GEOINT 2005 to Showcase Collective Capabilities of Geospatial Intelligence Interoperability

GEOINT 2005 to Showcase Collective Capabilities of Geospatial Intelligence Interoperability

November 2, 2005

Oak Hill, Va. – The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) will once again showcase today at its GEOINT 2005 Symposium in San Antonio, TX, a real-time demonstration of numerous, interoperable systems that together serve as a unified, Internet-based platform for communications, research, and dissemination of geospatial information. This collaborative USGIF interoperability demonstration, titled “GEOINT Technologies and Future Opportunities for the National Security Community” will show how users can obtain and use data, technology and services from a wide variety of sources and vendors from around the world to meet their information and intelligence support needs.

This year’s interoperability demonstration will involve some 16 different exhibitors at GEOINT 2005, which will take place October 30 to November 2, in San Antonio, TX. The demonstration scenario will evolve over the three days of the Symposium and will culminate in a Panel Session on the afternoon of Wednesday, November 2.

“The interoperability demonstration showcases the collective capabilities of the geospatial-intelligence community as it endeavors to deliver products and services that can operate with and among each other,” said K. Stuart Shea, chair of the board of directors, USGIF. “In today’s world, the future of National and Homeland Security depends on interoperable systems and the effectiveness of the results it generates.”

Future geospatial-intelligence systems will need to support multiple purposes by providing both a common operating picture and an unlimited number of user-defined operating pictures. This balance between common operations and user-defined specificity allows individual organizations to perform their own missions and at the same time support the ability of organizations to jointly accomplish their combined mission. Such systems will be based on consensus standards and commercial-off-the-shelf geospatial tools. This means that users of the data, technologies, and services will have the capabilities they need, even as they meet the needs of other users, through desktop computers using Internet technology and Web browsers.

“The National System for Geospatial-Intelligence is making huge strides in transforming to a seamless interoperable information technology environment,” said Shea. “We look forward to illustrating to GEOINT 2005 participants its progress and its National and Homeland security value.”

The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation is a Virginia-based nonstock, not-for-profit corporation. The Foundation is dedicated to promoting the geospatial intelligence tradecraft and developing a stronger community of interest between government, industry, academic and professional organizations and individuals who share a mission focus around the development and application of geospatial intelligence data and geo-processing resources to address national security objectives. For more information on the Foundation, visit www.usgif.org.

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