USDA Certifies TerraGo Software for Deployment

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NRCS users can now access and distribute GIS data and maps in the portable, interactive GeoPDF format

IT certification by the USDA demonstrates the growing demand we are seeing in the US federal government for the robust, interactive nature of the TerraGo GeoPDF® and the proliferation of the free TerraGo Toolbar

TerraGo Technologies®, the leading provider of spatial-based collaboration software, announced today that the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has completed its certification of TerraGo software. Now, all NRCS users will have the ability to distribute GIS data and maps and expand the use of existing GeoPDF files produced by USDA and other federal agencies. In addition, users will be able to leverage the TerraGo Toolbar® to view, manipulate and collaborate with complex maps and images in a PDF-centric environment.

"IT certification by the USDA demonstrates the growing demand we are seeing in the US federal government for the robust, interactive nature of the TerraGo GeoPDF® and the proliferation of the free TerraGo Toolbar," said Chris Watson, VP Marketing and Business Development for TerraGo. "Organizations realize that the advanced geospatial collaboration capabilities that are inherent in the TerraGo solutions can dramatically improve the productivity and decision-making ability of field personnel who are dependent on spatial intelligence."

Today's announcement adds NRCS to the growing list of USDA services that have approved TerraGo software for deployment. Other services include the Foreign Agriculture Service, Farm Services Agency, and Rural & Community Development.

The Natural Resources Conservation Service helps America's private land owners and managers conserve their natural resources. Equipping field resources with TerraGo GeoPDF files of maps and images that can capture real-time, on-the-ground intelligence that can be easily brought back into the system of record will improve the Agency's ability make more educated recommendations and decisions based on its customers' specific needs.

The robust nature of the TerraGo GeoPDF uniquely qualifies it as the ideal format for delivering portable, interactive geospatial intelligence within PDF-centric environments like the USDA. Published by TerraGo software, the GeoPDF enables non GIS-savvy users to access and collaborate with geospatial intelligence. And because the TerraGo GeoPDF gives users access to the free TerraGo Toolbar, users can integrate with GPS for real-time location information; zoom to a location on the GeoPDF or on Google Maps; measure lengths and distances; view multiple coordinate systems; and make annotations (GeoMarks), such as mark ups or free form text, to a geo-located point on the file.

To learn more about TerraGo and its comprehensive suite of geospatial collaboration solutions, visit http://www.terragotech.com.

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 800 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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