TerraGo Technologies Helps Extend Access and Application of Advanced Imagery

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Users can now optimize large raster files for portability and usability with GeoPDF

One of the biggest challenges companies face today is the ability to efficiently provide access to geospatial information in the field, where bandwidth and technology limitations impede the mobile user's ability to interact with large image files

TerraGo Technologies®, a leading provider of geospatial collaboration software solutions, announced today the release of its new Publisher for Raster® (formerly known as Map2PDF for Raster) product. The new solution, being demonstrated at the American Society of Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing Annual Conference this week (TerraGo booth #826), gives customers the ability to publish large geo-referenced or orthorectified images to a geo-referenced PDF file format (GeoPDF®) for easy dissemination and use by field personnel.

"One of the biggest challenges companies face today is the ability to efficiently provide access to geospatial information in the field, where bandwidth and technology limitations impede the mobile user's ability to interact with large image files," said Chris Watson, VP of Marketing and Business Development for TerraGo Technologies. "By giving our customers a way to optimize and deliver complex images to mobile computers and handheld devices, we are able to help them extend the access and application of their imagery investments to the edge of their enterprise."

Key enhancements available in the new Publisher for Raster solution, which will be generally available next month, include:

  • Geospatial Collaboration: Users are able to generate GeoPDF files that inherently support geospatial collaboration. The new release enables field personnel to make geo-referenced annotations and share file updates more effectively with their peers in the field or with GIS analysts.
  • Custom Configuration: With enhancements such as the ability to more specifically configure GeoPDF file generation parameters, users can now more efficiently produce large volumes of GeoPDF files from raster data sources. In addition, users can define how bands appear in the output file, such as adding single subsequent bands as a list, selecting all bands in the image, or even defining custom band combinations.
  • Greater Usability: Users have the ability to subset an area of interest within an original source file and publish the area to GeoPDF, giving them the power to quickly access the specific information required for the job at hand. Users can also preview a GeoPDF prior to publication. And since the file has been optimized for portability, it can easily be shared with mobile users in the field via the TerraGo Collaboration® suite of software.
  • Broader Compatibility: Users have the ability to generate GeoPDF files from a broader range of sources with TerraGo's enhanced projection engine. In addition, users can output both OGC and ISO 32000 geo-enabled PDFs, while maintaining the robust capabilities of the TerraGo GeoPDF.

Publisher for Raster supports major file formats, such as ADRG, CADRG, CIB, IMG, MrSID, NITF, and TIFF. The GeoPDF output file supports a single image per input dataset, and the source image contained in the file is tiled and compressed using either JPEG or Flate compression. Depending on the data source, users typically see a 1 to 100 compression ratio while maintaining the image quality. When used in conjunction with TerraGo Composer, the TerraGo GeoPDF files can be used to create comprehensive map books and other geospatial applications that integrate an organization's unique business context and workflow.

TerraGo's Raster solution is currently being used by some of the largest image providers in the world, including the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, GeoEye, Digital Globe and 3001/Northrop Grumman. In addition, ERDAS IMAGINE and BAE Systems' SOCET GXP solutions embed TerraGo's GeoPDF publication for raster capabilities within their respective solutions. To learn more about TerraGo Publisher for Raster, visit http://www.terragotech.com/solutions/raster.

About TerraGo Technologies:
TerraGo Technologies delivers software applications that extend the access and application of maps and images for non-GIS users and customers. More than 700 organizations, including many defense and intelligence agencies, utility companies, public safety departments, and environmental engineering teams, depend on TerraGo software. The TerraGo Publisher® Suite allows organizations to consume and optimize data from any source and create a geo-enabled PDF, also known as a GeoPDF®. The TerraGo Collaboration® Suite offers desktop, Web-based and mobile software applications that automate geospatial collaboration and information gathering. When used in conjunction with TerraGo Composer®, customers are able to configure easy-to-use maps and images while embedding relevant business context, forms and workflows. With a strong ecosystem of partners, including Adobe, ESRI, ERDAS, Intergraph, BAE Systems and Trimble, millions of professionals use geospatial data that has been enabled by TerraGo in order to be more productive, improve quality and make better decisions. For more information, visit http://www.terragotech.com.


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