10 ways we are seeing a better world

Our world is constantly changing—presenting both challenges and opportunities. Explore these ten stories of innovation to understand how satellite imagery technology is changing our world for the better.

10. See Freedom

When Associated Press journalists were investigating the abusive practices of the fishing industry in Southeast Asia, they looked to satellite imagery to locate and identify fishing vessels engaged in illegal activity. WorldView-3 was able to deliver indisputable evidence of human trafficking in action to assist in their investigation. This critical, eye-in-the-sky proof gave the Indonesian Navy the confidence to seize the tainted cargo and succeed in freeing more than 2,000 slaves.

See Freedom

9. See Into the Past

Like a modern-day Indiana Jones, Sarah Parcak uses satellite images to locate lost ancient sites. The winner of the 2016 TED Prize, her wish is to protect the world’s shared cultural heritage.

See Space Archaelogy

8. See Location Intelligence

Imagine a detailed picture of all the individual structures (both built and natural) across every address on a continental scale. Now imagine that picture as a comprehensive dataset identifying and quantifying those structures across dozens of attributes. PSMA did just that using satellite imagery, advanced machine learning and cloud computing to deliver customers new, superior location intelligence about their home country of Australia.

Mapping continents

7. See the Human Landscape

The first step in understanding a conflict is understanding who is involved and why. By combining our advanced high resolution satellite imagery and analytics with reputable open-source GIS data, Human Landscape enables agencies to see conflict and crisis in context through layers of comprehensive human geography data.

See The Human Landscape

6. See Conservation

Individuals like you helped to conserve Weddell seals across the world with the help of satellite imagery. In less than two months, ~5,000 volunteers covered roughly the same amount of area that a ground crew covered in a decade.

Make a Difference

5. See Natural Disaster Response

DigitalGlobe is committed to helping everyone See A Better World® by providing accurate high-resolution satellite imagery to support disaster recovery in the wake of large-scale natural disasters. We release open imagery for select major crisis events, including pre-event imagery, post-event imagery and a crowdsourced damage assessment.

See Impacted Areas

4. See Future Cities

Miami’s Downtown Development Authority (DDA) was created to help assess an unprecedented ongoing development surge. But it also had an eye toward future construction and economic growth. Miami DDA launched an innovative streaming 3D map website. In doing so, it unleashed a flood of activity from citizens and stakeholders. The site nearly crashed once it was opened to the public, and has received more than one million hits so far.

See Growth

3. See Global Development

Although information is powerful, it is only as impactful as the people who put it to use. DigitalGlobe works closely with partners to uncover new ways our imagery and data can help impact food and nutrition security, food and nutrition security, infrastructure development and environmental sustainability.

See how it's possible

2. See the World in 3D

Each of us has growing needs for connectivity. Personal mobile technology has the ability to connect us all from mobile phones, tablets, self-driving cars, and even to programmable dog collars. The future depends on the wide deployment of 5G and building wireless networks. Once this 3D network planning foundation is in place, it will enable personal mobile technology to connect each and every one of us across the globe - from rural villages in developing nations to crowded cityscapes - fostering shared knowledge and greater communication.

See Tomorrow's Networks

1. See Possibilites for the Future

What's next? We’ve only scratched the surface of what’s possible. Whether it's finding gold from space, identifying potential terrorists, or revealing gaps in global population data — our industries are not standing still. And neither are we. DigitalGlobe promises to continue to connect and share breakthroughs that will help us all See a Better World.®

Thank you for inspiring us

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