ITT Visual Information Solutions (ITT VIS), a subsidiary of ITT Corporation (NYSE: ITT), and a developer of software products for data visualization and image analysis, announced it has signed an agreement with sarmap SA of Switzerland to distribute sarmap’s SARscape software products worldwide.  A popular add-on for ITT’s ENVI software product for image analysis, SARscape provides ENVI users with the ability to read, process, analyze and output information from synthetic aperture radar (SAR) data and imagery. SAR is an increasingly popular type of geospatial data and imagery that is used in a wide range of applications because of its unique ability to provide information about an area regardless of time of day or weather conditions.

“We at ITT VIS are committed to providing geospatial professionals with the superior software tools and technologies needed to get actionable information from all imagery and data types in use today,” said Richard Cooke, president of ITT Visual Information Solutions.  “As partners with sarmap, we can now provide ENVI users worldwide with a proven solution that allows image analysts to effectively and accurately analyze SAR data and easily integrate the resulting information with other geospatial data.”

“Our company goal has been to provide the best technology and algorithms for analyzing SAR data and imagery,” said Francesco Holecz, CEO of sarmap SA. “ITT’s ENVI product has been our platform for delivering these robust tools from the beginning, and our partnership with ITT VIS ensures that our SAR tools can be distributed to image analysts worldwide allowing them to take full advantage of this versatile, growing data type.”

SAR data, which first became commercially available in the United States in the 1990s, is a data type acquired from airborne and space-borne imaging platforms that can produce two or three-dimensional datasets of surface areas regardless of atmospheric conditions.  When combined with spectral imagery, SAR data provides an additional layer of contextual information about a geographic area of interest.  Users of ENVI and SARscape will have the ability to process and analyze both spectral and radar data to make more informed decisions.

For more information about SARscape, visit: www.ittvis.com/ProductServices/ENVI/SARscape.aspx