GSA wants easier access to geospatial tools

GSA wants easier access to geospatial tools

The geospatial industry has matured to the point that the General Services Administration is exploring whether it should create a special item number or SIN for Earth observation products and services that use geospatial and satellite imagery as part of the solution.

Owing to growth of new and established companies and the increasing number of observation satellites, GSA is recommending a separate category for these products and services. The SIN would make it easier for federal, state and local agencies to buy Earth observation imagery, data and services and for GSA to refresh the technology offerings available to users, according to the request for information.

The SIN would cover satellite and aerial image collection -- including products and services derived from that imagery --  data transmission services, storage and distribution solutions, as well as imagery as a service, crowdsourcing, analytics, change detection, machine learning and emerging technologies. 

A separate SIN would also give firms a way to differentiate their geospatial offerings from their other IT solutions on Schedule 70, according to the RFI.

GSA has partnered with the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency to use the schedule and other contract vehicles to help with the purchasing of commercial Earth observation solutions. NGA and GSA want to develop a government wide blanket purchase agreement for these solutions.

Comments are due March 4.

A version of this story first appeared on Washington Technology, a sister site to GCN.

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Nick Wakeman is the editor-in-chief of Washington Technology. Follow him on Twitter: @nick_wakeman.

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