NIMA's CELTIC Pathfinder assessment focused on next-generation image analysis and manipulation tools in a field of 300 software packages.

ImageLinks of Melbourne, Fla., a multi-faceted geosolutions technology company, announced that its Open Source Software Image Map (OSSIM) and Active Archive ranked in the top 10 of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency's (NIMA) Commercial Electronic Light Table for the Intelligence Community (CELTIC) Pathfinder assessment. The CELTIC Pathfinder assessment focused on next-generation image analysis and manipulation tools in a field of 300 software packages.

OSSIM and Active Archive were evaluated on 261 functions by 16 organizations from the U.S. intelligence community. From 17 finalists, 10 products were chosen for hands-on technical evaluations. The ImageLinks products ranked eighth in overall expert ratings and first in the mosaic-only category. OSSIM was the only Beta product.

ImageLinks' OSSIM is a UNIX workstation tool that provides custom image manipulation. As an open-source core library of internal applications, sensor models and fusion algorithms, OSSIM was developed to replace the Multi-Image Exploitation Tool (MET) in the ImageLinks product cycle.

Active Archive is an image product delivery system with an Internet browser-based user interface that accesses OSSIM software. Active Archive provides image mosaicking and custom processing, controlled through Web-based interfaces to OSSIM, and typically runs on multiple processor Beowulf clusters. The innovative approach enables rapid, powerful mosaicking and product-finishing capabilities. Active Archive's open-source methodology provides frequent software update potential.

Pathfinder evaluations provide a critical link between commercial/government technology developers and imagery/geospatial data users. The process identifies and assesses tools and technologies to support NIMA's mission to provide relevant/timely imagery, imagery intelligence and geospatial products/services to consumers.

Sixteen organizations participated in the evaluation: NIMA's Acquisition Implementation Exploitation Imagery Office, Imagery Exploitation Center and Persistent Surveillance Office; Office of Naval Intelligence; U.S. Marine Corps System Command and Intelligence Association; U.S. Special Operations Command, MacDill; U.S. Strategic Command; Lawrence Livermore Labs; U.S. Geological Survey; Department of Energy, Savannah River; Joint Forces Intelligence Center, Cruise Missile Support Activity; Central Intelligence Agency headquarters; Space Warfare Center; National Ground Intelligence Center/Imagery Assessment Directorate; and USA TEC.

Source: ImageLinks, Nov. 19, 2003