GeoEye is expanding its offices in Tampa, Fla. to address the military’s demand for geospatial predictive analysis, the company announced Wednesday.
Tampa is home to both the U.S. Special Operations and Central Commands and other military organizations.
According to the company, the region also is home to many data scientists, geospatial analysts and other technical talent.
The company’s analytics team recently brought GeoEye two of its 10 leading customers, said CEO Matt O’Connell.
Intelligence agencies and combatant commands are increasingly demanding geospatial analytics, he added.
GeoEye said the expanded Tampa office will be part of a virtual analytics center that will aggregate and analyze unclassified imagery and open source data to predict events in Africa, Asia and other parts of the world.
Company analysts recently analyzed patterns of the Lord’s Resistance Army in Central Africa to identify its operating behavior and area preferences, the company said.
In early March, General Electric announced that GeoEye would provide aviation business geospatial flight data for an air traffic management system.