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Commonwealth of Massachusetts Selects MultiVision USA to Provide Oblique Imagery


MultiVision USA, a subsidiary of Greenman Pedersen Incorporated (GPI), today announced that GPI has won a competitive bidding process to provide the Commonwealth of Massachusetts with oblique imagery of the entire state. Under the contract, MultiVision USA will provide the image capture, processing, and delivery of the imagery, as well as training and technical support.

The MultiVision solution selected by Massachusetts enables users to fully exploit the unrivaled clarity and information content of MultiVision USA oblique imagery. Acquired with a proprietary aerial imaging system, MultiVision USA imagery offers a pixel resolution sufficient to help agencies from Property Appraisers, Emergency Management, and FEMA in their efforts. The solution includes 3D modeling capabilities showing actual building facades, 3D flood inundation analyses, and integration of existing GIS layers. As a result, the system is beneficial to police and rescue teams, transportation planners, and governments.

Christer Ericsson, Sr. VP, of GPI, said that the Commonwealth of Massachusetts plans to deploy the MultiVision USA tool at four state-wide levels. The system will be used by the Massachusetts Highway Department for project planning, the Massachusetts Emergency Management Agency and the State Police for emergency response planning, and by the Massachusetts GIS division as the state-wide depository for spatial data.

In addition, according to Ericsson, the system will be available to each of the state’s 351 cities and towns for project planning, public presentations, and for performing tax assessments of properties in their respective areas.

Following an official proposal request, GPI was selected by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Transportation and Public Works (EOT) to provide the MultiVision USA solution. In addition to the software package included with the system for viewing and measuring buildings and properties, the MultiVision USA team plans to work with the state to deploy a web-based viewer program that will offer unrestricted access to the new imagery – without the need to load software on each computer.

Aerial photography is expected to begin in the fall of 2007, with images being delivered to Massachusetts as early as spring 2008. Image processing and product generation will be conducted at the MultiVision USA Processing Facility in Orlando, Fla.


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