Coupled with OpenGeo's recently announced Series A investment from Vanedge Capital of Vancouver, B.C., IQT's backing will further strengthen OpenGeo's product initiatives and enable the firm to move quickly and expand its team on both the technology and service fronts.
According to OpenGeo CEO Eddie Pickle, the investment from IQT signals measurable benefits to both existing and prospective OpenGeo clients. "We are excited about what this partnership will mean for the open source community as we believe it signals the growing interest in open source software in the federal IT landscape," said Pickle. "IQT's investment further indicates the potential for using commercial open source in mission-critical government systems and applications and will enable OpenGeo to build on its leadership role for 'Spatial IT.'"
The OpenGeo Suite is a complete geospatial software stack that includes an integrated spatial database, application server, and web client API, containing all of the necessary components needed to analyze and publish geospatial data. The Vanedge investment opened the door for participation by savvy venture-capital firms, and the company sees the strategic investment by IQT as further validation that OpenGeo's commercial open source Spatial IT developments are crucial to the future of spatial technologies.
"We believe that OpenGeo's open source Spatial IT solutions have great potential to enhance the mission of our government customers," said Robert Ames, Senior Vice President in charge of Information and Communication Technologies at IQT. "The company's geospatial products have a large range of applications that we believe will be important to both the commercial and government markets."
OpenGeo is the world leader for commercial open source geospatial software. Our global customer base uses the OpenGeo Suite, a complete open source geospatial web services stack, to deploy solutions for web mapping, transportation, telecommunications, open government and a diverse range of other solutions. The OpenGeo Suite provides the best, continually updated geo web services platform along with maintenance agreements that include support and training. These agreements provide our customers with superior value and the growing functionality of continually enhanced open source geospatial software.
OpenGeo supports open source communities by employing key developers of PostGIS, GeoServer and OpenLayers. We are committed to the ideals of open source and aim to bring the best practices of open source software to organizations around the world.
In-Q-Tel is the not-for-profit, strategic investment firm that works to identify, adapt, and deliver innovative technology solutions to support the missions of the U.S. Intelligence Community. Launched in 1999 as a private, independent organization, IQT's mission is to identify and partner with companies developing cutting-edge technologies that serve the national security interests of the United States. For more information, visit www.iqt.org.
David Dubovsky, OpenGeo
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