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Road software. The Maine Transportation Department is using geospatial software to replace the state's integrated highway database.

The new system from Exor Corp. of Fairfax, Va., provides linear referencing and a spatial network hub designed to let Maine DOT integrate data from other systems and make it available to users of its enterprise data warehouse. The Network Manager and Spatial Data Manager modules of Highways software from Exor replace the department's legacy database.

The department's systems management division will use the system to maintain a database of 22,669 miles of public roads throughout the state. In late 2003, the department started using the software to manage and query its highway inventory database of 71,141 anchor section records and 29,073 routes on six route systems. The system lets users query and update any asset record.

Network and asset geography are integrated into the database so systems management staff need to edit each record only once. The software keeps spatial, linear referencing and attribute information synchronized.

Lab sharing. The New York City Health and Mental Hygiene Department is integrating laboratory data from a variety of systems within the city's Health Department.

The department is using Smarte software from Metatomix Inc. of Boston to enable disparate systems, such as the Electronic Clinical Laboratory Reporting System and the Universal Reporting Form, to share data more easily without replacing or modifying legacy systems.

With the Smarte application, the department will be able to automatically aggregate and integrate data across all systems, formats and groups, plus add new data systems. It supports messaging standards that the federal Health and Human Services Department has adopted, and it meets requirements of the Health Information Portability and Accountability Act. New York health IT managers can aggregate the numerous databases they manage into a unified, bi-directional message and data translation hub that supports numerous formats.

Driver verification. The Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration awarded a contract to Intelli-Check Inc. for a statewide identification and document verification system to deter driver's license fraud.

The state will use software from the Woodbury, N.Y., company to verify the identity of driver's license applicants at all MVA offices. The system aims to thwart people using false out-of-state licenses and other fraudulent documents to obtain Maryland driver's licenses.

Five other states use Intelli-Check's identification verification system.

The company's identification verification software reads, analyses and verifies the encoded data in magnetic strips and bar codes on government-issued identification cards from about 60 jurisdictions in the United States and Canada.

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