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Mission Statement 

To be a leader and key contributor in the area of geospatial data processing for national, international and commercial space exploration and earth observing missions. To provide outstanding  products and services, maximum efficiency and excellent return on customer investment.   To always remain innovative, agile and responsive. To build on our growing wealth of mission experience and help pave the way for future missions. To provide a rewarding and exciting work environment for our employees.

About ACT

Founded in 1988, Applied Coherent Technology (ACT) Corporation has emerged as one of the highly innovative and trusted organizations in the geospatial data applications industry.

ACT’s long list of accomplishments include providing key front-end data management archive&analsysis (DMAA) for such crucial missions as MRO/CRISM(NASA), MESSENGER(NASA), CH-1/M3(NASA) CLEMENTINE(NASA/NAVY), STARDUST (JPL/NASA), RAPID ENVIRONMENTAL ASSESSMENT EXERCISES (NATO), MSTI-2&3 (Air force), ... .

ACT has been actively involved in the creation of geospatial data tools designed to process and analyze satellite imagery in a fast, interactive and effective manner. ACT is a highly innovative environment with employees focused on continuously adapting its software and services to new challenges and customer requirements. ACT offers a variety of software products and technical services that cover the full geospatial data management and analytic lifecycle – tools and services designed to meet your organization’s unique needs.

ACT was founded by Dr. Erick Malaret. Dr. Malaret holds a PhD from Purdue University in Electrical Engineering with a specialty in Signal/Image Processing and has over 35 years of experience in the field. Dr. Malaret has devoted his career to developing software that enhances the efficiency and quality of the image data analysis process – beginning with his doctoral research in remote sensing and image systems in the 1980’s. Dr. Malaret has focused his efforts and ACT’s research and development resources across the complete image data analysis lifecycle – from sensor data capture and management through analysis and end user results. This unique approach has produced groundbreaking software for managing the entire process, improving research results and enabling significant reuse of data and research findings.

Presently ACT's software architecture (SW) can be broken into domain areas as:
ACT's Desktop SW = REACT/ProVIEW/MSHELL , ACT's Cloud SW = WIPE/PIPE, ACT's WebApp SW = QuickMap.

ACT’s software success began with the creation of MSHELL™, an image processing language environment designed to organize and manage large volumes of data. The Defense Community has extensively used MSHELL™ for reduction and analysis of satellite imagery. Building upon the success of MSHELL™, ACT moved forward to develop a variety of software tools intended to assist both the government and the private sector in fast, efficient and effective processing of satellite data. ProVIEW – an interactive command line and menu driven signal-processing environment, has become one example of ACT’s continued innovation. ProVIEW allows processing of large volumes of images in a fully automatic fashion and provides powerful scientific signal visualization.

A key component of ACT’s unconventional thinking, however, has become WIPE™ – the WWW Information Processing Environment – a web-based Image Processing and Geographical Information System (IP/GIS) that provides network-centric manipulation of geo-spatial/temporal data. Through a simple to use web-based interface, WIPE offers a fully integrated hardware/software system for the assimilation, processing, and fusion of geospatial data sets. WIPE has been used by NOAA, NRL/US Navy, and SACLANT Center/NATO.

ACT also developed a special version of WIPE™, called PIPE™ (Planetary Information Processing Environment) with special features to support unique space exploration requirements (e.g.. telemetry data handlers, NASA PDS Generation, etc.). PIPE™ has been and continues to be used by NASA in multiple missions such as CLEMENTINE, Stardust, DeepImpact, MESSENGER, MRO/CRISM, LRO/LROC, and Ch-1/M3.

For the desktop, the company’s latest innovation is the development of the most comprehensive geospatial data fusion and analysis workbench available -- ACT-REACT™ (Rapid Environmental Assessment Composition Tools). Because ACT-REACT™ is fully integrated with WIPE™ and PIPE™ researchers are able to manage across the entire geospatial analytic lifecycle and gain significant data and results reuse. ACT-REACT leverages the same MSHELL™ image processing engine – enabling researchers to build and test complex scripts and leverage WIPE™/PIPE™ servers to fully automate the process. ACT-REACT™ is currently being used by NASA to support many Planetary Missions and has been used by NOAA/USN/NASA in decision support tools for Costal Zone Management.

For the browser environment, ACT-REACT-QuickMap captures many of the capabilities of REACT but in a simple to deploy web environment. The goal of QuickMap is to be simple to use and quick. Nevertheless QuickMap has extensive data visualization and analysis capabilities, and faciliates interactive access to planetary products at the global and regional level via a simple to navigate map interface. Due to its simplicity, QuickMap has a large comunnity of unique daily users.

In today’s marketplace where navigation of geospatial data is becoming increasingly cumbersome, ACT offers its customers a full complement of software and services that cut to the very heart of data management and analytics: efficiency, lower costs and enhanced productivity!


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