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October 30, 2013

Aerial imagery firm wins piece of $50 million, remote sensing contracts for homeland security

Aero-Metric to provide Dept. of Homeland Security with acquisition and processing of lidar data and vertical, oblique imagery

Aero-Metric, Inc. said Tuesday it won a remote sensing contract to provide aerial imagery for incident management to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS).

The Sheboygan, Wis.-based geospatial services firm was actually one of four companies that DHS awarded Indefinite Delivery, Indefinite Quantity (IDIQ) Remote Sensing Contracts – with a total combined ceiling of $50 million, which became effective last May.

That was a few months before Aero-Metric merged with two other aerial imagery and geospatial services firms – GMR Aerial Surveys, Inc. dba Photo Science, located in Lexington, Ky., and Watershed Sciences, Inc. (WSI) – to form Quantum Spatial, Inc., described as North America’s largest geospatial and location-based services company.

Photo Science was also one of the four firms awarded a contract, but Aero-Metric did not say in a press release whether Photo Science would still carry out operations under the contract or if those responsibilities were transferred to Aero-Metric, which did not immediately return a request for additional information.

DHS also awarded contracts to BAE Systems, based in Mt. Laurel, N.J., and Dewberry Consultants LLC, headquartered in Fairfax, Va. The contracts include a base year, which expires in June, with four, one-year options.

The contracts call for “access to a full complement of airborne services including acquisition and processing of, vertical and oblique imagery, lidar and derived products.”

“The ability to compare imagery before and after an incident is an invaluable tool that supports response and rescue operations, damage assessment and debris removal missions, and for directing support of essential services to citizens,” DHS said. “Access to current imagery is also necessary to support missions that include situational awareness, law enforcement, facilities management, security planning and maritime domain awareness.”

Based in Sheboygan, Wis., Aero-Metric provides a range of geospatial services, including enterprise GIS on-premise and in the cloud, and aerial mapping services including photogrammetric, lidar, satellite, and airborne imaging technology.

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