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Destinations | June 2009

SOCET GXP® Boot Camp jump-starts 2009 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange

SOCET GXP Boot Camp

SOCET GXP Boot Camp

More than 100 attendees packed the Scripps Ballroom at the Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines hotel in San Diego last month for the debut of SOCET GXP® Boot Camp, a software orientation and prelude to the annual user conference.

Product specialists introduced participants to the eXtreme Analysis (XA) concept. XA represents the best of both worlds, image analysis and geospatial analysis together in one powerful software application that aligns with the perspective promoted by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) — collaboration, data sharing, and a common operational picture of the world. It empowers users to satisfy multiple analysis and mapping requirements quickly and efficiently, reducing the dependency on multiple tools. As development progresses, SOCET GXP will replace SOCET SET®, our legacy photogrammetry and geospatial analysis software.

The conference kicked off May 5 with an introduction by Dan London, vice president of sales and marketing for the GXP business. Dan received positive responses from attendees when he suggested that BAE Systems take the Boot Camp concept on the road later this year. He reiterated the integral role user feedback plays in GXP software development and explained the concept of the Geospatial Professional Exchange, another new component of the annual user conference, introduced this year to provide an interactive forum for sharing ideas for future product growth.

Keynote speaker Jack Hild of the NGA.

Keynote speaker Jack Hild of the NGA.

In his keynote presentation, titled “Pixels, points, and vectors, the fuel for GEOINT,” the NGA’s Jack Hild discussed emerging GEOINT trends and the need for timely distribution of a proliferation of new satellite data. Hild noted that the world is discovering additional uses for GPS beyond “finding the local Starbucks coffee shop.” He reiterated a common problem — exposing new content in a timely manner to an extensive and diverse user community.

Throughout the week, conference attendees discussed a range of GEOINT topics: enterprise automation, coastal mapping, video analysis, targeting tools, unmanned aerial systems, LiDAR, hyperspectral and multispectral processing, and the U.S. Army’s extensive SOCET GXP training program at Fort Huachuca, Arizona, which prepares troops for active duty.

Customer presentations were given by the NGA, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Air Force, Riverside Research, ITT, General Dynamics, Sandia National Laboratories, and Ball Aerospace.

As we move closer to full integration of image and geospatial analysis, functionality for the forthcoming SOCET GXP v3.1 release dominated the presentations. New tools unveiled included the flip tool, a quick visual way to access data; an Open Geospatial Consortium-compliant Web services tool; and the Xport, a specialized Multiport with up to 16 linked preview panels for different processing chains that provides a rich environment for in-depth analysis and quick visualization.

GXP product specialists gave presentations on other notable developments to expedite workflows — updated algorithms for push-button pan-sharpening; automated triangulation; and other mid-range photogrammetry tools for image analysis, feature extraction, visualization, and terrain generation.

SOCET SET users attended conference workshops that introduced SOCET GXP from the photogrammetrist’s point of view to show how organized tool sets and an intuitive user interface expedite production. Most workflows have been simplified so that users unfamiliar with sophisticated algorithms and analysis processes can be productive using intuitive product creation tools. Participants also had the opportunity to attend Geospatial Professional Exchange sessions, software clinics, and to meet with product specialists for one-on-one training.

Destinations | March 2009

Announcing: 2009 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange

2009 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange

BAE Systems invites you to join us for an exciting opportunity to see new software advancements, geospatial technology R&D, and collaborate with industry peers.

IA + GA = XA
Experience the power of eXtreme Analysis (XA) — image analysis (IA) plus geospatial analysis (GA) integrated into a single software package.

This year the conference offers a week-long program dedicated to new automated processes. The technical program focuses on eXtreme Analysis workflows for SOCET GXP® v3.1, a preview of SOCET GXP v4.0, and SOCET SET® v5.5 enhancements including the frame sensor model, new sensors, and terrain tools. Additional highlights include emerging technologies, keynote speeches from industry leaders, and customer presentations.

In 2009, BAE Systems is expanding the scope of the annual GXP User Conference to include the new GXP Professional Exchange and SOCET GXP Boot Camp.

GXP User Conference

The GXP User Conference offers a full range of seminars, product demonstrations, new functionality, training sessions, and workshops focused on SOCET GXP and SOCET SET workflows. BAE Systems’ technical staff host these comprehensive sessions, designed for GXP software users from novice to expert.

