NGA Recognizes ObjectFX as their Longest Running CRADA

In a ceremony hosted by Vonna Heaton, Director of Innovision, NGA acknowledged ObjectFX’s “above and beyond” contributions to NGA and its Mission Partners

MINNEAPOLIS — (BUSINESS WIRE) — June 22, 2010ObjectFX ® Corporation was recognized by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) for technology contributions to the defense and intelligence communities under its long-standing Cooperative Research and Development Agreement (CRADA).

Initially established in 1999, when NGA was still NIMA, the NGA/ObjectFX CRADA has provided a vehicle whereby commercial software could be both enhanced and tailored to better meet the needs of the government’s geospatial programs. By gaining access via this partnership arrangement, ObjectFX was able to transition its commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) software, oriented originally towards commercial vehicle tracking for the transportation, logistics and supply chain management industries, to be deployed on a multitude of defense, intelligence and homeland security programs.

The thrust of the original CRADA focused on advanced geospatial visualization. ObjectFX’s product, called SpatialFX, was enhanced to display and manage a variety of NGA products, including vector maps, raster maps, raster imagery, and elevation data. In addition, the software was extended to dynamically render the full range of MIL-STD 2525B symbology.

Over time, the CRADA evolved to address Business Intelligence (BI) challenges involving large quantities of dynamic geospatial data. This resulted in the development of ObjectFX’s spatio-temporal rules engine called SpatialRules. SpatialRules is a software Complex Event Processor (CEP) for geospatial data that allows multiple real-time information streams to be compared, analyzed and linked based on their time and location attributes. This analysis can be done either as it is collected or in a forensic setting, to monitor and track how objects interact over time and to detect critical patterns and events.

Ms. Vonna Heaton, NGA’s Innovision Director, presented ObjectFX with the award “Outstanding Contribution in the NGA CRADA Program.” The award recognized outstanding advancement of the technology and emphasized the operational impact achieved through collaboration having mission ready results.

Mr. Steve Panzer, Vice President, Government Division at ObjectFX, thanked NGA and the multitude of NGA personnel who have worked closely with the company to make the CRADA a success. Said Mr. Panzer, “The challenge of taking advanced R&D and making it suitable for deployment on major government programs can be daunting, especially when crossing the chasm of multiple agencies. The NGA CRADA enabled the technology transfer of SpatialRules into a mission critical program for enterprise alerting”.

In recognition of this successful example of a Government/Industry partnership, NGA has signed a 5 year follow-on CRADA contract with ObjectFX, called “Advanced Spatiotemporal Tools for Dynamic Data Analysis”, which will extend through 2015.

About ObjectFX Corporation
ObjectFX provides geospatial tools that enable organizations to leverage the full value of dynamic spatial and temporal data to gather intelligence, monitor and improve operations, and respond more quickly to changing conditions. ObjectFX’s SpatialRules® is a Complex Event Processor (CEP) for geospatial data that tracks moving objects or real-time events, and triggers notifications based on user-defined rules. SpatialRules provides advanced analytic capabilities including complex geofencing, track creation/monitoring and cluster analysis. SpatialRules is ideally suited for enhancing Multi-INT data fusion applications. ObjectFX’s SpatialFX® is a Web 2.0 geospatial visualization toolkit for deploying highly dynamic geospatial applications. As an OGC WMS server, SpatialFX can display large quantities of geospatial data in a web browser to support defense, intelligence, homeland security and logistics activities. ObjectFX software is deployed in a broad range of industries in which location and timing play critical roles. This includes transportation, supply chain and field force management, homeland security, national defense and intelligence gathering. For more information, visit ObjectFX at

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