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Cablegate: Blue Lantern Pre-License End-Use Check On Application

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UNCLAS WELLINGTON 000325

BLUE LANTERN
SIPDIS

EAP/ANP, PM/DTTC - BLUE LANTERN COORDINATOR TIM MAZZARELLI

E.O. 12958: N/A
TAGS: ETTC KOMC NZ
SUBJECT: BLUE LANTERN PRE-LICENSE END-USE CHECK ON APPLICATION
050119469

REF: STATE 93505

1. (U) In response to reftel, Econoff conducted a phone interview
with Dr. David Park who is the CEO of Geospatial Research Centre
(GRS). The Embassy's RSO local investigator also conducted an
on-site visit and met with Dr. Park. Our site visit confirmed that
GRC's offices are located at 20 Kirkwood Ave, Christchurch which is
an office complex physically located close to the University of
Canterbury's campus which is the organization with whom GRC
contracts to perform research. GRC's CEO Park indicated that
company had not yet received the equipment from Honeywell but
expected the (Blue Lantern) review/interview to be part of required
clearance before shipment of equipment is authorized.

2. (U) Response to reftel questions are as follows:

--GRC has completed all documentation requested by both Honeywell
and U.S. State Department as provided to the company to date.

--The United States Military Listed (USML) item, i.e. the Honeywell
Inertial Measurement Unit (HG1700AG) would be secured at GRC
premises in Christchurch, New Zealand in restricted access room,
secure cabinet at GRS complex. Only members of the GRC team and
those authorized by GRC CEO would be allowed to remove the USML item
from GRC offices.

--The Inertial Measurement Unit (IMU) will be integrated with a GPS
receiver to form an integrated GPS/INS navigation sensor. The IMU
will be used to conduct business in the areas of positioning,
surveying and geodesy. The IMU will be used for civilian
applications only.

--GRC will retain positive control over the inertial measurement
unit at all times. GRC will NOT be leasing the system to any
external parties.

--The Inertial Measurement Unit will NOT be taken outside of New
Zealand.

--GRC was incorporated under the New Zealand Companies Act 1993 on
12 October 2006 (NZ Company Number 1873804). GRC has four
shareholders:
University of Canterbury (NZ)
University of Nottingham (UK)
Canterbury Development Corporation (NZ)
Dr David Park CEO GRC (NZ)

--The Geospatial Research Centre (GRC) is a New Zealand based,
University owned, company providing research and consultancy
services in the fields of geo-referenced sensors and data
integration (with particular expertise in positioning and
orientation, image analysis, data visualization and electronics).
GRC does NOT serve as a broker

--GRC has secured contract work from a range of companies and
government organizations in the US, UK and New Zealand including:
Google (US), Defense Technology Agency (NZ), Rakon (NZ), Trimble
(NZ), Sonardyne (UK).

--The company understands the restrictions on USML items, especially
the prohibition against unauthorized re-transfers and re-exports.
GRC and its staff understand the restrictions on USML items and have
NO intention of re-transferring or re-exporting the item.

3. (U) Please let Embassy know if there is any additional
information which may be helpful in satisfying this Blue Lantern
request. Embassy POC is Tom Walsh and can be reached by phone at
(64)(4) 462-6182 or email at walshtj@state.gov.

KEEGAN

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