GXP Professional Exchange

The GXP Professional Exchange is a new component in 2009 open to the global geospatial community — not just current GXP software customers. It is a forum designed to support the exchange of ideas between industry partners, GIS executives, geospatial and image analysts, and others interested in learning and sharing information about trends and technology.

SOCET GXP Boot Camp: unclassified, registration required

New to the program this year is SOCET GXP Boot Camp, designed to introduce all potential users — image analysts, geospatial analysts, GIS and mapping professionals — to the comprehensive tools and functionality available in SOCET GXP. Participants have an opportunity to learn about the SOCET GXP operating environment, typical workflows, terminology, and automated functionality built to streamline rigorous processes. BAE Systems support engineers navigate through the application to demonstrate fundamental concepts such as the Workspace Manager, Multiport, user-defined templates, Ribbon user interface, Virtual Mosaic, and Quick Access Toolbar. In addition, this SOCET GXP orientation offers a glimpse into automated processes including triangulation, orthomosaic generation, automatic terrain generation, spatially enabled exploitation, and advanced product generation using capabilities such as chipping, the magnifying glass, and the Finishing Tool.

After completing the full-day SOCET GXP Boot Camp, participants become familiar with the SOCET GXP working environment, which will provide a richer educational experience during the remainder of the week. To maximize your learning experience at the 2009 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange, register for SOCET GXP Boot Camp when you complete your Conference registration online.

Registration is now open!

Register now to attend the conference at the reduced rate of $695 until April 16, 2009 (regular price is $795). Full conference registration includes workshops and general sessions, coffee breaks and snacks Tuesday through Thursday, and the following:

  • Monday: evening reception
  • Tuesday: breakfast, lunch, dinner social event
  • Wednesday: breakfast, lunch
  • Thursday: breakfast, lunch, and closing reception

Take advantage of special reduced hotel rates available to all registered attendees. Discounted rates are available through April 20, 2009. We encourage you to secure room reservations as early as possible; the hotel frequently sells out as the conference date approaches.

Room rates for 2009 are as follows:

  • Conference rate: $195 per night
  • Government rate: $147 per night
  • Group name: BAE SYSTEMS

Please use the following links to make your room arrangements directly with the hotel:

To register, learn more about the conference, view the conference justification letter, or to see comments from previous years’ attendees, please visit our Web site:
www.gxpuserconference.com

We look forward to seeing you in May!

December 2008 | Destinations

Save the date!

2009 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference and Professional Exchange
May 4 – 8, 2009
Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines
San Diego, California

In 2009, BAE Systems is expanding the scope of the annual GXP User Conference to include the new GXP Professional Exchange.

GXP User Conference

The GXP User Conference offers a full range of seminars, product demonstrations, new functionality, training sessions, and workshops focused on SOCET GXP® and SOCET SET® workflows. BAE Systems’ technical staff host these comprehensive sessions, designed for GXP software users from novice to expert.

GXP Professional Exchange

The GXP Professional Exchange is a new component in 2009 open to the global geospatial community — not just current GXP software customers. It is a forum designed to support the exchange of ideas from GIS executives, geospatial and image analysts, and others interested in learning and sharing information about trends and technology, from industry partners to industry partners.

A list of possible topics for discussion and collaboration include:

  • Image analysis
  • Geospatial analysis
  • Targeting
  • 3-D modeling
  • Airfield obstruction analysis
  • Oil and gas, energy, and utilities infrastructure
  • Remote sensing
  • Multispectral and hyperspectral processing
  • Radar
  • Geospatial-intelligence training
  • GGI production
  • Other ideas welcome

If you are interested in delivering a presentation during the GXP Professional Exchange, please submit a 50-word abstract for consideration to Rachel Snyder by January 30, 2009.

Rachel Snyder
Phone: 858 675 2850
Fax: 858 592 5309
rachel.snyder@baesystems.com

More information will be available on the Conference Web site in early 2009:
www.gxpuserconference.com

December 2008 | Destinations

Experience the power of eXtreme Analysis™ with SOCET GXP® at DGI Europe booth 24

DGI Europe 2009
January 19 – 22, 2009
QEII Conference Centre
Westminster, London, England
BAE Systems booth 24

DGI 2009 represents one of the most significant opportunities in Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA) to come together and shape the future, with integration, collaboration, and interoperability. Be sure to visit BAE Systems at booth 24 for a SOCET GXP eXtreme Analysis™ demonstration, and to meet Nigel Lambton, the new director of sales and marketing, EMEA. We look forward to seeing you in London!

