OpenGeo, a US-based provider of open source geospatial software used for web mapping, transportation and other solutions, has entered into a strategic, undisclosed investment and technology development agreement with In-Q-Tel (IQT), the technology accelerator of the US government’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA). Previously, in May 2013, OpenGeo announced a $3m series A investment from Canada-based venture capital firm Vanedge Capital.  The series A investment allowed OpenGeo to complete its separation from tech incubator OpenPlans, which founded OpenGeo in 2002. Eddie Pickle, OpenGeo chief executive officer, said: “IQT’s investment further indicates the potential for using commercial open source in mission-critical government systems and applications and will enable OpenGeo to build on its leadership role for ‘spatial IT.’” Robert Ames, senior vice president in charge of information and communication technologies at IQT, said: “We believe that OpenGeo’s open source spatial IT solutions have great potential to enhance the mission of our government customers.  The company’s geospatial products have a large range of applications that we believe will be important to both the commercial and government markets.”

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