New Jersey Office of GIS Benefits from LizardTech Geospatial Tools

Express Server Software Provides an Easier, Faster Way of Orthophoto Delivery

Seattle, Wash. — September 29, 2009 — LizardTech, a division of Celartem Inc. and a provider of software solutions for managing and distributing geospatial data, announced that the State of New Jersey Office of Geographic Information Systems (OGIS) has purchased Express Server, one of the LizardTech™ Express Suite™ line of products, in order to provide an easier and faster way of streaming orthophotos throughout the state of New Jersey.

Every five years, OGIS flies over the entire state of New Jersey to update the several sets of orthophotos archived over the past decade and a half. This resulted in a substantial archive of over 900 gigabytes of losslessly compressed JP2 files, which were created with LizardTech GeoExpress™, another Express Suite product, and are stored on a SAN. OGIS needed an extensible solution which would provide easy access to this imagery as well as all future datasets for state residents, the GIS community, and the online public. The solution needed to enable WMS access to imagery from file-based storage for easy image management.

“Our project was to provide an easier way of streaming the State of New Jersey orthophotography for our users,” said John Macready, geographic information systems specialist for OGIS. “We evaluated a small group of vendors using development time, level of functionality, performance, software reliability and platform support as criteria and concluded that LizardTech’s Express Server was the best solution for us, meeting all of the criteria we required.”

“Express Server is designed to serve more users in less time using widely adapted standards and familiar tools without adding hardware or buying more bandwidth,” said Jon Skiffington, LizardTech director of marketing. “That’s why Express Server was the perfect solution to the very challenging problem that OGIS was facing. It allowed their users to instantly access aerial photography for online use or in their software packages for viewing and downloading.”

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About LizardTech
Since 1992, LizardTech has delivered state-of-the-art software products for managing and distributing massive, high-resolution geospatial data such as aerial and satellite imagery and LiDAR data. LizardTech pioneered MrSID® (Multiresolution Seamless Image Database), a powerful wavelet-based image encoder, viewer, and file format, and sits on the Technical Committee of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) for the purpose of extending the capabilities of JPEG 2000 to geospatial applications, driving cross-platform interoperability and rapid Internet distribution for geospatial imagery. LizardTech has offices in Seattle, London and Tokyo and is a division of Celartem Technology Inc., (Hercules: 4330). For more information about LizardTech, visit or call 206-652-5211 or toll free 1-866-725-5211.

About Celartem
Celartem Technology Inc., develops and sells innovative technologies for storage, access and distribution of rich media content. Celartem has developed technology in the areas of digital image compression, scalable image viewing and secure content distribution and management. Celartem is listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange, Hercules:4330. Established in 1996, Celartem is headquartered in Tokyo, Japan and has a wholly owned subsidiary, Celartem Inc., with headquarters in Seattle.