I got a real "two-fer" when I spent some time with Deke Young, the Director of Business Systems at GeoEye. I got the inside scoop on the back end of its new GeoFuse applications and I learned more about the cloud and its use.
First, GeoFuse. It's the next generation of GeoEye's old ImageSearch, the tool used to find, evaluate and then purchase imagery. That first generation app was built by Canadian company Compusult. With the imagery from GeoEye-1 coming online, last year Young and his team decided it was time to be sure the app truly made the company's products "timely, accurate and accessible." To do that it looked to key technology providers for the backend: Microsoft for data storage in SQLServer, ESRI for GIS functionality via ArcGIS Server and Google for its familiar interfaces. Put those together and you have GeoFuse...
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GeoEye’s products and services enable timely, accurate, and accessible location intelligence. The company is recognized as one of the geospatial industry's most trusted imagery experts, delivering reliable service and exceptional quality imagery products and solutions to customers around the world. GeoEye has developed an advanced information technology infrastructure for collecting, receiving, processing and distributing imagery information products and processing services to the U.S. Government including the national security community as well as international governments and commercial customers. These products serve applications including defense and intelligence, precision mapping, on-line mapping, infrastructure development, planning and monitoring, and environmental assessment. The company collects tens of millions of square kilometers of imagery per year with its existing satellites and aerial assets, which includes GeoEye-1, the world’s highest resolution commercial imaging satellite. The company also provides support to academic institutions and non-governmental organizations through the GeoEye Foundation (http://www.geoeyefoundation.org). Headquartered in Dulles, Virginia, GeoEye is a public company listed on the NASDAQ stock exchange under the symbol GEOY. It maintains a comprehensive Quality Management System (QMS) and has achieved company-wide ISO accreditation.