Jul 22, 2009

ITT Corporation announces a new image processing product for GIS professionals.

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Partnership with ESRI allows ITT to deliver the high performance image processing and analysis solution integrated with the ArcGIS platform

San Diego, CA – July 14, 2009 – ITT Corporation (NYSE:ITT), the developers of ENVI® image processing and analysis software, and ESRI the leading provider of geographic information systems (GIS) software, ArcGIS®, today announce a strategic partnership to integrate their respective software technologies. This integration delivers advanced, high performance, image processing and analysis capabilities to the ArcGIS platform and expands the distribution of these new technologies globally.

To launch this partnership, ITT introduces a new product, ENVI EX, a high performance image processing and analysis solution that is tightly integrated with ArcGIS and designed specifically to meet the needs of GIS professionals. As mapping and imagery-based applications continue to converge, ENVI EX supplies the growing market’s need for image processing and analysis solutions that are both easier to use and integrated with GIS workflows, and provide the scientific accuracy needed for decision makers.

Based on ENVI, ITT’s premiere image processing and analysis solution, ENVI EX now provides ArcGIS users with the superior image analysis methods and algorithms trusted by imagery professionals for years. The product’s easy to use interface with intuitive processes guides users step by step through analyzing satellite and airborne imagery and data across a wide range of imaging modalities.

The new workflows in ENVI EX provide automated processes for solving problems that are common in GIS applications across a variety of industries. These workflows include tying an image to its geographic coordinate for accuracy in mapping, extracting features of interest from a large geographic area, detecting change in a region by comparing different images, classifying land cover, and finding anomalous features in an area.

The seamless integration between ENVI EX and ArcGIS allows GIS users to easily exchange data and files from ArcGIS to ENVI EX with simple drag and drop methods that preserve the style, symbology, vectors, and layer information from one product to another. In addition, integration with ArcGIS into the existing ENVI product line with the coming release of ENVI 4.7, brings workflow integration and map generation capabilities to imagery professionals currently using ENVI products.

“What ITT has achieved with ENVI EX is truly a breakthrough for the GIS community,” said Jack Dangermond, ESRI’s president. “ITT used its decades of experience to deliver high performance tools and workflows to the ArcGIS platform that now let GIS professionals easily extract the important information in imagery to build richer content for geodatabases. This tight integration with ArcGIS marks the first step in our partnership with ITT; we look forward to collaboratively building additional imagery solutions for the GIS community in the years to come.”

“The growing demand to incorporate geospatial awareness and information into government, business, research and even daily life creates a natural marriage of imagery and GIS-based applications,“ said Richard Cooke, president of ITT’s Visual Information Solutions group. “As a result, remote sensing and GIS workflows rapidly converge as analysts provide timely and accurate geospatial information for critical decisions. Our partnership with ESRI allows us to create the integrated software tools for the desktop and the enterprise that analysts need to quickly move from image collection to analytical products.”

For more information visit ITT at the ESRI International User Conference in Booth 813 or at www.ittvis.com/ENVI

About ITT Corporation

ITT Corporation is a high-technology engineering and manufacturing company operating on all seven continents in three vital markets: water and fluids management, global defense and security, and motion and flow control. With a heritage of innovation, ITT partners with its customers to deliver extraordinary solutions that create more livable environments, provide protection and safety and connect our world. Headquartered in White Plains, N.Y., the company generated 2008 sales of $11.7 billion. www.itt.com.

About ESRI

ESRI® leads the global geographic information system (GIS) software industry with annual sales of more than $660 million. We provide powerful GIS solutions to more than 300,000 clients in more than 150 countries. Headquartered in Redlands, California, ESRI has 10 regional offices in the United States; 80 international distributors; and more than 2,000 business partners who provide applications, data, and hardware that complement our technology.

Our clients create, visualize, manage, and analyze information with GIS to quickly make effective decisions. They build and deploy complete GIS applications wherever needed with ArcGIS®, an integrated family of products for use in desktops, servers, or custom applications; in the field; or over the Web. Designed using industry standards and built with open (nonproprietary) development tools, ArcGIS ensures interoperability.

ESRI’s GIS technology solves today’s problems and meets the challenges of tomorrow. Look to us for solutions to unlock the spatial component of your valuable data and see your organization’s information from the geographic perspective. www.esri.com

© 2009 ITT Visual Information Solutions