Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping Powers Geospatial Imaging at U.S. Forest Service

Atlanta, Georgia, USA — 17 November 2004 – Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping, LLC is pleased to announce the USDA Forest Service has signed a blanket purchase agreement (BPA) for Leica Geosystems software.  The Forest Service is standardizing on Leica Geosystems imaging processing and photogrammetry software, joining a growing roster of organizations that recognize Leica Geosystems as the premier provider of geospatial imaging solutions.

Through this agreement, the Forest Service will employ the full complement of Leica software products, including ERDAS IMAGINE®, Leica Photogrammetry Suite, IMAGINE Virtual GIS®, Image AnalysisTM for ArcGIS, and Stereo Analyst® for ArcGIS.  The software will be utilized by Forest Service field units in nearly every forest management application, including forest planning, inventory, resource mapping, fire monitoring and management, and forest restoration.

“The USDA Forest Service is pleased to continue its long relationship with Leica Geosystems through this new five year BPA contract for image processing software.  The field units will benefit greatly from the expanded availability of Leica Geosystems products and number of licenses,” said Michael Morrison, Program Leader for the USDA Forest Service Image Processing Software System.

Richard McKay, Vice President of Sales for Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping added: “We are delighted to expand our relationship with the Forest Service.  This BPA is the largest single commercial software order we have fulfilled.  It is a tremendous vote of confidence in Leica Geosystems software, and this builds our momentum as the preferred provider of solutions for every link of the Geospatial Imaging Chain.”

For more information about Leica Geosystems GIS & Mapping or its products and services, call: +1 404 248 9000, toll free: +1 877 463 7327, or visit: www.gis.leica-geosystems.com.