Army Special Forces will use GeoRover software

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 20 April 2005. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced today that its Information Technology and Security Operation (ITSO) received a purchase order to provide 500 GeoRover software licenses and the first year's annual maintenance support to the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) via the U.S. Army Topographical Engineering Center (TEC).

Apr 21st, 2005

SAN DIEGO, Calif., 20 April 2005. Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) announced today that its Information Technology and Security Operation (ITSO) received a purchase order to provide 500 GeoRover software licenses and the first year's annual maintenance support to the U.S. Army Special Forces Command (USASFC) via the U.S. Army Topographical Engineering Center (TEC).

GeoRover software enables special-forces soldiers to gather and disseminate actionable intelligence in a geospatial context. Specifically, multimedia intelligence data in the form of pictures, videos clips and sound recordings can be linked on digital maps for subsequent intelligence analysis.

The GeoRover extensions are designed specifically to aid in the creation, manipulation, and analysis of GIS data. The GeoRover software provides forward deployed soldiers with the capability to map collected field data and routes within the ArcGIS system by using a disconnected handheld Global Positioning System (GPS) and other collection devices.

The GeoRover tools are a collection of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) software extensions developed by SAIC as commercial-off-the-shelf software to work specifically with Environmental Systems Research Institute's (ESRI) ArcGIS(TM) 8.x / 9.x software.

The U.S. Army TEC is serving as the program manager for the Asymmetrical Software Kit (ASK), which is a set of intelligence applications currently being fielded to the USASFC. The TEC was tasked to evaluate the GeoRover software as a possible addition to the ASK configuration after demonstrations were provided to the USASFC Intelligence Sergeants (18F) Course training staff, which were coordinated by the U.S. Army Intelligence Center, Language and Technology Office in the U.S. Army Battle Lab, Ft. Huachuca, Ariz. After a favorable review of the GeoRover software by TEC and USASFC, the GeoRover software was included as a component of the ASK.

"This purchase demonstrates the commitment of SAIC to helping our customers solve their tough problems," said John D. Thomas, senior vice president and general manager of SAIC's Operational Intelligence Solutions business unit. "GeoRover software delivers a value-added solution focused on the unique requirements of the U.S. Army Special Forces Command. We are proud of our support to them and look forward to continuing our support of their critical mission."

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