GeoEye RoadTracker® 2.0 Now Available for Overwatch’s Feature Analyst®

Austin, Texas and Dulles, Va. - January 5, 2010 — Overwatch®, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, announced today the availability of RoadTracker 2.0 for Overwatch’s award-winning feature-extraction software, Feature Analyst.

RoadTracker 2.0 extends the ease-of-use and time-saving advantages of Feature Analyst by adding new capabilities for the many government and industry users of Feature Analyst’s suite of tools. The upgraded application, functional on any road surface type using either panchromatic or multi-spectral imagery, accelerates the collection of roads and other linear features from satellite or aerial imagery by up to a factor of four. This tool also includes automatic feature attribution and other smart editing capabilities that greatly improve speed, accuracy and workflow when collecting map-quality linear features.

“RoadTracker 2.0 provides the most rigorous and cartographically accurate approach for semi-automated linear feature collection in the industry,” said Stuart Blundell, director of Business Development for Overwatch.  “With new enhancements in auto-topology editing, feature attribution and editing, this release addresses enterprise geospatial data production requirements for timely and accurate linear feature extraction from imagery.”

GeoEye’s senior director of Advanced System Development, Dr. Jacek F. Grodecki, added, “We originally developed RoadTracker for the U.S. Government and many of its contractors to increase the speed and accuracy of manual road extractions.  RoadTracker 2.0 expands upon this concept by delivering a full suite of extraction and editing tools that vastly increases extraction efficiency, saving the end user both time and expense.”

Feature Analyst is an automated feature extraction extension that enables GIS analysts to rapidly and accurately collect vector feature data from high-resolution satellite and aerial imagery. Feature Analyst incorporates multi-attribute learning algorithms to also enable analysts to collect linear and polygonal features such as roads, hydrologic features, trails, buildings, vegetation, land-cover/land-use and many other features. Feature Analyst improves optimizes workflows for maintaining the temporal currency of geographic data.

For more information on Feature Analyst and RoadTracker, or to try a free demo, visit

About GeoEye

GeoEye, Inc. is an international information services company serving government and commercial markets. The Company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's imagery experts, delivering exceptional quality imagery products and solutions to customers around the world. Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, the Company has 534 employees, as of June 30, 2009, dedicated to developing best-in-class geospatial, communications and information products, systems and services. The Company provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation ( GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. Additional information about GeoEye is available at

About Overwatch

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

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

About Textron Inc.
Textron Inc. is a multi-industry company that leverages its global network of aircraft, defense, industrial and finance businesses to provide customers with innovative solutions and services. Textron is known around the world for its powerful brands such as Bell Helicopter, Cessna Aircraft Company, Jacobsen, Kautex, Lycoming, E-Z-GO, Greenlee, and Textron Systems. More information is available at
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