USA – Harris Corporation today introduced the Geospatial Search Tracking and Retrieval (GeoSTAR(TM)) tool, a commercial off-the-shelf, web-based graphical user interface that provides a simpler approach to researching, accessing and controlling imagery and geospatial products.
GeoSTAR is the next-generation of Harris interfaces that have been used by thousands of government analysts over the past ten years. The new interface operates in the context of a Geospatial Information System (GIS), where it provides instructions to the services and data access layers – such as Harris’ new GeoDART(TM) search and retrieval software – within a Service-Oriented Architecture (SOA). GeoSTAR is fully compatible with major commercial web browsers.
Researchers may use either the standard GeoSTAR interface, for maximum flexibility, or an express GeoSTAR interface to simplify repetitive tasks and minimize interactions. GeoSTAR also enables users to establish and maintain a personal profile, complete with preferences. Queries can be made of multiple libraries and data catalogs visible to the GIS through SOA Web Service Description Language (WSDL) interfaces. Queries can be either ad hoc or saved, based on frequency, dates or events.
“GeoSTAR advances the Harris technology that has been used over the past decade by thousands of researchers and analysts in government settings. It provides both government and commercial users with a more friendly user interface that is faster and much more convenient,” said Sheldon Fox, president of National Intelligence Programs for Harris Government Communications Systems. “GeoSTAR supports a variety of imagery formats, enabling our customers to tailor the display format of the imagery retrieved to meet their specific needs.”