A joint venture between two U.S. companies would enable government agencies to have rapid-response access to satellite imagery focused on crisis situations, the firms say.
Esri, a geographic information software company and consultant, and GeoEye, a provider of geospatial information, plan to make available during 2012 satellite imagery that would enable more timely responses to disasters, they say.
The service, which is expected to be available during the spring of 2012, will augment Esri's current disaster response capability with GeoEye’s ability to task its satellite to collect high-resolution satellite imagery after a crisis, the companies say. Currently, Esri supports disaster and crisis response globally with best practices, technology and field response teams.
In addition, GeoEye says its content plays a critical role in all aspects of disaster response. The new service will provide Esri and their user community access to timely and quality imagery during disasters.
The new “bundled solution” is critical as current world events escalate and first responders, government, and commercial risk organizations have the need to see, understand and respond to crisis events when lives and property are at risk, according to the companies.
“Imagery plays a vital role during events,” says Russ Johnson, Esri's director of public safety and homeland security. “It allows us to rapidly visualize impacts, analyze change and empower field teams conducting mobile operations. GeoEye and Esri share the same vision for supporting global incidents, and we are excited about what this means for users worldwide,” he said.