Geospatial Systems, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging Announce TAMS System

November 8, 2007  - By
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Geospatial Systems, Inc. (GSI) has announced the development of a new Tactical Airborne Mapping and Surveillance (TAMS) system designed to produce National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF)-compliant imagery supporting forward area mapping requirements. TAMS is platform-agnostic, with a multisensor payload capable of in-theater fixed wing, helicopter, and unmanned aerial vehicles and unmanned aerial systems (UAV/UAS) deployment.

GSI and Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging (LGGI) unveiled the TAMS-UAV system at the GEOINT Conference, which was held October 21-24, 2007, in San Antonio, Texas.

GSI and LGGI recently began testing the tactical mapping system, responding to interest in end-to-end sensor software capabilities within the DoD, and specifically by military services responsible for in-theater data collection. The team completed its initial testing of the TAMS system during NGA’s Empire Challenge 2007. During the July 2007 exercises, the team produced NITF-compliant image products from more than a terabyte of raw data.

The TAMS system is built upon GSI’s metric mapping-grade camera line. The plug-and-play camera modules include 2-megapixel high definition, 11MP, 39MP and Thermal IR metric cameras. The cameras are connected to a small, lightweight controller that stores, processes, compresses, and disseminates the map information to a ground station in NITF format.

“Geospatial Systems is pleased to collaborate with Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging on this considerable undertaking. We are excited to use our technology and breadth of products to satisfy the needs of the defense intelligence community,” said Maxime Elbaz, CEO, Geospatial Systems, Inc.

Christopher Tucker, senior vice president, National Programs, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging, said, “Developing this partnership with Geospatial Systems further enables us to address our customer’s priority mission challenges, with a modular, and rapidly deployable suite of sensors and software.”

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