Footsteps & Futures - PCI Geomatics Newsletter December 2009

PCI Geomatics - Committed to Image-Centric Excellence


Welcome to the latest issue of Footsteps and Futures, the PCI Geomatics newsletter containing our latest developments.

Monitoring natural and anthropogenic activities on earth through the analysis of remotely sensed satellite and aerial images is vital to a deeper understanding of our planet. PCI Geomatics remains committed to developing technology that will enable this comprehension.

We are seeing customers using imagery to monitor and report on environmental impacts, agriculture, public safety and security and more. And as the use of geospatial data and imagery increases, so does the need for an effective approach to transform this data into spatial information.

Many organizations require a cost-effective and time efficient strategy for their geospatial production workflows. As an industry leader, PCI’s strength lies in the provision of advanced satellite image processing tools and services in addition to providing fully scalable, high volume data processing solutions – from the desktop, to rack mounted server based systems.

As we approach 2010, we continue to advocate our “think bigger” mantra as we expand and invest in our future. Wishing you a healthy and prosperous year ahead!

Dr. Robert Moses
President and CEO, PCI Geomatics

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Company News

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ESRI Business Partner - Integration of Imagery and GIS

PCI Geomatics is pleased to be a member of the ESRI Business Partner Program. Together with ESRI®, PCI will provide users with optimized desktop and server based workflows for correcting commercial satellite imagery along with tools for processing and analyzing radar imagery.

Geomatica 10.3 is available now and includes:

  • Geomatica as client to ArcGIS® Server Image Extension
  • Geomatica Save as RPDef
View our free webinar on Geomatica 10.3 to see demos:
  • ArcGIS Server Image Extension web services – use within Geomatica workflow
  • Use Geomatica to correct 50+ satellite sensors at any processing level
bullet point Click here to read the full press release.
bullet point Click here to learn more about Geomatica 10.3.

PCI Geomatics Wins Geospatial Leadership Award from
GeoTec Media

Announced at the GeoTec Event in Vancouver, BC, GeoTec Media awarded the Geospatial Innovator Award to PCI Geomatics for the GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL).

PCI presented with Geospatial Innovator Award The category of the Geospatial Innovator Award recognizes geospatial tool developers that have created new software or hardware that expands the possibilities of the geospatial industry. Final nominees were selected from a large pool of applicants nominated by the GeoTec media audience including GeoWorld Magazine, and the GeoReport e-newsletter. With a record breaking voting response from around the globe, PCI Geomatics was ahead of its closest competitor by more than 6 percentage points!

The GXL reduces bottlenecks for image pre-processing by encompassing modern computer hardware with programming techniques. The system combines the power and precision of Graphical Processing Units (GPU) with the accuracy and expertise of PCI’s automated workflows - ProLines. The benefits of ProLines include: the automation of repetitive and time consuming tasks, consistent results, operational efficiency, reduced labor costs and shorter delivery cycles.

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Multinational Geospatial Co-production Program (MGCP)

PCI Geomatics has delivered an operational automated system for the orthorectification, pansharpening and mosaicking of large volumes of satellite imagery to COTESA, a privately held GIS company based in Valladolid, Spain.

The Spanish Government is working with COTESA to fulfill its requirements under the Multinational Geospatial Co-production Program (MGCP), undertaken by 28 NATO nations participating in the production of global high-resolution vector geospatial data.

By employing PCI Geomatics’ advanced component architecture GeomaticaX, the automated system is used to operationally process high resolution satellite imagery from QuickBird, IKONOS and SPOT-5. The volume of data to be processed with ProLines is estimated at 10,000 images over a three year period. Since ProLines are highly modular, it will provide COTESA the ability to easily add additional processing capabilities, thus increasing throughput and performance.

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PCI Geomatics Receives Investment From
The Fonds régional de solidarité FTQ Outaouais

The Fonds régional de solidarité FTQ Outaouais finalized a $1,500,000 investment in PCI Geomatics to aid in fostering our international growth and presence.

Since their establishment in 1996, the 16 Fonds régional FTQ have participated actively in the economic development of each region in Quebec. Ms. Édith Gaudet, Director of the Fonds régional de solidarité FTQ Outaouais supports PCI by saying, "The team at PCI Geomatics has shown great dynamism and understanding of sector issues which has allowed them to rank among the world leaders in the industry."

PCI Geomatics looks forward to expanding our relationship with the Fonds; the proceeds will be used to accelerate our growth world-wide.

