Go Tell Someone
Everyone Chief Guss Wright again.
I was recently with some of you in
Orlando at the USGIF GEOINT Symposium, and others of you at the Geospatial
Planning Cell (GPC) Coproduction Working Group at Fort Leonard Wood. I can
attest, NOTHING travels faster than the "word of mouth". Given this fact, I want
you to walk away after reading this blog and go tell someone that ENVI has a
United States Army – Home Use Program! The software is interoperable with ESRI
solutions both on the desktop and in the cloud, and the specialized CADRG/RPF
workflow is steadily being improved as we make steps towards automating the
entire process for you.
First of all, I’d like to introduce the
new Defense Account Manager here at Harris, Jeff Hildebrandt. If you’re an Army DCGS-A user
interested in obtaining the latest copy of ENVI and a home use license, then
you’ll need to reach out to Jeff @ firstname.lastname@example.org. He’ll vett the request and get you
squared away. Taking advantage of this HUP and the ENVI Pocket Guide will have
you using ENVI in no time. If you want to meet Jeff, the upcoming ENVI
Analytics Symposium (EAS) would be a great time to do so and it’s also an
excellent training opportunity.
Earlier in the month Jeff, James
Lewis, Kevin Wells and I were invited to the GPC Huddle to present on ENVI’s
CADRG Save as functionality in ENVI 5.3.x and also to provide a high level
status of the software at large. I’m happy we were afforded this opportunity
because it enabled us to clarify the intent of the workflow, which is solely to
support systems that cannot read vector data, and it also facilitated a
provision of clarity concerning limitations within the CADRG Specification
itself which was written in the 1990’s. When performing this workflow it’s
essential to understand what’s actually happening to the data. An input image
containing 16.7 million colors is being compressed to fit the CADRG SPEC which
only allocates 216 colors x 4096 codebook entries in a Look Up Table (LUT).
Needless to say, the limitations in this specification requires some expert
handling of the data in order to gain the results desired. Worry not! I’m
working with the team here at ENVI to develop an automated workflow that will
revolutionize this process.
If you would
like a copy of the briefing I gave at the GPC Coproduction Working group which
outlines the current workflow and the way forward, just reach out. The goal is
to incorporate this workflow in ENVI Services Engine along with the other great
tools available to you in the Hydra solution.
Hydra?" you might ask. Hydra is a cloud based Workflow platform that provides
you and your end-users a real-time dashboard of tasks such as Helicopter
Landing Zones (HLZ) and Line of Sight (LOS) Tactical Decision Aids, to name a
couple. Why not automate the CADRG workflow and put it here too. That’s the
goal. We want to empower you and your end-users. ENVI’s Hydra solution also
provides data discovery and dissemination of these analytics. If you want to
know more just reach out and I’ll put you in contact with the same experts I’m
learning all these great techniques from in effort to advance the Army GEOINT
Tradecraft. That’s all for now. Guss Wright Out!!!