DigitalGlobe to Provide Elevation Data to Rise Broadband for Wireless Internet Service Provisioning
May 15, 2017 08:43 AM Eastern Daylight Time
WESTMINSTER, Colo.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, today announced an agreement to provide elevation data to Rise Broadband to enable faster and more efficient deployment of wireless internet services in the United States.
DigitalGlobe will provide Rise Broadband, the country’s largest fixed wireless internet service provider (WISP), with Vricon’s™ high-resolution Digital Surface Model (DSM) data, to rapidly verify fixed wireless broadband service availability to households and businesses in its market areas before sending installation teams into the field. The combination of Vricon’s elevation products, EGS Technologies Corporation’s industry expertise, and DigitalGlobe’s satellite imagery, which is the highest resolution commercially available, gives Rise the ability to make decisions with confidence and enhance the performance of its fixed wireless coverage prediction tools.
“Our customer service team will use the tools built around the high-resolution DSM to verify our ability to connect the customer to an access point on a nearby tower, eliminating a large amount of failed installation truck rolls,” said Damon Estep, Senior Vice President of Technology for Rise Broadband. “By being one of the first fixed wireless internet service providers to embrace high-resolution surface elevation data, we will realize significant savings we can then apply to other parts of our business.”
“The combination of DigitalGlobe’s high-resolution satellite imagery with Vricon’s revolutionary 3D production process has enabled the creation of a new, scalable elevation data solution. These highly accurate location intelligence datasets allow broadband and telecom companies to deploy services faster and serve customers more efficiently,” said Amy Minnick, DigitalGlobe Senior Vice President and General Manager, Commercial Imagery. “We are excited to partner with Rise Broadband as they pioneer this new application of elevation products within the WISP industry.”
DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution Earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.
About Rise Broadband
Rise Broadband is the largest fixed wireless internet service provider in the US; offering affordable high-speed broadband services in 16 states. Established in 2005 as JAB Wireless, Inc., Rise serves residential and business accounts in rural and suburban areas throughout the Midwest, Rocky Mountain and Southwest regions. The company also offers digital telephone service, DISH and DIRECTV video services, and PC Care; a one-stop resource for residential tech assistance. Rise is headquartered in Englewood, Colorado and more information can be found at RiseBroadband.com.
Vricon, a joint venture between DigitalGlobe and Saab, serves the global professional geospatial market with world-leading 3D geodata and 3D visualization solutions. Vricon is headquartered in McLean, Virginia. For further information, visit www.vricon.com.
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