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January 31, 2008
Press Release: GeoMarc Featured in Earth Imaging Newsletter

 
January 3, 2008

GCS Research, a prime vendor on the ASRC Management Services (ASRC MS) Prime Vendor Contract for the USDA, has recently been awarded a contract to provide GeoMarc digital watermarking technology to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA FAS).

GeoMarc allows the USDA FAS to embed an imperceptible digital watermark into the pixels of satellite imagery. The watermark contains key pieces of metadata that is seared into the pixels of the imagery and will remain intact through the life of the image. The USDA FAS will leverage GeoMarc technology to embed an acquisition date/time stamp, among other things, as part of the watermark payload. When multiple watermarked images are mosiaced together, the watermark can be read and thematically displayed based on each unique date/time stamp.

"GeoMarc is a valuable tool for the USDA, as it permits our analysts to understand the what, when and where for any pixel in the mosaic," says Robert Tetrault, USDA Satellite Imagery Archive Manger.

GeoMarc is the world's first implementation of geospatial digital watermarking designed specifically for the geospatial industry. Available for server production environments and desktop exploitation applications, such as ESRI's ArcGIS, GeoMarc provides a set of tools to embed mission critical information into image pixels for copyright protection, automated metadata connectivity, vector data linking, thematic display and layer creation, integrated web services, and persistent georeferencing of geospatial imagery.

"We are pleased that we can provide a mission critical solution to the USDA. GCS recognizes that the sheer volume of imagery and raster data products that are being consumed and used for crop yield estimates is overwhelming. GeoMarc will help the USDA by allowing key metadata to persist at the pixel level, regardless of the status of the imagery," states Alex Philp, President of GCS Research. "The most gratifying element is to see our software solve real world problems".

The GeoMarc purchase is executed through the USDA Prime Vendor Contract managed by ASRC Management Services (ASRC MS), Greenbelt, MD. The USDA FAS, Office of Global Analysis, International Production Assessment Division is responsible for global crop condition assessments and estimates of yield, and production for grains, oilseeds, and cotton. Their primary mission is to target, collect, analyze, and disseminate timely, objective, useful, and cost-effective global crop condition and agricultural production information. The division's purpose is to provide unbiased commodity estimates and forecasts to create a marketing edge for U.S. producers in world markets. The Prime Vendor Contract vehicle allows them to obtain satellite imagery services quickly and cost effectively.

About GCS Research:

GCS Research is an award-winning, nationally-recognized leader in geospatial information technology. GCS Research works to connect people with the geospatial intelligence they require in a manner they can actually use. GCS delivers a select group of products and services that allow customers to organize, protect, visualize, analyze, and share their geospatial information across the enterprise. Contact: Mike Beltz, Vice President, Sales and Marketing 406-532-3254 or mbeltz@gcsresearch. com .

About USDA FAS:

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has the primary responsibility for USDA's international activities-market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. As such a primary mission of FAS is to target, collect, analyze, and disseminate timely, objective, useful, and costeffective global crop condition and agricultural production information. The purpose is to provide unbiased commodity estimates and forecasts to create a marketing edge for U.S. producers in world markets. For more information contact Brad Doorn, Technical Remote Sensing Coordinator at Brad.Doorn@usda.gov or call 202-690-0131.

About ASRC MS:

Established in 1972 Arctic Slope Regional Corporation provides a wide range of capabilities in the commercial and government sectors with lines of business in: Aerospace, Base and Range Operations, Construction, Security, Engineering, Professional Services, Communications, Information Technology Services, Field Services and GIS and Geospatial Services. ASRC MS is responsible for the operation and development of the Crop Explorer site in coordination with the USDA FAS team. For more information contact Don Brown, Program Manager, ASRC MS at donald.brown@asrcms.com or call 202-720-6593.

ASRC Management Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, was formed in 2002 and certified as an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), 8(a) with the Small Business Administration in January 2003.

