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September 29, 2005
Press Release: GCS Research Geospatial Sensor Project Receives Funding for US Army Program - Regional Consortium to Advance Capabilities of US Warfighter

GCS Research is pleased to announce notification of program funding for the "Real Time Geospatial Video Sensor Intelligence" project with the US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensor Director (NVESD) at Fort Belvoir, VA.  GCS Research and a consortium of partner companies worked closely with Senator Conrad Burns' office to secure $1 million in Department of Defense (DoD) program funds.  Known as the "Smart Data Project," the program addresses existing NVESD sensor system requirements and advances the critical mission capabilities of the US warfighter.   

To accomplish project objectives, GCS Research formed a team of companies with unique commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) technologies.  These companies include Digimarc Corporation, S&K Electronics Inc., and AquilaVision Inc.  This team will combine their respective technologies into the Smart Data solution set for NVESD.  By using COTS-based solutions, the Smart Data program will propel systems integration and deliver a functional, rapid-prototype to fulfill requirements as defined by NVESD. 

"We are extremely honored to have received these funds through the direct support of Senator Conrad Burns," states Alex Philp, President of GCS Research.  "Senator Burns and his staff worked tirelessly to assist us in responding to the immediate needs of the NVESD and the soldiers they support.  Senator Burns personally recognized the seriousness of this project and the value to American soldiers currently in-theater.  My company and the rest of the team members are anxious to launch the project and deliver a solution that fulfills mission-critical objectives."

"We must always be seeking ways to improve the safety and effectiveness of our armed forces," said U.S. Senator Conrad Burns (R-Mont).  "Technological research such as this is a key component to not only ensuring the effectiveness of our troops, but making sure they hold the edge far into the future.  I'm hopeful we will be able to maintain the funding for this program through the congressional process."

Burns is a senior member of the powerful Senate Appropriations Committee, and a member of the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee, which has included the funds for NVESD in their Fiscal Year 2006 bill.

Vital to the success of the project formation, GCS Research partnered with other Montana companies that brought unique capabilities to the Smart Data Project.  These include S&K Electronics in Ronan, MT and AquilaVision Inc. of Missoula, MT.  AquilaVision and GCS Research maintain offices in the Montana Technology Enterprise Center (MonTEC), and according to Dick King of the Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation and MonTEC, "This is a great example of a successful regional partnership that is bringing economic development to Montana." 

Chuck Eubank, President and CEO of AquilaVision, adds "This is wonderful for Montana. AquilaVision looks forward to working with the Smart Data Team to deliver cutting edge technology to the Department of Defense." 

S&K Electronics, which will supply advanced digital electronic components, sees the Smart Data project as an expansion and extension of its existing DoD programs and capabilities.  "The Smart Data Project reflects the value of bringing Montana companies together to fulfill the increasingly complex technical requirements of DoD," states Larry Hall, President of S&K Electronics.  "We look forward to working with GCS Research to combine our specific technologies into a practical solution that exceeds the expectation of our DoD customer."

In the immediate future, GCS Research and the rest of the Smart Data Team will continue to refine the technical and programmatic elements in consultation with NVESD.  While existing Smart Data Team members have been developing components, formal project launch will occur upon successful passage of the full DoD funding bill.

For More Information, Please Contact:

Alex Philp, Ph.D.
GCS Research LLC
406-532-3254 (Phone)
406-532-3255 (Fax)

About GCS Research:

GCS Research LLC is a geospatial information technology company headquartered in Missoula, Montana. We deliver integrated products and services that allow our clients to organize, protect, visualize, analyze, and share their geospatial information across distributed networks.  We specialize in custom .NET geospatial applications and interoperable Web services that harness the power of location intelligence and deliver this information across the enterprise.  GCS Research provides award-winning geospatial solutions designed to support connected workflows and powerful, client experiences.