New ArcGIS Extension from ITT Visual Information Solutions and ESRI Supports NITF

                              Enables Reading and Writing of NITF Data within the ArcGIS Desktop 9.3 Environment

Redlands, California/Boulder, Colorado - July 23, 2008—ITT Visual Information Solutions today released NITF for ArcGIS, a National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF) extension for ESRI's  ArcGIS platform.

NITF for ArcGIS seamlessly integrates with ArcGIS Desktop 9.3, ESRI's latest software release, to provide users with a proven solution for accessing and creating NITF data, a common data format used by federal, defense, and intelligence agencies. The new extension permits geospatial imagery analysts to read and write NITF data within the ArcGIS environment.

The extension also allows analysts to create data products that comply with the NITF specifications and improve the efficiency and timeliness of their workflow. NITF for ArcGIS was tested for compliance by the Joint Interoperability Test Command (JITC) and has been registered for certification at complexity level 7 for NITF 2.1 and complexity level 6 for NITF 2.0 (the highest level for both formats).

"Both ESRI and ITT recognize the need to advance the  interoperability of enterprise software tools to improve geospatial and imagery analyst workflows," said Richard Cooke, president and chief operating officer, ITT Visual Information Solutions. "The seamless integration of ITT's NITF tools into ESRI's world-class GIS [geographic information system] platform will simplify analyst workflows, reduce the time to read and write NITF data, and improve the production of time-critical geospatial analysis."

ITT Visual Information Solutions has extensive experience developing NITF products to support its premier image processing platform, ENVI, which is used extensively in the defense and intelligence communities. The ENVI NITF Module has been tested by the JITC and is compliant. The module is also the tool of choice for many government agencies and corporations using geospatial imagery today.

"Teaming with a proven leader like ITT Visual Information Solutions in developing this extension for the ArcGIS platform was a perfect solution to extend our users' imagery capability," said Jack Dangermond, ESRI's president. "ITT's extension complements ESRI's already interoperable standards-driven platform and provides users in the intelligence community, Department of Defense, and Department of Homeland Security with a certified NITF implementation."

For more information about NITF for ArcGIS, visit or e-mail Email Contact. To learn more about ESRI, visit For additional information about ITT Visual Information Solutions, visit

About ITT Visual Information Solutions
ITT Visual Information Solutions, a wholly owned subsidiary of ITT Corporation, (NYSE: ITT), provides integrated software solutions that help scientists, engineers, researchers, and medical professionals turn complex data into useful information. The company's 150,000 customers from more than 80 countries use IDL, ENVI, and IAS to analyze data and imagery and deploy imaging applications. ITT Visual Information Solutions' products are used in a variety of industries including remote sensing, engineering, earth sciences, aerospace, defense and intelligence, medical imaging, oil and gas exploration, and biotechnology. Combined with a host of support services including training, consulting, and technical support, ITT Visual Information Solutions offers the most complete data visualization, image analysis, and image delivery solutions available. For more information, visit

About ESRI
Since 1969, ESRI has been giving customers around the world the power to think and plan geographically. The market leader in GIS, ESRI software is used in more than 300,000 organizations worldwide including each of the 200 largest cities in the United States, most national governments, more than two-thirds of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. ESRI applications, running on more than one million desktops and thousands of Web and enterprise servers, provide the backbone for the world's mapping and spatial analysis. ESRI is the only vendor that provides complete technical solutions for desktop, mobile, server, and Internet platforms. Visit us at


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