USGIF, Hexagon Geospatial grant software to 14 colleges

January 17, 2018  - By
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The United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation (USGIF) has partnered with Hexagon Geospatial, a USGIF organizational member, to offer software licenses to 14 colleges and universities under USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program.

Hexagon Geospatial will provide students and faculty at each of USGIF’s 14 accredited programs with three-year licenses for its desktop and cloud-based Smart M.App software.

The software is designed to benefit and assist students, professors, and scientists in building geospatial cloud applications.

Smart M.apps are interactive map applications that combine content, analytics, workflow, and presentation to solve a specific business problem.

“As a company with roots in universities across the world, Hexagon Geospatial has always valued students and academia as an investment in the future,” said Jason Sims, Hexagon Geospatial’s chief channel and marketing officer. “This is why we are so happy to announce our partnership with USGIF, providing access to our software and platforms. We look forward to seeing the way instructors, researchers, and students influence how location information will be used to innovate and shape smart change.”

USGIF’s Collegiate Accreditation Program prepares students with the necessary knowledge and skills upon entering the professional geospatial intelligence (GEOINT) workforce. USGIF-accredited GEOINT programs include Fayetteville State University, George Mason University, James Madison University, Universidade Nova de Lisboa, Northeastern University, Pennsylvania State University, the University of Texas at Dallas, the University of Utah, the U.S. Air Force Academy, the University of Missouri, the University of Redlands, the University of South Carolina, the University of Southern California, and the U.S. Military Academy.

“We’re excited about this partnership to collaboratively issue license grants to faculty and students teaching at and attending USGIF accredited institutions,” said USGIF Director of Academic Programs Dr. Camelia Kantor. “USGIF’s accredited programs have a track record consistent with excellence in preparing students for work in the GEOINT profession. Such partnerships bring academia and industry together to ensure the preservation of standards, to encourage innovation, and to enable faculty and students to teach, learn, and conduct research using software from industry.”

About the Author: Tracy Cozzens

Senior Editor Tracy Cozzens joined GPS World magazine in 2006. She also is editor of GPS World’s newsletters and the sister website Geospatial Solutions. She has worked in government, for non-profits, and in corporate communications, editing a variety of publications for audiences ranging from federal government contractors to teachers.