I have good news and bad news. Bad news first — Labor Day has come and gone, and summer in the Northern Hemisphere is over. The days are getting shorter and winter is on its way. After spending the past five years on the East Coast, just thinking about winter is enough to send chills up my spine. The good news is that I’m happy to report my family and I have moved back to San Diego and the weather here is amazing all year.
There is good news for everyone else too — the end of summer means that the official release of SOCET GXP® v3.1 is right around the corner.
Here are a few SOCET GXP v3.1 highlights:
Ease-of-use is a critical component of SOCET GXP and we have added many new capabilities in this area. Analysts can use the flip tool to quickly and visually browse through stacked graphics, eliminating the need to hunt, zoom, and precisely click on the desired file for editing. Cursor enhancements indicate the cardinal direction and bearing for roaming, and void pixel removal eliminates black edges that appear with non-square imagery when mosaicked with Ortho On-the-Fly™ or Virtual Mosaic tools. For improved situational awareness when working with data sets covering a small field of view, reference imagery and maps such as DPPDB, CIB®, or CADRG can be automatically loaded into the Multiport™ viewing window, or used as a control source for glove align, registration, and triangulation.
Additional usability upgrades include double-click to center and zoom; auto-annotation improvements; enhanced image display; and reduced load, zoom, and pan times.
The Xport is a new window in SOCET GXP used for in-depth analysis and quick visualization. Multiple image-processing algorithms are applied to separate panels in real-time. Xport panels are linked to each other, and to the main Multiport, for dynamic panel updates while roaming in the main viewer. The goal is to streamline exploitation by reducing time spent determining the appropriate image-analysis method to use.
Sensors and data
SOCET GXP v3.1 supports TerraSAR-X, RADARSAT-2, EROS-B, and FORMOSAT-2 sensor models, and loads standard data formats such as MrSID Georeferenced, IMAGINE IGE, ENVI, and BigTIFF (image and terrain).
The SOCET GXP Video Analysis tool reads and displays live video feeds or saved video files from airborne sensors. It uses the image metadata and a video sensor model to establish accurate geopositioning for detailed analysis and intelligence reporting. BAE Systems developed the application to give analysts a convenient way to work with video files. With a single click while viewing a video sequence, users can move still frames into the Multiport viewing window for further analysis. The Video Analysis tool also is integrated with Google Earth™ to provide sensor position, field of view, and situational awareness for video footprints.
Hyperspectral and multispectral analysis
Multiple algorithms are added for processing information from hyperspectral and multispectral image bands. New algorithms include destriping, reflectance calibration, principal components analysis, unsupervised classification, supervised classification, spectral change detection, anomaly detection, spectral unmixing, and band math for user-customized image processing. Further updates to the pan-sharpening algorithms include rigorous transformation (using sensor models and terrain) of RGB bands into the sensor space and model of the panchromatic image.
New tools for slope and aspect analysis add visualization capabilities to complement terrain-shaded relief displays. SOCET GXP v3.1 optimizes terrain analysis results by creating them on-the-fly as a graphic display. When displayed with stereo imagery, analysis tools can be visualized in stereo. The results can be converted to a georeferenced raster image product such as GeoTIFF. The line-of-sight tool is enhanced to display as a range fan or 360-degree view, and can be converted to a georeferenced raster image product.
Use SOCET GXP v3.1 refined vector analysis tools to quickly locate and download critical information to aid analysis. The connection to Web Map, Web Feature and Web Coverage Services (WMS, WFS, and WCS respectively) conforms to the standards of the Open Geospatial Consortium, Inc.®. Another modification is the capability to upload Web graphics and images into feature attributes, which can be exported and viewed in Google Earth. Volumetric features can now be displayed in Flythrough mode.
Product generation is one of SOCET GXP’s most valuable features. The tool has been restructured to separate the process of creating and editing a template from applying the template. Users can change font, size, and color in the same text annotation, and the legend has been updated to designate the number of columns, fonts, titles, colors, and positions.
- Connect to OGC-compliant Web-content services using standard protocols for requests and responses so that geographic information can be served over the Internet:
- WMS – georeferenced map images are generated by a map server using data from a GIS database
- WFS – geographic features
- WCS – geographic coverage
- SOCET for ArcGIS® results tab added to query tool
- Auto-attribute features from image source metadata such as date, time, CE, LE, and sensor
- Export pictures to Google Earth as feature attributes
- Generate volumetric features from the SOCET GXP Spatially Enabled Exploitation, or SEE module, and display the features in 3-D flythrough mode
The GXP team is committed to improving product reliability. We are always working to optimize the stability of software releases. We have put udated testing procedures in place and have restructured the release candidate program. The support of our customer-partners who have volunteered to participate is invaluable. Please keep your expectations high — we will meet or exceed them.
Watch for complete details in the SOCET GXP v3.1 release enhancements brochure, new software documentation, training manuals, and quick-reference guides. I have even asked Rachel Snyder to reorder our depleted stock of GXP cookies! Let’s hope those cookies will be enough to get us all through the winter ahead.
Director of sales, Americas
BAE Systems Geospatial eXploitation Products™ (GXP®)
P.S. Remember to visit our Web site and register early for a free SOCET SET or SOCET GXP training class in your area. San Diego is a popular destination in the winter! I hope to see you here.
GXP regional training centers
- Reston, Virginia
- Tampa, Florida
- St. Louis
- San Diego
- NEW! Coming soon in 2010: Cambridge, United Kingdom