This article was originally published by Applied Geographics Inc. (AppGeo), a company acquired by The Sanborn Map Company Inc in September 2022.

The State of Texas has been using the Giza system to access Google orthophoto imagery since 2015.  Read the Texas Giza imagery serving story.

Texas is among a handful of states that has recently shifted from Google Imagery products to the Hexagon Imagery Content Program, a licensed subscription service,  to obtain high quality and low cost imagery statewide at a resolution of 15cm or 6 inch, and 30cm or 12 inch for rural areas. Texas’ imagery program thrives with the combination of low cost imagery, generous terms of usage, and the Giza streaming platform.

Among the many benefits of using Giza to serve the data is the ability to track usage – how frequently are tiles being accessed and viewed across the state. this gives the imagery program managers the ability to optimize their cloud storage and archiving decisions. It also gives both the data managers and the data users the ability to estimate the ROI of their imagery consumption. To visit the Texas Imagery Program website for more details, click here.

To learn more about Hexagon Imagery offerings, click here.

To learn more about the Giza streaming appliance, click here.

Or visit our webinar library for several in depth reviews of the Hexagon Content program offerings, including interviews with two state GIOs who are pioneering imagery as a service, and an interview with Hexagon’s Katie Fitzsimmons about their brand new Content+ offering.

Why should you consider shifting to an Imagery as a Service approach to your state’s imagery program? We take an in depth look at the changing landscape of imagery cost and licensing options here. 

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