. operating company (NYSE: MAXR; TSX: MAXR). For more information, visit

About Maxar Technologies

Maxar Technologies (formerly MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates) is a leading global provider of advanced space technology solutions for commercial and government markets including satellites, Earth imagery, geospatial data and analytics. As a trusted partner, Maxar Technologies provides unmatched end-to-end systems capabilities and integrated solutions expertise to anticipate and address our customers most complex mission critical challenges. With more than 6,500 employees in 21 locations, the Maxar Technologies portfolio of commercial space brands include: SSL, MDA, DigitalGlobe and Radiant. Every day millions of people rely on Maxar Technologies to communicate, share information and data, and deliver insights that empower a better world. Maxar trades on the Toronto Stock Exchange and New York Stock Exchange as MAXR. For more information, visit

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