The company has also developed new technologies in support of REACT, including a touchscreen tabletop device that allows REACT users to easily access and manipulate the information the system provides. The technology has attracted attention for uses beyond REACT, including military command briefings in the field, and has generated about $500,000 in revenue for the company.
NVision now expects REACT to become a national standard within 5 years.
“We’re talking with other states now that are looking to deploy REACT at state or regional levels,” Harvey says. “It’s been a long haul to get this credibility. It’s what NASA brings to the table for us.” Harvey notes that while the company started in 2002 with no investment, by 2008 it employed 52 workers. That number is now close to 75, and the company offers an average salary of $60,000.
“These are Mississippi people getting high-tech jobs to support NASA Stennis initiatives,” Harvey says.
In the meantime, the EIGS cluster Stennis helped to found recently became a wholly private, self-funded venture, managed by the Magnolia Business Alliance. NVision is a leader of the alliance, which will support the ongoing growth of the Mississippi geospatial industry.
“NASA was financially supporting development, lowering the barriers of high tech companies to get involved in geosciences, and creating a service industry for the commercial remote sensing program at Stennis,” Harvey says. “It worked.”
In the meantime, Stennis is now better equipped in the event of another disaster on the magnitude of Hurricane Katrina.
“We’re pretty much whole again and prepared for the next storm,” says Magee. “REACT is a part of that.”