Super satellite imagery offers clearer picture of Queensland
Queenslanders can download the highest resolution satellite imagery ever available for free in Australia – providing themselves a massive advantage in the new digital economy.
Steven Jacoby, Executive Director of Department of Natural Resources, Mines and Energy (DNRME) Land and Spatial Information, said the imagery has been acquired through ultra-compact satellites and made available for free through online application ‘the Queensland Globe’.
“The only other place in the world offering imagery like this for free is California, and in terms of potential of this satellite imagery – the sky’s the limit for Queenslanders.
“Usually cost-prohibitive for most small to medium businesses, the government’s partnership with international satellite company ‘Planet’ means anyone can now view and download the high resolution imagery for free via the Queensland Globe and QImagery.
“More than 102,000 ‘tiles’ of imagery are available for download– with each tile representing an area of 5km x 5km.
“This new satellite imagery which is online now is derived from the best visuals captured between a three month period and is light years ahead of where we’ve come from.
“Importantly, it is available under Creative Commons licensing, meaning it can be freely used in the public domain,” he said.
Open Data is a Queensland Government initiative aimed at identifying and releasing data collected, created or maintained by government agencies to encourage business, industry and the broader community to develop innovative new services and or solutions.
Mr Jacoby said that through this revolution, information is coming out of the old filing cabinets, and going online as raw datasets, hard copy images or online photos for anyone to use and enjoy for free.
“Queenslanders can already access more than 800,000 historical aerial photographs of Queensland from the 1930s to 2009 through the highly-popular QImagery tool,” Mr Jacoby said.
“As aerial film is being progressively digitised, more images are added monthly and anyone can search for a specific image by locality, address, postcode, lot on plan or latitude and longitude and then download it for free.
“High resolution satellite imagery of the scale and calibre that we see from this collaboration with ‘Planet’ is really the next giant leap, and I’m very proud that the Queensland Government is taking up the latest technology – and preserving the imagery for future generations,” Mr Jacoby said.
While managed and analysed by DNRME, numerous other Queensland Government agencies and local governments will also share access to the new imagery, which is anticipated to help with future disaster and environmental management, fire and emergency services and infrastructure planning and development.
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