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July 25, 2007

GCS Research LLC, a wholly-owned subsidiary of GCS Holding Inc., is pleased to announce that it has been awarded a 2007 NSDI CAP Grant.  The award focuses upon the development of a Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) for National Hydrological Dataset - Plus.

This project seeks to make available existing complex NHDPlus network traversal tools coupled with Framework Web Feature Service (WFS) extraction tools in a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) to further advanced geospatial analysis with the Connecticut River Watershed and Framework datasets.

The project builds upon the Connecticut River Watershed Atlas to support the science priorities of creating data-sharing and geospatial analysis systems. The results of this project will provide useful geospatial analysis tools within desktop GIS applications for the other science priorities associated with Connecticut River Watershed sustainability - water budgets, water quality, and ecological flow determinations. In addition, this effort will provide useful training and distribution of software tools to federal, state, local, academia, private sector, and non-profit organizations, such as the USGS, EPA, The Nature Conservancy, through training and presentations at local and national geospatial related events and the Internet.

A Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA) will be implemented as the foundation for the proposed NHDPlus navigation tools and Framework Web Feature Service client desktop GIS toolset (see figure below). Without the need for local copies of GIS data, the toolsets will allow users to build watershed boundaries from upstream/downstream reaches identified via network tracing; download and extract Framework fully functional local geospatial vector data based on watershed boundaries and other areas of interest; to support complex geospatial analysis against the Framework, Atlas, and related datasets, such as water quality modeling, pollutant transport modeling, streamflow estimation, water resource management, and ecological modeling and assessment.

GCS will work with Horizon Systems Corporation, the USGS Water Resources Division, and the US Environmental Protection Agency to deliver the SOA solution with ESRI's ArcGIS Server platform.

For more information, please contact:

GCS Research LLC
406-532-3254

info@gcs-research.com


July 11, 2007

TWO GIS COMPANIES FROM PACIFIC NORTHWEST MERGE TO MEET GROWING NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL DEMAND FOR PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

July 11, 2007 - (Missoula, MT/Bend, OR) - GCS Research LLC. and Geo-Spatial Solutions Inc. today announced a strategic merger and combination of resources and assets under GCS Holdings Inc.  The combined assets of GCS Holdings Inc. (GCS) represent a nationally recognized, award-winning portfolio of products, services and solutions.

Executed during the 2007 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California, the merger will allow GCS to leverage the advanced capabilities and technology offerings of both companies enabling targeted, consolidated and nimble response to government and commercial sectors in the rapidly expanding and demanding geospatial marketplace. The Company will place increasing emphasis on product growth, market penetration, and an ongoing commitment to consistent, industry-leading innovation in distributed GIS based on robust ESRI-centric solutions.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We are really excited about joining forces with Geo-Spatial Solutions.  We feel this is the right move to better position ourselves to serve our mutual customers, become more competitive with our innovative products and solutions, and allow us to execute on our business objectives," states Dr. Alex Philp, President of GCS.  "The geospatial industry is driving a consolidation of value and we think this move provides a strategic tipping point in our joint desire to scale successfully." 

"Today, two well-established companies joined together to form GCS.  Centralized operations, pooled resources, and process improvement were key drivers," states Rusty Merritt, now Vice President of Operations for the combined entity.  "Operational and organizational efficiencies translate into better service to new and existing customers and enhance our service oriented solutions. Fundamentally, we are now better positioned for growth.

GCS will now maintain offices in Montana, Oregon (Bend and Portland), Washington, Colorado, and Vermont with expansion objectives including the Washington D.C. area to better serve federal civilian and Department of Defense/Intelligence customers. 

Over the coming months, GCS will attend various geospatial tradeshows in the United States and Europe, marketing its product and solution group.  The Company will continue to explore continued consolidation, teaming efforts and synergistic opportunities among the unified corporate and government alliances maintained by GCS. 

GCS features two key product offerings, both based on industry leading ESRI technology.  GeoMarc® is the most advanced offering today for digital watermarking in a geospatial context tied to the ESRI ArcGIS infrastructure, specifically for desktop, server and web-based geospatial data transactions, services and management.  GeoIrrigation™ is the industry's leading hosted web-based GIS solution for irrigation and water resource managers. Designed to assist with workflow and management, geoIrrigation ties land management operations and is fully integrated with ESRI's web-based technology platforms.  GCS will soon underscore its commitment to its innovative and groundbreaking GeoMarc and geoIrrigation product lines by expanding its ability to provide advanced geospatial Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions featuring ESRI's ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Desktop and web-enabled platforms using the Microsoft .NET framework. 

