DigitalGlobe launches maps API

Agencies looking to embed satellite imagery, maps and geospatial content into their mobile and web applications can now use the DigitalGlobe Maps application programming interface -- a scalable, cloud-hosted solution that feeds high-resolution map content into web or mobile applications.

DigitalGlobe's Maps API lets developers build applications with current satellite imagery as well as terrain and OpenStreetMap layers, with labels and data overlays to help give context to the images.

DigitalGlobe’s partner Mapbox  combines the different layers into a single map, reducing the number of map tiles and cutting down on HTTP requests and data transmission. Customers can also choose imagery compression settings, which speeds up display and can reduce the average size of imagery map tiles by a third.

DigitalGlobe, a provider of high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions, stores its curated imagery in the cloud, allowing organizations to avoid dealing with hosting.

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