Boeing wins global geospatial security data work

When you want to make a speedy delivery, you hire a courier. It's a concept similar to what the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency has done by tapping the Boeing Co. to hasten the delivery and analysis of critical, time-sensitive imagery to military, homeland security and commercial transportation officials who use the agency's information.

The Chicago company announced this week it has won about $24 million in new contracts from NGA under the Global Geospatial Initiative contracting program. In addition to the government users, the imagery also is used by the commercial aviation and shipping industries.

The projects include assembling geospatial feature data of high security risk areas worldwide, producing detailed maps of cities in Iraq and Southeast Asia, developing digital nautical charts to improve maritime safety and plotting vertical obstructions for more than 50 air fields around the world.

Boeing will continue enhancing radar data of the Earth from a previous space shuttle mission and will perform image analysis, personnel and project management support for NGA.

Boeing is a prime contractor on NGA's Global Geospatial Initiative, a 10-year program begun in 2003 that uses government-funded and open-source technologies to speed the production, analysis and delivery of time-sensitive intelligence imagery.

Boeing has about 159,000 employees and annual revenue of $52.5 billion, according to Hoover's Online of Austin, Texas. Boeing ranks No. 10 on Washington Technology's 2005 Top 100 list, which ranks federal prime contracting revenue.

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