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Susan Smith
Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

TerraGo Vision Platform

September 24th, 2013 by Susan Smith

TerraGo Vision Platform

TerraGo has been emerging from an intense period of investment in new technologies, and have more than doubled investment in R&D. They have introduced new products across the whole product line. In-Q-Tel, the investment arm of the intelligence community, is the umbrella company of TerraGo. About a year ago TerraGo acquired Geosemble a sister In-Q-Tel company. Geosemble’s product lines such as GeoXRay, MacStrata have been integrated into the TerraGo portfolio.

TerraGo launched some years ago with their groundbreaking GeoPDF products, which attributes geospatial information to PDFs. They released GeoPDF v 6 last fall. They released 3D composer 18 months ago, a product that allows people to start with an image and do draping for GeoINT.

From that initial launch, the company has expanded into offering a number of other solutions, namely and most recently the release of TerraGo Vision Platform. Because the most valuable location intelligence data is gleaned from internal and external Big Data sources, a platform designed for mission-critical information that can be seamlessly integrated and then delivered to decision makers, analysts, field and mobile workers is more valuable than previously used centralized data stores. Vision Platform allows organizations to build powerful geospatial solutions for situational awareness and improve decision making and response times.

TerraGo’s largest customers are the NGA, Army, DHS, and USGS.

Esri Publisher for ArcGIS has 1,000 customers around the world. TerraGo added GeoForms to it, extending the feature data inside ArcGIS, and made it available for mobile. The company also released additional capabilities around 3D GeoPDF with the goal of  getting actionable intelligence to someone at the edge who might be disconnected from the internet.

Terrago Mobile was  re-architected to be geared toward the Android and iPhone and to take high resolution imagery to the field.

GeoXray  automates unstructured data discovery (funded through In-Q-tel) analysis, and geospatial vizualization. It is useful for “edge users,” decision makers, and  analysts.

Custom Enterprise Solutions are server based solutions for data discovery, integration and delivery.

Being able to discover location intelligence is a big problem. Moreover, the massive information available from disparate data sources needs to be intelligently filtered by place, time and topic, then it needs to be seamlessly delivered.

Terrago Vision is driven by core customers who are mostly doing crisis response and intelligence:

  1. Army AGC index
  2. NGA eIndex
  3. DHS DMC
  4. IHS Jane’s Imagery Watch

TerraGo Vision Platform is all about deploying and creating intelligence on the fly. “We can query all information that exists within that box, GeoTIFFs, and could have it converted on the fly, and can make this platform do what you want,” said TerraGo CEO Rick Cobb.  “USGS quads tie in to ArcGIS Services and lots of web services, touching them all live, and they could be any services. That’s discovery and visualization. Once you have all this data organized, you may want to give it to somebody.”

If  you need imagery, Esri ArcGIS imagery allows users create their own data on demand. Terrago Vision isn’t a product – it’s a collection of APIs and developer tools, and application services. ArcGIS Server is in the background, and is where geocontent comes from. The services come from the internet, and other data can come from any system TerraGo attaches to.

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