New Products at GITA '99

AGRA Baymont, Baker GeoResearch, GeoData Solutions and Geographic Data Technology announced a non-exclusive cooperative effort to provide a total business solution to clients and other business partners in the GIS market. Bob Brown, President and CEO of AGRA Baymont said, "the arrangement is intended to provide a comprehensive resource and complete solution to the market."
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Autodesk announced that it had acquired VISION* Solutions, a vendor of AM/FM/GIS solutions based in Canada. The acquisition will combine VISION's expertise in RDBMS technology and consulting services with Autodesk's client-oriented engineering and mapping solutions to provide integration of spatial data into an enterprise. The combined enterprise solutions, scalable up to thousands of concurrent users, will enable organizations to create, store, maintain and use information about their physical assets and infrastructure enterprise-wide.
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Byers Engineering announced the addition of JAVA-based map viewer to its SpatialAge family of products. Map Viewer Web combines open systems compatibility, productivity enhancements and Internet/intranet access for enterprise-wide deployment. Map Viewer Web is the first product resulting from the strategic alliance between Byers and Plexstar.
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ConneXt, Inc. displayed its Tellus Automated Plat Design (APD) product for gas and electric design. New with APD Version 8.0 is support for AutoCAD Map and Windows NT. The database-driven package incorporates AI to intelligently examine various design alternatives for clustering of primary and secondary lines and handles such things as transformers and other peripheral equipment, as well as trenching and obstacles. The benefit to the user is a dramatic cost savings in design time.
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ESRI announced that ArcLogistics Route Version 1.0 is now shipping. The software determines which vehicle should serve each customer location, finds customer addresses on the map, and determines the optimal stop sequences to minimize costs and honor time windows. Users can generate reports, maps, directions and driver manifests. Also announced was ArcFM Version 8. ArcFM consists of a family of geodatabases that are intelligent sets of objects representing the behavior and characteristics of land, energy, telecommunications, and water utilities, plus a thin application layer that is an extension of ArcInfo Version 8. ESRI also demonstrated interfaces developed by the OpenFM Initiative. The interfaces operate between an enterprise resource planning system from SAP, an AM/FM/GIS from ESRI, an outage management system from ABB Automation, and a mobile dispatch system from Utility Partners. OpenFM offers a complete solution to integrate a number of computing systems in one common platform.
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GIS Technology, Inc. (GTI), FileNET and ESRI announced the release of Integrated Management Extension (IDM) for ArcView to link the functionality of ArcView with FileNET's Panagon integrated document management software. The new software allows users to quickly access documents such as permits, titles and reports stored in a FileNET repository. GTI CEO Jeff Hecht said that IDM allows not only ArcView users to access Panagon documents from within ArcView, but also Panagon users now have extended document retrieval capabilities based on GIS spatial operators and data.
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Intergraph demonstrated its new GFramme geospatial resource management software. The software blends Intergraph's facilities management technologies with open relational database management systems and high-performance graphics. The new offering incorporates the strengths of Intergraph's FRAMME AM/FM/GIS package into an open environment where data is seamlessly available to the entire corporation, removing the proprietary middle-ware layer associated with traditional AM/FM/GIS technology. Also introduced was Inside Plant Manager, a comprehensive facility and life-cycle management solution for planning, provisioning and inventory of inside plant facilities.
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LineSoft displayed its LD-Pro 3.1 automated power line design and optimization packages. The software handles both above- and below-ground facilities, uses the power of relational databases to combine utility and industry standards with a design, and can be customized to fit each company. Optimization capabilities allow the designer to quickly determine the least expensive design. Also announced was a strategic alliance with Intergraph to integrate LD-Pro with Intergraph's FRAMME technology.
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Orbital Imaging Corporation (ORBIMAGE) announced a variety of agreements, acquisition rights, and hardware improvement contracts, including the worldwide sales and distribution rights for radar imagery provided by the RADARSAT-2 satellite and the selection of ORBIMAGE by the National Reconnaissance Office (NRO) to upgrade the Eagle Vision II satellite ground station to receive high-resolution imagery in real time from the company's OrbView-3 satellite, due to be launched later this year. Also announced were licensing agreements with NTT Data Corporation to provide ORBIMAGE products in Japan and with GTT Netcorp to distribute OrbView-3 and -4 imagery in 30 Latin American and Caribbean countries.
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Pad Systems, Inc. displayed its PadWORKS work order system. The system receives work orders directly from a centralized work management system, allows users to view design drawings, maps and service records, records time and materials, and returns completed work order data to the management system. The pen-based system also allows redlining of drawings and maps.
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Smallworld previewed its Spatial Intelligence component technology for spatial resource planning and management. According to Dick Newell, chairman of Smallworld, the product provides the ability to "slice, dice and aggregate data by its spatial components while providing unique spatial analytical analysis." Also demonstrated was InSync, a new database integration application running on Oracle 8i. Because design and planning can tie up large parts of a Smallworld database, the new application uses two-way replication to synchronize two databases for increased performance for other operational users. Also announced were new plug-in data access components for DGN, DXF/DWG and ShapeFile formats. Prior to the show, Smallworld announced an improvement to its native development environment, Smallworld Magik, for managing objects in memory. It also announced that its Smallworld 3, PowerOn and Smallworld Communications products have been ported to the LINUX operating system.
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