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LizardTech Partners with Smartronix, Inc., Enabling the Air Force Easy Access to Imagery

SEATTLE, Wash. – November 24, 2008 – LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc. and a leading provider of software solutions for managing and distributing digital content, announced a partnership with Smartronix, Inc., a global professional solutions provider specializing in networking, systems management and integration, to enable the Air Force easy access to imagery for supporting U.S. troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Smartronix, Inc., a consultant to the AFSOC (U.S. Air Force Special Operations Command) was tasked to provide their client a faster solution to serve out imagery to support war efforts in Iraq and Afghanistan. Previously, AFSOC employed a process for storing and serving imagery, however the delay time was typically in excess of three months to complete from image acquisition to deployment. After implementing LizardTech’s Express Suite, AFSOC was able to compress their imagery to MrSID, (Multiresolution Seamless Image Database), a powerful wavelet-based image encoder, viewer, and file format, reproject it, load it into Oracle, and have it ready to serve to the field in less than three weeks, four and a half times faster than before.

“At LizardTech our goal is to offer tools that let our customers get critical, time-sensitive imagery out to the necessary decision makers as rapidly as possible,” said Jon Skiffington, LizardTech senior product manager. “For our military personnel supporting the warfighters in Iraq and Afghanistan, time is everything. We’re proud to partner with Smartronix to create a solution for AFSOC to compress, store and serve out imagery in weeks, not months and look forward to partnering with them on other projects in the future.”

“Using the LizardTech Express Suite family of products we were able to save the Air Force time and money,” said David Streed, Smartronix, Inc. “Our requirements for storage dropped from Terabytes to Gigabytes which kept equipment costs down, allowed a significantly smaller footprint, and saved our client in excess of 1,700 man hours all while providing the imagery they needed in a timely manner.”

The Express Suite line of geospatial products combines the best image manipulation and compression tools with the best solutions for image storage and distribution in standard geospatial formats. The Express Suite products – GeoExpress, Spatial Express and Express Server – work together seamlessly and interoperate with virtually all geospatial applications and protocols.