We started off in 1997 in a camel farm and have risen to a formidable players in the GIS industry. We have made a habit of being a “Company of Firsts”. Have a brief read and see what we are talking about.
1997 – A Humble Beginning
First Commercial Satellite Imaging Company in the Middle East.
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) was established in 1997 and headquartered in the business hub of the Middle East. The company became the first commercial high-resolution satellite imagery provider in the Middle East region. SIME was partners with Space Imaging (now Maxar), one of the leading satellite imagery providers in the world, and aimed to provide the regional market with the best resolution satellite imagery available. SIME’s clients started benefiting from its diversified offerings including, unparalleled access to high-resolution imaging satellites and in-house image processing services.
Partnership with DRL
2000 – Start of Global Technology Partnerships
Through EUSI, SIME started working in close partnership with the German Aerospace Center (DLR) from where it operates its own Direct Access Facility (DAF) for the WorldView satellites. The DAF is located within DLR in Oberpfaffenhofen, Germany.
European Space Imaging Established
2002 – Expansion into Europe
Following its growth and success in the Middle East, SIME established a sister company in Munich, Germany, to cater to the European market. European Space Imaging (EUSI) was founded in 2002 and is the only European satellite data provider that operates its own high-resolution satellite ground station for direct satellite tasking and local data downlink.
GIS Department Established
2003 – The First Step into GIS
By 2003, based on the requirements and feedback of clients, a GIS Department was established to meet the growing demands of the industry. The SIME GIS department was solely responsible for developing GIS software applications that would integrate seamlessly into our clients existing infrastructure, and enable them to better extract, manage, share and store their geospatial data.
Aerial Division Established
2005 – A New Era in Aerial Survey
In 2005, SIME sought to drive further growth in the regional market by establishing its own Aerial Imagery Division to supply a complete suite of aerial imagery products and services. The division is fully equipped with a Cessna aircraft and aerial photography equipment that are stationed in the Middle East, manned by an experienced crew and fully trained technical staff.
10 Years Celebrations
2007 – A Decade of Success
On the 14th of November 2007, SIME celebrated its 10th anniversary as the leading geospatial solutions provider in the region. With a clear vision of empowering businesses in the region by supplying them with high-resolution satellite imagery, SIME has worked tirelessly to develop strategic business alliances, produce innovative solutions, and educate its audience on the ways in which imagery can enrich their business operations.
WorldView Global Alliance
2009 – An Alliance is Formed
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME), along with European Space Imaging (EUSI) and DigitalGlobe, Inc., announced the formation of the WorldView Global Alliance in November, 2009. The Alliance delivers complete end-to-end world imagery products and services, delivered when and how you need them.
First Thermal Survey
2005 – History is Created
SIME’s Aerial Division creates history by conducting the first ever aerial thermal survey in the Middle East.
Introducing Commercial UAV
2005 – A First of its Kind
Through its partners network, SIME’s Aerial Division is able to introduce the first ever UAV for commercial use in the Middle East. The senseFly UAV is capable of taking high resolution images at specific locations and without motion blur.
2005 – Dynamic Relationship with Google is Formed
Space Imaging Middle East (SIME) announced that they have become the first authorised reseller for Google Enterprise Geo solutions in the region. The agreement, which combines Google’s leading software development platform with SIME’s high-resolution imagery and in-house GIS development capabilities, promises to revolutionize the way geospatial data is utilized in the region.
A Company of Firsts
We pride ourselves in being at the forefront of innovation and adoption of new technologies. Over the years, we have made it into a habit of being the first in the region to offer a solution that makes a difference.