SBIR-STTR-Success: Spatial Data Analytics Corporation
Time is never on one’s side when it comes to coordinating a massive manhunt. How can the maximum amount of ground be covered with such a short and crucial window of opportunity? It would certainly help if an exact location could be narrowed down based on a proven anticipatory model. This was the thinking that led one small business, SPADAC, to develop a geospatial predictive mapping tool, and the buzz from its success echoed throughout many branches of the government.
SPADAC’s Vulnerability Assessment Tool could help users define a designated search area built upon strategic algorithms. It is part psychological, and part geographical all rolled into one. This activity based intelligence, or behavior modeling, helps users to understand geospatial preferences that the target may knowingly or unknowingly be drawn to.
Before long, the Vulnerability Assessment Tool evolved into much more than one piece of software. It became an entire solution, which could focus on threats and vulnerability. This translated to Phase III success, and got the attention of DigitalGlobe, Inc., which acquired SPADAC for $46 million. Eventually this technology was integrated into DigitalGlobe’s GeoEye-1 satellite and imagery, which is used by the Naval Surface Warfare Center, the Army in tandem with United States Southern Command, the Transportation Security Administration Federal Air Marshalls, and the National GeospatialIntelligence Agency. Although applications vary throughout agencies, the common theme is solving real-world problems. The GeoEye-1 satellite is equipped with some of the most advanced technology ever used in a commercial remote sensing system, and can collect up to 350,000 square kilometers of pan-sharpened multispectral imagery per day.