Rick Cobb, president and CEO of TerraGO, addressed a user group this morning in San Diego. The meeting covered the company’s announcement this morning of their Vision Platform. Cobb discussed the intensive investment in technology that the company has made over the past 12 months, with new products coming out. The company also has ramped up their training, with road shows and regular webinars.
It was last year when the company announced the acquisition of fellow In-Q-Tel company Geosemble that brought GeoXray and Map Strata. Over the past 12 months the teams and technology have been integrated. The company continues expansion with 100 new customers this year, and expansion into Europe and AsiaPac. Partners are also part of their expanded plans going forward with BAE, CACI and DigitalGlobe in attendance.
The expansion into 3D GeoPDF production capabilities helps distribute LIDAR and other 3D data to the field. The latest release allows users to start with an image and a DEM, and do draping. GeoForms is another way they are improving their field data collection capacity.
The leading government agencies using their technology include National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, U.S. Army, Department of Homeland Security and the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). In the U.S. Army, they have had 30 terrabytes of mapbooks downloaded, which comprises 90% of the distributed intelligence in that environment. The Department of Homeland Security is using GeoPDF for rapid response to crisis events. The USGS have logged 400,000 GeoPDF downloads per month.
TerraGo Vision is made up of four elements of applications, APIs to extend the tools, developer tools, and client-side products that work in both connected and disconnected modes. The GeoPDF is now to be considered just a container, with ability to embed a wide variety of contextual information in easily accessible format.
A number of companies are leveraging this integrated platform to create their own custom workflows to publish their information for improved situational awareness.