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Canadian Emergency Preparedness Agency Purchases IKONOS Imagery for Homeland Security; Images to Be Used for Disaster Risk Assessment at Key Border Areas.

DENVER -- DENVER, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Canada's Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Emergency Preparedness (OCIPEP) has purchased 8,800 square kilometers of one-meter IKONOS satellite imagery to be used for routine disaster risk assessment and emergency preparedness along the Canada-United States border.

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The contract, which was negotiated by Space Imaging reseller PhotoSat Information Ltd., (Vancouver, B.C.) will provide imagery and data for eight border areas and towns including the Yukon-Alaska border, the Quebec-Vermont border, Sault Ste. Marie, Sarnia, Windsor and Niagara Falls. The mapping initiative is part of an overall border security effort spearheaded by the Canada/United States Critical Infrastructure Protection Steering Committee, formed after the signing of the 2001 Smart Border Agreement by Canada and the United States. OCIPEP is a member of the committee's mapping subgroup. The value of the contract was not disclosed.

Ian Becking, manager, Geomatics, OCIPEP, said that his office worked closely with PhotoSat to identify key border areas for study with one-meter imagery. "We focused on regions where we needed new data. The IKONOS imagery from Space Imaging will be used to update our existing imagery databases. We regularly collect satellite images and data to support predictive computer models that help us better anticipate and respond to events such as storms, flooding and other disasters that can impact infrastructure."

"Because of its spatial resolution and accuracy, the IKONOS imagery purchased by OCIPEP provides essential data regarding geography, topography and critical infrastructure," said Gerry Mitchell, president of PhotoSat. "Using this information, OCIPEP can build predictive models to anticipate disasters, determine access routes for firefighters and police, and plan in advance evacuation routes, emergency shelters and medical supply distribution centers. In addition, the agency can respond more effectively with up-to-date satellite image maps for contingencies."

Gene Colabatistto, president of solutions at Space Imaging, said satellite imagery is becoming more common in government planning efforts regarding homeland security. "In the United States for instance, commercial satellite imagery is ideally suited to monitor coasts and borders, nuclear facilities, railway lines and utilities; anywhere where a natural disaster or attack could occur. Commercial imagery married with GIS technologies can be the backbone of homeland security."

About PhotoSat

PhotoSat is a team of geophysicists and associated geoscientists specializing in the computer processing of satellite image data for the identification, evaluation, monitoring and regulation of natural resources and the mapping of related infrastructure. Their goal is to provide satellite imagery and derived information sets that enable decision makers in the resource industries to make better decisions in less time. Their principal clients are mining, oil and gas, forestry and environmental companies and government agencies. PhotoSat distributes Landsat 7 images and imagery products under sublicense from Natural Resources Canada, the Canada Centre for Remote Sensing (CCRS). Landsat 7 data acquired by CCRS covers all of Canada, Eastern Alaska and most of the continental U.S.A. PhotoSat recently changed its name from Resource GIS and Imaging to reflect the company's increased focus on providing satellite imagery and derived data products. PhotoSat was Space Imaging's largest-volume North American distributor in Q1 2003.

About Space Imaging

Space Imaging is the premier provider of satellite imagery enabling businesses, governments and individuals to better map, measure, monitor and manage the world in which we live. Based near Denver, Colo., Space Imaging radically transformed the Earth information market when in 1999 it launched IKONOS, the world's first commercial high-resolution imaging satellite. Today, Space Imaging's products are the cornerstone of the remote-sensing industry. The company supplies the highest quality, most accurate, visual information about the planet's changing natural and cultural features. Space Imaging's customer-centric business lines include imagery from satellites and aircraft, decision-support geospatial solutions, and direct access to its satellites for corporations and governments. With expected 2003 revenues over $200 million, Space Imaging is a privately held company with partners, resellers and 13 affiliate ground stations around the world. For more information on products and services, please visit http://www.spaceimaging.com/.

CONTACT: Gary Napier of Space Imaging, +1-303-254-2106, gnapier@spaceimaging.com; or Bill Tompkins of BRW LeGrand, +1-303-298-8470, X211, wtompkins@brwlegrand.com, for Space Imaging

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