Over the past two months, GCS Research has extended its marketing activities to include exhibits and demonstrations at a variety of GIS-related conferences across the United States and Europe.
Following a successful unveiling of GeoMarc Server solutions for ESRI's ArcGIS Server technologies at the ESRI International User Conference (San Diego, August 2006), GCS Research recently exhibited at the ESRI Homeland Security Conference for the second year in a row (Denver, October, 2006), followed by an unveiling of GeoMarc for ArcGIS at the ESRI European Users Conference (Athens, Greece, November, 2006). Members of the GCS Research team extended their European tour for meetings and demonstrations of GeoMarc in various locations across Europe for both government and commercial customers.
Beginning the week of November 13th, 2006, GCS Research will be exhbiting for the second year at the GeoINT Conference in Orlando, Florida. GCS Research will be showcasing the GeoMarc product line, including new tools for geospatial digital watermarking as a web service, a glimpse of GeoMarc 2.0 with expanded feature functionality and capabilities, and on-going work with the US Army on the use of geospatial digital watermarking for geospatial metadata and exploitation with digital full motion video assets collected from UAVs sensor systems. This program is a joint effort with Digimarc Corporation and S&K Electronics and has been successfully funded for FY 07.
Please visit Booth 638 at this year's GeoINT Conference and learn about GCS Research's advanced geospatial solutions, and the future of Smart Data.
GCS Research has recently opened a satelliate sales and markeing office in Longmont, Colorado, and plans on opening on office in the Washington, D.C. area sometime in 2007 based upon customer demand and project work.
November 11, 2006
For Immediate Release
Missoula, Montana - GCS Research has developed a suite of products that leverage the power of digital watermarking for geospatial imagery. This innovative solution will be highlighted at GEOINT 2006 in the GCS Research Booth #638. The tool set called GeoMarc embeds an invisible mark into the pixels of raster datasets. Imperceptible to the human eye, GeoMarc is embedded throughout the image and will survive most image processing operations including cropping, rotating, scaling and compression. By locking information directly into the pixels, extra files or folders do not need to be sent along with the image. Instead, the image will carry its own identity with it so that applications can easily verify the image ownership and access relevant linked information. In addition, because the GeoMarc is not dependent on file formats or header data, it does not matter if the filename or file format is changed from the original.
GeoMarc enables organizations to manage and share geospatial intelligence and greatly enhance user workflows. Some GeoMarc features include:
When an image is marked with the GeoMarc Export tool and then made available for sale, or posted on a Web site, or printed, the GeoMarc exists in the pixels of these derivative products. If someone were illegally take a portion of the image and post it on their Web site, or distribute it in print, the true owner need only take the found image and open it with the DataLink tool. The DataLink tool cross-references the owner ID with the GCS owner database, and provides proof of ownership for the image.
Tracking and Leak Detection
Unlike traditional image headers or filenames, the GeoMarc payload cannot be removed from the image pixels even if the image is printed or its format is changed. This means that the GeoMarc stays with the image throughout its life and can always be used to identify and track the image. Since the GeoMarc payload defines a unique identifier, this ID can be tied to the identity of the user who created the image, or to whom the image was distributed. If a GeoMarc image is discovered in an inappropriate use, the responsible user can be located for further investigation.
Automated Data Distribution and Updates
With its pull architecture, GeoMarc automatically allows consumers to stay up to date with the latest information and services associated with their geospatial imagery. For example, if new feature layers are created for an image (buildings, streams, roads, etc.), the enterprise need only keep the GeoMarc registry up to date, and all users are able to access and pull this data via their DataLink tool. Imagery providers can easily register their own services that are instantly available to their users.
GeoMarc users can create an entire briefing and distribute it as a single image. This capability provides both simplicity and security in the distribution of critical or sensitive information. By linking annotations, overlays, and supporting documentation to a GeoMarc, the entire briefing can be delivered through the image, either digitally or in print. Once received, the DataLink client can reconstruct the briefing by reading the GeoMarc and pulling the linked data from public and private data stores. This workflow allows for easy distribution of materials without exposing important data to interception. To the unauthorized observer, the image does not appear to contain any additional data. The original briefing is only available to authorized users with a GeoMarc Reader accessing the required data stores and registries.
GCS Research will be demonstrating GeoMarc™ in booth number 638 at GEOINT 2006, Orlando Florida. Please stop by for a demo, or if you are unable to attend, please see www.gcs-research.com for more information.
About GCS Research
GCS Research is an award-winning, nationally-recognized leader in geospatial information technology. At GCS Research, we see the greatest challenge being the ability to connect people with the geospatial intelligence they require in a manner they can actually use. In facing this challenge, we deliver a select group of products and services that allow our customers to organize, protect, visualize, analyze, and share their geospatial information across the enterprise.
Please visit GCS Research in Booth 36.