Geosys: RapidEye's Sole Distributor in France

GIS / Earth Observation / Satellite Imagery / Distributor / France

Brandenburg / Havel, Germany, — May 04, 2010 — RapidEye, the only geospatial solutions provider to own and operate a constellation of five identical Earth Observation satellites, announced today that Geosys, S.A. has signed a distributor agreement with RapidEye to be its sole distributor of satellite imagery in France.

John Ahlrichs, Vice President of RapidEye, commented “Geosys is well established in the French geospatial market and has an excellent team dedicated to promoting and selling RapidEye data. We look forward to a long-lasting business collaboration that will serve existing customers and develop new business opportunities.”

Alain Killmayer, cofounder of Geosys, said “We are very proud of this new partnership with RapidEye, as it is fully in the scope of the strategies of the two companies. The future has become a reality with the RapiEye satellite constellation.”

Currently, RapidEye is working on completing its worldwide network of distributors in order to facilitate easy access to RapidEye products in its customers' own language and region. For a full list of RapidEye's distributors, please visit www.rapideye.de/distributors.

About Geosys

Geosys is an international leader that helps professionals in agriculture and renewable resources to make better economic, environment and agronomic decisions with Remote Sensing, Agronomy and Geographic Information Systems in more than 50 countries. Geosys provides its agricultural services and expertise to leaders in commodities trading, agribusiness, international organizations, scaling from international corporations to crop consultants.

Geosys is a private company, with offices in Europe (Toulouse, France) and in North America (Minneapolis, MN, USA) and values its expertise in data sourcing and management with a dedicated department that sells data such as satellite imagery and digital elevation models to all users, mainly in France. For more information about Geosys please visit www.geosys.com.

About RapidEye AG

RapidEye is an ISO-certified geospatial information provider focused on integrating customized and industry specific solutions into the workflow of global customers in agriculture, forestry, energy, infrastructure, government, security and emergency. RapidEye experts and the satellite system – a constellation of five satellites capable of downloading over 4 million km² of high resolution, multi-spectral imagery per day, and a ground segment for processing and archiving data – allow for cost-effective customized services. The unique combination of large area coverage, high spatial resolution and the possibility of daily revisit to an area provide for superior management information solutions. Currently, more than 120 experts from more than 20 countries are employed by RapidEye, with plans to grow the team to 130 in 2010.

RapidEye benefits from a public-private partnership with the Space Agency of the German Aerospace Center (DLR), which is supported by the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology. RapidEye is also cofinanced by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and the State of Brandenburg in Germany.

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For more information about RapidEye, please visit www.rapideye.de .



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  • 'Geosys: RapidEye's Sole Distributor in France' May 05, 2010
    Reviewed by 'Rod Elliott'
    Although the potential for data gatherting available from these geospatial is quite remarkable, in content, magnitude and technologically, surely the very power of these systems must raise questions of grave concern.
    Given that the information gathered is no doubt of exceptional value, both socialogically and economically, perhaps we must be questioning to what purposes some of the data being gathered can be applied and what limits are we to impose uopn the use of these systems and upon whom.
    These are immensely powerful systems which, as far as one can ascertain, are being driven mainly by exceptionally powerful private interests. Being mindful of that and how human greed, avarice and egotism seems to all too often override basic moral standards and common sense, surely we must be asking just what checks and balances are being imposed upon the creators and users of these systems. Indeed, we must ask if there are any comprehensive controls being applied and assured, thereby ensuring the application of these systems and the data gathered thereby can only be used for the greater good and protection of all species which occupy this Planet Earth. If we fail to do that, we shall be risking, at best, uncontrolled exploitation motivated by the simple expediencies of lining the pockets of a well connected and privileged few, or, at worst, use of the systems and data gathered for dubious purposes.
    One has only to consider the implications and controversies raised by the freely available Google 'Street View' data to appreciate the magnitued of the 'can of worms' even more powerful data gathering systems can open.

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