NORCROSS, GA. – Hexagon’s Geospatial division presents Special Operations Solutions with the Shaping Change award. Announced at HxGN LIVE 2018, Hexagon’s annual conference, the Shaping Change Recognition Program is Hexagon’s highest customer award, acknowledging organizations that consistently make significant contributions to the businesses and industries they serve.

Special Operations Solutions (SOS) is an elite group of specialists that deliver services and products for the geospatial intelligence, aviation, C5ISR, and information technology communities.

Their GeoFOCIS technology is a geospatial moving-map display and database system used by the U.S. Forest Service, National Interagency Fire Center, as part of the NightWatch Program. The solution supports fire mapping missions in real-time, onboard aircraft and at ground stations.

Developed with Luciad’s Desktop solution, LuciadLightspeed, the solution facilitates real-time integration and editing of mapping sensor data, which is a critical component of the GeoFOCIS system. This capability provides U.S. Forest Service personnel with mission-critical, actionable information.

“SOS is a shining example of an organization that is creating dynamic solutions that arm firefighters with the real-time data needed for mission success,” said Mladen Stojic, President of Hexagon’s Geospatial division. “Whether it’s wildfires in California or Nevada, SOS’ GeoFOCIS solution fills a critical data and innovation need that ultimately saves lives.”

“Our partnerships with Hexagon and Luciad are vital for helping us provide the most cutting-edge geospatial system,” said Darren Butler, Chief Scientist, SOS. “We look forward to our continued work together, as we collectively provide aviation and geospatial solutions that can help any organization achieve mission success.”

Airborne Intelligence Solutions Provider Selects U.S. Air Force Veteran and Industry Leader to Advance the Reach of its End-to-End Capabilities

Solana Beach, CA, October 11, 2018 — AEVEX Aerospace, a full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions company, today announced the immediate appointment of Dan Talati as the company’s Chief Strategy Officer. Mr. Talati has consistently exhibited proven leadership abilities during his 27-year career with the U.S. Air Force, which culminated in the rank of Colonel. At AEVEX, he will leverage his deep expertise in airborne operations and strategic planning to help formulate and execute on the company’s future growth strategy.

Prior to joining AEVEX, Talati served with Air Combat Command at Langley Air Force Base, where he acted as division chief and deputy assistant director of plans, programs and requirements, ensuring the lethality and readiness of USAF’s 2,800 combat forces aircrafts. Earlier, he was an operations group commander at Robins Air Force Base, leading a group of more than 800 active duty personnel operating a Joint Surveillance Target Attack Radar System aircraft.

“Having recently come from the Air Force, I have seen firsthand the insatiable demand for exactly what AEVEX provides, and I’m excited for the opportunity to help shape the strategy of a company that fills such a pivotal role in the defense market,” said Talati. “AEVEX Aerospace has the winning combination of innovative integration technologies, full-scope aircraft operational services, and proven intelligence analysis expertise necessary to provide our customers with an asymmetric advantage when their missions are too important to fail.”

AEVEX partners with customers in the defense and commercial aerospace industries to rapidly identify, develop, and deliver tailored solutions for airborne intelligence requirements. Through a synergistic combination of  Intelligence Solutions, Flight Operations Support, and Engineering & Technology, AEVEX provides agile and customized approaches to the full spectrum of airborne intelligence collection needs.

“At AEVEX, we understand the importance of our customers’ missions and are committed to making the investments in people and airborne intelligence technologies that will best support their needs,” said Brian Raduenz, CEO of AEVEX Aerospace. “We are pleased to welcome Dan to our leadership team and know his deep understanding of mission-critical requirements will serve us and our customers well as we look to the future.”

About AEVEX Aerospace

AEVEX is a leading provider of full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions for the global intelligence community. The company’s vertically integrated Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) platform operates across three lines of business: Aircraft Services, Flight Operations Support, and Intelligence Solutions. The company aims to be the recognized leader in full-spectrum airborne intelligence solutions. AEVEX takes a long-term view of relationships within the defense and commercial aerospace industries, partnering with customers to identify, develop, and deliver tailored solutions for airborne intelligence requirements. Its primary customer base is centered on supporting the U.S. Special Operations community and broader U.S. Department of Defense and their foreign partners.

AEVEX is headquartered in Solana Beach, CA, with offices in Tysons Corner, VA and Fayetteville, NC. It currently consists of 500 employees across more than a dozen locations around the world.

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SOS was awarded the Luciad Geospatial Excellence Award for Top Developer at the Luciad INTERACT 2017 User Conference earlier this month. The Luciad Geospatial Excellence Awards acknowledge and celebrate the most ground-breaking applications of geospatial technology. The award was accepted by SOS’s Chief Scientist Dr. Darren Butler, who leads the GeoFOCIS product line at SOS.

SOS received the award for our pioneering work on GeoFOCIS, our custom-developed moving-map display and geospatial database that can accommodate the visualization and draping of feeds from multiple data sources over 3D landscapes without sacrificing performance.  To learn more about GeoFOCIS, visit our website!