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PCI Geomatics Receives Investment Funding From Industry Canada

PCI  presented  with  Geospatial  Innovator  Award In a press conference held in Toronto on September 9th, 2009, Industry Canada confirmed $200 million in funding for the Strategic Aerospace and Defence Initiative ( SADI ) and announced a $7.6-million repayable investment in support of a research and development (R&D) project being undertaken by PCI Geomatics to develop next-generation earth observation technologies.

The R&D project at PCI Geomatics involves the development of a high-speed computing framework and software suite that will make it possible to process large amounts of raw satellite image data faster and more cost-effectively, while increasing the automation of image processing. The resulting data are essential for decision making in many fields, including environmental monitoring, agriculture, security and intelligence, aerospace and defense, and wide-area surveillance.

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China and ISDE6

PCI  presented  with  Geospatial  Innovator  Award PCI Geomatics was pleased to take part as a silver sponsor at the 6th International Symposium on Digital Earth (ISDE6) in Beijing, China from September 9th-12th, 2009. Popular demonstrations within the tradeshow booth included our high performance automated image processing and image analysis technology. PCI also unveiled to the Asian market our GeoConference software – a live geospatial web conferencing technology that enables groups to share and view maps and images interactively over the web in real-time.

PCI  presented  with  Geospatial  Innovator  Award In addition to being an exhibitor and sponsor at the event, PCI also hosted several meetings to showcase our latest technology. Our September 8th session, "GeoImaging Solutions Seminar", was standing room only and featured the latest developments in the processing and managing of satellite imagery.

To learn more about PCI Geomatics Beijing, please contact Yubin Xin ( ).

GeoConference in Scandinavia

PCI Geomatics has assisted the National Survey and Cadastre in Denmark (KMS) with its GeoConference software for the planning, monitoring and coordination of land security and environmental activities. KMS has used and evaluated GeoConference for exercises related to oil spills at sea as well as security events that involved multiple agencies within Denmark.

The Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB – Myndigheten för Samhällsskydd och Beredskap) has also selected GeoConference to assist with emergency preparation and disaster management planning by facilitating the cooperation and communication between government and various vital agencies.

GeoConference is a live geospatial meeting system that operates via the internet, and allows users to share maps, imagery and data simultaneously and interactively in real-time.

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Products & Solutions

GeoImaging Accelerator

GeoImaging Accelerator * combines high-performance computing with PCI Geomatics expertise to provide significant improvements in speed and efficiency. By optimizing the automated ProLines workflows, traditional image-processing is elevated to industrial-strength production.

Performance enhancements are the result of improved data handling, distributed multi-threaded processing and optimized processors. The result is a cost-effective image processing system that completes work in a fraction of the time.

  • 4tb to 10tb per day of processing
  • Flexible GPU-based architecture
  • GPU orthorectification and pansharpening with hybrid mosaicking
  • Job processing system
  • Average time per job: orthorectify spot 5 in 38 seconds!
*Geospatial Innovator Award Winner 2009 (GeoTec Media)

bullet  point Learn more about GXL!


ProLines are workflows that automate repetitive, time-consuming tasks to produce consistent results, gain operating efficiencies, reduce labor costs, and shorten throughput times for delivery cycles.

Available workflows:
  • Orthorectification (satellite and airphoto)
  • Automated mosaicking
  • Automated pansharpening
  • Coming soon: AutoGCP and Additional Sensor Support
bullet  point Learn more about ProLines!

Geomatica 10.3

Geomatica 10.3 is now available and includes imaging tools for GIS. Geomatica is a complete set of software for remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, raster spatial analysis, mosaicking and automated workflows. Geomatica also offers the most extensive suite of tools for advanced SAR analysis with support for the most current satellite platforms.
  • Support for ESRI ® ArcGIS Server Image Extension.
  • Multi-sensor support through OrthoEngine for ArcGIS users. PCI's OrthoEngine technology can accurately and efficiently correct raw satellite imagery, opening new doors for the integration of remotely sensed imagery into GIS workflows.
  • Improved manual mosaicking.
  • New algorithms to create full AirPhoto orthorectification workflows within the Visual Modeler environment.
bullet  point Learn more about Geomatica 10.3!


GeoConference is a simple to use geographic information-based conferencing systems.
  • View and share maps with distant colleagues across the globe in real-time.
  • Save time and reduce travel costs by coming together in a virtual, interactive environment.
  • Connect to multiple GIS database systems simultaneously – your data security is never compromised.
  • Facilitate critical decision making for fast, accurate assessments.
bullet  point Learn more about GeoConference!

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