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April 25, 2017
CompassData’s Ground Control and FAA-Certified Airport Data Now Available on Carahsoft GSA Schedule & SEWP V Contracts

CENTENNIAL, Colo.- CompassData, the supplier of the largest commercially available archive of photo-identifiable ground control, today announced a partnership with Carahsoft Technology Corp., the trusted government IT solutions provider. Under the agreement, Carahsoft will serve as CompassData’s value-added reseller, making the company’s industry-leading data products for photogrammetry, remote sensing and avionics available to the public sector via Carahsoft’s GSA Schedule and SEWP V contracts.

“We are excited to partner with Carahsoft to bring cost-effective solutions to organizations interested in commercial off-the-shelf geospatial data,” said Brant Howard, Founder and CEO, CompassData. “With its deep contract expertise, Carahsoft helps government agencies get geospatial data products into the hands of users quickly while reducing acquisition costs.”

Since 1994 CompassData has provided photo-ID ground control points (GCP) for commercial and government clients to support the production of satellite and aerial imagery products, QA/QC for geospatial data sets, and calibration of photogrammetric and SAR sensors. The CompassData global archive of 46,000+ GCPs has been used by U.S. government agencies such as the USDA, USGS, FEMA, NGA and FAA to support remote sensing programs. CompassData has developed an ISO 9001:2018 certified process to produce consistent and quality data which the geospatial community counts on to build maps and images to make informed decisions.

In April 2014, CompassData received FAA certification to produce photo-ID GCP and .85cm orthoimagery of airports to support the production of aviation data products. With a growing global archive of over 500+ airports available, civil and defense aviation agencies can produce current and accurate airport mapping data. The FAA can leverage off-the-shelf data to meet program requirements for AGIS airport mapping data, saving time and money as they build out the U.S. network.   

“With the addition of CompassData to Carahsoft’s Geospatial portfolio, we’re now able to offer our government customers access to off-the-shelf ground control and airport mapping data,” said Tiffany Goddard, Director of Geospatial Solutions at Carahsoft. “CompassData’s map-once-and-reuse-often philosophy has produced big data products for ground control and aviation, allowing our customers and reseller partners access to critical data immediately and at reduced costs.”

The NGA Commercial Initiative to Buy Operationally Responsive GEOINT (CIBORG) program is proposing to leverage GSA contract vehicles to acquire commercial data to support mission requirements. The availability of CompassData commercial Ground Control and Aviation Data on Carahsoft’s GSA schedule and SEWP V contracts will enable GEOINT programs to buy accurate and consistent data that may have only been available to classified programs and not easily shared with collation partners in the past.

CompassData’s growing global archive of more than 46,000 GCPs and 500 airports will support the GEOINT mission to support the warfighter with accurate geospatial products and services delivered to the point of decision. See the approximate location of the GCP and airport data on the CompassCom website.

CompassData photo-ID Ground Control and Airport Mapping Data are available immediately via Carahsoft’s GSA Schedule No. GS-35F-0119Y and SEWP V contracts NNG15SC03B and NNG15SC27B. For more information, contact Carahsoft at 844.772.8GEO; or register for When Accuracy Matters: Ground Control, Accuracy Analysis, and Authoritative Airport Data, a complimentary webinar sponsored by CompassData and Carahsoft at 2 pm ET, Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Free sample data is available to the attendees of the webinar.

About CompassData, Inc.
CompassData, Inc. in Centennial, Colorado was founded in 1994, specializes in collecting high-quality, spatially-accurate data for photogrammetry, LiDAR, remotely sensed and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) applications. CompassData uses the latest in Global Navigation Satellite System (GNNS) technology combined with years of field experience and a proven system to ensure the accuracy and currency of survey data. CompassData has the world’s largest global archive of 46,000+ photo-ID ground control points available for enhancement of remotely sensed data. CompassData provides an archive of 500+ airport orthoimages utilized to build aviation products which are FAA DO-200A certified. Our production processes received ISO 9001:2018 Certification for our Quality Management Systems.

About Carahsoft
Carahsoft Technology Corp. is the trusted Government IT solutions provider. As a top-performing GSA Schedule and SEWP contract holder, Carahsoft serves as the master government aggregator for many of its best-of-breed technology vendors, supporting an extensive ecosystem of manufacturers, value-added resellers, system integrators, and consulting partners committed to helping government agencies select and implement the best solution at the best possible value.

The company's dedicated Solutions Divisions proactively market, sell and deliver VMware, Symantec, Veritas, EMC, Adobe, F5 Networks, Google Cloud, ServiceNow, Open Source, HPE Software, SAP, Salesforce, and Innovative and Intelligence products and services, among others. Carahsoft is consistently recognized by its partners as a top revenue producer, and is listed annually among the industry's fastest growing and largest firms by CRN, Inc., Forbes, Washington Technology, The Washington Post, Washington Business Journal, and SmartCEO. Visit us at

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