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DigitalGlobe to win contract for human geography info system

Info system will help mission planning

In an effort to better plan missions, the U.S. Special Operations Command is about to award a contract to DigitalGlobe for a highly specialized Human Geography Information System.

Under the contract, the company will provide the Command with geospatially referenced socio-cultural data on a number of countries for which there is a critical need for it, but where such data does not yet exist.

This human geography information system will use satellite imagery and marry it with “human” data and other information on an area’s history, culture, education, economy, religion, weather and political landscapes, according to GCN.

Specifically, the system will seek out information on political parties, schools, religious institutions, tourist areas, airfields, military installation, embassies, internet café locations, smuggling routes, and other areas of interest, GCN reported.

The contract was bid on by GeoEye Analytics, which was merged into DigitalGlobe in late January of this year. The company specializes in satellite mapping and operations and imagery data.

About the Author

Mark Hoover is a staff writer with Washington Technology. You can contact him at mhoover@washingtontechnology.com, or connect with him on Twitter at @mhooverWT.

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