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August 8, 2006

GCS Research and Knowledge Vector Sign Strategic

Teaming Agreement: 

Combining Geospatial Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and

Knowledge Management Solutions.

GCS Research and Knowledge Vector™ are pleased to announce that they have entered into a strategic teaming agreement to support the integration of GCS Research's  geospatial information technology solutions and Knowledge Vector's Knowledge Switch® technology. GCS Research and Knowledge Vector are integrating geospatial situational awareness systems with advanced information management software for a number of national and homeland security customers requiring a solution-based approach to spatial and non-spatial data discovery, dissemination, and notification.

At the core of the teaming agreement, GCS Research and Knowledge Vector are working to combine the capabilities of GCS Research's GAIN™ (Geospatial Awareness and Intelligence Network) and Knowledge Vector's Knowledge Switch®. GAIN provides security personnel with an integrated array of client applications that harvest location intelligence from sensor networks and places this mission-critical information into a rich geospatial context. GAIN delivers this functionality through a geospatial Service Oriented Architecture (SOA), utilizing a standards-based approach for mapping Web services, defined XML-schemas for sensor message integration, and the deployment of thin and thick applications for multi-faceted human interaction. GAIN connects the security professional with the mission- critical information they require and decreases the complexity associated with critical infrastructure protection (CIP).

 The Knowledge Switch (KSX) awareness network of automated response function forms the backbone of a regional security architecture, while both drawing from and extending the critical capabilities of GAIN's GIS-based functionality. The KSX sends event data and alarm messages that contain geospatial information to the GAIN server for rendering in a geospatial format. System operators can view a common operational view of the site with geospatial presentation of interesting events on a site image.

 The KSX monitors pre-programmed sensor subsystems for alert conditions. When alert conditions are detected, these subsystems typically send a simple IP message to the controlling KSX. The KSX then authenticates the responder and transmits synthesized alert and contextual information based upon user-created scenarios. If raw source data is needed (e.g., video files, full sensor data), the KSX can establish a direct connection between the responder and the storage location of the desired information with due regard to modality and classified information. Threat conditions that spawn notification calls to local managers or commanders can also perform remote notification/call for action from networked remote sites. This provides planners with the regional/national/global ability to monitor and react to potential activity.

 The KSX is a J2EE enterprise server application with Web Service-based API for all administrative functions such as integration with other operational systems; a Web-based Administrative Client for system configuration management, operation control, and system monitoring; and an Eclipse-based plugin for advanced programming tool support such as version control.  The KSX can be quickly installed and configured for diverse environments. The architecture allows facilities and agencies the luxury of easily absorbing and leveraging new technologies as they become available.

 "We are extremely excited to be working closely with Knowledge Vector and to have successfully executed a strategic teaming agreement," states Dr. Alex Philp, President of GCS Research.  "The combined power of geospatial situational awareness with the Knowledge Vector's entire approach to knowledge, discovery, and dissemination represents a very powerful combination and fulfills key national and homeland security requirements."

 From a KVI perspective," states Mr. Edward Lee Bryan, CEO and Chairman of Knowledge Vector, Inc., "our customers have utilized the Knowledge Switch to integrate the physical and logical sensors, and then applied rules-based logic and complex event processing to create their situational awareness zone. In this process, it has become evident that a means for graphically displaying and disseminating temporal, event, and geospatial data is key to prompt management decisions. GAIN is the added functionality that makes awareness manageable."

 In the coming months, GCS Research and Knowledge Vector will expand their relationship, extending the benefits of geospatial situational awareness with the power of secure, managed, and automated information management and notification solutions. 

For more information, please contact:

GCS Research
Mr. Mike Beltz
Director of Sales and Marketing
406-532-3254
info@gcs-research.com          

Knowledge Vector
Mr. Frank Salensky
Sr. Vice President, Sales
770-886-7979
frank.salensky@knowledgevector.com

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 on the Web at www.gcs-research.com to learn more about how GCS Research can assist you.

About Knowledge Vector:

Knowledge Vector, Inc. is a veteran-owned enterprise solutions company that provides enabling technology for creating true situational awareness. Knowledge Vector developed the Knowledge Switch® to be the missing smart distribution core that fuses together disparate systems, databases, and other logical sensors. It allows individuals, groups, and organizations to gather, correlate, distribute, and access information in context to relevant events. The Knowledge Switch® creates real-time intelligence through smart collection, rich analysis, and rapid communication. You can learn more about the Knowledge Switch® on the Web at www.knowledgevector.com.

 


August 7, 2006
Press Release: GCS Research unveils "GeoMarc on Demand"

GCS Research at the ESRI UC and GeoMarc for ESRI ArcGIS

August 3, 2006 For Immediate Release -- Missoula, Montana – GCS Research has developed a suite of tools for the ESRI ArcGIS®  product family that leverages the power of digital watermarking for geospatial imagery.

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:

Copyright Protection
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.

ImageBrief™ Publishing
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™ for ESRI ArcGIS Desktop and Server products in booth D534 at the ESRI International User Conference in San Diego August 8-10, 2006.   Please stop by for a demo, or if you are unable to attend, please see www.gcs-research.com for more information.