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PCI Geomatics to develop SAR tools for ArcGIS

Richmond Hill, Canada: PCI Geomatics collaborated with MDA Geospatial Services Inc., to implement operational software tools for ArcGIS using RADARSAT-2 demonstration data. PCI introduced GeoImaging Tools for ArcGIS in 2010, and is currently developing a Radar module, which will allow ArcGIS users to perform coherent change detection, time series analysis, image classification and feature extraction using RADARSAT-2 Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) data as well as other commercially available SAR imagery.

“SAR has tremendous potential for delivering unique information and complementing optical data collections”, said David Stanley, PCI’s Chief Technology Officer. “Our key objective is to develop powerful, simple-to-use tools that can be integrated into GIS workflows, enabling the next generation operational application development of SAR imagery through a well-established and broad user base. RADARSAT-2 imagery will be used to develop compelling application examples for GIS users to adopt SAR imagery into their everyday operations”.

William Jefferies, Chief Technical Officer of MDA Geospatial Services said, “PCI has a long history of supporting RADARSAT and other SAR missions with advanced image analysis capabilities. Current and future users, however, demand going beyond the generation of image products alone, as multi-source imagery and derived products are fused with other data sources and presented in a form that is easily integrated with established operations. By linking proven radar image analysis technology to universal GIS data exploitation and dissemination, a new and unprecedented level of utility will be established.”

PCI Geomatics has had a long and fruitful relationship with MDA Geospatial Services Inc., stretching back to the initial launch of RADARSAT-1 in 1995. At that time, PCI was first to implement CEOS support in addition to image filtering and registration capability. The technology developed by PCI Geomatics made it possible for the international community working with RADARSAT-1 data to analyze the imagery, and develop operational applications. PCI Geomatics added support for the next-generation RADARSAT-2 satellite in 2005 with the release of its SAR Polarimetric Toolkit (SPW), two years ahead of the RADARSAT-2 December 2007 launch.

Source: PCI Geomatics