It’s not easy for commercial geospatial intelligence products to make their way into day-to-day operations of defense and intelligence agencies.
Until the intelligence community defines cost and value by measuring geospatial information, it has to rely on one measurement—six inches. The length of an American dollar.
Fresh off its purchase of geospatial intelligence firm OGSystems in January, Parsons is searching for more companies to buy that would further expand its presence in space, among other industries.
Lockheed senior fellow Mark Pritt: “Today there’s still a lot of manual labor involved in identifying what you’re seeing in those images."
Earth observation company Planet plans to acquire Boundless Spatial Inc., a geospatial software specialist “to accelerate the adoption by government and enterprise customers of commercial geospatial information services,” said Robbie Schingler, Planet co-founder and chief strategy officer.
Answers to some of the toughest problems that intelligence agencies are trying to solve today come from open source data.
Orbital Insight, a Silicon Valley geospatial analytics company, announced the purchase Sept. 18 of FeatureX, a Boston-based artificial intelligence firm specializing in computer vision for satellite imagery. The terms of the purchase were not disclosed.
PlanetWatchers, a geospatial analytics startup focused to date on forestry, is preparing to expand its focus from forestry to sugar cane and energy, said Ariel Smoliar, PlanetWatchers chief executive and co-founder.
USGIF proposes that geospatial intelligence is ready to take its place alongside business intelligence, artificial intelligence and competitive intelligence in the business world.
Maxar’s data analytics division adds jobs to sate U.S. government appetite for artificial intelligence
“There is a strong desire to take capabilities to teach machines to recognize objects in optical and radar imagery," said Radiant Solutions president Tony Frazier.
Countering WMDs is a major intelligence fusion challenge. Thomas: “Even for an organization that prides itself in agility, which we do, this is some incredibly problem solving.”
NGA Director Cardillo: “I want the market to work … but government shouldn’t be their first customer. We should be their second customer.”
USD Kernan: "we really haven’t taken all the advantage we can of technology.”