New Digital Asset Management Solution for Geospatial Data
LizardTech extends DAM to geospatial industry
LizardTech and Extensis have launched a digital asset management (DAM) solution for geospatial data, including compressed MrSID files. Extensis Portfolio 2017 helps users organize, access and share geospatial datasets, along with associated graphics and documents.
“In laying out the vision for Portfolio 2017, we saw a unique opportunity to marry the value of LizardTech and Extensis products and extend the value of DAM to new industries, particularly geospatial,” says Toby Martin, vice president of development and strategy at Extensis and LizardTech. “For geospatial users, having a centralized repository for managing digital files will significantly reduce the time spent looking for datasets and essentially eliminate costly replacement of files that have been misplaced.”
Portfolio 2017 gives users across the enterprise instant access to imagery, LiDAR and video data captured by satellite, aircraft and UAV platforms, even if the files are stored on multiple networks, drives and computers. Geospatial files that have been compressed and saved in MrSID formats with the LizardTech GeoExpress solution can be loaded and viewed into Portfolio without any further data conversion. Dynamic panning and the ability to zoom in deeply to MrSID files in Portfolio expedite the process of assessing geospatial images, even in preview mode, and then pair with other documents such as proposals or presentations.
Now optimized for geospatial data, Portfolio extracts embedded metadata from compressed imagery and LiDAR files saved in MrSID formats — in addition to other common geospatial formats such as GeoTIFF, JPEG 2000, NITF and LAS — for intelligent archiving. Geospatial data can be indexed and stored alongside associated non-geospatial photographs and documents for easy access.
“Portfolio multiplies the value of geospatial assets by making them easier to share with many end users throughout the organization, as well as external partners,” Martin says.
Both divisions of Celartem Inc., LizardTech and Extensis collaborated in adding geospatial data management capabilities to Portfolio, a DAM solution developed by Extensis. For more than 15 years, thousands of government agencies, businesses, universities, libraries and museums have relied on Portfolio to centralize and manage digital assets. The DAM solution indexes and catalogs photographs, videos, maps, audio files, Adobe Creative Cloud applications and Microsoft Office documents.
For data retrieval, users search by geographic coordinates or metadata tag, such as place name, acquisition date or sensor platform. Users can also search by defining an area of interest on a map interface. Portfolio instantly finds all geospatial tagged datasets meeting the criteria along with relevant non-geospatial documents. Results are displayed as preview thumbnails with the physical location of each digital file shown on a map.
Other key features in Portfolio include:
- 360-degree photo and video format support
- An advanced API for integration with other business systems
- Flexible distribution, including on-premise hosting of assets behind the firewall and the ability to securely distribute and access assets via the web.
- Multiple language localization, including English, French, German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.
Since 1992, LizardTech has delivered state-of-the-art software products for managing and distributing massive, high-resolution geospatial data such as aerial and satellite imagery and LiDAR data. LizardTech pioneered the MrSID technology, a powerful wavelet-based image encoder, viewer and file format. LizardTech has offices in Seattle, Denver, London and Tokyo.