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Geomatica Standalone Dongle-based Installation

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The purpose of this tutorial is to provide you with a friendly and easy to follow step-by-step guide for a dongle-based standalone installation of PCI Geomatica.




To complete the installation, you will first need to download the corresponding files from our website which can be seen at the following link: http://www.pcigeomatics.com/Downloads


**Please note that the demo data for Geomatica is a separate installation from Geomatica


STEP 1 – Software Installation


Launch the Geomatica executable that you previously downloaded.


The Geomatica Installation Wizard starts.

Click ‘Next’ to proceed.



The license agreement for Geomatica appears.  Please read through the agreement and select ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’ and then click ‘Next’ to proceed.  By not agreeing to the terms and conditions the installation will immediately cancel.



The Installation Location screen appears.  Choose a destination folder to install the software, and then click ‘Next’.

**Due to certain read/write permission issues under the Program Files on Windows machines, the default installation location is the C: drive.  We suggest keeping this default installation path in order to run Geomatica.



For a Standalone Installation with a dongle, choose USB Dongle (local license) as the Licensing Mode, and click ‘Next’.



The Python installation panel appears.  Please ensure that the checkbox is toggled on, and select ‘Next’ to proceed.



The installation is ready to begin.

Click ‘Install’.



Step 2 – Installing Drivers for a Dongle (Hardlock)


If you do not have the current drivers for the dongle (hardlock) you will be asked to install them now.  Should you already have the proper drivers installed the Geomatica installation will continue.

The Sentinel System Driver Installer now appears.  Please select ‘Upgrade’ to proceed.



The Sentinel System Driver Installer welcome panel  appears.  Please select ‘Next’ to proceed.



The license agreement for Sentinel System Driver appears.  Please read through the agreement and select ‘I accept the terms in the license agreement’ and then click ‘Next’ to proceed.  By not agreeing to the terms and conditions the installation will immediately cancel.



The Setup Type screen now appears.  Please toggle the ‘Complete’ installation and select ‘Next’ to proceed.



Installation is ready to begin.  Click ‘Install’.



The Sentinel System Driver Installer is now complete.  Please select ‘Finish’ to proceed.



You will be prompted to restart your machine. For the time being please select ‘No’ and restart after the Geomatica installation is complete.



Step 3 – Requesting a License File


Now that the installation has completed you will need to request a license file, and then apply it to the PCI Geomatics License Utility.


The Geomatica Installation Wizard is complete.  Check “Yes I would like to launch the License Utility” and choose ‘Finish’.



The License Utility appears.  Send an email to the license@pcigeomatics.com  with the following information:

  • Name
  • Fingerprint and Dongle ID (From License Utility)
  • Customer number and/or company name


You will then be sent a license file by our PCI Licensing team.


*Note, to take a screenshot, use CTRL+Print Screen.


**Geomatica comes with trial mode that automatically enables software functionality for 30 days after original installation.



Step 4 – Importing a License File

Upon receiving your license file, save a copy locally into My Documents for easy reference. Click the Import button in the License Utility (accessible through Start > Programs > PCI Geomatics > Geomatica XXXX > License Utility). Navigate to the location of the license file and import it. The Package field will list all the packages you are entitled to with this license. 

The standalone dongle-based installation of Geomatica is now complete, and you may start using Geomatica.

For more information on purchasing additional packages please contact sales@pcigeomatics.com.

For any technical assistance you can always contact license@pcigeomatics.com or support@pcigeomatics.com accordingly.  Please be sure to include your customer number for easy reference, as well as all relevant screen captures.

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