January 27, 2003
DOD Awards Multi-Million Dollar Contracts For Commercial Satellite Imagery
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Susan Smith - Managing Editor


by Susan Smith - Managing Editor
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Welcome to GISWeekly! This week's industry news included the announcement of a multi-year satellite imagery capacity contract awarded to Space Imaging by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). This is a ground-breaking contract with a minimum expenditure of $120 million in 3 years, with a 5-year ceiling of $500 million to provide commercially produced satellite images to the national government. The contract is a significant commitment of money from the government to integrate commercial satellite imagery for purposes of defense and government missions.


Talk of war and “Homeland Security” has encouraged four big industry leaders to make significant commitments of resources to the OGC's Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI) toward their goal of testing the interoperability of critical infrastructure protection technologies.


GISWeekly examines select top news each week, picks out worthwhile reading from around the web, and special interest items you might not find elsewhere. This issue will feature the DOD Contract Award story, more Industry News, Alliances/Acquisitions, Awards, New Products, Announcements, Around the Web, and Calendar.


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Industry News


Back in June 2002, the Director of the CIA, George Tenet, directed the intelligence community to use commercial satellite imagery to the “greatest extent possible.” In a memo to Lt. Gen. (ret) James Clapper, director of NIMA, Tenet directed that U.S. commercial satellite imagery be the primary source of data used for government mapping, regardless of whether the production work is performed by NIMA or is outsourced. Tenet wanted to make sure the nation's limited supply of spy satellites were used exclusively to procure images for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance by civilian and military policy makers and not for map making.


On Friday January 17, the Department of Defense announced that Space Imaging, Inc. of Thornton, Colorado was awarded a multi-year, multi-million dollar satellite imagery capacity contract by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). Under terms of the contract, NIMA would acquire imagery worldwide from Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite. IKONOS satellite imagery provides access to any location on the earth's surface every one to two days and collects up to 200,000 square kilometers of imagery per day. As of January there are more than 40 million square kilometers of imagery in the IKONOS digital archive.


For the first three years, the contract has a minimum value of $120 million with a five-year ceiling of $500 million. The contract performance period is five years.


Mark E. Brender, Executive Director, Government Affairs & Corporate Communications for Space Imaging, said that the contract reflects a solid change in Space Imaging's customer relationship with NIMA and the Pentagon. Now commercial satellite imagery from IKONOS has become an operational element of the nation's military intelligence and mapping infrastructure.


Before the contract, he said the Pentagon would buy one image at a time or small contracts. Brender believes the convergence of the three independent technologies of GIS, GPS, and imagery promises new and bolder applications. “Any one by itself is not going to be a killer app, but together it's like three legs of a stool,” said Brender. “We begin to have a new way we look at the world . What we see here is the first time the government has really committed a multi-million dollar contract with the commercial providers--with maximum value of a billion dollars.”


"This Clearview contract is a new approach to the procurement of commercial satellite imagery", said Lt. Gen. (ret) James Clapper, director of NIMA. "The contract enables NIMA to utilize commercial satellite imagery across a broad spectrum of geospatial applications."


Brender said that people up and down the chain of command who see the real value of map accurate, high resolution commercial imagery were also instrumental in spearheading the new contract.


DigitalGlobe, Inc. of Colorado was also awarded a contract requiring them to deliver “high resolution” satellite imagery to NIMA over a five-year period, consisting of a three year base period and two option years. Their award was a firm-fixed-price contract with a minimum guarantee of $72 million and a ceiling of $500,000,000.


Said Brender: “For the GIS community this is welcome news at the beginning of a new year, and its really shows our industry has reached new heights in providing valuable services to the government.”



Four industry leaders, Autodesk, BAE SYSTEMS, Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions and Northrop Grumman Information Technology (IT) have committed significant resources to the Open GIS Consortium's (OGC) Critical Infrastructure Protection Initiative (CIPI). The goal of CIPI is to test the application of interoperable technology to meet critical infrastructure protection needs for coordination of geospatial data and services between national, state, provincial and local governments and commercial and non-government organizations. The four companies have allocated resources and leadership to OGC's processes throughout the multipart CIPI program.


An OGC member since 1994, Autodesk will dedicate project management resources to the development of interoperability programs and industry standard specifications.


BAE SYSTEMS has already provided their expertise in enterprise architecture. BAE SYSTEMS' Lou Rose is Chief Architect over CIPI and is Chief Architect for CIPI-1.


Intergraph has taken an active role in the CIPI program from its inception, sharing a common goal with OGC. The company's contribution is a dedicated staff resource to work with OGC as the Director of the Communities Working Group. By using easy-to-use tools such as the Web to share information, it is hoped that they can build a geospatial data infrastructure basis for communities that need to share critical data in the event of a crisis.


Northrop Grumman IT provides raw technology foundation which thereby establish building blocks for interoperable geoprocessing solutions. These solutions will become the basis for enterprise solutions in the U.S. and worldwide.


The Open GIS Consortium (OGC) also joined invited guests, sponsors and others at Lockheed Martin recently to view the results of the OGC Web Services 1.2 Testbed initiative. The demonstration focused on three emergency response situations in a mock Department of Homeland Security Emergency Operations Center, showing how recent advances in OGC's interoperability architecture enable integration of geospatial information and geoprocessing software via the World Wide Web.



Alliances/Acquisitions


Moviso LLC, provider of mobile media products and services in North America, and Landmat, a developer of applications and services for the mobile Internet, inked a deal that will allow online consumer brands to include location-based services in North America.


This means that the applications will allow leading consumer brands to deploy location-based services with North American carriers and device manufacturers. The consumers will be able to access location-based information such as online dating, real estate listings, travel services and dining guides via their mobile devices. Services will begin rolling out in the U.S. in February 2003.


GeoConcept SA announced its partnership with B&B Market, provider of decision-making tools for the sales sector and data relating to consumer markets. The data made available to GeoConcept users will be able to use the data to carry out precise and detailed geomarketing studies, even on a local level using socio-geographic zones. Medium- and large-scale distribution companies will find it of particular interest, as it deals primarily with the lifestyle and consumption levels of households in relation to their socio-demographic characteristics. GeoConcept also announced significant upgrades to its “Essentials” cartographic solution that provides detailed
socio-geographic cartography for Europe. In France, the solution “Essentials IRIS2000+” takes information used in creating maps from IGN (French National Institute of Geography) and INSEE and links the data to precise routing or road infrastructure data provided by software provider Navtech.



New Products


ESRI announced the release of ArcPad 6.0.1 and ArcPad Application Builder 6.0.1, mobile mapping and GIS technology products. Some of the key new features for the ArcPad 6.0.1 release are map rotation which allows users to set the map to display course up rather than north up. Support for several languages is available, and ArcPad 6.0.1 also includes improved symbology, point symbol rotation, and support for 8-bit, 24-bit and transparent PNG images.


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