CARLSBAD, Calif., May 27, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Simsol ® (a.k.a. Simultaneous Solutions, Inc.) -- a leader in insurance claims software, announced a partnership with Geo Tactical Solutions, Inc. -- the leader in solutions-based intelligent-photo management hardware to deliver a complete end-to-end photo capture solution streamlined to meet the insurance industry's unique workflow demands.
The photo capture solution, based around Simsol's software and Geo Tactical Solutions' hardware offerings, enables claims adjusters to virtually eliminate all time spent processing and integrating photographs during claims based workflows.
The solution allows an adjuster to easily pre-load specific claims information into the Ricoh G700SE-f digital camera and capture enriched claims images in the field every time they press the shutter button. Once in the field, the adjuster simply selects the appropriate claim within the camera's menu and then captures the images for that claim. Every image is embedded with the selected individual claim's information by the press of a finger. Once back in the office, the adjuster simply uploads the day's images into the Simsol software which in turn automatically places the enriched photographs into the appropriate claims. Photo integration has never been easier.
"Simsol has successfully integrated with Ricoh to provide a seamless connection between its digital cameras and our adjusting software. Each photo is automatically imported from the camera into the correct Simsol claim file. Every photo contains the picture's GPS location and claim file information. This information is printed right on the photos!" stated Dan Sutliff, Director of Training at Simsol.
This process improvement will save countless hours per day for claims adjusters thereby allowing for improved efficiency, increased productivity and elimination of human errors relating to image association. All in all, the solution allows for an increase in error-free claims and overall claims processing time by streamlining a traditionally cumbersome process.
"Geo Tactical Solutions is pleased to partner with Simsol to deliver our expertise in the intelligent-photo capture market to the insurance claims industry. We look forward to providing Simsol customers a tool that not only eliminates painful hours of photo matching, but also in looking ahead and developing future solutions as technology and the insurance industry evolves," says Matt Kidd, President of Geo Tactical Solutions, Inc.The photo streamlining hardware solution is available from Geo Tactical Solutions with its enriched image capabilities being incorporated in the latest release of Simsol's claims software, slated to be released in early June 2011.
Regardless of perspective, accomplishments and advancements made in the Army GEOINT enterprise in the past year are numerous and tangible.
Last fall the Army formally redesignated its operational imagery intelligence battalion from the 3rd Military Intelligence Center to the Army GEOINT Battalion. This organizational move officially recognized the emerging mission of this unique command as a GEOINT producer and an official contributor to unified GEOINT operations. The new name also reflects the mission it executes on a daily basis.
“Delegating GEOINT production responsibility baseline target analysis to the Army GEOINT Battalion allows us to align more with the newly developed Southern Command joint intelligence staff unified government operations directive,” said Ezell Powell, Integrated GEOINT Division chief at the 470th Military Intelligence Brigade.
The battalion now has more than just military and civilian imagery analysts; a civilian geospatial analyst and a military geospatial engineer work alongside their imagery intelligence partners. Additionally, efforts are underway to include additional GEOINT disciplines within the battalion. Through the foundry program, and in collaboration with the National Geospatial-Intelligence College, the battalion’s GEOINT Sustainment Training Facility provides an adaptable, relevant curriculum for soldiers heading to theater. It ensures proficiency in the most recent and applicable GEOINT methodologies.
Next, the Army is in the process of institutionalizing GEOINT cells from brigade combat teams to Army service component commands, integrating imagery intelligence and geospatial engineering disciplines. The GEOINT cell will synchronize unique and complementary capabilities to meet the needs of the commanders at each echelon without a manning increase. This structural change, along with GEOINT support teams at deployed locations and NGA support teams at stateside Army garrisons, gives tactical commanders a multifaceted approach to leverage all aspects of the National System for Geospatial Intelligence. Meanwhile, the Army and NGA are reviewing the line of demarcation to determine how to best complement the capabilities of each organization.
Efforts are also underway for geospatial engineers and imagery analysts to train together at the U.S. Army Intelligence Center of Excellence at Fort Huachuca, Ariz., by replicating a GEOINT cell in a training environment. The Joint Intelligence Combat Training Center conducts live environmental and situational training exercises to challenge soldiers to find creative solutions to intelligence problems. With the assistance of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency support team at Fort Huachuca, the center drafts scenarios that mirror the complexities and environment of the current battlefield.
Excerpted from an article by
Lieutenant Colonel Jason Strickland,
military executive, Army GEOINT Office,
that appeared in the May/June 2011 issue
of the National Geospatial-Intelligence
Agency’s Pathfinder magazine.
GNSS is an amazing system and has revolutionized positioning, navigation, and timing (PNT) over the last twenty years, but the conclusions are clear: GNSS vulnerability is real, the risk is increasing, and we need urgently to improve interference detection and mitigation.
Many of the GNSS-related benefits that we enjoy today are the result of integrated systems, automation, and new, high-performance concepts of operation with fewer and less-skilled people. Reversion to older concepts of operation is not an option in many cases and so we must build resilience into our systems.