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Autodesk, Intergraph, Laser-Scan, MapInfo and Oracle Support Open Spatial Enterprises with Customer Implementations around the World

  • 28 September, 2004 11:46

<p>Autodesk, Intergraph, Laser-Scan, MapInfo and Oracle Support Open Spatial Enterprises with Customer Implementations around the World</p>
<p>Customers take advantage of interoperability and spatial standards to leverage data sharing for better business performance</p>
<p>ORLANDO, FL., 28 September, 2004 – The open spatial enterprise concept continues to gain momentum, with data increasingly recognised as an organisation’s most valuable asset and data sharing applications a critical commodity. Autodesk, Intergraph (NASDAQ: INGR), Laser-Scan, MapInfo (NASDAQ: MAPS), and Oracle Corporation’s collaborative effort (begun in September 2003) to leverage and advance the spatial capabilities of an open spatial enterprise helps customers use critical location information in an IT environment and with multiple applications. All members of the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC), the initiative participants have encouraged customers and vendors in the GIS markets to leverage the value of data for making enterprise system decisions that are data-centric instead of GIS-centric. Increasingly, organisations can leverage existing data investments, enabling employees and customers to share information enterprise-wide. Geospatial data can be integrated for better infrastructure planning and decision making.</p>
<p>Autodesk, Intergraph, Laser-Scan, MapInfo, and other geospatial vendors interoperate with an open and secure enterprise database, Oracle® Spatial, to simplify data access and data sharing so that all information is interconnected and centralised. Compliant with OGC standards, an open spatial enterprise helps lower costs and achieve greater return on investment by providing immediate access to data throughout project workflow, independent of the data location or original format, helping to meet real-time information demands.</p>
<p>Organisations and companies such as UK Defence Geographic and Imagery Intelligence Agency; Staffordshire County Council; city of Winnipeg; Army Corps of Engineers; City-Parish of Baton Rouge; Thames Water; Environment Canada, National Park Service, City of Los Angeles, General Directorate of Roads, Catalan Ministry of Public Works and Land Planning; and Forestry Tasmania benefit from existing data and technology investments integrating geospatial, IT and business systems for better infrastructure planning and decision making.</p>
<p>An open spatial enterprise approach enables Homeland Security and emergency response agencies to easily integrate GIS information with building floor plans typically stored in CAD systems. Mobile users, such as customer service agents and field surveyors, are empowered in an open spatial enterprise to collect data, access information, and send immediate updates to the enterprise database. Government agencies can now share existing GIS and CAD data without having to re-translate or re-draw data. Civil engineers have access to up-to-date changes in maps that may have project implications and mapping professionals can be more productive by avoiding redundant data entry by working from an open, central data store with seamless access to design information. An open spatial enterprise brings key point products and database solutions together so that end-users can apply the appropriate technology at the right phase of the business process or infrastructure workflow.</p>
<p>“With a shared database, Thames Water can now realise its vision of making its maps available to many departments and many workers,” said Simon Timmis, IS Business Partner, RWE Thames Water. “And that easy access to GIS data is just the start. For instance, customers will be served faster and more efficiently. Expensive and unwieldy processes will be eliminated, freeing up funds for other vital projects, such as infrastructure upgrades.”</p>
<p>“We use many different applications and formats throughout the City of Winnipeg,” said Peter G. L. Bennett, Manager Information Systems, Corporate Information Technology Department, City of Winnipeg. “For us to manage our day-to-day business processes and access and analyse any form of spatial data we need an infrastructure based on standards. The key to our success is an open spatial enterprise, which enables us to make critical and everyday business decisions when needed.”</p>
<p>“An open spatial enterprise solution can make a tremendous difference in addressing the challenges facing state and local governments,” explains Fred Limp, Director, University of Arkansas Centre for Advanced Spatial Technologies (CAST). CAST manages the GeoStor system, an Oracle-based, multi-terabyte government spatial data warehouse serving thousands of users in federal, state and local agencies. “Real-time interoperability of geospatial data is a mission critical requirement for first-responders. Different communities, agencies, counties and utilities all use different software and cannot afford nor do they wish to change their existing systems. However, if these organisations use tools and applications that support an open spatial enterprise, then changes made by one group can instantly propagate through the database to all the others.”</p>
<p>About Autodesk</p>
<p>Autodesk is the world's leading design software and digital content company, offering customers progressive business solutions through powerful technology products and services. Autodesk helps customers in the building, manufacturing, infrastructure, digital media, and wireless data services fields increase the value of their digital design data and improve efficiencies across their entire project lifecycle management processes. For more information about the company, see</p>
<p>About Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions</p>
<p>Intergraph Mapping and Geospatial Solutions is a leading geospatial solutions provider for the following markets: local, state and federal government; transportation; utilities; communications; location-based services; photogrammetry; remote sensing; cartography; and military and intelligence. For more information, visit</p>
<p>About Laser-Scan</p>
<p>Laser-Scan delivers solutions in the Oracle space for managing spatial data quality. This technology is the result of over 35 years experience in the development of database products for National Mapping Agencies. Laser-Scan offers sustainable interoperability solutions based on data quality excellence to exploit location data in enterprise information architectures. For more information, visit</p>
<p>About MapInfo</p>
<p>MapInfo Corporation is a global company that integrates software, data and services to help customers realise greater value from location-based information and drive more insightful decisions. MapInfo solutions are available in 20 languages through a network of strategic partners and distribution channels in 60 countries. Headquartered in Troy, NY, MapInfo Corporation is on the World Wide Web at</p>
<p>About Oracle Corporation</p>
<p>Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world's largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, please visit our Web site at</p>
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MapInfo Corporation
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