MELBOURNE, Florida, June 30, 2003 — The Information Access Services (IAS) system developed by Harris Corporation (NYSE:HRS) for the National Imagery and Mapping Agency (NIMA) was recently selected by a leading defense software publication as one of 14 finalists in an annual event that recognizes high-quality government software initiatives supporting the warfighter. Seventy different software programs were nominated in the CrossTalk Journal’s “Top 5 Quality Software Projects” competition. Harris and other finalists will be recognized in the publication’s July issue with a synopsis of the Harris IAS program.
IAS is part of NIMA’s National System for Geospatial Intelligence (NSGI), which serves as a key component in the war against terrorism by providing warfighters and the intelligence community with accurate and current imagery and other geospatial intelligence information. NSGI is a worldwide network of data collection, data holdings, and specialized analysis toolsets, all supported by a confederation of systems developed by multiple contractors located throughout the U.S.
Harris IAS provides several critical components of the NSGI, including Client 2001, a powerful data access and retrieval tool that operates much like a Web-based search engine for imagery and intelligence data. IAS presently supports thousands of users and enables the warfighter and intelligence analyst to quickly locate and retrieve information needed to perform their mission, even across distributed and dissimilar data holdings.
IAS was one of the first programs at Harris Government Communications Systems Division (GCSD) to achieve the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) Capability Maturity Module® (CMM®) Level 3 designation. The program also has been used as a model within NIMA for project control, with IAS documentation and management tools used in NIMA’s project management training. IAS engineering processes, such as system performance engineering, also have been upheld as best practices among NIMA programs.
CrossTalk, The Journal of Defense Software Engineering, is an approved Department of Defense journal. The publication’s mission is to encourage the engineering development of software in order to improve the reliability, maintainability, and responsiveness of U.S. war fighting capability, and to inform and educate readers on up-to-date policy decisions and new software engineering technologies. Each year, CrossTalk accepts nominations from government agencies for its “Top 5 Quality Software Projects” award, and then solicits feedback from the customers of the projects nominated. The goal of the competition is to recognize outstanding performance of software teams and to promote best practices.
Harris GCSD, one of five divisions within Harris Corporation, conducts advanced research studies, develops prototypes, and produces and supports state-of-the-art, assured communications and information systems that solve the mission-critical communications challenges of its military and government customers, while serving as the technology base for the company's diverse commercial businesses. Harris Corporation, which also provides tactical radio, broadcast, microwave, and network support products and systems, serves customers in more than 150 countries. Additional information about Harris Corporation is available at www.harris.com.
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