Image Matters: Contextualizing Geospatial Technology

Top 10 Geospatial Intelligence Solution Companies - 2020

In a battlefield, knowing and understanding the enemy location and topography is mission-critical. As a result, the role of geospatial intelligence in the defense sector has increased, and over time, it will continue to grow. Ongoing digital revolution and advancements in satellite and earth observation technologies are fostering a new era of defense, security, and intel operations.

These satellites are capable of beaming thousands of images daily. It is humanly impossible to digest and analyze all the information. Aerospace and defense industries, consequently, are adopting AI and automation technologies to handle the persistent imagery environment. On the other hand, the overload of data is becoming difficult for organizations to keep all their vital information, programs, and systems up and running on in-house computer servers. Organizations are leveraging cloud-computing services to store and access large amounts of data over a secure online network connection.

Besides, the increasing use of smartphones has turned human beings into sensors. This is driving the next wave of strategy in the geospatial intelligence space. With social analytics, organizations can access multi-source data for enhanced decision-making. Analytics is also paving the way for analytics-asa-service through which consumers will directly purchase information derived from imagery rather than obtaining raw data.

At this juncture, there is a wide variety of geospatial intelligence solution providers entering the industry with a set of advanced and integrated offerings. To help companies navigate through the best-of-breed geospatial intelligence solution providers, Aerospace and Defense Review has compiled a list of the top 10 geospatial intelligence solution providers. This edition also offers a combination of thought leadership from subject-matter experts with real-life stories on fostering robust partnerships and exclusive insights from CIOs and CXOs. We hope this edition will provide you with the right assistance in choosing the best geospatial intelligence solution providers according to your requirements.

We present to you Aerospace and Defense Review’s “Top 10 Geospatial Intelligence Solution Providers – 2020.”

    Top Geospatial Intelligence Solution Companies

  • Image Matters specializes in geospatial, Semantic Web (Web 3.0), Semantic-AI, Sensor Web, Cloud-based SaaS/PaaS platforms, Geographic Information Systems (GIS), Web services, enterprise engineering and modeling, and complex modernization projects. The company stands apart from the rest of the geospatial market leaders by focusing on the need of the hour in terms of concentrating its efforts on producing actionable content by modeling and exploiting real-time information about objects and activities of a user’s interests. This approach addresses the most significant, relevant questions of interest to individual users—such as where am I, what is around me, why and when did this event occur, and what is relevant to my current location and status—through ‘linked data’ and the semantic foundations built by Image Matters atop its object-based/activity-based intelligence framework.

  • BlackSky


    BlackSky is the driving force behind looking at our planet in real-time, providing an easy, affordable way to access high-quality satellite imaging and insights to improve understanding of world. BlackSky is a global monitoring company. Born from the understanding that we’re experiencing multiple revolutions in how we understand and engage with our world, BlackSky has committed to staying at the edge of what’s possible when it comes to SmallSat imagery, data, and intelligence. From the mainstreaming of space to low-cost COTS satellite assembly, the revolutions we’re experiencing have opened the doors to bringing ML/AI geospatial analytics and cloud computing to a scalable, self-service platform at a fraction of the infrastructure needed in the past.

  • Centauri


    Centauri is a leading provider of high-end engineering, intelligence, cyber security, and advanced technology solutions that keep our nation safe and secure from today’s adversaries and tomorrow’s threats. It bring together the brightest minds who thrive on developing disruptive technologies to overcome the most complex challenges. Its agile, mission-first approach empowers our advanced technical and operational teams to meet the real-time demands and high-impact missions of national defense agencies across land, air, sea and space. Centauri offers industry-leading flexibility, performance bonuses, and a competitive 401k. It has been selected as one of the best companies to work for in America by The Great Place to Work Institute and as one of the top employers in the DC Metro area by the Washingtonian Magazine

  • Esri


    Esri is fully prepared to maintain operations during the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic. We have not experienced any significant business impact or interruption. We have a business continuity plan in place across all business units, including technology support and customer service, to ensure resilience. We will continue to fully serve our users, partners, and employees without disruption.ArcGIS software and apps combine mapping and data analytics to deliver location intelligence and meet digital transformation needs for organizations of all sizes.

  • Intermap Technologies

    Intermap Technologies

    Help to understand and make sense of the world around you led us to create a company that produces reliable, accurate datasets and decision-making tools for customers in the insurance, aviation, telecommunications, and Government markets … and anyone else who needs a more comprehensive understanding of our planet.Reduce manual processing through AI-driven processes and help to extract foundation layers such as buildings, roads and land cover. It also use automation to generate bare-earth terrain models to rapidly derive topographic layers such as contours and hydrology. It developed an IFSAR Editing Software (IES). Intermap’s IES is a stereo DEM editing software that combines geospatial database with interactive editing tools and automation to create high-quality and high-accuracy DEMs.

  • Maxar Technologies

    Maxar Technologies

    Maxar is a trusted partner and innovator in Earth intelligence and space infrastructure. We deliver disruptive value to government and commercial customers to help them monitor, understand and navigate our changing planet; deliver global broadband communications; and explore and advance the use of space.Its unique approach combines decades of deep mission understanding and a proven foundation of commercial technology to deliver solutions with unrivaled speed, scale and cost effectiveness. Its team members are inspired to harness the potential of space to help our customers create a better world.

  • Orbital Insight

    Orbital Insight

    Orbital Insight is the geospatial analytics company that helps organizations understand what’s happening on and to the Earth. Orbital Insight uses AI to answer their questions about supply chains, global commodities, geopolitical events, demographics and national security using multiple sources of geospatial data—including satellite images, mobile location, connected cars and other IoT data. Armed with this insight, organizations can anticipate future changes to avoid costly surprises and create new opportunities. Its technical approach seeks to meet geospatial analysts where they are by deploying our GO geospatial analytics platform to secure environments where it can be accessed at an analyst’s classified workstation.

  • Slingshot Aerospace

    Slingshot Aerospace

    Slingshot Aerospace is led by a group of experts with experience in aerospace, intelligence, and data architecture. Founded in 2016, incubated by the Techstars Starburst Accelerator, and backed by leading investors, Slingshot Aerospace is already growing rapidly. With multiple technology patents pending and a robust situational intelligence platform, large U.S. defense and aerospace customers, including the US Air Force and NASA, have put their trust in Slingshot. Slingshot Aerospace aims to help your team perceive the past with more clarity, comprehend the present faster, and predict the future with greater precision to create a safer, more sustainable world.

  • Stratfor


    Stratfor Advisory Services provide global enterprises predictive, customized intelligence assessments that uncover key opportunities and pinpoint hidden risks associated with their strategic planning and critical investment decisions. Globally engaged individuals and organizations join Stratfor for objective geopolitical intelligence and analysis that reveals the underlying significance and future implications of emerging world events. As the world’s leading geopolitical intelligence platform, Stratfor brings global events into valuable perspective, empowering businesses, governments and individuals to more confidently navigate their way through an increasingly complex international environment.

  • Vricon


    Vricon—owned by Saab and MAXAR (formerly DigitalGlobe) and headquartered in McLean, Virginia—opened in 2015 and has grown ever since. Our mission to build the Globe in 3D—a revolution in GEOINT tradecraft—offers decision makers the entire world in highly accurate, immersive 3D. Our 3D analytics and data models depict the world the way it really is. We provide data globally based on your areas of interest in a process that uses commercial satellite imagery without ground control points. For the first time, analysts can perform their analyses in a true 3D environment right on their desktops. With a common, shared 3D foundation, analysts can better visualize the situation, anticipate challenges, and communicate through exceptional story telling