GeoNorth, GIS and Imagery Subcontractor to UAA DHS Grant Award
Anchorage, Alaska - GeoNorth (www.geonorth.com), one of the nation’s premier Information Technology solutions providers headquartered in Anchorage, recently teamed with the University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) in a subcontractor role in pursuit of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Maritime Research Center of Excellence Grant proposal. Below is the press release issued by the US DHS denoting UAA as one of the two grant awardees. GeoNorth, as a subcontractor, will be involved in the development of a GIS portal to be used among all team members throughout the life of the grant award. In addition, with maritime domain awareness as a primary focus, GeoNorth will be fulfilling any satellite imagery requirements that may be requested under this award.
Press Office - U.S. Department of Homeland Security
August 5, 2014
DHS SELECTS STEVENS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY AND UNIVERSITY OF ALASKA ANCHORAGE FOR MARITIME RESEARCH CENTER OF EXCELLENCE
WASHINGTON – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology
(S&T) Directorate announced today the selection of Stevens Institute of Technology (SIT) and
University of Alaska Anchorage (UAA) as co-leads for a new Center of Excellence for Maritime
Research (CMR). S&T will provide each CMR partner with an initial $1 million cooperative
agreement for operations through June, 2015.
“SIT is already contributing to the security of the United States through its research on maritime
security challenges, and we anticipate UAA will make similarly significant contributions, in the
Arctic maritime environment,” said Dr. Matthew Clark, Director of S&T’s Office of University
Programs, which manages DHS’s Center of Excellence (COE) system.
S&T selected the SIT- and UAA-led teams through an open call for proposals and a rigorous
competition. This marks the second time SIT and its partners have won this distinction. This is
the first COE award for UAA. The new Center will expand efforts initiated in 2008, and develop
innovative Arctic research under UAA’s management. The CMR will collaborate with S&T,
DHS’s operational components, industrial partners, and other Centers to help the United States
address challenges in the maritime domain.
Increased and diversified use of maritime spaces is generating new security challenges and
risks, and the potential for increased conflicts among maritime users, stakeholders, and
interests. For example, as human recreational and commercial activities increase in the Arctic
region, so will DHS’s requirement to understand conditions above, below, and on the surface
in this extreme cold environment. The receding of Arctic sea ice has made previously unnavigable
waters more available to vessel traffic. Arctic activities, including oil and gas
exploration, mineral speculation and exploration, northward-moving fisheries, and tourism are
expected to increase dramatically in Arctic waters.
DHS will look towards the new CMR for research to identify better ways to create transparency
in the maritime domain along coastal regions and inland waterways, while integrating
information and intelligence among stakeholders. DHS expects the CMR to develop new ideas
to address these challenges, provide a scientific basis, and develop new approaches for U.S. Coast Guard and other DHS maritime missions.
CMR will also contribute towards the education of both university students and mid-career professionals engaged in maritime security.
The DHS COEs were established by the Homeland Security Act of 2002 to be a “coordinated, university-based system to enhance the Nation’s homeland security.” S&T’s COEs are a well-integrated network of researchers focused on specific high-priority DHS challenges. The COEs work directly with DHS operational agencies to solve complex and difficult security problems.
For more information about the DHS Office of University Programs and the COEs, please visit www.dhs.gov/st-oup.
GeoNorth, LLC, is an Alaska Native Corporation and wholly owned subsidiary of The Tatitlek Corporation located at 561 E 36th Avenue in Anchorage, Alaska. The firm specializes in such Information Technology solutions such as Optical and Radar Satellite Imagery Capture, Imagery Downlinks to a Company-owned Direct Receiving Station (DRS), Imagery Processing, Distribution, and Archives, GIS (Geographic Information Systems), Expanded Geospatial Solutions, Database Management, Web Design and Development, Mobile Applications, and Graphic Design Services. Since 1994 the firm has serviced federal, state, and local government agencies, utilities, oil and gas firms, natural resources companies, and private and Native corporations throughout the United States and abroad. The company also has office locations in the Pacific Northwest and on the East Coast, and operates remotely out of additional locations in Idaho, Montana, Florida, and Washington, DC.