There is one word that best describes the solutions provided by Image Matters…innovation. We emphasize innovation and excellence in all of our approaches and offerings. We are best known for our pioneering R&D and innovations, with an outstanding staff to thank. Image Matters has assembled an impressive team of experts in Web, geosocial, and semantic-based technology and applications. Our engineers and scientists are well-qualified to tackle some of the most daunting problems facing users of information technology, such as information overload, fusion, and understanding in a world of vast volumes of inconsistent, disparate, distributed information resources.
We are an industry-leading developer of advanced geospatial solutions supporting defense, intelligence, civil government, and the commercial web markets. Image Matters has compiled an impressive list of geospatial technology innovations. These innovations provide the discriminating foundations for our solutions. Underlying our substantial experience in building and deploying operational geospatial solutions is our solid base of systems and software engineering, information modeling and user-centered application design.
As co-authors of the geospatial profile of the Federal Enterprise Architecture, and with our extensive interoperability engineering experience with Open Geospatial Consortium, we have a firm grasp of the role of geospatial within and between enterprises.
Image Matters is on a mission to build next generation “object-based” intelligence systems. Through a series of coordinated research initiatives that began with National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency’s 2005 Innovations in Geospatial Intelligence Award, Image Matters has established a record of continuous innovation and achievement. This is well exemplified in our FactWeave® product, the next generation of computer-assisted structured analysis tools.
Image Matters set its sights on the Semantic Web in 2000. We recognized that semantics contributed significantly to the last rung in the “interoperability ladder.” We carried this vision to OGC, where we established the Geospatial-Semantics Working Group, which thrives to this day. Image Matters specializes in developing and applying geospatial-temporal-semantic service solutions that implement this vision.
Image Matters deployed its first Cloud-based solution to Amazon’s EC2 in 2006 … before it was commonly known as the Cloud. Our efforts to build Cloud-ready solutions preceded this, with userSmarts®, our general-purpose platform for advanced geospatial applications. This work continues with many fast-track initiatives to build operational Cloud solutions for commercial and government clients. Notably, the National Geospatial Platform represents a major new geospatial data and services platform for federal, state, local, tribal and public users.
As chief architect and lead engineers, Image Matters helped OGC produce the first set of international specifications for mobile mapping and navigation,OpenLS. This foundational standards work continues to the present with our leadership role in the latest geospatial-mobile specification: OGC’s GeoPackage. GeoPackage will enable rich new geospatial applications for users who are disconnected from the Network. These specifications are key in our efforts to bring next generation geospatial-social-mobile applications to the masses.
Interoperability is one of the most daunting challenges facing the marketplace. Most IT systems have yet to tackle the “last interoperability mile”. With fast-changing technology and agile development dominating the landscape, interoperability solutions often fall short of the seamless interoperational goals sought by customers. Good interoperability is both an art and a science. Expert skills and extensive experience are required to get it right.
Sound interoperability engineering rests at the core of all Image Matters’ Web and Cloud platforms and solutions. We forged and honed these skills by developing web and data standards and specifications for OGC, DoD, FGDC, and others. As specification developers, and not just users, Image Matters appreciates the full breadth and significance of standards to achieving the next generation of interoperable systems. As we like to state it: “We do interoperability on steroids.” We add to this that well-architected standards-based platforms also benefit from enhanced adaptability, extensibility, componentization, distribution and platform independence.
Collaboration is key to achieving successful standards
Image Matters’ President, Kurt Buehler, co-founded OGC. Our company has been serving OGC as architects and system engineers since 1999, with 75+ completed tasks. We played a key technical role in the development of OGC specifications for geospatial web, sensor web, and location-based services. Most recently, Image Matters put forth formal ontologies for geospatial, temporal and social data. Image Matters also led engineering efforts for the recently adopted GeoPackage OGC specification.