Destinations | September 2008

BAE Systems to host regional user conference in Cambridge, U.K.

Registration is open!

Join us for the 2008 BAE Systems GXP EMEA User Conference in beautiful Cambridge, United Kingdom.

Join us for the 2008 BAE Systems GXP EMEA User Conference in beautiful Cambridge, U.K.

2008 BAE Systems GXP Regional User Conference
Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA)
September 15 – 17, 2008
Robinson College
Cambridge, U.K.

Full conference registration includes attendance at all sessions and accommodations (lodging, meals, and social events) for the duration of the conference, from noon on Monday September 15, to 1 p.m. Wednesday September 17.

This year we are offering a two-for-one full conference registration discount for customers with active Upgrade Entitlement maintenance plans. Conference space is limited; therefore the half-price offer is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Only one two-for-one registration is available per site. To reserve your spot and take advantage of the two-for-one registration, visit the Conference Web site.

Registration

For details about the conference agenda, social activities, exhibitor information, and to register: www.gxpuserconference.com.

Guest presentations include:

  • The future of the 3-D map
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicles – what the future holds
  • Update on the latest satellites: GeoEye® (GeoEye-1), DigitalGlobe® (WorldView-1/2) and Infoterra (TerraSAR-X)
  • Long distance LIDAR technology for U.K. Defence
  • DTM auto filtering using SOCET SET® Merge tool
  • Camera calibration and bundle adjustment using multi-head aerial survey cameras
  • Present and future of precision targeting with CGS/SOCET GXP
  • Precise point mensuration in practice [TITLE TO BE CONFIRMED]

Technical workshops include:

  • SOCET GXP v3.0® for the image analyst
  • SOCET GXP v3.0® for SOCET SET users
  • Hyperspectral and multispectral image processing tools
  • Using vertical and oblique aerial imagery with SOCET SET® to build 3-D/urban models for better visualizations
  • Multi-sensor triangulation in SOCET GXP
  • SOCET SET® and SOCET GXP links to ArcGIS® and Google Earth
  • Terrain extraction and editing with NGATE, ATE, ITE, and bare-earth filters
  • Building GEOINT tools using the SOCET GXP® API

We hope to see you in September!

Destinations | September 2008

BAE Systems demonstrates eXtreme Analysis™ functionality at ESRI®

BAE Systems GXP booth at 2008 ESRI<sup>®</sup> show in San Diego, CA

BAE Systems GXP booth at 2008 ESRI® show in San Diego, CA

Attendees at the annual ESRI® International User Conference in San Diego last month had an opportunity to preview new SOCET GXP v3.0® software functionality. BAE Systems staff were on hand to demonstrate the new eXtreme Analysis™ capabilities that bring together image and geospatial analysis in one product. New features shown included: the Ortho On-the-Fly orthorectification tool, automated triangulation, the new Ribbon user interface, and GeoPDF® generation.

BAE Systems' Rob Cline, right, demonstrates new SOCET GXP<sup>®</sup> v3.0 XA functionality.

BAE Systems' Rob Cline, right, demonstrates new SOCET GXP® v3.0 XA functionality.

Destinations | June 2008

GXP participates in Korean Defense User Group meeting

Eric Bruce, GXP field sales, and Thao Duong, GXP support, participated in the 2008 Korea Defense User Group (KDUG) meeting at Yongsan AB in Seoul, Korea, April 17 – 18. The KDUG is a two-day event organized by ESRI®, featuring GIS presentations, workshops, and an overview of GIS use in the Korean Peninsula. Approximately 100 attendees from all areas of the Korean defense industry, including the Republic of Korea, Department of Defense, U.S. Air Force, U.S. Army, and other organizations participated in the conference. The event included briefings by ESRI and partners, as well as GIS workshops and demonstrations hosted by commercial vendors.

Eric Bruce delivered a briefing, Imagery Processing and GIS Integration, prefaced by the Tales from the war front  video, which emphasized how important it is for commercial vendors to be aware of how their tools are being used not only in the U.S., but in deployed operations as well. Bruce explained that while defense contractors are normally given a list of requirements to satisfy, it is up to commercial vendors such as ESRI and BAE Systems to work with users to define requirements for software releases that provide near-real-time solutions to the war fighter. He acknowledged the importance of these types of joint partnerships that yield new technology, such as Spatially Enabled Exploitation (SEE), the SOCET GXP module that provides direct access to the ESRI geodatabase, and SOCET for ArcGIS® (SFA), the SOCET SET module that allows the ArcGIS community to exploit stereo imagery for the collection and editing of features and attributes in the familiar ArcMap® environment. These tools provide defense customers with solutions never seen before in the image analysis community.

