The Farm Service Agency wants industry advice on how to deliver geospatial imagery data through a cloud-based web service.
In a Thursday request for information, the FSA asked vendors to to submit commercially-available technology that can support imagery data.
The agency awards contracts on a three-year cycle under the National Agriculture Imagery Program, managed and distributed through the Aerial Photography Field Office.
State and county officials would use the geospatial data to maintain agricultural boundaries.
The FSA recently moved its geospatial data to a thin-client model as part of the agency’s information technology modernization strategy, according to the RFI.
More than 2,000 FSA state and county offices use the current data model daily maintain vector databases and manage farm programs.
The agency maintains a hardware and software infrastructure for image collection, data hosting, services provisioning and other related services.
The FSA also wants to launch a pilot program to see the benefits of commercial solutions.
Responses to the RFI are due by April 18.
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