BACKGROUND: If you are a power utility, government transportation department or county assessing agency, pictures of the geography that you are responsible for can be priceless. That is the philosophy behind GEOSPAN Corporation, a Maple Grove, Minnesota-based business with a patented process for creating spatially indexed video databases. Spatially indexed video images make it possible for government offices, utilities and other industries to know exactly where their assets are and what they look like, whether they are power lines, street signs, parking meters, fire hydrants or tax parcels.

PROBLEM SOLVED: GEOSPAN uses customized vans and helicopters, each equipped with eight broadcast quality cameras and interfaced with global position system satellites to collect video data of the urban streetscape and infrastructure. The resulting image databases, up to 2TB in size, are made available on CD-ROM, LAN-based hard drives or via the Internet. GEOVISTA software makes it possible to view, inspect, survey and assess massive amounts of geography at the desktop.

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