DigitalGlobe Acquires Crowd-sourced Data Firm

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — Imaging satellite operator DigitalGlobe of Longmont, Colo., announced April 8 it has acquired Tomnod, a Web-based operation that uses crowd-sourced information to add value to imagery.

In a posting on its website, DigitalGlobe said the acquisition is not material to the company’s financials but that it supports DigitalGlobe’s vision of being the “indispensable source” of information about the planet.

Tomnod takes satellite imagery and uses input provided by the public around the world to produce intelligence information.

“We will continue offering Tomnod’s rapid information capture and validation services directly to customers,” DigitalGlobe said. “In addition, information gained by the service will increasingly act as a key data source for our in-house analytics teams, enabling them to provide more accurate insight and analysis to our customers faster.”

Tomnod, which has about five employees, will now be based at DigitalGlobe’s Longmont headquarters, the announcement said.

DigitalGlobe operates a fleet of satellites that collect high-resolution imagery for use by a variety of customers, the biggest of which is the U.S. National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.