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LizardTech, Galdos Systems collaborate to dsevelop ISO Standard for JPEG2000

Rapidly distribute geospatial imagery over the Internet and across software systems and platforms
SEATTLE, WA — March 24, 2004
LizardTech, the worldwide leader in geospatial imagery software solutions, and Galdos Systems Inc, creator of the Geography Markup Language (GML) the “XML for geospatial,” today announced a partnership that is expected to significantly extend the capabilities of JPEG2000 by jointly developing a georeferencing specification via the Open GIS Consortium (OGC) consensus process. Through OGC processes and formal relationships with ISO, this specification can be nominated for consideration as an International Standard through an established OGC/ISO relationship and process. In addition, LizardTech and Galdos Systems, both OGC technical committee members, plan to jointly produce a GML implementation of JPEG2000, driving cross platform interoperability and rapid Internet distribution for geospatial imagery. This implementation will enable customers to disseminate geospatial imagery by providing a consistent image format that is vendor independent.

“Customers are looking for reliable ways to distribute geospatial imagery using a number of disparate software systems and platforms,” said Karen Morley, LizardTech?s Vice President of Geospatial Solutions. “This collaboration with Galdos Systems, builds on LizardTech?s strength in managing, distributing and accessing geospatial imagery, and demonstrates its commitment solving image distribution problems in an open environment.”

LizardTech?s Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database (MrSID) technology, a powerful wavelet based image encoder, viewer and file format has become the de facto standard for creating, viewing and publishing geospatial imagery. At the same time, GML, a geospatial specification for XML, is fast becoming the world standard for geographic information delivery over the Internet. So, as the JPEG200 specification continues to develop as an accepted standard, customers will be better able to leverage their investment in geospatial imagery.

“Galdos Systems, the primary author of GML, is uniquely positioned to develop the metadata standards for the geospatial community while LizardTech, with its history of wavelet compression technology is well positioned to marry the two technologies and drive their adoption in the market,” said Carlos Domingo, LizardTech CEO. “Given the strengths of each company, this strategic relationship with Galdos Systems forms the h2est possible partnership to deliver a solution for customers who require interoperability.”

“Cross platform compatibility is an important end-user benefit. As a result of this new ISO standard for JPEG2000 and GML implementation, customers will have the ability to include imagery as a flexible component of geospatial applications. The combination of GML (ISO 19136) and JPEG 2000 represents a major step forward for geographic imagery – offering the best of both technologies – flexibility and performance in a single package. This will significantly increase the power, flexibility and value of on-line GIS to customers,” said Ron Lake, Galdos System?s President and CEO. “Our history and experience with large geospatial implementations allows us to quickly leverage new ISO standards to offer complete end-to-end services to customers from products to implementation services.”

The first proposal for a GML standard for JPEG2000 will be introduced at the April OGC technical committee meeting.

Visit LizardTech at the Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA) Annual Conference & Exhibition in Seattle, WA, April 25 to 28. Visit Galdos Systems at the GeoTec Conference in Toronto, March 28 to 31. Galdos Systems will be exhibiting at booth 315.

About LizardTech, a Celartem Company

LizardTech was founded in 1992 to build valuable business solutions from technologies created by the world?s leading research organizations including Los Alamos National Laboratory (LANL) and AT&T Labs. LizardTech is a leader in applying state-of-the-art technologies to the real-world challenges of managing, distributing, and accessing large complex digital content such as aerial photographs, satellite imagery, and color scanned documents. LizardTech’s software is installed on millions of desktops and integrated into a wide variety of platforms and applications. LizardTech has offices in Seattle, London and Tokyo, and is part of Celartem Technology Inc. Osaka Securities Exchange, Hercules:4330), a Japan-based technology company focused on storage and distribution technologies for digital images.. For more information about LizardTech, visit www.lizardtech.com.

About Galdos Systems, Inc

Founded in 1998, Galdos Systems revolutionized GIS Technology and mobilized the world-wide Geo-Web by authoring the Geography Markup Language (GML). Galdos is a world leader in the development of cost effective systems for delivering GML and XML based products for the integrated land and resource management, critical infrastructure planning and protection, and telematics, LBS and ITS market sectors. For more information on Galdos please visit: http://www.galdosinc.com © 2004 Galdos Systems Inc. All rights reserved.

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