ER Mapper to present to JPEG 2000 symposium and will show world's first 1 Terabyte JPEG 2000 image

Perth, Australia, 5 November 2004 -- ER Mapper’s Chief Software Architect, Simon Cope, will present a paper to the JPEG 2000 symposium hosted by the University of Connecticut.  Simon Cope has been at the forefront of image technologies for the past 10 years, and was the architect of ER Mapper’s JPEG 2000 implementation.

The symposium will focus on the impact JPEG 2000 may have on sustaining the library and archives communities need for data handling.  The symposium will bring together librarians and archivists working in the digital imaging arena, along with developers of the JPEG 2000 standard, selected vendors, and image and signal processing scientists.

Simon Cope’s talk, entitled “Practical JPEG 2000”, will cover real world issues such as standards compliance, interoperability hurdles and future potential legal issues the industry should consider when embracing open standards. 

“ER Mapper has a long history with image technology and solutions.  JPEG 2000 opens up many possibilities for document archiving as well as ER Mapper’s traditional market, the geospatial industry.  It’s an exciting time,” said Mr. Cope.

Mr. Cope will also be demonstrating real time access to a 1-terabyte (1,000 gigabytes) image compressed using JPEG 2000.  Copies of the new ECW JPEG 2000 Software Development Kit, free ECW JPEG 2000 compressor and free ER Viewer application will be distributed.

The ECW JPEG 2000 SDK can be freely used for OpenSource applications and for all applications needing to compress images smaller than 500MB.  ER Mapper also offers a single-fee no-royalty commercial SDK license for organizations requiring unlimited compression into the JPEG 2000 format.

ERM is recognized as being at the forefront of JPEG 2000 technology development.  ER Mapper is the only JPEG 2000 vendor in the Geospatial industry to commit to developing its own 100% compliant JPEG 2000 implementation in order to provide superior solutions for multi terabyte JPEG 2000 images.

The symposium is taking place on the 4th – 5th of November 2004 at the University of Connecticut.  Notes from Simon Cope’s presentation will be available for download at

About ER Mapper

Earth Resource Mapping offers integrated imagery solutions for enterprise geospatial applications. Clients in more than 120 countries use the ER Mapper product to prepare imagery, ECW JPEG 2000 to compress and use imagery, the Image Web Server to serve imagery over the Internet and RightWebMap for integrated web map solutions. Visit ER Mapper at or the Image Web Server web site at


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