Longmont, Colo. - May 25, 2006- DigitalGlobe's European business partner, Italy-based Eurimage, has entered into a contract with the European Commission (EC)'s Joint Research Center to supply worldwide satellite imagery over a four-year period. The DigitalGlobe portion of the contract is valued at $7.7 million USD (6 million Euro) and will support all EC institutions, services and agencies.
The EC's Joint Research Center will use DigitalGlobe's 60-centimeter resolution QuickBird data primarily to support its Control with Remote Sensing (CwRS) campaign, which is focused on supporting the EC's Common Agricultural Policy for all 25 member countries. The reform is intended to improve agriculture management and control systems, and to prevent agricultural subsidy irregularities with the help of remote sensing, geographic information systems and other technologies.
Specifically, high-resolution remote sensing imagery will be used in risk analysis and fraud detection. It will allow officers from the member states and the EC to control farmers' subsidy requests by determining crop parcels. Through better monitoring of agricultural assets, the EC can ensure that its subsidies are distributed more quickly, efficiently, fairly and reliably.
In addition to supporting the CwRS campaign, DigitalGlobe's QuickBird imagery will meet the EC's increasing requirements in support of security and humanitarian aid programs.
Imagery from DigitalGlobe's WorldView system, scheduled to launch in mid-2007, will also be used to support this contract. Eurimage has also been contracted to supply data from the U.S. Landsat satellite.
According to Marcello Maranesi, Eurimage's managing director, "This contract represents Eurimage's ongoing commitment to the EC for a variety of programs and needs, which we have supported since 1990. We are proud to have played an instrumental role in providing imagery to the EC during such emergencies as the Southeast Asian tsunami and the Pakistan earthquake. This experience, combined with our involvement in the 2004 and 2005 CwRS campaigns, have been valuable in improving our products and services to meet the earth observation market's expectations and our clients' needs."
"Since the start of CwRS in 2003, very high-resolution data has become the major data source for area-based subsidies," said Jacques DelincÃ©, unit head, Agriculture and Fisheries, Institute for the Protection and Security of the Citizen at the EC's Joint Research Center. "The QuickBird sensor is imaging a significant portion of the areas concerned, and operates at a very high success rate. We are pleased to have signed this second Framework Supply Contract with Eurimage concerning QuickBird data, and hope to continue in close collaboration until 2009."