US: The United States’ National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) has announced that it intends to make Google the “sole-source” for the NGA’s Geospatial Visualization Enterprises Services project.
A “sole-source” provider means that the NGA believes that Google is the only qualified provider and is the only company that can bid on the project. Competitors can voice their objections by August 24.
The NGA’s Geospatial Visualization Enterprises Services contract is for a, “secured, hosted environment that provides web-based access to geospatial visualisation services and Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) complaint web service interfaces.” The contract is for at least one year with two option years.
The announcement comes days after GeoEye and DigitalGlobe were awarded multi-billion dollar contracts by the NGA to provide satellite imagery.