Our goal is to satisfy each and every customer through prompt delivery of products and services that exceed client expectations. We provide our diverse range of clients with a full line of information management, information technology, administrative, technical and other professional services. Our customer-oriented, quality-driven approach enables us to provide our clients with cost efficient solutions that address the many challenges prevalent in an ever-changing marketplace.

ASRC MS is responsible for the operation and development of the Crop Explorer site in coordination with the USDA FAS team. For more information contact Don Brown, Program Manager, ASRC MS at donald.brown@asrcms.com or call 202-720-6593. ESRI is a registered trademarks, or service mark of ESRI in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.


January 3, 2008
Press Release: GCS Research Provides GeoMarc Solution for USDA Foreign Agriculture Service

GCS Research, a prime vendor on the ASRC Management Services (ASRC MS) Prime Vendor Contract for the USDA, has recently been awarded a contract to provide GeoMarc digital watermarking technology to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA FAS).

GeoMarc allows the USDA FAS to embed an imperceptible digital watermark into the pixels of satellite imagery. The watermark contains key pieces of metadata that is seared into the pixels of the imagery and will remain intact through the life of the image. The USDA FAS will leverage GeoMarc technology to embed an acquisition date/time stamp, among other things, as part of the watermark payload. When multiple watermarked images are mosiaced together, the watermark can be read and thematically displayed based on each unique date/time stamp.

"GeoMarc is a valuable tool for the USDA, as it permits our analysts to understand the what, when and where for any pixel in the mosaic," says Robert Tetrault, USDA Satellite Imagery Archive Manger.

GeoMarc is the world's first implementation of geospatial digital watermarking designed specifically for the geospatial industry. Available for server production environments and desktop exploitation applications, such as ESRI's ArcGIS, GeoMarc provides a set of tools to embed mission critical information into image pixels for copyright protection, automated metadata connectivity, vector data linking, thematic display and layer creation, integrated web services, and persistent georeferencing of geospatial imagery.

"We are pleased that we can provide a mission critical solution to the USDA. GCS recognizes that the sheer volume of imagery and raster data products that are being consumed and used for crop yield estimates is overwhelming. GeoMarc will help the USDA by allowing key metadata to persist at the pixel level, regardless of the status of the imagery," states Alex Philp, President of GCS Research, a prime vendor on the ASRC Management Services (ASRC MS) Prime Vendor Contract for the USDA, has recently been awarded a contract to provide GeoMarc digital watermarking technology to the USDA Foreign Agriculture Service (USDA FAS).

GeoMarc allows the USDA FAS to embed an imperceptible digital watermark into the pixels of satellite imagery. The watermark contains key pieces of metadata that is seared into the pixels of the imagery and will remain intact through the life of the image. The USDA FAS will leverage GeoMarc technology to embed an acquisition date/time stamp, among other things, as part of the watermark payload. When multiple watermarked images are mosiaced together, the watermark can be read and thematically displayed based on each unique date/time stamp.

"GeoMarc is a valuable tool for the USDA, as it permits our analysts to understand the what, when and where for any pixel in the mosaic," says Robert Tetrault, USDA Satellite Imagery Archive Manger.

GeoMarc is the world's first implementation of geospatial digital watermarking designed specifically for the geospatial industry. Available for server production environments and desktop exploitation applications, such as ESRI's ArcGIS, GeoMarc provides a set of tools to embed mission critical information into image pixels for copyright protection, automated metadata connectivity, vector data linking, thematic display and layer creation, integrated web services, and persistent georeferencing of geospatial imagery.

"We are pleased that we can provide a mission critical solution to the USDA. GCS recognizes that the sheer volume of imagery and raster data products that are being consumed and used for crop yield estimates is overwhelming. GeoMarc will help the USDA by allowing key metadata to persist at the pixel level, regardless of the status of the imagery," states Alex Philp, President of GCS Research. "The most gratifying element is to see our software solve real world problems".

