Press Release: Intergraph® Wins Geospatial Innovation Award

HUNTSVILLE, Ala., Dec. 2, 2013 – Wichmann VDE publishing house, Germany, selected Intergraph® SG&I as the 2013 Innovation Award winner for best product. Competing with seven other vendors, Intergraph SG&I was nominated by an independent jury of five geospatial scientists and selected by a large margin of geospatial industry voters.

2013 Innovation Award founded by Wichmann VDE publishing house, Germany Copyright: Wichmann VDE Verlag

2013 Innovation Award founded by Wichmann VDE publishing house, Germany
Copyright: Wichmann VDE Verlag

Intergraph submitted a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution, which is based on Intergraphs’s high-performance, image-compression format Enhanced Compression Wavelet (ECW), designed specifically for geospatial imagery. The solution is supplemented with lightning-fast streaming via the Enhanced Compression Wavelet Protocol (ECWP).

An impressive example of these capabilities is the creation of the largest and fastest geofile of Germany, enabled by ECW/ECWP and Intergraph’s cloud infrastructure. The challenge forRWE AG, one of Europe’s leading utilities companies, was to handle a huge volume of data covering more than 365,000 square kilometers – the entire country of Germany. In particular, the question to be addressed: how to deliver 38 terabytes of imagery data for all of Germany at 20 centimeters ground resolution, spanning 370,000 files. In order to overcome the sheer volume of data, ERDAS IMAGINE was used to process and compress the 38 TB of uncompressed imagery down to a single ECW file with less than 1 TB, while retaining full image quality and excellent performance.

Today’s geospatial consumers expect instant data delivery. The highly effective lossless ECW data compression — with a compression rate of up to 95 percent, and the transmission and delivery of geospatial data via ECWP convinced the majority of voters. Intergraph’s reliable 24/7 DaaS solution manages millions of geodata files, produces one ECW source and provides multiple services like WMS and WMTS, including easy data distribution via Clip-Zip-Ship. It supports desktop, web and mobile devices, and reduces network bandwidth, IT resources and costs.

“The innovative, trendsetting solution and the combination of ECW compression and ECWP streaming puts the conventional, slow and memory-intensive process of mosaic imagery and image tiles far into the shade”, says Robert Widz, EMEA Geospatial Executive Director at Intergraph SG&I. “All in all the ECW technology marks a milestone in the Big Data issue”.

Intergraph congratulates fellow Hexagon company Leica Geosystems for being winner of the second prize with its innovation Leica Nova MS50 MultiStation, combining every significant measuring technology in one device.

For more information about Intergraph’s geospatial products, visit

Printable, high resolution images of the Award and the Award Ceremony (see below) can be downloaded at:

About Intergraph
Intergraph helps the world work smarter. The company’s software and solutions improve the lives of millions of people through better facilities, safer communities and more reliable operations.

Intergraph Process, Power & Marine (PP&M) is the world’s leading provider of enterprise engineering software enabling smarter design and operation of plants, ships and offshore facilities. Intergraph Security, Government & Infrastructure (SG&I) is the leader in smart solutions for emergency response, utilities, transportation and other global challenges. Intergraph Government Solutions (IGS) is an independent subsidiary for Intergraph SG&I’s U.S. federal business. For more information, visit

Intergraph is part of Hexagon (Nordic exchange: HEXA B), a leading global provider of design, measurement, and visualization technologies that enable customers to design, measure and position objects, and process and present data.

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