Spatial Information Solutions Inc., based at Mississippi State University in Starkville, is filling some gaps in remote sensing and spatial information technology increasingly used by policymakers and resource managers as a major economic development tool. The company is led by Chuck O'Hara of the university's GeoResources Institute and has developed a portfolio of software products that will be marketed to government agencies, private companies and individual clients. The products were tested and developed in the high-performance computer environment of MSU's Engineering Research Center.
The start-up company will hit the ground running in 2006, then begin operations with service-oriented projects. By next summer, products will be ready for commercialization.
Provisional patents have been filed on eight SIS software products. The new software developed by SIS will be compatible with traditional Geographic Information System tools, but provide more accurate mapping data for such critical applications as 911 emergency response and disaster planning. End users will be able to mine information from large quantities of imagery taken over time.
"This needed information could provide better abilities to understand such things as urban and land cover change, model predictions of crop growth and productivity estimation, monitor the status of critical natural resources such as forests, and track losses or change trends in natural habitats such as wetlands or coastal ecosystems," O'Hara said.
SIS is developing a series of partnerships with data providers, commercial software vendors and other service companies across the geospatial industry in an effort to deliver complete spatial information solutions to a variety of clients.
For more information, contact Dr. O'Hara at (662) 325-2067 or email@example.com.