In-Q-Tel Announces Strategic Investment in Keyhole
NIMA uses technology to support the conflict in Iraq
Arlington, VA and Mountain View, CA -- June 25, 2003
-- In-Q-Tel, a private nonprofit venture funded by
the Central Intelligence Agency, today announced a
strategic investment in Keyhole Corp., a pioneer of
interactive 3D earth visualization. The investment,
made in February 2003, was In-Q-Tel's first engagement
with a company on behalf of the National Imagery and
Mapping Agency (NIMA).
Immediately demonstrating the value of Keyhole's
technology to the national security community, NIMA
used the technology to support United States troops
in Iraq. "Within two weeks of In-Q-Tel's
engagement with Keyhole, we implemented the
technology to support our mission within the
Pentagon," said Rob Zitz, Director of NIMA's
InnoVision directorate. "Introducing
technologies like Keyhole is part of NIMA's effort
to transform the intelligence business, and the way
we serve our customers."
Keyhole's EarthViewer 3D client application uses
videogame-like 3D graphics and access to massive
databases of network-hosted earth information,
including satellite imagery and aerial photography,
to produce an interactive digital model of the earth.
Keyhole's EarthSystem(TM) combines a tradition of 3D
graphics technology for flight simulators with
innovative network-streaming technology to deliver
enterprise software solutions for large business
and government customers, as well as an Application
Service Provider solution for professional and
consumer users. The result is a virtual flyover
experience-so compelling that multiple TV media
networks recently used EarthViewer 3D to 'fly' over
Iraqi cities and landscapes in news broadcasts using
publicly available satellite images. In addition to
media customers, Keyhole solutions serve a broad range
of markets including real estate, transportation,
insurance, consumer and government.
"In-Q-Tel invested in Keyhole because it
offers government and commercial users a new
capability to radically enhance critical decision
making. Through its ability to stream very large
geospatial datasets over the Internet and private
networks, Keyhole has created an entirely new way
to interact with earth imagery and feature data,"
said Gilman Louie, CEO of In-Q-Tel. "With
Keyhole's technology, individuals can see and
manipulate their world in 3D, meeting their business
and operational challenges in powerful
"Keyhole's strategic relationship with
In-Q-Tel means that the Intelligence Community can
now benefit from the massive scalability and high
performance of the Keyhole enterprise solution,"
said John Hanke, CEO of Keyhole. "By capitalizing
on trends in commercial markets, In-Q-Tel is supporting
an ever-higher standard of advanced technology adoption
in government. Keyhole is pleased to help set that
standard for large-scale 3D geospatial visualization."
NIMA's success with Keyhole highlights the significant
overlap between technology needs across the agencies
of the Intelligence Community. "By investing in
Keyhole, In-Q-Tel is helping CIA and NIMA leverage
limited resources and gain access to a technology of
high potential value to both organizations,"
said Louie. Working through CIA, NIMA became a
limited partner with In-Q-Tel in the summer of 2002.
In addition to an equity investment, In-Q-Tel is
partnering with Keyhole to further enhance Keyhole
EarthSytem's compatibility with a variety of
government datasets through adoption of advanced GIS
In-Q-Tel is a private, independent, enterprise funded
by the CIA. Launched in 1999, In-Q-Tel's mission is to
identify and invest in companies developing
cutting-edge information technologies that serve United
States national security interests. Working from an
evolving strategic blueprint that defines the CIA's
critical information technology needs, In-Q-Tel engages
with entrepreneurs, established companies, researchers
and venture capitalists to deliver technologies that
pay out in superior intelligence capabilities for the
CIA and the larger Intelligence Community.
About Keyhole Corporation
Based in Mountain View, CA, Keyhole, Inc., is the
pioneer of interactive 3D earth visualization and
creator of the groundbreaking rich-mapping
EarthViewer 3D system that transforms the way users
interact with geographic information and earth
imagery. Keyhole's EarthViewer 3D accelerates and
enhances decisions for business and government by
enabling fast, fluid interaction with massive
network-resident databases of earth imagery and
geospatial information. Users can "fly"
from space to street level seamlessly while
interactively exploring layers of information
including roads, schools, businesses, and
demographics. Further information about Keyhole
is available at
is a member of the National Intelligence Community and
a DoD Combat Support Agency. NIMA's mission is to
provide timely, relevant and accurate Geospatial
Intelligence in support of national security.
Geospatial Intelligence is the analysis and visual
representation of security-related activities on the
Earth. Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., NIMA operates
major facilities in the northern Virginia,
Washington, D.C., and St. Louis, Mo. areas.
NIMA Support Teams serve customers around the
nation and the world.
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