HUNTSVILLE, Ala., December 7, 2006 – Intergraph Czech Republic today announced its participation in the Humboldt Project. This four-year project beginning in October 2006 is part of the Global Monitoring for Environment and Security (GMES) program – a joint initiative of the European Commission (EC) and the European Space Agency (ESA). The project will contribute to data harmonization efforts in Europe and leverage synergies between INSPIRE – the EU’s directive to establish an Infrastructure for Spatial Information in Europe (INSPIRE) and GMES. Intergraph’s contribution will address data harmonization, interoperability, security issues and cross-border co-operation.
Working with the prime contractor of the Humboldt project, Fraunhofer Institute for Computer Graphics Research (IGD), Germany, as well as 26 partners from 14 countries, Intergraph will contribute to the development of the core software infrastructure for the project. This software-framework will support not only the European INSPIRE initiative, but will also demonstrate the potential for the transnational and cross-border use of spatial as well as sensor data. Additionally, Intergraph will provide a border security scenario, to drive effective border control and security in rural areas along the EU external borders. The Intergraph solution will include a routing enabled transportation network for border control, a command and control system integrating new sensor technologies and mobile resource management capabilities. Data sources will range from satellite imagery to geo-referenced live video data.
“Intergraph is the leading global provider of command and control solutions and an ideal partner for the Humboldt project. We can support the objectives by leveraging our existing implementations throughout our pan-European network,” said Josef Havas, General Manager, Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure, Czech Republic. Intergraph Czech Republic, which is partner in the Humboldt Consortium, is part of the Intergraph Corporation.
Quote of Daniel Holweg, Project-Coordinator (Fraunhofer IGD): “To ensure the success and the sustainability of a research Project like HUMBOLDT, it is important to involve high level researchers and experiences in the market development and user needs. With more than 30 years of experience in the Geoinformation market, Intergraph is contributing this very important perspective to the Humboldt project. Intergraph will contribute to the development of solutions that meet the actual requirements and needs of cross-border geoinformation usage in order to foster the implementation of the European Spatial Data Infrastructure.”
Fraunhofer IGD focuses on the development of product prototypes (hard- and software) and the realization of concepts, models, and solutions for computer graphics and its adaptation to specific application requirements. The work is rounded off by object-oriented basic research projects and the realization of single devices and computer graphics systems with pilot character (e.g. virtual and augmented reality, mobile computing, and security technologies). About 200 full-time researchers deal with all aspects of Computer Graphics and its applications. For their customers IGD performs about 300 studies, research projects and product prototype developments per year.
For more information about the Humboldt Project, please visit the public project website: www.esdi-humboldt.eu
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