In addition to leading edge products and solutions, GCS offers highly specialized consulting and systems integration services related to ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Desktop and mobile offerings through its expanding expert staff.  These services encompass areas such as comprehensive systems integration involving ESRI's complete product portfolio and other industry leading technology platforms.  In addition, GCS offers services for system and database design, GIS analytics and modeling, web-based authoring, distribution and deployment, and mobile application development and deployment.

GCS will build upon combined successes of GCS Research and Geo-Spatial Solutions in the geospatial communications sector.  Select programs of interest include:

  • Smart Data Project - GCS and its partner companies are pioneering the advancement of GeoMarc as a special project for the US Army, demonstrating the use of FPGA-based geospatial digital watermarking of full-motion video for integrated situational awareness and C4ISR programs;
  • geoIrrigation - Expansion of geoIrrigation and related technologies beyond the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation Water 2025 Program to the 17 Western States and Canada to provide for web-based management and monitoring of critical infrastructure, land records, and water use;
  • GeoMarc - Continued growth and adoption of GeoMarc 2.0 as the world's first COTS-based geospatial digital watermarking solution designed to provide pixel-level metadata, dynamic web services, and advanced geospatial registries for dynamic data connectivity;
  • Adelos™ - Advanced testing and evaluation of patented 3CIS covert fiber optic sensor technology under license from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center - Newport at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for next-generation sensor-based surveillance and intelligence gathering, working collaboratively with the INL's Critical Infrastructure Center of Excellence.

GCS Holdings will continue to provide some of the most innovative, high quality and dependable GIS products, services and solutions to existing clients including the US Army, US Navy, US Intelligence Community, US Department of Interior, State of Montana, US Bureau of Reclamation, USGS, large commercial customers, and more than 30 irrigation districts throughout Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho.

About GCS Holdings Inc.:

GCS Holdings unites two leaders in the geospatial communications industry:

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.  GCS-Research was named ESRI Foundation Partner of the Year Award in 2007, Business Partner of the Year in 2006, and New Business Partner of the Year in 2005. 

Formed as a full service GIS consulting firm in 1998, Geo-Spatial Solutions (GSS) has established itself through design, development and deployment of GIS solutions for water resources.  With leading edge technology, numerous strategic alliances, and a wide range of in-house expertise scaling numerous industries, GSS builds upon industry standards while incorporating custom applications designed to meet the specific needs of individual clients. GSS delivers timely, high quality, innovative ESRI-based GIS solutions.


July 11, 2007
Press Release: GCS Research LLC and Geo-Spatial Solutions Join Forces Under GCS Holdings Inc.

TWO GIS COMPANIES FROM PACIFIC NORTHWEST MERGE TO MEET GROWING NATIONAL & INTERNATIONAL DEMAND FOR PRODUCTS AND SOLUTIONS

July 11, 2007 - (Missoula, MT/Bend, OR) - GCS Research LLC. and Geo-Spatial Solutions Inc. today announced a strategic merger and combination of resources and assets under GCS Holdings Inc.  The combined assets of GCS Holdings Inc. (GCS) represent a nationally recognized, award-winning portfolio of products, services and solutions.

Executed during the 2007 ESRI International User Conference in San Diego, California, the merger will allow GCS to leverage the advanced capabilities and technology offerings of both companies enabling targeted, consolidated and nimble response to government and commercial sectors in the rapidly expanding and demanding geospatial marketplace. The Company will place increasing emphasis on product growth, market penetration, and an ongoing commitment to consistent, industry-leading innovation in distributed GIS based on robust ESRI-centric solutions.  Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

"We are really excited about joining forces with Geo-Spatial Solutions.  We feel this is the right move to better position ourselves to serve our mutual customers, become more competitive with our innovative products and solutions, and allow us to execute on our business objectives," states Dr. Alex Philp, President of GCS.  "The geospatial industry is driving a consolidation of value and we think this move provides a strategic tipping point in our joint desire to scale successfully." 