Bruce’s briefing, and complementary workshop, focused on the merging of image analysis and geospatial analysis — a trend that was recognized by the audience — as he witnessed many heads nodding in agreement. Apparently, commands are doing more and more geospatial analysis these days, and are looking for a versatile tool they can learn easily to help them achieve many tasks in one shot.

Destinations | March 2008

SOFEX 07

BAE Systems' support engineer, Rob Cline, accepted an exhibitor award from ASOP Acting President Darin Gilderoy at SOFEX 07.

BAE Systems' support engineer, Rob Cline, accepted an exhibitor award from ASOP Acting President Darin Gilderoy at SOFEX 07.

BAE Systems attended the Special Operations Forces Symposium and Exposition (SOFEX) 07 in Fort Bragg, NC, November 6 – 7, 2007.

SOFEX is sponsored by the Association of Special Operations Professionals (ASOP), a non-profit organization comprised of civilian and military professionals, united in a common goal to increase the knowledge of issues relevant to current technology developments for special operations forces and law enforcement communities.

Fort Bragg, NC is headquarters for the XVIII Airborne Corps; home of the 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Special Operations Command, U.S. Army John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center, many other various commands, and a host of distinguished defense leaders.

Destinations | May 2007

2007 GXP International User Conference

2007 GXP User Conference keynote speaker, John Gannon

2007 GXP User Conference keynote speaker, John Gannon

Thanks to all of our dedicated GXP software users, industry colleagues, and distinguished speakers for their contributions to this year’s User Conference.

A special thanks to…

Keynote speaker

John Gannon, VP for Global Analysis, BAE Systems, McLean, Virginia. John’s keynote presentation, Prospects for intelligence community analysis, was timely, compelling, and well received.

Guest speakers

SSgt Diego Balcazar, MCIA; Bill Bedard, NRL; John Brockhaus, West Point Military Academy; Brenda Burroughs, GeoEye™; Andy Dougherty, 3001 Inc.; Randy Kirk, U.S. Geological Survey; Dewey Marino, ESRI; Maryellen Sault, NOAA; and David Tressler, U.S. Air Force.

Industry exhibitors

3001, Applanix, ASPRS, ESRI, GeoEye, GeoWorld, MacNaughton, MaxVision®, Planar Systems, and Redhat.

Destinations | February 2007

SOCET SET and SOCET GXP training and workshops

We are starting to plan our training and workshop schedule for 2007, and would appreciate your input. If you are interested in a particular topic and would like us to schedule a regional workshop in your area, please send an email to: socetgxp.support@baesystems.com.

Tokyo workshop

The SOCET SET/SOCET GXP workshop held in Tokyo, Japan on October 26, 2006 attracted many curious participants. The emphasis was on defense and homeland security. The workshop was divided into three different sessions, each with a specific focus:

Session One: Image Analyst/Intelligence

SOCET SET data preparation

  • Multi-sensor import and multi-sensor triangulation
  • SOCET SET v5.3.0 ATE
  • 3D Visualization using OpenFlight export

SOCET GXP change detection and surveillance using Indonesia imagery
SOCET GXP targeting/analyst products using North Korea imagery

Session Two: Homeland Security

SOCET GXP: Hurricane Katrina response
SOCET GXP: Homeland Security terrorist response scenario

Session Three: UAV Application

SOCET GXP: UAV Screener demo

Destinations | September 2006

GXP workshops

Earlier this year, the GXP team developed a series of informative workshops designed to provide insight into new functionality and tips on popular workflows for both SOCET SET and SOCET GXP. We are happy to report that the workshops have been an overwhelming success, and users have provided a wealth of valuable feedback. Consequently, we will continue to hold the workshops in all regions around the globe, as they are equally beneficial to users. Upcoming workshops will be held in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, Reston, Virginia and Tokyo, Japan. Topics include:

  • SOCET GXP for intelligence purposes using satellite imagery
  • Common Geopositioning Services (CGS) with SOCET GXP
  • SOCET SET in an end-to-end workflow
  • Displaying and viewing aerial and satellite imagery in 3D
  • Triangulation of aerial imagery
  • Automatic generation of digital terrain models (DTMs)
  • Automatic generation of orthophotos and mosaics
  • Using our 3D technology with ESRI’s ArcGIS® application

Check our website for details on other workshops coming soon.