Last month, SOS’s CEO and founder Manan Patel was a speaker at the GeoIntelligence Asia Pacific Forum in Malaysia. Under the theme of Geospatial Enabled Combat, Mr. Patel presented on contextual full-motion video (FMV) in light of the military’s strategic vision to fully maximize data collected by various ISR platforms.  Currently, many FMV assets do not have the ability to visualize vector data with live or recorded FMV.  Recently, SOS launched our GeoFOCIS product, which is a geospatial visualization software and database for adding context to FMV feeds for improved situational awareness. Visit our website to learn more.

SOS will be attending the Air National Guard’s WEPTAC conference on October 17-18 in Tucson, AZ. Come visit us at our partner VT Systems’ Suite 125 from 5-10pm for refreshments and information on VisionMap and Miltope products!

SOS’s technology partner VisionMap, a leading provider of airborne imaging systems, announced that its A3 Edge Digital Mapping System was chosen for a large-scale agricultural project commissioned by North Dakota State University (NDSU).

NDSU, a nationwide authority on precision agriculture, is conducting a summer-long survey of North Dakota’s fertile Red River Valley. Flown on a medium size UAS, VisionMap’s system will survey a 160 square mile area at 4-8 cm GSD repeatedly over the course of four months. Imagery of the farmland will be used for agricultural testing, disease detection, and harvest estimation. A3 Edge was chosen as the most efficient and cost-effective solution for collecting such large amounts of data compared to satellite and other imaging systems.

A3 Edge captures up to 1,000 per hour of high resolution imagery for agriculture and land management applications from an altitude of 4,000 ft. AGL. The system provides high resolution (4cm GSD) near-infrared (NIR) imagery in combination with natural color imagery. The native resolution of the camera’s NIR imagery is identical to the resolution of the natural color imagery, with no pan-sharpening applied. This high level of resolution will make the small plants visible, even at the start of the season.

According to John Nowatzki, Agricultural Specialist at NDSU, “Whereas a satellite might capture your field once every few weeks, VisionMap’s system provides dependable and up-to-date data. The camera’s ability to ‘sweep’ back and forth to collect more imagery more quickly is very advantageous. In the end, the more information you have, the better a job you can do in managing.”

VisionMap’s LightSpeed ground processing system, processes up to 250,000 frames in one photogrammetric block, producing high-end RGB, NIR, CIR and 4-band products in a fast, fully-automatic workflow. The system’s fast turnaround time enables frequent update cycles, and facilitates precise comparison over time.

One of the most important end-products for agriculturalists at NDSU is LightSpeed’s Dense Digital Surface Model (DSM), which indicates potential issues with surface water retention. The DSM, which is obtained from the same initial flight, has a density of up to 400 points per square meter. A DSM created mid-season can also serve as an accurate predictor of crop harvest yield, and can help manage fertilizer input.

“VisionMap systems are designed to be at the forefront of technology; to bring innovation to our customers’ industries and evolving needs,” said VisionMap CEO Dror Zerem. Their ability to fly on manned or unmanned aircraft leverages VisionMap systems’ unique capabilities for a variety of projects. Integration on a UAV enables the system to fly longer, capture more area, and maximize productivity.

In addition to agricultural imaging, A3 Edge is widely used for mapping, oblique and 3D modeling projects around the world.

SOS has been awarded a prime contract on the SeaPort-Enhanced (SeaPort-e) Multiple Award Contract (MAC), in all seven zones. SeaPort-e, the Navy’s electronic platform for acquiring support services, consists of 22 functional areas to support the Navy and Marine Corps in the execution of their overall organizational functions and the specific missions of the individual activities and ordering offices. Authorized ordering offices include: Naval Sea Systems Command, Naval Air Systems Command, Space and Naval Warfare Command, Naval Supply Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Strategic Systems Programs, Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Office of Naval Research, and United States Marine Corps. SOS and team members, Leidos, Inc. and Blue Mantle Technology, Inc., bring a wide range of technical, programmatic, and engineering capabilities to support Navy task orders released under the MAC. For more information, please visit our SeaPort-e webpage.

Founded in 2008, SOS provides technical and engineering solutions for airborne, ground, and maritime systems. We specialize in end-to-end integration, complex network design/implementation, remote sensing, and flight test solutions.

SOS is proud to announce that we are now the exclusive U.S. partner of VisionMap digital airborne imaging systems. VisionMap, based in Tel Aviv, is one of the leading manufacturers of digital automatic airborne imaging systems. Their product suite includes color and thermal cameras, for both manned and unmanned aircraft, that provide unmatched capture and professing efficiency, as well as the largest footprint on the market.

With their proprietary imaging technology, VisionMap cameras can simultaneously collect vertical and oblique imagery of an area and obtain rapid coverage of vast areas in extremely high resolution. VisionMap cameras are used for a variety of applications such as:

  • Aerial Survey & Mapping
  • Pipeline Monitoring
  • Maritime Surveillance
  • Hidden Object Location
  • Jungle Hideout Detection
  • Disaster Management
  • Deforestation Detection
  • Heat-Loss Mapping
  • Forestry & Agriculture
  • Wildlife Detection

VisionMap’s unique “sweeping” mechanism provides a wide field of view, enabling wide flight-line spacing, rapid coverage, and image sizes up to 695Mpx. Coupled with the fully-automatic LightSpeed processing system, VisionMap systems provide final photogrammetric products at sub-pixel accuracy with the highest processing productivity.

To learn more about VisionMap systems, contact our Sales Team or visit our website.