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Geomatica, a PCI product

As a geospatial software company, PCI Geomatics® is a world leading
developer of image-centric software and solutions. The company’s
flagship desktop product, Geomatica®, meets the growing demands of the
remote sensing, GIS, cartography, and photogrammetry worlds.

Geomatica has the built-in capability to increase productivity
while fully supporting any organization‘s geospatial data processing
needs. The software breaks down the conventional divisions in
traditional remote sensing, GIS, photogrammetry, cartography, web, and
development tools creating a single integrated environment. With full
raster and vector support for over 100 geospatial data formats,
Geomatica offers solutions for all of your processing needs while
maintaining complete interoperability with both outside software
packages, and spatially enabled databases like Oracle.
The latest version of this revolutionary
software is Geomatica 10; the company’s most automated and
interoperable release to date. Highlights include:
- With the capability to extract,
transform, and load geospatial data in Oracle 10g, Geomatica allows
users to visualize and analyze large amounts of complex data faster and
easier than ever before. All of the functionality that has made
Geomatica the industry’s leading desktop geospatial software package
can now be leveraged, not only by traditional users, but also by
enterprises that require geospatial information.
- Geomatica 10 introduces automatic
ground point collection through advanced image-correlation technology.
Automated ground control point collection, combined with Geomatica®
OrthoEngine® satellite and air photo models, enables fast and accurate
orthorectification. Working in conjunction with the new Geomatica®
Desktop Production Engine — a collection of improvements to the
Geomatica® Modeler batch-processing capability, completely automated
ortho-mosaic workflows are possible.
- With the Desktop Production Engine,
options that allow input file, export file, and parameter-setting
variation throughout multiple runs of a model are available for each
task’s module. These improvements make Geomatica 10 Modeler a much more
powerful visual modeling environment and can turn any series of tasks
into a fully automated process.
Enhancements to the OrthoEngine auto-mosaicking tool include a new
mosaic preview feature. You can now test results of several mosaic
parameter settings and inputs through lower resolution mosaic previews.
This feature saves time and disk space, and allows greater workplace
productivity and efficiency.
- New
model-based atmospheric correction for hyperspectral imagery has also
been developed and provides a more rigorous alternative to simple
atmospheric correction. The model incorporates the MODTRAN4 radiative
transfer model, developed by the United States Department of the Air
Force, and is augmented by programs that detect and correct spectral
line curvature, as well as perform atmospheric water vapour content
Along with the company’s desktop software,
PCI Geomatics has introduced a series of image-centric solutions
designed to address geospatial industry needs for automation and
production capacity. Geomatica X contains the company‘s software
components used for building complete production workflows, such as
automated DEM extraction, orthorectification, mosaicking, and more.
These custom-built solutions enable the automation of repetitive
time-consuming tasks, reduce labour costs, and shorten throughput time
for the delivery cycle of operationally intense procedures. As experts
in extracting information from imagery, PCI and Geomatica X can help
automate and customize geospatial solutions using a suite of enterprise
products, including a state-of-the-art web suite and Oracle data
management software.
Finally, PCI Geomatics has recently
introduced GeoCapacity® Information Systems (GCIS) –
application-specific spatial information production systems powered by
automation. Built on PCI Geomatics core technology, a GCIS provides the
automation of data collection, image processing, and analysis of large
quantities of data from a variety of sources. Recently, PCI Geomatics,
in partnership with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the Technology
Partnerships Canada (TPC) program, has developed a GCIS Mapping Center
to provide automated mapping functionality nationwide. The GCIS Mapping
Center provides detailed, accurate, nationally standardized mapping
functionality, products, and delivery systems.
Through the integration of five
subsystems, the GCIS Mapping Center has clear advantages over
traditional mapping, data management and access mechanisms.
- Image Correction System (ICS) – automates the processing and preparation of remote sensing imagery;
instantly achieve time/cost savings for orthorectification,
pansharpening, and other image processing tasks.
- Map Generation System (MGS) – provides flexible automated map generation based on user requirements and national mapping standards.
- Feature Extraction System (FES) – an interactive environment for efficient extraction and updating topographic features from satellite imagery.
- Web Services System (WSS) - based on Open GeoSpatial Consortium (OGC) standards which enables the exchange of spatial data from anywhere, to anyone.
- Job Control System (JCS) – provides the tools to define, execute, and monitor jobs from the above four systems automatically.
The Mapping Center offers an automated, efficient, flexible and reliable mapping system.
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