SEPTEMBER 10--Eastman Kodak Company's Research Systems Inc. (RSI; Rochester, NY; www.RSInc.com) is celebrating its 25th anniversary with the release of several new products. RSI provides robust software solutions for quickly visualizing and analyzing complex data and images used by scientists, engineers, and medical professionals.
RSI's benchmark products include IDL software, a programming language for data analysis, visualization, and cross-platform application development, and ENVI software for the analysis and visualization of remote sensing data. New products being released include the IDL Student Edition and Watsyn, a medical imaging software package for medical application development and deployment. Product upgrades being released include IDL 5.6, ENVI 4.0, IDL on the Net (ION) 1.6 and FLAASH 2.0.
IDL was originally developed by David Stern while at the University of Colorado. Working with a team of scientists interpreting data from the Mariner Mars 7 and 9 space probes, Stern needed a computer language that provided for easier, faster application development, data analysis, and visualization. Stern developed IDL as a software language that allowed scientists to test hypotheses without employing a programmer to write or modify individual applications.
In September 2000, RSI was acquired by Eastman Kodak Company to operate as a wholly owned subsidiary. As part of Kodak's Commercial and Government Systems business unit, RSI augmented Kodak's extensive image analysis capabilities by offering image visualization and analysis tools. Today, RSI offers software solutions in addition to extensive professional services, including on-site training, consulting, and technical support. RSI has more than 150 employees and offices in France, Italy, and the UK.