Our Story

Through the years the company name has changed, but our commitment to developing scientifically proven solutions using cutting-edge technologies has remained constant. Our products have helped scientists explore space, see the human body in new ways, and understand the world around them. Building on this rich and principled history, Harris Geospatial Solutions has recently expanded its offerings both in depth and breadth. .

Today
Harris Geospatial Solutions

Harris Geospatial Solutions continues to be the leading provider of software products that extract meaningful information from all types of remotely sensed data. An in-depth knowledge of geospatial analytics and a highly-tuned process for applying machine learning technologies let us deliver game-changing, enterprise-level solutions across industries. Our latest offerings provide a new level of visibility to enable even more-informed decision making. These offerings include high-resolution LiDAR data collected by our own proprietary Geiger-mode sensor, an online Geospatial Marketplace where imagery, data and data-derived products can be procured, and Maritime data and solutions that provide real-time global vessel tracking.

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2015
2012

Exelis

ITT Corporation is spun into three standalone companies; ITT Visual Information Solutions becomes part of Exelis, Inc. with the rest of the ITT Defense & Information Solutions organization.

ITT Visual Information Solutions is renamed Exelis Visual Information Solutions.

HarRis

Harris acquires Exelis.

Exelis Visual Information Solutions becomes part of the newly formed Harris Geospatial Solutions.

2011
2011

NEW RELEASES

ENVI 5 and IDL 8 are released, making geospatial image analysis easier and available to everyone.

Lidar

ENVI LiDAR (Formerly E3De), an interactive geospatial software environment for analyzing LiDAR data is released.

2000
2004

ITT Corporation

RSI along with the Remote Sensing Systems division of Eastman Kodak Company were sold to ITT Corporation and is renamed ITT Visual Information Solutions.

KODAK

Eastman Kodak Company acquires RSI as a wholly owned subsidiary.

1991
1994

OUR FIRST DISTRIBUTOR

RSI becomes a global corporation by signing their first distributor, CREASO.

FIRST VERSION

The first version of ENVI, an advanced hyperspectral image analysis software package, is released.

1977

HOW WE STARTED

David Stern incorporates Research Systems and commercially releases IDL, a scientific programming language for visualizing data. NASA, Goddard & Ball Aerospace were early adopters.

In 1977, David Stern was working at the University of Colorado with a team of scientists from the Mariner Mars 7 & 9 space probes. It was clear that his colleagues needed a computer language that went beyond the functionality of FORTRAN and provided for easier, faster application development, data analysis and visualization. As a solution, Stern wrote the Mariner Mars Spectral Editor (an IDL® prototype). Research Systems, Inc. and IDL (Interactive Data Language) were born from that prototype. Stern left the university, set up shop in his attic, and concentrated on establishing IDL as a key tool for solving a broad spectrum of research problems.

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GISCafe Interviews Stuart Blundell at GEOINT

7/21/2017

GISCafe – July 21, 2017 – GISCafe interviews Harris' Stuart Blundell, Director of Strategy and... more »

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7/20/2017

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