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ESRI and ITT Visual Information Solutions Announce Plan to develop NITF Solution for ArcGIS

ESRI and ITT Visual Information Solutions today announced a business relationship to develop a certified National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF) extension for ESRI?s ArcGIS platform.

ESRI is the international leader in developing geographic information systems (GIS) software. ITT Visual Information Solutions is a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT).
The planned NITF extension will seamlessly integrate with ArcGIS Desktop and ArcGIS Image Server to provide users a proven, certified solution for accessing and creating NITF data, a common raster data format used by the defense and intelligence communities in the United States.
The new extension will permit geospatial imagery analysts to read and write NITF data within the ArcGIS environment. In addition, the extension allows analysts to create data products that comply with the NITF specifications and improve the efficiency and timeliness of their workflow.
ITT Visual Information Solutions has extensive experience in understanding and developing NITF products to support its premier image processing platform, ENVI, used extensively in the defense and intelligence communities. The ENVI NITF Module is CLevel 7 certified by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and is the tool of choice for many government agencies and corporations using geospatial imagery today.
Teaming with a proven leader like ITT Visual Information Solutions to develop this extension for the ArcGIS platform is a perfect solution to extend our users? imagery capability, said Jack Dangermond, ESRI´s president.
ITT´s extension will complement ESRI?s already interoperable standards driven platform and provide users in the intelligence community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security with a certified NITF implementation.
Both ESRI and ITT recognize the need to advance the interoperability of enterprise software tools to improve Geospatial and Imagery Analyst workflows, said Richard Cooke, president and COO, ITT Visual Information Solutions.
The seamless integration of ITT´s ENVI NITF tools into ESRI´s world-class GIS platform will simplify analyst workflows, reduce the time to read and write NITF data, and improve the production of time critical geospatial analysis.
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About ITT Corporation
ITT Corporation supplies advanced technology products and services in several growth markets. ITT is a global leader in the transport, treatment and control of water, wastewater and other fluids. The company plays a vital role in international security through its defense communications and electronics products; space surveillance and intelligence systems; and advanced engineering and related services. It also serves the growing leisure marine and electrical connectors markets with a wide range of products. Headquartered in White Plains, NY, the company generated $7.8 billion in 2006 sales. In addition to the New York Stock Exchange, ITT Corporation stock is traded on the Euronext, London and Frankfurt exchanges.
About ITT Visual Information Solutions
ITT Visual Information Solutions (formerly Research Systems, Inc./RSI), a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Corporation, provides integrated software solutions that help scientists, engineers, researchers, and medical professionals turn complex data into useful information. The company�s 150,000 customers from more than 80 countries use IDL, ENVI and IAS to analyze data and imagery and deploy imaging applications. ITT Visual Information Solutions� products are used in a variety of industries, including remote sensing, engineering, earth sciences, aerospace, defense and intelligence, medical imaging, oil and gas exploration and biotechnology. Combined with a host of support services including training, consulting and technical support, ITT Visual Information Solutions offers the most complete data visualization, image analysis and image delivery solutions available. For more information visit:
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ITT Visual Information Solutions
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