Harris To Develop System That Enables Military Officials To Surf The Internet For Satellite Images

March 3, 1997

MELBOURNE, Florida/FAIRFAX, Virginia — Military officials soon will be able to surf the Internet for thousands of global maps and satellite images, thanks to a new system being developed by Harris Corporation.

Harris has been awarded a $22 million contract to provide an Internet-based system that catalogues satellite images and maps for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA). The Data Architecture and Gateway Services (DAGS) system will be developed as part of a NIMA initiative to make precise mapping information available to U.S. military users around the world.

Under the contract, Harris will develop software that takes thousands of satellite maps and images from numerous sources and catalogues them into one accessible information base. The system will be Internet-based and accessible to military officials with an Internet browser. It will enable users to browse, query and order electronic or hard copies of any maps or images within the information base.

Harris also will develop the system as a standard set of guidelines for the industry, usable by other parties for map and imagery storage and cataloguing.

Established by the National Imagery and Mapping Agency Act of 1996, NIMA manages and provides imagery and mapping information to national policy makers and military forces. Based in Fairfax, Virginia, NIMA is a part of the U.S. Intelligence Community.

Harris Corporation, with worldwide sales of more than $3.6 billion, is an international communications and electronics company that provides a wide range of products and services such as wireless and personal communications, digital television (HDTV), health care information, multi-media communications, automotive electronics, transportation, business information, defense communications and information, and Lanier office products.

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For additional information contact Harris Corporation at webmaster@harris.com.