Agency makes premium aerial, satellite and map data available to staff through GlobeXplorer mapping extensions and Web viewers.
WALNUT CREEK, CA and WASHINGTON, DC (Jan. 17, 2006)- GlobeXplorer® announced that it has reached an agreement with the U.S. EPA to make its earth imagery and map data available to all of EPA's staff nationwide. High resolution aerial, satellite, and map data will be available through GlobeXplorer's ImageConnect™ extensions for GIS software, and imbedded in several EPA Web applications.
Although GlobeXplorer imagery will be available across the agency, several departments look to especially benefit. EPA GIS departments will be using ImageConnect mapping extensions to bring high-resolution photos directly into their projects.
"We love how simple ImageConnect is to install and use, and the currency, resolution and selection of their data is excellent," said Dave Catlin of EPA's Internet Geoservices Team. "The fact that we can share access to the service agencywide between multiple applications makes things a lot easier and cheaper for us."
EPA will also be including GlobeXplorer imagery in various departmental map server applications, including several of their EnviroMapper Web viewers.
The EPA uses GlobeXplorer's data in several project types, including Superfund site work, wetland analysis, pesticide analysis, endangered species protection and emergency response. ImageConnect is being used extensively by EPA GIS staff for Hurricane Katrina cleanup efforts in Louisiana.
"The EPA staff has utilized GlobeXplorer imagery extensively for the past several years, and we're happy to see that they've made the logical step of creating agencywide access," said Paul Smith, GlobeXplorer's COO. "Now they'll have easy access to the best imagery possible for their regional offices across the country from providers like AirPhotoUSA®, DigitalGlobe®, Sanborn, as well as federal, state, and local government sources."
GlobeXplorer's ImageConnect extensions for Autodesk®, ESRI™, and MapInfo® can be freely downloaded from GlobeXplorer's Web site (http://www.globexplorer.com/products/imageconnect-suite.shtml). ImageConnect permits users to access an unmatched archive of high quality geo-referenced imagery inside these applications without conversion. An Open Geospatial Consortium Web Mapping Service (OGC WMS) version is also available upon request.
GlobeXplorer LLC is a leading geographic data integration and publishing company providing online access to the world's largest commercial library of aerial photos, satellite imagery, geographic maps, and real property information. The company's imagery, map, and database content is distributed over the Internet using a proprietary platform that dynamically searches, retrieves, compacts, and delivers high-quality images from an online database within seconds. GlobeXplorer provides fast and affordable access to geographic content to thousands of businesses and consumers on a daily basis. GlobeXplorer owns AirPhotoUSA, the nation's largest, high-quality aerial imagery provider. Through dynamic Web applications, Web services, API's, Internet portals, and Internet-aware devices, GlobeXplorer distributes interactive geographic content via flexible subscription services. For further information, contact GlobeXplorer at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.globexplorer.com and www.airphotousa.com. GlobeXplorer is a wholly owned subsidiary of Stewart Information Services Corp.
About Stewart Information Services Corp.
Stewart Information Services Corp. (NYSE-STC) is a technology-driven, strategically competitive, real estate information and transaction management company. Stewart provides title insurance and related information services required for settlement by the real estate and mortgage industries through more than 8,000 policy-issuing offices and agencies in the United States and international markets. Stewart also provides post-closing lender services, automated county clerk land records, property ownership mapping, geographic information systems, property information reports, flood certificates, document preparation, background checks and expertise in tax-deferred exchanges. More information can be found at www.stewart.com.