GeoVantage was formed in 1998 to develop new methods for digital aerial imaging for commercial applications. GeoVantage operated as a private entity until we were acquired by John Deere in 2005 and merged into Deere with other entities under the John Deere Agri Services name.
John Deere invested heavily in the digital imagery technology, camera manufacturing, and expanded the field operations to include a network of 80 operational digital camera systems. Primary operations were in the U.S. targeted towards agriculture crop management applications; however, a major thrust was also made to expand internationally.
John Deere decided to downsize their services division in November 2007 allowing GeoVantage to be acquired by a team including the original founders. GeoVantage is now focused on accelerating and scaling the business with a more broad-based penetration of the diverse imaging markets.
A major benefit of the GeoVantage technology is our ability to scale the business. A completely proprietary end-to-end solution including automated processing software and lightweight, low-cost INS integrated cameras combined with web-enabled ordering and use of non-dedicated aircraft make gaining increments of imaging capability inexpensive and easy.
GeoVantage has operations partners at various locations around the U.S. and the globe to enable flight operations. Cameras can either be pre-positioned at locations or mailed via overnight for rapid mission execution. GeoVantage has developed specialized and highly automated post-processing software to turn the raw imagery into georegistered mosaics.
Data can be processed remotely from a central site or in the field by using the tablet PC used in flight for imagery capture. Operations in foreign countries can be processed or simply verified over the web for navigation data quality and sensor or pilot performance.
1998 – Founded2001 – Operations begin with continued investment in new technology and quality improvements
2005 – GeoVantage acquired by John Deere
2007 – John Deere capital investments result in production of 80 camera systems and significant imagery advances.
2008 – GeoVantage founders and investors relaunch GeoVantage as an independent company, exiting John Deere