April 2006 | Destinations

ESRI Middle East and Africa Conference for ESRI Users (MEAUC) 2005

John Allan discusses the virtues of SOCET SET and the SOCET for ArcGIS module with existing and potential customers in the EMEA region.

John Allan discusses the virtues of SOCET SET and the SOCET for ArcGIS module with existing and potential customers in the EMEA region.

During the week of December 6, 2005, the EMEA GXP staff attended MEAUC 2005 in Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt. John Allan, Sales and Marketing Director for the GXP EMEA region, delivered a presentation on 3D building extraction that generated a high level of interest.

April 2006 | Destinations

BAE Systems GXP International User Conference attracts worldwide customer base

The 2006 BAE Systems GXP International User Conference took place March 13 – 17, 2006 in San Diego, California. In addition to the extensive Conference agenda, which included workshops, seminars and training classes, GXP software users had the opportunity to rub shoulders with the GXP executive team, software engineers and product managers. Customers had an equal opportunity to provide feedback to the GXP team concerning their wish lists for future software iterations. An extensive list of requests was documented for both SOCET SET and SOCET GXP.

Several California-themed social activities rounded out a full week for attendees. Golfers enjoyed a day at Torrey Pines Golf Course, overlooking the Pacific Ocean, while others took in San Diego’s cityscape on a trolley tour that started in La Jolla and continued through historic Old Town, the new downtown stadium district, Balboa Park and Coronado.

Once again, GXP would like to extend special thanks to the following exhibitors for supporting the 2006 BAE SYSTEMS GXP International User Conference:

April 2006 | Destinations

GXP offers free SOCET SET workshops

With many exciting software enhancements for SOCET SET® and SOCET GXP planned for release in 2006, we have kicked off the year with a series of informative workshops, designed to offer a wealth of information on geospatial analysis, image analysis, mapping and photogrammetry. BAE Systems has been developing and pioneering software solutions for the GIS community for more than 25 years. Our regional workshops provide a forum for demonstrating how GXP solutions can become a valuable asset in your daily operations. Workshops generally include specific product features and capabilities, methods for streamlining production, recommendations for improving usability, and access to product engineers and support specialists.

A host of honorable speakers participated in the Cartographic Production Workflow Workshop in New Delhi, India on February 2, 2006, including Maj Gen Gopal Rao, Surveyor General of India; Lt Gen Ranjit Singh, SM, Engineer-In-Chief and Senior Colonel Commandant, Corps of Engineers; Brig M V Bhat, Dy. Surveyor General, Survey of India; Dr. R Siva Kumar, Head, NRDMS & NSDI Division, Department of Science and Technology, Govt of India; and Prof M N Kulkarni, IIT Mumbai. Topics included photogrammetric trends and direction, data preparation and product generation.

Due to popular demand, the GXP Asia-Pacific team traveled to Singapore to host a similar workshop a few weeks later, on February 27. This workshop was more focused, highlighting BAE Systems’ software strengths using military specific scenarios. Participants represented Singapore military, government, and commercial organizations, and the workshop content was well received by all. The GXP team demonstrated various SOCET SET, SOCET GXP and SOCET for ArcGIS® workflows, and discussed topics including current and future directions of photogrammetry; image products and feature extraction workflows using SOCET SET and SOCET for ArcGIS; and image analysis, natural disaster and targeting scenarios.

The EMEA GXP staff and Jordan GXP Distributor, Dr. Jehad Hijazi, of International Computer Systems (ICS), hosted the workshop for 18 attendees from the UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

The EMEA GXP staff and Jordan GXP Distributor, Dr. Jehad Hijazi, of International Computer Systems (ICS), hosted the workshop for 18 attendees from the UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia.

Dubai, UAE was the venue for a third SOCET SET workshop, held March 25 – 26 at the Dhow Palace Hotel. The EMEA GXP staff and Jordan GXP Distributor, Dr. Jehad Hijazi, of International Computer Systems (ICS), hosted the workshop for 18 attendees from the UAE, Oman, Jordan, Egypt, Bahrain and Saudi Arabia. The workshop attracted attendees with a wide range of backgrounds, from experienced SOCET SET users in academia interested in different aspects of multi-sensor triangulation, to potential distributors with a general understanding of GIS, who wanted to learn more general information about the capabilities of the technology. Attendees had an opportunity to participate in hands-on exercises and typical processes, including SOCET SET workflows such as import, triangulation, DTM collection and editing, feature collection and orthomosaicking. In addition, SOCET for ArcGIS, the SOCET SET module that allows 3D information to be captured into 3D shapefiles as well as personal and enterprise geodatabases, garnered a great deal of interest.

