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National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF) standard: a government/industry model
Author(s): Kenneth D. Whitson
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Paper Abstract

The National Imagery Transmission Format Standard (NITFS) is the collaborative result of a US Government and industry effort to provide a common facility for exchanging imagery and image-associated data among a wide range of legacy, migration, and future intelligence systems. The purpose of the NITFS is to provide a common standard for the transmission of files composed of images, symbols, labels, text, and other information that relate to imagery. NITFS had its genesis in the early 1980s as a vehicle to meet the challenges imposed by a changing military/intelligence paradigm. Early successes spurred increased interest in the standard’s evolution. Non-DoD program offices and commercial vendors began to develop NITFS compliant systems and products. The National Imagery Transmission Format (NITF) component of the NITFS was selected as the basis for a North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Standard Agreement (STANAG) for secondary imagery dissemination. Similarly, the International Standards Organization (ISO) recently accepted a new work item, using the NITF as a point of departure, called the Basic Image Interchange Format (BIIF). Products based on this new standard are expected to be NITF compatible while at the same time providing for increased functionality.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 February 1996
PDF: 17 pages
Proc. SPIE 10283, Standards for Electronics Imaging Technologies, Devices, and Systems: A Critical Review, 1028305 (1 February 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.229320
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Kenneth D. Whitson, Central Imagery Office (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 10283:
Standards for Electronics Imaging Technologies, Devices, and Systems: A Critical Review
Michael C. Nier, Editor(s)

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