"Today, two well-established companies joined together to form GCS.  Centralized operations, pooled resources, and process improvement were key drivers," states Rusty Merritt, now Vice President of Operations for the combined entity.  "Operational and organizational efficiencies translate into better service to new and existing customers and enhance our service oriented solutions. Fundamentally, we are now better positioned for growth."

GCS will now maintain offices in Montana, Oregon (Bend and Portland), Washington, Colorado, and Vermont with expansion objectives including the Washington D.C. area to better serve federal civilian and Department of Defense/Intelligence customers. 

Over the coming months, GCS will attend various geospatial tradeshows in the United States and Europe, marketing its product and solution group.  The Company will continue to explore continued consolidation, teaming efforts and synergistic opportunities among the unified corporate and government alliances maintained by GCS. 

GCS features two key product offerings, both based on industry leading ESRI technology.  GeoMarc® is the most advanced offering today for digital watermarking in a geospatial context tied to the ESRI ArcGIS infrastructure, specifically for desktop, server and web-based geospatial data transactions, services and management.  GeoIrrigation™ is the industry's leading hosted web-based GIS solution for irrigation and water resource managers. Designed to assist with workflow and management, geoIrrigation ties land management operations and is fully integrated with ESRI's web-based technology platforms.  GCS will soon underscore its commitment to its innovative and groundbreaking GeoMarc and geoIrrigation product lines by expanding its ability to provide advanced geospatial Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) solutions featuring ESRI's ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Desktop and web-enabled platforms using the Microsoft .NET framework. 

In addition to leading edge products and solutions, GCS offers highly specialized consulting and systems integration services related to ArcGIS Server, ArcGIS Desktop and mobile offerings through its expanding expert staff.  These services encompass areas such as comprehensive systems integration involving ESRI's complete product portfolio and other industry leading technology platforms.  In addition, GCS offers services for system and database design, GIS analytics and modeling, web-based authoring, distribution and deployment, and mobile application development and deployment.

GCS will build upon combined successes of GCS Research and Geo-Spatial Solutions in the geospatial communications sector.  Select programs of interest include:

  • Smart Data Project – GCS and its partner companies are pioneering the advancement of GeoMarc as a special project for the US Army, demonstrating the use of FPGA-based geospatial digital watermarking of full-motion video for integrated situational awareness and C4ISR programs;
  • geoIrrigation – Expansion of geoIrrigation and related technologies beyond the US Department of Interior's Bureau of Reclamation Water 2025 Program to the 17 Western States and Canada to provide for web-based management and monitoring of critical infrastructure, land records, and water use;
  • GeoMarc®  – Continued growth and adoption of GeoMarc 2.0 as the world's first COTS-based geospatial digital watermarking solution designed to provide pixel-level metadata, dynamic web services, and advanced geospatial registries for dynamic data connectivity;
  • Adelos™ – Advanced testing and evaluation of patented 3CIS covert fiber optic sensor technology under license from the Naval Undersea Warfare Center – Newport at the Department of Energy's Idaho National Laboratory (INL) for next-generation sensor-based surveillance and intelligence gathering, working collaboratively with the INL's Critical Infrastructure Center of Excellence.

GCS Holdings will continue to provide some of the most innovative, high quality and dependable GIS products, services and solutions to existing clients including the US Army, US Navy, US Intelligence Community, US Department of Interior, State of Montana, US Bureau of Reclamation, USGS, large commercial customers, and more than 30 irrigation districts throughout Oregon, Washington, California, and Idaho.

About GCS Holdings Inc.:

GCS Holdings unites two leaders in the geospatial communications industry:

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.  GCS-Research was named ESRI Foundation Partner of the Year Award in 2007, Business Partner of the Year in 2006, and New Business Partner of the Year in 2005. 

Formed as a full service GIS consulting firm in 1998, Geo-Spatial Solutions (GSS) has established itself through design, development and deployment of GIS solutions for water resources.  With leading edge technology, numerous strategic alliances, and a wide range of in-house expertise scaling numerous industries, GSS builds upon industry standards while incorporating custom applications designed to meet the specific needs of individual clients. GSS delivers timely, high quality, innovative ESRI-based GIS solutions.