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LizardTech MrSID Generation 4 Files Now Supported in Overwatch's LIDAR Analyst

LizardTech®, a division of Celartem Inc. and a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial content, announced the integration of its MrSID® Generation 4 Decode SDK (MG4 DSDK) into Overwatch’s LIDAR Analyst® software application.

LIDAR Analyst is produced by Overwatch, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. company, and leading provider of imagery and geospatial solutions to the Department of Defense and Intelligence Communities. LIDAR Analyst is a plug-in for ArcGIS and ERDAS IMAGINE that provides tools for automatically extracting bare earth terrain, 3D buildings, trees/forests, contour lines, and terrain characteristics. In addition, it provides a rich set of data conversion tools, terrain editing tools, and 3D vector editing tools. The software is the premiere 3D feature extraction solution for airborne LiDAR data that supports Homeland Security, Defense and Intelligence, Forestry and other user communities requiring high-resolution terrain information. With the release of version 5.0, LIDAR Analyst customers will have the ability to efficiently process LIDAR data that has been compressed using LizardTech’s LiDAR Compressor™ software.

“The MrSID format is best in class for raster imagery compression and we are quite pleased with LizardTech’s specific innovations in point cloud compression,” said Matt Morris, LIDAR Analyst product manager.

“Our customers within the Department of Defense (DoD) and Intelligence Community have frequently requested support for MG4 in LIDAR Analyst,” said Jon Skiffington, LizardTech’s director of marketing. “We’re pleased that this integration will provide them with the ability to efficiently compress their LiDAR files and utilize them in one of their most commonly used applications.”