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MapInfo Delivers OGC Compliance

  • 16 August, 2005 15:55

<p>Conformance with Open Geospatial Standards Underscores MapInfo’s Long-standing Commitment to Interoperability</p>
<p>Sydney, Australia—August 16, 2005—MapInfo Corporation (Nasdaq: MAPS), the leading global provider of Location Intelligence solutions, today announced that its MapXtreme® family of products has been certified as fully compliant with the Open Geospatial Consortium’s (OGC) OpenGIS® WMS Specifications. Being fully OpenGIS compliant allows users to share and reuse data, improve the quality of information and reduce the need to rely on one vendor.</p>
<p>The MapXtreme location-based technology, which is available for both the Java™ and Microsoft .NET platforms, enables users to develop or enhance custom mapping applications and business intelligence solutions that can be deployed both on the desktop and the Web using the same core engine. Now that MapXtreme is fully OpenGIS WMS compliant, organisations are able to easily share and distribute location-based data regardless of software used.</p>
<p>“Geospatial data are abundantly available through Internet and off-line databases,” said Mark Reichardt, president of the Open Geospatial Consortium. “Unfortunately, much of this information is locked in proprietary formats and systems. Often, organisations that need the data do not have the software that was used to create the data. The goal of the OGC is to develop and promote standards for geospatial software developers to follow, ensuring that data and services can be easily published, found and accessed across all geospatial products, regardless of vendor.”</p>
<p>Choosing to comply with the OGC OpenGIS specification is a reflection of one of the core components of MapInfo’s philosophy: making Location Intelligence a vital asset for today’s enterprise. Sharing location-based data has traditionally required considerable investments in time, expertise and special software. Time spent managing non-interoperable geospatial data can result in crucial productivity and strategic information losses. With open standards, customers are able to choose the right software for the job by assessing what features they need—and not worry about compatibility issues. According to research sponsored by NASA and conducted by Booz Allen Hamilton Inc., projects that adopt and implement geospatial interoperability standards had a risk-adjusted return on investment of 119 per cent[1].</p>
<p>Dr Robert Starling, OpenGeospatial Consortium Australasia (OGC-A) said, “Access to spatial information in Australia is often constrained due to the lack of conforming interoperable solutions, the uptake of open standards and implementation resources in government and private organisations. MapInfo’s conformance with OGC standards demonstrates its commitment to strategic information sharing and implementing interoperable geospatial architectures that utilise OGC WMS Specifications and related standards.</p>
<p>David Hocking, CEO of the Australian Spatial Information Business Association said, “The Spatial Interoperability Demonstration Project (SIDP) - a joint government and private sector initiative supported by MapInfo Australia - demonstrated to Australian industry, government and end-users the value of innovative spatial data system interoperability.”</p>
<p>“We demonstrated, through a series of test projects focusing on public safety, how interoperable spatial data and technologies can be applied to better manage critical incidents and solve real-world problems. The test projects utilised standards-based web services to provide real-time data access between off-the-shelf client applications and a variety of distributed resources such as the Bureau of Meteorology storm path data. MapInfo contributed technology and data across all tiers of the solution and was a key enabler to delivering the project's outputs in a timely fashion.”</p>
<p>“MapInfo is committed to providing our customers with not only unparalleled Location Intelligence technology, but support for industry standards to enable them to access important information regardless of where it is stored,” said Gavin Lennox, vice-president and general manager MapInfo Asia Pacific. “As a standing member of the Open Geospatial Consortium, we strive to provide open interfaces and standards to enable organisations to drive better business decisions.”</p>
<p>In addition to MapXtreme, MapInfo has already implemented OGC standards across a number of its enterprise Location Intelligence solutions including Spatialware®, Envinsa™ and MapInfo Professional®. For more information about MapInfo’s dedication to supporting OGC standards, please visit http://www.mapinfo.com/ogc.</p>
<p>About MapInfo Corporation</p>
<p>MapInfo is a global company and the leading provider of Location Intelligence solutions, integrating software, data and services to provide greater value from location-based information and drive more insightful decisions for businesses and government organisations around the world. MapInfo solutions are available in 20 languages through a network of strategic partners and distribution channels in 60 countries. Headquartered in Troy, N.Y., MapInfo is on the World Wide Web at www.mapinfo.com.</p>
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<p>MapInfo, Spatialware, Envinsa, MapInfo Professional, and MapXtreme are trademarks of MapInfo Corporation and/or its subsidiaries
and affiliates. OpenGIS is a trademark of the Open GeoSpatial Consortium. Java is a trademark of Sun Microsystems, Inc.</p>
<p>Of Note</p>
<p>This press release contains forward-looking statements involving risks and uncertainties. Any statement not a statement of historical fact is a forward-looking statement, including without limitation statements concerning demand for and benefits of MapInfo products and integration of MapInfo products with existing solutions. Actual results could differ materially from those stated or implied in forward-looking statements due to a number of factors, including those factors contained in the Company’s quarterly report on the most recent Form 10-Q filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission under the heading “Factors Affecting Future Performance.” MapInfo takes no responsibility to update any forward-looking statements.</p>
<p>Contacts:</p>
<p>Kristy Bryan
MapInfo Australia
Tel: +61 7 3226 4550
Kristy.bryan@mapinfo.com</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine
Spectrum Communications
Tel: +61 2 9954 3299
Email: debbies@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>
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<p>[1] Geospatial Interoperability (GI) Return On Investment (ROI) Study Results; Patricia A. Weir Jancovic; May 25, 2005; http://gio.gsfc.nasa.gov/docs/ROI%20May2005.ppt</p>

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