NVIDIA Launches World’s First GPU-Accelerated Platform For Geospatial Intelligence Analysts


imagesThe world leader in Visual Computing and the inventor of Graphical Processing Unit (GPU) – NVIDIA, is a well-known brand among us the “computer generation” for GPUs that help us visualize and play amazing games on the PC and other platforms.

Now, NVIDIA will also be remembered for being “Geoawesome”. Just days ago, they had announced the launch of the world’s first GPU-accelerated platform for Geospatial Intelligence Analysis. The “NVIDIA GeoInt Accelerator” will offer tools that enable faster processing of high-resolution satellite imagery, facial recognition, combat mission planning  using Geographic Information System (GIS) and object recognition using data from drone surveillance.

The GeoInt Accelerator offers a complete solution consisting of an NVIDIA Tesla GPU accelerated system, software applications for geospatial intelligence analysis, and advanced application development libraries.

Remember all the cool image analysis that we witnessed in “The Italian Job” , the facial and object recognition analysis that Russel Crowe utilizes from drone images in the movie “Body of Lies”. This GeoInt accelerator will be able to process such stuff at speeds that will only make the intelligence and defense departments wanting for more.

Really how fast is NVIDIA saying this accelerator is?

The NVIDIA GeoInt Accelerator is the first accelerated platform that enables defense and homeland security analysts to accurately generate actionable intelligence from petabytes of data, images and video gathered from satellites, surveillance cameras, drones, and sensors. By using GPU accelerators, the GeoInt Accelerator analyzes image and video data up to 10 times faster than systems with CPUs alone.

The key applications in the GeoInt platform include the likes of

  • Digital Globe – where the intelligence community can process over 3 million sq.km of high resolution satellite imagery for Points of Interest
  • GeoWeb 3D – It delivers 3D Fusion information from LIDAR, Remote Sensing and Videos. All this without the need for pre-processing.
  • Imagus – real time facial recognition from surveillance data.
  • IntuVision Panoptes – object detection and event-driven alerts from real time analsysis of video streams.
  • LuciadLightspeed – Overlays image, RADAR, Remote Sensing data for providing situational awareness for mission planning.
  • NerVve Technologies – automated object detection in images and videos.

All the information and analysis in the speed that this accelerator can offer! I can imagine sitting in the intelligence office of any technologically advanced country that uses videos from CCTV cameras across the globe to analyze the movement of one specific person or a group that indulge in violence, uses Satellite Images to locate your movement of arms and ammunition in real time.

These are really child’s play with the kind of visual computing power that we have these days and the GeoInt accelerator will help accelerate the widespread use of such technologies.

“Faster Insights for the Geospatial Intelligence Analyst” – for sure!

P.S: I wonder how much one of these GeoInt’s are going to cost… A lot of people would love to have one to speed up their GIS analysis 😉

I am one of those passionate "Geo-geeks" and "Geo-people" who is just too excited about everything Geo and Management. Location information and spatial technologies are just too big to take a back seat and watch them revolutionize the world. Always curious and looking for ways to innovate, I guess that it comes naturally by the gene pool I inherited from an engineer Mom and a researcher Dad.


  1. And you should not forget that this is not the first GPU for GIS related analytics! In fact you could have used MatLab with GPU support 4 years ago with the CUDA framework. ANd due to SIMULINK and mapping toolboxes this was useable in GIS processes as well! so no big deal with this GPU as I think!


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