Feature Analyst® Being Used in Habitat StudiesSTERLING, Va. — (BUSINESS WIRE) — August 19, 2009 — Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, is working with the Jane Goodall Institute (JGI) as the organization uses Feature Analyst to map the terrain in and around Tanzania’s Gombe National Park for the identification of areas for potential reforestation in an effort to benefit both people and chimpanzees.
The efforts of world-renowned primatologist and conservationist Dr. Jane Goodall and her organization to study and protect chimpanzees and their vanishing habitats in Africa has gained the interest of the geospatial intelligence community. Terrain in many remote areas around the world, including the Gombe National Park, can only be studied through GIS, remote sensing and GPS resources. Recognizing the value of the data that could be obtained and analyzed with its Feature Analyst product, Overwatch donated four program licenses to support JGI’s work in Tanzania and across the African continent.
Feature Analyst provides sophisticated map-making and visualization tools for geospatial intelligence professionals, providing the capability of creating, maintaining, and analyzing 2D and 3D global terrain models. Feature Analyst brings source data to digital maps in hours and minutes instead of weeks and days, delivering accelerated feature extraction (AFE) from scanned maps as well as aerial, satellite, and LIDAR imagery.
“Working with Feature Analyst and 60-cm QuickBird satellite imagery allows us to track detailed changes in rural landscapes and chimpanzees’ habitats in a manner never before possible,” said Dr. Lilian Pintea, director of conservation science at the Jane Goodall Institute. “The information obtained using this technology is improving our conservation strategies and actions on the ground and, ultimately, will help us make a positive difference in the community.”
“The Feature Analyst software has a wide range of applications providing practical solutions for land-use analysis and planning in urban and remote terrains,” said Randy Averitte, Overwatch’s senior vice president and general manager. “Overwatch is honored to play a role in the efforts of the Jane Goodall Institute and the great work it is doing for African ecosystems.”
About the Jane Goodall Institute
Founded in 1977, the Jane Goodall Institute continues Dr. Goodall's pioneering research on chimpanzee behavior -- research that transformed scientific perceptions of the relationship between humans and animals. Today, the Institute is a global leader in the effort to protect chimpanzees and their habitats. It also is widely recognized for establishing innovative community-centered conservation and development programs in Africa, and the Roots & Shoots global environmental and humanitarian youth program, which has groups in 110 countries. More information is available at www.janegoodall.org.
Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, is the leading provider of integrated intelligence software solutions and services as well as robust satellite communications systems for today’s U.S. and international defense and intelligence communities. For the past 20 years, Overwatch’s intelligence solutions have supported decision makers, counter-terrorism analysts, warfighters and first responders by providing proven tools that simplify the integration, analysis and exploitation of intelligence in order to present a complete operational picture and accelerate the time-to-decision. More information is available at www.overwatch.com.
About Textron Systems
Textron Systems Corporation has been providing innovative solutions to the defense, homeland security and aerospace communities for more than 50 years. Known for its unmanned aircraft systems, advanced marine craft, armored vehicles, intelligent battlefield and surveillance systems, intelligence software solutions, precision smart weapons, piston engines, test and training systems, and total life cycle sustainment services, Textron Systems includes AAI Corporation, Lycoming Engines, Overwatch, Textron Defense Systems, and Textron Marine & Land Systems. Textron Systems Corporation is an indirect wholly owned subsidiary of Textron Inc. More information is available at www.textronsystems.com.
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