In the Defence and Geospatial Intelligence market, we offer a combination of operationally proven off-the-shelf data exchange products, technology partnerships for System Integrators and Research Organisations, as well as world class consulting and tailored training packages. We pride ourselves on our open approach with our customers and since 2001 have developed a strong track record with System Integrators, software vendors, Specialist Data Providers and the open standards research community.
We are driving the development and real world use of open standards, profiles and domain specific exchange models to help make the understanding, exchange and exploitation of GEOINT more coherent and consistent.
Open Standards Support for Geospatial Intelligence
Our configurable off-the-shelf software tools and web services enable a low risk solution to the integration and interoperability challenge faced by legacy GEOINT based systems. Our unique ‘schema aware’ configuration technology enables a System Integrator to avoid software development and costly database scripting customisation by wrapping the legacy system in a scalable configurable web service wrapper. Adding GEOINT Open Standards support to a legacy system has never been so easy.
Everything happens somewhere or will happen somewhere. So it is no surprise that Geospatial Intelligence and Information is ‘the’ essential tool for the Defence, National Security and Intelligence communities. The location element of intelligence is becoming ubiquitous, whether that be sourced from a GPS enabled micro platform or a user tagged twitter or Facebook feed.
This sentiment was reinforced recently by Air Chief Marshal Sir Stuart Peach, CDR Joint Forces Cmd, speaking at the Geospatial World Forum 2012, “…his entire command is underpinned by a spine of Geospatial Information and Intelligence.”
Major General Jerry Thomas recently described geospatial as “the backbone to intelligence” adding that “without it you’re just a soggy heap on the ground”.
At Snowflake we believe passionately in open standards for geospatial information; we’re members of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) and are leading the development and real world interoperability testing of standards and profiles through participation in OGC Web Services Interoperability Experiments and Initiatives (OWS).