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The IntelliEarth Marketplace

Matt Hallas

Often when I'm teaching an ENVI class or in communications with a customer I am asked the question, “Where can I get data?!” My typical response in the past was to list sites such as GLOVIS and OpenTopo where a wide-array of free data, usually at low spectral resolution, is available to for download.  Next, I would rattle off the various commercial satellite organizations. While free data is truly a wonderful thing, often you need your data faster and at a higher spatial resolution than what is available for free.

Companies like DigitalGlobe and Airbus Defense and Space are at the forefront of the commercial imagery sector, with the well-known WorldView and Pleiades constellations, respectively. These constellations are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to high resolution imagery with extremely short revisit times. WorldView-3 boasts a revisit time of less than one day with roughly 1.24 meter pixel resolution and Pleiades-1 has a similar revisit time with 2-meter pixel resolution for the multispectral bands. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a one-stop-shop for all of your data needs, where you can search what's available based on the area of interest, data type or sensor, and then acquire your data quickly so you can start your work ASAP? Enter the IntelliEarth Marketplace.

Harris boasts a truly massive library of data, as well as on-demand access to LiDAR, SAR, raster and vector data through the IntelliEarth Marketplace. Through this online marketplace, you can purchase data in its raw form or have it processed as much or as little as you would like. Many people want a product that has been just orthorectified. We've got that covered. Other folks want even more sophisticated visual/simulation dataset models. No problem, just look to our Services page! There is a large amount of data available immediately for download while other products need to be ordered. After placing your order, you'll receive it in anywhere from a couple of hours to a few days. The IntelliEarth Marketplace gives you access to:

  • Satellite Imagery
  • Aerial Imagery
  • Digital Elevation Maps
  • Topographical Maps
  • Digital Street Maps
  • Digital Vector Maps
  • Value Added Products
  • Energy Data
  • World Data by Country and more! 

The variety and most notably the quality of the data products provided through this online marketplace really help to differentiate the store from other options. What's more is that only the IntelliEarth Marketplace provides immediate download of worldwide 30cm+ resolution imagery from DigitalGlobe and Airbus Defense and Space.

The best place to start when you are looking for data is to check out the Data Store webpage, where you will see the variety of data types and products available. Once you know whether or not you want a DEM, raster data, perhaps some LiDAR data, or whatever, then view the available products found here. After selecting ‘More Information’ about your desired product you will see the sensors available for that data type, as well as various options for downloading/ordering what you need. This screenshot shows the various sensors available for ‘Satellite Imagery’.

Once you have perused the large library of datasets available through the marketplace and acquired the data, you need a tool to work with your information. ENVI and IDL have the ability to ingest and analyze all of the data available through the store (and much more, of course). So not only do you have access to the most recent imagery possible, you have the analytical tools required to get the job done.

This harmony between data and analytics is at the forefront of the recent acquisition of Exelis Inc. by the Harris Corporation. With the new Harris your problem is fully supported from beginning to end. You'll get access to the best possible data products through the IntelliEarth Marketplace, as well as best-in-class analytic and feature extraction tools contained within ENVI and IDL. We’re excited to work more closely with customers on the problem of data acquisition, and continue our great track record of helping our customers get the most out of their data as possible. Take some time to explore this marketplace and see what problems can be solved with our wide assortment of products available. As always don't hesitate to reach out to me with questions - mhallas@harris.com.