Definiens Imaging GmbH, Munich, Germany, has signed an agreement with DATA+, Moscow, Russia, on the distribution of Definiens’ innovative remote sensing image analysis and feature detection software eCognition in Russia and the entire area of the CIS (Commonwealth of Independent States). The DATA+ sales territory will encompass the Russian Federation, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Ukraine and Uzbekistan. DATA+ provides software, services and data for and from earth observation missions. To serve the numerous institutional and governmental customers of DATA+, the agreement also includes the translation of the eCognition manual and training programme into Russian language. The interfaces of eCognition allow a seamless workflow with the Leica Geosystems and ESRI products currently distributed by DATA+. Large scale applications in earth observation and environmental mapping open new business opportunities for Definiens Imaging in Russia. One such application is pipeline security monitoring, which put Definiens – as part of an expert team organized by the European Space Agency – into contact with major Russian pipeline operators.
DATA+ Ltd. represents the interests of ESRI, Inc. and Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping in Russia and other countries of CIS and de facto is their official representative. It is via DATA+ that these companies work with the users of their products in this territory, whether the software is bought directly from them or via some other intermediary company. DATA+ has also distributor and reseller agreements with several other companies, in particular, Lantmateriet of Sweden, Spot Image of France, Space Imaging of U.S.A., Euroimage of Italy, ScanEX and Sovinformsputnik of Russia.
DATA+ was founded in 1992 by the Institute of Geography of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Environmental Systems Research Institute, Inc., ESRI, Redlands, California, U.S.A. The initial goal was to introduce and spread GIS technologies in Russia. This is the main goal of DATA+ in our days as well. During the 10 years the Company has grown both in the size and in revenue. In fact it is a unique team of highly qualified specialists who sell software and space images, localize the software, publish GIS literature in Russian, provide technical support, training and systems design to over 1500 customers. DATA+ is based in Moscow, Russia. eCognition products are designed to make image classification more intelligently, more accurately, and more efficiently. Our award winning software offers a completey new, unique approach to image classification: Object oriented image analysis. Definiens Imaging GmbH was established in 2001 and incorporates all Geomatics products and services of Definiens AG. Definiens AG evolved in September 2000 from Delphi2 Creative Technologies GmbH, based on venture capital financing. The company was founded in 1994 by Nobel Laureate Professor Gerd Binnig and science journalist Dieter Herold. Definiens AG and Definiens Imaging GmbH are based in Munich, Germany. Definiens AG develops decentralized communication platforms as well as software for knowledge management and image analysis. Definiens AG’s solutions are based on the “Cognition Network” model invented by Prof. Dr. Gerd Binnig and his team.