Commerce Department Export Control Official to Brief GETI

A senior U.S Department of Commerce official involved in export controls on geospatial and LiDAR software will be a special guest on the web conference to discuss the formation of a new trade association of equipment, instrument, and software firms in the surveying, mapping, GIS, and geospatial market, the Geospatial Equipment and Technology Institute (GETI).

Anita Zinzuvadia, Senior Engineer, Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS), U.S. Department of Commerce, will provide a briefing on the recently imposed Final Rule on Software Specially Designed to Automate the Analysis of Geospatial Imagery (including LiDAR point clouds), as it was added to the Export Control list.

Ms. Zinzuvdia is in the Information Technology Controls Division at BIS.  She oversees the implementation of Category 4 (computers) and 5 (telecommunications and information security) of the Commerce Control List. Her team has been looking at export controls on artificial intelligence, which led to the geospatial control.

The session will be conducted by web conference on Monday, March 23 at 4:00 PM EDT.

The intent of the GETI is to fill a niche for firms that provide equipment, instruments, and software in the surveying, mapping, GIS, and geospatial market. GETI will be a forum for networking, advocacy, information sharing, market studies, business partnering, and other collaborative activities for geospatial equipment and technology firms.

Organizers have been working diligently to assure the new association complements and does not compete with or duplicate other trade, professional, and technical association activities. Rather, it will be designed to be a robust, dedicated, and focused trade association for equipment, instrument, and software firms in the surveying, mapping, GIS, and geospatial market that are otherwise Sustaining or Associate Members of other associations, and in most cases not voting members, with little or limited voice, and agendas of issues that rarely represent the interests and concerns specific to equipment, instrument, and software firms.

A webpage, and a “SurveyMonkey” poll regarding the potential of the organization have been established, and an organizing meeting on the establishment of GETI originally scheduled during the GEO WEEK/ILMF/ASPRS/MAPPS assembly will convene on Monday, March 23 by web conference.

Decision-making executives and officials of surveying, mapping, and geospatial equipment, instrument, and software firms are encouraged to go to to complete the questionnaire, sign up for the institute’s email list, RSVP for the organizing meeting and to obtain the call-in access information.