The GeoMarc purchase is executed through the USDA Prime Vendor Contract managed by ASRC Management Services (ASRC MS), Greenbelt, MD. The USDA FAS, Office of Global Analysis, International Production Assessment Division is responsible for global crop condition assessments and estimates of yield, and production for grains, oilseeds, and cotton. Their primary mission is to target, collect, analyze, and disseminate timely, objective, useful, and cost-effective global crop condition and agricultural production information. The division's purpose is to provide unbiased commodity estimates and forecasts to create a marketing edge for U.S. producers in world markets. The Prime Vendor Contract vehicle allows them to obtain satellite imagery services quickly and cost effectively.

About GCS Research:

GCS Research is an award-winning, nationally-recognized leader in geospatial information technology. GCS Research works to connect people with the geospatial intelligence they require in a manner they can actually use. GCS delivers a select group of products and services that allow customers to organize, protect, visualize, analyze, and share their geospatial information across the enterprise. Contact: Mike Beltz, Vice President, Sales and Marketing 406-532-3254 or mbeltz@gcsresearch. com .

About USDA FAS:

USDA's Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) has the primary responsibility for USDA's international activities-market development, trade agreements and negotiations, and the collection and analysis of statistics and market information. As such a primary mission of FAS is to target, collect, analyze, and disseminate timely, objective, useful, and costeffective global crop condition and agricultural production information. The purpose is to provide unbiased commodity estimates and forecasts to create a marketing edge for U.S. producers in world markets. For more information contact Brad Doorn, Technical Remote Sensing Coordinator at Brad.Doorn@usda.gov or call 202-690-0131.

About ASRC MS:

Established in 1972 Arctic Slope Regional Corporation provides a wide range of capabilities in the commercial and government sectors with lines of business in: Aerospace, Base and Range Operations, Construction, Security, Engineering, Professional Services, Communications, Information Technology Services, Field Services and GIS and Geospatial Services. ASRC MS is responsible for the operation and development of the Crop Explorer site in coordination with the USDA FAS team. For more information contact Don Brown, Program Manager, ASRC MS at donald.brown@asrcms.com or call 202-720-6593.

ASRC Management Services, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, was formed in 2002 and certified as an Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), 8(a) with the Small Business Administration in January 2003.

Our goal is to satisfy each and every customer through prompt delivery of products and services that exceed client expectations. We provide our diverse range of clients with a full line of information management, information technology, administrative, technical and other professional services. Our customer-oriented, quality-driven approach enables us to provide our clients with cost efficient solutions that address the many challenges prevalent in an ever-changing marketplace.

ASRC MS is responsible for the operation and development of the Crop Explorer site in coordination with the USDA FAS team. For more information contact Don Brown, Program Manager, ASRC MS at donald.brown@asrcms.com or call 202-720-6593. ESRI is a registered trademarks, or service mark of ESRI in the United States, the European Community, or certain other jurisdictions. Other companies and products mentioned herein are trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective trademark owners.


January 2, 2008

GCS Research is planning to exhibit and highlight GeoMarc technology at the upcoming DGI 2008 conference, January 21-24th, QE II Conference Center, Westminster, London.

DGI 2008 is Europe's largest annual gathering dedicated to high-level discussion addressing the major challenges of the defence and government geospatial intelligence community. Bringing together Heads of Geospatial Intelligence, GIS, Remote Sensing, Operations, and Imagery and Analysis, the conference provides a unique forum to discuss and debate the development of geospatial intelligence capabilities across the globe.

Addressing the use of geospatial information in scenarios such as international conflicts, humanitarian disasters, crime, security, border control, arms treaty monitoring and global climate change, a fundamental objective of the event is to help organisations understand how to build the necessary infrastructure and architecture to take advantage of geospatial intelligence capabilities, as well tackle the challenges of interoperability so that organisations can collaborate effectively with each other.

GCS Research is a sponsor of this event this year, and intends to highlight the latest capabilities, functionality, and user-scenarios associated with GeoMarc 2.0 technology, the world's first commercial geospatial digital watermarking solution, designed and optimized for the geospatial intelligence community.

Please visit GCS Research and see GeoMarc in action at Exhibit #23. 

For more information, please contact Mike Beltz, VP of Sales and Marketing, mbeltz@gcs-research.com, or call 406-532-3254.