Data specifications and coverage
What coverage is currently available?
Our coverage includes the United States, Europe, and parts of Canada. Visit the Coverage Map to see if your area of interest (AOI) is available and to toggle between different layers such as resolutions and vintages.
What is the data resolution?
Countrywide aerial imagery is offered at 15 cm and 30 cm resolutions in the United States and between 12.5 cm to 30 cm resolution across Europe. Please reference the specification sheets for more information on our countrywide imagery. In select urban areas, 5 cm resolution true orthophotos, oblique imagery, and stereo imagery are offered through our Metro HD city program.
What is the data accuracy?
The official accuracy of the 15 cm resolution imagery is +/- 50 cm and the accuracy of the 30 cm resolution imagery is +/- 1.2 m. These numbers are very conservative, and our customers have found the accuracy to be much higher in most areas.
Purchase processing and invoicing
What are the different purchase options?
Countrywide aerial imagery is available for streaming and immediate download (pixel delivery) through our Data Store. Streaming users can sign up for a 10-day trial or upgrade to a one-year streaming subscription. Should you require multiple licenses, please contact our Support Team.
How do I place a sales tax-exempt order?
In accordance with applicable laws, Hexagon collects tax in most states based on the appropriate rate of sales tax in each state. Even if you are tax-exempt, you may need to pay taxes at the time of your purchase. If you think you’re eligible for a tax refund, please contact us and include the following information:
Items you’re requesting a refund for
Amount of the tax refund
Once your tax information is received, a refund will be issued for the taxes if the order meets the requirements for tax exemption. Once this process has been completed, the account used for this order will be connected to a tax-exempt certificate for future orders.
Can I demo the data before subscribing to the subscription service?
Yes, please visit our Demo Viewer to see the data using a free tier layer zoom level. To get full access to higher resolution imagery, please sign up for a 10-day trial.
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Streaming platforms and protocols
Which protocols are supported?
We support WMS, WMTS, ArcGIS REST and SOAP protocols.
Which GIS applications can I use to stream data?
The streaming service is available as an OGC-compliant product which can be used across all GIS platforms including ESRI ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, Global Mapper, AutoCAD, GeoMedia and QGIS amongst others.
I’m in my GIS application. How do I add the data?
In all GIS applications, you can add data from the HxGN Content Program by finding the option to add a WMTS layer. Please consult our Streaming User Guide on how to stream data for the most common GIS applications. Should you need further assistance, please contact our Support Team.
How do I know when the AOI was captured?
Most GIS applications will have an option to “GetFeatureInfo.” Select this option and click anywhere on the imagery to access detailed metadata information including date of capture. Please read the streaming matrix for step-by-step instructions on how to obtain metadata.
What is the difference between cached and rendered layers?
The cached services are a pre-cached, optimized service that always returns the latest data layer. This service works best for individuals who prioritize speed. The rendered services draw each layer individually, so the performance is a bit slower than the cached services; however, they allow more control when it comes to defining the map projection, different bands and resolution of the service.
I don’t have a GIS application. What can I use to view the data?
We offer a free browser-based Demo Viewer. Simply input your credentials to view the imagery.
Streaming service account
How do I sign up for the streaming service?
Please sign up for the streaming service on our Data Store. Once you complete the credit card payment, you will receive a confirmation email and the account will be activated immediately. Your login credentials will be used to stream imagery into your GIS application. The annual subscription fee will be charged to the credit card on file. Should you require multiple licenses, please contact our Support Team.
Will I get notified when my streaming subscription is ending?
Yes, you will receive an email one month before your subscription expires informing you that your subscription will be renewed.
How do I end my subscription?
You can cancel your subscription at the end of the one-year period by giving one month written notice. Please contact us to cancel your subscription.
What is the Client Administration Tool?
The Client Administration Tools allows the account administrators to manage their streaming account information, administer user licenses for entire departments, update login information and payment details. The Client Admin Guide provides a quick overview of each of the features available for account administrators.
10-day trial subscription
I signed up for a free 10-day trial subscription. Now what?
You will receive a confirmation email with additional resources to help you stream data to your GIS application. The resources are also listed here for your convenience:
When your trial subscription expires after 10 days, please contact us to upgrade your account to a one-year subscription.
Can I extend the length of my 10-day trial?
We believe 10 days are enough to trial the subscription service and do not allow extensions of free trials. Should you have a special need for an extension, please contact us with your trial extension request.
What applications can I use to trial the data?
The streaming service is available as an OGC-compliant product, making it compatible with any GIS application that supports WMS or WMTS protocols. All popular GIS applications such as ESRI ArcMap, ArcGIS Online, AutoCAD, GeoMedia, Global Mapper, and QGIS can be used to view our data.
Which data layers are included in the trial?
You will be granted access to two data layers with your trial subscription: