USA – Overwatch Geospatial Systems, an operating unit of Textron Systems, a Textron Inc. (NYSE: TXT) company, today announced the integration of RoadTracker™ with its award-winning feature-extraction program, Feature Analyst®. RoadTracker extends the ease-of-use and time-saving advantages of Feature Analyst by adding new capabilities for the many government and industry users of Overwatch Geospatial Systems’ suite of tools.
RoadTracker accelerates the collection of roads and other linear features from satellite or aerial imagery by allowing users to click on two ends of a linear feature, such as a road, prompting the software to automatically trace the centerline of the feature between the two endpoints, curves and all. This new tool also includes automatic feature attribution, and other smart editing capabilities that greatly improve speed, accuracy and workflow when collecting map-quality linear features. This application is functional on any road surface type using either panchromatic or multi-spectral imagery.
“RoadTracker provides a solution to image analysts’ pressing feature-extraction needs. We have worked closely with GeoEye to integrate their technology with ours, and have created a powerful solution for Feature Analyst users,” stated David Opitz, president of Overwatch Geospatial Systems’ VLS Operations. “RoadTracker is now available on all base packages where Feature Analyst 4.2 resides, including Remote View™, ELT™, ArcGIS® and ERDAS IMAGINE®.”
GeoEye’s director of Geospatial Analysis and Photogrammetric Engineering, Jacek F. Grodecki, added, “We developed RoadTracker for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its subcontractors, who produce road network layers using manual methods. By re-architecting RoadTracker as a componentized plug-in tool and partnering with Overwatch Geospatial Systems we are eliminating this time-consuming and tedious task.”