US SOCOM Grants Phase II Award for GeoTIFF 2.0 to PI Team
August 20, 1999
Position Integrity LLC is please to announce that the U.S. Special Operation Command has contracted with our team for the follow on Phase II award to fully develop the GeoTIFF 2.0 architecture, viewing applications and sample datasets which leverage the maximum advantages of multi-scale, nested geographic information. The specification for GeoTIFF 2.0 was written during the Phase I contract. This current Phase II contract was awarded at $750,000. A major subcontract from our prime contract was then issued to the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for several of the critical design tasks.
Through Army STTR Phase I and Phase II efforts, a flexible image manipulation architecture has been created and fielded based on the GeoTIFF version 1.0 format. This global commercial standard allows the display of vector, raster and matrix datasets in both 2D moving map systems and 3D real time perspective fly-through displays. The architecture is currently fielded in a JSOC Phase III production contract called “Jagged Shadow Digital Call for Fire System”. While any GIS dataset can be manipulated with version 1.0, a separate file is required for each different data type and resolution. An OSD/SOCOM SBIR Phase I created the GeoTIFF version 2.0 specification and architecture to integrate multiple resolution raster images for the same geographic area, along within any number of simultaneous vector overlays, into a single file. The specific scientific advances transferred from JPL include their pioneering work on variable resolution image manipulation. The Position Integrity team has already converted their GeoTIFF v 1.0 architecture into a portable workstation which runs under Windows NT 4.0 on inexpensive Intel Pentium computers and this effort will similarly maximize the use of these proven globally pervasive COTS solutions.
The overall work plan for this effort is as follows:
1) Publish the GeoTIFF 2.0 specification and incorporate peer review from the military, scientific and commercial communities.
2) Generate the version 2.0 library of routines and begin format testing
3) Incorporate the version 2.0 library routines into the Position Integrity Application suite.
4) Generate prototype GeoTIFF 2.0 datasets.
5) Apply the integrated technology across a spectrum of customer needs.
The commercial benefits are that GeoTIFF version 2.0 can be applied to any requirement for real-time display of multi-window raster, vector and gridded datasets that originate in different native formats, including search and rescue missions by increasing pilot situational awareness during medivac operations.
Military mission planners and vehicle navigators who presently use our existing V1.0 system are the most likely customers for an upgrade to GeoTIFF v 2.0. These include mission strategists, battlefield commanders, and pilots. The military aviation community has been especially receptive to our initial ideas about a multi-resolution imagery tactical system.
The PI team will be supporting JPL processing of the 1998 Shuttle Radar Topography Mission (SRTM), where a NASA orbiter will collect DTED level 2 data, land use/cover imagery, obstacle data, and other Interferometric Synthetic Aperture Radar (IFSAR) products over the globe on an eleven day mission. Our Phase II effort for this SBIR project will coincide with the field and flight testing of SRTM data sets. GeoTIFF v 2.0 is designed with such space missions in mind.
Also, the interest from the civil/medical search and rescue groups has been profound. They are constantly conducting SAR operations in unfamiliar surroundings, where helicopter pilots quickly loose situation awareness. Lost time equates to greater risk of saving a person in need of medical attention. Our system would allow rapid vectoring to mountainous regions with complete urban features mensurated with cartographic maps.
Another class of commercialization avenues is in the general aviation arena. Pilots with small planes could fly across the country with high-resolution data for the connecting areas and lower resolution data for the enroute geography.
Position Integrity LLC. is in a unique position to bring the technology to the marketplace because we already have a working relationship with the NASA JPL institution through the Technology Affiliate Program (which we have been a member of for several years). In addition, we have production contracts in place with the service commands that most benefit from using these advanced data sets. Finally, we have a track record of applying our multiple Phase III production contracts to a wide spectrum of innovative products in the military, commercial and scientific communities.
For more information contact Robert A. Severino at Position Integrity or by email at