Norcross, Georgia, USA - Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging announces plans for Earth Resource Mapper’s portfolio of solutions. By acquiring ER Mapper, Leica Geosystems amplified its enterprise delivery capabilities, supplementing its existing remote sensing applications that author, prepare, compress and deploy imagery.

ER Mapper Professional will immediately benefit from the integration of existing features and functionality from Leica Geosystems’ ERDAS IMAGINE® product suite. A new release scheduled for early 2008 will create a more robust and interoperable remote sensing solution for the market.

“As the industry’s leading provider of remote sensing applications, we will continue to innovate, supporting all the needs of our expanded customer base,” said Richard McKay, Senior Vice President, Global Sales, Leica Geosystems Geospatial Imaging. “ER Mapper solutions are a vital component of our strategy and growing portfolio, and they will continue to be supported and enhanced with new, innovative technology as we move forward.”

Several of ERDAS IMAGINE’s raster and geometric modeling tools will be incorporated into ER Mapper Professional. A new release of Image Compressor is also planned for 2008 and the free trial version will continue to be offered. Additionally, ER Viewer will implement compatibility with the Microsoft Vista operating system.

Previously this year, Leica Geosystems also acquired IONIC and the technology of Acquis. For more information about Leica Geosystems, please call +1 770 776 3400, toll free +1 866 534 2286, or visit www.gi.leica-geosystems.com.