Notes from the GEOINT 2007 Symposium

NGA Innovision Directorate Vonna Heaton spoke during an Emerging Technologies session on “Building a Computer that Reads Minds.” The topic included the possibility of gaining real time insight into the brain’s computable states. According to Heaton, neuroscience can help us plan for behaviors, both normal and abnormal.

Eric Kandel, in his Principles of Neural Science, said that we must “understand the biological basis of consciousness and mental processes by which we perceive, act, learn and remember.”

The government’s use of and research and development in geospatial technology appear very broad. Yet throughout the conference, one theme was repeated consistently: once the technological problems are removed, the cultural barriers will still be there, within governmental agencies and outside of them. These barriers will likely present the greatest challenge to the intelligence and defense community, for a long time to come.

Top News of the Week

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces plans for Earth Resource Mapper’s portfolio of solutions. By acquiring ER Mapper, Leica Geosystems amplified its enterprise delivery capabilities, supplementing its existing remote sensing applications that author, prepare, compress and deploy imagery.

ER Mapper Professional will immediately benefit from the integration of existing features and functionality from Leica Geosystems’ ERDAS IMAGINE® product suite. A new release scheduled for early 2008 will create a more robust and interoperable remote sensing solution for the market.


Tensing, a specialist in enterprise mobile and geo solutions, named Enspiria Solutions, a leading provider of IT consulting and implementations for utilities, telecommunications, and public sector organizations, the latest Tensing Business Partner. The formal agreement was signed last week between the two companies. As a business partner Enspiria will be able to sell and implement Tensing’s entire suite of enterprise mobility solutions.


1Spatial, in cooperation with Blue Marble Geographics, is leading a research initiative by the Spatial Data Quality Working Group of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC).

1Spatial has been an active Member of the OGC for a number of years and Product and Marketing Director for 1Spatial, Graham Stickler, is Chair of the Spatial Data Quality Working Group (WG). The Charter of this WG is to attempt to establish how data quality can be both defined and communicated, using standards to help in the reuse of spatial data and in the creation and management of spatial data infrastructures.

The Urban and Regional Information Systems Association (URISA) has another ambitious conference schedule in 2008 to meet the professional development needs of its multi-disciplinary membership. All of the volunteer committees for each conference are hard at work organizing educational sessions that challenge participants and events that strengthen professional networks. See press release

NCI, Inc., a provider of information technology services and solutions to U.S. federal government agencies, announced today that it has been awarded two technology demonstration task orders from the United States Strategic Command (USSTRATCOM) to develop cutting-edge search and geospatial visualization capability for key federal customers. The competitive task orders were awarded to NCI, together with Google Inc. and Next Tier Concepts, Inc. under the NETCENTS contract.


Trimble announced results for its third quarter 2007, ended Sept. 28, 2007. Revenue for the third quarter of 2007 was $296.0 million, up approximately 26 percent from revenue of $234.9 million in the third quarter of 2006. See press release


GeoEye, Inc., a leading producer of satellite, aerial and geospatial information, announced that CEO Matthew O'Connell received the prestigious Intelligence Achievement Award for Industry from the United States Geospatial Foundation (USGIF).

New Products

Pictometry International Corp. announced today that it is launching the Pictometry Military Planner™ at the GEOINT 2007 Symposium.

The Pictometry Military Planner is the most advanced of a range of Pictometry 3D modeling analysis tools specially designed for military use. It rapidly creates 3D fly-through models from 2D data and uses Pictometry’s oblique images to automatically apply photo-realistic textures to the model, further enhancing the realism of the virtual scene.

Cutting Edge Networked Storage debuted their new Modular Storage Solutions (MSS) and Integrated Storage Solutions (ISS) for the GIS community at the US Geospatial Intelligence Symposium (GEOINT 2007).

Cutting Edge demonstrated their flagship MSS and ISS offerings configured for GIS and defense applications. The MSS and ISS series of storage solutions are powered by Cutting Edge's 3rd generation field proven EdgeWare(TM), a fully integrated 64-bit storage operating system that provides a storage centric, easy-to-use and easy-to-support, heterogeneous network file system.

The Engineer Research and Development Center’s Topographic Engineering Center (ERDC-TEC) held demonstrations of its Joint Geospatial Enterprise System, ENFIRE, Battlespace Terrain Reasoning and Awareness system, GeoPDF mapping format, and award-winning BuckEye system during USGIF’s GEOINT 2007 symposium.

BuckEye uses a digital camera and Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR) elevation data to produce geospatial information for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR), high-resolution 3D urban mapping, as well as change detection/battle damage assessment missions in support of the Global War on Terror.

Maponics, LLC pre-announced today the upcoming release of Maponics Postal Boundaries™ GIS data, including ZIP Code polygons and carrier route polygons. These boundary files are critical for any organization conducting direct marketing or trying to display accurate postal boundaries via web-based applications.

Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces the development of a new Tactical Airborne Mapping Surveillance (TAMS) system. TAMS is platform agnostic, with a multi-sensor payload capable of in-theater fixed wing, helicopter and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAV/UAS) deployment.

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