Military and intelligence organizations are poised toÂ leverageÂ higher-resolution satellite images toÂ drive innovation following the full implementation of the Commerce Department‘s new rule on the images’ global availability, C4ISR & Networks reported Tuesday.
Adam Stone writes that as ofÂ last month, higher-resolutionÂ images can be sold globally to support various missions, including those of the NationalÂ Geospatial-Intelligence AgencyÂ in the U.S.
The report notes that whileÂ DigitalGlobeÂ may beÂ the only company that provides images with resolution downÂ to 30 centimeters, thisÂ could boost competition andÂ technological developmentÂ asÂ other providers seek to furtherÂ improve image accuracy.
“We have 10 major international defense and intelligence customers who leverage us to supplement their overhead architecture,” said Tony Frazier, senior vice president for government solutions atÂ DigitalGlobe and an inductee into Executive Mosaic‘s Wash100 for 2015.
“Having the ability to help those customers understand the threats to their borders, that is really the use case we are supporting.”
One of the company’sÂ customers is NGA, the report said.
Stone notesÂ that besides image resolution, radar technology improvements and the growing size of satellite constellationsÂ are other competitive factors in a satellite data marketÂ projected to reach $5.1 billion in valueÂ by 2023.