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April 24, 2007

Missoula, Boulder

For Immediate Release:

GCS Research and Valtus Imagery Services are pleased to announce a strategic partnership involving a custom integration of GeoMarc® for Valtus' diverse and expanding imagery storage, management and delivery products. GCS Research will be working closely with the Valtus team to integrate GeoMarc server solutions for on-demand geospatial digital watermarking. In turn, GCS Research will provide a host of implementation and imagery web service solutions for its growing government and commercial customer base.

At the core of the partnership, GCS Research will work with Valtus to introduce next-generation geospatial digital watermarking functionality into the imagery solutions provided by Valtus, which is a Division of North West Geomatic Ltd. These solutions will be integrated with the Valtus data servers and will provide extended copyright, linking, and advanced metadata capability for Valtus' customers.

"We are very excited to be partnering with the Valtus team on the integration of GeoMarc into their extensive imagery services," states Dr. Alex Philp, President of GCS Research. "Valtus understands the value of GeoMarc in providing pixel-based functionality, and revolutionizing how people consume imagery services. We look forward to growing this strategic relationship in the coming months."

"Customers choose Valtus for guaranteed reliability and security of imagery data that is mission critical. The integration of GeoMarc will add an additional security infrastructure," explains Kenyon Waugh, chief strategy officer at Valtus. "GeoMarc will also allow Valtus to provide better metadata services and offer new products and services."

GCS Research and Valtus originally announced their partnership at the ESRI International User Conference in August, 2006. At this conference, GCS Research unveiled GeoMarc for Server as an integrated solution with ESRI's ArcGIS Server, Image Server, and ArcIMS. GCS Research worked with Valtus to build a live demonstration of how geospatial digital watermarking would interact with Valtus' imagery web services. The demonstration involved a homeland security scenario wherein a "dirty bomb" was detonated in downtown San Diego, requiring rapid geospatial situational awareness for evacuation of the affected population and massively scaled response by local, state, and federal resources into the downtown area.

The scenario was designed to leverage Valtus' imagery web services, advanced geodatabase editing, and "on-demand" watermarking to provide real-time situational awareness via a Web-based client application. GeoMarc allowed the users of the system to quickly add value to Valtus imagery, package response-oriented GEOINT and CONOPS, and share these data quickly to emergency responders looking to understand the spatial and non-spatial components of the event. GCS Research and Valtus developed the scenario as a demonstration of joint interoperability and capability, and presented the live demonstration in the ESRI Defense Showcase for national and homeland security customers. The successful outcome of this demonstration provided a technical pathway for integration, a means to illustrate server-centric GeoMarc solutions for instantaneous value-add to Valtus imagery web services, and the foundation for the strategic partnership.

About GCS Research LLC:

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.

About Valtus Imagery Services:

Valtus Imagery Services is a Geospatial Storage Service Provider delivering imagery from our large online library and managing and integrating our customers' existing imagery holdings. Valtus' technology utilizes open GIS protocols to allow high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery to be stored, managed and viewed instantly through a wide range of industry standard web-mapping products and desktop applications.

The company serves a broad base of markets including land management, surveying, oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, environmental management, real-estate, emergency response and all levels of government. In addition, Valtus holds the largest private data base of LiDAR data in western Canada. Valtus provides significant imagery content and capability to our customers through our partnerships with leading satellite imagery and aerial photography firms.


April 24, 2007
Press Release: GCS Research and Valtus Announce Strategic Partnership: Integration of Geospatial Digital Watermarking for Advanced Imagery Services

Missoula, Boulder

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

For Immediate Release:

GCS Research and Valtus Imagery Services are pleased to announce a strategic partnership involving a custom integration of GeoMarc® for Valtus' diverse and expanding imagery storage, management and delivery products. GCS Research will be working closely with the Valtus team to integrate GeoMarc server solutions for on-demand geospatial digital watermarking. In turn, GCS Research will provide a host of implementation and imagery web service solutions for its growing government and commercial customer base.

At the core of the partnership, GCS Research will work with Valtus to introduce next-generation geospatial digital watermarking functionality into the imagery solutions provided by Valtus, which is a Division of North West Geomatic Ltd. These solutions will be integrated with the Valtus data servers and will provide extended copyright, linking, and advanced metadata capability for Valtus' customers.

"We are very excited to be partnering with the Valtus team on the integration of GeoMarc into their extensive imagery services," states Dr. Alex Philp, President of GCS Research. "Valtus understands the value of GeoMarc in providing pixel-based functionality, and revolutionizing how people consume imagery services. We look forward to growing this strategic relationship in the coming months."

"Customers choose Valtus for guaranteed reliability and security of imagery data that is mission critical. The integration of GeoMarc will add an additional security infrastructure," explains Kenyon Waugh, chief strategy officer at Valtus. "GeoMarc will also allow Valtus to provide better metadata services and offer new products and services."

GCS Research and Valtus originally announced their partnership at the ESRI International User Conference in August, 2006. At this conference, GCS Research unveiled GeoMarc for Server as an integrated solution with ESRI's ArcGIS Server, Image Server, and ArcIMS. GCS Research worked with Valtus to build a live demonstration of how geospatial digital watermarking would interact with Valtus' imagery web services. The demonstration involved a homeland security scenario wherein a "dirty bomb" was detonated in downtown San Diego, requiring rapid geospatial situational awareness for evacuation of the affected population and massively scaled response by local, state, and federal resources into the downtown area.

The scenario was designed to leverage Valtus' imagery web services, advanced geodatabase editing, and "on-demand" watermarking to provide real-time situational awareness via a Web-based client application. GeoMarc allowed the users of the system to quickly add value to Valtus imagery, package response-oriented GEOINT and CONOPS, and share these data quickly to emergency responders looking to understand the spatial and non-spatial components of the event. GCS Research and Valtus developed the scenario as a demonstration of joint interoperability and capability, and presented the live demonstration in the ESRI Defense Showcase for national and homeland security customers. The successful outcome of this demonstration provided a technical pathway for integration, a means to illustrate server-centric GeoMarc solutions for instantaneous value-add to Valtus imagery web services, and the foundation for the strategic partnership.

About GCS Research LLC:

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.

About Valtus Imagery Services:

Valtus Imagery Services is a Geospatial Storage Service Provider delivering imagery from our large online library and managing and integrating our customers' existing imagery holdings. Valtus' technology utilizes open GIS protocols to allow high-resolution aerial and satellite imagery to be stored, managed and viewed instantly through a wide range of industry standard web-mapping products and desktop applications.

The company serves a broad base of markets including land management, surveying, oil and gas, agriculture, forestry, environmental management, real-estate, emergency response and all levels of government. In addition, Valtus holds the largest private data base of LiDAR data in western Canada. Valtus provides significant imagery content and capability to our customers through our partnerships with leading satellite imagery and aerial photography firms.