December 2005 | Destinations

2005 GEOINT Symposium

Other GXP demonstrations included SOCET SET and Common Geopositioning Services (CGS), the newly  established DoD-wide standard for precision targeting.

Other GXP demonstrations included SOCET SET and Common Geopositioning Services (CGS), the newly established DoD-wide standard for precision targeting.

BAE Systems had an impressive presence at the GEOINT 2005 Symposium, the nation’s premier geospatial intelligence event, held this year in San Antonio, Texas, October 30 – November 2, 2005. BAE Systems showcased numerous software and technology innovations represented by several business units. The Geospatial Exploitation Products (GXP) group unveiled new capabilities and functionality for SOCET GXP v2.1.1. SOCET GXP is the complete software package for image analysis, geospatial analysis and targeting. Many visitors to the booth had “heard the buzz” but not yet seen GXP. After viewing demos, potential users were very impressed with SOCET GXP’s capabilities and ease of operation.

Other GXP demonstrations included SOCET SET® and Common Geopositioning Services (CGS), the newly established DoD-wide standard for precision targeting. The powerful combination of CGS and SOCET GXP provides a world-class, easy to train and use capability for all-source precision geolocation with reliable and accurate 3D coordinates and statistically valid error estimates.

SOCET GXP Multiport showing CGS targeting capabilities.

SOCET GXP Multiport showing CGS targeting capabilities.

CGS brings together a combination commercial-off-the-shelf (COTS)/government-off-the-shelf (GOTS) software application for both UNIX® and Windows® platforms that provides precision geopositioning services for use in defense and intelligence applications. It can be deployed as a stand-alone workstation, which includes the SOCET GXP application as the CGS Integrated Viewer, to form a complete targeting workstation, and sets the standard for Target Location Error (TLE) determination.

In addition, the Global Analysis and Intelligence Analysis division of BAE Systems, in conjunction with Solid Terrain Modeling, displayed their 3D model of the 2005 DARPA Grand Challenge Race.

BAE Systems was one of over 100 exhibitors at the four-day event, which was sponsored by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation. This year’s theme was “SECURING FREEDOM – Defeating Threats, Saving Lives.” BAE Systems supported the overall theme with a focus on “Transforming data to knowledge…getting the benefits of technology into the hands of the user,” and participated in the Multi-source GEOINT Technology Demonstration. The demonstration illustrated worldwide interoperability within the geospatial intelligence community.

December 2005 | Destinations

Unique stereoscopic monitor featured at GXP events

Planar's SD1710 has excellent stereo image quality and superior viewing comfort.

Planar's SD1710 has excellent stereo image quality and superior viewing comfort.

If you attended the 2006 ASPRS Conference in Baltimore in March 2005, the ESRI International User Conference in July 2005 or the BAE Systems GXP International User Conference in February 2005, you may have seen SOCET SET or SOCET GXP being displayed on an intriguing stereoscopic monitor. Planar Systems recently unveiled a new stereoscopic monitor that has garnered positive feedback in the geospatial community.

Planar’s SD1710 has excellent stereo image quality and superior viewing comfort. Rather than toggling between left eye and right eye imagery like previous CRT-based solutions, the Planar SD1710 provides a continuous, flicker-free image to both eyes at a comfortable refresh rate (56-75 Hz). The brightness is sufficient to use in normal office lighting and the LCD response time (3 ms rise, 9 ms fall) is fast enough for image roaming. Because there is no restrictive “sweet spot,” multiple users can view vivid stereo imagery simultaneously. The StereoMirror technology uses two 17-inch AMLCD monitors in an up/down configuration separated by a 110° angle. A semi-transparent mirror is positioned at a bisecting angle between the two monitors. When this device is viewed with passive linearly polarized glasses, the right eye will see one monitor while the left eye sees the other. This unique approach creates a stereoscopic 3D monitor that uses the full SXGA (1280 x 1024) resolution and color of both displays. Planar’s SD1710 is a great hardware compliment to BAE Systems’ geospatial software.

For more information see www.planar.com/StereoMirror.