Software Innovation Lab

Welcome to ESS’s Software Innovation Lab homepage!  

ESS is committed to research and development of cutting-edge software technologies that can be used to build the solutions of tomorrow that our IC customers need today. Towards that end, we have instituted our Software Innovation Lab, a software development incubator for researching, developing, and testing innovative software applications, systems, platforms, or methodologies that have the potential for solving the serious challenges that government agencies have in today’s global IT market. Our goal is threefold: 

  1. Research and identify potential innovative software technologies. 
  2. Guide the innovative technology through the testing and compliance process to become a certified government capability. 
  3. Work with our IC contacts to attain an official arrangement (contract, MOU, MOA, prototype effort, etc.) for integrating the innovative technology into the customers internal infrastructure. 

Do you have an innovative technology that you think can provide the government a better solution than what they are using now? Contact us at to see if we can help you get your software technology on the government’s certified capability list. 

We currently have two technological focus areas being guided through this process – Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT) and Geospatial VR. 

Distributed Ledger Technologies (DLT)

Distributed Ledger Technologies (or “blockchain” technologies) are poised to sweep across the globe and fundamentally change the way we think of data security and online identity. Many people hear “blockchain” and immediately equate it to Bitcoin, which isn’t quite accurate. Bitcoin is one implementation of blockchain or DLT solution, but it only scratches the surface of what blockchains are capable of doing for us. ESS is working closely with our DLT partner, SpiderOak, to get their Trusted Application Platform (and the initial application built on this platform, Share) adopted by our government customers. 

You can also read their white paper SpiderOak’s Trusted Application Platform to get a better idea of what the solution is all about. 

Geospatial V/R

“I’m very positive about the future of GIS. It’s the right technology at the right time. When I think of all the major problems that we face throughout the world today—overpopulation, food shortages, reduced agricultural production, adverse climate change, poverty—these are all quintessentially geographic problems. These problems are all concerned with the human relationship to the land, and this is where GIS can make its biggest contribution. GIS is the technology of our times and is uniquely suited to assist in solving the problems that we face.”  

Dr. Roger F. Tomilson, Father of GIS

“The application of GIS is limited only by the imagination of those who use it”. 

Jack Dangermond, Esri

Exceptional Software has a long history of providing 3D geospatial solutions to our IC customers, from early exploration of VRML in the late 1990’s to Google Earth 3D globes starting in the mid 2000’s to webGL 3D mapping applications over the past handful of years. We don’t just make cool 3D visualizations, though, as we have always focused on how to provide solutions that provide business value to our customers. The question we need to answer now is what is the Next Big Thing on the technological horizon for 3D geospatial. 

One potential for the next generation geospatial solution is with the Oculus Rift VR technology and Google Earth Enterprise Open Source – or as Oculus calls it Google Earth VR. Within our Software Innovation Lab we will be exploring the potential of this technology to provide those types of geospatial tools and capabilities that we know our IC customers find useful.