Microsoft unveils Single View Platform

Microsoft has unveiled its new Single View Platform (SVP), an architecture for integrating data with geospatial visualization in the enterprise. The company demonstrated the product yesterday at the GEOINT 2008 Symposium in Nashville.

SVP incorporates four existing Microsoft technologies: Virtual Earth, Office SharePoint Server 2007, SQL Server, and Windows Server.

Federal agencies 'have lots of data with location components that they would like to visualize,' Rob Roy, Microsoft's director of federal solutions, told GCN. 'A key part of the value proposition in SVP is the ability to integrate with or to fuse data with existing enterprise data. It could be an ESRI GIS system. It could be an Oracle spatial data base.'

According to Roy, the glue that holds the core technologies together is a fusion server. 'The one piece of this that is a requirement is a fusion, or integration, server that makes it completely seamless to integrate that legacy back-end data and bring it to the front end visualization platform that is SVP,' Roy said.

Currently, the fusion server part of the offering is provided by two third-party companies: IDV Solutions of Lansing, Mich., and ISC of Tallahassee, Fla.

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