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Updated: July 8th, 2008 05:26 PM CDT

Online Hurricane Imagery Repository Offers Relief to First Responders

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By Advanced Imaging Editorial Staff

Building on a relationship formed during cooperative relief work for Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, IDELIX Software Inc. (Vancounver, BC. Canada) announced the signing of a collaborative agreement with Harris Corp. (Melbourne, FL) to incorporate IDELIX’s Pliable Display Technology (PDT) in upcoming federal government projects for which Harris is the prime contractor.

“We needed a teammate that could provide advanced visualization to enhance the data streaming capabilities of our solutions. IDELIX was a natural fit,” said Tom Freeberg, geospatial programs director at Harris Corp.’s Government Communications Systems Division. “IDELIX visualization technology has proven itself through our cooperative work on hurricane [Katrina and Rita] relief efforts. We look forward to building on this relationship in the months ahead.”

During hurricane relief efforts, Harris established KatrinaImagery.org, a collaborative Web presence which consolidated access to imagery data and viewing tools. Software, including the PDT-enabled Image Access Solution (IAS), was made available on the KatrinaImagery website so that relief workers could access and analyze the latest geospatial imagery available from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA, Bethesda, MD). The PDT-enabled IAS application from RSI (Boulder, CO), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Industries (White Plains, NY; Vienna, VA), incorporates PDT’s focus+context viewing and JPEG2000 data streaming techniques. The IAS software can quickly retrieve a low-resolution version of an image from a JPEG2000 file on a server.

A PDT lens can then be applied to identify any area of the image for closer inspection while maintaining the contextual overview. Once identified, only the higher resolution detail of the area defined by the boundaries of the PDT lens is decompressed from the JPEG 2000 file — not the entire image. The results are reduced bandwidth requirements, faster access to relevant information, and more efficient image analysis. “Contributing our technology to Katrina relief efforts was very rewarding,” commented IDELIX President Keith Ippel.



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