Monday, June 27, 2011

PCI supports deployment of GXL System on Amazon Cloud to accelerate production of high resolution content for Esri ArcGIS Online platform

RICHMOND HILL, Ontario, Canada—June 27, 2011: PCI Geomatics, a world leading developer of geo-imaging software and systems, has successfully deployed a high speed image production system to the Amazon Cloud in support of Esri’s ArcGIS Online platform, to process and make available high resolution Imagery content.
PCI’s GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL) technology was designed for automation and speed, leveraging off the shelf CPU/GPU hardware through highly parallelized processing capability, thereby accelerating production throughput over traditional desktop systems by orders of magnitude. Cloud based services offer the advantage of low cost computing resources across multiple instances that can be switched on and off as required, providing on demand scalability. PCI has deployed its GXL technology to the Amazon Cloud, where multiple instances can be tasked to process large volumes of imagery – on demand.
The GXL Cloud System implementation is tailored to processing high resolution optical imagery, and can generate pan-sharpened, orthorectified, color balanced tiled mosaic products at high speed using multi CPU/GPU and multi-instance enabled technology. The complete system can transform uncorrected Level 1 frame based data from multiple satellite sensors into thousands of orthorectified and mosaicked products - on demand.
“PCI understands that the market is increasingly accepting and demanding Cloud based solutions, given the many advantages offered. Through diligent work and a great amount of innovation, we are overcoming significant hurdles which have limited the availability of cloud computing for the customers’ Earth Observation and Imagery needs”, said David Stanley, CTO at PCI Geomatics. “…by staging the data directly within Amazon’s facility and coupling it with our Cloud optimized GXL system, we can leverage the true power of Cloud Based processing for our customers, that is - on-demand scalability for high speed production”.
“Through the use of the GXL Cloud system that PCI has deployed to our Amazon Cloud instances, we are working diligently to provide high resolution and high quality content as quickly as possible for the ArcGIS Online platform”, said Steven Lambert, Senior Program Manager at Esri.
PCI Geomatics will continue to support Esri by providing leading edge, cloud based processing power that can be scaled up/down based on Esri’s required throughput and data processing requirements.

About GeoImaging Accelerator (GXL)
GXL technology combines high-performance computing with PCI Geomatics expertise to provide significant improvements in automation, speed and efficiency. By optimizing and distributing automated workflows, traditional image-processing is elevated to industrial-strength production.
For more information about the GXL software solution, visit
About PCI Geomatics
PCI Geomatics is a world leading developer of software and systems for geo-imaging solutions. Since 1982, we have specialized in remote sensing, digital photogrammetry, spatial analysis, cartographic production, automated production systems, image management and on demand mapping solutions. PCI Geomatics' advanced software systems address a wide variety of industry applications including the environment, agriculture, security and intelligence, aerospace & defense, and satellite receiving stations. We have the expertise and know-how to turn images into useful information. For more information, visit
About Esri
Esri develops geographic information systems (GIS) solutions that function as an integral component in nearly every type of organization. Esri software is used by more than 350,000 organizations worldwide including most U.S. federal agencies and national mapping agencies, 45 of the top 50 petroleum companies, all 50 U.S. state health departments, most forestry companies, and many others in dozens of industries.
Esri software is the standard in state and local government and is used by more than 24,000 state and local governments including Paris, France; Los Angeles, California, USA; Beijing, China; and Kuwait City, Kuwait. For more information, visit

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