NIMA Pathfinder finds new tools

NIMA Pathfinder finds new tools

A geospatial software tool won high marks from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency's Pathfinder 2004 program.

EarthWhere, a spatial data provisioning application from SANZ Inc. of Castle Rock, Colo., ranked in the top five of the tools for still and motion imagery evaluated in the annual program. EarthWhere was evaluated as an airborne information library tool for processing and accessing images taken by aircraft, said Mark Hardy, the software company's vice president of geospatial solutions.

Through the annual program, NGIA tests commercial applications for the various military commands. Other Pathfinder entries supported integration, warfighter support, interoperability and data storage.

To qualify products for Pathfinder, vendor representatives had to appear before a panel of Defense Department subject-matter experts, Hardy said. The top finalists were subject to further technical testing.

The algorithms behind EarthWhere are not new, but the application's browser interface was designed to be as easy as possible for people not familiar with geospatial data, Hardy said.

In related news, with the recent passage of the fiscal 2004 Defense authorization bill, the National Imagery and Mapping Agency has officially changed its name to the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency.

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